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african black bar soap

with Oats, Aloe Vera & Vitamin E
Detoxifying & Balancing

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Nubian Heritage’s African Black Soap combines Shea Butter’s hydrating properties with the soothing properties of Palm Ash, Plantain Peel, Tar and Tamarind Extract to minimize the appearance of superficial skin imperfections. Our deep cleansing formula aids in exfoliation revealing radiant and healthy-looking skin.


Apply to washcloth or hands, create rich lather and cleanse. Rinse well. Follow with your favorite Nubian Heritage body lotion or infused butter. Avoid contact with eyes.

Size and Dimension

5 oz.
3.75 X 1.5 X 2.75


100% Vegetable Soap: African Black Soap Base, Coconut Oil* and/or Palm Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Meal, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Plantain Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Vegetable Glycerin, Mineral Pigment or Vegetable Color, Natural Fragrance and/or Essential Oil


African Black Soap, made with Palm Ash, Tamarind Extract and Plantain Peel has been used in Africa for centuries to minimize the appearance of skin blemishes and other skin ailments. Historical references to Shea Butter, a staple of African pharmacology, date back to the reported Shea Butter caravans of Cleopatra’s Egypt.

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African Black Soap



african black bar soap is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 69.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I prefer this bar soap. It is a black soap - purplish in color. It does have specks of other colors in there. The soap lathers well. It'll activate better with water, meaning if it's not lathering, just add water. I can just wet my hand, run my wet hand over the soap bar, and clean my face. I can wet the washcloth, and the soap just a little, and not really have to drag the soap for a really long time to get a very nice lather going. It smells nice. I actually mean it smells very nice. I'll wrap this review up by saying that I prefer this brand of soap to the others.
Date published: 2016-07-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it I have very oily, acne prone skin but somehow while using it it makes my skin feel strangely 'dry' - that's not exactly the right word, but it makes it so I cannot use this bar to wash my face at the sink as my hands get "stuck" to the skin on my face. I've had this problem with other products before so I'm sure it more so a problem with my skin and not the product itself. But my skin stops feeling strange a short time after the shower and I haven't noticed it causing any additional acne , so that's wonderful! The bar smells and looks amazing though so it's a nice this to have on the soap tray in my bathroom even if I don't use it again.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Soap is Amazing! I have oily skin. This soap has helped tone down the oil so my face doesn't look like an oil slick by the end of the day. I've used it on my hair and as a body wash, too. I love this soap! I also love the smell. I've tried a few Nubian Heritage products and I've never been disappointed.
Date published: 2016-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST FOR ACNE!! This product not only smells good, but it helps with acne I've bothered with acne for several years! Plenty of ointments, antibiotics, etc. This and coconut oil is my daily routine no more pimples! Thank you
Date published: 2016-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional This soap works incredibly well in my combo skin i start to appy it daily and my skin is really smooth ,firm and soft ,at the beginning a lot of blackheads start to show up ,but then they start to disappear within the days ,I start to used it daily and i just love the product ,its a little drying in the skin ,but you just need a moisturizer after ,but is magic in your skin ,I'm telling you!! <3 I received this soap in a Influenster's voxbox for free for a honest review.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very good lather, bad fragrance I really like the thick foam and silky lather that the soap produces, and I think it is helping my face skin, which tends to suffer from dry, red patches (dermatitis). However, I am not really a fan of the "natural" fragrance, which smells very artificial. The ingredients list "Natural fragrance and/or essential oil," but frankly I doubt there's much essential in it, and "natural" is one of those meaningless (when not misleading) terms that serious organic businesses should drop entirely.
Date published: 2016-08-19
Date published: 2016-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cured Agent Orange rash I have suffered a rash for years brought on by Agent Orange exposure. It was recommended by a fellow vet and it changed my life for the better. It calmed the itching and removed the rash from large portions of my body. As a side effect, my face and skin look smoother.
Date published: 2016-08-22
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Is there a new version of this soap that has replaced this one? If it is the new one has green &amp; red dye &amp; other junk in it. I'm extremely upset if this is true bc I loved this soap &amp; I don't want to be paying $5 for a bar of soap that has junk in it.&nbsp;

