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How to make Liquid African Black soap

(Last Updated On: September 25, 2020)

For the “no poo” sistas out there who are on the search for an affordable cleanser which won’t strip your hair of it’s natural oils and still do its job, I recommend going to your local beauty supply, African food store or an online retailer such as Wal-Mart to get yourself a bar of African black soap.

History and Usage

Black soap has been used by our foremothers and forefathers for many centuries to keep themselves clean and to keep the skin clear of any skin related issue.

How to Liquefy African Black Soap

While the solid form of Black soap is great, it’s liquid form is easier to dispense and it also allows you to use a few drops at a time, instead of lathering too much of it on your skin or hair.


Recipe & Directions

1. Crumble the solid black soap into a sanitized bottle. I used an old castor oil bottle.
2. Add some aloe vera juice into the bottle. Black soap is very alkaline which will leave your skin feeling tight and dry. But adding an acidic content will reduce the pH level to a skin and hair friendly pH level which will work better with our skin and hair.
3. For additional moisturizing properties, add vitamin e oil and/or olive oil

4. Add some vegetable Glycerin and castor Oil
5. For a nice scent, add an essential oil of choice. I used lemon grass oil
6. Shake the content together and let it sit for a few hours to allow the soap to dissolve.

**The amount of liquid to soap content used will vary depending on personal choice, but you want to make sure that it’s not too watery.

How do you liquefy your black soap?


Saturday 5th of March 2022

Hi! I am looking for a soap my sister purchased for me a couple of Christmases ago, and have found that the company has gone out of business. I am so upset because I use this soap for my skin issues, specifically for something similar to psoriasis on my legs. I have looked at several products others sell, and am a little down because I find that many have a few comments about not being real African black soap. Do you have a source for authentic soap that doesn’t have all the ingredients required by the FDA? They tend to make things worse than they should be and it infuriates me, causing products that should make my skin issues better to make them worse. Help! I wish our country would quit adding chemicals to everything and care for real.

Thanks ahead of time for any suggestions you have!


Wednesday 13th of April 2022

you can give the bar soaps a try since they are the purest form.


Wednesday 17th of March 2021

I used rose water in my black soap, do I still need to use preservatives,if yes what kind of preservative is recommended


Wednesday 17th of March 2021

I usually make enough black soap to last me for about a couple weeks or so. but for preservatives, i add a few drops of tea tree oil and peppermint oil.

Fiance Brown

Monday 2nd of November 2020

Hello to your recent question above, I am looking to making a liquid black soap for a face cleanser for my skin care business. I wanted to know will I need preservatives ? And if it will lose the sudsy nature should I add in a natural surfactant or what do you recommend ?


Wednesday 11th of November 2020

Hi there, i suggest working with a chemist to come up with the best formula for your skin care product. thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday 6th of October 2020

Hi, So I heard from some random sources here and there that when ABS is exposed to water/moisture for too long it loses it's properties and sudsy nature. Dunno if that's true or not, please confirm. I want to make a ABS body wash for winter with moisturizing ingredients like argan oil and vegetable glycerin.


Friday 16th of October 2020

Yes, that's why I usually make a small quantity of Liquid Black soap at a time. So you can make enough that will last you for a week at a time, since they're easy to make.


Sunday 17th of April 2016

I was wondering if you could sub Aloe Vera Juice for water in liquifying ABS. Finally found the answer here on your blog. Thank you so much!!

Adeola |

Monday 18th of April 2016

Hi Kim. Yes, you can definitely use water. I was just feeling fancy on that day. You can also add a bit of rose water for more moisturizing properties. I used aloe vera juice to help raise the pH level a bit. Cheers Adeola

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