Shea Moisture has been coming out with a lot of new products for both hair and skin. Their African Black Soap line has gotten a lot of hate due to a lot of things. For instance, African black soap is not actually black, but Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap is. Why? Because they add charcoal to the ingredients. Maybe they should start advertising it more as ‘African Black Soap and Charcoal’ rather than just the ‘African Black Soap’ line, or maybe people should start reading the ingredients and titles more clearly?
Another issue that was arising is the fact that a couple people had a bad reaction and when contacting the company, they would not reply. I do think it would have been nice for them to at least email them back with an apology, but at the same time, this is not their fault. If a person has an allergic reaction to something, it is not the company’s fault as to why that happened.
Now that I have gotten that out of the way, moving on with the review.
1) African Black Soap Bamboo Charcoal Gelee Moisturizer
I was very thrown off by the name of this product. A ‘gelee’ moisturizer does not sound like something I would want to put on my face. Then on top of that, the look of it is just down right odd. It is a grey, jelly consistency, which is just weird. When applied to the face, the grey pigmentation is gone, but I just do not like this product. It does not soak into the skin nicely. My skin was left feeling dirty. I rub my face and the product starts rubbing off onto my hand in grey pieces.
I personally do not recommend this product, but if you would like to try it out, then you can get it here for $10.99.
2) African Black Soap Bamboo Charcoal Detoxifying Foaming Facial Wash
Foaming face washes are my absolute favorite. They are a lot softer on the skin and just the idea of pumping it seems like a bit of a time saver (every second counts in the morning). I used it by itself the first time and I really did enjoy it, but I feel like I needed a few pumps, about three. I also saw I had a few spots of acne popping up, but that should not really matter to any of you due to the fact that I have irritating skin that is very acne prone and I am on medication and certain products recommended by doctors for my acne (if you want to read about my skin and what I use for it, read my article here), so I started mixing one pump to a dime sized amount of my OXY Face Wash. OXY is slightly drying, so mixing the Shea Moisture with the OXY keeps my skin hydrated while clearing most of my acne. I do really like the product and I have recommended it to a couple of my friends who have gone out to try it and actually enjoy it!
You can get it here for only $9.99!
3) African Black Soap Bamboo Charcoal Body Scrub with Tea Tree Oil
I love a good exfoliator, and I feel like this is soft enough for all skin types, but still does its job. It is not super harsh, but I can feel the difference on my face and chest after using it. My skin feels softer and it helps get rid of my peeling, dry skin. I get really dry skin on my nose all the time and you can totally see it when I wear foundation, but if I exfoliate just my nose with this product before I start my makeup routine, then when I put my foundation on, it goes on very smooth. I do really like this scrub for my body too because I do get acne on my shoulders and chest, so this does help with that, but I do prefer using something with a bit more of a scrub to it for my body.
You can get this product for $10.99 here.
Out of these three products, my absolute favorite is the Foaming Face Wash. This is all my opinion and if you do not need to agree with me. You can try any of these products because it is totally up to you!
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