HOW TO MAKE AFRICAN BLACK SOAP WITH BANANA OR PLANTAIN PEELS
I will teach you how to make African black soap with Banana or plantain skin and peels ( Or substitute it for cocoa pods).
You will need to dry the skin and peels. This is easily done by sun-drying or get a low fire going and place the skins and peels on a net. Leave this in the grill with the cover on for an hour or so. This should roast them to the point at which they are dry and crumbly. Continue roasting until they are dark ash.
Place ¾ of the ash into a 5-gallon plastic bucket or use stainless steel or glass, just don’t use aluminum or copper, as lye will react with these materials. Add enough rainwater or distilled water to fill the bucket to within a few inches from the top. Cover your container securely so there is no danger of pets or children getting into it.
After a few days, you can check to see if it’s ready. Please use gloves and eye protection, as the lye may be caustic at this point. To check for doneness, drop an egg into the water, if it sinks, it needs a bit more time. If it floats just below the surface, it’s ready. If it floats on top, add some more water as this indicates it’s too strong.
When the lye is ready, use a mesh strainer to get out the biggest pieces of ash or break up the ashes and stir well and scoop out when you need it.
NOTE: at this stage, you have to produce LYE. Make sure you use gloves and eye protection and keep vinegar on hand to neutralize any lye spills.
1 cup of Shea butter
1 cup of Olive oil
1 cup of coconut oil
½ cup of safflower or sunflower oil
Melt the Shea butter with the oilsWearing gloves and eye protection, fill a stainless steel stockpot about ½ full with your lye mixture. Heat on medium-low, start adding a cup of the mixed oils at a time, stirring well. Let it simmer for 10 minutes or so. The soap mix will probably be dark tan with black flecks. Keep adding a cup of oil at a time, stirring well, until it starts to look thick and creamy. You will notice some solid soap starting to form on the inside edge of the pot. When you see this, it time to pour it into molds.
If your mixture is very thick you may need to press it into molds. Once your soap is in the mold cover it with wax paper and let it sit for a day or so
When the soap is semi-hard cut it into bars and lets them cure for few weeks.
The end product will be soft but is packed full of nutrients that will be good for your face, body, and hair.