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Shea Terra Organics Authentic African Black Soap

4.5 oz

Availability: In stock


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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.

How to Use

For body, lather and leave on for a few minutes before rinsing for best results. For face, lather bar in hand, then gently massage into face. Leave on mask for about five minutes. Rinse.

USDA certified organic, virgin coconut cream oil, African black soap (cocoa pod ash, plaintain peel ash, palm kernel oil, camwood), 24% USDA certified organic shea butter, certified organic, extra virgin olive oil, spring water, sodium hydroxide

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Love. This. Stuff.

I bought this once when I needed to get my order amount higher to get some free stuff. Omg, best $8 ever. I have since bought an additional one and another for a friend. I haven't had a breakout since I started using it on my face. I started using it on entire body since I started getting breakouts on my back. This cleared those RIGHT up. The soap has natural exfoliants so using a loofah isn't necessary. Be warned though, because the suds are brown, your shower might start looking ickier sooner. But it was always icky, you just didn't notice. Buy this soap; clean your tub more often.

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Best soap EVER!

I bought this because it sounded interesting and I needed a few more dollars in my cart in order to get free samples. Best decision! I haven't used bar soap since I was a kid, you know before body washes and liquid soap became the thing. Don't be put off by the brown color it produces when you start lathering up. Anyways, it's incredible! I just started using it about a week ago, I have already noticed a change in my skin. It looks healthier and my skin tone seems to be improving. It makes my face feel very clean. I am absolutely glowing!

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Simply amazing

I have loved this soap. I cutted in 4 so it would be easier to handle. It has done wonders for my combination skin.

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Great product, great price

I love this soap. Like many other reviewers, I got it to score free shipping on my order and am so glad I did. The soap has helped clear my skin (not perfect, but better) and leaves it feeling clean and oil-free, but not overly dry.

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Saved my skin

I got this because I had some points to spare and wanted to bump up my order for free shipping. Now that I've used it, I'm so glad I tried this out! I've gone through a full bar, now working on my second, and am a firm believer in this soap.
I started suffering from pretty awful acne when I started puberty, and over a decade later it's not let up one bit. It's been a constant embarrassment and has brought down my self-confidence. Then I found this soap.
After years of medications, creams, washes, masks, exfoliants, and countless other remedies, this is the first thing that has actually made a real, lasting effect. After using this just once or twice, I started seeing a difference, and as I continued to use it, the results just kept improving.
While my skin isn't perfectly clear, I now rarely have to deal with more than a small pimple or two. Even if I don't use the soap for a while, my skin doesn't just bounce back to the war zone it was - it stays (mostly) clear and even.
If you've reached the end of your tether trying to clear up acne, I'd highly recommend you give this a shot.
The biggest thing to keep in mind is to not overuse it or scrub too harshly. Lather it on your hand and THEN apply it to your face. About two weeks into using it, I got overexcited and started applying it straight with the bar, sometimes twice a day, and after a few days of being way too harsh I ended up with a patch of skin on one cheek that was raw and looked lightly sunburnt. So don't do that. Use it ever other day, at most, and don't go overboard with the scrubbing.

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