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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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 works… 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??