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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've always had troublesome skin. I just love this product. I've been using this product for about 2 weeks straight now, once or twice a day and have really noticed a difference in my skin. Yes, I did have a slight breakout a couple days after use, but when I was at the dermatologist before they told me that when you switch products they can temporarily cause breakouts before working so stick with a product for at least three months before giving up. After my slight breakout I haven't had a new zit since and my skin just keeps looking better and everyday. No, it's not perfect but my pores appear to be less noticeable and the problems I had before (you know those tiny zits and blackheads that NEVER SEEM TO GO AWAY!) seem to becoming less notable and are actually going away! This is only two weeks of use so I can't wait to see what my skin will look like months from now! I just use it in the shower and sometimes right before bed. I rub it in and let it dry on my face for 3-5 mins (sometimes longer) and rinse, afterwards I use witch hazel and a face moisturizer. OH, I almost forgot, I cut off a tiny portion of the bar to use and am still using the tiny portion I cut off when I got it 2 weeks ago so this product is really worth it! Works and lasts!5
I have been using Shea Terra's soap for a week and it seems to already be boosting my complexion and making my skin look more even and brighter! I have suggested it to friends and hope it continues to make my skin look great!5
I was looking forward to trying this, due to the price and high ratings. It was fine, but I started breaking out after a few days. I think my skin is just too sensitive for a soap, so I will stick with my old routine of kiehls products.3
This soap makes my skin feel good but it's messy and makes my shower walls brown and gross. I have to put it in a case.3
I read the great reviews for this soap on BB and used my points to pick up both the bar and the facial soap - I think they were both a great buy. The bar leaves my skin feeling clean and healthy and I've noticed a decrease in acne within the last week. I prefer the bar to the facial soap because it seems like it will last longer and I enjoy the exfoliating effects of the textured bar (lather in your hands first - it's too textured to apply straight to the face!)5
This bar of soap has changed my life!!! I suffer from eczema on my neck really bad. It's itchy, red, dry, and so painful! Luckily I could cover it up in winter with a scarf. But now after using this soap it has kept it under control! I also use it on my face and it has cleared up some acne. I absolutely love this soap!!!!!!5
I'm so tired of using harsh chemical products for my breakouts. This is a wonderful alternative that really works! Make sure to keep the bar in a soap dish so it doesn't erode in the shower.5
I noticed a difference in my skin almost immediately after using this soap. My face has never felt so clean!! I have suffered from acne for as long as I can remember and recommend this to anyone and everyone!! You will not be disappointed!5
What struck me about this product was that the ingredients seemed to be pretty unique. Plus when you think of soap, you don't picture it as being a solid black (or rather dark brown). I use it a couple times a week (I've made my bar last ten-ish months like this) on my face, shoulders, back and even butt. I always get compliments on my skin it seems (and this is one of the only cleansers I use). I like how fresh my skin feels after a wash. I recently introduced my boyfriend to it when he left his face wash at home. He really liked it! Unbeknownst to him, I purchased one for him today.
A couple of tips:
Definitely use the bar to lather up your hands and not directly on your face because it IS abrasive.
Get a soap dish because when the lather dries or slides of the bar it leaves a dark scum (not necessarily the best word). It's not dirty, but someone else may not be aware of what it is.
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