How to Make DIY African Black Soap: Quick & Easy Homemade Recipe

9 Materials
5 Hours

Today, I'll be showing you a simple DIY African black soap tutorial. I'll share my black soap recipe, as well as the step-by-step process of making it. Black soap has many benefits, such as acne-fighting and anti-bacterial properties. Let’s start making soap!

Tools and materials:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing utensils
  • Jars
  • Black soap liquid 
  • Distilled water (optional)
  • Castor oil
  • Vitamin E 
  • Preservative
  • Pouring jug
African black soap recipe

1. Add the ingredients

Let’s get right into it! First, pour 12oz of liquid black soap into a large clean bowl.

I bought my soap in liquid form, but you can also buy the hardened form. All you’d need to do is cut it up, mix it with 12oz of distilled water, and melt it. Liquid soap is much easier for me, though.

Adding castor oil to the black soap recipe

Now, add the following oils;

  • 4 tablespoons castor oil
  • 2 teaspoons vitamin E
  • 1% Preservative (optional)

Castor oil is great for soothing sunburns, is an excellent moisturizer, and improves overall skin health. It also helps with the lather in this African black soap recipe. 

How to make black soap

Be sure to incorporate the oils well. Even when they are stored in the jar, the oil and water will separate, but that’s fine; once you shake it, it will combine. 

Homemade black soap

2. Pour the soap

Transfer your batch into a pouring pitcher. This will make it so much easier to pour into your jars. 

Setting the soap aside

Set the soap aside for about 2-3 hours, so the bubbles disappear. Bubbles make it harder to pour, so keep that in mind before proceeding to the next step. 

Pouring the liquid black soap into bottles

Once the bubbles have somewhat disappeared, pour your DIY African black soap into jars or any storage container you want.

Placing the lid on the bottles

When you’re using any storage container that has a lid, don’t fill each jar right to the top. Otherwise, when you place the lid, it will overflow.

Tip: Be sure to wipe each jar down with alcohol as there may be some spills from pouring. 

Adding labels to the bottles

3. Add labels (optional)

They are all filled up and ready to be labeled. Since I have a small business, I like to add labels. I design my own labels on Canva; the size is 2 x 4 inches.

Even if you’re going to be gifting these DIY African black soaps, you can easily make your own labels for that personal touch. 

DIY African black soap

DIY African black soap

Here’s the final product! This DIY African black soap has so many benefits, like soothing irritated skin and fighting hyperpigmentation. It also exfoliates, which helps combat those pesky razor bumps.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make black soap. Thanks for joining me, and happy soap-making! 

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