With Handcrafted Fair Trade Shea Butter
For All Skin & Hair Types
- Body Wash
- Facial Cleanser
- Shaving Soap
- Shampoo and More
What is African Black Soap?
In West Africa, authentic black soap is known by its Yoruba name, Osse Dudu. "Dudu" means the color black, which comes from the extensive "cooking" of the soap to the point of charcoal. Many cultures in West Africa use charcoal to detoxify and purify the skin, and this is an integral aspect of our true African black soap.
Our authentic black soap is made from a centuries old recipe of handcrafted shea butter and indigenous West African palm kernel oil. Saponification is provided by adding ashes to the hot oils, then cooking the soap for six hours. The final step is to dry and cure the soap in the sun for three weeks.
The extensive cooing and curing process makes our authentic African black soap and mild gentle. In West Africa, our black soap is an "all in on" option for cleaning, and is ideal for faces, shaving, shampooing, and as a general hand & body wash for all ages. Scented with invigorating peppermint essential oil.
Sustainable Skin Care™
- Domestic Packaging
- Fair Trade
- No Parabens
- No Animal Testing
- No SLS
- No Synthetic Fragrance
Alaffia® was founded with the moral objective of alleviating poverty in West Africa.
We do this through fair trade of our base ingredients and our Alaffia community empowerment projects.
In addition to funding Alaffia's empowerment and gender equality projects, our Authentic African Black Soap helps us to preserve our traditional methods of crafting in our communities.
Made in USA