Shea Moisture African Black Soap Bar


8 reviews

87% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$$


on 7/28/2015 9:55:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I didn't think this would work for me, I have finicky skin that gets irritated easily, and can get too dehydrated or too oily, with the occasional monthly cyst, but I figured for the price, it was worth a try.

Well, I love it. It lasts a very long time too. I have been using it for 3 months, and my skin has really improved, my breakouts are kept to a minimum and heal quickly, face looks smooth and glowy. Every 2-3 days I also use it with my Clinique electric brush, and it cushions the friction pretty well. It doesn't break me out, irritate my skin, make me dry or oily, it's just great and balances my skin.

The only con I can think of is that it's messy, and the bar of soap is a bit difficult to hold and work with, but these drawbacks pale in comparison to how well the product works. I don't rub it on my skin because it has some sharp pieces in it, I just lather it in my hands and then apply.

I do pre cleanse before using this, with an oil cleanser to break up the makeup.

I would surely rebuy.

on 4/30/2015 9:59:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

This stuff is now my HG face wash. I was using another organic brand and thought I'd give this a try because my face still had some itchiness/irritation. I have sensitive/combo/oily skin with hormonal/cystic acne breakouts. After using this wash the FIRST time it seemed to calm my skin. After a few days, it started looking even better. My overall complexion looks healthy and glowing! I'm going back to target the buy the full kit as I want to try the moisturizer. I should also add that I've also been oil pulling with coconut oil each morning, drinking two 8oz glasses of water each day mixed with I tablespoon organic ACV, using a bentonite clay mask 1-2 times a week and ditched foundation and now use garnier bb cream for oily skin. I also made my own moisterizer using jojoba oil, cranberry seed oil and a few essential oils ( only use this at night). My skin has never looked so clear. If you have oily skin/sensitive skin/hormonal acne, give this soap a try or perhaps try some or all of the remedies I've been using. I hope it helps you too!!!!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 3/28/2015 10:31:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Dark, Neutral

Hair: Black, Relaxed, Other

Eyes: Brown

I haven't used this as long as I would have liked to because it started to stain my tub. Smh I will try it with my beauty blender but the previous poster stated.

on 3/25/2015 3:31:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I've been using this for months now. This cleans any type of beauty sponge (like the beauty blender) so well!
It removes any foundation stains, takes out the foundation AND it produces very little suds so you can rinse away with ease!!! Other liquid soaps produces so much suds that you'd be rinsing forever.
Game changer.

Best part which I need to add is you can find it for only ~$4 at any BM drugstore (Walgreens, CVS, Walmart etc.)

on 1/14/2015 2:34:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

I really like this.

*I edited my review at the bottom.*

-Good, effective, simple ingredients.
-Great for oily skin. It does strip your skin of all oils.
-Removes any excess make up that my cleansing oil may miss.
-Has helped clear up my skin. - I have reason to believe, based off scientific research, that this has also helped aid my acne scars in the healing process. I have a pretty complex skincare routine so it's hard to accredit certain ingredients to their results at times.
-Very affordable. I bought a bar of this months ago for $5... I'm not even halfway through with it. I use this 2x a day, generously applied.

-This is black, and messy. It will stain your clothing. I have learned to wash my face topless (in a bra) before bed.
-This is drying if combined with the wrong additional skincare products. I was using sulfur soap in the morning then this at night and DEAR LORD it was bad. Neither will dry my skin out on their own, but when used together I was left with rough dry patches.

2/21/2014: I no longer use this. Perhaps when I am melting come summertime I will pick it up again. This soap definitely is one of the better cleansers I've tried. But for now, my skin feels very dehydrated. I feel that this may have upset my rosacea a bit more than I anticipated. To be fair, it is winter. However african black soap in general is very alkaline. It can distrupt your PH levels.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 1/4/2015 9:42:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Red, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

I usually use Nubian Heritage African Black soap but it's not sold near me and I always spend too much when I order from vitacost, etc. SM was BOGO at Ulta so I picked this up. I prefer the scent of the NH version but this is still very nice. I use it on my face when I have breakouts and we also have a bar the shower that SO uses all over. It has made his skin very soft, no lotion needed.
I still prefer Nubian Heritage but this is very nice and I would buy it again.

on 7/12/2014 9:24:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I love this. I only use it on my face and it is clearing up my acne very well. It smells great and has very simple ingredients. I love this brand, everything I've tried has been great! You won't find better vegan all natural products, especially not for this price.

on 7/9/2014 11:02:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

This soap is amazing! I was using Cerave before this because I have acne and regular face washes were drying my face pretty badly. I came across the african black soap at Ulta and decided to try it out. Well I was amazed at first use. I had really dry patches on my face that not even Cerave and face moisturizer could get rid of. Well this little gem got rid of it after first use! My acne has also decreased significantly. Amazing!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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