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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

African Black Soap REVIEW

"There’s Nothing Basic About Africa ’s Black Soap

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.

Have you ever stopped to look at the ingredients of this soap? 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 pthalates, a chemical which can cause birth defects and liver damage.

There are so many chemicals that are used in nearly all ‘cleansing bars’ sold in stores today. One rule of thumb is that anything you put on your face you should be able to eat. If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin! Whatever soap you use will be absorbed into your bloodstream through your skin. This is why African black soap and other natural soaps are suddenly getting more recognition today.

African black soap is an all-natural soap hand-crafted in Western Africa . There are more than 100 different varieties of African black soap. The production and recipe for the soap varies depending on the region of Africa that it is made. Most black soap is made with a blend of plantain skin, cocoa pod powder, tropical honey, and virgin coconut oil. African black soap is most commonly hand-crafted by village women in Africa who make the soap for themselves and to support their families.

The same women who make black soap choose to use only black soap on their babies, as its purity makes it gentle and non-drying for babies’ sensitive skin. In fact, black soap is generally the only soap used in most Western African countries.

What Makes Black Soap Different:

- Black soap is made with rare tropical honeys that are known for softening the skin and creating a smooth surface.

- Black soap is also a natural source of vitamins A & E and iron. This helps to strengthen the skin and hair.

- Black soap 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.

- For centuries, Ghanaians and Nigerians have used black soap to help relieve acne, oily skin, clear blemishes and various other skin issues. Many swear by it for skin irritations and conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

- Women in Africa will use black soap during pregnancy and afterwards to keep them from getting stretch marks and to protect them from dry skin that is often accompanied by pregnancy.

- Black soap can also be used as a hair shampoo. The shea butter in the soap softens the hair, while the vitamins give it strength.

- Men can use black soap in shaving. The high shea butter content leaves the skin smooth and protected.

- African black soap is unique in that it contains no preservatives, color enhancers, or fragrances. African black soap creates a soft lather without the animal fat additives that are commonly used in soaps made in the US."

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I purchased mine from Coastal Scents.

It isn't the prettiest soap in the world, but it gets the job done!
It reminds me of meatloaf.

It is quite malleable.
I keep mine stored in plastic. Otherwise it would attract dust.
I suffer from eczema as well as very dry skin.
This soap has improved my condition very much. I love this stuff.
It has a clean smell. No fancy fragrances.
It lathers very well.
I cut off small pieces & form them into a ball for use.

Everyone in my home uses this stuff.
Don't get it in your eyes because it really stings terribly.

4 out of 5 stars. (because of the appearance & the stinging of eyes)

Check Out BlackOnyx77's Tutorial


  1. I ordered a couple of samples from an Etsy seller recently and really like it also. Anxiously, waiting on my Coastal Scents package now.

    I thought of you the other day. I accidentally (more like, lazily) bleached my microfiber cloths. They seem to be fine, but of course I didn't read the label before washing

  2. @ CurvyGirl, I'm glad you like the African Soap. I know my mom used to use it on me when I was little. The minute I wet it, I recognized the scent. The next time I order from Coastal Scents, I'm going to get more too. I also want to try their cocoa butter.
    Clutch the pearls, girl, you bleached the cloths? GASP! That's an excuse to order another set. I guard my cloths like treasure. A friend of mine bought the kitchen micro fiber towels & said her mom keeps ruining them w/ fabric softener. She said her mom just doesn't get it. The HORROR! LOL

  3. Love this stuff! You're so right about getting it into your eyes that sucka BURNS like hell lol. It's worked wonders for my acne prone skin. Definitely a staple in my regimen!

  4. Thanks so much for passing this on. I'm gearing up to do a black soap article myself so this is helpful.

  5. Update for a year later? Love this entry!

  6. Thank you so much for this video!!! This is the first time I've used 'African Black Soap' It lathers easily and cleanse amazingly!! I will definitely purchase from your website!!!! Love It !!!!!


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