My All Time Favorite Face Cleanser! Even Dr. Oz Agrees – African Black Soap – Review & Pictures

I often get asked the same question on a daily basis, and that is what I use to wash my face on a daily basis. I really don’t like to review skin care products because everyone’s skin is different and what may work wonders for me might not work for someone else. Today I decided to let everyone know about African Black Soap and why it’s the only face wash I use and why I swear by it.

My skin is normally extremely dry and flaky all year long and if you have the same type of dry skin like I do then you know with that comes frustrating itchy skin. After trying countless face cleansers from high end to drug store to prescription I finally decided to try something 100% natural. I bought African Black Soap from an authentic retailer in Toronto and I have never looked back since.

African Black soap originates from West Africa specifically Ghana and Nigeria. It is traditionally made by harvesting and sun-drying palm leaves, cocoa pods and the bark from shea and plantain trees, which is high in Vitamin A & E and iron. This material is then roasted in a kettle at a constant temperature and mixed with oils, such as coconut and palm oil. The soap then cures for two weeks before it’s ready to use.

What Is African Black Soap
Black soap is a soft dark colored lumpy block. It dissolves faster than commercial cold press soaps. Black soap produces a very rich emollient lather and gives the skin a clean soft feel. Black soap is 100% natural and vegan in origin no matter which West African tribal region produces it.

Black soap is a bit crumbly and it’s a lot more pliable then most commercial bar soaps on the market. Please keep in mind that sadly there are many people who claim their soap is real Black Soap when in reality it’s just a knock off. Black soap should never be all black in color. If you come across a product on the market that claims to be “natural” black soap and it’s not brown in color then that means the soap has been dyed and therefore doesn’t have the same benefits as natural black soap. Additionally, the fake black soap is hard in texture, whereas natural black soap is soft. The fake soap doesn’t contain all of the natural ingredients and can stain clothes.I have been told by someone that they buy their black soap from Target and if that’s the case then it’s definitely not authentic black soap.

On the June 12 episode of “The Dr. Oz Show,” a guest remarked that she wanted the dewy skin of her youth back. Dr. Mehmet Oz recommended using African black soap every few days on her entire body to help soften the skin for a more youthful glow.

The scent is definitely different if it’s your first time using this soap. The best way I can describe it is it smells like earth and dirt but it is a 100% natural soap so if you are looking for fruity nice scents you will have to get used to it. I don’t even notice the scent anymore.

This soap is amazing I swear by it. It takes off every inch of makeup I have on my face including waterproof eyeliner and mascara. Although it’s not recommended to apply this soap close to the eyes it doesn’t burn my eyes or irritate them. This soap is amazing if you have oily skin and dry skin. If you have dry skin like I do it might cause some dryness but I feel the same type of dryness with any soap or cleanser I use. I always apply Unrefined African Shea Butter after I wash my face and that really prevents dry patches.

African Black Soap should not be exposed to excess water and stored in a cool dry place. Black soap is soft and has a very high content of natural glycerin. Because of it’s natural glycerin rich content it absorbs moisture from the air and becomes softer if not stored in a cool dry place or in a sealed polythene bags.

Importance Of Fair Trade
When you purchase African Black Soap from companies who support Fair Trade you help the women in West Africa that make and process the product to live with dignity and support their families and communities. The female farmers are paid sustainable, fair wages for their work.


Online stores that sell Authentic African Black Soap



My Favorite Face Cleanser - African Black Soap - Review & Pictures






Benefits Of African Black Soap

  • Excellent at removing makeup
  • Helps clear skin bumps, spots, and scars
  • Works against premature facial lines and wrinkles
  • Helps relieve acne, oily skin, rashes, eczema, fungus, ringworm, and other skin problems
  • Works on most skin types including rough, dry, and sensitive skin
  • Can be lathered and used as a shampoo
  • Helps clear skin bumps, spots, and scars




What I Like

  • Affordable
  • 100% natural
  • Cleanses well
  • Removes all traces of makeup
  • Suitable for all skin types, even delicate baby skin
  • Can be used in hair


What I Don’t Like

  • Can be hard to find legitimate companies that sell authentic Black Soap






About Beautetude

My name is Simera and I'm the blogger behind Beautetude. is a place where I will be reviewing skincare, haircare, and cosmetics, and anything else beauty related. I will also be posting makeup looks and in turn I hope it inspires everyone. Outside of blogging I am a 33 year old stay at home mom to a wonderful 10 year old boy who keeps me on my toes all day. I also do freelance work.

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  • Darcu

    I have never heard of this before but it looks like it is an amazing product!

