Review: Nyakio African Black Soap Purifying Mud Mask ★★★.☆

Nyakio African Black Soap Purifying Mud Mask

Nyakio African Black Soap Purifying Mud Mask draws out dirt, impurities and toxins for soft, smooth, clarified skin. Infused with African black soap, rich in vitamins A and E, this gentle mask helps re-texturize and detoxify skin. Ideal for all skin types including oily and distressed skin.

Key Benefits:

  • Non-stripping, purifying and detoxifying mask
  • Creamy formula softens as it retexturizes skin with Jojoba beads
  • Great for all skin types – even oily or distressed skin
  • Rich in purifying African Black Soap from Ghana
  • 100% Vegan
  • Cruelty-free

Formulated without sulfates, phthalates, parabens, mineral oil, petrolatum, formaldehyde, butylene glycol. However, I am concerned about the presence of Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Shea Butterate, and Sodium Cocoate. These are cleansing agents and could be drying and sensitizing for some people.

Global beauty secrets. Cultural traditions. Indigenous ingredients. Africa’s best kept beauty secret for clarifying skin is found in a recipe for black soap. Growing up, Nyakio’s (pronounced neh-kay-oh) aunt would bring back African black soap fresh from her journey to Ghana. African black soap is hand made by using local resources and centuries-old methods. Nyakio’s African Black Soap is sourced through a Ghanaian cooperative that partners with over 5,000 women to preserve local commerce and traditions.

$35 at Ulta.

Water, Kaolin, Bentonite, Glycerin (Vegetable), Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*+, Glyceryl Caprylate, Panthenol, Allantoin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Jojoba Esters, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Shea Butterate, Sodium Cocoate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Pod Ash, Benzyl Alcohol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Sodium Benzoate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend).

*Certified organic ingredient
+Fair Trade ingredient

Nyakio African Black Soap Purifying Mud Mask

Honestly, the packaging looks really normal to me at first. But the process of opening the box was such a pleasant experience!

Lift up the flap and be greeted with an inner flap that bears the message:

Global Beauty Secrets
Cultural Traditions
Indigenous Ingredients

Nyakio African Black Soap Purifying Mud Mask

Lift up the inner flap and you’ll see a twist flap that says:

NEH-KAY-OH/: Hardworking woman in the sunshine

How uplifting is that! As if that wasn’t enough, untwist the flaps, and remove the jar of product to reveal a pretty informational brochure! Including a picture of the founder, Nyakio Kamoche Grieco, gives a nice personal touch. I really liked what she said:

As a young girl, I spent a lot of time in Africa with my family of medicine men, farmers and educators. My favorite memory is of my grandmother teaching my mother and me to crush coffee beans and rub them on our skin using a piece of sugarcane to remove dry skin. I discovered that memories like these are shared by women around the world. Cultivated global beauty secrets and traditions are brought to you through friends, family and travel for naturally ageless beauty.

Nyakio African Black Soap Purifying Mud Mask

4.5 oz / 128 g of product came in a sturdy plastic jar with a screw on lid. Underneath the lid is a thin plastic cover to keep the product fresh by reducing its contact with air as much as possible. A spatula did not come with it but as a skincare junkie, I have plenty of those lying around so no issue there.

One thing that concerns me is the lack of expiry date. In that case I will go by the rule of thumb to use up a product within 12 months once it is opened.

Nyakio African Black Soap Purifying Mud Mask
Before masking

My skin is feeling dry with some redness. I’ve cleansed and lightly toned my skin. Find out how I normally prep my skin for masking.

Nyakio African Black Soap Purifying Mud Mask

Upon opening the inner lid, I was greeted with a strong almond fragrance. It was a pleasant spa-like scent but I would have liked it better if it wasn’t so strong.

Nyakio African Black Soap Purifying Mud Mask

Gray with black beads in it, this mud mask is thick and has a “wet sand” consistency.

Nyakio African Black Soap Purifying Mud Mask

It’s not buttery smooth and my spatula did not flop over when I stuck it in the jar.

Nyakio African Black Soap Purifying Mud Mask

Spreading it on the skin, I could feel a grainy texture.

Nyakio African Black Soap Purifying Mud Mask

Majority of the grainy-ness seem to be coming from the black beads.


Apply a thin, even layer to cleansed skin. Leave it on for up to 10 minutes, then massage gently to exfoliate. Rinse well. Use one or twice per week.

Nyakio African Black Soap Purifying Mud Mask
During masking

The product proved to be a little challenging to spread on the skin. It wasn’t buttery smooth so I had to press it down and drag to get a thin and even layer. I did apply a little more on areas where I tend to get greasy, which is my nose and chin. A little goes a long way so this 4.5 oz jar is plenty.

Immediately, I felt a tingling sensation around my mouth, which is the more sensitive part of my face. The sensation went away after 5 minutes. After close to 10 minutes, the mask had hardened and my skin felt tight. I was ready to rinse!

To avoid dragging or rubbing my skin too much, I splashed my face with water a few times to soften the mask and flush some of the coarser beads off. Then very gently, I went in circular motions to give my skin a physical exfoliation. This will emulsify the mask some more which made it easier to flush off with splashes. I also noticed my skin feeling squeaky clean towards the end. The rinsing process wasn’t as easy as I’d thought even though most of my face was covered in a really thin layer of mask. I might just avoid applying more mask on the greasier areas the next time I use this.

Nyakio African Black Soap Purifying Mud Mask
After masking

After toweling off, I was surprised to not find my skin shriveling up right away. It normally does that after regular cleansing. Instead, my skin felt soft and smooth. Pores looked smaller and also cleaner. My strawberry nose looked like a regular nose now. I was also surprised to see minimal redness on my skin despite the tingling sensation and coarse exfoliation from earlier. My skin was also giving off a subtle glow.

I followed up with a hydrating routine to return water back into my skin.

Below is a side by side comparison of the before and after pictures.

I am blown away by this product. Despite claiming to be meant for oily skin types, my combination sensitive skin really enjoyed this. The results were amazing but if the scent could be toned down and the texture slightly finer, I would totally list this as my HG product. Check out more Nyakio reviews here.

$35 at Ulta.

Go be beautiful!




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