How to Make African Black Soap in Nigeria

How to Make African Black Soap in Nigeria

African Black soap as the name implies originates from Africa. The process of making this soap varies from country to country.

Ghanaian African Black soap is one of the best black soaps in Africa. The ingredients for the soap also varies from country to country.

This soap is very good for the skin as it helps remove acne and blemishes.

As we all know soap is a commodity we cannot do without. The type of soap you use determines the look and feel of your skin.

How Lucrative is the Business of African Black Soap?

If you are looking to start a business that would give you huge returns on investment. Production and distribution of African black soap in varieties is one business that you shouldn’t ignore.

As I said earlier, everyone use soap and a healthy skin can only be possible with good food, soap and cream.

The African black soap is made with natural ingredients and so does not cause any harm to the skin.

This particular post is about how to make black soap from scratch. There are different ways to prepare the African black soap to soothe different skin types though. Which can be made from this black soap we are discussing about in this article.

Learning how to prepare African organic black soap from scratch, is an important step you must take if you want to make different types of Black soap for different skin types.

Every other type of Black soap for different skin types, can be made from your already made African black soap.

Having knowledge of the various types of black soap for different skin types is very important for your business. Being fully aware that there are different people with different skin types.

You can be sure that hundreds and thousands of people will come requesting for your soap to soothe their skin. So why not give it a try?

Why African Black Soap?

Over the years people have been using different types of inorganic soap and cream that have caused harm to their skin.

But the good news is that you can help people discover the secret of using naturally made soap and cream to enhance the beauty of their  skin.

You can make African black soap, package it well and sell to family, friends, stores and super markets.

I guess you know that Dudu Osun soap sells very fast than any other black soap in the market.

What do you think is responsible for that? The truth is the packaging makes it unique.

Come to think of it. What stops you from making your own black soap and packaging it like Dudu Osun soap?

You can package yours too with your brand-name and break even with it.

That said, let’s look at the origin of African black soap.

History of African Black Soap

African black soap is familiar to many people of African descent for its skincare benefits. It soothes skin irritations and diseases from simple rashes to dermatitis and psoriasis, as well as fading skin discolorations and evening out skin tone.

Black soap has been used for centuries by Nigerians and Ghanaians for bathing and reducing body odor. It was, and still is, used as a shampoo for hair, not only to cleanse, but also to alleviate scalp itching and irritation. African black soap relieves oily skin and certain skin conditions, such as eczema and acne.

Women used black soap for skin care during and after pregnancy to prevent dry skin, stretch marks, and other skin conditions caused by hormonal changes. The soap was also used on babies because of its purity and gentleness on sensitive skin.

African black soap originated from the Yoruba people in Nigeria and the Yoruba communities in republic of Benin and Togo.

The Yoruba words ose (soap) and dudu (black) literarily means black soap. In Ghana it is called anago samina. (Anago is the name of a Yoruba sub-group in what is now Republic of Benin).

Samina means soap in the Twi dialect of the Akan language. It is also called alata samina throughout Ghana. Black soap is typically made in west Africa, Ghana to be precise.

It is made from secret recipes. Different tribes and communities have adopted their own specific (secret) blend of oils and cooking techniques, which can be seen in the different color variations among black soap. The ash itself was often used to heal cuts. The plantain skins give the soap vitamin A, E and iron.

Benefits of Organic African Black Soap

African black soap is popular to Africans for its skincare benefits. It soothes skin irritations, diseases and simple heat rashes. It helps prevents dermatitis and psoriasis, as well as fading skin discolorations and evening out skin tone.

Below are some of the benefits of African Black Soap.

African Organic Black Soap Fights Acne.

It’s a must have for people with oily skin and those who are prone to acne. African black soap eases the symptoms of skin conditions like acne and balances the natural oil of your skin and protects the skin from excess sebum which could clog your skin pores. Many users have testified that black soap helps lessen, treat, clear and get rid of acne, blackheads and eczema.

African Organic Black Soap Helps in Soothing Irritated skin.

African organic black soap calms the skin, whether it’s an excessively dry skin or you have skin allergies like eczema, red areas or rashes. It also helps to relieve dry patches, clearing and soothing rashes and itching.

