Handmade Soaps & Shampoo Bars
Our handmade aromatherapy soaps and shampoo bars are made from 100% natural plant oils, vegetable glycerine and pure therapeutic essential oils to cleanse, moisturise and care for your skin and hair. Our natural soaps are made in small batches using our unique ‘extra cold technique’. Each one measures approximately 10cm x 5.5cm x 2.5cm and weighs at least 100g. As our soaps are handmade from completely natural ingredients there may be a slight variation in size and colour.
Our shampoo soap bars are formulated with more conditioning oils and butters, as well as more castor oil to give a richer, creamier lather. They are quite different to liquid shampoos and may not suit everyone’s hair and scalp. Please scroll to the bottom of the page for further information.
Please note that some of our soaps do contain palm oil as we feel that this ingredient delivers the best end-product that can’t be replicated by any other fixed oil. The percentage of palm oil used is kept to 30% or less of the total oil content and we only ever use sustainable and fair-trade oil from suppliers such as the Kerfoot Group, whose palm oil is certified organic, RSPO and Fair For Life!
If you’re looking for a 100% natural, plastic-free, environmentally friendly shampoo then why not give our new shampoo bars a try.
What are shampoo bars
Shampoo bars are all-natural, solid bar of soaps formulated especially for the hair and scalp. They were commonly used before liquid shampoos and conditioners were invented back in the 1940’s. Our bars are made using the cold-process method which involves mixing lye (sodium hydroxide) with vegetable oils and fats such olive, coconut, apricot, sweet almond, avocado, jojoba and palm oil*, along with nutrient-rich cocoa butter, shea butter and pure therapeutic essential oils.
*We continue to use palm oil in our soaps as we feel this is the best ingredient for the job. The content is kept as low as possible (less than 30%) and we only ever buy fair-trade, sustainable palm oil that is certified organic, RSPO and Fair for Life!
Why use shampoo bars
Liquid shampoos typically contain a cocktail of chemicals, including synthetic foaming agents such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). Although these ingredients help to produce lots of lather, leaving the hair squeaky clean, they can also strip the hair and scalp of its natural oils, causing dryness, irritation and allergic reactions.
Our 100% natural, handmade shampoo bars are formulated with only nourishing plant oils and therapeutic essential oils that cleanse and condition the hair and scalp. They contain more oils and butters than our other soaps, as well as more castor oil, which helps to produce a richer, denser foam.
As well as helping to reduce plastic usage (it is estimated over 1 million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute), you’ll also find that our soap bars will last longer than liquid shampoo (which contains a high proportion of water). The bars are far more concentrated meaning you use less product per application, and you may also find that you no longer need to buy a separate conditioner!
Many people experience real benefits when switching to all-natural shampoo soaps. These include less frizz, reduced dryness, relief from dandruff or irritation, more curl definition and improved volume, control, growth and shine. They are also gentler on colour-treated hair, which may help to prolong the life of your colour.
Things to consider
Washing your hair with shampoo soap bars will feel quite different to using liquid shampoo, and it may take a little longer. As with many products, shampoo bars will not suit everyone. Before making your final judgement though, we recommend using them several times to allow your hair and scalp to adjust to the different formulation.
Some people find that the alkaline formula simply does not agree with their hair. Also, if you live in an area with hard water, the soap may react with the minerals in the water, leaving a deposit that gives the hair a slightly ‘waxy’ feel. An acidic rinse of a couple of tablespoons of vinegar or lemon in a jug of water should help combat this problem.
All we can do is encourage you to give these eco-friendly shampoo soaps a go and see how you get on!