14 Apr 2019


Making black soap is a delight at anytime but you need to be careful of the ingredients you intend using. It is not important to follow recipes but you need to have a basic idea about the functions of the ingredients you are using. When you have a good knowledge about the ingredients in your products,then you would be able to decipher the problem with any product...

1. Liquid in black soaps
I have been making soaps for over a year now and I have encountered perfection and problems with some of my formulations.One thing I have learnt over time is that when applying watery substances to your black soap, you need a preservative, if you want to use the product for more than a month else it would ferment and get spoilt...I have used purees, juices,waters-any type and have gotten the same results...They all get bad within two weeks, max-3weeks

2. Stick to oils and butters
Oils and butters would ensure that your black soap have a longer shelf life. Also you need to be certain of the type of oil which would suit your skin. I steer clear of olive and coconut oil. I have an oily and sensitive skin hence I limit myself to oils with little fatty substances.I prefer soothing oils such as peppermint,mint and tea tree.I also go for anti-oxidant and fungal oils due to the sensitive nature of my skin. As for butters, tamanu and mango are my favourites.I am not a fan of shea butter. Different things for different folks.

3. Herbs  go a long way
I love powders and herbs because they help in exfoliating as well as moisturizing the skin. Camwood,turmeric and neem top the list for me but if you are looking for whitening powders,then turmeric,sandalwood ,gram flour, mulberry, bear berry, tomato powder and carrot powder should be on your list.

4. Additives
Adfitives are a must if you're thinking of making a whitening black soap.Serums, lightening oils such as pure gluthathione oil, zaya oil, kojic dip, over white,toujour whitening serum can lighten/whiten your skin depending on the shade you're aiming for. Acids such as lactic, glycolic,salicylic, kojic can do wonders. Lightening powders such as Alpha Arbutin,gigawhite, snow white is also necessary..If you're thinking of a whitening black soap,then one of these should be in your soap.

Also, if you want a perfect black soap with a longer shelf life,then your soap should contain no liquid.If you want purees or floral waters in your formulation,please use a preservative or use within two weeks.A perfect black soap should also contain oils that is suitable for a particular skin type.The herbs or powders should also be selected for their properties.And of course,if you want a whitening soap, endeavour to include a whitening powder, acid and serum to your formulation. There are different ways of making your black soap and they include:

1st Method
I call this method the overnight soaking method. I usually soak my black soap in floral waters or rice milk with glycerine and honey, over night when using this method.


100g of Ghana black soap

50grams of herbs (preferred choice)

2 tbsp honey

2 tbsp whitening glycerine

4 oz sweet Almond oil

5  oz Jojoba Oil

2 Tbsps of Chamomile Flower 

2 Tbsps of Lavender Flower

1 tbsp shea butter

1 tbsp cocoa butter

Whitening Additives (optional)


Boil the water and make a tea with the flowers.

 Let it steep for 2-3hrs, then strain twice. Add the black soap and let it sit overnight. 

Then add the shea butter, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil,  jojoba oil, honey and glycerine to it. 

Mix well and store in a container. If mixing for a light skin person, add your preferred lightening/whitening agents. 



African Black Soap

Distilled Water/Aloe Vera
 Juice  NOT Gel (Blended With Water)

Large Bottle

1 Tsp of Vit E Oil


Crumble soap into a large bowl. 

Add aloe vera juice or boiling water into a bowl, add moisturizing properties (vit E oil). 

Mix together well and let it sit for few hours to allow it dissolve. 

Drive into a large bottle or containers of choice. Your liquid ABS is ready.


This method gives a pasty like texture

8 oz Avocado oil 

6 oz Castor oil 

8 oz Safflower oil 

10 oz Coconut oil 

10 oz Olive oil 

2 oz African black soap

9.4 oz Potassium Hydroxide 

27  oz Initial water for paste 

80 oz Water for dilution 


1) Make a solution with the water and potassium hydroxide

2) Add all oils to the cook pot along with ABS and melt. The ABS will not melt well, stick blend it until it gets as smooth as you can.

3) Add the solution and stick blend until you get a thick trace then stick blend a bit more

4) Turn the Crock pot onto medium heat and let it cook, if it separate while cooking, stick blend it back into submission

5) Stir and let it cook more for about 30mins more. Then starts adding your 40 oz of water gently. You can always add more water but you can't add all so that it will not be too watery (Boil your water before adding it will be nice and doesn't crock your soap)

After having the soap on warm for a couple of hours and stirring occassionally, add more time to cooking then strain it just invade it had any sediment from the ABS. 

Then add 2% lavender essential oil for scent. Lavender EO makes it thick, citrus EO act as solvents and makes it thin. Add 2.5% in total. Your liquid ABS is ready for use. 

Store in a container of choice.

Note: African Black Soap is different from Ghana Black Soap. It usually comes in a powdery form.

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