Butter Bar Conditioner
Good For: Dry Hair, Coarse Kinky Hair, Body & Bounce
While our Butter Bar Conditioner is technically a shampoo bar, it is VERY different from our other "shampoo" bars. The bar was formulated to be a cross between a lotion bar and a regular shampoo bar. It is not as rich as an oil-based conditioner but is richer than our typical shampoo bars.
Some of our customers with very dry, damaged, or coarse hair love it as a deep conditioning all-over shampoo bar. However, with double the extra oils and butters of our regular shampoo bars, this super moisturizing bar may be too "heavy" to use as a regular shampoo for those with normal to dry hair.
Many customers use this bar as an after-shampoo conditioner by applying it to the driest areas of the hair strand, like on the ends where extra moisturizing is needed, to help with flyaways and frizzies and to leave dry limp hair fuller and softer.
This natural bar is enriched with organic cocoa, shea, and mango butters which are protective emollients that penetrate deep to provide nourishment for the hair shaft. The lather is rich and creamy with the natural scent of cocoa butter.
- Great for dry, over-processed, and/or heat-treated hair
- Moisturizing butters nourish and protect dry, damaged, or brittle hair
- Babassu oil moisturizes for shiny, healthy-looking hair
- Coconut milk soothes dry scalps and has anti-frizz properties that help with manageability, adds another layer of deep conditioning, and imparts silkiness and shine to hair
🍃NATURAL, VEGAN & ECO-FRIENDLY: We are committed to healthy skin, healthy people, and a healthy planet. Packaged in recyclable boxes, there is Zero Waste & No Plastic. No synthetic ingredients. No fragrance oils, dyes, sulfates, silicones, or preservatives. Made with ingredients that are biodegradable, Certified Organic, non-GMO, cruelty-free, sustainably produced, and ethically traded.
🍃OUR BARS ARE BIG & TRAVEL FRIENDLY: Our natural shampoo bars are 5.6 oz (159 g) & a perfect choice for TSA-friendly travel. They can do extra duty as a body soap or for a foamy lather wet shave. Great for camping or the gym.
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.
Made with Organic Oils, Shea Butter & Coconut Milk
Certified Organic By OEFFA
A USDA Accredited Organic Certifying Agent
How to Use
As a Conditioner Bar
Use The Bar Directly On Your Hair
- Apply the wet conditioner bar directly onto hair after shampooing and rinsing
- Gently stroke the bar directly onto wet hair in a combing motion always working down to the ends in order to evenly distribute the conditioner
- Focus on the dry or damaged ends or problem strand areas
- Gently massage into the dry areas
- Leave the conditioner on the hair for a few minutes for maximum nourishment
- Gently massage again combing fingers through the hair, adding water if necessary, to create a mild later (this makes for a cleaner rinse)
As a Shampoo Bar Technique is Important
Our natural shampoo bars are a lot more concentrated than liquid shampoos. They are superfatted and thus contain extra oils and butters to nourish your hair.
If you do not build a nice lather and rinse really well you will have areas that remain coated with the soap oils, which can make it look or feel “gummy.”
Notice that we do NOT recommend lathering up the length of your hair. As you use your fingers to rinse the lather through the strands, there is enough shampoo to clean the length. This technique helps prevent coating your hair strands with shampoo residue.
If you are new to shampoo bars please our blog, "How to Use a Natural Shampoo Bar" for more detailed information.
Our Favorite Technique
I think this is the best technique if you are new to shampoo bars, have adjustment issues, or have long or thick hair. This technique helps prevent pockets of soap residue in your hair that can make hair feel tacky.
- One of the most important steps is to begin with thoroughly wet hair--I mean a lot of water. Be sure that the water saturates your hair all the way down to the roots.
- Create a nice foamy lather by rubbing the wet bar between your hands, a soap pouch, or a natural sponge, and use only the lather to wash your hair.
- Massage the lather into your scalp at the roots of the hair until you work up a really good lather
- If the lather is not foamy enough, add more water.
- Using your fingers like a comb, smooth the lather down the length of your hair as you rinse.
- To prevent tangles, be sure to always work from the top down, use your fingers like a comb, not a mixer, and don't pile your hair on your head,
- Rinse, rinse, rinse, rinse and rinse again. I cannot stress how important this step is to shampoo bar success. The rinsing should take longer than washing and lathering time.
