I received these products from Nubian Heritage for free in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own as per usual!
You’ve heard me discuss the beauty that is African Black Soap many many times. It truly is a gift to our skin care and those who haven’t added it to your skin care regimen… I’m giving you one more reason why you should do so.
African Black Soap is an anti aging beast, heals problem skin, and fades away skin discoloration to give you one smooth beautiful surface. So what does that really mean for your skin? It means that if you are prone to breakouts, scarring, and ingrown hairs, African Black Soap needs to be in your arsenal to get rid of that.
When I was given the opportunity to review the Nubian Heritage AFrican Black Soap collection I was thrilled. I was already familiar with their African Black Soap with Oats and Vitamin E, and was using it to help alleviate my back acne. But with the expansion of their African Soap Line the opportunities for flawless skin really became endless. Let’s talk products I used, how they worked, and my 30 day results/skin transformations.
Nubian Heritage African Black Soap Line Review
1. African Black Soap Clarifying Pads (16.99): These pads are legit my fave new clarifying pads, and here’s why. African Black soap products in general are usually extremely drying. These pads are so moisturizing and wipe up all the extra yuckiness that was left behind after cleansing. (Yes… things can get left behind after cleansing). I used these clarifying pads in the evening during my night time skin care regimen. It left my face feeling refreshed, moisturized and clean.
There are 60 pads in the jar and it’ll run you about 17 bucks. Yes that is a bit pricier than most drugstore clarifying pads which is why I only use it for my night time routine. This way I can make the pads last me a good two months before having to re-up. I’ve used about half of them and my skin definitely has shown the benefits.
2. African Black Soap Facial Wash & Scrub (12.99): I usually don’t like harsh facial scrubs or scrubs that have African Black Soap in them. Like I stated before, if used too aggresively African Black Soap can be extremely drying. What I enjoyed about this scrub is that it was gentle and had a very soft/light fragrance that wasn’t too over powering. Out of all of the products in the line however, this is my least favorite. It felt a bit soapy more so than scrubby but that is just my personal preference when it comes to what I expect from a facial scrub.
Active Ingredients: Thea Sinensis (1x) Inactive Ingredients: Water, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sodium Cocoyl tsethfonate, Glycerin (Vegetable), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Glycol Stearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Shell Powder, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter***, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Oil, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Beta Glucan, Sodium Shea Butterate, Sodium Cocoate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Pod Ash, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Luffa Cylindrica Fruit, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract, Niacinamide, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Salicylic Acid, Stearamide AMP, lsopropyl Alcohol, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Leptospermum Scoparium Branch/Leaf Oil, Ethanol, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Ormenis Multicaulis Oil, Sodium Phytate, Tamarindus lndica Fruit Extract, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Musa Paradisiaca Extract, Glyceryl Undecylenate. *Certified Organic Ingredient
3. African Black Soap Exfoliant Spot Treatment (12.99): Nah… seriously… this is the BEST spot treatment I’ve used in quite some time. There’s only one other drug store brand, and one high end brand that work as magically as this spot treatment did. I used this on occasion whenever I had a pesky pimple creeping up in the way of my slay. It would dry the pimple without drying the skin around the perimeter of it which is what I often face with other spot treatments. It also wasn’t harsh on the skin and didn’t cause a burning sensation as most products with Salicylic Acid do. If you have random break outs this is the product you definitely want to have in your arsenal.
4. African Black Soap Facial Moisturizer (16.99): This is my favorite product of the entire line and are in my top 3 of best moisturizers I’ve ever used. It was so light, not greasy and super hydrating. The ingredient list in itself has Aloe listed as its first ingredient which is a major benefit to your skin care regimen. Besides Aloe, there’s also shea butter, mango butter, and tea tree oil. I use this moisturizer at night as well right after I’ve used the Clarifying pads to seal in the moisture. If I have any random stray pimples I then add the spot treatment as my finisher. Only thing I don’t like? The price point is a little high for the amount of moisturizer you get in my opinion. Two oz seems a bit low when it comes to dropping 17 bucks… but the highlight is I’ve been using this moisturizer for one month and still havent even hit the half way mark. You don’t need to use a lot to get the full moisturizing benefits on your entire face. So with that said… If had to drop 17 bucks on a moisturizer that would get the job done and last for quite some time… I’m on board.
