Uses soothing, clean ingredients
Ingredients are subject to change
Probably wouldn't use on my face
Nubian Heritage Soap Bar Indian Hemp and Haitian Vetiver
We put the Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp & Haitian Vetiver Bar Soap to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review.
Bar soap is one of those skincare items I’ve always told myself I should use. For one, bar soap is better for the environment because it uses less plastic—but it’s also a less expensive way to cleanse since a little goes a long way.
It’s only recently that I’ve fully hopped on the bar soap train for both my face and body, so I was excited to see how the Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp & Haitian Vetiver Bar Soap compared with other bar soaps I’ve used in recent months, especially from a smooth, hydrated skin standpoint. Here’s my honest review.
Best for: Anyone looking for a high-quality bar of soap with hydrating ingredients
Uses: Body wash or handwash
Potential Allergens: None
Active Ingredients: Sodium palmate, sodium palm kernelate, water, glycerin
Byrdie Clean?: Yes
About the Brand: Nubian Heritage was started by two recent college graduates who hoped to bring the healing traditions of African Black Soap and Shea Butter to their community.
About My Skin: Dry in the winter, fine in the summer, acne-prone (on my face)
In the winter months, I deal with dry, itchy skin constantly. My hands are unbearably dry and flaky, and my legs, in particular, tend to get dry and itchy. Once the weather warms up and the humidity kicks in, dryness isn’t as much of a problem for me—but I’m still always in search of a product that will keep my skin moisturized when I need it.
As for the skin on my face, it’s been very prone to breakouts ever since my daughter was born in 2019, so I’m very careful about what products I put on it and what I cleanse with. Because I couldn’t find any information about whether the Nubian Heritage Bar Soap was non-comedogenic, I didn’t use it on my face—but I was excited to see how it worked on my body.
The Feel: On the heavier side, but not in a bad way
While testing out different bar soaps recently, I’ve come to realize that some immediately bubble up when you get them wet, while others have a more chalky consistency. Maybe it’s the shea butter, but the Nubian Heritage Bar Soap was on the chalky end of the spectrum. I don’t mean this in a bad way—I don’t find that a bubbly versus chalky bar soap makes for a better or worse cleansing experience.
With ingredients like hemp seed oil, vetiver, shea butter, and neem oil, the ingredients list in the Nubian Heritage Bar Soap impressed me—but it’s worth noting that they’re subject to change.
The Smell: Amazing and not overpowering at all
I tend to be very sensitive to smells, and luckily the Nubian Heritage Bar Soap is packed with great-smelling ingredients like hemp seed oil, vetiver, and shea butter, making for a soothing, amazing scent. It’s not overpowering, though—it’s just right.
The Ingredients: Great, but subject to change
With ingredients like hemp seed oil, vetiver, shea butter, and neem oil, the ingredients list in the Nubian Heritage Bar Soap impressed me—but it’s worth noting that they’re subject to change. Nubian Heritage provides a good explanation for this on their website: Raw ingredients are always changing due to the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI), so the ingredients in your individual bar might not always match the ones on their website. If you tend to be sensitive to specific ingredients, this is worth keeping in mind.
The Results: Hydrated, great-smelling skin
While I’m writing this review in the summer and can’t necessarily guarantee that I’ll get the same results in the wintertime, my skin was smooth, hydrated, and happy after using the Nubian Heritage Bar Soap. The amazing scent also lingered a bit, which I can’t complain about.
My one complaint: While I technically could use this bar of soap on my face with my current breakout issues I didn’t feel comfortable trying it since the package doesn’t say “non-comedogenic” on it. I’ve been trying to simplify my skincare routine as much as possible, so ideally I’d love this bar of soap to do it all, like the Cetaphil or CeraVe bars do.
I tend to be very sensitive to smells, and luckily Nubian Heritage Bar Soap is packed with great-smelling ingredients like hemp seed oil, vetiver, and shea butter, making for a soothing, amazing scent.
The Value: Affordable
At $5 for a 5-ounce bar of soap, the Nubian Heritage Bar Soap is affordable, especially when you compare it to a traditional body wash. With bar soap, a little goes a long way—so, although this bar of soap is on the smaller side, it will last a while.
Similar Products: You've got options
L’Occitane Shea Butter Extra-Gentle Soap - Lavender: Out of all the bar soaps I’ve tried recently, the Nubian Heritage Bar Soap is most similar to the L’Occitane Shea Butter Extra-Gentle Soap - Lavender ($13). They both smell amazing (but different!) and produced similar results from a hydration perspective. The L’Occitane soap bar is a bit more expensive but also bigger, so it comes down to priorities—if you want a bigger bar of soap for your body, opt for L’Occitane. If you’re okay with something smaller, go with Nubian Heritage.
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser Bar: Right now, CeraVe’s Hydrating Cleanser Bar ($8) is hands-down my favorite bar of soap, and this is mostly because it’s so functional—I can use it on my face and my body. That being said, if I’m chasing a really good smell, I’ll use CeraVe on my face and the Nubian Heritage Bar Soap on my body.
If you’re looking for a great-smelling bar of soap to replace your body wash that comes in a plastic bottle, you can’t go wrong with the Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp & Haitian Vetiver Bar Soap. Your skin will be hydrated and happier for it.
- Product Name Soap Bar Indian Hemp and Haitian Vetiver
- Product Brand Nubian Heritage
- SKU X002TNI793
- Price $5
- Weight 5 oz.
- Ingredients Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Water, Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*‰ª´, Sodium Gluconate, Petroselinum Sativum (Parsley) Leaf Powder, Palm Acid, Sodium Chloride, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf, Palm Kernel Acid, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Neem (Melia Azadirachta) Seed Oil, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Extract *Certified Organic Ingredient.