African Black Soap Steps 3 & 4

Dandy Lion African Black Soap - Steps 3 & 4

How our producers create their black soap:

Step 3: This is when cocoa pod ash makes its entrance. It must first be made into jenkese, the local name for the concentrated solution that is used for soap making. To make jenkese, the gutted cocoa pod is first dried then ground to the consistency of soot. The jenkese used in our black soap is made in the village of Suhum in Ghana’s Eastern Region.

Step 4: The jenkese is added to the mixed oils over a fire and saponification occurs, leaving a lumpy product that can then be retrieved from the barrel.
cocoa pod ash

Cocoa pod ash

jenkese is added to the mixed oils

Jenkese is added to the mixed oils

saponification occurs

saponification occurs

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