Why Choose Soap Free Shampoo and Conditioner Bars?
Making the switch to shampoo and conditioner bars is a beneficial way to do your bit for our environment. Less plastic packaging means less wastage ending up in landfill with a plastic bottle taking up to 450 years to decompose! Let’s dive a little deeper into the difference between soap free shampoo and conditioner bars and their soap-based counterparts so you can make an informed decision for your own benefit, as well as Mother Nature’s.
What is the scientific difference between soap free and soap?
We’ve noticed that because our soap free shampoo and conditioner look like a soap bar, it can be confusing, so let’s straighten out the details. Soap-based bars are effectively soap, they are created via the saponification process with lye/sodium hydroxide and animal or vegetable fats. Our soap-free bars are not created with this process, we use mild surfactants that are naturally derived and biodegradable – you’re welcome.
Why is soap free better for your hair?
So why is soap free better for your hair compared to regular soap-based products? Unlike our skin, the natural pH of hair is between 4.5-5.5. It’s important to use products that are around this pH to maintain our optimum level for healthy and strong hair. Soap-based bars have a pH range of 9-10 which will open your hair cuticle leading to damage, friction, tangling, dullness, and dryness. As soap-free bars range between 4-6, this pH level does not disturb your hair cuticle or scalp, so they are cleansed with any dirt and oils washed away with water, leaving your hair healthy and shiny, just the way you like it.
Why is soap free more expensive?
Soap-free bars are more expensive to make due to the natural ingredients used. However, unfortunately you may find that due to the cheaper nature of making soap-based bars, some companies will market their products as shampoo and conditioner bars, but the products really have the same ingredients as the soap you would use to cleanse your body, which as we know is not beneficial for your hair. Have you ever used a shampoo or conditioner bar before and noticed your hair felt sticky, dry, or not cleansed properly? The likely reason is that it’s actually soap, better suited for body-cleansing.
How to tell if a product is truly soap free?
If you’re serious about finding a soap free shampoo and conditioner bar that leaves your hair feeling amazing without damaging the environment, and since you’re here we’re sure you are, the best solution is to check the ingredients. Soap-based bars will be made with ingredients that include mostly oils, butters, and sodium hydroxide. Look out for ingredients like sodium cocoate, sodium olivate (saponified olive oil), sodium castorate, sodium hydroxide, and sodium butterate (saponified shea butter). On the other hand, soap free bars contain natural surfactants, moisturisers, and conditioning agents. At Wash Bloc, all our ingredients are naturally derived so they are reef friendly and biodegradable in nature, we want only the best for you and the Earth.
Our Shampoo Bloc and Conditioner Bloc contain ingredients like cocoa butter, coconut oil, tea tree oil, lavender oil, silk protein, and panthenol (Vitamin B) for strong and healthy hair! Explore our range of products and more information about our sustainable and environmentally-friendly brand ethos online here [insert website link] and be sure to follow us on Instagram at @washbloc to stay up to date with our latest product releases and everything Wash Bloc!
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