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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.
It's pretty drying. I have to wear a moisturizing toner and a moisturizer after washing my face with it. For a while it kept my combination-oily skin that's prone to breakouts pretty clear, but lately I've been breaking out again. I'm starting to alternate between a few face washes, two of which are creamy, nondrying washes, so maybe that will balance it out. My skin is pretty sensitive, and I can't use this every day anymore. The bar lasts a while, though. I bought it about 5 months ago and I'm about halfway through the bar, so that's a plus.3
I purchased this product because my skin was irritated by the soaps I have been buying recently. Since using this product my skin has had fewer problems and is feeling softer! I would purchase this again.4
Perfect for daily use. I've used it as an exfoliant with a loofa, for shaving and on my face. Smell is a little odd but doesn't linger. Keep in as dry of a place as possible, you get more use of the bar when it dries after use.5
I bought this for my teenage son. He has problems with blemishes and blackheads and we've tried so many other products. He's been using this for the last week or so and I've seen an improvement in his skin. He has fewer blemishes and the overall feel to his skin is better. He said he feels the need to moisturize after using the bar, and he's not thrilled about the scent, but he's pleased with the results.4
I really liked the tingling feeling while washing my face with the soap. I will try it for a month to see if really does help with battling my blemishes.5
My husband ended up using this to was his face and body. He's a welder and gets pretty dirty. I use it when a zit pops up overnight. It works great.5
This soap does it all- and I am extremely picky about cleansers. My skin is breakout prone, so I demand a lot from my cleanser- remove makeup, no residue, don't strip my skin, don't break me out... phew! i had read about African black soap and I was motivated to have a simple cleaner with good natural ingredients. I'm not a freak about organic, but natural is always a good option. This soap does the job extremely well: it removes all my makeup, doesn't clog or dry out my skin, and leaves it extremely soft. Plus it lasts sooo long- one bar can easily last one year. Tip- cut it off in pieces to use at a time, and put it on a slatted soap dish so it doesn't sit in water.5
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
OMG I love this soap. I have Lupus and I have skin that brakes out easily. I use the soap in the pm and it clears up and softens overnight5
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.