First Impressions: SheaMoisture African Black Soap Review

I’m in a beauty group on Facebook that has me constantly yearning to try out new beauty trends and products! You know, that, and the fact that I’m obsessed with reading various fashion and beauty blogs and being obsessed with exploring Sephora, Ulta and drugstore beauty aisles. But I digress!

Either way, for as long as I can remember, I’ve been searching for HG beauty and skincare products. Even when I was younger, say 12, I’d be wanting to try anything I could to get rid of whatever I thought my skin problem was that month. As you can imagine, there have been many occasions over the years when I have been tempted to reach out to a dermatologist such as Amy Witt for some personalized skincare advice!
For most of my life I’ve struggled with oily skin and acne, with the occasional dry spot, but a couple months ago, my skin was clear and I was as happy as could be! Enter school, work and a new internship and I’ve got stress acne and extremely weathered skin, which is just no fun! People recommended various different natural treatments to me, such as apple cider vinegar, CBD oil and aloe vera. Whilst I haven’t tried all of these, I have read plenty of things to say they may work so they may be worth a try.

My recent beauty buy was African Black Soap. I purchased the SheaMoisture African Black Soap Acne Care Kit from Target because it was $2 off, which was apparently enough to make me fall into the rabbit hole of a new beauty product.

{Photo via: Target}
African Black Soap has been around for a while, but I’ve obviously only just now found it! In the past, I’ve used everything from Proactiv to Clinique 3 Step to Clarins to Origins… You name it, I’ve probably tried it.
So, we’ll see how this goes in comparison. I haven’t had a chance to use these products for an extended period of time, but I wanted to do some first impressions to give you an idea of what the products are like at face value.
African Black Soap Problem Skin Facial Wash & Scrub
Definitely not for everyday use, this scrub really gives my face a beating, but leaves it feeling pretty clean afterwards! The smell is incredibly earthy (as you’ll see I felt about most of the products in this collection), and honestly not that enjoyable, so we’ll see how I handle it!
African Black Soap Problem Skin Moisturizer
This is a very interesting product. I’m using it everyday, both day and night. It’s definitely not like other moisturizers that I’ve encountered. It has a pretty heavy consistency and it’s hard to smooth out when you put it on. Out of most of the smells, it’s the most tolerable, so at least that’s nice! I think it’s meant to keep the oil down, but I can’t tell if it’s doing that yet.
African Black Soap Problem Facial Mask
This mask is definitely for drawing out impurities. Again, not the best scent, but I can tell it’s working. I’m planning on using this once a week.
African Black Soap
At the center of everything: the actual soap! I’ve used this a couple of times and really like it. It lathers easily and works well with my Clarisonic Mia 2, which I enjoy using, so it’s looking good so far. There’s really no scent with this one which I absolutely love. I just gotta get used to using a bar.
So, those are my first impressions of the various SheaMoisture African Black Soap products! Let me know in the comments below if you’ve used them before!