Friendly Soap: Shampoo Bar – Fragrance-free

Fragrance-free shampoo bar with natural conditioning properties – great for when no scents make perfect sense. We’ve taken the famously fabulous conditioning properties of castor oil and blended it with olive and coconut oils for added richness and natural moisturization. The only other ingredient is organic argan oil: another natural conditioner promoting strong, healthy hair.

Each Fragrance-free Shampoo Bar is handmade with argan oil, castor oil, coconut oil, and olive oil.

pH 8-9

3.35 oz


2 in stock

SKU: L99-GB004-9991006508 Categories: , , Tags: , , ,

Ingredients: Sodium cocoate, Sodium olivate, Aqua, Sodium castorate, Argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil

The performance of natural shampoo is greatly affected by hard water. We've done a bit of digging and tried to shine some light on the subject.
What is hard water?

Water that has high levels of minerals is called hard water. For water to be considered "hard", it must contain high levels of calcium and magnesium. These minerals can come from the ground, as well as surface water sources like lakes and rivers. Hard water is not harmful, but it can cause numerous problems. This ranges from corrosion of metal pipes, scale build-up on fixtures and appliances, and reduced soap efficiency.

Why is there a problem with shampoo bars and hard water?

Shampoo bars are a popular alternative to traditional liquid shampoo, but they can be problematic for people who have hard water. When traditional natural soap comes into contact with the minerals in hard water it causes a chemical reaction that changes the sodium salt component in soaps into their calcium and magnesium salt counterparts, thus resulting in an insoluble white-grey residue. This can build up on shampoo bars, making them difficult to use and less effective at cleaning hair. It can also build up on the scalp and hair, making it difficult to rinse out the shampoo and causing the hair to feel greasy and heavy.

How to use shampoo bars in hard water

To use a shampoo bar in hard water, start by wetting your hair thoroughly. Rub the bar between your hands to create a lather, and then apply the lather to your hair. Massage the lather into your scalp, using circular motions, and then rinse thoroughly. Repeat if necessary.

If the hard water has left a residue that's difficult to wash from hair, an apple cider vinegar or baking soda rinse may help to soften the water chemically.

A Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda) solution can be used to rid your hair of the mineral buildup caused by hard water. While this is perfect for removing the mineral buildup, it doesn’t solve the problem of hard water, as you then re-apply the minerals when you rinse your hair from your supply. Apple cider vinegar is a natural way to remove hard water buildup from your hair. The acetic acid in the vinegar breaks down the minerals in the water, which causes them to stick to your hair. This can leave your hair feeling heavy and greasy. To avoid this, dilute the apple cider vinegar with water before using it as a hair rinse.

If you are in any doubt or are not really up to such a drastic change in habits, then natural shampoo bars, when used in very hard water areas, are probably not for you.

We know that the problem can be solved with a few alterations to lifestyle, we also fully understand that people often just don’t have the time or patience for it and so feel that it is better, for everyone involved, that we are open and transparent about it from the start.

What shampoo is best for hard water?

If you have hard water, it's important to find a shampoo that is designed to work well with hard water. Shampoo that is designed for hard water will help to prevent build-up on your hair and scalp. Shampoo bars are a great option for people with hard water because they are made with natural ingredients that help clarify and cleanse the scalp and hair, despite being slightly more difficult to use. They also tend to be less drying than traditional shampoos, making them a good choice for people with dry or sensitive scalps. Natural shampoos that contain tea tree oil or other clarifying ingredients can also be effective in hard water environments.

Additional information

Weight .25 lbs
Dimensions 3.25 × 2.25 × 1.25 in


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