Shea Terra Organics - 100% Natural Shea Soap African Black - 4 oz. (115 gm)
Shea Terra Organics 100% Natural Shea Soap African Black has no added dye and is made with REAL African Black Soap from Nigeria. There is no dye or charcoal needed for our original African Black Soap Bar. Use African Black Soap for smooth, blemish free skin. Ancient formula naturally breaks down dead skin revealing firmer, younger looking skin with a glow. Accept no imitations. No natural product performs better to improve and decrease aging of the skin. Shea Terra Organics - 100% Natural Shea Soap African Black produces firm, blemish free skin that looks fresher and younger than ever. It works like micro-dermabrasion without the side effects.
Authentic African Black Soap is still made today by the people of the Yoruban tribe located in Nigeria. It is believed that this tribe brought their herbal wisdom with them from their original Egyptian homeland. Secret black soap formulas are carefully guarded as they are passed down through generation. The soap is based on the ancient art of ash treatment finding a revival of interest today. As difficult as it is to obtain genuine African black soap it is no wonder so many imitations exist, even in Africa itself. In the US some companies add black dye to regular glycerin or triple milled soaps. These soaps do not possess the medicinal qualities of Authentic African Black Soap. Genuine African black soap is originally black although brown variations exist in neighboring countries and tribes. Even brown soaps with white specks can be found, but this is made using modern soap making methods combined with wood ash.
Shea Terra Organics incorporates the black soap ash into healing oils and cures them into hard bars of soap. Due to the way black soap is made, the soap itself is slightly abrasive which makes for an excellent body scrub. The soap works superbly for those back and shoulder acne.
Shea Terra Organics Secrets
Shea Terra Organics Powerful Indigenous Ingredients. Shea Terra Organics sources the most potent, organic and wild harvested ingredients from across Africa. This pristine environment, little tainted by modern pollution, grows some of the safest, unchanged botanical ingredients on earth. Unwilling to compromise, Shea Terra Organics uses whole herbs for its potent, synergistic benefits.
- Africa’s Gold Tree Butter: Even more healing than shea butter, this rare butter is high in stigmasterol and ingredients that take away inflammation fast. It is particularly beneficial in healing cracks of the feet when nothing else will do the job.
- African Potato: Used by traditional healers for thousands of years, this tuber is considered a miracle drug by many natives. Delivering anti-inflammatory properties from its naturally occurring sterols and sterolins, African potato is effective in reducing inflammation due to sun exposure, rashes, eczema, and other inflammatory conditions.
- Argan Oil: One of the rarest, most exotic oils in the world, the golden oil of argan is found only in a small region of Morocco. A close relative to the shea tree, the argan fruit kernel produces rich, anti-aging oil high in anti-oxidant vitamin E, polyunsaturates and fatty acids.
- Baobab: Referred to as the Tree of Life and growing over a thousand years old, there is no wonder why natives travel at length to gather the sacred fruits of the baobab tree. Rich in the amino acid lysine, this amazing oil improves collagen production and tissue repair. Saturated with vitamins and omegas six and nine, baobab oil magically transforms skin in just weeks. This is the must have oil for dry, aging skin.
- African Black Seed: Revered by ancient Egyptians, black seed oil is used extensively for its curative powers. Although mostly taken internally, studies have shown that on the skin black seed oil kills tumors and is an effective anti-bacterial and anti-fungal treatment.
- Cape Aloe: Although there are over two hundred aloe species in the world, only a handful have medicinal properties. Studies have proven aloe ferox to be the most effective of all aloes, containing five times the amount of polysaccarides as aloe vera. Synergistically, aloin, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and amino acids work to repair sun damaged skin, help to combat aging and even encourage cell renewal.
- Cape Chamomile: Not only does this beautiful, blue oil smell divine, its high azulene content actually relieves tension. This the perfect essential oil for massage and bath drops.
