How to Make African Black Soap from Scratch


African black soap is good for your skin and hair.

African black soap is a common trend because of its importance and daily use. The most important and base of creating African black soap from scratch is Potash. Potash is mined from over 400 meters from the earth surface. Africans use it in food, hair, soap, and even as a meat tenderizer.

Since some beauty companies are indulging in creating fake African black soap (adding fragrance, diluting the solution, adding unwanted chemicals etc), naturalists have taken to forming their own. If you are a naturalist or simply need to save money and avoid putting toxins in your body, then this video is for you.

The best place to find Potash is at your local African store or market. However, be careful to purchase the real potash. Also, if purchasing Potash online, make sure it is authentic.  The real ones come in pre-measured packs, more like off-white chunks.

Ingredients List (Base):
– 1 pouch of potash
– 21/2 cups of water

Ingredients List (Black Soap):
– 1.8 oz of natural potassium base
– 6 oz of warm water
– 4 oz of castor oil
– 4 oz of cocon

Directions: How to break down the potash (~30 minutes)
Use an iron or stainless steel pot, NOT Aluminum because the reaction will eat and rust Aluminum. 

– First, pour water into a medium-sized steel pot
– Place your potash in the pot
– Set the stove on high heat and bring the solution to boil
-.Once it reaches boiling point, reduce to medium heat and stir occasionally
– Make sure to scrape the bottom
– After bubbles form, turn down the heat (low heat)
– Keep stirring because the Potash dries out fast.
– Continue to scrape the bottom and move the base to one side of the pot

Note: Making he base flat helps it dry out fast. Also, do not worry about the hard crust. It is a part of the process, and it will not damage the pot. Hence, another reason for using stainless steel. .

Directions: How to create the African black soap

  • First, place oil in a deep pot (because of the high foam that will later form)
  • Turn the heat to low
  • Next, in a separate bowl, pour the base that you made above into a warm water
  • Mix the solution gently
  • Pour the solution into the pot and set heat to high
  • Continue to stir as it boils; Black smoke will form very quickly. Do not panic).
  • As it thickens, turn the heat down to low
  • Transfer into a separate jar
  • Let it sit for 24 to 48 hours so the pH level will balance.

You can use your final piece as a body wash or dilute it with water to wash your hair. We found a good video by Green Beauty, a step-by-step guide that shows how to make the African black soap from scratch.