A Spotlight on Shampoo Bars
Today we would like to introduce you to our shampoo bars.
These bars are crafted for you using the cold process soap method including luxurious hair-loving oils such as avocado oil and hemp seed oil. We use no harmful chemicals in the production of our shampoo bars and they will leave your hair feeling clean and nourished.
Commercial shampoos incorporate silicon and teflon into their formula to give that "tangle free" effect. If you want effortless brushing we suggest you use a natural conditioner just on the ends. We also can provide a natural conditioner on request. You just need to drop us an email.
You do not, however, need extra conditioning agents as the process used ensures that some of the oils used will remain unsaponified to condition and nourish your hair.
Avocado oil is known for its moisturising properties, and is rich in Vitamins A, B, D and E. It absorbs easily into the skin, making it popular for lotions, balms, massage oils and more.
The oils used in our shampoo bars are:
Coconut oil is a staple of soap makers. It is cleansing and produces a hard bar with fluffy lather. Coconut oil is almost 50% lauric acid, with capric and caprylic acids making up another 18%. These are absorbed into the skin, where they can be directly utilised for nutrition and energy and give antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant benefits. We do not use a high percentage of coconut oil in our shampoo formula to prevent the danger of stripping the hair.
Castor oil is used in soap for it’s lather producing properties and as a humectant (which means it draws moisture to the hair). It has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and is high in Vitamin E, minerals, proteins, and Omega 6 and 9 beneficial fatty acids. Its unusually high ricinoleic acid ratio makes it beneficial to skin and hair. The higher percentage of castor oil ensures a fabulous bubbly lather when you wash your hair.
Cocoa butter is a by-product in the chocolate making process and is used in soap for its moisturising qualities. When combined with other oils it acts as a humectant and skin softener.
Hemp oil is rich in Omega 3, 6 & Gamma-linolenic acid making it nourishing to skin and hair with anti-aging properties. Hemp oil is also believed to help stimulate hair growth.
Mango butter is a new favourite in soap making. It contains fatty acids and antioxidents and adds a rich silkiness to the bar and therefore to your hair.
Olive oil is the oldest vegetable oil used in the soap making process. Olive oil acts as a humectant; drawing moisture to the skin and hair and creating a breathable film to prevent internal moisture loss. Olive oil is a natural source of the antioxidants vitamins E and A, which fight free radicals. It is believed to help to relieve dry skin, reduce scars, minimise wrinkles and is also known to help treat rashes, psoriasis, eczema and acne.
Shea butter is much loved by soap makers. It is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. It offers UV protection (it is SPF ~6) and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production. Shea butter is incredibly moisturising and has been known to help reduce inflammation.
How to Use:
Wet hair well. Holding the shampoo bar in your hand, rub it all over your hair until a full lather occurs. If lather isn't produced on the first wash, rinse hair and repeat. We recommend you lather twice to get the full benefit of your shampoo bar. Rinse hair thoroughly. As this bar is produced naturally without nano-technology and harmful chemicals you may need to use a conditioning rinse on the ends to help comb through. If you experience any itchiness a rinse with apple cider vinegar will lower your scalp's pH level. After a few washes you will start to notice the difference in the condition, shine and general healthiness of your hair.
Please remember: if you have been using commercial hair products, you hair may be suffering from shampoo build-up. You may not experience the true effect of using our shampoo bars for a week or so. Please persist after the first try, your hair is trying to re-establish it's natural, chemical-free state.
Our Shampoo Bars:
Green Apple: Remember Green Apple shampoo from your childhood. We have recreated this gorgeous fragrance in our shampoo bars to give you a blast from the past or just a lovely fragrance for your hair.
Lavender: This is our most popular shampoo bar. Incorporating the relaxing fragrance of Lavender essential oil which is also believed to help stimulate hair growth and reduce bacteria production.
Lilac: A wonderful, heady floral fragrance combines with our luxurious oils to give you clean fragrance and beautiful hair.
Rosemary and Lemongrass: Believed to stimulate hair growth, rosemary essential oil is used to prevent premature greying and dandruff. It may also help dry or itchy scalp. Combined with lemongrass essential oil, this refreshing, herbal fragrance.
Rose: Ever popular, our Rose shampoo bar will leave you hair feeling wonderful and smelling gorgeous with the timeless fragrance of fresh cut roses.
Tangerine and Patchouli: The properties of the tangerine and essential oils used in this shampoo are great use in all hair types and are believed to help with dandruff and scalp problems.