As requested by our most discerning friends, this shampoo bar now comes in two sizes. Please choose either the 3-ounce bar or the 3.5-ounce bar when you order. :-)
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 a shampoo bar. 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, wild life, 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. Which plants call to you? Wild dandelion and nettles? 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. Because we use our own herbs, flowers, and plants infused into olive oil, there is only a very small amount of peppermint essential oil added to these bars relative to most body products that contain essential oils. Most of our friends with sensitive skin 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 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 day--uses several bars a year.
These bars are made by hand in small batches and hand cut by cool women, not machines:
- Choose 3-ounce bars... Most of these are 3 ounce, and they can range from 2.8 ounces to 3.2 ounces. I always tuck in several free samples to online orders if I suspect a shampoo bar is less than 3 ounces.
- Or, 3.5-ounce bars... Most of these bars are 3.5 ounce and can vary from 3.4 to 3.9.
We keep anything smaller than 2.8 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 Silly Dog Studios and also ethically gathered from neighbor's land, fields, and woods where no poison spraying happens) 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, and a few drops of peppermint essential oil. Note: The only difference between these bars and our Unscented dandelion nettle shampoo bar is that these have a little peppermint essential oil added during the process so they have a slightly more refreshing scent.
Packaging: These come wrapped in food safe, compostable parchment paper with a paper label. If you can, recycle the packaging or, better yet, compost the wrappers in your compost bin where they make a great "brown." If you'd prefer no packaging at all, you can also put that in the Comments field when you order, and we can send them bare naked. If you live off island and we ship them to you, they will still need to show up in a cardboard box. We're magic, but not that magic. Yet. ;-)