Our guest blogger this week is Sarah Lucas from Be Natural who crafted our gorgeous new Green Goddess shampoo bars. Grant’s been using the bar for a couple of weeks and loves it, I am up to day five and my scalp is still detoxing but it’s going very well. Learn all about the benefits of shampoo bars in Sarah’s detailed article.
Solid Shampoo is a fantastic way to ‘lose your bottle’. We don’t actually need the plastic clad synthetic liquid concoctions labelled as shampoos to have healthy beautiful hair. These thick liquid shampoos are full of plastics, petroleum-based oils and synthetic silicons and waxes that are designed to mimic healthy hair, rather than deliver healthy hair.
Firstly, What’s in it?
How do we make our Eco Shampoo Bars?
Be Natural adheres to the traditional soap making techniques known as cold processed soap making. This techniques was developed centuries ago by mixing animal fats and wood ash. Today we are more refined, and use high quality oils and butters with a strong alkaline known as lye. We gently heat the butters and oils to a certain temperature then add rainwater lye at a certain temperature (it’s a bit like cheese making!). The rainwater ensures ensures no contaminants hinder the soap making process.
We work the two substances together quickly, and the mixture immediately starts to ‘saponify’, which is the process of the oils and butters (acid) and lye (alkaline) neutralising each other. When the mixture reaches a point called ‘trace’ it is poured into molds and enters ‘gel phase’. After 24 hours, it has heated itself, cooled itself and returned to normal room temperature. We then turn the soap out of the mold and cut it. It is then ‘cured’ for a minimum of 4 weeks, after which it is wrapped and sold.
Our Green Goddess Hemp, Bergamot & Rose Natural Shampoo Bar contains no artificial fragrance, colour, preservatives, detergents, alcohol, sodium laurel sulfate, DEA, propylene glycol – or any of the other synthetic hair care additives.
You might be surprised how your hair responds to simply natural care – we have become so used to heavily fragranced chemical concoctions. At the end of the day we don’t need the extra chemicals in the retail shampoos, they don’t improve our health and may actually harm us after years of accumulated use.
This article looks into the idea that you can train your hair to need less shampooing, which is better for you, and the environment. It’s a great article that outlines how to ditch shampoo and how some of the common chemicals in retail shampoo can harm us.
You’ll probably get out of the shower with hair like this pic on the left.
But you’ll end up with hair like this pic on the right.
This is my second time using the bar (with ACV rinse) in four days, another four days to go until my scalp and hair are detoxed. Every time I use the bar my hair has more body. Triona
How to Use:
Wet the bar, your hair and your hands. Lather the soap in your hands and apply to the hair from root to tips. You can also apply the soap directly to hair. The foam will lather – wash your hair. Rinse and repeat as necessary. To detangle long hair, spray in diluted white or apple cider vinegar and rinse. I find the shampoo has given my hair a lovely healthy look – it effectively cleans out grime and dirt but conditions the hair and head at the same time. If I repeat the wash, the soap foams up beautifully!
How to look after your Eco Shampoo Bar.
Using our shampoo soap means there is no bottle to throw away afterwards. The pure natural bars attract water and can become gooey if left to wallow in water. How long a bar will last depends on how many people are using it and how often you wash your hair. Here are some tips:
Don’t let your eco shampoo sit in water
Store soap on a good quality soap rack, such as a macrocarpa handmade timber rack (coming soon)
Allow soap plenty of fresh air to dry between uses
If your bar ever gets waterlogged and becomes gooey, simply set it on a soap rack for a few days and let it dry out thoroughly
Don’t let the kids use it in the bath! In fact, store it up high where prying little hands cannot get hold of it!!
Join the ‘no-poo’ movement and see how your hair loves you.