The difference between Solid Shampoo bars & Hair Soaps
Congrats on embarking on little steps to being zero waste! Now we all know solid shampoo bars are great because it replaces liquid ones in 350-400ml plastic bottles. But are all solid shampoos created equal? Here's what i found:
👍 Some solid shampoos are actually soaps, but its been superfatted. Meaning a higher amount of oils have been added to add hydration, but as its a still a soap by nature, it will contain a higher pH level thus leaves your hair feeling drier. Not a bad alternative, just that it takes longer for hair to transition and you are usually recommended to use Apple Cider Vinegar as followup to balance your hair pH.
How you can tell if this is a soap, is if you spot words like lye, sodium hydroxide,etc.
👍Solid shampoo bars containing Sodium cocoate or Sodium coco sulfate: surfectant based shampoo bars are best because they help water to mix with oil and dirt to be more easily rinsed away. I avoid shampoo bars containing Sodium cocoate/ sodium coco sulphate because a byproduct of its creation is SLS, which makes its properties not particularly differ from pure SLS, organic or not. SLS is a cheap surfectant used in mass produced brands. Further into my research, i found that sodium cocoate is even used in some laundry detergents,meaning its a harsher surfectant!
👍We choose to carry Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate based shampoo bars: also a surfectant-based shampoo bar, its even known as Baby Foam for being gentle enough to be used on children's skin. Its a sodium salt ester that's derived from Coconut oil, and although it took us sometime to find a good and suitable shampoo, we are proud to standby a range we fully understand and that isn't hiding behind greenwashing!
Did I mention our bars are also FDA approved? 😊 Our Skin Bounty shampoo bars are so easy to use and Im particularly happy they only come in a paper crepe packaging that's biodegradable!