Product Review: Shea Moisture African Black Soap

Back in January, I purchased two new products from Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap line. I bought the body lotion and the body wash, they were on sale, buy 1 get 1 50%, on-line at I HAD to get both…I was forced. I’ve been on this natural kick since 2011 when I started transitioning my hair from relaxed to it’s natural state and natural/organic hair and body products are always on my radar. I’ve heard nothing but good things about african black soap, so I decided to give these two a whirl.


Item Description (from the SheaMoisture website)

SheaMoisture’s African Black Soap Body Wash cleanses, hydrates and calms problem skin. Helps to balance oily skin for a clearer appearance. – Made with natural and certified organic ingredients. – Oats help soothe irritated skin while absorbing excess oil. – Aloe moisturizes and calms dry sensitive skin. – Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant highly effective in protecting skin from free radical damage.
I can’t speak for oily, problem, or sensitive skin, but this definitely hydrated and moisturized MY skin. Right after the wash, my skin felt really smooth and even once I was out of the shower and dried off, my skin still felt hydrated and soft. The body wash suds up a great deal, so a little definitely goes a long way. Although the body wash itself is black, it lathers up white. As far as the smell goes, it’s not strong or overbearing, it has a natural (surprise) sweet, earthy smell that is suitable for both men and women.

Item Description (from the SheaMositure website)

SheaMoisture’s African Black Soap Body Lotion hydrates, calms and heals problem skin. Helps to balance oily skin for a clearer appearance.

Before I say anything positive about this product, I’m going to mention the ONE flaw this product has in my opinion. The layout in which this container was designed creates a major defect with the consistency of this lotion. This lotion is more of a thick, dense cream, so for it to be packaged in an ordinary squeeze bottle, is a bit illogical. This lotion would do better in a tub with a twist off lid. To get all the contents of this lotion out, the top had to be cut off so the rest could be easily scooped out. Other than that, I have nothing but positive things to say about the lotion. In spite of the fact that this is more of a cream than a lotion, the final coating on  your body isn’t gooey or heavy at all. This product leaves your skin highly mositurized without feeling oily. Much like the body wash, the smell is pleasant and not very strong. Oh, and another thing, on the bottle it reads “For best results, apply to damp skin for moisture retention.” I would have to disagree on this one, I tried it on both damp and dry skin, and trying to rub this thick cream in on damp flesh, just didn’t work too well. I would advise drying off before applying this lotion.

Overall, I loved these two products! I’ll definitely continue to purchase the body wash, but until the lotion creates (if ever) a different packaging, I won’t buy it again. Too much effort for a lotion that I can find a cheaper dupe for…just being honest!

Have you out there tried either of these products? 

What were your thoughts? 

Products mentioned in this post were purchased using my own funds. Opinions are based on the characteristics of MY skin.

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