Are you sick of boring beauty products that dry your skin out? Wouldn't it be awesome if there was a range of fun, luxurious bath and beauty products that left your skin feeling deliciously clean and hydrated?
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Shampoo bar for dry/damaged/coloured hair
Sodium Coco Sulphate (coconut derived), Water (infusion of karingo seaweed and chamomile), Rice Bran Oil, Citric Acid, Cocomidylpropyl Betaine, Dried Chamomile, Grapefruit Essential Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate
I had seen a couple of places of late advertising shampoo bars so it had stirred interest in me as to how these would actually work. I have three children and I go through a bottle of shampoo way quicker than desirable especially as my children often use to much or leave the bottles open spilling the product and wasting it. My 7 year old especially finds shampoo bottles quite hard to work out how much to use if left unsupervised in the shower. These bars are actually perfect for children learning those independant washing skills.
The box lists clear instructions for using the shampoo bar, the shampoo has a bit of a bumpy texture compared to the conditioner bar which was more smooth. On lathering the soap bar I found this texture helped in building up some good suds to rub through the hair lengths, on my sons shorter hair this was relatively easy and we build up a good lather to cover the whole head fairly quickly. On mine and my daughters longer hair it was a bit more effort rubbing the soap through the longer hair and getting enough suds to massage right through all the hair.
I found the soap easy to wash out once it had been worked through the hair and it was definitely left feeling clean, before using the conditioner bar it did feel a little dry but the conditioner bar soon sorted this out. I first left my shampoo bar to dry on the soap tray but found having it left in the shower it was getting wet between use and felt this would break the soap down quicker and waste it, so after drying I have since been storing the soap back in its original box and taking out when using it. I feel the bar would last several weeks with our family of five so definitely something that could save us money over the liquid shampoo bottles.
The fragrance was very pleasant with the citrusy grapefruit coming through very strong and leaving the hair smelling fresh and sweet long after being washed. I love that it uses natural ingredients including the fragrances and is made in NZ so definitely a great alternative I would be more than happy to buy again. I feel these would be so handy to take when travelling as opposed to liquid bottles that risk leaking in your bathroom bag.
This was only my second experiment with shampoo bars so I am still a relative newbie when it comes to the how of this particular product. The look was a bit off-putting initially as there was a dark spot on the bar I received (yes I know this proves its natural etc but I enjoy the aesthetics of a pretty shower experience. I did like the bumps on the bar which both helped with application and discerning the shampoo from the conditioner.
I did like the fact it came with instructions - I know you should read them in advance and not in the shower now, so after a box that didn't survive being read in the shower I was off to a good start. I don't know if I would have put the soap back in the box as it felt a bit flimsy and I wanted the bar to dry naturally - so a good solution in this space is now my plan... how do I "put it away" and still let it dry.
After multiple uses, I was surprised my hair didn't react any worse than it does to any change of product where it takes a good few uses to settle down and cope. I found my hair was fine (not perfect but not the worst I have tried) if I used the shampoo without the conditioner. I think this will occupy a "backup solution" if my usual salon product runs out. I loved how little you use and how it's not in a big bottle. Husband tried it and said "fine but a bit weird to get used to and felt like using normal soap on your hair" which is probably the result you would expect, however, it does not behave like soap - it behaves like shampoo so that's another win for me. I will be transitioning him to using that rather than supermarket shampoos for the rest of the bar. I think the economy is perfect and with a focus on sustainability this is a good start.
I had my niece use it with her 6/8-year-olds and they enjoyed the novelty and there were no dramas and she said it would be great for them travelling to visit people to keep in her toilet bag, they didn't even mind the "soap in the eyes" as it didn't sting - I did ask. I think this product will end up in my travel toilet bag (for gym and trips) but I just need to work out how to keep it dry without leaving it out. Probably a great choice for after the gym too (I don't think it would be too terrible to use every day even though in general I try not to wash my hair daily). Definitely keen to try more Ahhh products and needs further experimentation.
I have seen shampoo bars floating around in my Facebook feed so I already knew that it was designed to do many, many washes whilst being economically friendly in that it isn't in a plastic bottle which may or may not end up being recycled. My initial impression of the packet was that it is nice and compact, thus easy to take with you when you are out and about on holiday. The box has a nice design on it, what I think could have made it better though would be a thin coating of beeswax or similar inside, just to help the paper last a little longer (though I understand that this could affect it recyclability).
This bar had an unusual texture, one that I wasn't expecting but overall it has a nice aesthetic to it and felt nice enough to hold. The back suggests that you either rub it onto your hands and then hair, or just rub the bar directly onto your head, which is the option that I found easiest and the quickest for covering my hair in shampoo. I used this for two weeks, instead of my usual shampoo but found that whilst I did love how quickly it foamed and how well it is lasting, it ended up with my hair and skin feeling rather rubbery afterwards and the dermatitis on my hands wan't a fan either.
This has ended up being handed over to my mum to use, who finds no issues with it but I, myself, will not be buying this particular shampoo.
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