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Alaffia, Authentic African Black Soap, Unscented, 16 fl oz (475 ml)

Alaffia, Authentic African Black Soap, Unscented, 16 fl oz (475 ml)

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  • Expiration Date: Apr 2019
  • Shipping Weight:
    0.64 kg
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  • Product Code: ALF-00272
  • UPC Code: 187132002727
  • Package Quantity: 16 fl oz (475 ml)
  • Dimensions:
    6.1 x 6.1 x 21.8 cm , 0.54 kg
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Product Overview


  • Fair Trade Shea Butter
  • For All Skin & Hair Types
  • Body Wash
  • Facial Cleanser
  • Shaving Soap
  • Shampoo and More
  • With Handcrafted Fair Trade Shea Butter
  • Fair for Life - Fair Trade Certified by IMO

What is African Black Soap?

In West Africa, authentic black soap is known by its Yoruba name, Ossé Dudu. "Dudu" means the color black, which comes from the extensive "cooking" of the soap to the point of charcoal. Many cultures in West Africa use charcoal to detoxify and purify the skin, and this is an integral aspect of our true African black soap.

Our authentic black soap is made from a centuries old recipe of handcrafted shea butter and indigenous West African palm kernel oil. Saponification is provided by adding ashes to the hot oils, then cooking the soap for six hours. The final step is to dry and cure the soap in the sun for three weeks.

The extensive cooking and curing process makes our authentic African black soap mild and gentle. In West Africa, our black soap is an "all in one" option for cleaning, and is ideal for faces, shaving, shampooing, and as a general hand & body wash for all ages. Unscented for sensitive skin.

Sustainable Skin Care

  • Handmade
  • Domestic Packaging
  • Fair Trade
  • No Parabens
  • No Animal Testing
  • No SLS
  • No Synthetic Fragrance
  • Gluten Free
  • Biodegradable

Suggested Use

Facial Cleanser: Apply with palm or facial cloth and massage gently over skin. Rinse clean and pat dry. Follow with Alaffia Face Cream of your choice.

Body Wash: Squeeze onto a wet loofah, scrub or wash cloth and work into a lather on body. Rinse thoroughly.

Shampoo: Apply to wet hair & massage into a rich lather. Rinse thoroughly & condition with Alaffia conditioner.

Also good as: Hand Soap, Shaving Soap, and General Household Cleanse.

Other Ingredients

African mint (ocimum canum) extract (aqueous), African black soap (saponified shea butter*, (butyrospermum parkii) and palm kernel oil (elaeis guineensis)), lauryl glucoside (coconut).

*Certified Fair for Life - Social & Fair Trade by IMO.


For external use only. Keep out of eyes.

iHerb Customer Reviews


Posted by 5400760586326730149 on Jun 06, 2017 | Verified Purchase

Tried it as a shampoo but it was too stripping. Will use as a handwash

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Good stuff

Posted by 5417407773977954265 on Mar 29, 2017 | Verified Purchase

Good cleansing and moisturizing properties.

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Love It.

Posted by 5664004338163809252 on Feb 09, 2017 | Verified Purchase

I Used Dr. B And Dr. W Before. I Like This Better. Have Back Acne Since Young And Now At 45, Finally Seeing Hope Of Clear Skin. Well, Better Late Than Never.

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It smoothed out my skin and removed out dead skin slightly without over damaging the skin or over stripping it.

Posted by 5079945497538900507 on Jan 25, 2017 | Verified Purchase

This is an organic soap that also works for both hair and skin. Regrading my hair I only use it if my scalp is feeling greasy and oily because it's a bit strong yet it makes my hair shiny. While, for my skin I use it probably every night and it helps in softening my skin and removes dead skin slightly without over stripping it.

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A wonderful new soap experience

Posted by 5311807656040185940 on Sep 09, 2016 | Verified Purchase

Like the other products of Alaffia, this soap is of great quality. It leaves your hands beautifully moisturized after washing: I love it!

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