Soap vs Shampoo
It does not make sense to create natural shampoo bars with ingredients that are grown using toxic pesticides, that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or that use solvents or other toxic chemicals in their processing.
Also, like our soaps, each of our shampoo bar selections contains different blends of natural plant oils, essential oils, and herb infused oils. No two recipes are the same.
The Short Answer
While the ingredient list on the shampoo bars may look very similar to a soap, I use a different formulation when designing our shampoo bars.
The proportions of the base oils and butters, a number of extra oils or superfatting, and the way in which I use infused oils, botanicals and essential oils in a shampoo bar recipe is different.
These changes allow me to formulate a great lathering, moisturizing shampoo bar that will not weigh hair down. Along with specialty ingredients specifically designed for hair, our shampoo bars are incredibly effective.
The Longer Answer
The balance of the type and amount of based oils and butters is the primary difference.
Shampoo bars usually have more castor oil. The only oil containing ricinoleic fatty acid, castor is a great hair care oil, a fabulous humectant, and contributes to the fluffy, bubbly lather that people seem to like in shampoo bars.
I also like to use lots of babassu and coconut oils. These are great oils for hair and create a gentle and cleansing lather.
Jojoba oil is another wonderful oil for shampoo bars. Its composition is actually a liquid wax that chemically resembles the natural sebum produced by the scalp. Jojoba, a lubricant and emollient, may help repair damaged hair shafts and protect from environmental damage as well.
All of our soaps are superfatted at a pretty high level. Superfatting is the process of adding extra fats (oils or butters) to the soap mixture. But the amount of extra oil in shampoo bars can vary a lot depending on whether the bar is for dry, normal, or oily hair.
For example, our Butter Bar Conditioner shampoo is superfatted at levels even higher than any of our soaps since it is meant to help condition very dry hair.
We also use lots of natural additives, like coconut milk, henna, and herbs like nettle, rosemary, and ayurvedic herbs, that are great for hair.
Can I Use A Soap Bar On My Hair?
Some of our customers, especially those with dry hair, wash their hair with the soap because it adds a bit more oil to their dry ends.
Some customers with long hair wash their oilier scalp with the shampoo bars and their drier ends with the soap.
Some customers actually use a favorite moisturizing soap as a conditioner! Men, and women with short hair, often have great success with using the soaps as shampoo no matter what type of hair they have.
Our body soaps are superfatted at a pretty high rate. Superfatting adds lots of extra oils to create soaps with superior moisturizing and emollient qualities. Most of our shampoo bars have less extra fat than our soaps.
Since the shampoo bars have less extra oil, they may not be as moisturizing as our soaps. We have many customers who use the shampoo bars as an all over body shampoo. Especially those who travel or like to take one bar to the gym! If your skin is very dry, you will have better success with our soap bars!
Shampoo Bars Are A Great Complete Body Bar!
No need to pack little bottles of soap, shampoo, and conditioner. One shampoo bar can do it all. Just tuck the shampoo bar into a plastic zip bag or travel soap dish--no extra bottles to carry, leak, break, or pollute our environment!
Going on a vacation--No problems with TSA! When I travel I take one shampoo bar and cut the bar into small pieces--this way I can just toss them away after they get small.