African Black Soap

Hey everyone! Here’s a product review of sorts. I have been using Raw African Black Soap since October ’09 and I love, love, love it. I wanted to give it a good long test run before I wrote about it. It gets my locs very clean but not stripped even with 2 times a week usage. Needless to say I’m no longer using Dr Bronner’s castille soap as shampoo. I will use the remainder of the Dr. Bronner’s that I have as a body wash and DH has started using it as well. Once that’s gone I just may use the black soap for all over hygiene.

Why did I change? I was noticing a greasy film on my locs right after washing while wet and there was buildup on two of the nape locs. This seemed odd to me because at that time I was not using anything else on my locs. No oils, butters, gels styling products. Just a few drops of essential oils and I mean just a few in a pint spritz bottle and I was using ACV on my scalp and washing weekly. Plus, I was diluting the soap with long rinses after shampooing. Also they were kinda rough and scratchy once they dried. So I was on a quest to find something else that was natural and budget friendly.

So, I purchased the bulk raw soap from Butters-N-Bars.com after being given a bottle of their black soap herbal shampoo by BearneseBrown on YouTube as a contest winning. It arrived in 4 big chunks that look like meat loaf  and are in sealed in zip lock bags. Thanks to LaLoced, who so graciously did a tutorial on her YouTube channel showing how to make a liquid version from the raw bulk soap. It’s been almost 4 months since getting my order and making my first batch of shampoo. The chunk pictured above is the 1st one I’m working on. I’m on the second batch of shampoo, ending up with about 32 oz this time. I made it 1 month to the day ago and I’ve got 24 oz of shampoo left. I know this because the bottles I’ve got to put it in are 24 oz, so that means I had to use 2 bottles to house the batch. It looks as though this is going to be more economical than the Dr. Bronner’s.

The result has been soft locs. When I put my homemade shealoe butter mixture that I have tinkered around with…OMG, super soft locs. Even the “kitchen” and hairline areas, y’all know from the creamy crack days, where the beautician laid that stuff on first ‘cuz it was supposed to be the nappiest, roughest hardest hair on your head. Well I’m finding out that those same areas are loosely curled and wavy. As a result, the shorter hairs in those areas don’t want to stay in the loc especially since I need to wash my hair 2 times a week. There are some pics below. But that’s alright with me. One part of the loc mission has been accomplished as I was determined to have soft locs using the goodness from Mother Nature. Now I’m patiently awaitin‘ for the length to show. Y’all, I am so lovin‘ my locs!!

Happy Valentines Day!

18 thoughts on “African Black Soap

  1. So sda that we don't have any in South Africa..or here in tanzania.Thankfully someone had sent me some last year which I'm stillnursing along. I have a few more months to go.It really is the best!

  2. Hey girl!1 Thanks for the 411, I will be ordering mine this week. I stopped using Dr. Bonners for the same reason. Everytime I used it, I noticed a grey film on my locks and my hands. I thought it was because I have extremely hard water. But I just couldn't deal with CRUNCHY locks. I have been using Tahila Waheed black soap shampoo and it works fine, but I'd rather make my own – I've really gotten into wholistic spirituality and wholistic health this year.By the way, your locks look great and I am OFFICIALLY JEALOUS!!!!!!

  3. @ Evelyn: Thanks Sis! I'm glad they appear as soft as there are in real time on camera. @ Thandi: Wow that is surprising to me that you can't get it there. Maybe the site I mentioned had a contact over there where you can get it. @ AfroLady: Hey Sis!! It's not hard to make your own from the raw soap and you can customize it for your locs' needs. That's what I'm doing and I love the results. Girl, there is no reason to be jealous cause your locs are looking mighty fine over there! 😉

  4. Thanks for the review and the YouTube link! I've been saying for the longest time that I'd like to switch to just one product for overall body and hair care. I may break down and give this a shot.Do you condition at all, or does the black soap eliminate the need for you?

  5. I'm so glad you posted this review, I've been thinking about trying this soap for the longest but just didn't have the guts to do so. After tyring every other product that there is out there and seeing this review, why not try something 100% natural. I've been looking for an all natural product and looking for just one product. I'm getting tired of using unecessary products, in my hair. Plus I'm running out of space in my cabinets, lol.Would you recommend using this product on baby locks? I have a few, and I want them to lock ASAP, but if this product makes your locks soft do you think it would slow down the locking process? Also I heard this soap is suppose to help with dandruff do you know if that is true? Because I'm trying to do away with those anti dandruff shamppoos as well, they cost too much. I guess I should see for myself. Sorry for the long post, just excited someone has did a review on this. I will take a look at the links as well.Take Care

  6. Hey Brown Buttahfly! lol I know exactly what you mean. I had been wanting to try it since '07. I would say yes it can be used on baby locs. When I say soft I mean soft compared to commercial shampoo. For me there was no way I could go without conditioner while using commercial shampoos. It seems to be helping my dandruff but I am also using ACV infused with herbs for mine since I have oily dandruff. As long as I don't go over 4 days in between shampoos my dandruff is kept in check. That along with the change in shampoo have helped a lot. I have also stopped putting anything on my scalp. HTH

  7. I couldn't resist any longer after doing some more research, I gave in and purchased some black soap, along with some of their oils. Looks like a great site, I see they also have great reviews on their products as well. Plus I don't mind to help out our African American people.I can't wait to get it and try it. As I have learned more about this soap, if I love it, this will be the only soap I purchase for my entire family! Both my kids suffer from eczema, plus I can use it as an body wash and facial wash. Gotta love it! I just hope I'm satified with it because I already love the idea of just having one soap!

  8. I couldn't resist any longer after doing some more research, I gave in and purchased some black soap, along with some of their oils. Looks like a great site, I see they also have great reviews on their products as well. Plus I don't mind to help out our African American people.I can't wait to get it and try it. As I have learned more about this soap, if I love it, this will be the only soap I purchase for my entire family! Both my kids suffer from eczema, plus I can use it as an body wash and facial wash. Gotta love it! I just hope I'm satified with it because I already love the idea of just having one soap!

  9. I'm so glad you posted this review, I've been thinking about trying this soap for the longest but just didn't have the guts to do so. After tyring every other product that there is out there and seeing this review, why not try something 100% natural. I've been looking for an all natural product and looking for just one product. I'm getting tired of using unecessary products, in my hair. Plus I'm running out of space in my cabinets, lol.Would you recommend using this product on baby locks? I have a few, and I want them to lock ASAP, but if this product makes your locks soft do you think it would slow down the locking process? Also I heard this soap is suppose to help with dandruff do you know if that is true? Because I'm trying to do away with those anti dandruff shamppoos as well, they cost too much. I guess I should see for myself. Sorry for the long post, just excited someone has did a review on this. I will take a look at the links as well.Take Care

  10. Please tell me where to buy this soap at ?
    Where did you order yours ? I have severe acne and have had it my whole life and I really want to try this black soap

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