After my fiasco with the Ambi Even & Clear which did not work so well, I was still on a mission to get my face in order. While browsing the aisles of Ricky’s NYC for a new cleanser, I came across Nubian Heritage African Black Soap. I’ve heard lots of good things about ABS (African Black Soap) but you know, out of site out of mind. I glanced at the ingredients and it seemed all good so I purchased it. One of my best purchases ever!
Nubian Heritage African Black Soap with Oats, Aloe & Vitamin E claims to be anti-blemish, detoxifying and healing. Made from all natural ingredients, it contains an African Black Soap Base with plenty of all natural moisturizing ingredients so that it won’t be so harsh on the skin. Now I know this is not 100% pure ABS which many recommend but it does contain an ABS base and I heard that pure ABS can be harsh on the skin, so this is a nice stepping stone for me. I plan to try pure ABS in the near future, still doing my research.
The bar is a nice size and you can clearly see the oat pieces. It is black in color due to the palm ash & tar. Natural ABS is more brown in color and marbled like the inside of a plantain skin. The soap suds up really well to a light grey lather that does not stain your tub or towels. I lather it up in my hands and rub it on my face and then use my Clarisonic Mia to cleanse. It removes all traces of dirt and even makeup, although I usually remove my makeup first with my MAC Cleanse Off Oil. I wouldn’t suggest using the bar directly on the face as the oatmeal can be a little rough. After using it for a few days there was a noticeable difference in my skin. It was smooth, glowing and my spots were visibly lighter so I decided to create a routine around the Nubian Heritage African Black Soap.
I had all of the other items in the house already. In the morning I wash my face with the ABS using my Clarisonic MIA, tone with the Witch Hazel, treat spots with the Tea Tree Oil and moisturize with the Olay Complete. I do the same routine at night except I moisturize with the Shea Butter instead of the Olay. I’ve been doing this for about three weeks now and my skin is looking great. It’s more radiant and glowing, and best of all the dark spots are fading rapidly. It’s not 100% where I want it but it’s getting there. This regimen uses mostly all natural products besides my Olay Complete which I’ve been using on and off since my teens and it never fails me. I couldn’t be happier with my new routine. Check me out sans makeup…
Your skin looks great! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the soap. I too have heard a lot of great things about African Black Soap, but I haven’t tried it on my face. I will definitely be on the look out for this in stores.
Thank you Ashley. Let me know if you like it when you find it!
Your skin looks great! I could never go bare faced in public. I have dark spots and uneven skin tone. I’ve also heard about ABS and been meaning to pick some up. Now I will! btw – I have a totally off subject question. I’ve been wanting to try the Milani Baked Blush. What color would you recommend for my skin tone? I’m looking for a summer shade. Thanks! Kiah
Thank you Kiah. You should give the ABS and Witch Hazel a shot, works wonders!
For your skin tone I would suggest Milani Baked Blush in Rose D’Oro and Corallina for Summer, they are gorgeous!
Looking good, Erica! I love the Nubian Heritage soaps but have never tried the ABS one. I was using pure 100% ABS a while back and it was just too harsh and drying for my face. I might have to give this one a try. Currently, my skincare regimen is a mixture of Juice Beauty, Aveeno, and Mario Badescu products (with using a simple skincare moisturizer). My dark spots are getting lighter so I’m finally embracing leaving the house bare-faced also.
How long have you been treating your spots with Tea Tree Oil? And do you do it 2x daily? I’ve used Tea Tree Oil in my shampoo for dandruff but never tried it on my face. I would love to know more about that!
Thanks so much for sharing this, Erica!
Thanks hon. Yes I apply it directly on my spots with cotton after I tone, twice a day. If you have sensitive skin you can make a mix with witch hazel and a few drops of the tea tree oil, it should work just the same. Hope that helps!
Thank you Honey!
No problem hon!
Love! I use all natural african black soap and it can be harsh on the face but after a while my face got used to it. I was using african shea butter but i’ve swtiched to virgin coconut oil
I want to try the all natural ABS but I want to find a reputable vendor, any suggestions?
Coastal scents dot com sells ABS and they work with women from African villages providing them with an industry to provide for their families.
I started using this when you posted to your blog!! Love it! Cleared my face up SO much!!!
Faster than meds from dermatologist!!
Wish I was as gorgeous as you. Have you tried the rcma makeup line? They have darker shades for African skin tones. 50% pigment so a little goes a long way. But like I said, I think you look good without makeup, wish I could say the same for myself. ^_^
Thank you so much. I’m sure you look good without makeup as well. I use RCMA foundation palettes in my MUA Kit! 🙂
Does this product reduce hyperpigmentation?