Saturday, February 25, 2012


We’ve all been there before…you walk into a department store and head for the health and beauty section. You examine a wide variety of cleansing bars and you choose one that seems to match your needs. It usually takes a few tries before you find that one soap that really works for you. Do you ever stop to look at the ingredients of this soap?(2) 

You are likely to find triclosan, which can disrupt the thyroid hormone and increased exposure can contribute to the development of breast cancer. You will find fragrance, which is usually a safe word for phthalates, a chemical that can cause birth defects and liver damage. There are so many chemicals that are used in nearly all "cleansing bars" sold in stores today. (2)

I often use the words “never put anything on your skin your wouldn’t eat!”

Whatever soap or cosmetics you use are absorbed through your skin into your blood stream. Health first, beauty second.

So what makes African black soap different that even Dr. Oz applauds it:
Raw Ghana Black Soap
  1.        African Black Soap comes from plantain skin, which is a natural source of vitamins A & E & iron. (1)(3)
  2. It is made with rare tropical honeys & pure unrefined Shea butter.
  3.      It 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. (2)
  4.   African black soap is unique in that it contains no preservatives, color enhancers, or fragrances. (2)
  5. It helps to heal acne, eczema, shaving bumps and spots. (2) (3) (4)
  6.    African black soap creates a soft lather without the animal fat additives that are commonly used in soaps made in the US/Canada. (2) Read more here

How Black Soap is Made
First, leaves and bark of various trees and plants are burned in a vat or kettle. These may be leaves from banana trees, plantain skins, palm tree leaves, Shea tree bark, and/or cocoa pods. 
Secondly, water is added to ashes to be filtered. Oils such as coconut oil, Shea oil, palm oil, palm kernel oil, and cocoa butter are added to the water to create the soap. 
The soap is then hand-stirred by local women for at least a day and then set out to cure for about two weeks.(2) (4)

The methods of making traditional black soap and its secrets have been passed down from generation to generation to keep the soap close to Mother Nature and avoid exploitation & imitations. Many have tried to create their version of black soap with all kinds of ingredients, but Ghanaian & Nigerian black soap are the best quality because they are ORIGINAL. (1) The most common form of  black soap which comes from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, Togo, and Benin republic is called Ose Dudu (Dudu Osun). Ose Dudu literally means Soap (ose) and Black (dudu).

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!

There is no such thing as traditional liquid black soap. If you encounter liquid black soap bear in mind it is not traditional. There are liquid black soaps on the market made from natural ingredients. Do not confuse these with traditional black soap. Liquid black soap is new to the market and an extension of traditional black soap. If you are into natural products, you should ask your vendor what the ingredients are in their liquid black soap. (3)

For a liquid black soap, fill a container with the soft African Black Soap; crumbled or broken into smaller, more easily dissolved pieces. Add 20% purified or distilled water; again, that's 2 parts water to 8 parts black soap. Seal the container and set aside for several hours. This makes an excellent shampoo or shower gel. (2)

African Black Soap contains a whopping 48% unrefined Shea butter! The commercial soaps and lotions only add 1% to 4% ultra refined, which is too little Shea and it has the healing properties removed; it most likely was refined using a chemical process that leaves trace chemicals in the Shea butter. The average homemade Shea soap can only handle 10% Shea butter. How will I know the difference? Oh, you'll know! African Black Soap is made using a natural lye saponification with no preservatives added or needed. (2)

Where to buy Black Soap? Nharo Fair trade arts & crafts Inc

Warning: The FAKE SOAP is hard, black and does not even compare to the original. Real Black Soap is always brownish-black. The longer the plantain skins are roasted the darker the soap. But the soap is never completely black & it is not scented. (3)

  1. Dr. Oz Fans. “Dr. Oz: Acerola Cherry, Frankincense oil & Africa Black Soap.”. February 14. 2012. Web. 24 February. 2012.
  2. Mad hatters Wholesale. “African Black Soap.” 03 April. 2012. Web. 23 February. 2012.
  3. “A Brief History of Black Soap, Alata Samina or Anago Samina.” N.D. Web. 22nd February. 2012.
  4. “African Organic Black Soap.” N.D. Web. 23 February. 2012.

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  1. Sounds healthy! Thanks Yemi!

  2. Great article, well researched and very informative.

  3. & Jereka Hunt Thanks a million!

  4. looks great! I'll have to try some....


  5. Awesome post. I use the crumbly black soap for my face. I love it ;)

  6. Hey Danni, yes you have to try it! thanks for reading! @Vee thanks girl!! I LOVE black soap as well, it is a permanent staple!

  7. Being from NYC, I have seen many fake black soaps on the market. Any soap that is semi-translucent is NOT black soap, even though it says it is. The picture shown here is what it should look like - sometimes the soap looks "ashy". The real thing is wonderful and I hope any one who tries it gets the real thing not the fake glycerin/melt & pour based stuff that's out there. I'm a soap maker and I can't stand seeing the fake stuff touted as traditional.

  8. @Happy Hair Brklyn your feedback is greatly appreciated because it helps to answer some of the fundamental questions in regards to the differences between real traditional black soap & fake black soap! Many thanks for reading!

  9. I use Nubian Heritage Black Soap, I have their offical Black Soap (It's smells like honey)and I also use their Lemongrass and Tea Tree Oil Soap. It has helped me a whole lot with my ezcma & Ance. Atfer I shower with it I use pure Shea Butter. Have you ever used this brand?

  10. Hi Sierra, thanks for your feedback! I am Nigerian and grew up using traditional black's like this, if your mum makes the best recipe ever of a particular dish, even if you try a similar dish elsewhere, it will not measure up to hers. Nubian black soap sounds great, it's base is the Original/Traditional West African black soap! I love the original black soap and only use this...why not give it a try :)

  11. I am definitely going to have to try Ose Dudu soon! Thanks Yemi!

  12. Abigail you are most welcome! See you soon!!

  13. Thank you so much. In a world full of expensive facial cleansers and products and I've tried just about all of them. I still suffer from ance and discoloured skin. I'm certainly giving this a try!!!! Do you also use this for shampoo, I have horrible flaky scalp?

  14. Yes I do use it as a shampoo, check out my blog post on Shampoo, for flaky scalp try black soap, & Rhaassoul clay, they could both help.

  15. Yepa!I don miss o.just came across this blog on bglh's facebook page.I can't begin †☺ calculate the amount of money I wasted on skincare and haircare products.Meanwhile my mom has always warned me against it,she even makes liduid black soap and adds things like aloe vera,lemongrass oil etc,she even made me ditch d creamy crack all thru seconday skool buh I hated so happy †☺ be inspired ny blogs like bglh,naturallycurly and now shakara natural tips.keep up d good work now I know natural is d only way †☺ !

  16. You are most welcome! I am running another giveaway soon, stay tunned! sorry I've been MIA This past weeks have been busy for me :)

  17. Thanks so much cause I used black soap before but I could tell it wasn't the original... Left my skin very dry... Will definitely get the correct one this time. GOD bless you!

    1. AWW you are most welcome Jamica! Stay blessed :)

  18. Hey could I get this soap in south africa? I really want it but don't know where I can get it HELP