shea terra organics | tamanu & licorice clarifying face wash

shea terra organics tamanu & licorice clarifying face wash

As much as I love a luxury beauty experience, I must admit that I’m a bit more frugal when it comes to skincare products that don’t remain on my skin for very long.

Face washes fall into this category.

Though my definition of frugal may differ from yours, I find that a natural face wash that costs less than $20 is a great deal.

And when it contains certified-organic, good-for-acne-prone-skin ingredients like Shea Terra Organics’ Tamanu & Licorice Clarifying Face Wash does, it’s a downright steal!

shea terra organics tamanu & licorice clarifying face wash

{I purchased Shea Terra Organics’ Tamanu & Licorice Clarifying Face Wash online for $18. It comes in a 4-ounce glass pump bottle.}

I’ve been using Shea Terra Organics’ Tamanu & Licorice Clarifying Face Wash for about three months.

It serves as my evening face wash post-oil cleansing, and I’ve been happy with the gel texture, gentle suds and acne protection that it offers.

shea terra organics tamanu & licorice clarifying face wash

One full pump is more than enough to fully cleanse your skin; you really just need about half a pump (unless you have a really big face?).

The light yellow gel has specks of (what I believe is) licorice root and foams up easily when mixed with water thanks to the addition of electro salts that mix with organic sunflower oil, organic coconut cream oil and organic tamanu oil.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Certified organic sunflower oil, certified organic coconut cream oil, certified organic tamanu oil, potassium hydroxide (electro-salts), citric acid, licorice root

I purchased Shea Terra Organics Tamanu & Licorice Clarifying Face Wash not because I was in desperate need of a face wash, but because I was drawn to the fact that it contains tamanu oil.

As an acne-prone 28-year-old, I’ve had wild success with green beauty products that contain tamanu oil (a favorite right here).

Shea Terra sources its tamanu oil from the island of Madagascar (and has been doing so for a decade!).

Tamanu oil is known for its antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, making it perfect for keeping breakouts at bay. It also encourages new cell growth, leading to smoother-looking skin.

Not to be outdone by tamanu oil, licorice root, the other star ingredient in Shea Terra’s natural face wash, also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe irritated skin and reduce blemish-induced inflammation.

Shea Terra Organics Tamanu & Licorice Clarifying Face Wash is definitely one of my favorite natural face washes on the market. It satisfies my desire for a gel cleanser and appeals to the frugal face wash-buying girl in me.

After using it for the past quarter, I know for sure it’s a repurchase as I”ve had some consistently lovely, clear skin throughout 2014.

It’s not often that I can say that, and I’m a little nervous to switch to testing a new cleanser because of my satisfaction with this.

(Though, of course, I do have a bar soap facial cleanser that I’m excited to share with you next week! You either love or hate a bar soap facial cleanser, amIright?)

How much are you willing to spend on a face wash? What are some of your favorites? Have you tried anything from Shea Terra Organics? Tell me in the comments section! may include affiliate links to featured products. Not all product links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase from an affiliate link, earns a small commission.

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  • Mademoiselle nature

    Great review! loving trying new face wash. Shea Terra Organics is really a brand I would like to try but don’t think they retail at all in Europe. x

    • Gosh I hope they fix that soon! Such a great line.

  • sugarpuffish

    I have a budget for skincare, I think sometimes people spend more money than necessary on products but I understand we all have different wants & needs. Shea Terra Organics always gets glowing reviews but as Mademoiselle Nature says not sure they are available to us over the pond :-)

    • I agree — we don’t need to spend astronomical amounts of money, but just splurge on what really works for us + what we really love :) I hope Shea Terra gets over to you soon!

  • Shea Terra Organics seems to manage the most unusual and unique ingredients (Camel’s Milk anyone? Somali Qasil powdered cleansing leaves?) This one is no different and looks great. Do you find it drying at all? Sudsy cleansers sometimes leave my skin a bit tight. Eek! :-)

    • I agree! I think this brand deserves some more love … so thoughtful in its ingredients and affordable. This isnt’ drying to me — I have that issue, too. I think, too, if you use just a half a pump, it helps … sometimes we use too much product and it dries us out!

  • Kelly

    Shea Terra is fabulous brand. I’ve used the white chocolate body cream before, smells so good. I want to try the banana one next and some of the body washes and the rose water. They send you a 30 percent off coupon once a month in your email, always make me want to buy.

    • White chocolate body cream? SIGN ME UP! Yeap, I bought this plus some other items with a 30% off coupon … so nice!

  • shortsmallsweet

    Been hearing a lot about Shea Terra recently but not this cleanser! I also belong to the group where I actually hate paying a lot for cleansers but I happily splurge on face oils.

    • Agree! I really love this cleanser and am exploring more items in the brand … shampoo, mask, etc. Will bring ya some more reviews!

  • I’ve actually been using another of Shea Terra’s cleansers – the argan and honey one – for about a month now and I’m really impressed with it :) This one sounds awesome too…my Shea Terra wishlist is getting a little out of hand now!

    • Oooh argan and honey sounds lovely. Shea Terra is doing it right! Have you tried anything else besides the cleanser? I got through a shampoo and tried a mask … want more to try! I got a 30% off coupon for a little haul :)

      • I think they have some kind of 30% off almost every single month, which is pretty amazing. I’ve also tried the Argan Green Coffee Eye Serum (really good for moisture, but I wish it did more for my dark circles), but that’s all so far. Like you, I want to try more now!

  • Chelsea Sawyer

    Citrus Clear’s Sensitive Face Wash is exactly what you need – I use it daily! I only use natural and organic products. This wash is not too strong nor too weak. Shrinks pores dramatically, gets rid of blackheads, even ones that seem to have been there forever, and no noticeable peeling or reddening. Just nice results! For reference I am 32, a redhead and have fair freckled skin.

    • I’ve tried the Citrus Clear Acne Face Wash, but it was too drying for me. I’ll have to look into the Sensitive Skin one! Thanks for the tip :)