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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 as a more economic alternative to the liquid version that I love so much. This bar has ingredients in it that the liquid does not have. Ingredients that made me break out big time. Plus, this bar is extremely drying. I would not recommend this for face, even for oily skin.2
I bought this b/c I'm trying to use more organic products but this was not for me. It was too rough and my skin was red w/ tiny little scrapes.2
It's way too harsh for my face. It wasn't too bad for my body, but it smells like cigarette butts (literally). It's also really messy. There are much better soaps for less money that are just as beneficial for the skin. It was very interesting to try, though.2
This cleansing bar does its job on a basic level. It does clean your skin, but I found it slightly abrasive and it flared up my sensitive skin... I do not hold that against the bar totally as my skin is sensitive and it may just not have reacted very well with the exfoliating properties of the bar...
On the other hand, this bar is a pain because it stains. I stains any bit of the bath that it touches and left streaks of brown everywhere. I did not expect that nor did I like it. I wont be buying this one again.
I bought this to use as a face wash and I wasn't thrilled with its results. It makes a mess in the shower and to be honest it smells weird. It wasn't the right product for me.2
I have this product in the dispenser as well as the bar. It works wonders as a liquid. However, when I bought this I kind of expected to be able to use it on my body. Upon reading the explicit directions on the label I found out that it is a less expensive version of the face product I already have. I wish that in the Birchbox description it had been more clearly outlined as a facial cleanser instead of a bar soap. On my face I don't feel as it if was as effective as the liquid version.2
I tried after reading good reviews. It just smells like soap. What I really hated about it was how rough it was! I thought I was going to be cutting my skin open every time I ran the soap along my skin. And after all that, I didn't see any special benefit in my skin.2
I like the rose hip liquid soap and thought this would be simpler but I didn't care for it. It was much harsher on my skin then the liquid and the bar became very very soft in the shower. I did use my hands to create a foam and then applied to my face but it was much more drying. I will not repurchase this.2
I honestly think this is causing me to have breakouts! I originally got this soap for my husband to help with his acne. I used it too to help make a routine for him. My skin has never had any problems with acne. I get occasional hormonal pimple here and there and tend to have dryer skin. I started using this soap two weeks ago and have been breaking out! I don't know why I'm the odd duck in using this soap but it's disappointing.2
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