Tried It: Shea Terra Organic Rose Hip Black Soap


Disclosure: Contains press sample

Shea Terra Organic Rose Hip Black Soap is a deep pore facial wash that promises super clear, firm and youthful-looking skin. Now you know I don’t review every bottle of facial wash that comes across my desk, but they had me at black soap.

I read about black soap and all it’s powers back in 2010 and made the fatal mistake of purchasing a fake black soap on my first try. This of course left a bad taste in my mouth until I found myself at a flea market in Pearl, Ms. Every Saturday (weather permitting), hundreds of vendors sell items and this one booth in particular, a woman was selling black soap. I was honest, admitted I tried it before and it did not work for me. She was not surprised and stated that I was using fake black soap- basically glycerin dyed black. She sold me bars of Dudu Osum for $5, and I went on my merry way. I made it home and gave the soap a test run and fell in love.

Because I am a blogger, over time I stopped using black soap. I felt like my money was going to waste because the bars melted so easily, and my kids would make a bad situation worse by playing with my soap and leaving it in water, or letting the sink drip on the soap. At that time, there were no liquid black soaps on the market.

Until today.

Shea Terra Organic Rose Hip Black Soap combines my two favorite ingredients- black soap and rose hip oil. Rose hip oil is a miraculous essential oil that is great for healing skin and absorbs flawlessly into the skin. It also contains sunflower oil, coconut oil, and Kalahari mineral salts.

This is not your ordinary face wash, so you have to use it a bit differently, and there are two different ways you can use it:

  1. Apply to wet skin, let it sit for 5-10 minutes, and wash off in a circular motion to exfoliate.

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2.   Mix a teaspoon of black soap with a teaspoon of your favorite exfoliant (they suggest sugar, but that’s too harsh on the skin to be honest), I suggest Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, mix into a paste, cleanse in a circular motion, and rinse clean.

After one use, my skin felt super clean, smooth, soft, hydrated and rejuvenated. It’s rare that I get to say that, as most face washes I encounter make my skin very tight, which is a dead giveaway that it’s dehydrated.

The one and only gripe that I have, and a warning to you is the eye burning. If it gets near your eyes, it burns really bad, so take caution and keep this stuff away from your eyes. Otherwise, you’re golden.


Shea Terra Organic Rose Hip Black Soap retails for $18 (4oz). Pick up a bottle on the Shea Terra site because it is not available in stores.

Ingredients: spring water, Yoruban black soap (cocoa pod ash, plantain peel ash, palm kernels, camwood bark), certified organic sunflower oil, certified organic coconut oil, potassium hydroxide (electrocuted salts- what makes oil into soap), certified organic rose hips oil, Kalahari mineral salts

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Aprill Coleman is an award-winning beauty, lifestyle and wellness blogger and freelance writer based in Jackson, Mississippi.

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