When I buy a beauty product, all I care about is whether that product works. I don’t care if it’s eco-friendly. I don’t care if the company saves the whales or the cheetahs or is into rainforest conservation. If you do, that is your business, but I, for one, care about the efficacy of the product and nothing else.
Last week, Miss M sent me a fascinating Elle article about how sodium lauryl and sodium laureth sulfate can irritate skin and cause acne. If you’ve ever read a label on a bottle of face wash, then you know that finding a product without sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate is basically impossible. Once I realized that none of the popular brands were SLS free, I decided that I needed to go organic.
I purchased this SheaTerra Black Soap because I’ve heard impressive things about African Black Soap in general. Was I thrilled with the product? Not really, and here’s why.
While it cleared the acne on my chest, the change on my face has been negligible. My skin is softer, but it’s not clearer. It’s less red, but not less bumpy. So, I suppose that this product is a bit of a mixed bag.
Also, I hate the smell/taste of star anise and licorice. Anything with that flavor makes me want to vomit, and this soap smells like I went swimming in a vat of black licorice syrup.
I finally turned the bottle over to a neighbor for a second opinion, and she loved it. In fact, she loved it so much that she bought the entire SheaTerra system which includes products for steaming, purifying, toning and the like.
Would I try another SheaTerra product? Sure. Was I wildly in love with this one? Not really. And I still don’t care about how much money they spend conserving African wilderness, but if you do, this company has you covered.