Item of the Day: Shea Moisture African Black Soap

Remember that scene in Annie Hall when Alvy stumbles upon some interesting soap in Annie’s bathroom?

Alvy: Hey, what is this? You got black soap?
Annie: It’s for my complexion.
Alvy: What – are you joining a minstrel show?

Oh Woody, you and your zingy zings. But the joke might as well have been perfectly orchestrated product placement for those of us who are suckers for anything Diane Keaton says, does, wears or rubs on her adorable face. So, when I stumbled upon this in the body wash section of Target, I threw it into my basket without question. I may have even tweeted it to Miss Keaton herself. Whatever, seemed worth a shot for a moment of bonding.

Film nostalgia aside, this truly is a great product. I’m prone to redness and get oily very easily, and with regular use, stubborn blemishes disappeared and left my skin incredibly soft. Consisting of palm ash, tamarind extract, tar and plantain peel, it’s been used in Africa for centuries to treat eczema, acne, oily skin, psoriasis and more. At $6 a pop, (actually cheaper online, use link below) this bar is an incredible deal considering how long it will last you. Clean and simple and easy for any skin type.

Try the magic yourself! Buy African Black Soap here.