This Traditional Soap-Based Shampoo Bar with Rosemary is the most convenient and natural way to wash hair – short of using ground herbs and plants. A soap-based shampoo contains none of the chemicals found in store brand shampoos. That means no chemical fragrance, no propylene glycol, no sodium lauryl sulfate, no diethanolamine, no preservatives, no unnecessary chemicals at all.
This bar is just simple, good for your hair saponified oils, proteins and essential oils.
All Shampoo Bars are a far more cost effective and environmentally kinder solution to washing hair. In tests, soap bars last much longer than liquid soaps. Soap bars require MUCH less packaging, if any, are lighter to ship, and keep unnecessary chemicals out of the water supply. Even National Geographic recommends using shampoo bars! And, because you are using less soap, it doesn’t take as long to rinse the soap out of your hair!
THE STORY BEHIND MY TRADITIONAL SOAP-BASED ROSEMARY SHAMPOO BAR
It took me a long time to find a traditional shampoo soap recipe that worked for my hair. Kevin, my husband and partner in the business isn’t very effusive about many things but he is about this shampoo bar. He loves how convenient it is. He likes that he doesn’t accidently use more than he needs, how it rinses easily, it makes his hair feels clean and full of body.
Traditional Soap-Based Shampoos some in a Bar
The techniques to make traditional soap-based shampoos can be split into 2 types:
The first is what I describe as the clear types, either liquid or bar they are clear because they usually contain almost no extra fat or oil in them. Dr Bronner’s Soap “All-in-One” liquid soap and shampoo is this type. They tend to be very cleansing and work well for people with oily hair who want to wash all oil of any kind out of their hair.
The second version is in solid bar, which is what I make. My version of a soap-based shampoo is made by adding extra oil to the end of the process so it is available to the hair. I add my high-end, expensive or active oils at the very end, once the soap is made. I add hair friendly oils of Argan and Jojoba to this bar to help condition and protect hair. This is the time I also add my essential oils. I use Rosemary essential oil because I love the smell and it is the most often used traditional hair growth stimulator there is. I also include Sage, Thyme and Rosewood for the same reasons.
Not for All Conditions or Types of Hair
Please be aware, not all hair likes this. I have found no certain common denominator to be able to predict if your hair will respond well to the extra oil or not. But I don’t recommend it if your hair is easily weighed down by oils. I also ask that you understand the difference between Traditional Soap-based Shampoo Bars and Synthetic Detergent Shampoo Bars.
This listing is for a traditional natural soap-based Rosemary Shampoo Bar.
Before World War 2, everyone used traditional soap-based shampoo in bars or pre-grated soap. Often women would collect rain water to use when washing their hair with their shampoo. This is because traditional shampoo works best with soft water. Rainwater, like distilled water, is soft, meaning it doesn’t have minerals in it. When washing their hair with rain water, the soap-based shampoo worked well, leaving their hair soft too. However, this wasn’t very convenient. When a shortage of oils happened in World War 2 – the world was introduced to synthetic detergent based shampoo. It worked so well with hard water without leaving any residue that it took over the soap-based shampoo industry. The varieties and types of synthetic detergents has been expanding and adjusting to consumer demands ever since.
Still, soap-based shampoo bars were used for centuries. They continue to have a place in the market for being natural, hand-made and perfect for some situations and hair-types. I recommend it for all people who maintain no-nonsense hair styles, especially people with very short hair. It can also be appreciated by some people seeking to add body to the hair. It can make some hair types curl. It’s also worth trying if you have a reaction to synthetic type shampoos – which might also cause dandruff.
The Ingredients in My Natural Soap-Based Rosemary Shampoo Bar
Saponified Oils of Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Sustainable Organic Palm Oil, Organic Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Beeswax, Essential Oils of Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, and Cedarwood.
For short hair, wet and lather up. For longer hair, it is easiest to part hair in sections and focus on the scalp.
USE A DISTILLED WATER & APPLE CIDER VINEGAR RINSE
I recommend using a diluted Apple Cider Vinegar rinse after use especially for longer hair. Not only will it rinse out any hard water minerals, it lowers the high Ph of natural soap. ACV also smooths hair by flattening the hair cuticles and will sooth any scalp itchiness. There is some evidence that ACV helps with eczema too. I make my ACV rinse by purchasing a gallon of distilled water or you could use rain water too. Add 1/2 a cup to a cup of ACV Vinegar into the gallon. Shake. Then, after washing my hair I use about a cup of the mixture to rinse my hair. Sometimes I use a second cup after conditioning. If making your own rinse isn’t your thing, you could try my Rosemary Water & Apple Cider Vinegar Spray to smooth hair cuticles.
FINAL NOTES REGARDING MY ROSEMARY SOAP BAR.
Chemical free soap using saponified oils isn’t going to be for everyone, especially for those of us with challenging longer hair. I like to mix up my types of shampoos and having been doing it all my life, alternating between them. I have a Yucca shampoo that I really that contains synthetics and also a traditional herb shampoo that you mix like tea before using.
You’ll find that I also sell sulfate free, gentle synthetic detergent shampoo bars also.
Finally, I ask if you want to try this product and are not sure how your hair will react, please purchase only one to try. While we guarantee our products and will refund you your purchase if it isn’t for you, we can only refund one of multiple or bulk purchases.