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Benefits of African Black Soap

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I remember my first encounter with African black soap, the local unpackaged kind. I was a bit repulsed and at that time felt a little superior for using dove. How little did I know at that time. Now African black soap is one of the best things that has happened to me.

African black soap typically contains – Plantain skin ash which is the main ingredient is a natural source of vitamin A, vitamin E, and iron. Cocoa pod ash, palm kernel oil. Some people add extra ingredients like the one I use also contains honey, shea butter, osun (Camwood), Aloe Vera, and Lime. It is made mostly by Nigerians and Ghanaians. It is important to note that African black soap is actually brown not black. If it is black, it is fake.

•The ashes in black soap provide exfoliating properties that remove dead skin cells and thereby improve fine lines, soften and rejuvenate rough skin. It also makes the hair soft.

•ABS relieves acne, oily skin, clear blemishes and various other skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

•Pregnant women use it to help with stretch marks and dry skin during pregnancy.

•Nothing to worry about as it contains no preservatives, colour enhancers, or fragrances.

•It helps improve even skin tone all over the body.

•It is also a great shampoo for the hair because it deep cleanses without drying out the hair or skin.


I'm OnyinyeOlufunmi, a visual artist, writer and psychologist from Lagos, Nigeria.

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    1. You can order online form Amazon or any online store but it will be a branded one not the locally made one which is obviously better. You can try Dudu Osun which I sometimes use when I can’t get the locally made one.


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