Murky Mermaid shampoo bar in a tin
This soap contains carragheen (Chondrus crispus) seaweed extract which is a powerful anti-oxidant, collected from the rocks around the Pembrokeshire coast. It works wonderfully on the scalp and hair as it contains water-binding agents; these help hold water onto the skin and hair, increasing hydration and working as a thickening and conditioning agent. Other contents help soften and soothe the skin, helping with wrinkles and dark circles under your eyes; also soothing, dry or chapped skin, eczema, psoriasis and other rashes.
This shampoo bar contains only natural ingredients, including vegetable oils, vegetable butters, essential oils and other ingredients especially beneficial to the hair and scalp. It will not strip away the natural oils in your hair but it might take a little time before your hair is rid of the chemicals and residues from your prior hair products.
Shampoos and conditioners with silicones and other plastics in them leave a coating on the hair that will need to be removed before the natural shampoo soap bar will work. Depending on what you’ve been washing your hair with before, you may need to go through an ‘adjustment’ period, so don’t give up after a week…
This is how I use the shampoo bar… I wet my hair in the shower, rub the bar over my hair then I lather with my fingertips and rinse. I don’t need to repeat the process, but you might – we are all different! To finish, some people will use a simple acidic rinse to restore the pH of their hair afterwards. This is really easy – simply add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to a 1litre jug of water and pour over your head.
I condition my hair with a seaweed extract which I prepare myself and don’t rinse off. If you use either of these rinses or any other natural one such as lemon or rosemary, use them as cool as you can manage. The low temperature helps to close the pores in your skin.
Shampoo bars are good for the environment – think of all those plastic bottles you won’t be using now (and the conditioner ones too). Plus they are easy to take travelling, go through airport security and take up less room.
Of course, the bonus is that you can use the shampoo bar over all your body, not just your hair….
Sodium sunflowerseedate, Aqua, Sodium cocoate, Glycerine, Sodium cocoabutterate, Sodium beeswaxate, Carragheen seaweed extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) oil (*Linalool, *Geraniol, *Limonen), Rosemarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf oil, limonene linalool.