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March 13th, 2012
Naija Beauty – REVIEW: Dudu Osun Black Soap

by Dr. Uzoma for Beauty 365

One of my favorite beauty products I discovered while living in Nigeria is black soap.

My personal favorite brand is Dudu Osun by Tropical Naturals. The ingredients for this soap are honey, shea butter, camwood, palm kernel oil, cocoa pod ash, palm bunch ash, aloe vera, lime juice, water and fragrance. . .

This soap is great for skin and can be used all over the body, including your hair. It’s very foamy and even though it’s dark in color, it washes off your skin cleanly.

Some of the benefits of black soap include:

• Helps acne scars fade faster due to its mild exfoliating properties.
• Helps to reduce some of the uncomfortable symptoms of skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema.
• Effective makeup remover.
• Regular use of black soap helps to remove extra oils from the skin which prevents pimples.

Since I’ve been using this soap, my acne (especially on my body) has remarkably reduced.

Black soap can also be used as a sulfate-free shampoo. I recently modified a recipe for black soap shampoo that I found here. I used more oils and additional water than the recipe. These modifications made the shampoo thinner than normal shampoo but it was still very foamy.

When I used it to wash my hair, my hair felt really stripped (similar to when I use a clarifying shampoo). I didn’t really like it since my hair felt overly dried. I don’t recommend it as a shampoo unless you have a lot of product build-up. However, I have been using this “shampoo” as a body wash and I really like the results.

Dudu Osun Black Soap can be found at your local African shop or Beauty Supply Store.

For those readers in New York City, you can find it easily in the beauty supply shops and street vendors of Harlem for about $3.00. You can also find the soap on Amazon.com Marketplace.

Quick Tip: Keep the black soap in a plastic soap case or dry location after use. Otherwise, it will wash away in your shower.

Enjoy!

 

 

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14 Responses to “Naija Beauty – REVIEW: Dudu Osun Black Soap”

  1. Marina says:

    Oooh.. I want to try this! Reminds me that a long time ago I actually used a black soap and really liked it. I wonder if it could’ve been the same one. Can’t remember!

  2. Uzoma says:

    @Marina It is really great. If you get a chance to try it, let us know.

  3. Ugochi @ Beauty 365 says:

    i was so skeptical! With a name like “Dudu” and all. . . which actually translates to “soap,” but that’s beside the point.

    But, Dr. Uzoma convinced me to try it and i really liked it! Go black soap!

  4. Nnenna says:

    It’s funny Uzo should do a post on Dudu Osun. I used it frequently in my house as a teenager. Fine Gyal, No Pimples I was o!! Lolol. But with everything the skin got used to it and I found it worked less…but that with years of use and it could also have been that my skin was changing (remember teenage years).

    A point of caution is that Dudu Osun, when I used it back in HS, can be very drying to the skin. I also scrubbed my face alot in HS so Dudu Osun would sting sometimes because I had open scratches and sores on my face. A combo of drying and harsh physical scrubbing left skin not so nice. This is me being reflective of my skin care practices in HS, which were very suspect.

    I recently came back to the Balck soap movement and started using Ambi’s Black Soap. It is ok, nothing special. But I recently bought a bar a Dudu Osun and will try it again as a 27 year old woman that actually knows a thing or two about healthier skin practices. Let’s see how it turns out. =)

  5. Nnenna says:

    I should mention that although my skin tended to have small red sores/scratches from my heavy handed skin practices. I didn’t have any pimples and that was more important to me as a teenager. Dudu Osun did clear up any current pimples and pimples didn’t come back when I used it.

  6. Uzoma says:

    @Nnenna I was late to the Black soap game. When I was a teenager, my mom tried to make me use this other type that smelled horrible. It turned me off to the whole thing until much later. Dudu Osun is drying but I have oily skin so it isn’t so bad. Let us know how it goes.

  7. Tshibola says:

    Dudu Osun is definitely “DA BOMB”. For years, I had struggled with SEVERE acne and scars. I use to break out for no reason.I have been using Dudu Osun black soap on my face twice a day for 2 weeks now and the improvements are amazingly impressive! No joke! I got rid of pimples and the (acne) scars got lighter. My skin glows and looks/is brighter. Even my relatives and friends have noticed it! Dudu Osun is the absolute beauty must-have!By the way, I was so surprised to find it here in Belgium!

    I also use Shea Moisture’s Organic African Black Soap Bar for my body twice a day. I love the smell and how my skin feels after its use.

  8. Dr. Uzoma @ Beauty365 says:

    @Tshibola So glad that you like Dudu Osun soap too! Great that you can find it in Belgium. I have seen Shea Moisture’s Black Soap in different shops and I’ve wanted to try it. How would you compare it to Dudu Osun?

  9. Tshibola says:

    @Dr. Uzoma: Personally , I have found that the presence of all these natural ingredients in Dudu Osun black soap makes its use more effective…especially if you suffer from severe skin conditions. Although, in the beginning, for beginners, Dudu Osun can be stinging and irritating. In that case, what I use to do was to put some raw Shea butter on my face. As it is very greasy I would then get over my face with blotting paper (and sunscreen on top of it in the morning “neutrogena visibly even daily moisturiser SPF 30″). And voilà!!

    Back to our black soap saga… Shea Moisture’s Organic African black soap is not bad at all. Unlike Dudu Osun, Shea Moisture’s Organic African black soap does not dry out your skin. Your skin feels and is literally moisturized; and the smell is soooooo delicious!!
    I stick to Dudu Osun for my face and Shea Moisture for my body. I hope this helps.

  10. Tshibola says:

    @Dr. Uzoma: Personally , I have found that the presence of all these natural ingredients in Dudu Osun black soap makes its use more effective…especially if you suffer from severe skin conditions. Although, in the beginning, for beginners, Dudu Osun can be stinging and irritating. In that case, what I use to do was to put some raw Shea butter on my face. As it is very greasy I would then get over my face with blotting paper (and sunscreen on top of it in the morning “neutrogena visibly even daily moisturiser SPF 30″). And voilà, for the first few days.

    Back to our black soap saga… Shea Moisture’s Organic African black soap is not bad at all. Unlike Dudu Osun, Shea Moisture’s Organic African black soap does not dry out your skin. Your skin feels and is literally moisturized; and the smell is soooooo delicious!! 
    I stick to Dudu Osun for my face and Shea Moisture for my body. I hope this helps.

  11. Dr. Uzoma @ Beauty365 says:

    @Tshibola: Thanks for your comments. The Shea Moisture soap sounds wonderful. I may it try out. I agree with you about the irritation when you start using Dudu Osun. So people should be careful when starting with it.

  12. verlinda b says:

    I recently ordered a box of this soap for the adult acne I’ve been getting and the VERY first time I used it I noticed that my nose looked like I just used a Biore strip!!. It literally got everything out of my pores somehow and left my skin nice and smooth. It started to sting a tiny bit on the first use, but only around my forehead and nose & chin areas–the only places i really dnt have any pimples.. My cheeks are wht I need this soap for BUT my nose looks great.. my pores LOOK really cleaned out and all I used was the soap and my fingers to wash my face.. WOW.. i hope this stuff continues to amaze me :D

  13. Dr. Uzoma @ Beauty365 says:

    @verlinda b Glad to hear you got good results. If the stinging continues, I would advise you stop using the soap. It could be a sign of a reaction.

  14. omotola says:

    Nice reviews and all..I hope it works for me tho…cos I ve a sensitive skin…buh I nid to get rid of my blackheads nd pimples…I jes rily hope d dudu osun thing wud work

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