African Organic Black Soap Alleviates Razor Bumps

Most African men use it for shaving because of the high shea butter content, which protects the skin. After shaving, the skin needs proper exfoliation to prevent the dead skin cells from clogging the pores which could in turn cause razor bumps.

Using African organic black soap helps prevent the bumps and infections that result from shaving and waxing your skin.

African Organic Black Soap Fades/Reduces Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is caused by excessive exposure to ultra violet rays which can leave ugly marks and dark spots on your skin. African organic black soap contains shea butter that protects your skin from sun damage and minimizes dark spots too. It also helps even out and fade brown spots and discolorations.

African Organic Black Soap Has Anti-fungal Properties.

The organic Black soap has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and is great for deep pore cleansing. It also is effective at removing makeup because of the oils and butters.

African Organic Black Soap Cleanses and Exfoliates the skin

The African black soap is rich in vitamin E. The ashes found in the black soap exfoliates your skin gently to remove dirt and dead skin cells and thereby improve fine lines, soften and rejuvenate rough skin preventing signs of aging.

African Organic Black Soap Improves Skin Tone

Black soap is good for overall skin care because it firms and tones the skin and improves skin texture, for more supple and glowing skin.

African Organic Black Soap Is A Great Natural Moisturizer

The black soap contains various oils, which includes shea butter, and palm oil, which are highly hydrating and beneficial for all skin types. The butter and oils enrich the skin, lock in moisture, and keep it plump and hydrated.

African Organic Black Soap Protects Against Aging

Black soap contains antioxidants that protects the skin from free radical damage, which is a cause of premature skin aging, facial lines, wrinkles and facial lines. It also helps minimize the appearance of scars and stretch marks.

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Ingredients for Making African Black Soap

Ripe plantain skin powder

Palm oil 1 cup

Lye water 1/2 cup

Vegetable oil 1 cup
Vitamin E oil 1 capsule
Glycerin 1 bottle cap
Fragrance oil few drops
Coconut oil(optional)1/2 cup

How to Make African Black Soap From Scratch

  • Get a clean plastic bowl
  • Pour the vegetable oil in the empty plastic bowl
  • Add the palm oil into the oil in the plastic bowl
  • Mix the oils together with a wooden stick
    Add your lye water and mix very well
  • Next you add your vitamin E oil and stir it properly
  • Add the glycerin and mix very well
  • Then add the fragrance oil of your choice, keep stirring till everything is thoroughly mixed.
  • Finally add your plantain power or ash till it becomes thick enough for you.

Your soap is ready. Now what you need do is pour your soap into a mold and leave for 24 hours to become hard.
There you have your African natural soap.

How to Package African Black Soap

The way you package your good in any business you are into, determines how far your products will sell. If you package to your products well, you will get people coming back for more. So rather than be like every other person doing the same business with you. Dear to be different.

Get a good graphics designer to design your logo and stickers for you. You can use these stickers on the containers you want to use for packaging and sell to friends and family members.

I strongly advise you use your product first so you will know how it works and tell others about it.

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How to Market Your African Black Soap.

Marketing is the life blood of every business. A business without the right marketing strategy is as good as dead. So it’s important to learn the best marketing strategy for your business. Below are some tips to get started.

1. Start with friends and family members

As I said earlier, start with friends and family members. You know we’ll well that many of them have soaps they have been using for years. Some still have issues with chemical based soap.

Such people might be looking for alternative means of tackling such issues. So reach out to them and make them understand why an organic based soap is the solution to any problem they have with their skin. You just have to tell them give it a try.

2. Visits shops within your company vicinity.

Most shop owners pay huge transport fare buying and shipping their goods from the market to the shop. Introducing your soap to them will help them cut down expenses on transport and save some money. This also means more profit for them.

3. Advertise online – The internet is one viable means of selling of your goods if you know how to hi about it. There is a down side to it though. And that is as a result of the many fraudulent people whoc online to scam and dupe people of their hard earned money. This means you need to really convince people they can trust you. But don’t worry, as far as you are doing a genuine business. In the long run, they will come to trust you.

4. Employ the Services of Marketers

This is another powerful marketing tool. Get people to do the marketing for you while you pay them in return. This should also based on how much sales they are able to make daily, weekly or monthly.

These are some of the ways you can successfully market your soap.

What do you think? If you are looking to start a business in the new year. I think this is a God way to start.


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