Alaffia’s simply unscented Authentic African Black Soap is made from a centuries-old recipe of handcrafted shea butter and West African palm oil†. Black soap is known by its Yoruba name, Ossé Dudu. Dudu means “black,” which comes from extensive cooking of the soap to the point of charcoal. Many cultures in West Africa use charcoal to detoxify and purify the skin.
Alaffia’s Authentic African Black Soap is likened to the home remedies of Togolese mamans. It’s made from a centuries-old recipe of handcrafted shea butter and Orangutan-safe West African palm oil. Saponification is reached by adding potash to the hot oils, then cooking it for six hours. The last step is curing the soap in the sun for three weeks, resulting in a gentle and effective soap that gently cleanses, clarifies and softens skin. Sulfate-free.
+ Our natural West African palm oil is grown and harvested by small-scale farmers in the Maritime region of Togo, from the town of Tsevie to Kpalime. The oil is extracted by our Fair Trade cooperative in Sokodé using traditional methods. When palm oil is grown as an industrial plantation crop, such as in Indonesia and Malaysia on newly cleared rain forests or peat-swamp forests rather than on already degraded land or disused agricultural land, it can contribute to the endangerment of animals such as the Orangutans. However, this is not the case with the small farms that we receive our palm oil from in Africa. Oil palms are native to West Africa and have been grown as part of multi-cropped sustainable small farms for centuries. Furthermore, it is important to point out that Orangutans do not exist at all in Africa.
Alaffia is a For Life certified operation by ECOCERT. Through fair trade principles, we are redefining sustainable development ensuring needs are met for a dignified life.learn more
Alaffia is Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certified, a system for ensuring that products are consistently produced and controlled according to high quality standards.learn more
Alaffia is Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certified as a minority-owned, managed and controlled business.learn more
Alaffia is proud to partner with TerraCycle to provide our community with an easy way to recycle hard-to-recycle plastics in our products to help positively impact the environment.
Ocimum canum (African Mint) Aqueous Extract, Lauryl Glucoside, Saponified Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) Butter* and Elaeis guineensis (Palm Kernel) Oil
Face Cleanser: Gently massage over skin. Rinse clean and pat dry. Follow with the Alaffia face cream of your choice.Body Wash: Apply generously, working into a rich lather. Rinse thoroughly. Shaving Soap: Apply and lather evenly with wet hands. Shave and rinse. Be Creative: Tell us how you use it. #AlaffiaBlackSoap For external use only