What is a Shampoo Bar?

Shampoo bars are the best natural hair care product for both you and the planet.

Commercial liquid shampoos strip hair with detergents and coat it with silicones. The best natural shampoo bars don’t.

Our organic, solid shampoo bars are super-concentrated with beneficial herbs and essential oils that preserve the natural moisture of your hair and scalp.

And rich luxurious lather.

Zero waste shampoo bars are a smart, eco-friendly alternative to liquid shampoo.

 

Why Switch to a Shampoo Bar?

Solid shampoo bars are an easy zero waste swap that clean your hair gently and naturally.

 

Better For Your Hair

• Moisturizing — Our bars are packed with organic herbs and oils — like calendula, horsetail, and nettles — to hydrate hair and nourish the scalp.

• No Buildup — Free from Sodium Lauryl Sulfates (SLS), waxes, silicones, and parabens which can cause buildup on your hair.

• Doesn’t Strip Hair — Our organic shampoo bars are free from harsh detergents that steal your hair’s natural oils.

• Cleans Gently — Ideal for sensitive scalp and color-treated hair. Or any hair, really! Free from artificial fragrances, preservatives, parabens, or detergents.

 

Better for Our Planet

• Zero Waste — No bottle! Our shampoo bars and plastic free packaging are biodegradable.

• Lasts Longer — You’ll get twice as many washes compared to liquid shampoo.

• Saves Water — Solid bars that are dense with concentrated ingredients require less water to make and less fossil fuels to ship.

 

How to Use a Natural Shampoo Bar

Switching to a solid shampoo bar is easy. Here are some quick tips for naturally healthy hair.

 

Washing Your Hair

 1) Lather — Rub the shampoo bar directly on wet hair, or between hands (your preference), to create a rich lather.

2) Work into the Scalp — Massage suds gently thru hair and scalp.

3) Rinse Thoroughly — Shampoo bar suds may rinse out more slowly than liquid detergent-based shampoo.

4) Repeat — Rinse and repeat if necessary (some find it helps reduce tangles).

 

Conditioning Your Hair and Scalp

In order to condition your hair naturally, we recommend using an apple cider vinegar rinse after washing with a shampoo bar.

Apple Cider Vinegar relaxes the hair shaft to help with frizzy and tangled hair. It stimulates the scalp and strips residue. People with hard water have also found apple cider vinegar to be particularly helpful.

Instructions:

1) Mix — You can use a commercially available Apple Cider Vinegar rinse or make your own at home. If mixing yourself, we recommend the following ratios:

• For Dry hair: 4 parts water, 2 parts Apple Cider Vinegar

• For Oily hair: 2 parts water, 2 parts Apple Cider Vinegar

2) Apply — Spray or pour Apple Cider Vinegar on your wet hair after washing.

3) Rinse — Leave it in for a few minutes, then rinse out. You may also leave it in if you like. The vinegar scent will disappear once evaporated. Use Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse as often as you wash your hair.

4) After — For extra conditioning, you may also use a hair oil of your choosing. Or try using our Herbal Lotion Bar. Just rub a tiny amount on your fingers and style through your hair.

 

Adjustment Period

Conventional liquid shampoos strip your natural protective oils and coat your hair with silicone. Shampoo bars made of organic, natural ingredients do not.

So, when switching to a natural shampoo bar, many people experience a transition period for hair to adjust and restore balance its scalp oil production.

Depending on your hair, this could take a few days or weeks. During this adjustment, your hair may feel more oily, waxy, or dry and frizzy than normal. Be patient. Ultimately, your hair and the planet will be happier without the harsh chemicals of commercial liquid shampoo.

National Honey Bee Day!

 
To some, the bee is a feared pest that evokes anxiety, when in actuality the honeybee is a divine and essential creature in our ecosystem and food chain. The honeybee is responsible for pollinating 1/3 of our food sources, and without them our environment would be drastically effected.
Moon Valley Organics is not only an organic farm and creator of organic body care products, we are also an apiary, (also known as a bee yard) where colonies are kept and cared for. We have bee hives throughout Whatcom County, as well as hives on the farm. We harvest raw honey and pollen from our bees, & beeswax is used in many of our products. Our founders, Kim & Aaron Otto, have a strong passion for beekeeping and have been practicing the important art for over 16 years.
Here are some incredible honeybee facts:
  • In North America it is believed that 30%* of food for human consumption originates from plants pollinated by bees. An in the US alone insect pollinated crops were worth $20 billion at 2000 prices.
  • It takes one colony of honeybees, around 30,000 bees, to pollinate just one acre of fruit trees
  • In her entire life, a worker bee collects 1/10th of a teaspoon of honey
  • When foraging, a bee will travel up to 3 miles from the hive in search of nutrition
  • Honeybees fly the equivalent of more than twice around the world to gather a pound of honey
  • Honey is the only insect-created food with medicinal, therapeutic, nutritional and cosmetic value and is the only insect produced food that is eaten by man
  • The honey bee's wings stroke incredibly fast, about 200 beats per second, thus making their famous, distinctive buzz. A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour.
  • The bee's brain is oval in shape and only about the size of a sesame seed, yet it has remarkable capacity to learn and remember things and is able to make complex calculations on distance travelled and foraging efficiency.
  • The average life of a worker bee during the working season is only 6 weeks
 
August 16th is National Honey Bee Day and one of our founders, Kim Otto, will have a pop-up booth near our Pike Place Market shop with an observation hive, FREE samples of our farm fresh honeycomb and information to bring awareness to the honeybee and the various issues affecting their population. Some issues include Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and the use of pesticides on crops.
“In early 2007, abnormally high die-offs (30–70% of hives) of European honey bee colonies occurred in North America; such a decline seems unprecedented in recent history. This has been dubbed "colony collapse disorder" (CCD); it is unclear whether this is simply an accelerated phase of the general decline due to stochastically more adverse conditions in 2006, or a novel phenomenon. Research has so far failed to determine what causes it, but the weight of evidence is tentatively leaning towards CCD being a syndrome rather than a disease, as it seems to be caused by a combination of various contributing factors rather than a single pathogen or poison. However, in April of 2013, after a report was released by the European Food Safety Authority identifying the significant risks of the class of pesticides called neonictonoids, the European Union called for a two-year restriction on neonicotinoid pesticides.” -Wikipedia
We at Moon Valley are committed to doing our part in aiding the survival of colonies through beekeeping, education and not using pesticides. Below are links to more information so you can find out what you can do to help the exquisite honeybee once again become a thriving part of our environment.
National Honey Bee Day 
 
Pesticide Action Network
 
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