Benefits of African Black Soap for Cleansing African Hair and Skin

African black soap is handmade using ashes from burnt plantain, It is not black but it ranges from light brown to dark brown in color. Shea tree bark, cassava, palm leaves, and cocoa pods combined with oils like coconut oil, palm oil, and palm kernel oil.

Black soap goes by other names

sabulun salo, ose dudu, and anago soap.

Ose dudu simply translates to black soap.

The natural ingredients in African black soap – like coconut oil, Shea butter, plantain bark, palm tree leaves, and cocoa pods are behind many of the benefits from this powerful beauty product.

  • The plantain bark is rich in iron, vitamin A and vitamin B.
  • Shea butter which is the oil base of black soap has antioxidants that minimize sun damage and moisturize your skin. The ash used to make the soap which also has anti-oxidants.
  • Palm kernel oil and coconut oil moisturize your skin, keeping it from drying out.

The ingredients may vary depending on the specific part of West Africa where it was made. The makeup of the plant material used to make the ashes may vary from one region of West Africa to the other.

Sometimes the soap is enriched with essential oils like eucalyptus. Some of them might even add aloe vera gel or oatmeal.

The soap is handmade by African women – the plant material is sun-dried and then cooked until it turns into ash, and then the ash is used to make soap. The ash/charcoal gives African black soap its characteristic dark hue.

Black Soap Helps to Protect Skin from Sun Damage

Black soap is enriched with Shea butter which protects the skin against harmful Ultra Violet Rays of the sun.

Promotes Faster Hair Growth

The vitamins and minerals in black soap promote faster growth.

Black Soap Exfoliates

This soap removes all the dirt and the dead skin cells from your face and hair. In the process, harmful bacteria are removed from the surface of your body. Use it when you need deep cleansing and exfoliating.

Safe for Sensitive Skin

African black soap is safe for every skin type. Only buy the unscented African black soap if you have extremely sensitive skin. If you can find an African black soap that is enriched with oatmeal, you will find it even better for relieving dryness and eczema.

Authentic black soap does not have any bases produced in the lab, or perfumes that could irritate your skin.


African black soap contains cocoa, coconut oil, and Shea butter which relieve dry skin. It also softens hair when it is used to cleanse hair and it won’t dry your hair as much as synthetic shampoos do.

Try this: To make it even better for your dry hair and scalp, use the soap with honey.

Many black soap brands are also ‘fair-trade’ meaning that the proceeds from their sale go back to the communities that produce them.

2 thoughts on “Benefits of African Black Soap for Cleansing African Hair and Skin”

  1. I’m seeing people say use African black soap on hair in order to get your cutrls back, however are they refering to the bar? I’m not seeing African Black Shampoo anywhere on the web.

    1. Actually a couple of places are doing shampoos now. Just be careful if they have other ingredients. My go-to brand is Aféxan Cosmetics. They carry a black soap shampoo that is awesome for the hair and leaves you build-up free. There are also a ton of DIY black soap shampoos if you search youtube.

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