Wondering how to make black soap at home? Wonder no more.In this article, I outline the various procedure to make black soap liquids, bars and shampoos – at home. The process is not as hard as rocket science. If you follow the procedures outlined herein you will be no less than an expert.
How to Make Liquid Black Soap
In order to make liquid African black soap, you will need the following ingredients and materials:
- A plastic container
- Measuring spoons
- An empty bottle
- Aluminum foil or saran wrap
- Raw African black soap
- A few drops of vitamin E oil
- 1 tea spoon of jojoba oil
- Two cups of distilled water
After preparing the above ingredients and materials, it is time to make your soap. The procedure on how to make liquid black soap involves:
- Start by braking off parts of the black soap and place it in the plastic container. Grating it is better than breaking it because it is less messy and easier.
- Pour the two cups of distilled water to the black soap.
- Add about ten drop of vitamin E. oil
- Add vegetable glycerin-one tablespoon
- Stir the ingredients, cover and let it stay overnight or about five hours.
- Add the mixture to the empty bottle
- Shake the mixture every time you use it to properly mix the ingredients. Some of the ingredients settle at the bottom while others remain on top. Pouring them without shaking is likely to cause an imbalance of ingredients used.
- You can use your hands to break up any solid soap that did not liquefy. If the quantity of solid soap is still high, you can leave the solution for more hours till a good proportion completely liquefy.
- Use a small-hole strainer or cheese cloth when pouring it into the bottle and if necessary add your favorite oils or herbal extracts after bottling. The oils or herbal extracts should form less than 5% of the total solution.
- The mixture can easily fit one bottle. However, if you need more than one bottle you have to adjust the ingredients. A single bottle can take you for a couple of weeks. Black soap can be conveniently used in liquid form because it easily gets soggy when used in solid form.
How to Make Black Soap Shampoo
- You will need:
- 50 grams of black soap
- 2 cups of filtered water
- 2 teaspoons of pure honey
- 2 teaspoons of extra virgin oil
- 2 teaspoons of vitamin E
- 1 teaspoon of aloe Vera
- 1 teaspoon of glycerin
- 10 drops of essential oil- I recommend olive oil. There are a variety of others though, for example, rosemary, sweet orange, cinnamon, lemon grass, lavender, sage and many others.
The following procedure can then be followed if you want to know how to make black soap shampoo:
- Cut or grate the soap into small shavings and place them in a spray bottle or applicator.
- Add all the ingredients
- Add warm water
- Shake vigorously until the soap is fully dissolved. Alternatively leave the solution for about 5 hours to dissolve on the own, and then shake gently.
All the ingredients listed above are very useful to your hair. For example, glycerin moisturizes your hair leaving it very soft. The vitamin E oil is good acts as an air conditioner and alleviates dry air conditions.
- Do not boil the soap or its mixture.
- You can use it like any other shampoo.
- Store the remainder of shampoo in a tightly closed container to preserve it an avoid wastage.
How to Make Black Soap Bars
Apart from the shampoos discussed earlier, you may be curious to make black soap bars. The active ingredients of the African black soap bars which would be needed here include:
- Cocoa pods
- Palm kernels
- Plantain leaves
- Virgin olive oils
- Naturally occurring glycerin
- Virgin olive oil
- Potash from plantain leaves
- Shea bark
Both potash and plantain skin are a source of vitamin A and E. Glycerin is necessary for the retention of moisture in the skin and hair. Palm oil and Shea butter are great source of oils. They are therefore good for dry hair or skin.
Palm kernel oil also has lubricating properties that make it work well as a moisturizer. Although it has several oils the final product from this ingredients are not oily but rough with an earthy smell.
Steps to be followed when making black soap bars include:
- Extract oil from coconut husks to create base oil. Oil can also be extracted from the Shea tree bark. The oil should not be more than half broiler capacity.
- Use the broiler heat the oil until it reaches a smooth consistency.
- Burn the cocoa pods and plantain skins together then collect the ashes and put it in a bowl
- Add distilled water and continue stirring the mixture until you rich a desired consistency.
- Add the ash mixture to the oil in the broiler and continue stirring until the mixture turns deep dark brown. Reduce the heating temperature and continue stirring.
- You can personalize the mixture by adding fragrance, for example, lavender oil or any other oils of your taste.
- Any films of liquid soap that forms on the broiler sides should be scooped and transferred to the molds.
- Scoop the rest of the soap into the same molds and leave them for about two weeks to harden.
Important note: African black soap easily dissolves in moisturized environments. Make sure it is stored in a dry place after cutting into smaller cubes-to any desired number.