Skin Care

African Black Soap (Alata Samina)

African Black Soap, also referred to as “Alata Samina” by Fantis(one of the estimated 100 linguistic and cultural groups in Ghana) has been touted as an effective bath soap. It is also referred to as African Black Soap because it originated from Africa. Despite being called African black soap, this organic cleansing agent can be used by people of different races. Everyone can benefit from its’ healing ingredients. There are different recipes and variations of this remarkable cleansing agent in circulation.

Many people often share the pleasant transformation their skin goes through after they adopt African Black Soap in their daily cleansing routine. For instance, I recently came across an elderly woman who heaped lots of praises about the wonders of this soap. She told me she had been using it for 30 years. Though she looked younger than her age, I refused to attribute her youthful looks to African Black Soap. I figured it might be genetics at play. Yet, I may be wrong for among its’ many uses, black soap has been known for its’ :

  • Anti-Aging Properties
  • Minimizing of Skin Discolorations
  • Healing of Eczema, Chronic Psoriasis and Prickly Heat Rash

My attention was drawn to African black soap simply because it was natural and free of chemical additives. I also wanted to show my skin some love and tried a few variations but was sorely disappointed after each use. In my mind, I frequently wondered why other people swore by the amazing benefits of this soap while I swore by the dry, itchy skin it left me with. Perhaps I was not using it as directed. If that was the case, then I had to find a solution.

Armed like the warrior goddess I believe myself to be, I interviewed followers of this soap on how to use it for bathing as that was my priority. It apparently has multi-uses(shampoo, face wash, body wash, hand wash etcetera).I have summarized the information I received below:-

“A little goes a long way. Wet your bath sponge, apply a little amount by rubbing the sponge in the soap tub. Carry out this step in a circular motion while applying a little pressure.”

My problem was, “little” is relative. How do I know I have enough? After much experimenting, I finally figured it out. I also found a brand that works well for my skin.Last  winter, I used it  with great results; no itchy, dry, flaky skin…YES! Although it is often said that black soap is for all skin types, I think oily skin and normal skin types tend to benefit from any type of African black soap. However, those with dry skin need to ensure that the type of African black soap they  choose includes enough moisturizing agents.

Fortunately for me, my search for an effective and suitable African Black Soap has ended as I have found one that cleanses my skin without leaving it extremely dry. I now use Beauty Secrets Black Soap which is rich in vitamins A, E and K found in the following ingredients :

  • Palm kernel seed oil
  • Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil
  • Theobroma Cacao(Cocoa) pod ash
  • Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)
  • Parfum (Fragrance)
  • 12.34 oz /350 g per jar


This brand was recommended to me by my sister. I am not being paid or being offered perks for sharing information about Beauty Secrets Black Soap.