(CAUTION - drunk post!) I have a coworker named Aphrodite. She was born in New York City, but her parents are straight-off-the-boat Greeks. Many people of other cultures, though, can't get her name right. People have called her "Ananconda", "Aphrodisiac", even "Arbor Vitae." It makes for much amusement in the workplace. There was once even an African American (read: black) gentleman who called her Nefertiti. Not even close phonetically, but similar in the goddess aspect.
Which brings me to my cross-cultural story - I bought Nubian Heritage soap. It's "100% Black Owned & Proud of It!" Excellent. I just hope that us white people can use it, too! The smells were so wonderful and the price was so right at Wild Oats (compared to the $6.29's of other soaps) (excepting the $1.19 of the most awesome Chandrika Ayurvedic soap of which I purchased two bars!) that I bought four, bitchez! Oh, the scents of the Black Seed Soap with Apricot Oil and Wild Honey (Cold Pressed). Or the African Black Soap (black box, black soap) with Shea Butter, Oats and Aloe (Deep Cleansing)! The first one that got me was the lovely Coconut & Papaya Soap with Vanilla Beans (this is said to be "Skin Brightening"). And then there's the Shea Butter Soap, of course, with Lavender and Wildflowers (Extra Gentle & Ultra Moisturizing). All so scrumpdilly, yo!
I realize that black peoples' skin is different from whites'. I went to a mostly black, some Hispanic and a little bit of whites high school. I know that black people get ashy skin. Other than that, I hope there's not much of a difference and that these Nubian Heritage soaps make me and my white husband clean and good-smelling!