New and improved! These have been reformulated to work better, smell better, and be more beautiful too. If you love mint and you love shampoo bars, you'll love them!
To use: Some people rub the shampoo bar between their hands until they get enough lather, and then they shampoo like normal. Most of us rub the bar directly onto our heads until we get enough lather, and then we shampoo like normal. So simple! And sort of fun! Goodbye plastic! These bars can also be used as body soap.
About the plants and our relationships with them: All of our shampoo bars are made with locally grown and gathered Whidbey Island plants, infused into olive oil before they become shampoo bars. These plants are abundant here, not endangered, and even so, we take only a small fraction of any stand of flowers or plants, leaving most for pollinators, wildlife, and other human neighbors to enjoy and lean on. We also only chose plants, herbs, and flowers known by elders and wise women here to be good for both hair and scalp. Because we use our own herbs, flowers, and plants infused into olive oil, there is only a small amount of essential oil added to these bars relative to most body products that contain essential oils. Most of our friends with sensitive skin--even sensitivities to mint products--can use these bars just fine. If the essential oil concerns you, we also have an unscented dandelion nettle shampoo bar that has zero essential oil in it.
Our history as shampoo bar makers: We started making shampoo bars a few years ago, because we were trying to do our part in reducing our use of plastic and also using more local and well-listened-to plants as ingredients. Then we started selling them because a few 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 (Lori) 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 we all love them here and can't imagine going back to plastic bottles or ingredients we don't trust.
Storage and life of the bar: Store the bar where it can dry quickly (like on a soap drainer or on a folded dry wash cloth) and store as far away from the shower or bathtub faucet/downpour of water as you can. How long your bar lasts also depends on factors such as how quickly it dries, 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 bars should last considerably longer than a standard size bottle of shampoo.
Sizes: These bars are made by hand in small batches and hand cut by cool women, not machines. They are roughly 4 ounces. We keep anything smaller than 3.8 ounces for ourselves and our families, to give as gifts to neighbors in need, and to cut up and share as free samples. We're not machines, people, nor do we want to be. :-)
Ingredients: Grown on Whidbey (here at Ritual Mischief and also ethically gathered from neighbor's land, fields, and woods where no poison spraying happens) peppermint and spearmint, dandelion flowers, and stinging nettle tops infused into organic extra virgin olive oil, plus coconut oil, shea butter, castor oil, sodium hydroxide, distilled water, sodium lactate, tiny pinches of sea clay and yellow clay (to color the bar, not hair), peppermint essential oil.
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!