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Here’s a quick lesson in skincare history: In West Africa, traditional black soap is made by mixing the ash and barks of local plants 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 rich cleansing and exfoliating bar from Shea Terra Organics is the real deal. Made with USDA-certified organic ingredients, it retains all the medicinal benefits of the original African soap.
I bought this because I had read a few articles about black soap being good for acne prone skin. I have a light complexion. My skin feels wonderfully clean after washing with it but after a week or so I noticed that my pores on checks, forehead and nose seemed much darker. I stopped using it and went back to my normal routine and my pores went back to normal as well. It may help complexion but I would recommend maybe alternating it with an exfoliate scrub. I'm not sure if I will buy again.2
I purchased this based on the awesome reviews and the hope that it would clear up my acne.
After using it for a week and a half, I've gone back to my face wash that I was using before. At first, I saw a difference and it seemed like it was adjusting to my skin. After a few days, it didn't do anything for me. My skin hasn't been dry once this winter, and this soap made me flaky in multiple areas, with moisturizer. It made me breakout more in the nose area, and it didn't get rid of already existing acne. Overall, I had much too high expectations. I have gone back to my other face wash that works, and I don't plan on using this again any time soon.
I had such high hopes for this soap but it just didn't work as well as a lot of the reviews claimed that it would.
To be completely fair, I did not use this soap every day as it was very drying. I used it every other day and noticed no difference in blemish or oil control. It did, however, make my skin softer but I had to use a very rich moisturizer every day.
I found this bar incredibly difficult to use in the bath. It's rough texture makes it unusable without a cloth, but stains the cloth without forgiveness. Not sure I'll be able to get the black tint out, even with bleach. It's also a mess, covers the side of the tub with a black film, and does provide the layer of coating needed to let it act as a mask before rinsing.2
Was hoping that I (and my husband) would love this product, I love products that we can both use.
This soap is just so messy - and everything in our bathroom is bright white! Also - my skin gets really blotchy using this soap, it eventually fades, but if I'm heading right out the door I can't trust it.
This bar of soap barely lasted me 10 showers. It dried my skin out and did nothing to help clear up my skin. It did cause my white shower tile grout to look dingy though since it rinses off like black mud. Will not be repurchasing.2
This is a good wash for a low maintenance type of routine. Im glad I tired it out. Its nice.
The soap definitely feels like it gets your skin clean without drying it out badly. My only issue is that it doesn't seem to lather up very much. I bought the soap in hopes that it would help with my acne. Unfortunately, I've since determined that my acne is probably due to a hormonal imbalance so I don't really think this soap could help that. However, I think this is a nice gentle soap that I can use while I work on my acne through other avenues.3
It was so rough to the skin. I am older in age, my skin is sensitive. It felt like I was going to get cut every time I used it. It also broke my skin out. It rinse well off the skin. However it is not worth it for me.3
I received this soap as a gift, i was very excited to use it since it was recommended for acne. I used the soap as soon as I received it n was happy with the way my skin felt. After a couple of days my skin got very dry and after several weeks it did not improve my acne. I am still using the soap but not as a mask first and I don't even notice a smell as stated in previous reviews.3