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

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  • Shipping Weight: 1.42 lbs (0.64 kg)
  • Product Code: ALF-00270
  • UPC Code: 187132002703
  • Package Quantity: 16 fl oz (475 ml)
  • Dimensions: 2.4 x 2.4 x 8.5 in, 1.2 lbs (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, Osse 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.

Furthermore, 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 authentic African black soap mild and gentle, and is the major reason for its great popularity rise in America. The second reason is this soap's versatility. In Togo, our black soap is an "all in one" option for cleaning, and is ideal for faces and babies, shaving, shampooing, and as a general hand & body wash. Scented with invigorating peppermint essential oil.

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 cleanser.

Other Ingredients

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

*Certified Fair for Life - Social Fair Trade by IMO

  • Handmade
  • Domestic packaging
  • Fair trade
  • No parabens
  • No animal testing
  • No SLS
  • No synthetic fragrances
  • Gluten-free
  • Biodegradable


For external use only. Keep out of eyes.

iHerb Customer Reviews

Refreshing and gentle

Posted by 4644230862835331689 on Aug 23, 2016

I love this soap a whole lot more than I expected to. I'll buy anything minty, but this was a very pleasant surprise in its quality. A little bit goes a long way and although it's very thorough at cleansing the skin, it does not leave you feeling dry. My skin is a little dry at the moment due to a thyroid issue, but it feels very soft and dewey after a wash with this. I usually don't use soap because I find it too drying but this is great stuff, I'm going to buy more for Christmas presents.

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smells great!

Posted by 4634358152738228570 on Jun 28, 2016

i love it (:

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Posted by 4779237245836692617 on Jun 07, 2016

i like it

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Authentic African Black Soap

Posted by 5158454076054454474 on Apr 07, 2016

This product left my skin feeling so soft, I use it as a face wash and body wash. The scent is refreshing, and doesn't linger on the body which is great. 5 stars!

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Posted by 5056703104376958658 on Jan 10, 2016

Love the scent

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