A rich oil infusion of Ayurvedic hair care herbs creates a nourishing all natural shampoo that helps enhance the quality of your hair.
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A rich oil infusion of Ayurvedic hair care herbs creates a nourishing all natural shampoo. This shampoo contains shikaki, bhringaraj, neem, tulsi and amla, a complete package of nourishing and beneficial herbs to enhance the quality of your hair.
- Shikakai, referred to as the “fruit for the hair,” gently cleans hair and increases bounciness and silkiness
- Bhringraj considered the "king of herbs" for hair growth, helps strengthen the hair shaft
- Amla promotes stronger, healthier new growth
- Hibiscus flowers help in the treatment of dandruff and hair loss
- Aritha cleans hair without drying and helps create a fabulous lather
- Enriched with organic mango butter and avocado oil
- Coconut milk, widely used in India as a deep conditioning treatment for hair, imparts silkiness and shine to hair
- The warm sensuous essential oil blend compliments the rich fragrance of the infused ayurvedic herbs
- Great for hair that needs body
A sulfate free, silicone free, paraben free natural shampoo
Why use shampoo bars? They are natural, gentle, environmentally friendly, cost effective and convenient. Customers tell us that switching to shampoo bars helps increase volume and shine and reduce shedding, dandruff, and frizz.
Olive Oil infused with Shikakai and Organic Bhringraj, Hibiscus, Amla, Tulsi, Fenugreek, Jasmine, Yashtimadhu, Neem
Made with Organic Babassu Oil, Avocado Oil & Mango Butter
Certified Organic By OEFFA
A USDA Accredited Organic Certifying Agent
How to Use
There are many ways to use a shampoo bar and what works for one person, may not work for another. You may want to try several methods to see which one works best for you.
Technique #1: Use The Bar Directly On Your Hair
- Begin with thoroughly wet hair.
- Gently rub the wet the shampoo bar directly onto your hair from scalp to ends in a combing motion.
- Cover each section of your hair. Gently massage scalp and hair, adding more water as needed, until a good lather forms.
- To prevent tangles, be sure to always work from the top down, don't pile your hair on your head and use your fingers like a comb, not a mixer.
- With this method, it is very important that you really build up a good lather on your head so there are no patches of soap left on your hair.
- Rinse, rinse, rinse!
- Repeat if desired
Technique #2: Create The Lather in Your Hands
- Begin with thoroughly wet hair.
- Rub the wet shampoo bar between your wet hands to create a nice lather.
- Using your fingers like a comb, smooth the lather along your hair.
- Gently massage it into the scalp and hair, as you would with a bottled shampoo.
- Work up a good lather
- Rinse, rinse, rinse!
- Repeat if desired.
If you have long hair, please check out the FAQ on the left titled, "Ida's Shampoo Bar Technique for Long Hair."
Shampoo Bars Are One Of Our Favorite Discoveries!
The wholesome goodness of our handcrafted soap is available for your hair.
Shampoo bars are an all natural conditioning shampoo in a solid bar form. Yes, this is real shampoo in a solid bar. Shampoo bars are not a new idea.
They were commonly used before liquid detergent shampoos and conditions were invented in the 1940s.
Although the process for making a shampoo bar is the same as making soap, our shampoo bar "recipes" are specially formulated with natural plant oils, butters, botanicals and essential oils that nourish your hair and scalp.
Our shampoo bars contain no artificial fragrance, color, preservatives, detergents, alcohol, urea, formaldehyde, sodium lauryl sulfate, DEA, propylene glycol - or any of the other synthetic hair care additives.
Each of our shampoo bar selections contains a different blend of natural plant oils, essential oils, and herb infused oils. No two recipes are the same.
Which Shampoo Bar Is Best For My Hair?
Everything You Want To Know About Shampoo Bars!
Please read "Everything About Shampoo Bars!"
Can I Use A Natural Shampoo Bar With Color-Treated Hair?
Most people find that shampoo bars are easier on color-treated hair than commercial shampoos.
We have many customers who color their hair and use our gentle shampoo bars. One customer who "darkens" her hair wrote to tell us that she is now able to go one month longer before recoloring her hair.
Another customer who "lightens" her hair, wrote that the color stays "nicer" longer and she does not get that "brassy" blonde color anymore.
But since everyone's hair and coloring products are different, please do a strand test to judge for yourself.
To do a strand test, shampoo a strand of hair in a non-conspicuous area and rinse. Notice if there are any changes.
The good thing about the shampoo bars is that they actually prolong color - before I started using them, I'd have to dye my hair every 3 weeks, now it's every 5-6 weeks. Venessa, Indiana
For more information read our blog, "Everything You Want To Know About Natural Shampoo Bars!"
