Nubian Heritage African Black Soap


67 reviews

76% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$


African black soap base, African shea butter, oats, aloe, plantain extract, vitamin E, essential oil blend, vegetable glycerin, palm ash, rosemary extract, iron oxides.

on 12/14/2014 7:38:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I use this product every morning. And have seen such improvement on my combination/ acne prone skin. It is drying for me, but I just make sure to put moisterizer on.

Overall, I cant live without this stuff. And it only cost like 3$ CAN on IHerb.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Straight, Other

Eyes: Blue

Ive acne prone sensitive skin and I found it very surprising that this soap actually didnt cause any bad reaction. It has helped with my acne however I always use a moisturizer afterwards as it is slightly drying but it does certainly feel like your skin is super clean afterwards. Ive read that some people with acne prone skin have experienced breakouts after using this which could be just the detoxifying effect in the initial stages Im not sure. Im happy to stick with it for now as I have had many cleansers with irritating unnatural ingredients break me out badly so for now this works for me

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Dark, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I've usef this product in and off for about a year now. Just recently I got back into using it since i've brrn been having constant breakouts and I have sensitive skin. I first use my Pond's cold cream makeup remover then folloe up with my black soap and my skin has cleared dramatically; even skin tone, fading acne marks, and less blackheads. I'm definitely gonna keep using this more often.

on 10/20/2014 1:59:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I've been using this for two weeks now. I have sensitive acne prone skin and had previously been on cetaphil. This soap evened skin tone and reduced redness amazingly without overdrying UNTIL a few days ago in which I have broken out in tiny bumps on my cheeks (somewhere rare for this to happen.) This soap was the only change in my routine and although the evenness in skin tone is tempting, I will have to go back to Cetaphil and use this on my body as it is causing irritation or blocking my pores.

on 10/14/2014 6:10:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I tried this soap after reading all the rave reviews to clear my acne. While it did help a little initially, it also clogged my pores. It made my skin dry, so if you try this a good moisturizer is a must. Because it clogged my pores, the texture of my skin was bumpy, however it wasn't active acne. It wasn't a horrible product, since it is inexpensive and you can also use it as a body soap. I guess it just wasn't for me.

on 7/26/2014 11:26:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I've been using this for more than two weeks now. It went through PMS with me and I didn't know I was going through PMS; i.e., it controlled hormonal breakouts (or I didn't happen to have much trouble with hormonal breakouts this month, at the very least). My skin seems to like it, and I'm happy that it doesn't generate plastic waste. I will be repurchasing as part of my recent efforts to use more natural products in my hair and skin, and I like that I can just use this bar of soap to wash both my body and my face. Minimizing bottles and products everywhere is my goal!

EDIT: Stopped using this on my face as it seemed to stop working after awhile. Now just using Cerave on my face. I wonder if it doesn't work as well in hard water since rinsing may generate soap scum. I still use it on my body, and there it is great for clearing up bacne. I follow up on my body with the Nubian Heritage African Black Soap Lotion and my skin feels lovely. Would recommend this for your body if it didn't work out for your face.

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

It's fantastic! I got it for 3 dollars and it's a great wash to do before applying my acne meds. Interestingly, before getting this one I got ABS without the added ingredients, and that ABS left a thin film of moisture over my skin while this one does not. Not sure why that is, but I rather miss that film... Still, great product, my acne has decreased while using it and my skin has gotten much healthier.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 6/20/2014 6:45:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

After constantly being frustrated with adult acne and a worthless facial routine, I did a lot of research, read a lot of reviews and thought that this was worth a try considering how cheap it is. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be readily available in my area, so I do order it from Vitamin Shoppe, but it's not a big deal considering I routinely buy from them anyways. So I gave it a try, and I'm in week 2 of my "trial". In order to properly determine if an acne product is going to work for you, you should always give a 2 to 3 week trial minimum (so long as it doesn't completely irritate your skin from the get-go) although 4 weeks is better, because it would give you a complete month with hormone fluctuation to properly assess efficacy. But anyhow, I washed my face with this product and within a few days I noticed the acne was starting to heal and nothing new was "popping up", not only that, but my skin felt smoother, blackheads and whiteheads were starting to work their way out of my pores, and the overall redness of my skin was decreasing. For the first few days however, my skin was as oily as ever, very soon after washing my face with this soap. That seemed to be an adjustment period, as my skin is now not nearly as oily as it was prior to trying this soap. That's a huge plus in my book! Not only that, but the smell is quite pleasant, like banana, but subtle. This is a soap that lathers well, and works great to remove makeup, and it's not overly drying. I use this with both a washcloth and a facial brush and I seem to get the same results either way. I would recommend this to product to anyone who has troublesome, but not severe acne and/or oily skin.

