What is a natural shampoo bar ?

There has been a trend of using shampoo bars or also known as solid shampoo over the last couple of years. This shampoo is like a “soap” bar shape that makes lovely foam and avoid unnecessary packaging being plastic-free , therefore contributing to the plastic-free revolution desperately in need in our planet.

But what is exactly a shampoo bar ? what is it made of ? is this possible to make it at home?

As far as I know LUSH started this trend few years , the concept and the idea is amazing . They make their shampoo bars with SLS (sodium laureth sulfate) in noodle form , that’s why you see the white bits in the actual bar, lovely press machine they have to make it so nice and compact ( I would love one of those)  Apart from SLS – which is anionic surfactant with a detergent function that it is not everyone’s cup of tea as it can be aggressive on your scalp and can dry your hair out significantly- they added colorants and fragrances . Some of them also include natural butters and emulsifiers.

Something important to clarify

This shampoo bar technically called  syndet bar made of  solid surfactants in powder or noodles form. This shampoo bar is a not a “soap” bar. Having said this you could use the shampoo bar on your body , the same way you can use , generally speaking, a liquid shampoo on your body too.

There is another type of “shampoo bar”, and here is the whole confusion, which is a cold process soap bar,  the ancient traditional way of making soaps. I personally wouldn’t use this type of soap on my hair as it is high alkaline which is detrimental for the hair shaft causing serious damage. Apparently some people use soap bar on their hair and work fine. Not me !! I love cold process soap but not for my hair. If you want to learn more about my soapmaking classes click here .

The shampoo bar I teach in my workshop is the syndet one , using solid and liquid surfactants. There are few surfactants you can use but some of them are PH high and you need to adjust it to 5.5-6 , inot an easy task, believe me I have been there. So the key is using surfactant powders that already has the right PH otherwise it is a headache when formulating and making your shampoo bar.  I have made a number of different formulations on shampoo bar and love them all . I love the fact that is zero packaging-zero waste and it also lasts looooooong , you have minimum 50 washes per 100 grm aprox. depending of amount of hair and frequency of use. My last accomplishment was making an anti-dandruff shampoo bar using Bhrami ayurvedic powder well-known for its hair benefits . It turned out brown colour , not very attractive , but you can change it adding natural colorants if you like.

Have a couple of places available in my next workshop this Saturday 20th Oct . If you want to join us for some fun click here

Making #shampoobar this morning. Green clay and seaweeds refreshing shampoo is ready. #zerowaste #naturalhair #ecobeauty #organicskincare #dublin #skincaretraining #veganskincare #makeyourown #artisanskincare

Posted by WapoBeauty Natural and Organic skincare workshops on Thursday, October 11, 2018


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La Mayca x