Conventional shampoos and conditioners, even some that claim to be natural, contain waxes, silicones or other additives that coat your hair to make it feel smooth. They also contain synthetic detergents which rinse out more easily than a soap-based shampoo bar.
Since our natural shampoo bars do not strip hair like detergent based shampoos, you may notice your hair feels different immediately after washing because your hair is accustomed to the squeaky clean feel of detergent-based shampoo.
Switching from conventional shampoo to a natural shampoo bar may meana a transition or adjustment period. While many folks have little problem with their hair adjusting to a new routine, some do.
Since everyone's hair is unique it is difficult to tell you exactly what your transition, if any, will look and feel like. Your hair may feel greasier than normal or it may even feel drier than normal. It may feel waxy, coated or just weird.
This transition period, which can range from a few days to a few weeks or even a month, is literally a time for your hair, which has been addicted to chemical-laden shampoos, to go through withdrawal, and learn to live a chemical-free life. It's not easy!
We have been making and using natural shampoo bars for over 14 years and have received so many questions.
It may take some patience, but if you can persevere, your reward will be healthy, soft, and silky hair.
For more detailed information and great transition tips please read our blog "Tips Adjusting To Shampoo Bars."
Whether or not you need to use an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse depends on a number of factors.
- Your water: If your hair does not seem to be adjusting to the shampoo bars, it may be due to your water. Hard water makes it more difficult to rinse natural shampoo from your hair.
- Hair length: Many of our male customers and women with short hair have found that they do not need to rinse with vinegar, simply because their hair is short.
- Tangles: ACV rinses often help with tangles.
- Residue: If your hair has residue from previous products or you regularly use conditioners, styling gels etc., our shampoo bars are mild and may not remove residue from your hair like detergent shampoos. ACV rinses help remove build-up and product residue.
- Hair type: Everyone's hair is unique.
I wish I could use an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse very day. Besides creating tangle-free locks, I also love the way it makes my hair look and feel. As I have gotten older my hair has become drier and I can only use an ACV rinse 2 or 3 times week.
Ida's Shampooing Technique for Long Hair
Men and women with short hair seldom have hair adjustment problems to natural shampoo bars. Folks with long hair have to tinker a bit with technique and bar type. I have found that oftentimes the technique can make all the difference.
You have to experiment with your unique hair type. I have long, fine hair. Below is my technique for using a shampoo bar. I...
- thoroughly wet my hair
- tie my long hair into a loose ponytail
- wet the natural shampoo bar and rub the bar across the top of my head in strokes from front to back until I have covered the entire scalp area. (I have found that if I rub any shampoo vigorously in all directions, my fine long hair gets very tangled)
- massage my entire scalp in a combing motion to work the lather through my hair. I do not rub the bar or work the lather on the length of my hair.
- take out my ponytail and rinse allowing the shampoo to drip down the length of my hair. (I have found that this rinsing is enough to clean the length of my hair.)
- rinse for at LEAST one minute as I rub my fingers through my hair to be sure that all of the shampoo is rinsed away
- squeeze gently on the length to remove excess water and cover with a towel while I dry off the rest of me. I do not rub the towel over my wet hair because it causes nasty tangles.
- use a wide toothed comb and gently comb from the bottom up
Dry and style your hair as usual!
Some folks do, and some don't!
If you are using a conditioner because your hair is dull, lacks luster, and is dry--you may not need a conditioner--that's another plastic bottle saved! Since commercial shampoos contain petroleum products that are actually drying to your hair and scalp, conditioners are usually needed.
Our natural shampoo bars will not strip the natural oils from your hair, so you will not need the typical moisturizing conditioners that people use to replace the natural oils stripped by detergent shampoos.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinses are an excellent addition to any natural hair care routine and can help bring back body and shine to dull, lackluster hair.
For Tangly Hair
Hair tangles result when individual hairs go in different directions and intertwine.
The outer layer of the hair, the cuticle, is made of overlapping layers of long scales that lie along the surface of the hair like shingles on a roof.
The condition of the cuticle scales in part determines whether you are going to have tangly hair. When you shampoo or even wet your hair, the cuticle opens making it prone to tangling.
The way you shampoo and your hair type can affect hair tangles. I have long, fine, thin hair that is very prone to tangling. Just imagine all of those little strands of hair as very thin strings—now put little burrs on the strings (the open cuticle) and you can see my problem.