on 5/26/2014 12:11:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm

Hair: Other, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

UM, YES PLEASE!!! I bought this aagggeess ago when I was using the Shea Moisture version (which I like ok). I was really hesitant about the coconut oil since I'm extremely clog prone and have to be careful. But I decided to pull it out of the closet when my other face washes I was trying were leaving me broken out and miserable. I sort of singled out that it was salicylic acid (among other ingredients) that break me out the worst and since it is in so much I really had to change my routine. So as I said, I liked the Shea Moisture one and that had left me a tiinny bit dry and taught and while I still have some break outs no matter what I use, this helped clear me up considerably and didn't dry me at all. That alone was amazing since I am even hesitant to use moisturizers even though I should. I think another huge part is cutting out the SA, since it was hard for me to see what worked when something else I was using was causing problems. These two bars are so similar that I'm sure both are great, but I like this one just a tiny bit more.

Update: I used this consistently for about two weeks and it was helping to clear up my last mess of harsh chemicals and products, however, I still got some bumps and worst of all, deep cysts (and these odd deep whitehead type of things?? Like red bumps that weren't cystic but deeper than your average surface whitehead). This is the first time I quit SA and all the other products so I could give this a fair shot as is, but it still wasn't right for me. That's upsetting because it works for so many people and while it helped in part, I'm just crazy sensitive. It's possible nothing works actually, since I've come to think it's internal. My derm confirmed this, saying that a cleanser won't help people like me. So it's amazing for pretty much everyone I speak to, doesn't dry you out but helps even tone. I'd still say for the average person to give it a shot but for me I can't. :( For body use (like many in my bar graveyard) it's fine.

on 4/13/2014 8:43:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Warm

Hair: Black, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Black

It may be a bit too early to write a review however I just can't help it.

I have never had horrible skin in fact, it's always been quiet the opposite. Starting in October of last year, my skin began to break out. I mean huge cysts would pop out of my forehead and on my cheeks. I was getting tiny flesh-coloured bumps on and around my nose, between my eyebrows and on my forehead. It was so horrifying, I literally did not know what to do.

I tried everything EXCEPT go to a doctor because I wanted that to be a last resort option for me. I tried everything. Exfoliating, different face washes, changing my moisturizers. Tea tree oil shockingly did not work for me either. I used to rely on that when I would get a period pimple every now and again but this time it disappointed. I was at a point where I lacked confidence and felt everyone was staring at my cysts and the scars of old ones.

I finally read about African Black Soap. I had heard about it before since I use Raw Shea Butter religiously but had never really looked into its benefits. I researched and watched YouTube reviews and I thought this could really be my skin saviour. I bought Nubian Heritage ABS at my local beauty supply store for $3.99 CAD and used it the same day. The price was reasonable imo. However, apparently this isn't the real raw version of ABS but to be very frank, I do not give a damn.

I felt a change in my skin almost IMMEDIATELY. I literally could not believe it. I must admit, I've been using it now for only 4 days (I know, I know) but my skin already looks completely different. It feels soft, I'm glowing, and the pimples that were the bane of my existence are no more. My pores are noticeably smaller. My skin tone looks as if it's becoming more even too! I mean...I'm so happy to have found this product and I plan to continue with it as long as the benefits continue too.

I use the soap at least once a day, in the morning. It lathers up so well and I just rub that latter into my wet face. I then rinse off with cool water, towel dab my face then rub a thin layer of shea butter into my skin. I think once a day is enough for me because I didn't want to overdo it and dry out my skin. It smells amazing btw!

This is a long review but I just want anyone out there who is looking for something, anything to help out with skin. African Black Soap is definitely it, trust me. Try it out and find out for yourself. I will update my review in about a month. Hopefully all of this positivity continues!

EDIT: I no longer am a fan of ABS. I stopped using it for a number of reasons. It stopped working for me about 2 months after the initial use. I also noticed my skin had become darker...noticeably so. Although it did stop those horrible pimples (I haven't broken out like that since then) the obvious cons were not worth continuation. I think if you have acne, that you should definitely give this a try. Just see if it may work for you because I'll never forget that way this soap just dryed those pimples up literally before my eyes.

7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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