African Black Bar Soap is said to be one of the healthiest soaps for all skin types, even infants, due to the purity and simplicity of the ingredients used during production. Our bars are made in Ghana, Africa, by small-time soapmakers. This traditional black soap is made from potash (lye) from the ash of fire pits used to cook soap.
Black soap traditionally contains three simple ingredients: unrefined shea butter, unrefined palm kernel oil, and potash (to saponify the oils into soap). These ingredients are hand-gathered from around the local villages and are not from a farmed plantation.
Black soap is NOT like traditional bar soap. It is not hard, but rather quite pliable. Store-bought bar soaps often have their natural glycerin content stripped out during the manufacturing process. Because of this, African Black Bar Soap may be sold on the secondary market. Our black soap still contains its natural glycerin, making it uniquely soft. Meaning care should be used when storing your bar. It cannot sit in standing water nor be exposed to the air for a prolonged period, as it will eventually absorb water. This key benefit makes it an excellent soap, as it will “gather” water from the air and hold it to your skin, thus making you feel soft and nourished and not chemically stripped of your skin’s natural oils.
We recommend storing your African Black Bar Soap in an air-tight container for maximum benefit. If you notice “white spots” that appear on the bar, this is from being exposed to air and is in no way a sign of your soap going rancid.
Please note this item is FRAGRANCE-FREE but does hold black soap’s traditional scent. We think it smells of wood smoke, which comes from the high content of unrefined shea butter used to make this bar.
This soap is sold by weight and is hand-cut from sizable blocks. We attempt to send the largest piece possible, allowing you to slice it down into smaller sections. Though, you still may receive smaller cut pieces. Because black soap is somewhat pliable, you can often press the pieces together with the warmth of your hands.
Because ash is a key ingredient, your soap may contain charcoal wood pieces or small rocks from the fire pit. Though rare, we do recommend caution.
Try this product in its easy-to-scent liquid form: Liquid African Black Soap.
INCI: Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, and cocoa pod ash.