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Black Soap Made in Africa

Black Soap Made in Africa

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Black Soap is a soap generally made in Western Africa where most of its ingredients are readily available. The color of the soap is brown the color of the African Black Soap varies from light-brown to very dark-brown depending on the region it’s made in, since the availability of the ingredients varies. The soap can be molded and cut into any shape, it is usually found in most West African markets in a ball or round shape.  The Black Soap is goes by many names, but the most common is Ose Dudu, which comes from the Yoruba language of Nigeria, Benin and Togo.  Ose Dudu means literally soap (ose) Black (dudu).  It is commonly known as Alata Samina or Anago Samina among Ghanaians.

Preparation of African Black Soap

Dried plantain, banana peels, cocoa pods, Shea tree bark, and dried palm tree leaves are first burnt in a large pot, vat or kettle to ashes. Water is then added to the ashes and filtered; Oils such as Shea butter, Coconut oil, Palm Kernel oil and Cocoa Butter are then added to this water to create the soap.  Herbs and age old formulations make the difference in the resultant soap.  The soap is then hand stirred by local women for at least a day and then set out to cure for two weeks.  Each region or tribe have their own recipe that has been handed down through generations.


You can use this soap on your body, face and hair. Black Soap traditionally has been used to relieve rashes, scalp irritations, and softens rough skin, acne, blemishes and other minor skin problems.  Black soap gives your face a deep cleansing, leaving it fresh and healthier. Regular users report it has been used to relieve eczema, ringworm, and razor bumps as well.


All Ingredients Sourced from Africa
Scent: Unscented
Color: Natural from the soap making process

Size: Different shapes and sizes, Approximately 3.5-4.0 oz.  


Ingredients: Ashes of Plantain peel, banana peel, cocoa pods, Water, Shea butter oil, Coconut oil, Palm Kernel oil and Cocoa Butter oil.

Imported from Western Africa

PLEASE NOTE: Handmade soap will last a long time but only if kept dry between uses. Use a soap dish that drains and keep it in a place away from standing water.

NOTE: Our images are for reference only. Products are made by hand using natural ingredients. Please allow for color and design differences in your finished products.

IMPORTANT: Discontinue use if any irritation occurs.  

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Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
Mabinty Kanu (Sunnyvale, US)
Very Authentic

My parents are from Sierra Leone West Sfrica and I'm very familiar with authentic African black soap. This soap is amazing and has helped even out my complexion. Whenever someone travels back home it's one of the first things I ask them to bring and I'm so happy I found sudsy soapery to supply me with soap during the pandemic when travel is not as frequent.
TIP: Do not apply soap directly to skin as the ashes and settlements can leave slight cuts. Use loofah, washcloth or lather in hands first.

Karen Lokey (St Louis, US)

I’ve been using this product for many years and will never use any other product when washing my face! I was fortunate several years ago to have a table (I was selling dog collars, Mary from festus was helping me) at a craft fair right next to the sudsy soapery table…had a blast meeting them and learning about their products!!!!!

Ali (Greenville, US)

Super helpful with acne!

Kelli Rittmann Kopp
It works well

It is a very nice natural soap. It does make my hair dry so a conditioner is needed

Amanda (Columbia, US)
Amazing results!

My rosacea dry skin LOVES this soap! I won’t be without it. First face wash in a long time that gets my makeup and sunscreen off and doesn’t leave my skin tight xoxo SS you have done it again