Review | Shea Moisture African Black Soap Problem Skin Moisturizer

Hey guys! It’s mid February and it’s bitterly cold outside. I’m all bundled up in my pajamas and robe as I’m typing this out. Seems like one of those days where you don’t want to go outside to do anything and you just want to curl up on a couch or bed, sipping some warm hot chocolate.

Despite that, I have another product review! It’s from the Shea Moisture line (Yep, I said it. Don’t hate me for it.), but it’s a product I haven’t seen most people talk about lately.

This is the African Black Soap Problem Skin Moisturizer! It’s available at select Target stores for about $11.99.


I originally was using Juice Beauty’s Oil-Free Moisturizer, but that stuff was expensive. Like $28 plus TAX expensive! I didn’t want to fork over that much money anymore, so I found this instead.

I did research the product and many have said that this perfect for acne-prone skin, oily skin, combination skin or any facial skin that has problems.

I wasn’t expecting much with this, but I was blown away with the results! This stuff is GREAT for my skin! It controls the oil on my face very well, especially my T-Zone, the only place on my face that gets the most greasy. After my toner, I smooth this on and I’m left with a smooth, matte look to my complexion that makes me feel good.

For all you makeup lovers, it’s even good as a primer of sorts under makeup. The matte finish allows you to apply your makeup with ease. I only wear tinted moisturizers (if you consider tinted moisturizers makeup in some sort of way), so this is great for me.


However, with every good product, there are always problems. The main issue with this is the scent.

This stuff absolutely STINKS. It smells exactly like garbage left out in your kitchen. I wasn’t the only one who complained about the scent. When I first opened it, the smell came out and I turned my nose up at it like a spoiled brat.

But the more I used this stuff, the more I got used to the unsatisfactory scent. It’s gotten to the point where my nose doesn’t even detect the scent; I would just apply the moisturizer and move on. It’s like using apple cider vinegar for your hair and scalp.

I would definitely purchase this again, but because the product is wonderful (aside from its putrid scent), it has been hard to find in Target stores due to it not beng available at that particular store or people purchasing this once it hits the shelves.

So if you have oily, acne-prone or combination skin, give this a try! You’ll have to bear with the scent, but when you get past it, the product itself is great!

Until next time and stay warm! Brrrr. . .

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