    • It really is my holy grail face cleanser.

  • Jackie Harrison

    Nice soap I will love to try it.

  • Tanja

    If I see this anywhere I’ll definitely try it! However, I don’t think I can buy this anywhere in Switzerland 🙁

    • A lot of times it’s available online.

  • carla
  • Gi.

    Hi doll, i want to try it!
    kisses Gi.

    new post

  • What a superb product! Great review. Thanks for sharing

    Keep in touch


  • Bella Pummarola

    Wow, I need one now! It looks good enough to eat! 🙂 I don’t think I can find it in Italy though…

  • Farah

    Looks great

  • The Real Tina Fay

    I have to give this a try.

  • Libby

    Great product Simera I always look for natural products

    • Me too but most of the time they don’t work this on the other hand is amazing.

  • I like that it helps women in Africa and that it is all natural… I bet that would be a difficult product to find in Halifax… it does sound like an amazing product from what you say though:)

    Have a really great day Simera… thank you so much for your kind and sweet comment on my blog… I really appreciate it a lot… Launna <3

    • Halifax!! Really I had no idea you are from Canada. I am from Toronto.

      • I somehow knew you were from Toronto… not sure where I read that 🙂

        Yes, I lived in Halifax most of my life.. I did live in Niagara Falls for 8 months… and various places from the age of birth to 6 years old 😉 Have a great evening… I am finally off to bed <3

  • For Vanity’s Sake

    Wow, I’ve never heard of this before! Sounds like a great product 🙂

    xo Jules

  • Milu

    Never heard of it before but now I’m super interested in trying it! Thanks so much for sharing all that info!


  • Richa Saxena

    wow! This really looks like an amazing soap..I would love to try it but i don’t think this will be available in India at all…I guess if i ever travel to states I will try to get old of this product there.. 🙂

    • It’s actually hard to find everywhere. I usually order it online.

  • Sofia Rbt

    This seems quite strange, but I would love to try !

    Bisous !


  • Manasi

    Sounds good! Will try that out

  • mademoisellemode

    So nice soap ^^


  • I love anything natural for skin and face, Never heard of there in India.

    • Yes because you usually have to order it online since it is hard to find.

  • I’ve heard it works really well on oily impure skin as well, so I’ve always wanted to try it.

  • Indian Savage

    Sounds great. I’ll love to try it. The natural products’re my favorite
    The Indian Savage Diary

  • gloria

    beautiful my dear!!!:)

  • Carolina

    I never heard about it! It seems a great product and it’s fantastic that it helps African women!

    Thanks for sharing it dear!



  • Thank you for this review! I’ve been thinking about trying it for a while and now I definitely will! x


    you’re right–i’ve only seen it as all black and never have tried it. as a fellow dry skin girl, i’ll be on the lookout!!

    • Yes if you see it and it’s all black you should walk the other way.

  • Paola

    I need to try this black soap!!!!!
    Happy Wed darling!!!!

  • This soap sounds really amazing and it’s great that it’s a Fair Trade product. Thanks for the intro and links Simera!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  • Wow! I love it! I am also trying more and more organic stuff- after all we humans are organic- why use chemicals to treat “us”. I love this- thanks for sharing!!!! Kisses, Sissi

  • Sanaz

    Fab review

  • Bita

    I love this soap I bought it from coastal scents too.

  • Excellent review! I’ve never heard of Black Soap and your post is very interesting!

  • Rosh S

    Nice review. Thanks for sharing. I was not aware of this soap and that it helps women in Africa.

    • Yes it’s a very good soap.Thanks for visiting.

  • Darn it, I was reading this I was like ‘I just saw black soap at Target! I should go buy it!’ and then I read your comment about Target… lol. I guess I’ll just have to order it. I have the same kind of dry skin, so this sounds amazing!

    • ha yes I know I wish Target was selling the real deal but sadly it’s not and you won’t see the benefits using the soap that Target sells.

  • Hi Simera, to be honest is the first time I hear about black soaps and have to tell u Im so inspired by them, for sure Id love to try one too! Kisses dear xo

  • Gi.

    hi dear, good night!
    kisses Gi.

    new post

  • Mindy

    Sounds awesome

  • Natasha Bhatt

    That is an amazing soap.. i liked ur detailed review dear 🙂

  • Poo@beautyandmakeupmatters

    Natural facial cleansers are the best for skin but they are so hard to find.. 😛
    Thsi one looks amazing though.. i will try if i can lay my hands on it! 🙂

  • I have heard so much about this soap. Your seal of approval means a lot. Thanks.

  • borka gamero

    Lovely <3
    wish you a great week ahead…