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Old 05-12-2014, 04:41 AM   #1
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Anyone ever made it?


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One minor little detail, it won't be African Black Soap if you make it here... plus the fact, every village has their own handed down recipes for true African Black soap


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So I would be making Austrian Black Soap?
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And I could do Australian Black Soap or Austrian ( some people get the two mixed up).

Links - http://www.soapmakingforum.com/showthread.php?t=12860
http://www.soapmakingforum.com/showthread.php?t=1715
http://www.soapmakingforum.com/showthread.php?t=24094
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One minor little detail, it won't be African Black Soap if you make it here... plus the fact, every village has their own handed down recipes for true African Black soap
Does that mean I can't do African Drumming (which I have for 5 yrs) here in Australia .
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Just like real castille soap has to be made with 100% olive oil, the same goes for ABS. However, you must determine which area ABS you want to make. I think African black soap is a misnomer. Since Africa is not one country and the recipes are numerous, we need to specify which ones we are making. I can give you at least ten recipes.

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I was very, very interested in making ( trying ) African Black Soap. When I went to the website of where I buy my supplies I found that they do sell African Black Soap in bulk, but it stated that you are NOT to melt this soap. You are to cut it into the desired shape and use it that way.
After reading some posts on here, it makes sense that here would be a LOT of different recipes handed down from each different village. So, I'm optimistic about trying the one I found.
Can anyone recommend a good, homemade ABS that I can buy online from someone to try and see if I want to even pursue such a task?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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I've been thinking of making an ABS inspired soap myself. I say "ABS inspired" because it seems that some folks get really upset if you call your soap ABS and don't go through the entire process of turning Plantain peel and/or Cocoa pods into ash, etc. To be honest, that sounds like just a little to much work to get a lye solution that you have no idea how strong it is.

In any event, while I haven't put together a recipe yet, I'm thinking of using palm oil and shea butter in combination with a product called "African Black Soap Powder" from Shea Terra. The only problem for me is that while this powder has all the ABS ingredients, I do believe that it is already soap; just in powder form. So, do you count it as an inactive ingredient in SoapCalc or consider it something like Pine Tar?
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This was seen by a friend in Montreal at the Monkland festival


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Would this be the black soap you are speaking of? She said it just smelled like soap.
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Those are pretty soaps! Although hard to tell if they are ABS, they could just be regular soap w/dark colorant. ABS is usually more flecky in color (black and brown mixed), although I have seen some solid colors like that one, too. I don't know if that is a tip-off of that it comes from a non-African "village", though


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