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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

Try it You'll love it

Posted by 4649847921425716075 on Dec 07, 2016

Great without ANY Harsh chemicals I use it on my children and myself also for cleaning my face great product. Bought a bottle for my daughter to try also

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Love it

Posted by 5589355179456417844 on Dec 01, 2016

I will be repurchasing

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Great liquid soap for squeaky clean skin

Posted by 4718720490799576204 on Nov 27, 2016

This was my very first African black soap purchase, and I'm pretty pleased with it. It has great suds, a really gentle peppermint scent which leaves a cooling, tingly feeling on your skin and leaves your skin soft but still really clean-feeling. It's coming up to Summer in Australia and I have combination/oily skin so this is great to make me feel clean, refreshed and cool after a long, sweaty day. I'd use caution when using this on freshly shaved, sensitive skin as I had a bit of a burning sensation on my armpits. I also purchased the ylang ylang scent which I'm yet to try, but will definitely repurchase from this line again.

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Posted by 5391133416239456318 on Nov 14, 2016

it works. multi purpose. fair-trade. 4 stars 'coz the whole family can use it. it just it got peppermint (like it's written there) so think twice if you really need to open your eyes when you wash your face.

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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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