I wish I could use an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse every day. Besides creating tangle-free locks, I also love the way it makes my hair look and feel. As I have gotten older, my hair has become dryer and I can only use an ACV rinse 2 or 3 times per week.
I have perfected a washing technique that helps with my tangles (see FAQ) but sometimes I need a tiny bit of conditioner on the ends or I use our Organic Herbal Hair Rinse Detangler blend.
Helpful hint: If I comb through my hair length while it is still lathered and continue to comb as I rinse, the tangles comb out more easily.
The Short Answer
Yes And No!
Although handmade natural soaps usually get better with age, we recommend using our soaps within 12 months of purchase. Our scented soaps should be used within 3 months after removing them from the box.
Although the soaps will not be "spoiled" after that time, you may notice some changes as natural soap ages.
- some natural colors may fade over time
- the scents from pure natural essential oil scents will fade over time
The changes in color and scent happen even more quickly in our sample size bars.
These small natural soap bars have a much greater surface area to volume ratio which allows essential oils to evaporate from the surface more quickly. However, the scent may still be there when you lather up.
I have found some ancient bars hiding in my closet that years old. The scents were gone, but the lather was incredible!
The Long Answer
For a more detailed discussion please read our blog, "The Shelf Life, Color & Scent of an All Natural Soap."
How You Can Help Prolong Shelf-Life
- Natural soaps need to breathe. Exposure to air promotes hardening of your soap and contributes to longer-lasting quality. Soap should be left unwrapped in their boxes or wrapped with breathable materials. Tight wrappers cause humid conditions by preventing evaporation of moisture.
- Our soaps are packaged in breathable, recyclable, sustainable packaging! Keep your natural handmade soaps in a dry, cool place away from sunlight, excessive heat and humidity.
- Our scented soaps, like Lavender Rosemary, can be placed in a muslin bag or wrapped in a piece of cloth and put in your linen closet or dresser drawer to give a delightful fragrance to your linens and clothes while waiting to be used.
What Are Pure Essential Oils?
Have you ever enjoyed the scent of a fragrant flower or herb? The fragrance comes from potent, aromatic compounds called essential oils.
These natural compounds are found in the flowers, stems, seeds, bark, roots, fruits and other parts of plants.
Essential oils not only give plants their unique scents, they also help lure plant pollinators and protect plants from insects and other predators.
The chemical composition of essential oils can provide valuable psychological and physical aromatherapeutic benefits.
It is important to note that to be a true essential oil, the oil must be isolated from the plant material by physical means only. Essential oils are NEVER extracted using solvents.
Although synthetic fragrances or "nature identical" oils are available at a much lower cost, only natural plant essential oils to will provide the botanical benefits.
If you are pregnant or under a doctor's care for any medical condition, please consult your healthcare provider before using essential oils.
What Are Essential Oils? (Much more detail)
Go to our Blog Pages and click "Essential Oils" in the category section on the left to read a lot more information on essential oils.
Although we get asked this question often, it is a very difficult one to answer, because the bottom line is . . . how old is the bar?
Handmade soap and shampoo bars made using the cold process method are formulated with a fairly high percentage of water or a water-based liquid and at the end of the soap reaction, they still contain water. The curing process allows excess water to evaporate.
Our freshly cut full-size bars are soft and weigh approximately 6.4 to over 7.4 ounces.
These bars will lose approximately 12% of their weight as most of the water evaporates during the first 6 to 8 weeks of curing time. This means that an average fresh bar, at 6.8 ounces will weigh approximately 6.0 ounces after about 8 weeks.
At Chagrin Valley Soap, our soap and shampoo bars are cured for about 10 to 12 weeks before selling and moisture will continue to evaporate over time as the bar ages. So, as our soap and shampoo bars sit waiting for a new home they will continue to shrink in size.
While some soap companies use the fresh-cut weight on their packaging, we use the average weight of our bars after at least a 10 week curing time. While some soapmakers allow their soaps to cure for only 4-weeks, we know that our longer, slower curing time ensures a milder, harder, longer-lasting bar, with a very rich lather.
Some soap companies shrink wrap their soap bars to help prevent continuous shrinkage due to evaporation. We have a few big problems with that idea. First of all, we know that we definitely do not need any more plastic added to our planet and so we choose to be as plastic-free as possible. Secondly, although we know there will continue to be a small weight (and scent) loss over time, we prefer that over sacrificing the quality of our soap.
Since each of our soap/shampoo recipes is different and the percent of liquid used varies, the amount of water that evaporates over time and the bar size will also vary.
The average weight of Chagrin Valley full-size natural soap and shampoo bars is about 5.6 to 5.8 ounces after 10 weeks of curing. The average full-bar dimensions in inches are approximately 3.75 x 3 x 1.
