The people of western African have harnessed a solution for generations to protect their skin from the general arid, sun-drenched climate. It's known as ose dudu, the Yoruba (an official language of Nigeria) words for soap and black, respectively. Nigerians and Ghanaians have used black soap for centuries for bathing and for reducing body odor. It was, and still is, used as a shampoo for hair, not only to cleanse, but also to alleviate scalp itchiness and irritation. African black soap was used to relieve oily skin and certain skin conditions, such as acne and eczema. Women used black soap for skin care during and after pregnancy to keep from getting dry skin, stretch marks, and other skin conditions caused by hormonal changes. The soap was used on babies because of its purity and gentleness on sensitive skin. Black soap is black because the leaves of the Palm are burned to create an alkaline matter that is a critical ingredient and essential to the chemical reactions that must occur to create soap. All it requires is a fire and rain and this plant, and those three things come together in nature all of the time. It is therefore not simply made of natural things, it is of nature. Made from one plant. Elaeis Guineensis, is used to make this soap. Black soap is a misnomer, BECAUSE ORIGINAL, natural Soap (is) Black! This soap is made from 100% South African Oil Palm, most importantly, from Elaeis Guineensis–even her name is beautiful. Black soap is the only soap product in the world made from just one plant, therefore it is the only real type of soap in the world.