This beautiful clay-coloured orange and patchouli solid shampoo bar is sulfate-free and packaging-free and the perfect eco-friendly and gentle hair cleanser that you will nourish your hair and not dry your scalp.
Many products sold on the marketplace labelled as solid shampoo are in fact soap-based. And although it will definitely clean your hair, the pH is too alkaline and is not suited to the hair scalp and hair strand. It will open the hair cuticle (rather than contract and smooth the cuticle), leaving them feeling dry, brittle, and unmanageable.
With a blend of three mild and sulfate-free plant-based surfactants, mixed with powerful nourishing and conditioning agents, this bar will produce a rich and creamy lather that will clean your hair leaving it soft, shiny, and manageable. The spicy and musky scent of the patchouli essential oil blends really nicely with the sweet orange essential oil, giving it an intoxicating scent reminding me of my travel in India and a day in an Ayurveda retreat.
This shampoo makes a beautiful zero-waste gift and pairs perfectly with our neroli and orange conditioning bar.
The ingredients explained…
When choosing your haircare and cosmetic product, ingredient listings can be a bit scary and overwhelming. So we have included a description below of the ingredients in this product for you so you can understand exactly what you are putting into your hair.
Sodium cocoyl isethionate (SCI) is a coconut oil-derived gentle cleanser. Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate (SLSA), is a mild and safe cleanser which offers great foaming qualities, without the drawbacks of other harsher foamers such as SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate).
Made from coconut and palm oils, these two solid surfactants conforms to Ecocerts Organic and Natural cosmetic standard. It is 100% natural origin.
We also added cocamidopropyl betaine a coconut-oil derived surfactant and decyl glucoside, a combination of plant-based fatty alcohols and glucose, to increase the mildness of the formulation.
BTMS is a blend of behentrimonium methosulfate extracted from rapeseed oil and cetearyl alcohol. Together they make a highly stable conditioning wax with some great wet-combing and detangling properties. More about this amazing wax can be found on my neroli and orange conditioning bar bar product page.
Cetyl alcohol is a plant-based emulsifier and thickening agent.
Cocoa butter and coconut oil have been added to balance the hardness a give the bar a lovely creamy and smooth feel. It is also a great conditioning oil for the hair.
The luxurious add-on:
DL-panthenol is a hair conditioner that helps keep hair soft and smooth by penetrating the hair shaft.
Rhassoul clay is brown clay only found in a valley in the Atlas mountains of Morocco. The term “rhassoul” comes from an Arabic word that means “to wash.” Sometimes called Moroccan red clay or ghassoul clay, rhassoul clay is a type of stevensite, a magnesium-rich clay that contains other minerals. Rhassoul clay is known as a detoxifier, drawing out impurities from skin and hair.
Stroke your wet hair gently a few times from scalp to ends to coat your hair with the product. Lather well. Because this product contains only mild surfactants, it will foam less than your standard shampoo, with a creamier and denser foam. The dirtier the hair, the less foam you will have￼￼￼: the product will bind with the impurities and make less bubbles. Rinse off thoroughly before applying your conditioner.
Being water-less, this bar will last you a lot longer than your standard shampoo – we estimate it will last about 50 washes. Leave the bar to dry in a drainable soap dish between uses to maximize life. This bar is quite conditioning. Suggested usage is every 2-4 days. The bar might not travel well if not dried between use.