Our Natural Soap and Shampoo Trial Size Sample Bars weigh approximately 1.5 to 2 ounces.
Summary of the variation in weight
- Our soaps are a handmade product
- As our curing bars sit and wait for a new home, they will continue to lose water weight and shrink a bit
- Since all of our recipes are different, the amount and type of liquid used to make each recipe differ and the more liquid used in the recipe, the more they will shrink as they cure
- In Winter the dry heat will often cause bars to shrink a bit more
- No plastic wrapping
- The good news is that the older bars will last longer and lather even better
Most handmade soap companies sell bars that are about 3.5 to 4.5 ounces. Our customers have told us that they like the larger size bars.
When you compare the prices of other soaps, please compare SIZE and ingredients as well!
Hello, I didn't see a place where I could write a review of products but I wanted to send some feedback. I found your company through a referral from a youtube video. I ordered a lot of samples. I have always had extremely dry skin, I have NEVER found anything that helps. I am 30 and have looked for a very long time. In addition to all over extremely dry skin I have had terrible acne and for the past five years have also had terrible dandruff, an itchy scalp, and hair loss. I have not been able to find anything that helps any of these problems... until I tried your products.
I can't say a specific shampoo bar soap has helped because I've been using so many different samples but I think I've settled on the Ayurvedic Herb which I always follow up with an ACV rinse. I am no longer experiencing hair loss and the itching has been reduced significantly. I am hopeful that in the months to come using your products my scalp will heal altogether.
For my extremely dry yet acne prone skin I seem to have settled on the Adzuki bean soap which is like a miracle in a bar!!! For my face I use the Whipped Squalane moisturizer which doesn't clog my pores (another miracle). My dry lips love your lip balm. I am trying even more items this month. I am now a customer for life!
It's not just that these products actually work whereas others that cost an arm and a leg don't, what's also extremely important to me is that they are natural. I know I'm not smearing carcinogenic, neuro, or endocrine toxic chemicals all over my body. I can't express how important that is to me. I also feel really good about supporting a small family owned company. I strongly concur with another customer's testimonial I read on your website: "I will die when you retire"! Your products are a boon to humanity! Please never stop making them. Thank you! Elisabeth, Vermont
Chagrin Valley Team, I just want to thank you for continuing to make such a great product! It seems like almost every time I walk into a health food store or farmers market there is someone selling handmade soap, but I only buy from you guys because those other soaps never smell as good, and they never have shampoo bars. I have been buying from you guys for years now. I stopped for a little while due to finances, and bought cheap shampoo, but whether due to the cheap shampoo, medications I was taking for fibromyalgia, or diabetes which went a long time uncontrolled (since I didn't know about it) my hair started thinning at an alarming rate.
Supplements didn't seem to help, and with only about 3 months till my wedding I was getting very concerned. I placed an order with you again, for the Ayurvedic herb and herb garden shampoo bars. Within a couple weeks it was clear that the shampoo bars had not only stopped the hair loss/thinning but actually started to reverse it. It was also at that time that I fell in love with the winter survival soap - it helped bring relief to my chronic sinusitis and after using I'd feel invigorated. I wish it was available year round! I'll be a customer for life, and I so look forward to the next new offerings you come up with as your company grows. Not sure when you added the sore muscle rub, as it's been a while since I looked at the salves, but I added one to my order today and I'm very hopeful that will help with some of the pain I experience from my fibromyalgia, because I know your products always deliver! Thanks again, Teresa, South Carolina
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I could keep going! I have very coarse curly hair. I’ve tried so many shampoos and conditioners over the years and NOTHING ever helped. Some of the ones made for curly hair made my hair so brittle it just cracked off like thin glass. I have even tried some very expensive shampoos and no help in sight. I started using your shampoo bars last summer and guess what? I have beautiful hair. Sometimes I can’t believe that it is really my hair. It now has soft smooth curls and before it was like a brillo pad. My husband now loves to touch my hair and likes all the money I am saving. I can’t thank you enough for making me feel beautiful. Please don’t ever stop making your shampoo bars.
I asked Candace which shampoo bars she liked . . .
My first favorite was the Babassu marsh mallow I can’t say enough about how fabulous my hair looked and felt. I also like the carrot and the coconut milk so I switch off now and then. I bought the Ayurvedic when you made it and I think it is now my favorite. I don’t know if it is true but I think you shouldn’t use the same one all the time. Your bars last so long that I cut them in half. I tend to use the Ayurvedic and babassu more often. Candace, California