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How to Make Liquid African Black Soap

African Black Soap (ABS)  has been used for centuries as a natural soap with high nourishing and healing properties. By creating a liquid form of the soap, you’ll make it easier to use, and easier to add any special fragrances or essential oils that your body loves!

In this recipe we’ll focus on two ways to liquify African black soap : the hot method, and the cold method.

For each method you will need:

  • ¼ cup African Black Soap
  • ⅔ to 1 cup of water (depends on how thick you like your liquid black soap)
  • Bowl with lid
  • Bottle to store liquid soap
  • [optional] 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oil
  • [optional] ½ tsp of your favorite nourishing oil


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To make liquid black soap using the hot method, you first need to heat your water to a slight boil. Then in the bowl, place your black soap and crumble/mash as much as you can to break the soap into smaller pieces. Afterwards, pour hot water on soap and cover with lid. Let sit for 2-6 hours for the soap to dissolve. Check occasionally (every 1-2 hours) to stir to ensure all the soap is dissolving.

Once dissolved, you could add your favorite essential oil for fragrance and your favorite nourishing oil to increase the moisturizing properties of the soap. If you’re skipping the oils all together, you can just pour your liquid black soap mixture into your bottle for later use.




In the cold method of liquid black soap making, there is no need to heat the water. In the bowl, simply crumble or mash your black soap to break into as many small pieces as possible, then pour the water onto the soap and cover with the lid. Let sit for overnight, or 12-24 hours for the soap to dissolve. Check occasionally (every 4-6 hours) to stir to ensure all the soap has dissolved.

Once the soap has become liquid, you could add your favorite essential or nourishing oils, or skip that step and just pour the liquid black soap into your bottle of choice.


This is a natural recipe that does not include any preservatives, so please take the caution to store your homemade mixture properly and safely. There are many recipes online that use Vitamin E or Lemons as preservatives, however, they do not preserve anything, however, they do decrease the “rancid” smell when natural products go bad. Check out “6 Tips for Preserving Homemade Natural Products” for more information.

Nonetheless, you can reduce the spoiling of your liquid African black soap by

  • Using this product within 1-3 days
  • Storing in the fridge (max 7 days)
  • Using a bottle that has been cleaned properly
  • Closing the bottle/lid after each use to

How do you make your liquid black soap? Let us know in the comments!

DIY How to make liquid african black soap from home

Comments (2)

  • Bryanna | KoKo Beauty Essentials on October 27, 2020

    Hi! You can surely try adding a natural preservative to increase the shelf life of the soap. Liquid Germall plus is a great option.

  • Bria on October 27, 2020

    Hello, Have you tried adding natural preservatives to this soap to increase the shelf life ?

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