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Shampoo Bar

I have been a happy soap experimenter the last several days.

For the 1001’st time (at least that is how I see it), I am testing a new shampoo bar recipe.  One of these days I’ll come up with a formula that I feel is as good as I expect it to be.

Not everyone has soft water.  I know this because I have experienced it.  I will eventually design a bar that works well in hard water!

How about the pretty top on this one? Soap can just be gorgeous! Don’t you agree?


Annie’s Goat Hill Handcrafted Soaps – Where you can smell and feel the goodness!

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Floating around the cosmetic world is a lot of talk surrounding the ingredient SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate).  SLS is a surfactant, a detergent, that can be found in shampoos, toothpastes, body washes, and other personal care products.  The waves of fear regarding SLS come roaring in, carrying the messages that SLS causes cancer, hair loss, and that SLS is the most dangerous ingredient in cosmetics.  None of these safety claims have been substantiated by a proven scientific study.

I personally do not feel SLS is dangerous to our health, however, I do know that some individuals are more sensitive to the ingredient than others.  I am one of them.  My own personal fact:  the use of shampoos and toothpastes containing SLS leave me with scalp and gum irritation.  I do feel (as in the case of any cosmetic ingredient), there are some people more sensitive to SLS than others.

So, at Annie’s Goat Hill Handcrafted Soaps, we continue to work on development of products that are SLS free.

Our current project (pictured above) are shampoo bars.  Shampoo bars are definitely not a new item on our store shelves, however, our current testing is focused on usage in hard water.

We plan to release our newest version of Annie’s Shampoo Bars within the next several weeks.

Annie’s Goat Hill Handcrafted Soaps – Smell and Feel the Goodness!

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We recently moved to a new farm that has chisel on a rock hard water!

For the past year I have been using one of Annie’s hemp seed oil based shampoo bars, containing tea tree.  I was getting such wonderful luscious lather, and baby soft hair that was manageable altogether.  For my fine hair, it was nearly miraculous!

So, what happened after the move? The shampoo bar does not lather as well as it did when I had soft water.   I do still have body in my hair, more so than ever.  The feel that I get while my hair is wet tells me that it is adjusting once again, as it did when I first started using a natural shampoo bar.

As a service to my customers, I am here to pass along the word (as I did here) regarding how to use natural shampoo bars in an area with hard water.

More results to follow, right here, from the main tester!

Annie’s Goat Hill Handcrafted Soaps – Smell and Feel the Goodness!

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Shampoo bars are soap, nothing but soap (no detergents), with the addition of essential oils and goat milk. 

Annie’s shampoo bars contain a mix of oils that are not found in my facial and bath bars, such as castor oil and hemp seed oil.

Castor is a thick golden oil that helps promote a fluffy and bubbly lather.  Castor oil is soothing and lubricating.

Hemp seed is a green oil that has some amazing emollient and moisturizing properties.  It is a great source of polyunsaturated fat, containing essential fatty acids (Omega 3 and Omega 6).

Washing your hair with a shampoo bar is one way to bring your hair back to its natural condition.  Most liquid commercial shampoos contain waxes and other ingredients that coat the hair shaft, leaving the hair with a soft and conditioned feeling.  But coating the hair shaft results in other problems, such as coating of the scalp.  In many cases, the coating of the scalp leads to itchiness and flaking issues.  Removal of the waxes and other surface ingredients from the hair requires diligent use of the shampoo bar.  When the shampoo bar is first used the hair may feel sticky or heavy.  After several days of using the shampoo bar, the coating on the hair begins to lift. 

Results from the shampoo bar depends upon several factors, one is water hardness.  If you have soft (or softened) water, you will notice quicker positive results from the shampoo bar.  If you have very hard water, it may take longer before you achieve the results that you are seeking. 

If you have very hard water, you may want to: 

  • rinse your hair with rain water
  • rinse your hair with filtered water
  • pre-rinse your hair (before you shampoo) with a baking soda/water rinse (1 tablespoon baking soda to 1 cup of water)
  • rinse your hair after you shampoo with a vinegar/water rinse (1 tablespoon vinegar to 1 cup of water)

How do you wash your hair with a shampoo bar? You may be inclined to wet your hair and rub the soap bar directly in.  I recommend wetting your hair, wetting the bar, lathering the shampoo bar in your hands, and then apply the lather to your scalp.  Work the lather from the scalp down the length of your hair.  Rinse well.  Repeat if necessary.  Note: when your hair is wet following a shampoo bar wash,  it may not feel slick, as it might after using a bottled shampoo.  You will notice, once you have used the shampoo bar for a length of time, after your hair dries, it has a new softness to it (unlike the feel when it is wet).

Several varieties of Annie’s Shampoo Bars have been added to the online store, with more to come in the near future. 

If you have any questions, please shoot them my way.  I’ll be here!

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