All the benefits of African black soap, but in a convenient liquid!  African black soap is full of antioxidants and is so healing.  Helps to heal skin problems such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis, fades skin discolorations, relieves dry and irritated skin, and evens skin texture and tone.  It is medium brown in color and has the consistency of a thick shower gel, with a mild, clean scent.  16 ounce squeezable tube with flip-top lid.

Liquid African Black Soap


First, we must understand a little bit about the process of making true soap (as opposed to detergent).  Many home cleaning products, personal hygiene products, (and even bar soaps such as Dove!) are referred to as 'soap', but are in fact sythetic detergent-based.  True soap making requires the soaponifcation process, which is specifically defined as the chemical reaction between fatty acids (in shea butter, palm oil, etc.) and a base (also called alkali).  These alkalis are sodium hydroxide (NaOH), also called caustic soda, and potassium hydroxide (KOH), also called caustic potash.  Controversial (but nevertheless true) statement time:  There is NO such thing as a true soap made without lye!   

To say that African Black Soap is made without lye is a misunderstanding of the science behind the soap making process. Natural lye (potassium hydroxide) comes from ash while the synthetic version (sodium hydroxide) is industrially produced. However, THEY ARE BOTH STILL LYE!  Potassium Hydroxide will normally result in a softer or a liquid soap while Sodium Hydroxide will result in a hard soap. If you add quite a bit of salt during the soap making process you can also possibly turn the naturally occurring version into a hard soap, though one needs to use a more solid fat with it like animal fat.

In the traditional African Black Soap making process, women burn local ingredients such as plantain peels, cacao pods, and herbs into ashes. The plant materials used  are a rich source of potassium, and when burned, are highly caustic and become the source of the potassium hydroxide (lye) in the saponification process. Burnt woods can naturally produce lye strength of 10% and up, meaning potash can be the only source of lye in making African Black Soap. The soap is cooked over open fires, and the potash used to finish the soap comes from the fire pits. However, the process can differ slightly from country to country. Although African black soap can be made with plantain peelings, this is not widely used to make African black soaps in Ghana anymore as it is not sustainable to source commercial quantities of plantain peelings (

Our genuine liquid Black Soap is handcrafted in small batches and imported direct from Africa.  In this easy to use liquid version, all of the crumbling issues that can be associated with the bar form of this soap, have been eliminated!  The ingredients used to make this soap are all hand-gathered from nature, by the families that make this soap. 

For this liquid version of African Black Soap, we add plant-based cellulose gum and unrefined palm kernel oil to produce a convenient liquid version.

For a more technical discussion of the chemistry behind ash and potash, see here:

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