Back to the Basics: Black Soap

So its winter. Now we ladies (and gentlemen) have to deal with this cold dry air and wind, and sun damage and snow. We also have that wonderful acne to fight and you have bought just about everything on the market to take care of your face.

That’s the problem with us today, there are so many $20+ solutions out there that we fail to realize that a cheaper option may be in sight. Like that black soap you see.

Black soap, also known as African black soap,  contain various oils, like the coconut oil, palm oil, palm kernel oil, shea butter and cocoa butter. They also contain ashes from different plants, like shea tree bark, banana trees, cocoa pods, and plantain leaves. Along with these water is used as a base for producing these soaps.  This is beneficial in many ways beneficial because this soap can do so much from head to toe!

  • Eliminates acne
  • Removes makeup
  • Heals acne scars
  • Removes oils from the skin
  • Keeps the skin moisturized
  • You can even use it to wash your hair

The biggest benefit is the moisture in my opinion. This weather has been topsy turvy in Mississippi! One day it is hot, the next day it is cold and my face is full of dry patches. Black soap is made with Glycerin. Glycerin gets on the skin and literally pulls moisture in, keeping the face moisturized and soft.

I bought this soap for $1.29 out of the (very small) African American section of the health and beauty aisle in Kroger.

Do you use black soap? Have you ever used it? How did it effect your skin or hair?

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Aprill Coleman is an award-winning beauty, lifestyle and wellness blogger and freelance writer based in Jackson, Mississippi.

12 thoughts on “Back to the Basics: Black Soap

  1. Reese

    I’m back to using black soap for my acne but for some reason it’s been really drying… So I have to slather on the Shea butter after.

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  10. Kimmie

    i highly recommend pure african black soap.  some bar soaps like the ultra glow and some others i have seen in walmart and walgreens are not pure african black soap.  that stuff is the truth.  i order mine from amazon.  about $10 for a 1lb brick and then i just cut off chunks to use in the shower and to wash my face. it has to be kept in a closed container. in winter, i get the black soap mixed with shea butter because pure black soap tends to be drying. i recommend that for people with dry skin. for summer i switch to the regular since i have oily skin. it has improved my skin tone, textureand clarity tremendously.

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    1. glitteryglossy

       @Kimmie Thanks for the reply! You know when I first published this, that soap above was the first black African soap I had ever came in contact with, so needless to say I was inexperienced. Since then I have used the real black soap and I didnt like it,it was very harsh on my skin and flared my acne up! I think it dried my skin out too much and I was not supplementing with a good moisturizer!

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      1. Kimmie

        i had the same exxperience with extreme dryness  even with my oily skin. it did clear up acne and faded some hyperpigmentation but the dryness was awful. i was glad to find the black soap mixed w/shea butter. i used it all winter and did not have a problem. my friend wanted to use up her black soap before buying the kind with shea and she would apply grapeseed oil to damp skin after cleansing during the day organic coconut oil after cleansing at night. that kept her skin from drying out and now her face is flawless!

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