The first step in making authentic African black soap is selecting the plant to sun-dry and burn to ash. Tribal soapmakers typically choose cocoa pods or palm tree leaves, but they may also use plantain skins, shea tree bark, or other vegetation. Later, the ash is mixed with water, palm oil, shea butter, and coconut oil and cooked for at least 24 hours. The mixture is left to cure for two weeks, then packaged for distribution.
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