As someone that dealt with acne since childhood, I have tried black soap numerous times. Black soap is a product made from locally harvested West African plants, oils and usually shea butter known for treating blemishes, acne and razor bumps. I've tried the raw soap from my African market and I've tried the popular commercial brands. The results were the same ---I hated it! Hated the irritated feeling that I had after using it, hated how dry it made my skin feel, just really hated it.
Shea Terra Organics makes beautiful products and I am obsessed with rose hips oil (which has been great for my hyperpigmentation) so after reading the stellar reviews about their Rose Hips Black Soap Facial Wash on Birchbox, I decided to give it a try. I am so so glad that I did. This product is the real deal! It does not irritate my skin like pure black soap does, my skin retains moisture when I wash it off (it's not an ashy mess!) and it's done a great job of clearing dark spots and making my face feel firm (hello 31!). My complexion looks so clear after I use this facial wash. I've been using it about four times a week (since I still fear the strength of black soap) and that has been great. This facial wash is definitely a new staple in my beauty regimen.