An organic shampoo bar made with Soapnuts called aritha in Ayurvedic medicine. Known for their benefits for healthy hair and scalp, soapnuts have been used for centuries as an anti-hair loss shampoo.
- Natural antifungal and antibacterial properties may help with dandruff
- Natural saponins in soapnuts clean hair, add body and sheen and make hair feel thick, silky, smooth and more manageable
- Organic babassu oil moisturizes and restores hair strength and elasticity, for shiny, healthy-looking hair
- Kaolin clay helps clean the scalp without drying, improves circulation and removes dirt and impurities from the hair follicles
- Good for all hair types
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 Sunflower Oil, Cocoa Butter & Soapnuts
Certified Organic By OEFFA
A USDA Accredited Organic Certifying Agent
How to Use
Technique #1: Use The Bar Directly On Your Hair
- Begin with thoroughly wet hair.
- Gently rub 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 1940's.
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 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
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.
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 often means 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!
It may take some patience, but if you can persevere, your reward will be healthy, soft and silky hair.
We have been making shampoo bars for over 14 years and have received so many questions. Below are links to pages that may help answer your adjustment questions.
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. Folks with long hair have to tinker a bit with technique and bar type. I have found that often times 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 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 need a conditioner--that's another plastic bottle saved! Since commercial shampoos contain petroleum products which 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 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 dryer and I can only use an ACV rinse 2 or 3 times 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 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 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.
Dear hardworking magicians at Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve, I'm so impressed with your soapnuts shampoo bar! I have hard water and this bar cleans and conditions my hair without the need for an ACV rinse. I bought it based on the review of another purchaser, but there were not many reviews about its hard water properties so I wanted to contribute if possible. For hair type information, I have long, fine, straight blonde hair that easily shows any deposits left from hard water and, if I'm not careful, can clean inconsistently due to its length. I can testify that this bar gave my hair shine and volume. I wash with cold water only; just get it wet and suds the bar into my scalp, then work it down the length and rinse. I recommend it highly. Also, I think you've made my favorite scent: that bay rum shaving bar is intoxicating. Corvus, Texas
I'd been wanting to try your Chagrin Valley soap products since 2008, when I was first made aware of your company on the Long Hair Community's forums. I took a job at a famous health food store's body care section and was given free shampoos and conditioners for years, so I held off on ordering. I never felt right about using the long lists of ingredients and the plastic bottles, however. Finally, in 2016, a full 8 years later, I decided to place an order for an assortment of trial bars. The first one I settled on was the Soap Nuts shampoo bar. I had used shampoo bars in the past, and my hair always came out stringy, frizzy, sticky and too literal a representation of squeaky-clean. I couldn't believe the amount of lather in such a small bar, with no SLS, no less! After using the Soap Nuts shampoo bar, I rinsed thoroughly with plain water (I forgot the apple cider vinegar!) and wrapped my hair in a towel. Running my fingers through my hair, it feels like I used conditioner, although I did not! My hair feels clean, moisturized, smooth and healthy - with NO styling products, fake fragrance, laundry list of chemicals or steep price tag. You have a customer for life. I'm so glad I finally took the plunge after all these years of waiting. Robyn, New York
I received the soapnuts shampoo bar and WOW am I impressed! This bar has the silkiest lather of them all. And it makes my seborrheic dermatitis condition and hair loss issue much better as there is no cure for these! I remember wanting to try this last year and it was sold out. I'm can't do scents so I passed on the citrus version. So glad I came back to trying it as THIS shampoo bar has replaced them all! PLEASE NEVER DISCONTINUE THIS NOR CHANGE THE FORMULA! I LOVE seeing less hair in the drain, which for me unfortunately with my female pattern hair loss and seborrheic dermatitis and my age, means it won't grow back. Thanks!! Shonta, California
Hi Ida and Chagrin Valley Gang, I have been using lots of your products for years. My skin and hair thank you guys every day! I am writing to RAVE about the new soapnuts shampoo. I found my favorite CV poo bars a while ago but the soapnuts thing was interesting so decided to give it a try. OMG my long hair looks like those models in the shampoo commercials. It is so soft, has loads of body and this beautiful sheen. Your shampoo bars always gave my hair body something I never had before no matter what kind of volumizing poo or conditioner I used, but this poo is incredible. And the lather is just WOW. I sent a bar to my sister in Colorado. She has such hard water that she had given up on shampoo bars because she did not want to deal with vinegar rinses. The soapnuts works for her! Lathers great and rinses clean. Her hair is oily and now she does't have to shampoo every day. My hair is dry and this poo moisturizes. I don’t understand how that could be but it works. I just can’t say enough. You guys are fabulous! Kim, Minnesota