This improved-for-2023 Love My Curls, Frizz & Flyaways shampoo bar was made in direct response to friends asking for it. The bars hold organic marshmallow root in a cold distilled-water tea and local springtime-harvested horsetail plant to support you in loving the hair that you have. We added a little lemongrass essential oil and a hint of chamomile, so they also smell wonderful. What's not to love? Store them well and they'll last considerably longer than a bottle of shampoo. These bars can also be used as body soap.
We started making shampoo bars because we were trying to do our part in reducing our use of plastic, and we started selling them in 2019 because neighbors on Whidbey started asking for them. It felt odd, at first, to use a bar instead of a bottle of liquid to shampoo with, and personally it took me three showers using the shampoo bars before I fell in love--and then I fell in love hard because my frizzy hair became more manageable and I'd figured out how much lather works for me. Now I love them and can't imagine going back to a bottle.
To use: Some people rub the shampoo bar between their hands until they get enough lather, set the bar down, and then shampoo into wet hair like normal. Most of us rub the bar directly onto our wet hair until we get enough lather, then shampoo like normal. So simple! Goodbye plastic!
Insider travel tip: Cut a piece of the bar off or take the whole bar with you when you travel--no liquid means easier traveling via airplane, train, bus, boat, kayak, bike, or feet.
Storage and life of the bar: Store the bar where it can dry quickly and store as far away from the faucet/downpour of water as you can. How long your bar lasts also depends on factors such as how much lather you need/like, how long and thick your hair is, how often you wash your hair, and if you use the bar as body soap too or just to shampoo with. If you store it away from a direct downpour of shower or bath water, the bar should last longer than a standard size bottle of shampoo. I've had one bar last a year, but I only shampoo once a week, I have short hair, and I use our other soap bars as my body soaps. My sister--who has long hair and showers every single day--uses two shampoo bars a year.
Size: Roughly 4-ounce bars. These are made by hand in small batches and hand cut by cool women, not machines. We keep anything cut smaller than 3.9 ounces for ourselves and our families and to give as gifts to neighbors in need. We're not machines, people, nor do we want to be. :-)
Ingredients: Wild horsetail (grown here at Ritual Mischief where no poison spraying happens) infused into organic extra virgin olive oil, plus organic coconut oil, shea butter, castor oil, organic marshmallow root distilled water tea, sodium hydroxide, sodium lactate, tiny pinch of yellow and kaolin sea clay to color the bar (not hair), lemongrass and chamomile essential oils.
Packaging: See the Packaging page for details. If you would prefer no packaging at all, just put that in the Comments field when you order, and you'll receive them bare naked!