Saturday, May 3, 2014

Why I Don't Use Conventional Shampoos - I Use a Shampoo Bar!

Today I was reminded of why I don't use conventional shampoos. You see, I went for my once a year hair cut (twice a year at most) and they asked me if I wanted my hair washed as well. I love getting my hair washed by someone else - it has a pampered, spa effect on me - so I said yes.  Silly me. Fast forward to a couple hours later and I realized that my scalp was irritated and it felt like it was burning.  I couldn't wait to wash my hair again with my own shampoo bar.

I stopped using conventional store bought shampoo many moons ago.  At first I used a manufactured shampoo bar, then I used the no poo baking soda soda method, and then I made my own shampoo bars.    You might wonder why.  Well, for several reasons.  Do you know what's in your shampoo?  Lots and lots of chemicals, some of them carcinogenic.  And some shampoos contain gluten.  Going gluten free has lead me to read every ingredient of every product I use. Once I read the ingredients I wasn't so pleased with the products I had been using. I looked for alternatives and wasn't totally satisfied, so I formulated my own shampoo bars.  Hands down, it is the best shampoo I have used.  My hair is healthier and softer than it has ever been, and I love that it is made with only natural, environmentally and health friendly ingredients.  

If you've never looked at what's in your shampoo, I dare you to take a peak at the pamphlet below, and then read the ingredient label of your shampoo. No really, I dare you.

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/dirty-dozen-cosmetic-chemicals/

There's some downright scary stuff in there! If you're not convinced, or if you're looking for more information, try www.environmentaldefence.ca 

Okay, so here's my shampoo bars:


And here's what's in them: Saponified avocado oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, coconut milk, shea butter, castor oil, coconut oil, water, and essential oils.  Not so scary at all.  A great natural alternative to the chemical laden store brand options, with the fabulous bonus of being gluten free.  If you're interested in trying them out, they're available from my Etsy shop.

No parabens, no SLS, no formaldehyde, no phthalates, no fake fragrances. Just simple, natural ingredients formulated to gently clean and nourish your hair. Now go read your shampoo ingredients label...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like the shampoo bar. But so did everyone else I share the shower with. And I suspect, they've been using it as regular soap - it's almost all gone, and I'm the only one with long hair! I do like more of a scent though. I've been adding essential oil to my hair product as an alternative - with mixed results.

Thank you Glorious Life

Gluten Free Mom said...

I'm so glad you liked your shampoo bar! Sounds like you need more! As for scent...hmmm...I get so many customers that prefer little to no scent that I tend to make my products a little light on the scent. I take commissions though, so if you would like to purchase a custom order loaf (rather than individual bars) with additional EOs for a stronger scent I can certainly do that. Also, if you have specific scent wishes, we can discuss that too. Thanks so much for the review.