"This clarifying mask draws out dirt and congestion while helping absorb excess oil and improve the appearance of troubled skin. A proprietary blend of African Black Soap and Raw Shea Butter helps to clarify, balance and soothe blemish-prone skin. Skin feels purified and refreshed."
- Shea Moisture's Product Description
This mask is available for $15.99 at Ulta and $14.99 at Target and on sheamoisture.com
Here is my experience with the SheaMoisture African Black Soap Mud Mask.
I received Shea Moisture's African Black Soap Duo in the Influenster Glow Box. Originally I was going to review the Duo together. Hence both being in the photo. However, after trying the mask I'm debating on not trying the scrub at all.
I haven't opened the scrub yet but if it smells like the mask I don't want to. The mask has such a strong smell of playdoh. Like really bad. I had to wash off the mask after 8 minutes because I couldn't take the smell anymore.
It didn't do anything special to my skin. My skin didn't feel much different to when I put it on actually. I didn't get a breakout or anything from it but it didn't do anything either.
The only thing it did do was leave my face and hands smelling like playdoh for hours afterwards. I washed my face with my regular Origins wash after to try to get the smell out and it didn't work. I also washed my hands about 5 times.
I used the mask at 7 pm and at 12:30 am when I was laying down for bed I was still catching whiffs of it.
I saw other people say it smelled like baby powder but I think it smelled terrible. The baby powder wouldn't have bothered me. I can't stand this smell and I couldn't get rid of it.
A lot of reviews on Shea Moisture say it smells great so maybe I got a bad one. I don't know. After the smell and the fact that I didn't feel anything different in my skin, I didn't really want to risk buying a full one.
Maybe I'll work up the courage to try the scrub at some point. The mask just smelled so bad.
I feel bad for giving it such a low rating. I really wanted to like it. I've been having bad acne days and I was hoping this would help. But it didn't really do anything for me and the smell was terrible.
That's it for this review. Thanks so much for giving it a read! I hope you enjoyed it! Have you tried the SheaMoisture African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask? What did you think? Did it smell or did I get a bad batch? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
Photo Credit: All photos taken by me with a Canon T5 with an 18-55mm lens
Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.