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5 African Black Soaps That Are The Real Deal

Try these picks for the ultimate cleansing and moisturizing experience.

Beauty & Fashion

I don't know about you, but one of my goals is to get my skincare game all the way together. I'm trying to be out here with clear skin and looking fully moisturized, okurrr! So, I've been doing some research and African black soap may be the one thing that is missing from my routine.

Clearly I've been living under a rock because black soap has been the GOAT of the skincare game for a long time. It's known to heal breakouts, purify the skin, fade dark spots, and so much more. When it comes to finding the right soap, it can be tricky. Depending on your skin type, you need to be mindful of how frequently you're using it to clean your face. For those who suffer from dry skin, it can be a bit too harsh to use on a daily basis—at first. So, ease yourself into it and figure out whether this is something to add daily or weekly into your routine. I can't lie, I'm a newbie when it comes to black soap; but if we have the gems, you know we're going to share them with you.

With that being said, here are some African black soaps you may want to add to your skincare routine:

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SheaMoisture African Black Soap Bar

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For the results and definitely the price, SheaMoisture's African black soap is well worth a try. In addition to the black soap, it's also formulated with organic shea butter, oats, and aloe to cleanse, moisturize, and comfort irritated skin, while also making it easy to squeeze into your routine. The soap bar is only $3.99 and may be best for those who have extremely sensitive skin and want to save some coins.

The Purity Cosmetics Black Soap

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The Purity Cosmetics is a local black owned skin and hair retailer that offers two types of black soap — the original black soap bar and the flavored black soap. Both soaps are made with coconut pod powder, plantain peel powder, organic shea butter, palm kernel oil and coconut oil to help tone the skin and improve its texture. The flavored options range from lemongrass, peppermint, eucalyptus, and much more. Btw, both are only $3.99, tell me that's not a steal!

Tropical Naturals Dudu-Osun Black Soap Bar

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Tropical Naturals Dudu-Osun Black Soap is an OG when it comes to black soap. We know at least one person in the family who has tried this. The soap is great for all skin types and is handmade from pure natural ingredients and herbs from the tropical rainforest. It's made with pure honey shea butter, palm kernel oil, cocoa pod ash, aloe vera, and more. You can find this at most major retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and more.

$14

TGIN African Black Soap

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TGIN's African Black Soap is a new one but definitely worth a try. TGIN is popular for their haircare products, but may be making a mark with skincare too. Their black soap is made with activated charcoal and shea butter that will detoxify and rejuvenate your skin. The natural cleansing bar draws out dirt and impurities trapped deep inside of the pores that cause bumps, breakouts and all of that unwanted acne. The bar only retails for $4.99.

Wonderfully Natural Organic African Black Soap

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This is the most expensive on the list and sells for $14.99, but Wonderfully Natural Organic African Black Soap is another OG in the black soap game. It's made with shea butter and other natural moisturizing ingredients that heal and repair damaged sensitive skin, lock in moisture, and protect skin cells. It also fights acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rashes.

$15

Bonus: Black Soaps At Your Local African Shops

If you live near a shop that sells African goods, do yourself a favor: Go in and get some black soap. There's nothing like going straight to the source. Most times the mom and pop shops have the goods imported from Africa or soaps handmade with natural ingredients. It may cost more, but it's definitely worth the investment. So if you're someone who tends to value natural ingredients and handmade soaps, definitely hit up the mom and pop shops.

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