We have some exciting news! We are now offering local, all-natural, handmade shampoo bars and beauty products from Royal Aura. Located in Menomonee Falls, Royal Aura is passionate about making beauty products that are skin-loving, high quality and chemical-free. Their mission is to inspire the body and soul and help discover your beautiful self.
What Are Shampoo Bars?
Shampoo bars are natural conditioning shampoos in a solid bar form. Although they may seem new to many, solid soap shampoos were commonly used before liquid detergent shampoos became popular in the 1940’s.
In the book Hints on Health, published in 1852, William Edward Coale writes, “To cleanse the hair, there is nothing better than soap and water . . . the soap, of course, should be mild, and well and plentifully rubbed in, and afterward thoroughly removed with an abundance of water.”
If you are not used to solid shampoo bars, the concept may sound a bit strange, but they are WONDERFUL! Super rich with loads of fluffy lather, our natural shampoo bars are made in small batches using recipes meticulously developed to naturally clean and condition your scalp and leave hair soft, shiny, clean, and most of all healthy.
Why Shampoo Bars?
Have you read the ingredients in a bottle of liquid shampoo? They are a “chemical concoction” made with synthetic ingredients – detergents, foam boosters, fragrance oils and synthetic colors – none of which we want on our hair! These ingredients strip moisture from the hair and scalp, cause dryness, brittleness and scalp irritation.
Many of these ingredients are also linked to allergic reactions and more.
For the Environment
Shampoo bars help decrease our environmental impact by getting rid of plastic bottles. Eliminating products made from synthetic ingredients also helps to decrease groundwater contamination. Everything we send down the drain can end up in local waterways.
According to an article written by Trevor Nace, a Ph.D. geologist, humans buy a million plastic bottles per minute and 91% of all plastic is not recycled.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found chemicals from personal care products in nearly every water supply they have tested
What is so Great About Shampoo Bars?
Most people find benefits in switching to a shampoo bar such as increased volume, faster-growing hair, reduced dandruff, shinier hair and less frizz. If you have curly hair, most people say they that they have more defined curls with better control. Shampoo bars are good for all hair types and hair lengths.
- All Natural: Our shampoo bars are made with natural and organic ingredients
- Our shampoo bars are made with natural oils, butters, botanical essential oils. The essential oil blends we use are formulated for their therapeutic value as well as for their lovely fragrance.
- They do not contain artificial fragrance, color, preservatives, detergents, alcohol, urea, formaldehyde, sodium lauryl sulfate SLS, DEA, propylene glycol – or any of the other synthetic hair care additives that can cause dry, itchy and irritated scalp and contribute to hair loss, especially for people who shampoos daily!
- Gentle: Our gentle shampoo bars do not strip hair of natural oils allowing hair to retain moisture while balancing hair oil production. Your hair and scalp will get a break from harmful synthetic ingredients that rob the scalp of natural moisture.
- Environmentally Friendly: Biodegradable. No plastic bottles. No toxic chemicals.
- Cost Effective: Natural shampoo bars last a long time and for many, there is no need to buy separate conditioner.
- Convenient: They are great to keep in your gym locker and for camping.
- Traveling: They won’t leak and can be packed in carry-on luggage while complying with TSA regulations.
What are the Differences Between Soap Bars and Shampoo Bars?
While the process for making a shampoo bar is the same as making soap and the ingredients seem similar, a well-formulated shampoo bar is not your typical soap bar.
Shampoo bars contains carefully selected ingredients that promote a moisturized scalp and well-conditioned, shiny hair.
Shampoo bar “recipes” are tweaked to use different proportions of oils and butters and to include botanicals, herb infused oils and essential oils that are known to help nourish the hair and scalp.
Each of our shampoo bar selections contains a different blend of natural plant oils, essential oils, and herb-infused oils. Each shampoo bar recipe is different and unique.
These changes allow us to formulate a great lathering, moisturizing shampoo bar that will not weigh hair down. Along with specialty ingredients specifically designed for hair, our shampoo bars are incredibly effective.
The balance of the type and amount of based oils and butters is the primary difference.
Shampoo bars usually have more castor oil. The only oil containing ricinoleic fatty acid, castor is a great hair care oil, a fabulous humectant, and contributes to the fluffy, bubbly lather that people seem to like in shampoo bars.
We also like to use lots of babassu and coconut oils. These are great oils for hair and create a gentle and cleansing lather.
We also use lots of natural additives, like coconut milk, henna, and herbs like hibiscus, Manjistha, Licorice root, and Ayurvedic herbs, that are great for hair.
Do We Still Need to Use Conditioner with A Shampoo Bar?
The answer? Yes and No.
For Body & Luster
If you are using a conditioner because your hair is dull, lacks luster, and is dry, you may need a conditioner. Since commercial shampoos contain petroleum products which are drying to your hair and scalp, conditioners are usually needed.
Our natural shampoo bars will not strip the natural oils from your hair, so you will not need the typical moisturizing conditioners that people use to replace the natural oils stripped by detergent shampoos.
Try Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinses are an excellent addition to any natural hair care routine and can help bring back body and shine to dull, lackluster hair.
- more shine
- increased volume
- less frizz
- less shedding
- more defined curls
- increased manageability
- retained color longer
- a decrease in dandruff and scalp irritation
Is There an Adjustment Period?
We use only natural ingredients in our shampoo bars. The chemicals in commercial shampoos make for quite a different shampoo experience. Commercial products coat with silicones making hair shiny initially but they just coat chemicals on outer layer. Eventually they build up making hair weak and break up easily causing hair loss.
While many folks have little or no problem with their hair adjusting to a new routine, some do experience initial withdrawal.
The transition period can range from a few days to a few weeks or even a month. It really depends on how damaged your hair is, how much residue and build-up is present and some has to do with your genetics.
When you first begin, your hair or scalp may become oily or dry or even switch between the two extremes. You may have increased tangles or frizz and the hair shafts may feel weird or waxy.
This is your hair, which has been addicted to commercial shampoo, going through withdrawal, and learning to live a chemical-free life. It’s not easy! Give it some time.
It will go away! It may take some patience, but if you can persevere, your reward will be healthy, soft and silky hair.
Royal Aura Products and Pricing
All products will be available for purchase at Trinergy Health. Please ask one of our team members for more information.