Nubian Heritage Honey & Black Seed Soap Review

honey & black seed soap


If you feel like you’ve seen this soap on the blog recently, then it’s because you have. Danielle gave me a bar for Christmas, and I’ve been using it ever since. Now it’s time for a review!

Ingredients (provided at “100% vegetable soap: butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), coconut oil and/or palm oil, apricot oil, nigella sativa (black seed), honey, vegetable glycerin, tocopherol (vitamin E), mineral pigment or vegetable color, essential oil blend.”

The preliminary report I created for this product in the Cosmetics Database gives it a hazard score of 1. The unspecified oils and unspecified color both have hazard scores of 4, but I’m not too alarmed by this since I know the oils are essential and the color is of either mineral or vegetable origin.

Some great things about this product:

1. It contains organic ingredients.

2. It’s cruelty-free.

3. It’s sustainably produced and contains ethically traded ingredients.

4. It’s sulfate and paraben-free.

Product Description(provided at “Honey has historically been used as an antiseptic in balms and poultices to comfort and soothe skin, reduce redness and heal wounds. Black Seed oil, Nigella Sativa, can be traced back more than 3,000 years to the kingdom of the Assyrians and ancient Egyptians. Discovered in the tomb of King Tutankhamen, Black Seed oil was reportedly used by Queen Nefertiti to maintain her exquisite complextion. Black Seed earned the Arabic approbation”habbatul barakah”, the seed of blessing, for its powerful curative properties in traditional medicine.

The traditional use of Black Seed oil on the skin to strengthen the immune system, prevent external infections and increase blood circulation has been updated in a gentle exfoliating cleanser made with Black Seeds, conditioning Honey, healing Shea Butter and softening Apricot Oil.”

Price– around $3.07 for a 5 oz. bar.

Performance-This bar is currently sitting on the cedar soap dish beside the sink in my bathroom. I love washing my hands with it because it’s surprisingly moisturizing and doesn’t leave my hands feeling dry or in desperate need of lotion. I chose not to use it as a body was for two reasons:

1. I want to make this gem last as long as possible.

2. The scent might not be mild enough for an all over wash. See below. (Have I mentioned that I have an extremely sensitive nose? Thanks, mom.)

Scent– This product has a lovely, rich floral scent. It’s actually pretty impressive how strong the scent manages to be. The empty box is sitting beside me as I’m typing this review and I am fully aware of that fact. Also, this soap is the first thing I smell when I walk into my bathroom.

Rating– 9/10. I’m subtracting 1 point because the scent of this bar, as awesome as it is, is so strong that it might be a bit overwhelming if I washed my entire body with it.

Would I purchase this item again?  Absolutely.

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by Dawn Grimes

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