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For “bacne” sufferers, apply to affected area once daily to scrub away dead skin.

Shea Terra Organics

Birchbox Breakdown

Here’s a quick lesson in skincare history: In West Africa, traditional black soap is made by mixing the ash of local plants and barks with healing oils. Rich in vitamins A and E, it’s become prized by women around the world for its abilities to battle blemishes and the signs of skin aging. This powerful powder is African black soap in its raw form, which, when mixed with water, creates a scrub that gently washes away dead skin. Its raw, organic formula—no harsh chemicals, dyes, or additives—leaves skin clean, rejuvenated, and healthy. The multifunctional formula also calms irritated scalps, clears up acne, and soothes razor bumps.

How it Works

All-natural ingredients including plantain peels, cocoa pods, and tree kernels are roasted in clay ovens, broken down into ash, then packaged into jars. When mixed with water, the powder creates a scrub that dissolves sebum, helping to exfoliate dead skin.

How to Use

The soap comes in pure powder form. Add a spoonful of water to powder to create a paste, then gently massage onto face and body with fingertips. The more water you add, the thinner the paste becomes. Wash away with water. To create shampoo, dilute with water.

Cocoa pod ash, plantain peel ash, locally produced palm kernel oil, camwood bark

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Great soap!
Purchased

Love this african soap. Lasts forever too because a little goes a long way after adding water. My skin feels fresh and not dried out. The black soap also has a bit of an exfoliation effect too! Love this!

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Tricky but good!
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Getting the hang of turning powder into paste takes a few tries. And the smell is a bit overpowering, but DOES NOT linger after rinsing off. I use it all over, not just on my face. Be sure to separate out clumped powder before mixing or the clump will remain.

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Awesome Product
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It feels and smells very earthy. I love using this product but it does tend to splatter dirty looking water while washing. The other strange thing was I couldn't figure out how to prepare the soap with water and which type of loofa to use. I settled on a jar to water it down in and a wash cloth. Wish there was an easier process to use it because I really do enjoy the product itself.

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So In Love!
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I was really attracted to this product since it is 100% pure and natural. I bought this about a month ago and the bottle was shaped a little differently but this bottle looks like it would be a little less messy than the one I have. The top narrowed and had a smaller neck making it a little difficult to scoop out. The first time I used it I was skeptical since it is like washing yourself with mud and doesn't smell too fantastic. However when I got out of the shower I have never felt so clean! Also my skin is much clearer, even, and it's great at exfoliating! I'm going to use this forever :)

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Wonderful!
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This product is fantastic! It clears up my acne and makes my skin super soft when I use it as a body scrub! I use it as a weekly face mask and scrub. It does smell a little funny when I use it as a face mask but that's okay! It works wonders! A little goes a long way! This jar will last me all year!

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Hard to use but worth it
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If you can get past the ashtray like smell, this product is amazing for your skin. I haven't found a product that makes my skin this smooth and takes care of blemishes without drying it out, except for this. It was hard to get the hang of the water to powder ratio but once you do, it's a snap. And the tub of this will last a long time, as you don't need much per use.

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All in one
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Both my boyfriend and I started using this for different reason and our skin looks amazing! We both have a really nice even skin tone and our faces look more youthful. This product doesn't dry out your skin but is effective for acne.

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Love
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I purchase this product because the liquid black soap from this brand was out of stock. I had recieved the liquid as a sample and knew I could live without black soap - no matter the form. This product in the powder form work great- maybe better than the liquid. This powder form is a bit messy. You will find a way to make it work and keep your sink clean. The benifits are endless with this powder product. The smell is a bit stronger black dirt smell. This brand is the best black soap out there. Worth a try. My skin is soft, not over dried, not oily at all, decreased pore size, clean blackhead area and decreased ingrown hairs in areas applied.

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Not bad
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I bought this because I really liked the sample of the Shea Terra Organics Rose Hips Black Soap Deep Pore Facial Cleanser and it was sold out at the time, so I thought I would give this a try and use it on my back and chest. I think it just didn't work well with my skin because I think it actually made me break out. I haven't used it for a couple of weeks and I'm actually noticing less breakouts.

The jar does last a while but the product is messy and the smell isn't that great.

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African Black Soap
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I purchased this product from reading the reviews. The is a wonderful soap, you feel clean after you use it. It is messy and doesn't smell that good but you feel really clean after using it.

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