15 September, 2014

Dr. Woods Black Soap Products: Reviews

As many of you already know, I've been hanging out here in the Southwest because of my road trip, where the climate is very hot and dry, due to the desert setting. Before we left, I knew that my skin was going to get very dry and itchy, and regular body washes were only going to make it worse. Thankfully, I came to acquire a few Dr. Woods bath products before we left San Diego, which have really helped my skin.

I first heard of Dr. Woods when I was pregnant with my boys (they're twins, so it has been only one pregnancy so far! Lol). My skin was so dry and itchy that it hurt. On top of that, it became very sensitive as well, and whenever I used any body wash, I would get itchy acne all over my back within minutes. When I poked around the mommy forums with my question (more like a cry for help), quite a few moms suggested using Dr. Woods Pure Black Soap With Organic Shea Butter, so I made the switch to that and saw improvements almost immediately. After two showers, my skin looked and felt so much better. 

Now, whenever I learn that a friend is pregnant, I always give her a gift bag with Dr. Woods products, because I know that the ingredients in them will not harm the mother or the unborn baby.

So, today I'm going to review a few of my favorite Dr. Woods Black Soap products!

If you're wondering what black soap is, it's also known as African Black Soap, which is known to help heal skin irritations such as eczema, dark spots, razor bumps, and breakouts. It is suitable for both oily and dry skin because it is so gentle. Black soap is made out of locally harvested plants and barks, such as plantain, cocoa pods, palm tree leaves, and shea tree bark. (Source)

All Dr. Woods products are eco-friendly, cruelty-free, and contain no artificial ingredients.

1) Dr. Woods Pure Black Soap With Organic Shea Butter: This body wash is extremely soft and gentle on the skin, and can be used from head to toes. It is made with pure black soap and organic shea butter. While the wash does create foam, it is not thick fluffy foam because it does not contain industrial surfactants, such as sulfates (that's what creates the thick fluffy foam in our soaps! Did you know that foam is pretty useless and only there to create the illusion of cleanliness?). As far as scent goes, it has a light, gentle, aromatic herbal scent that fades away quickly. I personally like it a lot!

The body wash is pH balance, cruelty-free, contains no artificial ingredients, does not contain sulfates, and is paraben-free.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Saponified Coconut Oil with Retained Glycerin, Saponified Hemp Oil with Retained Glycerin, Saponified Olive Fruit Oil with Retained Glycerin, Black Soap Concentrate, Organic Shea Butter, Natural Fragrance Oil Blend,Vitamin E, Sea Salt, Citric Acid, Vitamin B5, Rosemary Extract, Natural Caramel.

2) Dr. Woods Naturally Raw Black Exfoliating Body Soap: I prefer to wash my hands with bar soap, versus liquid hand soap, just because it rinses off much faster. This exfoliating bar soap is very gentle on my hands and doesn't cause dryness. Although I do use a hand moisturizer throughout the day, I know that the soap has not caused any dryness. It has a soft, pleasant herbal scent as well; the scent fades quickly, so it will not compete with your favorite perfume. 

The soap is 100% vegan, contains no petroleum derivatives, cruelty-free, triple milled, eco-friendly, and made with organic shea butter, cocoa butter, and oats.

Ingredients: Palm Oil, Coconut Oil, Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Pure Black Soap, Fragrance Oils of Cedarwood , Patchouli , Lavandin , Orange Peel and Oakmoss (Fragrance), Olive Fruit Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Aloe Leaf Juice, Sweet Almond Oil , Carica Papya Fruit Extract, Oats, Vitamin E, Salt.

3) Dr. Woods Black Soap Facial Cleanser: Definitely my favorite cleanser lately! This cleanser is suitable for all skin types, because it gently cleanses without drying, while not causing the skin to be any more oily either. It is made of an anti-oxidant formula with shea butter, and features amazing, gentle exfoliation. Dr. Woods Black Soap Facial Cleanser also heals blemishes, neutralizes free radicals, moisturizes and conditions.

This facial cleanser is 100% natural, 100% vegan, paraben- and phthalate-free, sulfate-free, and contains no petroleum derivatives.
  • Black Soap - Amazing, gentle exfoliant to help rejuvenate skin cells and clear blemishes.
  • Gamma Tocopherol - The most potent form of anti-oxidant Vitamin E to nourish skin repair and neutralize free radicals.  The addition of Vitamin C enhances the anti-aging benefit.
  • Organic Shea Butter - Ultra moisturizer to revitalize skin, improve elasticity and prevent facial lines.
  • Botanical Extracts - Chamomile, Lavender, Rosemary, Peppermint and Tea Tree combine to soothe, nourish and condition skin cells.
Ingredients: Purified Water, Potassium Cocoate, Potassium Hempate, Glycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Black Soap Concentrate, Pro Vitamin B5, Polysorbate 80V, Citric Acid , Rosemary Extract, Lavender Oil, Peppermint Oil, Tea Tree Leaf Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Chamomile Flower Extract, Vitamin E, Vitamin C.

All Dr. Woods products are proudly made in the USA, but the company searches for the best ingredients from all over the world! I will have a giveaway in the near future, featuring a Dr. Woods item, so be sure to watch out for it. :o)

Cost: Judging by the amazing ingredients, one would think that Dr. Woods skincare products are expensive types that are available only at the spa, but that's not true at all! The prices are so affordable that anybody can enjoy treating themselves to all-natural body care products. For example, the body wash is only $10-$14 for 32 oz (946 mL), the exfoliating body soap is $3.29 for 5.25 oz (149 g), and the face wash is only $6.99 for 8 oz (236 mL).

Where to buy: I have gotten mine from Walgreens and Amazon, but Google and Dr. Woods' official website are your best bets for more information, especially if you are from outside of the United States. Feel free to contact their customer service team; they are extremely friendly and always happy to help!

**The products featured in this review were sent to me, free of charge. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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    1. Thank you so much! I'll definitely visit your blog. :o)

  2. Thanks for the tips, very helpful! Sounds like a great product :)

    (IG: @TheStardustBohemian)

  3. You just convinced me to try something new!

    1. OMG, so glad to see you back! How have you been?

  4. Those products look amazing, wish we had them in South Africa!



  5. Nice post, great products!


  6. Great Post. I love organic products !!!

    1. Me, too! You should definitely try these.

  7. Really want to try these products now!!

    1. I hope you will. They are wonderful. :o)

  8. Replies
    1. You should. Dr. Woods really does make great products. :o)

  9. What a wonderful line of products! I am always on the search for natural products to use on my skin and this line seems perfect for me to check out!


    1. You definitely should check it out; they're very nicely made stuff. :-)

  10. Incredible review!! Love the sound of these products and never heard of this brand before <3 The exfoliate scrub sounds lovely xx

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    1. I seriously enjoy everything from this line; our family bathroom has so many different Dr. Woods things, it's insane. :-P

  11. I am a huge fan of black soap. I have sensitive skin and eczema and it works wonders for my skin.

  12. I've heard a lot about black soap but always wonder if it's going to be too drying for my skin??? So still unsure! :)

    Layla xx


    1. It shouldn't, if it has a good amount of shea butter in it. Of course, wear a moisturizer anyway! :o) Black soap is gentler than regular soap, but nothing can replace a good moisturizer. :o)

  13. Nice post dear. I have heard lots of good things about black soap. Can it be dry for winter months?
    Wonderful look dear :)

    1. It's gentler than regular soap, especially if it has shea butter in it. However, I'd still recommend using a moisturizer in the Winter just because the climate tends to be harsher. :-)


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