Asked by: Chantal
Kaylee that can't be true because Whole Foods still has it on their website
Answered by: Michwill
Date published: 2017-03-18

Hey may i ask what type of essential oil or fragrance that are in this product . I wish its not fragrance since im allergic and i may have some rash in my face that im avoiding. Pls reply asap&nbsp;

Asked by: Maki1110
Hi Maki1110, Thank you for reaching out to us. We recommend doing a patch test prior to use to rule out any irritation or allergy. Natural fragrances are essential oils and isolates derived from botanical ingredients that are harvested from the earth such as: flowers, fruits, sap, seeds or skin of the plant. Nubian Heritage products do not contain Sulfates, Parabens, Phthalates, Paraffin, Gluten, Propylene Glycol, DEA, Silicones, Mineral Oil, Petroleum, Triclosan, Synthetic Fragrance or Artificial Color. Is there a specific ingredient you are allergic to so I can further assist you?
Answered by: Taylor
Date published: 2017-04-11

Where can i find this product here in philippines? Is it available in PH?

Asked by: TrashyOikawa
Hi TrashyOikawa, Thank you for reaching out to us. Unfortunately at this time we do not ship international. I would recommend you purchasing it through Vitamin Shoppe's website, they do ship to the Philippines. Here is the direct link to purchase our African Black Bar Soap through Vitamin Shoppe;
Answered by: Taylor
Date published: 2016-12-29

Did your packaging on the black soap change

Asked by: Daph
Hi Daph, Thank you for reaching out to us. We&rsquo;re committed to celebrating the different cultures of our global community&mdash;the healers whose remedies inspire our recipes, the places where we find our ingredients, and the people who love our collections. Our new packaging pays homage to the diversity of healing traditions and cultures that are represented in the Nubian Heritage family. What has changed is our label&hellip; not the performance or benefit of the products themselves. We are in the process of updating our labels to be INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) compliant which changes the ingredient list to items that may sound scary. In order to be considered for third party certifications and programs, for example being able to label our soaps Rainforest Alliance certified or RSPO certified, we have to comply with INCI. A byproduct of this change is the elimination of the origin and common names of our ingredients. A few examples, where we used to be able to label Tea Tree Oil as Tea Tree oil, we now list Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil. In the case of Sweet Birch Oil, INCI compliance requires Sweet Birch Oil be listed as Methyl Salicylate.
Answered by: Taylor
Date published: 2017-03-02

I have acne scars. Will using this soap help to get rid of my scars? If yes how long will it take?

Asked by: ShyShy
Hi ShyShy, Thank you for contacting us. The African Black Soap can assist in minimizing the appearance of skin imperfections; such as acne, but it will not get rid of your scars. I would recommend trying out our African Black Soap Infused Shea Butter after you cleanse with the bar soap to moisturize. Sincerely, Taylor
Answered by: Taylor
Date published: 2017-03-15

Is it safe in pregnancy

Asked by: Little T
Hello Little T, Thank you for reaching out to us. Yes, our products are safe for pregnancy. Nubian Heritage products do not contain Sulfates, Parabens, Phthalates, Paraffin, Gluten, Propylene Glycol, DEA, Silicones, Mineral Oil, Petroleum, Triclosan, Synthetic Fragrance or Artificial Color. The brand is cruelty-free and doesn't test on animals. Sincerely, Taylor
Answered by: Taylor
Date published: 2016-12-07

How do you apply the soap to your face,to get rid of acce?

Asked by: Team_rai
Hello Team_Rai, Thank you for your question. The soap will help calm and soothe your acne but it will not get rid of it. Apply to washcloth or hands, create rich lather and cleanse. Rinse well. Avoid contact with eyes. Sincerely, Taylor
Answered by: Taylor
Date published: 2016-12-05

Does this product have SLS or SLES in it? &nbsp;&quot;African Black Soap Base&quot; sounds like a catch all for &quot;we can put anything in it we want and call it a soap base&quot;

Asked by: Nicole
Hello Nicole, No - it does not.
Answered by: Christina
Date published: 2017-01-27
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