African Black Melt and Pour Soap Recipe
African black soap has been used for centuries in Western Africa. Now it has been incorporated into a melt and pour soap base, so you can create your own African black soap at home!
Our African black soap base is one of the most mild and natural soap bases on the market. It contains no SLS, SLES, MPG, parabens or sulfates. It is made with shea butter and coconut oil, so it is gentle and moisturising on the skin.
We've chosen a subtle essential oil blend for this recipe. The sandalwood amyris and cedarwood atlas provide a woody base note that helps provide depth to the citrus and herb notes in the bergamot and lavender essential oils.
- African black melt and pour soap base 1kg
- Bergamot essential oil 9g | 10ml
- Amyris essential oil 8g | 8ml
- Cedarwood atlas essential oil 6g | 6ml
- Lavender essential oil 4g | 5ml
1. Chop and melt your soap base
- Tip the melt and pour soap base out of the packaging and onto a cutting board, then cut into small chunks.
- Add to a heatproof bowl and melt gently in the microwave using 1 minute intervals and stirring in between until fully melted. If you don't have a microwave you can melt it in a heat proof bowl over a pan of boiling water.
2. Add the essential oils and mica powder
- In a separate container, measure out your essential oils and blend together.
- Allow your soap base to cool slightly, then mix your essential oils into the soap base.
- Stir well for a few minutes to combine.
3. Pour into your moulds
- Pour into your moulds - either silicone soap moulds, or a DIY alternative.
- Spray the surface with isopropyl alcohol or witch hazel to pop the bubbles on the surface
- Leave to set for 4-6 hours and then remove the soap from the mould and wrap it in cling film. This helps stop moisture from being attracted to the surface of the soap.
- They're ready to use as soon as they're set!