I Made Liquid Black Soap…
…and I think I’m in love. Today is wash day and I decided to try my hand at making liquid African black soap. I have been using it for the past week on my face and body, but have been thinking it would be great if it were a liquid. I know that you can buy liquid black soap, but just like the bars that you usually find in the stores, it is not the real thing. Usually there are some added ingredients either to preserve or just because the manufacturer was trying something a little different. I buy my black soap from an African/Caribbean store not far from my house. They also sell the commercial bars that you usually find in stores, but they also sell the real thing. Brown and tan with dark spots. Aaah, true African black soap.
Using it is easy and cumbersome at the same time. You break off a small piece and use it to lather your face and body. The problem for me comes when the little piece gets to small to rub, but I don’t want to waste a drop, so I keep dropping it while trying to use it. Also if you have a sizeable piece left at the end of your cleaning ritual, it looks like a little turd, sitting peacefully in your soap dish. Not a good look when company comes over.
I knew that it could be used to wash your hair, but I couldn’t figure out how to accomplish washing my super thick hair with a little turd ball, even if I just concentrated on my scalp. So I decided to turn to the internet, to find out if there was a way to melt, boil, or something to make the black soap take on liquid form. It turns out there is. Watch below to see how I made my liquid version.
I tried to make a “moisturizing” version, because I know that it can be drying. I’ve been loving it for my skin, but I must follow-up with a toner and moisturizer (I use witch hazel as my toner and jojoba oil as a moisturizer). If dry hair is not a problem for you, you can make this with just warm water and the black soap shavings. By shaving them small, I was able to use my soap within a couple of hours. If you cut off pieces, it may take up to 24 hours to dissolve.
I used it to shampoo my hair, since today is wash day and it worked out great! It wasn’t drying, it lathered very well, I was able to distribute it throughout all of my hair with no problem and my hair felt clean when rinsed out. A marker for me that my hair is clean or getting clean is when my curls start popping in the shower. When I can feel the curls spring up, I know that my hair is clean. It’s like they are saying, “Ah, finally.” I’ve also heard that you can use this liquid to wash dishes, as a body wash, and to clean the house…hmmm, interesting. I will probably try the dish washing, but for now my other homemade household cleaners are getting the job done.