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NEW - Solid Shampoo Bars! February 15 2015, 0 Comments

New product line being introduced this week - Sulfate Free Solid Shampoo Bars.
These shampoo bars are quite different form the current line of cold process shampoo bars. They are created from very mild and gentle cleansers - no harsh detergents. With added ingredients for light conditioning and nourishing, these bars cannot be beat for gentle and effective cleansing in all water conditions, ease of use, cost effectiveness and being eco-friendly with mostly biodegradable ingredients and minimal packaging.  One 5 ounce bar is equivalent to about 20 - 25 ounces of liquid shampoo.  One to three swipes on wet hair from the top of the scalp toward the back of the head is all that is needed to use. Amount needed will vary based on hair length and thickness.
94% - 98% Biodegradable.

Cleansing agents - no sulfates:
Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate - An extremely, gentle surfactant based on coconut fatty acids. It is exceptionally mild for skin, hair, and eyes, and is tolerant of hard water. Creates a nice foam and leaves behind a luxurious silky feel. Perfect for all hair types. Excellent for all hair types. Biodegradable
Cocamidopropyl Betaine -Organic compound derived from coconut oil. Another very mild cleanser (surfactant) with good foaming properties. Reduces any harshness making the final product very mild, gentle and non-irritating. Great for sensitive skin and scalp. Excellent for all hair types. Biodegradable
Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate - This is a very mild, moisturizing cleanser suitable for dry to normal hair types that is derived from coconuts. Excellent lathering properties and very tolerant of hard water. Excellent cleanser for dry hair. Biodegradable
Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate - A natural source surfactant that is derived from natural vegetable oils. It is non-irritating and will not strip skin or hair of natural oils. Leaves skin and hair feeling soft and conditioned after rinse off. Excellent degreaser makes it a great addition for oily hair. Biodegradable
Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate - A great alternative to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Derived from coconut and palm oils, and conforms to Ecocert's natural and organic cosmetic standards. Non irritating, rich lather that is extremely mild and gentle.  Excellent for all hair types. Biodegradable
Additives:
 
Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5) - Moisturizer, improvement of hair structure, may add luster and shine. Biodegradable
Natural Oils and Butters (Mango Butter, Argan Oil, Babassu Oil, etc.) - Moisturizers and conditioners for hair and scalp. Biodegradable
Hydrolyzed Proteins (Keratin, Wheat, Silk) - Moisturizers and film formers to coat theh air to protect and add shine.  Some proteins add body and volume to the hair. Strengthens.
Behentrimonium Methosulfate (BTMS) Conditioner
Cetyl Alcohol - Vegetable sourced fatty alcohol conditioner and thickener and emollient. Biodegradable
Stearic Acid - Vegetable sourced fatty acid conditioner and thickener. 
Sodium Lactate - Bar hardener. Biodegradable
Dimethicone - Adds slip and mild detangling properties. Lightly coats the hair shaft for added silkiness and shine. Reduce fly away hair.
Fragrances or Essential Oils - to add scent
While these bars have some mild conditioning properties, they do not take the place of a full conditioner. The conditioning may be enough for some hair types, but others will still require additional conditioners beyond the shampoo.
Available in two formulations and many scents - Normal to Oily and Normal to Dry. 

Ingredient Spotlight - Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5) March 20 2014, 0 Comments

 

Solid Conditioner Bars

Panthenol - I am sure many have heard of this ingredient referred to as either Panthenol or Pro-Vitamin B5 when it comes to hair care, but did you know it offers many benefits to skin too. What is panthenol?

Panthenol is the alcohol analog of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), and is thus a provitamin of B5.  You will see it referred to as Panthenol, Pro-Vitamin B5 or Vitamin B5.

Panthenol is a humectant (keeps things moist by attracting and retaining moisture from the air), emollient and moisturizer (keeps layers soft and more pliable by increasing hydration due to reducing evaporation or loss of water).  Panthenol offers us these wonderful benefits without creating oiliness or greasiness on the skin or hair.  It is an excellent addition to hair and skin care products.

In hair care, panthenol binds the hair follicles and coats and seals in moisture which is great for dry hair or to prevent dry hair and scalp.  If builds a very thin layer of moisture along the surface of the hair to add shine, softness and pliability without added oils or greasiness.  Some studies have also shown that it swells the hair shaft giving more volume to your hair.  This benefit is best seen when products are left on the hair for at least several minutes making it a great addition to hair conditioners.  You will get some benefit from panthenol in shampoos, but as they are wash off products designed to remove substances from the hair it is not as enhanced. You get the most benefit from panthenol in hair conditioners as those products are designed to deposit ingredients onto the hair.

In skin care, panthenol offers similar benefits of moisturizing and sealing in that moisture by adding hydration to the skin and then sealing in that hydration without oils or creating greasiness.  It it easily absorbed by the skin and converted to Vitamin B5.  It penetrates the epidermis instead of sitting on top of the surface of your skin making it an excellent moisturizer.  Studies (Topical Use of Dexpanthenol in Skin Disorders) have also shown panthenol to:

 - Reduct redness and inflammation

 - Increase wound healing

 - Sooth itching and minor skin irritations

You will find panthenol in our hair care products (shampoos and conditioners), body lotions and even some of my liquid body washes.  There are no negatives to panthenol and we use it where it gives the most benefit to your skin and hair.

~ Faith