- If your hair is long or thick, lift up sections of your hair to ensure that all of the shampoo bar residue is rinsed clean, especially at the nape of the neck.
- Repeat if desired but I found that as my hair adjusted I only needed one round of shampoo.
If you have long hair, please check out the FAQ on the left titled, "Ida's Shampoo Bar Technique for Long 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.
All of our shampoo bars are mild enough for color-treated hair, 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.
For color-treated hair, we recommend creating a lather in your hands rather than rubbing the bar directly on your head. Then using your fingers massage the lather into your scalp at the roots of the hair until you work up a really good lather.
It is also best to rinse color-treated hair with cool or lukewarm, not hot, water.
Choose your shampoo bar based on your hair type, knowing that coloring hair may change its texture.
Permanent hair color does not simply stain your hair but penetrates the shaft to alter the natural hair pigment. Since the outer cuticle of the hair has been penetrated by the hair dye, your natural hair oil may have trouble penetrating the hair shaft. As a result, your hair may become more dry or brittle.
Since it takes time for the hair cuticles to fully close and trap in the color, be sure to follow the directions from your salon or the product package as to how soon you should shampoo after coloring hair.
Also, note that chlorinated water can change the hue of your color-treated hair.
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!"
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!"
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 sulfate-free 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 a detergent-based shampoo.
Switching from conventional shampoo to a natural shampoo bar may mean a transition or adjustment period. While many folks have no 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, 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.
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.
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!
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.
Butter Bar Conditioner Shampoo Bar: I am at a loss for words when it comes to this amazing shampoo bar. This is probably the best invention you guys have ever created that can actually tame my transitioning hair...and STILL keep it detangled. This was the first time I used this bar after I got fed up with an organic liquid shampoo of mine and I dumped the rest of it down the sink so I could use this.
After using an organic pre-treatment designed for natural hair, I lathered my hair up with this bar. The first thing I noticed was that I could run my fingers through my mane. I couldn't do that with my former shampoo and that shocked me. I rinsed it out and finger combed my hair to prep it for my deep conditioner. It was still soft and I could still run my fingers through! It also did not feel stiff! It was then that my hair care regimen got simpler and I decided to return my deep conditioner to get my money back.
Your products are causing me to stray away from the product junkie in me and save a ton of money. Frugal, simple hair care that is easy on my wallet! Don't EVER stop making this; I will cry if you do. This bar truly tamed my hair! Jasmine, Florida
Hello, I recently purchased Chagrin Valley Soap Butter Bar Conditioner and Shampoo Bar. I have been using it for approx. a month now. I would like to say I "love, love, love this product". My hair was experiencing a "rut". My hair was shedding, very dry, and lacked curls. One my first use of this soap I felt how soft it was and no shedding. This soap was a miracle to my hair. Please keep making this soap.......signed customer for life :)
Hello Ida! I want to thank you for making sure wonderful shampoo bars! They are a true indulgence!! I have tried a couple of your bars and enjoyed them all...but my favorite is the new Buttery Conditioner Shampoo bar! I have thick, curly, African American hair and when I use this shampoo bar, my hair is so easy to detangle...I mean it really really detangles!!! (It also works wonders on my daughter's hair which is extremely difficult to detangle.) It also seems to improve the condition of my hair every time I use it. AND I don't need conditioner or any leave in products in my hair since I've been using your shampoo bars! Shanita, Maryland
Dear all friends at Chagrin Valley Soap, You guys are so awesome! I have been a customer of your company for about 3 years, and have not find any other natural soap vendors comparable to the quality of your products and service. But the scope of this email is to rave about the conditioner shampoo. I love it! It lathers well, and rinses clean. As soon as I rinse it off, I notice how soft and tangle-free my hair is. The faint aroma of Cocoa butter is also very delightful. Once dried, my hair is light, bouncy, and very soft. It also helps a lot with my dry scalp. Please, do not stop making this bar. In addition, please feel encouraged to making other conditioning shampoos like this one. It's super duper amazing I tell you. Thanks again for wonderful products at wonderful prices, made by wonderful people! Linh, Michigan
I recently ordered the Butter Bar Conditioner and I am amazed. Completely amazed. I have dry, easily tangled, African textured hair. I have never used a product that not only cleansed my hair, but made it feel so soft, until this bar! I have used unrefined shea butter on my hair for years and using this bar is like washing, conditioning, and adding shea butter all in one step. No more shower full of conditioner bottles!! Thank you so much! Tonya, Georgia