ALAFFIA: Wash Body Coconut Lime, 32 fo $12.18
Ethically traded ingredients, sulfate-free and clean. Our EveryDay Coconut Lime Body Wash is handcrafted with fair trade virgin coconut oil, aromatic lime extract, antioxidant-rich coffee berry extract, and fair trade and unrefined shea butter from our cooperatives in West Africa to gently cleanse away pollutants while nourishing and protecting your skin. For daily cleansing. Suitable for normal to very dry skin. Coconut oil and shea butter are mixed together and heated. A natural saponifier made from ashes of plantain leaves and tree barks is added, then the mixture is cooked over heat, stirring constantly for 30-60 minutes until the hot saponification process is completed. The hot soap is scooped into a large metal bowl, where the soap expands up into a palm-frond basket and cools. Cooled soap is placed onto palm frond mats to dry in the sun. This truly natural liquid hand and body soap is ultra-moisturizing and gentle for skin.
ALAFFIA: Wash Body Afrcn Ctrs Gngr, 16 fo $6.48
Alaffia’s Authentic African Black Soap is likened to the home remedies of Togolese mamans. It’s made from a centuries-old recipe of handcrafted fair trade and unrefined shea butter and Orangutan-safe West African palm oil†, and enhanced with citrus oil and ginger. Saponification is reached by adding potash (made from plantains and leaves) to the hot oils, and then cooking it for six hours. The last step is curing the soap in the sun for three weeks, resulting in a gentle and effective cleanser that clarifies and softens skin. This sulfate-free liquid soap is suitable for any skin type, even the most sensitive. Citrus Ginger is a sweet and invigorating aroma of freshly squeezed citrus mingled with fresh, crisp, spicy ginger notes. † Natural West African palm oil is grown and harvested by small-scale farmers in the Maritime region of Togo, from the town of Tsevie to Kpalime. The oil is extracted by our Fair Trade cooperative in Sokodé using traditional methods. When palm oil is grown as an industrial plantation crop, such as in Indonesia and Malaysia on newly cleared rain forests or peat-swamp forests rather than on already degraded land or disused agricultural land, it can contribute to the endangerment of animals such as the Orangutans. However, this is not the case with the small farms that we receive our palm oil from in Africa. Oil palms are native to West Africa and have been grown as part of multi-cropped sustainable small farms for centuries. Furthermore, it is important to point out that Orangutans do not exist at all in Africa.