Google+ African Black Soap - Ose Dudu | Organics by MelVee

Nov 22, 2013

African Black Soap - Ose Dudu

One of the staple ingredient in my DIY beauty cabinet is Raw Black Soap.  I prefer using the black soap in liquid form because the solid melts pretty fast once you start using it. I make my liquid black soap  from the raw black soap by adding organic Honey, Lime, Charcoal, Aloe Vera etc depending on what i want to use it for, skin brightening, hair shampoo, skin detox etc. 

Black soap has many names: African black soap, Anago soap or Alata Simena (Ghana) or Ose Dudu (Nigeria) and its mostly found in Western Africa. This soap is one of the healthiest soaps you can use on your skin due to the purity and simplicity of the ingredients. In Togo for example, most mothers use black soap to wash their newborn babies because it is pure, gentle and non-drying for their young, sensitive skin.

Black soap

Raw traditional Black Soap is brownish-black in color and normally comes wrapped in banana leaf or brown paper. It has a delicate texture and a natural earthy smell. It is not oily or scented. Black Soap has been used for African hair and skin care for centuries.

Benefits of Black Soap
  • Helps deep clean and exfoliate the skin.
  • Used to remove excess oils from the skin, which helps to treat and prevent acne.
  • Used on most skin types including rough and dry.
  • Helps with bumps and spots.
  • Helps reveal radiant, fresh, and healthy skin.
  • Soothes several types of skin irritations, such as razor burn, rashes and eczema.
People suffering from eczema often have difficulty finding products that care for their dry, sensitive skin without irritating it or provoking an outbreak. Black soap might help reduce your eczema outbreaks because it's gentler on your skin that most chemical-laden commercial soaps.


COLOUR: Black soaps have a dark colour that corresponds to the length of time its ingredients have been roasted: the longer the roasting process, the darker the product. You should expect variations in colour, especially in raw soaps.

INGREDIENTS: African black soap uses only natural ingredients and contains no preservatives, colour enhancers, or fragrances. Instead raw black soap generally contains: plantain skin, cocoa pod ash, coconut oil, and honey. The leaves and bark from palm trees, Shea trees, plantains and cocoa pods are turned to ashes. Water, coconut oil, and Shea butter are added to the mixture as well. Black soap includes iron and vitamins A & E because of the plantains used in the soap-making process. African black soap creates a soft lather without the animal fat additives that are commonly used in soaps.

STORAGE: Black soap contains a high concentration of glycerin, causing it to absorb moisture from the air quickly. This means that the raw black soap is malleable and dissolves easily in water. This type of soap will last longer when stored in a sealed, dry container, saran wrap or in a zip lock bag or bag. It is also best to only wet the portion you intend to use so that the main bar lasts longer.

SHELF LIFE: Black Soap can last a long time without getting bad.

Do you use black soap in your beauty regimen? What is your personal experience with it?

Until  next post...remain beautiful.


  1. Really Nice to See your Blog on Nigerian Blog Awards website today, Thanks for the info. Really glad to read about this Black Soap, I never knew its so useful like this. I hope you win the best beauty blog in the awards. Best of Luck

  2. Been wanting this for a while now... thanks for the info

  3. Luvly blog you have here Onome!Thumbs up! Pls what and what can I add to the blacksoap to lighten up my skin because I don black finish*choiiii,Daris God oo*

  4. Its not costly at all, u can get a portion as cheap as 20 naira, yes 20naira. I use it for my face n neck n I must confess, there has been tremendous improvement, no more oily face. Also I tried d sugar body scrub, breath taking , my skin is glowing. Nxt is to look for a good sunscreen.thanks melvee.xtabel

  5. Txx for the tips. What ingredients can I add to the soap to lighten my skin without blemish. Thanks

  6. Hi, please where can I get this black soap in Lagos?

  7. Can i add aloe vera,carrot n cumcumber to d black soap


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...