By Jenell (pictured above) of

Do the words – pimple, acne, black head, white head, hyper pigmentation, uneven skin tone, oily, dry, sensitive – describe your skin??

They all used to describe my skin at one point or another, and I’ve used just about every product known to man to help get my skin on the right track.  I spent lots of money on face washes, cleansers, exfoliates, astringent, toners, spot treatments, wipes, and moisturizers in hopes of clearing my skin.

Nothing worked well enough.  The results seemed promising after the first few weeks, but then slowly but surely the products lost their effectiveness. I was constantly seeking the next best thing.  Until one day I was introduced to African Black Soap.

What is Black Soap?

Black soap, or African Black Soap is made up of dried plantain skins, palm leaves, cocoa pod powder, and kernel oil and has been used for generations as a natural remedy for acne, eczema, body odor, and to alleviate oily skin. Its many uses include using it as a body soap for cleansing or lathering and using it as a shampoo.

Natural black soap  is actually brown and not black (funny, I know). It is a natural source of vitamins A & E, iron and an all-natural for all skin types, from rough to sensitive, and is said to keep skin smooth and hydrated–but without increasing oily skin for those prone to it. It gives your face a deep cleansing leaving it fresh, and healthier.  It helps work against premature signs of aging and wrinkles, alleviates bumps and spots, is great for removing makeup, and is good for deep cleaning without drying out or irritating skin.  It can be used by any ethnicity and for men or women.

A Piece of Black Soap

How do I use Black Soap?

I use black soap on my face only.  I cleanse my face with black soap in the morning and then again at night. The black soap removes my makeup very easily, which has saved me money because I no longer need to buy those makeup remover wipes!  I’ve been using black soap for a year and in the video below you will see an up close and personal view of the condition of my skin.

My skin is clear, smooth, and glows.  My skin has never looked so good and its new health is directly attributed to my use of black soap.

Ladies, have you tried black soap? What were your results? Are there any other natural skin remedies that you try?

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Can anyone attest to these?
1. The black soap lathers like no body’s business (more than any usual soap)?
2. When done your skin is whitish..not dry, but as if its exfoliating a little too much?
3. The soap does not stay solid, it’s soft and that makes it hard to use properly?


I totally agree! I have oily skin & black soap dries it out like no-one’s business. I’ve decided to melt it down & keep it in a tiny container so it doesn’t absorb too much water. This way I just scoop it out when i need some. Soo much easier than keeping it in bar form cos it literally crumbles away and leaves brown sludge everywhere. But i still love it though lol!


U are soooooo correct with all three of these, i think the soap stains my shower brown until the next shower session. And yes water melts the soap you have to let it dry out when not in use so an open soap dish with drains.


Oh yes how could i forget the brown stains on my white tiles. Arrgghh. Funny though with all this i will still use the thing.


Sounds great! Where can i get the black soap?



I love black soap. I use it for my body, but I would love to use it on my face but at times the soap can get scratchy, I guess if I lather it in my hands i wouldnt have a problem, but i don’t like to use a wash cloth with this (it makes the soap dissipate). I crossfit 4 times week leaving scars and bruising all over. I am sure that right after a work out being drenched in my sweat and other peoples sweat that I shower with the world’s greatest soap because there are so many… Read more »

What brand of black soap are you using that get’s scratchy? Actual natural black soap gets softer and softer, to the point of melting, each time you use it. Maybe you should try a different kind so you can use it on your face.


I think its just me but i can feel the components of the soap at time like the pods, its just me!


I’m been using African Black Soap, but the one I have is of a creamier substance. I wonder if its as effective as the solid kind?


Proper black soap is soft almost spongy in texture, crumbly like a good sponge cake if it is rock hard it is not real thing. I know this as I am from Ghana and I have been using it for years.


Hi Natalie

I am from South-Africa.Do you know where I can get Black African Soap?


The Shea moisture black soap wash rid me of my bacne but I thought it would be too harsh for the face. Maybe I should try it


I used it on my face and it has done WONDERS for my skin. I’ve never sung praises for a product the way I do for this!

gaynelle c

I used the Shea Moisture African Black Soap and although I usually am satisfied with their products, this soap had my face looking worse than ever. I have very oily skin and adult acne.I was trying to go the natural route but this soap was too strong. I am going to try the all natural african black soap such as the one pictured above next. Keeping my fingers crossed because the cleansers that my derm has prescribed are entirely too expensive. But hey thats just my experience,it may work for you.

I have similar skin, but instead of using black soap, I use 2Shea’s Castile Cube soap in the morning and the Olive Shea & Aloe lemon soap at night. It’s affordable and my skin is smoother and clear.


I also have oily skin but my acne has calmed down over the years. I use “Clearly Natural Essentials Glycerin” soap, it’s available in grocery stores, mainly in the natural cosmetics section.It cleanses well without being overly drying. See the pic below, it also comes in different fragrances including an unscented version.
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i would love to try but i dont know where to get it on ground in the Us (i dont like ordering products they get too expensive) i live in pennsylvania, any suggestions for where i can find some?


I’m also in PA for the year and my skin has been suffering b/c of some stress – where can I find some?


Any beauty supply store should sell it (except Sally’s). It should be in the section with the raw shea butter is. Most of the time the bar is wrapped in saran wrap with a sticker/label on top.
This is the kind i use:
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Sally’s has it now!


Yup! I’ve bought Out of Africa African Black Soap from there once. I


I buy now from amazon because you can set up a recurring shipment. I use to buy from but i would have to wait for shipping and Amazon i have prime.

I use Dudu Osun Black Soap as a bath soap. I use my DIY Body Butter (shea butter/coconut oil) as a body moisturizer. Here is my facial skin care routine — Make-Up Remover: Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Soap & a damp paper towel Cleanser: DIY Oat and Chamomile Facial Cleanser (ground oatmeal/dried chamomile flower petals) Toner: DIY Chamomile Toner (chamomile tea) Moisturizer: Aubrey Organics Vegecol with Aloe Moisturizing Cream ; Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm Acne Spot Treatment: Now® Tea Tree Essential Oil ; Montagne Jeunesse Clean-Up Mud Masque Face Mask: DIY Greek Yogurt Face Mask (Fage Greek yogurt) This routine… Read more »

Wow, this is something that we’ve known for sometime back home (Nigeria). I actually sell this soap from my home and it comes direct from there. There’s nothing better than black soap, honestly. It’s good for more than just acne… it works on ringworm, rashes, you name it!


Hello, you sell?! How can I reach you? I’m in Nigeria too.


Could you post a link to your store so people can purchase your black soap??