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African Black Soap DIY Recipe: From Scratch- The Easy Way! + Skin & Hair Benefits

I LOVE using African black soap for my skin care regimen and also for shampooing and clarifying my hair. African black soap is excellent for skin and scalp care in general. I wanted to share a simple way I like to make african black soap from scratch. Simple is key! I prefer natural products that keep the ingredient count to a minimum.

African Black Soap (ABS) is packed with nutrient dense ingredients and oils. Let’s start by discussing the benefits of using African black soap.

Hair: African Black Soap will clarify your scalp and will help to treat scalp dryness and resulting dandruff. Being that ABS has excellent  astringent properties, product build up can be easily managed with regular use. The recipe for my ABS includes palm oil and grapeseed oil which are both packed with skin and scalp friendly antioxidants and have rich moisture content to strengthen and protect hair; which can lead to increased hair growth and length retention.

Face: ABS is recommended often to treat oily skin and acne prone skin. The astringent properties help to fully lift dirt and residue for skin. ABS is also great because there is a rich content of vitamin E. Vitamin E is great for revitalizing skin and treating issue of dry skin and fine lines and wrinkles.

Body: ABS is known to be great for general skin care as well. ABS is often recommended to treat dry skin conditions including contact dermatitis and eczema and body acne.

The process for making my African Black Soap is not the way it is traditionally made in Africa, but my method is efficient and works.


15 oz Organic Palm Oil

10 oz Grapeseed Oil

8 oz Purified Water

3.45 oz Lye Powder

4 Black Tea Bags

4 Tbsp. African Black Soap Powder

2 Tsp. Orange Essential Oil

*I use this brand of African Black Soap Powder


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“African Black Soap Powder”


Add teabags to hot boiling water. Once tea has brewed pour 8 oz of tea water into a heat safe glass. Next stir in 2 tbsp of the African Black Soap powder. Once the mixture has cooled to room temperature, slowly ad gently mix in the lye powder. Allow this mixture to reach room temperature (it will be really hot at first). While the lye and tea water mixture is cooling, prepare your oils in a large mixing bowl.  Pour both the palm oil and the grapeseed oil in a large bowl, once the temperature of the oil and lye mixture are within 10 degrees of each other, you can stick blend the lye mixture slowly into oil blend. Being that the recipe has a high content of palm oil, your soap will reach trace very quickly so have your essential oils ready to add to the soap mixture. After you add in your essential oil, incorporate the final 2 tbsp. of African soap powder. pour your soap mixture into a mold. After 48 hours, remove soap from it’s mold and cut it into smaller pieces how ever you like. Allow the soap to cure for 4-6 weeks before use Enjoy!


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