We started making shampoo bars because we were trying to do our part in reducing our use of plastic, and then we started selling them 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 finally figured out how much lather works for me. Now I love them and can't imagine going back to a bottle. 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 a shampoo bar. The plants are not endangered, and even so, we take only a small fraction of any stand of plant, leaving most for pollinators, wild life, and human neighbors to enjoy and lean on. We also only chose plants, herbs, and flowers known by elders and wise women to be good for both hair and scalp. Which plants call to you? Wild dandelion and nettle? Soothing lavender and mint? Or refreshing rosemary and mint? The choice is yours. Follow your intuition and heart or read up on these generous plants and herbs before choosing.
To use: Some people rub the shampoo bar between their hands until they get enough lather and then shampoo like normal. Most of us rub the bar directly onto our heads until we get enough lather, then shampoo like normal. So simple! Goodbye plastic!
Storage and life of the bar: Store the bar where it can dry quickly and store as far away from the shower or bath 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 soap. My sister--who has long hair and showers every single day--uses several bars a year.
Size: Roughly 3 ounce bars. These are made by hand in small batches and hand cut by cool women, not machines. This means most bars are 3 ounce and that the bars can range from 2.8 ounces to 3.5 ounces. We keep anything smaller than 2.8 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: Grown on Whidbey (at Silly Dog Studios where no poison spraying happens) lavender, spearmint, & peppermint infused into organic extra virgin olive oil, plus coconut oil, shea butter, castor oil, sodium hydroxide, distilled water, sodium lactate, lavender essential oil, and peppermint essential oil.
Packaging: This year, because of the global pandemic, we decided to wrap our shampoo bars and soaps in a small piece of paper to ensure safe handling. In 2022, when pandemic concerns are behind us (hopefully), if you'd prefer no packaging at all, just put that in the comments field when you order and you'll get them bare naked. If you live off island and we ship them to you, they will still need to show up in a box. We're magic, but not that magic. Yet. :-)