Active Ingredients : Aloe Ferox (1x), Mentha Piperita (1x) Inactive Ingredients: Ingredients Water, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*♥, Cetearyl Olivate, lsononyl lsononanoate, Sorbitan Olivate, Mangifera lndica (Mango) Seed Butter, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Glycerin (Vegetable), Glyceryl Caprylate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Niacinamide, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Cetyl Alcohol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Oil, Musa Paradisiaca (Plantain) Extract, Sodium Shea Butterate, Panthenol, Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil, Sodium Phytate, Salicylic Acid, Sorbitan Palmitate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Pod Ash, Tamarindus lndica Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Leptospermum Scoparium Branch/Leaf Oil, Ethanol, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Beta Glucan, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Sodium Cocoate, Cetyl Palmitate, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Extract, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Acer Saccharinum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Citric Acid *Certified Organic Ingredient. ♥Fair Trade Ingredient.
5. African Black Soap Mud Mask (16.99): This was the biggest surprise in the line. I have a love hate relationship with African Black Soap because I know all of the benefits that make it crucial to my skin care regimen. But I know if I over do it, then my skin will be dry and irritated in no time. I use this mask once a week (so I’ve only used it about four times) and haven’t faced one single dry patch of skin at all. It goes on like a thick smooth paste and wipes off very easily with cool or warm water. The mask is refreshing when removed and leaves your skin looking so bright and alive. Definitely not what I was expecting from mud mask but I’m happy I was able to be pleasantly pleased.
6. African Black Soap Toner (12.99): This toner is similar to the scrub as it has a very light scent as to not be too over powering. This toner reminded me so much of my witch hazel that I use as my consistent toner. And low and behold Witch Hazel is one of the first ingredients mentioned on the list. So needless to say the toner was effective in keeping my skin glowing and glistening in the day time. I use this toner as a part of my day time routine (clarifying pads at night) and always felt like I was ready to take on the world. The toner does cost a whopping 13 bucks for 4.2.oz so I may stick with simply using my regular degular witch hazel.
Water, Isopropyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf/Twig Extract, Gluconolactone, Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Allantoin, Panthenol, Fragrance, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Phytate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Musa Paradisiaca Extract, Tamarindus Indica Seed Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Ormenis Multicaulis (Chamomile) Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Extract*, Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Shea Butterate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Pod Ash. *Certified Organic Ingredient. ♥Fair Trade Ingredient.
7.African Black Soap Facial Cleansing Bar Soap (4.99): Last but not ;east was the bar soap facial cleanser.Not gonna lie… I didn’t use this for my face. I used this facial cleansing bar as a soap for my body instead. I ran out of black soap and didn’t have a chance to re-up. I also have never used (and i’m kind of weary to start) bar soap on my face. There’s something about doing so that makes me cringe. But the black soap worked wonders on my skin and my back as I expected.
OVERALL RESULTS: Overall I found that my skin reacted very well to all of the products. I broke out way less and didn’t experience any dry skin/ dry patches. I have sensitive combination skin and I can certainly say that my face felt moisturized 100% of the time during my skin regimen and even. And I may be reaching but I also feel that my skin is more glow and brighter.
I highly recommend if you are looking for a way to manage your sensitive skin to try out the Nubian Heritage African Black Soap line! Let me know your thoughts and experiences with it below!
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Hey there! I’m Melissa, co-founder of Trials n Tresses, natural hair and beauty lover, binge tv watcher and lover of life. When I am not creating content for TNT, I’m busy teaching the future of society.