What is a shampoo bar? - Babassu Shampoo - Anita Grant


So.. what is a shampoo bar?
It's an all natural conditioning soap in a solid bar form. Shampoo bars provide super rich, fluffy, bubble action lather that cleanses your naturally curly hair and clarifies your scalp without stripping the natural oil (sebum) from your tresses. Our Babassu oil conditioning shampoo bars contain no artificial fragrance, no Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), no Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), no phthalate, no artificial colours, no sodium polyacrylate, no added vegetable glycerin, no animal products, no petroleum based detergents, no alcohol, no urea, no formaldehyde, no DEA, no silicones, no propylene glycols or any impure additives.

Just pure, wholesome, vegan friendly goodness!
Hand made from scratch, individually cut & wrapped.

"In the Babassu Shampoo bar description it says that.. "You'll instantly see and feel the soft-fluffy bubbles turn into luxurious lather." How can it do this when it only contains natural plant and fruit oils & butters?"
Our shampoo bars are scrupulously made from recipes, in small batches, to gently clean and condition your scalp and naturally curly hair.

Some cosmetic manufacturers: 
• Add inexpensive, synthetic, foam boosting, surfactants like Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Cocobetaine, Sodium Laurylglucodsides
PEG-150/Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate (a PEG 150 Distearate) and/or Propylene Glycol to increase emollience and lathering qualities.
• Remove the natural glycerine from their shampoos/soaps and resell it.

... but... there's really no need... 
Handmade soaps/shampoo bars retain the essential natural glycerine (an emollient required to moisturise our skin and naturally curly hair) and do not require harsh synthetics to produce the same if not more fluffy-lather-bubble-action.

Please allow me to explain...
Making a batch of Shampoo / Soap does involve a little science but nothing too exhaustive. At Anita Grant, only the best quality natural and organic oils and butters go into our Shampoo Bars / Soap.
Each and every ingredient has a job to do and must meet our strict requirements:
1. We measure the physical qualities of the shampoo/soap
2. The hardness of the shampoo bar/soap
3. Cleansing quality
4. Conditioning quality
5. Lather quality (bubbles and creamy texture of each shampoo bar/soap)
The natural ingredients that we use in our Babassu Shampoo Bars are made up of a variety of saturated fatty acids. These fatty acids contribute to the lather when they are saponified with other natural and organic oils and butters containing varying amounts of fatty acids.

Babassu Shampoo - Anita Grant - Saponification Process

Simplified Diagram Of The Saponification Process. Courtesy of Tejashs - Bangalore, India

Fatty Acids are made up of:

As a general rule of thumb oils and butters that contain a high amount of:
Palmitic, Stearic and Ricinoleic - contribute to the soft and creamy bubble-action lather
Lauric and Myristic - contribute to the cleansing & abundant bubble-action lather
Ricinoleic, Oleic, Linoleic and Linolenic - contribute to the conditioning qualities
Lauric, Myristic, Palmitic, Stearic - contribute to the hardness

We have created an in-house soaping calculator that computes the amount of:
i) INS (Iodine in Soap) - measures the physical qualities of the shampoo/soap batch and is calculated using the saponification and iodine values
ii) Hardness of the shampoo bar/soaps - rather important as it indicates the ingredient's degree of saturation.
iii) Cleansing - the shampoo bar/soap's ability to latch on to non-sebum producing oils, dirt and debris.
Shampoo Bars/Soaps comprise of molecules. Each molecule is, in effect, a chain of carbon atoms where:
• one end of the chain attracts water
• the other end of the chain attracts oil
How do the molecules, from the Shampoo Bars/Soaps, react with your skin, scalp and naturally curly hair?
Multiple chains of carbon atoms form when you wash with a shampoo bar/soap and water. When you gently massage the shampoo bar/soap and water onto your body some of the molecules will attach themselves to the oil end, some to the water end thus producing lather (creamy or bubbly depending on the formulation of oils and butters and the water conditions in your area - hard water, soft water etc..) When rinsing the shampoo bar/soap molecules off, the oil end of the soap molecules are washed away down the plug hole. Shampoo Bars/Soap made from oils containing too much Lauric and/or Myristic acid may cause irritation and wash away the protective layer of oils (sebum) that our body produces.
iv) Conditioning - refers the amount of emollient content in the soap/shampoo bar that:
1. Is left on the body and works with the body's natural oils (sebum) to help retain moisture.
2. Soothes the body and keeps it soft from head to toe.
v) Bubbly lather - refers to the soap/shampoo bar's ability to provide that all important bubble-action lather.
vi) Creamy lather - indicates the stability and creaminess of the bubble-action lather.
All of these factors lend to the luxurious fluffy bubble-action and conditioning qualities of our 100% natural Babassu oil conditioning shampoo bars/soaps.

Super Fatted
Our soaps/shampoo bars are super-fatted (adding fatty oils and butters during the saponification process). 

Making our soaps/shampoo bars:
1. An effective cleanser
2. Smoother on the skin, scalp and hair due to it's high glycerine content
3. Gentle for even the most sensitive skin/scalp types

Can I use your Babassu Shampoo bars as a shower or bath bar too?
Our bubble action, conditioning shampoo bars can, most certainly, double as shower, bath and/or shaving soap.
Economical and environmentally friendly. 
(wrapped in recyclable cling film + tissue paper = no excess packaging to chuck out)
Easy to transport - No little plastic bottles of shampoo to kart around leak, break, or pollute our environment!

Sample our shampoo mini-bars to determine which Babassu is right for you..