Updated: Jan 11
If you've taken a minute to rise above the business in your life, you may have noticed that natural products are making a huge comeback. I say 'comeback' because, let's face it, about 60 or so years ago most of our personal products were a lot more likely to be handcrafted. As far as today goes, personal products are available in excess and the simplicity of one product for various uses has all but vanished. There is a shampoo with aloe vera, one with rich shea butter and another with who knows which fancy extract. We are bombarded with many variations on the same theme, each promising to be better than the next.
Part of my business ethos is simplicity and that is why one of the very first products in my range was a shampoo bar. This was in 2011, well before the average Joe had even HEARD of a shampoo bar. When I was still doing markets earlier on this decade, I would need to explain in minute detail HOW you could wash your hair with a bar. Customers were mystified!! It seems that we have moved out of those dark times and into awareness of late as nowadays no more explaining is needed when I mention I sell Shampoo bars.
So What is the Big Deal About Shampoo Bars?
Bar shampoo is essentially the same as liquid shampoo, except that it’s packed into a bar form (that sounds kinda obvious but its still worth pointing out..) Shampoo bars were actually the standard before bottled shampoos became popular in the 1940’s.
Before all the 101 variants on a simple hair cleaning solution had sprung up!
Shampoo bars are designed to eliminate dirt and product build-up, leaving you with shiny, clean hair. These solid bars of shampoo are formulated for all hair types and high quality ones should work just as effectively as shampoo bottle varieties.
The benefits of a shampoo bar are numerous… lets dissect why we love these little soaps so much.
Super rich, with loads of fluffy lather, the natural ingredients of a shampoo bar gently clean the hair without stripping away natural protective oils. Most handmade shampoo bars contain amazing additional ingredients like locally brewed beer or specific oils to encourage hair shaft repair and nourishment. All of these specialty ingredients add qualities which leaves hair soft, shiny, clean and most of all healthy.
A Great Green Choice
Shampoo/body bars are an excellent green choice because they eliminate the need for a plastic bottle as well as the need for chemical preservatives needed in liquid shampoos. The shampoo bars themselves are also biodegradable and gentle on the environment. They’re typically free of toxic chemicals that can find their way into waterways and animals.
Awesome for Travel
Shampoo bars are your best friends when it comes to travel. These handy hair shampoos don’t have to go in a liquids bag since they’re TSA approved as solids. They’re also smaller than bottle alternatives so you can fit in that extra pair of shoes you’re dying to bring on your next vacation. The best part about traveling with shampoo bars: they won’t leak in your luggage.
They Last Longer
Shampoo bars are more concentrated than traditional shampoos and conditioners, so you can use less per application and they will last longer. This is especially true with proper care (friends - don’t be letting your bars soak in water, and don’t store them in those cute travel tins for any length of time)!
Why do they last longer? Take a look at a bottle of shampoo or conditioner in your shower or on the shelves in stores and the first ingredient you will see is water. This explains why you typically need a healthy dollop of product to get the performance you want. It’s true, most bottles recommend only using a pea sized amount, but how many of us tend to use quite a bit more than that? I know I likely was over applying both shampoo and conditioner when I was using a liquid product! With the bars, it’s a lot more difficult to use too much, especially when you are applying the bars directly to your head (which is what I recommend). Shampoo bars lather up right away, so you’re able to tell pretty quickly when you’ve reached your desired quantity.
Leaves Hair Soft and Clean
Conventional shampoos tend to strip hair of its natural moisture as they are more like detergents than soaps. Modern-day shampoo was concocted with detergents in the early 1900's with some of the same ingredients found in most cleaning products. Because these ingredients are great at removing oil, we’ve come to think of all cleaning as a de-greasing. This makes sense when it comes to washing plates, but not so much when you’re trying to clean your body, which needs oils to stay balanced and protect the skin.
Unlike conventional shampoo, solid shampoo bars effectively wash any excess dirt, oil, or styling products out of your hair — all without stripping you hair of its natural oils! This results in your hair feeling squeaky clean and looking vibrant and healthy.
Besides leaving your hair feeling squeaky clean, solid shampoo bars also leave your hair feeling lusciously soft! In fact, many people were able to cut conditioning their hair out of their daily or weekly routine, which in turn saves both time and money.
So there you have it, hope this has given you some insight into why we love shampoo bars here at Nourish Natural Soaps! If you are thinking to go green, save money and do your scalp justice ~ shampoo bars are the way to go!
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