- Carrot Seed Oil: Just what the doctor ordered for aging skin. A few drops of carrot seed oil a day could just keep the plastic surgeon away. High in vitamins A and beta carotene, this cold pressed oil (as opposed to distilled essential carrot seed oil) is the ultimate complexion repair serum as it works to reverse sun damage, promote cell renewal and provide deep moisturization.
- Ghassool: We like to call it Moroccan Lava Clay, for a lack of a better description. This purifying clay not only purifies and detoxifies skin, it softens it while healing cracks, acne and more. Honeybush- Although often referred to as a tea, honeybush is actually an herb endemic to only a small region of South Africa. High in mangiferin, honeybush contains anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiviral properties.
- Goat’s Milk: Creamy goat’s milk not only leaves skin luxuriously soft, it also delivers calcium beneath the epidermis. Lactic acid effectively softens skin while it breaks down dead cells.
- Kigelli: Kigellia Africana is a potent fruit extract building new path ways in the skin care industry. Kigelli is known to have anti-melanoma properties and is revered as a treatment for sun damage. Applied directly, the fruit pulp is used as a skin tightening agent. It is highly anti-inflammatory thus working to calm flare ups caused by eczema and rashes.
- Marula: Marula oil is valued for its nutritive, skin restoring properties. Rich in oleic acid and antioxidants, this oil helps to repair sun damaged, aging skin while forming a moisture loss barrier.
- Pomegranate: With such phenomenal skin care properties, what is amazing is that the beauty enhancing powers of pomegranate took so long to be rediscovered. The polyphenol ellagic acid helps the body secrete glutathione which helps to protect DNA from free radical damage. It also inhibits enzymes that assist in the formation of cancer cells. Pomegranate oil also effectively tightens skin and surrounds cell membranes visually improving cellulite.
- Rooibos: Not only should you drink your rooibos, but you should rub it on your body, too. This South African herb is packed with minerals (calcium, zinc, magnesium and iron), flavonoids, and antioxidants. Rooibos is a potent anti-aging remedy, soothes inflammation and works wonders on eczema.
- Shea Nilotica: A rare spa quality butter, East African shea butter provides almost the same benefits of its Western counterpart, only with an improved, easy to apply texture. Found only in a small section of Eastern Africa, this unique butter provides optimum moisture loss protection while it provides anti-inflammatory most inflammatory conditions.
- Tamanu: Medicine cabinet in a bottle, this potent oil from Madagascar works wonders for facial care. Highly anti-inflammatory, tamanu soothes skin affected by rashes and sun damage. Tamanu’s germicidal properties make it an effective treatment for acne, cuts and eczema. This along with its cell regenerating properties makes tamanu the perfect anti-blemish, anti-aging oil.
- Tsamma Oil: Many of the world’s most beneficial ingredients come from harsh, arid deserts like the Kalahari. Extracted from bitter melons, Kalahari seed oil is high in hydroxyl acids making it highly antioxidant. The oil is also high in essential fatty acids, protein and vitamin C. It is non-greasy and quickly absorbs making it an ideal oil for oily skin. West African
- West African Shea Butter: Who knew that Africa’s gold actually grew on trees? Travel annuls dating back hundreds of years told of this miracle butter, but it wasn’t until the twenty-first century that Africa’s best kept beauty secret finally caught the world by storm. Growing only across the dry savannah belt, this nutritive healer penetrates skin to deliver its high vitamin A content. Higher in unsaponifiables than any other known oil, shea butter works under the skin to decrease scarring, reverse stretch marks, soften and eliminate wrinkles, and stimulate hair growth, just to name a few. Combined with cinnimic acid, the high vitamin A and unsaponifiable content work together to provide a level of relief against eczema and psoriasis found only in prescription steroids. Shea butter works to enhance the effectiveness of other active ingredients.
- Ximenia Seed Oil: Ximenia is extracted from wild harvested “plums”. This thick oil has amazing humectants and emollient properties. It works wonder to soften the hair and to keep nails from chipping.
