Natural Skincare: I’m usually extremely wary. Why? Because those real (and I do mean really real) ingredients are hard to find without being diluted with a bunch of other crap.

I’d gotten to a point where I’d have to ask my Ghanaian gal pal to bring me back some of the good stuff when she went home to visit. That is, until I discovered this 15 year old skincare line, Shea Terra Organics. And let me say this before I get into the review: I can’t even remember the last time I received product samples to test – and ended up loving ‘em all. And that’s real.

Natural Skincare Obsession #1

The Black Seed OilRose Hips Black Soap Deep Pore Facial Wash, and the East African Shea Butter all restored my faith in finding great products with quality ingredients here in the states. It really is that simple. Coveted to “cure nearly everything”, black seed oil can be used to treat eczema, burns, rashes, and consumed daily to boost folks immune systems (I’m not there yet, but I’m open to revisit). Black seed oil has also been scientifically proven to improve skin tone, (here for it) and stimulate the scalp to improve hair growth if you’re into the #longhairdontcare movement. And the purest black seed oil? It comes from Egypt, honey – not from your great grandmother’s medicine cabinet.

Shea Terra's Egyptian Black Seed Oil

Shea Terra's Egyptian Black Seed Oil

The oil is unrefined (always look for this on labels) so it does maintain its natural scent, which ain’t all that great. BUT, it didn’t deter me from using it. I started applying to my face both morning and night – and loved it so much that I started using it as a moisturizer after showers. It’s not sticky, doesn’t leave behind any buildup, and it layers well for folks like myself who take their beauty regimens to a whole ‘nother level. Where my beauty addicts at?!

Natural Skincare Obsession # 2

Shea Terra Rose Hips Black Soap.

Shea Terra Rose Hips Black Soap.

The Rose Hips Black Soap Facial Wash is the, too. I have combination oily, acne- prone skin even during the colder months, so I try to find cleansers that won’t leave me looking like a greasy hot mess by midafternoon. I also don’t want anything that’s gonna strip my skin down to the last pore. This soap contains cocoa pads, organic rose hips seed oil, and crushed rose hips fruit, which all serve to break down excess oil and harmful toxins. Chile, when I tell you the gods were singing ‘Amazing Grace’ after the first wash, that still wouldn’t do this product justice. One tiny criticism is that it doesn’t lather like most cleaners that treat acne, but there is no science that says excessive soapsuds grant you cleaner the skin.

Natural Skincare Obsession # 3

Shea Terra Organic Shea Butter

Shea Terra Organic Shea Butter

Ah, and finally the mother Theresa ingredient of skincare, ‘Shea Butter’.  If you’ve never had the luxury of experiencing the richness of natural Shea, I encourage you to do so, STAT. This Shea Nilotica East African Shea Butter is jam-packed with vitamins A and E – and serves primarily to heal dry skin and combat early signs of aging. My biggest longstanding battle with Shea butter or any other cream-based product is that sometimes the textures are so ridiculously hard, it makes it extremely difficult to apply. And I HATE when it gets under my nails! Why should I have to claw to get the stuff out the jar? Not here for it.

None of this was the case with Shea Terra Organics. Texture is on point, packaging is on point, and my nails are on point.

Fan of shea butter? Let me know! Love you some black seed oil? Share that, too! And don’t forget to share some of your other favorite natural ingredients!



Disclosure: Products received for review – opinions are all mine.