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Buy Black Review: 5 of the Best Smelling Soaps From Black Owned Businesses

Replace your soap with one of these brands to keep Black dollars in Black communities

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Every month we review Black owned products for our Replace and Rebuild Initiative.

The idea is that each month you replace a store bought item that you use regularly with a product from a Black owned business.

One of the products we all use multiple times a day is soap. But because store-bought brands are full of chemicals and parabens, we are exposing ourselves to dangerous toxins.

And these toxins can have a negative effect on our hormones, immune systems, and overall health. Not to mention that these soaps were not made with Black skin in mind.

That means we all have good excuses to replace our soap with all-natural brands from Black owned companies.

1. Garners Garden Oatmeal and Honey Soap

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Philip Garner – Founder of Garner’s Garden

About Garners Garden

Garner’s Garden is one of the most successful Black owned natural skin care companies out there. More than 90% of shoppers give Garner’s Garden a 5 star score, higher than any other company on this list.

How Does Garners Garden Soap Smell And Feel?

This soap is made with coconut oil, shea butter, and a fragrant oil blend that has a slightly sweet honey like smell.

If you have eczema or dry skin this will work well for you. Whenever I use store bought soaps my skin dries out as soon as I dry off.

But since this soap is made with real colloidal oatmeal and olive oil, my skin felt good even in winter.

Garners Garden Oatmeal and Honey Soap

– All natural
– 17 5-Star Reviews
– $5.99

2. Alaffia Vanilla Almond Black Soap

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Alaffia, Soap African Black Vanilla Almond, 16 Fl Oz
  • All In One: Ideal For All Skin Types As A Face And Body Cleanser, Shampoo, Hand Wash, Or Shaving Product
  • Naturally Scented: With Refreshing Essential Oils Of Vanilla And Almond Extract
  • GIVE BACK: Your Alaffia purchase funds empowerment projects helping to break the cycle of poverty

About Alaffia

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Olowo-n’djo Tchala (shown far left) is the creator of Alaffia

One of the things I like the most about Alaffia is the company uses its profits to tackle very serious social issues facing the African Diaspora. Their projects include

  • The Queen Alaffia line that empowers women who had previously fallen victim to the sex trade
  • Establishing a Maternal Care Project for Indigenous African Women, and
  • Building schools in Nadagou and Tamangue West Africa

The name of the company comes from a common greeting or valediction originating from central Togo, Benin, and Nigeria. Alaffia means a state of peace, health, and well-being.

How Does Alaffia African Black Soap Smell And Feel?

The scent reminds me of a smoky cocoa butter. Its made from charcoal, shea butter, and oils so it shouldnt dry out your skin.

Go with the liquid form so you dont have to worry about the jagged edges that dont dissolve away (like you sometimes find with traditional black soap).

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Alaffia, Soap African Black Vanilla Almond, 16 Fl Oz
  • All In One: Ideal For All Skin Types As A Face And Body Cleanser, Shampoo, Hand Wash, Or Shaving Product
  • Naturally Scented: With Refreshing Essential Oils Of Vanilla And Almond Extract
  • GIVE BACK: Your Alaffia purchase funds empowerment projects helping to break the cycle of poverty

3. Dudu-Osun Face and Body Soap

About Dudu-Osun

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Abiola Ogunrinde Founder of Tropical Naturals and Dudu Osun Brand

 

According to their website, Mr. Ogunrinde served as a senior executive at Eleganza and Lever Brothers Nigeria (now Unilever) in charge of quality control management before starting his entrepreneurial journey.

Today he is a member of the governing council of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), winner of the 2013 FATE Foundation Entrepreneur of the year, and a member of the Chemical Society of Nigeria’s Board of Trustees.

On top of all that, Abiola Ogunrinde has built over 15 churches, classrooms, libraries , healthcare facilities and supported the less-privileged in rural areas with basic social needs in form of food supplies , clothes and other basic social amenities.

How Does Dudu-Osun Soap Smell And Feel?

Dudu-Osun gets its scent profile from the ingredients used in the soap that include the following:

  • Pure honey
  • shea butter
  • osun (cam wood) palmkernel oil
  • cocoa pod ash
  • palm bunch ash
  • aloe Vera, and
  • lime juice

African black soap does not contain any artificial fragrance but itsmells earthy due to the cocoa pods used to make it.

African black soap leaves your skin clear, soft and has a rich cocoa smell.

4. Nubian Heritage

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Nubian Heritage Coconut Papaya Body Wash Cleanser for Dry, Dull Skin Polish + Renew Hydrating Body Wash 13 oz
  • Our gentle, creamy body wash cleanses, softens, and smoothes skin and is the perfect bath and body product to add to your skin…
  • Your bathroom will be enveloped in a fragrant coconut & papaya scent infused with vanilla extract with each use of our body wash
  • From our bath & body collection, our cleansing coconut & papaya body wash is infused with Coconut Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter,…

About Nubian Heritage

Yes, this company is Black Owned. The confusion comes from the fact that Nubian Heritage is sold under Sundial Brands. But the owners – Nyema Tubman and Richelieu Dennis – both own and control the brand.

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Mary, Nyema Tubman, and Richelieu Dennis all own Nubian Heritage
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Nubian Heritage Body Wash Honey Blk Seed
  • Vendor: Nubian Heritage
  • Item: Nubian Heritage Body Wash Honey And Black Seed – 13 fl oz
  • UPC: 764302119074

From their website:

Guided- by the legacy of ancient Nubia, the world’s first melting pot, we remix global healing traditions into modern wellness solutions…We bring together traditional healing practices, cultural wisdom and indigenous ingredients, remix them and create modern natural solutions for skin and hair. – Source

How Does Nubian Heritage Soap Smell And Feel?

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Nubian Heritage Assorted Soap Combo (10 Pack) … iwgl by N/A
  • Nubian Heritage Assorted Soap Combo (10 Pack)
  • 5 oz Bars

All of these scents made me feel and smell like a King.

5. Urban Hydration

How Does Urban Hydration Bodywash Smell And Feel?

Definitely softer than African Black Soap, and doesnt leave an overpowering smell.  Its a good balance of scent, lather, and skin nourishment.

Urban Hydration Vanilla Body Wash

– Vitamin B skin protection
– International shipping
– Silicone and sulfate free

Swap your store bought soap out for just one month and you will become a believer. Not only are you taking better care of your skin, you are also supporting a Black business that needs your help.

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