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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.
Buying this soap you already know it is a deep dark color. It has an earthy and somewhat mentholated scent. It also has a slightly gritty texture, it's not necessarily "exfoliating" but it's not as smooth as a traditional soap. This soap is amazing though, it works wonders on the skin. If you have body acne (back, shoulders, arms, etc.) using this soap regularly has made a definite difference in the total health of my skin. When I don't have it, I slowly notice my skin to be dull and generally overtime become more broken out. The ash in the soap really does help me, granted everyone's chemistry is different but I'd say this one is worth a try!
I really, really like this soap. After using it as a mask for 5 or so minutes, it rinsed very easily with warm water. My skin was not overly-dry afterward. Instead it left my skin feeling soft and firm. It had a slight smell of ash, but it doesn't put me off. The soap did not irritate my skin either, which was great because I have really sensitive skin. I'm impressed and I'll definitely be buying this again!5
Buyer beware! This is a powder, not a soap. You mix a little powder with a little water and massage this concoction in to your face. I thought it was a soap when I was purchasing. Also, it smells like ashes. Ew. BUT, with that being said, I LOVE THIS STUFF!!! For $8, this stuff is going to last me months. When I first tried it, I was taken back. It creates a mess, so use it in the shower. It does have a little sting to it if you leave it on your face for too long but I noticed within a few days this miracle elixir working it's magic. I saw a reduction in my breakouts, as well as my dark marks vanishing. It is also working to bring my blackheads to the surface and washing those badboys away. I recommend this product to everyone who is fed up with their adult acne (I'm 26. Should work on teenagers too).5
I use the liquid pump at the sink for my face and the bar in the shower. Desperate always to try anything to help my adult acne, I first used this when I received it as a sample. My skin responded almost immediately, that was over a year ago and my acne is Gone! I recently went away on a four day weekend and forgot the soap. I broke out with pimples over my eyebrows, on chin and cheeks. In a few days of use my skin is clear again!!!5
First, I should say this was my first experience w BB and they shipped me this product by mistake twice (had ordered the 100% Pure powder version of this) - so I tried this product already expecting to be disappointed. However, it works wonderfully. I've used olive oil soap for my face for years, but this ash bar didn't leave my skin feeling as dry as the OO soap.
While I never did receive the powdered version, I've found that rubbing my concealer brush on the bar soap removes 100% of the excess concealer in a matter of seconds.
I was not familiar with this soap so I did a little research before purchasing. The reviews were intriguing so I purchased it. It took a while for me to get used to the brown suds...but I now use this on my face everyday in the shower. I love the way it cleans and it makes my skin feel so smooth after using. It's a great first step to a daily beauty routine.5
Feels nice on skin. Takes a while to rinse completely. I use it twice a week and my face seems brighter.4
I am so in love with African Black Soap that I don't think I will ever use anything else. I cannot tell you how many comments I have received on how my skin looks. Definitely worth the expense.5
I have already used the Rose Hips Black Soap, and I received this as a mix-up from an order. Birchbox was awesome about correcting the order, and let me keep the bar of soap too! I think I will be ordering this in the future. It is not as messy as the other black soap in the pump, and I love how it works on my acne.5
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