How Black Is Your Soap?

Here are a few things about using Dudu Osun I remember; it lathered a lot and was difficult to completely rinse off; it was peppery especially in my lady parts; but it had an appreciable smell.

Well, it wasn’t long before I had to switch to a different soap; point number 2 above was impossible to do away with. I would not use a black coloured soap again till late last year.

I was at a networking event towards the end of last year and as part of the take-home goody bag, I received a tiny bottle of the Skin Apothecary’s Liquid Black Gold soap.

Like Dudu Osun, it lathered very easily but unlike Dudu Osun, it was not peppery, lathered as much but was very easy to rinse off. In a few days, I had started receiving compliments and questions about what I was using for my skin, It was that good.

Black soap is the new black gold, ladies.

Black soap is said to be made from the ash and/or the bark of plantain, palm kernel oil, shea butter and cocoa pod powder. First, the leaves/bark are sun-dried and then roasted in a container at a constant temperature. The degree to which the mixture is roasted determines the color, texture and smell of the soap.

Various oils that nourish the skin with vitamins such as A and E are added to the mixture, stirred and left to cure. Curing reduces the moisture content of the soap causing it to harden and also makes the result gentler on the skin. Differing mixtures of the essential oils added to the recipe also offer a variety in the textures, smell and effects of any particular blend.

So how do you select a good one? I personally would recommend the Skin Apothecary because I have used it and seen the outcome.

However, here are a few points to note when choosing one yourself; make sure the soap is browner than it is black.

  • Choose black soaps that are locally made, simply because there is less refinement and higher chances that the bar or gelatinous mixture still retains the originality and effectiveness of its ingredients.
  • Check out product reviews online as well before making your purchase. This will give you some insight into what works and what doesn’t.
  • Finally, be very sensitive and observant about the changes in your skin once you start using any particular product. A skin patch test may come in handy if you are unsure.

I believe black soaps are foolproof for the one fact that there isn’t a lot of chemicals and additives that goes into making them. They are perfect for a wide range of skin imperfections and give you an overall glow in the long run.

Currently, I am using a jar of Cottage Fresh (Alata Samina) and I’m loving the outcome.

So, how black is your soap?

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Kay Ugwuede is a keen, discreet observer, an unusual feminist, writer, and blogger behind