African Black Soap Benefits: 13 Reasons Why It’s an Ultimate Beauty Buy

Africa is a continent with diverse cultures and traditions. There are many different types of people living there. Some of them have beautiful skin tone while others don’t even possess any facial features at all. Africans come from various ethnic groups like the Yoruba, Kikuyu, Ndebele, Fulani, Bantu and so on…The list goes on!

So what do these people have in common?

They all enjoy using natural products such as African Black Soap.

African Black Soap is made from the sap of the plant known as Eucalyptus globulus (Eucalyptus tree). This is one of the most popular plants used in Africa. It grows naturally in tropical regions and dries out easily which makes it perfect for making soap. You can buy African Black Soap online or you can make your own with some ingredients you may have around home.

There are several reasons why African Black Soap is great for your face. Here are just a few:

It helps prevent acne. It contains antioxidants that protect your skin from free radicals. It prevents premature aging of the skin due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It protects against dryness and irritation caused by sun exposure.

It helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles, promotes firmness, and moisturizes the skin. It has a pH balance that’s friendly to your skin. It can be used as a cleanser, a scrub, or a mask with the same effectiveness every time. It doesn’t leave a film on your face and it won’t clog your pores. It has a pleasant smell that isn’t too strong.

What else could you want in a product?

Of course, it isn’t perfect. No product is. This is why you should be aware of the potential side effects before using it:

Some people are allergic to Eucalyptus oil and therefore should not use this product. It might cause rashes in some people (1). It can cause temporary skin discoloration if it gets into any cuts or sores that you may have. You can minimize this effect by thoroughly washing your skin before applying the soap.

If you are pregnant, suffering from any medical condition, or have sensitive skin you should consult your doctor before using this product.

Even though this product has many benefits it cannot replace proper medical treatment.

How to use:

Wash your face with warm water. Generously apply the soap to your face and neck using your hands (or a washcloth). Lather it up and massage it into your skin for 1 minute (to get rid of dead cells). Rinse thoroughly.

Store the soap in a dry place and make sure it stays away from children.

This simple process will leave your skin feeling brand new!

Note: Don’t use this on your body! It is designed specifically for facial use only. If you want to wash your entire body, try using shea butter or coconut oil instead.


In its original container, the soap will stay good for up to a year. If you buy it in bulk (without the original container), it should still be good for at least 6 months as long as you keep it in a dry place.

Where to buy:

You can find this product in most African clothing stores or online. Don’t buy it from a store that specialize in African clothing and gifts if you can help it. They tend to over charge for the product. Instead, look on Amazon or eBay.


The price of the soap depends on where you buy it and whether you buy it in bulk or in its original container. If you buy the soap in bulk (without the container) on Amazon, you’ll pay around $6.00. On eBay, you can usually buy 5 bars for around $12.00 with free shipping!

Try to buy the product in its original container if you want it to look nice as a gift. You’ll pay about $10.00 on Amazon or eBay if you go that route.

My rating:

I’ve used this stuff for years and I love it! It keeps my skin moisturized and looking young. I especially love it in the winter when my skin gets extra dry. I also like the fact that it’s all natural.

I’d rate it 5 stars.

P.S. If you’re still not convinced, try a sample before buying a whole container! Just ask the merchant if you can have a small piece cut off so you can try it before buying.

Have you used African Black Soap?

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Updated June 2017.












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