Shea Tera Creator
Shea Terra Organics visionary, Tammie Umbel, believes that her humble upbringing is what has made her passionate about helping others to succeed. As a child of the 70’s she was deeply affected by racial and economic divides.
During formal education she often wrote on the issues of race, peace and poverty. When asked what early childhood memories she believed shaped her life the most she replies, “Watching Feed the Children; that is what impacted me the most. I wasn’t allowed to watch the program, but I would sneak every chance I got. We lived modestly, not as comfortable as others, but the children on Feed the Children were so impoverished with their swollen stomachs and protruding bones that it made what I did have seem like a true paradise. There were always pleas for money for food, education and water. What I found lacking was training programs to help people sustain themselves. So I told myself that one day "that was what I would do.”
Studying politics and international peacekeeping in college helped Tammie shape the infrastructure for her childhood promise. A naturalist and environmentalist at heart, she knew that whatever she did to help would have to involve protecting the natural habitats of the people.
She decided to market many of the exotic natural products from third world countries that she herself enjoyed, offering them at prices that would benefit both consumers and suppliers. Not surprisingly, she found that her customers enjoyed her childhood favorite, shea butter, just as much as she did.
Realizing the potential of this single butter having the ability to impact millions across the globe, she embarked upon her quest to help communities throughout Africa market their indigenous ingredients by creating the Shea Terra Organics line of premium skin care products. Today, Tammie continues to work closely with plant and habitat conservation groups and traditional herbalists to unveil little known and often endangered botanicals indigenously valued for their healing powers. She recently traveled to Egypt and the Argan Forest of Morocco with eleven of her children to meet with suppliers that she has been partnering with for almost a decade. She currently lives with her twelve, home-educated children and husband, Dr. Ishaq on an organic farm not far from the Potomac River in Virginia.
Shea Terra Legacy
For over a decade, Shea Terra Organics’ founder, Tammie Umbel, has been helping native Africans to preserve their wildlife habitats by sharing their indigenous, healing ingredients with the world.
Not only do Shea Terra Organics’ skin care treatments assist in preservation, they are also the backbone of economic sustainability for many hardworking families across the continent. Since early 2000, Shea Terra Organics has worked closely with cooperatives and conservation groups to introduce Africa’s time-tested ingredients to the world.
Shea Terra Organics was the vision of Tammie’s quest to create markets for natural products from third world countries, which would help alleviate poverty while preserving diminishing habitats. Sufferers of skin ailments across the world sought out Tammie’s therapeutic grade shea butter products because they were amazingly affordable at a time when shea butter was sold at hundreds of dollars per pound. “Shea butter, straight from the African source, was really cheap. So many people needed it for its therapeutic benefits, but could not afford it due to its artificially high price. Women across the shea butter belt literally had tons they couldn’t sell due to low demand of this 'costly' butter. What I did was make high quality shea butter products available to everyone at unheard of prices. The result was a shea butter revolution. Large bulk suppliers, selling to the skin care industry, further undercut my prices and shea butter has spread like wildfire ever since. I am very pleased with this accomplishment. Finally, there is a demand market for the women to sell their shea butter, and so many sufferers with painful and disfiguring skin care problems are now able to afford relief,” expresses Tammie Umbel. Shea Terra Organics’ original company, African Shea Butter Company, successfully catapulted into an already saturated skin care market, setting new trends in the industry.
Realizing the immense impact that a single ingredient like shea butter could have on the world, Tammie Umbel began seeking out other rare and indigenous ingredients that could enhance or compliment the benefits of shea butter. Working closely with cooperatives, scientists, conservationists and non-profits, Tammie actively seeks out ingredients little known outside of remote parts of Africa. Not only are these time-tested ingredients highly therapeutic, they also bring income and awareness to preserve natural habitats, which would otherwise be destroyed. Shea Terra Organics was thus rebranded in a quest to reveal Africa’s ancient skin care therapies -- in time to preserve them before they are lost forever.