Sunitha from My Mom My Passion gifted me the Shampoo Bar from Soultree. The Shampoo bar is all natural and chemical-free. The ingredients and additions in the shampoo sounded amazing. And I tried this shampoo few times to see the effects and loved the results on my hair.
Just like so so soooo many other products, I got this long ago and tried this long ago…clicked my hair pics but never got around to posting it. Instead of letting it all go waste, I dug up my older pics to jot down the review. (I am sticking to a routine now and not hopping my shampoo so I might not be using this bar in near future). So, I am gonna be sharing the pic from Mar2017 when I tried this shampoo. My hair has obviously grown now! 😀 Don’t get confused!!!
Rs. 250 for 150g Bar
You can buy it here:
The one that I used was the Reetha and Coconut Milk one. It is also called the Let Your Hair Down Bar.
I do not have a pic of the ingredients list and I missed the cover 🙁 Here is the list from their official website:
Reetha Powder, Coconut Milk, Ginger Juice, Lemon Essential Oil, Olive oil, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Cocoa Butter, Stearic Acid and Vitamin E, Glycerine
As per the site, the shampoo bars are coldpressed and handmade at room temperature (that is, they do not apply heat for the soap formation). The process is called saponification where the ingredients are mixed with Sodium Hydroxide or Lye and convert into a soap. So the ingredients are safe.
Also it is mentioned, “This handmade soap is quality checked, SLS free and doesn’t contain harmful chemicals like and doesn’t contain harmful chemicals like Hexane, Silicon or preservatives like Parabens, Sulphates and Phthalates”
Hey I found the ingredients pic in my phone!! Here:
How to use:
As per the Soulflower Official Site (same is mentioned on the soap’s packaging):
- Cut the Let Your Hair Down Shampoo Bar Soap into two pieces, store unused piece in a cool dry place.
- Dampen your hair, make lather in the hand and work the lather thoroughly onto hair and scalp with finger tips.
- Rinse your hair and scalp while scrubbing diligently to ensure you wash all residue. Repeat if necessary.
- Use twice or thrice a week to wash off excess oil from scalp and get hydrated, strong and beautiful hair.
It is a light brown colored bar. I cut the soap into two, stored one half away and kept other in the bathroom for use. As instructed, I rubbed the soap between my palms to form lather. Replaced the soap on the shelf and worked the lather onto my scalp and hair. Do not use the soap directly on the head. It lathers very well and it was easy to shampoo through the hair and scalp.
I was not sure how this shampoo bar was going to work onto the hair and whether it would be easy to spread. To my surprise, it worked awesomely. It was more than easy to use this shampoo bar and the lather spread like a charm and was even easier to rinse it off. Just that had to rinse off a lot to clean thoroughly.
I followed it up with my usual silicone-free conditioner and skipped the gel to see how this shampoo made my hair feel. This is how my hair looked on drying completely.
Notice my hair only till the shoulder coz below that is my damaged ends 🙁
There was definitely more curling and clumped so well. This left my hair feeling super soft and bouncy too!! ALL the plusessss….after sharing pic with sunitha, i mentioned that the shampoo definitely has some salt coz my hair is curling up so nice. And she immediately pointed out that saponification usually uses Lye. We read up more and she was right! And I too!! So I feel coz it is a shampoo soap bar, my hair curled more. I personally totally loved the effect!
The bar did clean my hair scalp and hair pretty well. But after using it for few days, I had this feel that this bar cannot replace my usual liquid shampoo. The answer to this, I have linked at the end of this post.
Let’s sum up pros and cons now!
- Easy to use and spread through hair
- Extremely travel friendly
- Lasts very long
- Hair curls and clumps more
- Completely natural ingredients. Handmade at room temperature and coldpressed.
- Cheaper than many chemical free or mild shampoos in the market.
- Gives hair bounce and softness
- Easily available online
- Long shelf life of 2 years (if stored properly)
- Doesn’t dry out hair
- Might not replace liquid shampoo completely.
- Need to rinse out alot..to make sure that the product washed off.
- Initially it sounds scary to apply a soap bar on hair!! Until you realize that soap shouldn’t be directly applied on hair!! Well this is not a con hehe..
Here is the science behind not being able to replace liquid shampoo… by the super gorgeous Lelia.
Small Scienced up post about cleansers. A healthy scalp is the basis of a healthy head of curls and to keep the scalp clean good cleansers are necessary. Soap bar cleansers are becoming popular because they are regarded as safer, more natural, milder. While all this is kind of true if the soap bar is made out of natural surfactants such as soap bark or other naturally ocurring saponins their cleansing properties are very low and it is of note that bar cleansers normally do not contain sequestering agents, which are an important ingredient in a cleanser. Sooo…. What is a sequestering agent? Another shampoo ingredient that does not cleanse per sè but it's function is important because it chelates (captures) magnesium and calcium ions preventing the formation of insoluble soaps, known as ‘scum.’ This scum film will eventually leave the hair dull and even crunchy as it has a film coating and the scalp itchy, irritated and prone to dandruff and other problems. If you suffer from scaling, itchy scalp & product build up or dandruff in general bar cleansers are best avoided. This is particularly important if you have hard water where you live, in which case natural bar cleansers won't work. In case you are experiencing the above problems a good 1st step is finding a pH balanced shampoo (pH 5,5 is ideal for scalp health) and if the situation does not improve in a few weeks don't hesitate to visit your doctor 😊 Natural = Natural Chemistry = Chemistry Chemistry is part of nature. Chemical does not mean unsafe. Just a friendly reminder. Say yes to facts, no to fear mongering. #science #chemistry #labeldecoding #scienceeducation #naturalhair #curlyhair #rizos #curlygirl #naturalhair #naturallycurly #afro #rizosnaturales #curlycommunitypty #hairtwin #naturalhairinspiration #ukcurls #cacheadas #curlscurlscurls #healthyhair #transition #bigchop #cachos #waves #curlsfordays#teamnatural #scienceblogger #hairtomesmerize #beautyblogger
My final verdict:
The Soulflower Shampoo bar is an awesome product for intermittent use and for travelling. It is made up of all natural and super good ingredients. Makes hair soft and curly. But this cannot replace your liquid shampoo completely. But can surely be used between washes.
I am gonna try if I can alternate this and my sulfate free shampoo and get better results. 🙂 I do not cowash much, so may be this can be a better alterate? Just a thought!! What do you think?
Have you ever used shampoo bars? Soulflower or any other? What easy your experience?