Handmade Haven using apple cider vinegar as a hair rinse.

Shampoo Bar Update – Week 5

Handmade haven vegan organic soap, chamomile and calendula, shampoo bar experiment, 5 weeks in

Well here we are 5 weeks down the line.  This is the same bar I started with back at the beginning of February.  I’m very impressed!  I am on the 2nd bottle of apple cider vinegar though..not sure if I’m using too much.  I use 25 ml plus the same again of water.

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I have found my scalp to be fine, with no itching or dandruff.  My hair is a little dryer than normal but I’m sure that’s the apple cider vinegar rather than the soap as my hair is soo fine that the ends are damaged very easily.  I’m going to find a conditioning bar to help with that.  I have been doing a deep conditioning (coconut oil left on my hair for hours then washed off), but I need to do it more regularly and I just haven’t got the time at the minute.  That sounds like such a lame excuse but I’ve never been one for spending vast amounts of time on my own self-care routine!  Maybe now is the time to start 😉

Overall I’m really impressed.  Firstly, I didn’t think I’d keep going with it and secondly, it actually works. 

I’d love to know if anyone has a favourite conditioning bar that they can recommend 😀

 

Soap as Shampoo Test – Update

 

Handmade haven soap bar as shampoo test. Day 4 = greasy hair.

I’m so excited to give you the first update on the chamomile soap bar as a shampoo. So, I left you at day 3 where the hair felt greasy. Day 4 (no wash) definitely felt greasy 🤢. I tried to ignore it 😉

Handmade haven soap bar as shampoo test. Day 7, 4th wash. Vegan organic soap/shampoo bar

So this is day 7, 4th wash. Not getting much of a lather so I don’t know if my hair is actually greasy or if it’s just the build up. I’m still lathering the soap up in my hand. My hair is still quite dull.

Handmade haven soap bar as shampoo bar experiment. Vegan organic shampoo, day 9, 5th wash

Day 9, 5th wash. REVELATION! I still wasn’t getting much of a lather so I then gave my head a quick rub with the bar. There was an explosion of tight foamy lather! If my hubby had been home you’d be looking at a photo of me in the shower right now 😂. I couldn’t believe the difference..I didn’t even rub it that much. My hair felt completely different. There was a very, very slight stickiness but hardly noticeable.

So these two are today – 11th day, 6th wash. I actually think I could have left it another day as it’s very frizzy (the first picture). I left it a few hours then tried the hair straighteners (didn’t fancy using them while it felt sticky 😆).  It’s amazing.  I can’t believe that I’ve only been using the soap bar for 11 days. That, and the apple cider vinegar is a complete revelation. I’m definitely converted.

I’ll update again in a couple of weeks as I’m going to try leaving my hair an extra day before I wash it too.  It’ll be great if I can cut down the amount I actually use 💚  I’m also happy to recommend my soap bars as shampoo bars 😀

Have you been trying any too? I’d love to hear about them ☺️

Handmade Haven Vegan Organic Chamomile and Calendula Soap, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Testing my soap bars as shampoo bars…

I have a lot of enquiries asking whether my bar soap can be used as a shampoo bar, and although I’ve read that any natural soap bar can be used as shampoo, I always felt a bit weird giving that answer as I didn’t know whether that was actually the case.  Soooo, starting last week, I’m testing the theory myself.

Hands up, I’ve not been looking forward to it as I don’t like my hair particularly anyway, but I certainly don’t like it in its natural state (weird kinks, frizzy in the slightest bit of moisture, greasier at this time of year due to wearing hats on the dog walks – lovely picture eh?! 😉 ) so knowing that this will take some time leaves me slightly anxious.  I also know that it may not work at all.

Commercial shampoos strip away all your natural oils, so your scalp produces more to compensate.  They also leave your hair dry so you then have to use a conditioner to replace the oils from the actual hair.  There will also be a build up of products – there to make up for stripping away the natural  oils.  When you switch to using a solid shampoo there will be a reaction between that build up and the shampoo bar so I need to allow 2-4 weeks for the transition to take place.

At the beginning of last week (so the 28th January) I started using a simple shampoo (Vosene) and no conditioner to try to reduce the amount of build up.  Hopefully this will lessen some of the stickiness that will happen as the bar soap tries to remove all that old crap from my hair.

I have fine, dark blonde hair, so I’ve chosen to use my Chamomile and Calendula bar, plus I’m using organic apple cider vinegar (from Aldi) as the conditioner replacement.  Chamomile is great for blonde hair.  I lather up the soap in my hands, then massage into my hair.  Then I rinse that off – rinsing as best as you can is the key apparently 😉  The apple cider vinegar rinse is 50/50 with water.  Add to the hair, massaging it in and leaving for a few minutes, then rinse.  I’ve read that popping it in a spray bottle is a great way to add it to the hair, but I’ve not tried that yet.

Handmade Haven testing her soap bars to see whether they are suitable to use as shampoo bars too

Urgh, transition…stickiness begins.

Handmade Haven testing her soap bars to see whether they are suitable as shampoo bars.

Plaits it is!

As of today, I’m on day 3, wash 2 (I wash my hair every other day).  The first wash felt great…I was really surprised.  The wash yesterday, not so much.  The stickiness has started, and the hair has no shine.  Today, it feels a little greasy too, and very slightly itchy.  I don’t want to start washing everyday (definitely not earth conscious or labour-saving!) so I’m seeing how the first two weeks go, plus I also read that if my hair does take to bar shampoo, I might get away with washing twice a week!

I’ll keep you posted how the next few weeks go.  I’m also popping bits on my Instagram stories if you fancy following more closely.

I’d love to know if you’ve done this too, plus if you’ve got any tips to lessen the transition, that’d be great 😀

Less waste… not just plastic!

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I’ve always been conscious of the types of packaging I use in the business (see my blog posts here and here), but this year I want to be able to offer customers a choice about how much they bring into their home. The soaps usually come with paper wrappings…perfect for giving as gifts (whether to others or self gifting 😉) but now you can choose to have them naked 😃. All you will get with them is the label with the important info on it.  The jars from the salts and scrubs can be washed and reused, the gift boxes can be reused for storing things in or for re-gifting as I’ve chosen not to add any branding on.

My own business waste 

I have waste coming in when I order ingredients and fabrics.  Increasingly my suppliers are turning to scrunched up paper for padding which is excellent, as I can then reuse it when sending out orders.  I have a paper recycling box in my workshop too, and the off-cuts of fabric that are too small for me to make anything else out of are put into the charity bag for the rag man. The essential oils come in glass bottles which can be recycled and the oils come in plastic bottles which I also recycle.  My biggest intake of plastic though, comes from the rolls of fabric coming in.  I know it’s there to protect the fabric while in transit so I’m not sure what the alternative would be.  A problem to be worked out for sure!

 

 

 

Wrapping….

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Soap ready for pouring into the mound.

This week has seen lots of soap making and wrapping going on.  I try and have a full day making various batches of soap, then they are left to cure for four to six weeks.  After they are cured I’ll then spend another day wrapping them up.

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All set for wrapping

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Mini / sample Soaps

It’s taken me a few years to get to this version but I love them so much.  All the wrappings can be recycled or composted, and I print the labels myself.   All I’ve got to do now is add my new logo to them all 😂

Soaps available here