People who know, know. Fans of African black soap know it’s unlike any soap on the market. It’s made from a raw blend of plant-based ingredients in Africa, including cocoa pods, plantain skins and leaves, coconut oil, palm tree leaf derivatives, and shea butter. That makes it naturally anti-bacterial which combats blemishes, moisturizing thanks to that shea butter and anti-inflammatory since it’s rich in vitamins A and E. All these benefits in one bar of soap? Sign us up.

Take note that African black soap is so raw and natural and it can’t be used like other soap. Though the formula is gentle enough to use on your face hands, and body, you should always apply the lather to a washcloth or loofah—never straight onto the skin. (It could have raw particles that can injure your skin.) Use it correctly and reap all its benefits, which also includes reducing inflammation and skin irritation, soothing razor burn, exfoliating away dead skin cells and fading hyperpigmentation.

We rounded up the best African black soap that’s fair trade, all-natural and totally authentic. Find the best African black soap for you and get the smooth, flawless skin you’ve always wanted. In a bar of soap?! You’ll have to try it to believe it.

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