How to Make Liquid Black African Soap

You can make your own black soap using natural ingredients.
You can make your own black soap using natural ingredients. (Image: bottle/container of handwash/hand wash/liquid soap/hygiene. image by L. Shat from

Black soap is a traditional soap from Africa that is known for its highly moisturizing properties. Black soap can be particularly hydrating for extremely dry, aging or chapped skin. Black soap can be used in brick or liquid form. Although you can buy black soap at specialty bath shops, they can often be costly. One solution is to make your own liquid black soap at home using the traditional ingredients that are found in traditional African black soap.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Water
  • Chamomile flowers
  • Lavender flowers
  • Strainer
  • Black soap
  • Cocoa butter
  • Shea butter
  • Spoon
  • Jojoba oil
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Honey
  • Glycerin
  • Pump bottle

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Pour 4 cups of water into a pot.

Heat the water until it starts to boil.

Add in 3 tbsp. each of chamomile and lavender flowers.

Boil the flowers for four hours.

Strain out the flowers, and allow the mixture to cool completely.

Add in 6 oz. of black soap, 4 oz. of shea butter and 2 oz. of cocoa butter. Mix well with a spoon.

Add in 2 oz. each of sweet almond oil and jojoba oil. Mix well.

Add in 2 oz. each of honey and glycerin. Mix well.

Pour the liquid black African soap into a pump bottle for use.


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