Moroccan black soap/Savon Noir/Moroccan Beldi Soap Recipe?

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I have been seeing a lot of stuff about how good this soap is for your skin and that it really helps with exfoliation. However, after some fairly extensive research, I can't find a recipe for this soap anywhere! I can gather that its a sort of cream soap using 100% olive oil, but I would feel more comfortable if I had an idea of a recipe or something to go on rather than experimenting myself. So, would anyone happen to have a recipe of this they don't mind sharing? I am really interested in trying to create this soap!
Have you ever made soap before? Potassium Hydroxide isn't something to play with unless you know what you're doing. I've never made liquid or cream soap, but I do make cold process soap with Sodium Hydroxide. It's lots of fun and great for your skin, but does involve a lot of research and respect to do it safely.



Looking at both the directions and ingredient list, I'd guess most of the 'exfoliation' comes from using the exfoliant glove.

Personally, I'd just buy the glove. Use it with a mild cleanser and follow up with a nice moisturizer. Cleansers are a wash off product, I don't believe in spending lots of money on them. All of the fancy ingredients are literally being washed down the drain. Spend the money if you like, on the products that stay on your skin
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CFcurls, are you interested in savon noir for its properties or is your main interest in making soap? If you mainly want the soap itself it is much easier to buy it.
Traditionally savon beldi is made from olive oil and ash from burnt wood. Some people would use black olive paste... Our grandmothers used to cook this at home but in my expérience it is à bit tiresome: it takes a lot of time and needs to be mixed a lot. I think you could find some YouTube videos about making savon beldi, but they might be mostly in French or Arabic... (?)

With all due respect I don't agree with the previous poster. Soap is not only a wash-off product. It does have an effect on your skin. Savon beldi/savon noir is very rich in vitamins and actually cares for your skin. The same as its "cousin" the black soap used mainly in West Africa. They are both also very suitable for people with very dry skin or skin conditions.

Savon beldi is used with a glove, "kessa". It is not only the glove that exfoliates but the soap also. It kind of prepares the skin. You leave the soap on the skin for some minutes before rubbing with the glove. You can't get the same results with other soaps. After you spread some argan oil on damp skin and voilà, you have baby soft skin that glows. This is the secret to great skin.

And savon noir is not expensive. I don't know about the fancy western brands, but the traditional moroccan version is very affordable and a small jar lasts for a long time.



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Thanks for all the advice . To be completely honest, I haven't made soap before but this was something that really interested me as a goal to aspire to as I start out. I am aware that lye and the potash are extremely dangerous chemicals so I want to start out with some basic soap recipes first before I move into cream soap.

Tariwate, actually its more of both an interest in how its made and because of its benefits. I have atopic dermatitis (eczema) all over my body and i've had it since I was born (one of the unlucky ones who never outgrew it). So i'm very sensitive to a lot of chemicals and I can have extreme breakouts from even some natural ingredients like orange oil.

I saw some information that this soap was completely made of olive oil and that interested me since i've had no issues with olive oil. I also use the cousin of this soap the African black soap and i've had great results although its a little drying and I have to moisturize immediately after.

I'm definitely thinking of buying it though.. just to try it out and see if I like it. I was just really extremely curious as to how this soap was made since it really has a unique texture to it and at first, I was bewildered that it was a soap. Also I had heard about the exfoliating properties of the soap but that its gentle so I was looking for more info. Its been kind of hard to find any information on it .
If you are interested in learning to make soap, then I'm all for it!

A great site to start researching is this one...Miller's Homemade Soap Page

It's a very old site and not very exciting looking, but for a beginner, it has lots of wonderful information.

If you want to stick to an all olive oil soap, then look at the Castile section. There is a debate on what true Castile is, for me it's 100% olive oil, for other soap makers, it's just mostly olive oil with maybe a small percent of additional oils. Personally I don't care for 100% olive oil soap, I think its too slimy feeling, but that's just my opinion. It is the most mild soap that you can make, so for someone who does have skin problems, that's where I'd start.

Good luck! There's also a wonderful soap forum called The Dish. Right now, it's having some problems and is down for maintenance, so I won't provide a link, but do look for it in the future if you want more research on learning to make soap.
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Low Poo - (Once in a while) True Polaris Solid Shampoo Bar
CO-wash/Condish - (I'm lazy, one step only!) True Polaris Solid Conditioner Bars
Styling - True Polaris Truly Curly Styling Gel I add 'cones in summer Truly Frizz Free Hair Serum
I plop and defuse daily


I love MUSE

Last edited by Ceri; 03-29-2013 at 06:53 PM. Reason: added info
Great site so far, this is more of what I was looking for too! Thanks!!
CFcurls, me and my 2 daughters have all atopic skin. Our skin is fine in the warm, sunny climates but when in the cold we're "suffering". I use savon noir on all of us once a week. I think it works especially well because of the exfoliating properties and helps for the creams/oils to really sink in.

It is possible to find a lot of info but most of it is in French. I'm happy to help though if you need to know anything concerning savon noir.

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