If you haven’t used a natural shampoo before,
I’d recommend a one-off prewash treatment to remove any build up from
Mix up a paste of 2 tsp bi carb soda with water and work this through your wet hair. Then rinse. Next, use my shampoo, working it all over your hair to build up a lather. Work this through for a minute or so, finger comb to remove tangles, then rinse.
A solid, natural shampoo can take up to
several washes before it feels good. This
is because of the build up of silicones and other residuals in store bought
shampoo. Also, your hair may be damaged,
treated or may not respond well to a natural shampoo. Give it time and allow your hair and scalp to
Some people find that the shampoo doesn’t
lather very well. This could be because
you have hard water and any shampoo (or any soap) will struggle to lather. You could try mixing up a bucket of water
with some water softener crystals and using this for washing your hair.
Apply the conditioner to the hair straight after shampooing, either by rubbing the conditioner onto the hands or by stroking the bar down the hair starting about 4cm from the scalp. Leave in for a minute or two. The conditioner removes tangles and allows you to comb your hair with your fingers before rinsing out.
The 30g bar conditioner should last for around 90 days based on everyday hairwash use on shoulder length hair. Try to keep the bar dry between washes and don’t leave it sitting in water.
If you are looking for a Christmas present for a vegan, why not give them a solid shampoo and solid conditioner bar set. Our solid hair bars are vegan and contain only pure, natural ingredients. They are good for the environment, are waste free, have minimal packaging and are great value. A solid shampoo bar can last up to 80 washes (depending on the way you use it of course). The conditioner bar lasts much longer.
Don’t buy the synthetic ones from Lush – get a good, old fashioned shampoo bar from a local Sydney business. Lush make a bar called a syndet which stands for synthetic/detergent. These aren’t good for the environment and probably aren’t that good for your body either.
Shampoo bars (which I love) 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.
If you are not used to solid shampoo bars, the concept may sound a bit strange, but they are WONDERFUL! They are super rich with loads of fluffy lather. Our natural shampoo bars are made in small batches using recipes carefully developed to naturally clean and condition your scalp and leave your hair soft, shiny, clean, and, most of all, healthy.
A popular Itch Relief solid shampoo contains 15% Stockholm pine tar.
Pine tar has been used for 100s of years to help with itchy, inflamed skin.
I used to use a solid shampoo for dandruff in the 70s called Cedel Soap and can’t seem to find the same product, so I’ve made my own!
This shampoo comes close to what I remember.
It is unfragranced but has a faint sweet, earthy smell and is made from olive oil, palm oil (sustainable), sesame oil, coconut oil, rice bran oil, castor oil, sunflower oil, beeswax and 15% Stockholm pine tar.
Great for treating dandruff, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, itchy and inflamed skin.
Also suitable as a dog shampoo to help settle itchy and inflammed skin and to help keep away fleas and insects naturally.
Acting as a surfactant, beeswax, when blended into cold creams and other skin lotions, forms a protective barrier on the surface of the skin. This barrier, according to Koster Keunan, a global organic wax supplier, provides a film of protection against irritants while still allowing the skin to breathe.
This barrier may also aid in protecting the tender skin on your lips. The Mayo Clinic recommends using a lip balm that contains beeswax during cold weather to reduce your chances of developing chapped lips.
In our increasingly polluted modern world, it is important to do all we can to avoid increasing the toxin load in our bodies. More and more people are choosing to eat organically grown foods and drink clean water, and many people choose to use all natural skin care products as well.
While it is easy to understand why we should choose organically grown foods, just how important is it to avoid synthetic ingredients in body care products?
An understanding of the nature of skin, and how ingredients in skin care products might actually penetrate the skin to be delivered into the blood stream, can help us see why it is imperative we avoid synthetic ingredients at all costs.
Some natural oils offer SPF protection from the sun that is better than protection found in any commercially produced sunscreen – and it’s chemical free!
Shea Butter – not an oil but derived from the fat of the shea nut. Shea butter melts at body temperature and absorbs rapidly into the skin without leaving a greasy feeling. It contains the antioxidants, vitamins A and E both of which enhance skin cell regeneration and promote blood circulation below the skin’s surface. Cinnamic acid in the oil provides vital protection against harmful UV rays. Its rich emoillient quality maks it excellent for very dry skin. SPF 6-8
Psoriasis is an auto immune disease, and sufferers are often genetically predisposed to the condition.
It is an extremely annoying and persistent skin disorder which is difficult to completely eradicate.
AS OF JANUARY 2016 I’VE BEEN FREE OF SCALP PSORIASIS. I attribute this to my change in diet, use of my natural shampoos and conditioner, avoiding stress and practising yoga regularly. Yay!!!
There is no known cure for psoriasis and sufferers often are extremely debiliated by this disorder, restricting their daily lives in many ways.