ISSUE 95  |  Gothic Influence

10 Favorites: The Best of Black Soap

October 22, 2013 1:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

Essential for the noirish bath: black bar soap: Here are ten favorites, ranging from Seattle-made Blackbird soap inspired by the Mount St. Helens eruption to a soap evoking “the feeling of drinking a fine scotch in a wood-paneled den.”


Above: The Binu Binu Shaman Black Charcoal Soap contains charcoal, lavender, cedar wood, and clary sage; $18 from Binu Binu.

Above: Maria Evora Black Cameo Soap is $7.50 from Small Flower via Amazon; photo via Le Marche St. George.

Above: Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Soap is $45 from Lock & Main via Amazon.

Above: A six-pack of Duke Cannon’s Big Ass Brick of Soap emits a “masculine scent of bergamot and black pepper”; $30 directly from Duke Cannon.

Above: Blackbird May 18th Black Soap was inspired by the eruption of Mount St. Helens (which took place on May 18, 1980). The olive oil-based soap contains activated charcoal and a fragrant mix of peppermint, Washington geranium, Portland rose, and Pacific cedarwood; $28 for a set of two at Blackbird.

Above: Hudson Made’s Fancy Black Soap is produced from Nubian goat milk, essential oils, and volcanic clay from just north of the Catskill Mountains. Good for dry skin and for shaving; a four-ounce bar is $16.50.

Above: A box of three Caswell-Massey triple-milled Onyx Soap (a blend of coriander, black pepper, and tobacco) is $50 at Elements of Chicago.

Above: In Japan, the sea bream is associated with good fortune. Welcome Soap, made by a 120-year-old Tamanohada soap factory, is a good house gift. It has a brown sugar scent; $45 from Nannie Inez.

Above: Activated Charcoal Soap handmade in Michigan with a mix of natural oils and activated charcoal is $6 from Elegant Rose Boutique on Etsy.

Magno Bath Soap


Above: From Spanish company Magno, two bars of glycerine La Toja Soap are $6.50 via Amazon.

Want more noirish ideas for the bath? Check out Glamorous Bath Accessories.