Let me start by saying that I bought this soap at Walmart, of all places.
And it was less than $5.
So, that said, go on Amazon and read the reviews of the soap after you read mine, but don’t buy it there before checking out your local Walmart first.
I never see legitimate clean, organic, safe products at Walmart… what claims to not have parabens has sulfates… what claims to not have sulfates has parabens. They all have alcohol, added fragrances, or some other weird ingredient that completely negates what the label says. So when my sister-in-law and I spotted this African Black Soap on the shelf, nearly hidden away under the Bert’s Bees, we couldn’t believe it. I read the label over and over again (and smelled it a few times – smells kind of like licorice) before deciding to purchase it.
Ingredients: African Black Soap Base, African Shea Butter*, Oats, Aloe, Plantain Extract, Vitamin E, Essential Oil Blend, Vegetable Glycerin, Palm Ash, Rosemary Extract, Iron Oxides (*Certified Organic) – Made in the USA
I had just run out of my castile soap and was needing to purchase another bar, so I was thankful to find this as something new to try, especially since it claims to be for “acne prone and troubled skin.”
I do have PCOS, so I have my fair share of acne and trouble.
As a side note, I liked using castile soap just fine, but it was very, very drying. The kind I used had peppermint essential oil in it and smelled divine, but my skin was definitely drier than usual using that soap.
On to the review!
You’ll probably laugh at me when I tell you that when I first used this soap and lathered it up, I had a moment of panic in the shower. Because it is black soap, it lathers up black. Well, gray. So the first thing I thought was “oh, no… is this going to be a huge mistake? Is this going to stain my skin?!” I have pretty fair skin, so I ended up standing in the shower wasting about 30 seconds of hot water just questioning whether I should even use the soap…
Thankfully, I went for it and did not end up with stained skin!
The African Black Soap lathers really well – a lot better than the castile soap of my past. I used it on my face first, then rubbed the bar onto my loufa and used that on my body. It rinsed off really well and I was left feeling clean with smooth skin.
I purchased this soap on September 7 and have used it every day since. I can honestly say that I’m enjoying it and will purchase it again! Any time I have breakouts, I use my homemade tea tree oil scrub, and it works wonders. Paired with the African Black Soap, I feel like my skin is glowing.
I do sometimes have a “honeymoon phase” when I buy new products and use them. My body loves to respond well in the beginning and then give up, forcing me to find something new. I really hope these good results continue… the fact that I was able to find African Black Soap at Walmart for less than $5 was just wonderful. I also loved that the label had their story on it and explained that there is a mission behind selling this soap.
You can read more about the causes they support here: SheaMoisture Causes
Having PCOS, I try to be careful when it comes to what I expose my body to. If you’re wanting more information on why I try to avoid parabens, sulfates, and unnatural fragrances, check out Caroline’s blog In Due Time, specifically her Health archives. You’ll find all kinds of information on how some of these things can alter our hormones… and when they are found everywhere, it really makes me wonder if the exposure is why I have PCOS. I have it without any genetic ties that we know of, so the next option is it could be environmental.
Interesting, isn’t it?
This is my experience with African Black Soap. If you try it, please let me know what you think about it. If you have questions, please let me know!