Absolutely amazing! My skin looks great after using this cleanser and I feel good about using an all-natural product by a company which uses sustainable ingredients and promotes free trade.
Shea Terra Organics Rose Hip & Red Bush African Black Soap Face Wash acts as a face wash and as an exfoliant. It dissolves dead skin cells and makes them easy to remove.
I never simply wash it off immediately after applying it to my skin - I leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse it off. I use my fingers to gently massage my still moist skin in circular motion so as to remove the layer of dead skin cells that the soap has dissolved. After rinsing my face again I can instantly see clearer and fresher looking skin.
I like it, it's just a bit too runny for me. I will use the whole bottle & update. No break-outs so far. It truly does leave your face squeaky clean!
While I haven't tried the rose hip one, I have tried the mint and the lemongrass. I have to say this is another one of those items that considering the cost, isn't worth the hype.
The rose hip african black soap is the only one of these with a pump (I believe). The other two are squeeze bottles with the little caps that you press in to reveal a tiny opening where you squeeze the product out - like lotion bottles! The reason I mention this is because this is a very...dense...product. It doesn't squeeze out easily.
Once out it looks almost like black tar on your hand and it's not like a lot of other cleansers where you can rub your hands together and it will disappear into lather. This requires quite a bit of rubbing to turn all of the soap into a lather. Typically I will squeeze onto my palm, rub my hands together to try to get it to lather up, look at it, and then use my fingers to rub the remaining stuff stuck on my palm (looks like a brown stain).
All of that would leave it at 4 lippies if it was a great product but I don't know...it's a lot of work for a product that doesn't do a lot.
1. This does not get rid of makeup. Now I know that cleansers aren't supposed to get rid of makeup and we're supposed to use makeup remover before the cleanser but I don't follow that rule if I'm in the shower. In the shower I'll just use a cleanser - twice if I have to. This does NOT get rid of makeup. Not even using it twice. And using it just once? Forget about it. I have NEVER used a cleanser that was so inefficient at removing makeup. All of my other cleansers will remove all my makeup in one or two goes, not this.
2. This gives you the squeaky clean feeling but the odd thing is that your face isn't actually clean. When I try new cleansers I always do (my term) the fingernail test to get an idea of how good of a cleanser it is. All I do is use my fingernail and run it along my face (usually the dimple line) applying enough pressure to be able to scrape off leftover makeup or whatnot if there is any but not so hard as to make a mark or be uncomfortable. If there is nothing under my nail then I'm good to go. No matter how clean my face feels - this has never passed the fingernail test on the first go. Even when I'm not wearing makeup and only have on lotion from the night before or something. Sometimes if I'm wearing makeup, even on the second try I still find stuff under my fingernail. I ALWAYS make sure to use a toner with this cleanser.
Now for the good stuff. While I can't comment on the rose hip one, the lemongrass one really does smell like lemongrass (lemongrass and lemon are different, just thought I'd mention since I saw a youtube review where the girl expected lemon). The mint one also smells like mint and maybe a little bit like chocolate? While I didn't feel any tingling from the lemongrass, the mint really does leave your face feeling cold. Like if you chew a mint gum and it makes your mouth feel cold even though it's not, that's what it does to your face. Felt REALLY uncomfortable on my eyes the first time but now that I'm used to it, I like it. Wakes you up. :)
Also, this doesn't dry my face out and I have dry/normal skin depending on the season. So that's good....all-in-all this is really a take it or leave it kind of product IMO.
I heard about this by accident on youtube. Did my research and checked out all the ingredients on my beautypedia site and thought I'd give a try. I bought the original, rose hip. It does cause my skin to tingle but that might be due to the fact I use a retnoid and my skin is a bit thinner. Did not cause any burning sensation to my daughter. Leaves skin very clean and soft. I have combo skin that is acne prone. So far so good. I like that it really cleans without stripping my face of its natural oils. I'm excited to see what long term use will bring. Now I just have to keep it away from my daughter!
Love this cleanser! It's become HG for me. As mentioned, it gives skin a squeaky clean feel (and sound). I've been told that my skin looks brighter and clearer and I know it's because of this stuff!
Amazing product. Makes skin baby soft and skueaky clean.
I am on my second 4 oz bottle of the Rose Hip cleanser and I love it. I am 23 weeks pregnant and was struggling with acne on my lower cheeks and tons of blackheads on cheeks. This cleanser actually helped it, and basically cleared it up. I leave it on as a mask at LEAST once a week, for about 10 minutes (until it dries), then rinse. I do use this with my clarisonic as well, both in the am and at night. Recommend trying.
I got Shea Terra's 8oz black soap elixir in Lemongrass, as well as a sample of the Rose Hip face wash. These cleansers have done more good for my acne-prone skin than any other product!! They really do leave your skin squeaky clean-- literally, I hear my skin squeak as I am washing this stuff off-- without drying out your skin! Pretty amazing. I always leave this on for about 10 minutes before washing it off, so the ingredients get a chance to do their work (Shea Terra credits the natural enzymes in these cleansers for getting rid of dead skin cells).
I think these both work equally well for me, though I feel no tingling sensation with the Rose Hip face wash, but I do feel a pretty intense (but not bothersome) tingle whenever I use the Lemongrass black soap elixir. This makes me think the Lemongrass cleanser is a stronger exfoliant than the Rose Hip. So I'd say go with the Rose Hip if you have sensitive skin, or don't like a strong scent. I love the smell of Lemongrass, so that one is a keeper for me! And I know Lemongrass EO is great for acne, and it's a very uplifting scent. Plus you get 8oz for $18, compared to $22 for 4oz of the Rose Hip cleanser.
There are also great coupons for the Shea Terra website if you search online. I just wish their shipping was a bit faster-- took them one week to ship, which I think is too long for a product they have ready-made and in stock.
UPDATE - 2/27/2011 - Still loving this cleanser! I keep straying from it to try new products, but keep coming back because my skin is never as clear as it is when I'm using this. It always gets my skin back into shape! I just wanted to note that I have since tried Shea Terra's acne facial cleanser, and was surprised to find that didn't work nearly as well as the Lemongrass black soap exlixir for me. I think the acne cleanser had too many different oils and essential oils. The Lemongrass elixir is great because it only has coconut & sunflower oils (both non-irritating and don't clog pores) and the only EO is lemongrass. Their new morrocan clay masks are nice too - not drying at all and make your skin very soft :)
This past winter I found myself loving African shea butter. The authentic 100% organic kind. Upon further research I came across African black soap. Shea makes my dehydrated combination skin totally nourished, but doesn't address the blackheads and occasional blemishes I get on day to day basis. Black soap is AMAZING. Similar to shea it gives the skin a squeaky clean feeling at first (which can be strange to get used to) but after a minute or so it leaves my skin baby soft. I've noticed an obvious reduction in the redness I get around my mouth, nose, and cheeks, and haven't had any new breakouts. My blackheads have also started disappearing, but that could also be from the morrocan mud mask I bought from them too. I've tried tons of cleansers with harsh chemicals namely DDF's 10% glycolic and 1% salicylic with less dramatic results at three times the price. I'm definitely a convert and am recommending this too all of my friends and family members.
I absolutely love this soap. It doesn't dry me out as it does with others..and I do have dry skin. I follow this up with their Marula Oil or Baobab (I've had more luck with Baobab..Marula sometimes makes me break out), it's evened out my skintone overall. I will definitely be repurchasing this or swapping for it again and again.
The packaging could be better..normally I don't complain about packaging but the squeeze top is very cheap and just wish they could replace it. Price is so so for the amount when you consider shipping cost on top of that.