African Black Soap and Why I Should Use It

It was only until recently that I heard of and the awesome benefits of using the African Black Soap. My initial thoughts were, “Is it truly black? Is it only produced in Africa?”

Now, this is a soap that a lot of women are trying to get their hands on. As curious as I am, I researched it and found out that it could be of great benefit to me. You see, I suffer from acne, troubled skin, also have stretch marks and cellulite. Big whoop, many women do too. I want to know how to solve the problems.

It just so happened that the African Black Soap helps with all this and more! Great! Now let’s learn some more.

Where is it from?

African black soap or ose dudu originated from the Yoruba people in Nigeria, but it is more used and produced among the Ghanians. Black Soap is a true West African Soap.

What is it made of?

Black soap is a dark colored cleansing bar. It is soft and porous and dissolves faster than most cold press soaps. Black soap produces a very rich lather and gives the skin a clean soft feel.

Black soap is 100% natural, Organic and Vegan in origin and process.

The basic ingredients used in black soap are Shea Butter, Red Palm Oil, Coconut Oil, Roasted Plantain Skins, Roasted Cocoa Pods. Other additives like Agoa bark, scents and other oils are optional.

How Black Soap is Made

The plantain peels are dried under the sun.  The skins (and/or palm leaves and cocoa pods) are then roasted in a clay oven to produce ash.  Water is added to the ashes and filtered.  Ingredients like Shea Butter‎, coconut oil, palm kernel oil, cocoa butter‎ are heated and added, and hand stirred for 24 hours. The soap solidifies and moves to the top, is scooped out and the mixture is set out to cure for two weeks.

 Why Black or Brown?

The color varies from jet black to light brown depending on the ingredients used in making the soap. The Jet Black is african black soap made in Nigeria. The Light Brown is mostly the one from Ghana.

The darker soaps tend to have more of the roasted plantain skin in the ingredients. The oxidation from the plantains make the soap bar darker. For a lighter bar more roasted cocoa podsare used.

What is it used for?

Nigerians and Ghanaians have used black soap for centuries for bathing and for reducing body odor, it is also the first soap used in bathing new born babies because its purity makes it gentle and non-drying for babies’ sensitive skin. It is also used as a shampoo for hair, not only to cleanse, but also to alleviate scalp itchiness and irritation. African black soap was used to relieve oily skin and certain skin conditions, such as Acne,Blemishes, Discoloration and Eczema.


  • Made with rare tropical honeys that soften the skin and create a smooth surface;
  • Natural source of vitamins A & E and iron. This strengthens the skin and hair;
  • Contains a high amount of glycerin, which absorbs moisture from the air and literally deposits it into the skin, making the skin soft and supple;
  • Helps relieve acne, oily skin, clear blemishes and various other skin issues.
  • Use soap during pregnancy and afterwards to keep from getting stretch marks and to protect them from dry skin that is often accompanied by pregnancy;
  • Used as a hair shampoo. The shea butter in the soap softens the hair, while the vitamins give it strength.
  • Used in shaving, the high shea butter content leaves the skin smooth and protected.
  • Contains no preservatives, color enhancers, or fragrances. It creates a soft lather without the animal fat additives that are commonly used in soaps

Is the soap for all skin types?

African black soap is considered to be safe and beneficial for all skin types—dry, oily, normal, combination and even sensitive in some cases.

But while some find the soap moisturizing, others might find it drying. The skin will react in different ways.

Dry Skin

  • For some individuals the raw black soap dries out the skin.  Other black soap that includes Shea Butter,or another moisturizing ingredient in the formula will probably be better for dry skin types.
  • If it’s drying your skin, try using less.  A little goes a long way and using too much soap will definitely be drying to already parched skin.  If you have sensitive and/or dry skin start out by using it only once a day.
  • Be sure to use moisturizer Like Shea Butter,or oils like Macadamia oil afterwards, especially if your skin tends to be dry, and during winter months when cold weather could further dry out the skin.

Oily skin

  • African black soap is great for oily and acne prone skin.  It’s efficient for deep pore cleansing because of its natural exfoliating qualities.  For some oily skin types it seems to keep the skin hydrated without increasing oil.
  • Even if you have oily skin you should moisturize afterwards with a non-comedogenic lotion or oil like sweet almond oil and virgin coconut oil.


  • If using raw African black soap, take the soap apart and knead it into a ball to make sure there aren’t any jagged edges, and rub between hands to work into a lather.  If you apply the soap directly to the skin, do so gently, because there could still be particles that can tear the skin.
  • Washing and rinsing with cool water can help reduce the possibility of stinging and redness.  Avoid getting the soap in the eyes.
  • If you have sensitive or very reactive skin, don’t leave the soap on the skin for a long period of time.
  • You could experience tingling or a burning sensation in acne areas, open sores and cuts.
  • If your skin feels squeaky clean afterwards, it means the skin is too dry. Try reducing the amount of soap that you use.  A very small amount (the size of a marble) can cleanse the face and neck.


Make It Last

I’ve read complaints about the soap not lasting very long.  If that is the case, , you’re not storing it properly.  African black soap contains a high amount of glycerin, which absorbs moisture from the air and helps retain moisture on the skin, leaving it supple and soft.  For this reason the soap can soften and start to slowly disintegrate when left exposed.

Since black soap absorbs water, don’t let it sit in a puddle after use.  Keep it dry to keep it from dissolving.  Place the bar on a wooden soap dish with slats to allow the soap to drain.

Before you toss that soap…

  • When exposed to air black soap can develop a thin white-colored film.  This is not mold.
  • You might even want to cut off a portion from the bar, or cut and roll into small balls and place in a Ziploc bag to make it easier to use daily.
  • If you purchase by the pound or in bulk, cut off part of the soap and store the rest.  Store in a cool, dry place.  Leave it wrapped in plastic and then put in a Ziploc bag.

Now let me show you how my acne is doing after 3 weeks of applying african black soap.

What do you guys think? Worth it? I think so.

Please contact me if interested in the soap (Mozambique only)