Natural Hair Care
A growing number of people are looking at alternative hair care methods, whether from a desire to avoid ingredients like SLS or SLES, or simply to have a more "natural", less expensive and simpler routine. If you have been curious about shampoo bars and other simple but effective hair care products, these are some of the things I make.
What are Shampoo Bars?
Shampoo bars are a convenient and economical alternative to liquid shampoo. My shampoo bar starts with marshmallow herb which makes a soothing mucilage when soaked in water. Shea butter, coconut, castor and olive oils are blended with the herbal extract, silk, honey and sodium hydroxide and made into soap. Finally, for the Original version, I add pure Moroccan argan oil and lavender, rosemary, orange peel and Ylang ylang flower oils - an uplifting herbal fragrance with unisex appeal. I pour it into molds and twelve hours later it is ready to be cut into blocks, put on trays and left to harden and cure completely. They last a long time if kept dry between uses, in a shower rack or soap dish that drains well. I don't promise that it will change your hair color or cure dandruff and baldness, but it makes a nice creamy lather that will leave your hair soft and clean, and it doesn't contain any sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), preservatives or petroleum by-products. It's perfect to take when you travel (and especially convenient for getting through security at the airport).
I now offer the original recipe in two other versions: Unscented and Rosemary Mint. In addition, there is a new Neem & Tea Tree shampoo bar that uses Jojoba instead of Argan oil, with soapnut liquid, neem leaf and marshmallow root infusion.
For more information on why people are switching over to shampoo bars, and how to use them, please see my Shampoo Bar FAQ on MysticWaterSoap.com.
Mystic Water Soap beard and mustache care now includes this medium-firm hold neutral colored natural mustache wax, to tame your ‘stache and make it stay where you want it and maintain its shape. To apply, scrape a small amount (equal to a couple of grains of rice) from the surface of the wax with the back of your thumbnail. Rub it between thumbs and index fingers to soften it with your body heat and then apply to your mustache. Does a great job of taming unruly eyebrows too! Available unscented or lightly scented with Bay Rum or my Cedar & Sage essential oil blend.
Herbal Hair Oil
Traditional hair care in many cultures relies on various oils to condition and make hair easier to style. I think my herbal hair oil combines the best of them all. Extra-virgin organic coconut oil is blended with an extract of rosemary and burdock root, macadamia nut oil, shea oil and Moroccan argan oil (Argania spinosa kernel oil). It is lightly scented with lavender essential oil -- just a few drops applied to damp or dry hair will help condition your hair without weighing it down or making it oily.
To use, just wet your hair and rub the shampoo bar over your scalp. Lather with your fingertips, rinse well and use a dilute vinegar rinse, if desired. To finish, you can use a conditioner or just a few drops of an appropriate hair oil. For more information, please see the FAQ.
I now have four versions of my shampoo bar available: The Original Shampoo Bar with Argan oil, Rosemary Mint, Unscented and the new Neem & Tea Tree bar with jojoba oil.
If you would like to try the shampoo bar but don't want to buy anything else right now, you can choose a two ounce sample bar using the "Buy Now" button on the Samples page, and only pay $4 for shipping. Just type the word "shampoo" in the choice window.
If you want to buy one full-sized shampoo bar and nothing else, I'll refund part of the flat rate shipping cost to you so you'll only pay $4 postage.
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