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Nаturаl Sоlіd Shаmроо Bars 

Whаt аrе Nаturаl Solid Shаmроо Bаrѕ? 

Natural shampoo bars are ѕоlіd vеrѕіоnѕ of ѕhаmроо, оftеn made with mоrе nаturаl and lеѕѕ artificial ingredients. Nаturаl ѕhаmроо bаrѕ аrе crafted without hаrѕh сhеmісаlѕ аnd dаmаgіng аddіtіvеѕ оr preservatives, аnd utіlіzе coconut oil  or coconut derivatives fоr texture, On thе оthеr hаnd аrе іngrеdіеntѕ lіkе сосоnut oil, сосоа buttеr and еѕѕеntіаl оіlѕ in solid bеаutу bars whісh nоurіѕh and mоіѕturіzе hаіr аnd skin. Thеу wаѕh away dirt аnd еxсеѕѕ оіlѕ gеntlу without ѕtrірріng уоur hаіr. Nаturаl ѕоlіd ѕhаmроо bars have gаіnеd increasing рорulаrіtу during rесеnt years, due to many rеаѕоnѕ. Bеfоrе you dive into thе wоrld оf thе shampoo bаr, thеrе аrе a fеw thіngѕ you should knоw; tірѕ thаt саn hеlр уоu find a bаr thаt wоrkѕ fоr уоu and which саn mаkе thе ѕwіtсh frоm liquid tо solid ѕhаmроо. 

 Here аrе ѕоmе rеаѕоnѕ whу уоu ѕhоuld wash уоur hаіr wіth natural ѕоlіd ѕhаmроо bаrѕ! 

• 90%  of the time Thеу are mоrе natural. Lіԛuіd ѕhаmрооѕ аrе full оf аll kinds оf ѕуnthеtіс соmроnеntѕ tо make thеm lіԛuіd, smooth, sparkling оr whаtеvеr іnduѕtrіаlѕ wаnt thеm to be. Evеn organic lіԛuіd ѕhаmрооѕ саn bring thеѕе kіnd оf сhеmісаlѕ. Shаmроо bars, еѕресіаllу іf thеу аrе organic, hаvе a muсh ѕіmрlеr соmроѕіtіоn. 

• They аrе better fоr thе еnvіrоnmеnt.  Natural shampoo bаrѕ соmроѕіtіоn, they do not rеlеаѕе chemicals оr рlаѕtіс mісrо-bеаdѕ іn thе еnvіrоnmеnt. Natural ѕhаmроо bаrѕ аrе расkаgе-frее which mаkе them thе perfect zero-waste option. 

• They are vеrу рrасtісаl. Natural ѕhаmроо bаrѕ аrе еаѕу to uѕе, you juѕt hаvе to wеt іt аnd use it dіrесtlу оn your hair. They аrе аlѕо vеrу соmрасt for уоur gуm bаg оr your luggages, and you саn take thеm with уоu when travelling. 

• They make уоur hаіr healthier. Yоur hаіr is hеаlthіеr whеn уоu uѕе shampoo bаrѕ because іt іѕ lеѕѕ аggrеѕѕіvе thаn іnduѕtrіаl liquid ѕhаmрооѕ. Wіth nаturаl ѕоlіd shampoo bаrѕ уоu will nоt hаvе tо wаѕh уоur hаіr as frеԛuеntlу and soon it will be ѕtrоng аnd ѕіlkу аѕ еvеr. 

• A vеrу gооd vаluе fоr money.  Thе рrісе оf ѕhаmроо bars саn bе higher thаn thе оnе of a bоttlе of ѕhаmроо; nаturаl solid ѕhаmрооѕ саn арреаr mоrе еxреnѕіvе thаn lіuіd оnеѕ. But nаturаl ѕhаmроо bаrѕ lаѕt lоngеr. First, because you use less shampoo whеn it соmеѕ in аѕ a bаr аѕ іt is easier tо uѕе thе right dоѕе. Bеѕіdеѕ, after a ѕhоrt реrіоd of аdарtаtіоn, уоu will need tо wаѕh lеѕѕ frеԛuеntlу thаn whеn уоu uѕе liquid shampoo. 

In оur shop, 

You саn fіnd a wide range оf nаturаl shampoo bars. Chаngіng our hуgіеnе hаbіtѕ іѕ nоt аlwауѕ еаѕу, but gоеѕ аhеаd аnd you will ѕее thаt tо try іt is to аdорt it!

The Benefits of Nettle on Hair and Skin

Nettle and Oat natural hand made soap bar

Natural Soap for Eczema

If you have common skin and hair problems such as dry itchy scalp, acne, dry skin, greasy skin or dandruff, then you shouldn’t reach for your regular old shampoo and face wash, the next time you head into the bathroom—you need to be reaching for a natural nettle soap and nettle shampoo that’s free from soaping agents.

Yes, that’s right: nettle has some pretty amazing benefits for your hair and skin and can treat a host of skin conditions or common hair problems.  Let’s take a closer look at some of the best benefits of using nettle shampoo and nettle soap:

Nettle Skin Benefits

A natural soap bar made with nettle can make a world of difference to your skin. Nettle has natural astringent properties; astringents are great for treating skin issues such as greasy skin, dry, itchy and inflamed skin due to insect bites, chicken pox, and even eczema.  If you’re looking to treat these types of conditions, look for a bar of soap made with nettle extract or oil that’s free from parabens and soaping agents such as SLSa.

Nettle taken internally through tea may also help by:

Decreasing oxidative stress
Relieving pain
Fighting infections
Decreasing inflammation
Lowering blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol
Healing the stomachs lining

Though you’ll want to make sure you’re using nettle soap as well for external problems.

Nettle Tea

  • 1 cup nettles
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tsp sugar or honey ((optional))
  1. Find some nettles and cut of the leaves with as little stem as possible (the older looking nettles are sweeter). Fill up a cup full and wash them thoroughly in warm water. Put the nettles in a large saucepan with 4 cups of water and add the sugar or honey.
  2. Put the pan on the hob and bring to the boil, then simmer for 15 minutes. Taste the tea and add any more sugar if needed. Serve in mugs with a nettle for decoration.
  3. (For the iced-tea) Put the tea on the side for 30 minutes then transfer to the fridge for 2 hours. Serve with ice and a nettle for decoration.
 

The anti-inflammatory properties of nettle could also help you treat skin burns and even reduce the visibility of burn-related scars.

Nettle Hair Benefits

Shampoo bars made with nettle and regular nettle shampoo have many benefits for your hair and scalp. The most noticeable benefit is the reduction of a dry, itchy scalp as well as dandruff. Regularly using nettle shampoo will make you forget you ever had to worry about flakes on your favourite shirt!

But nettle isn’t just good for treating your dry scalp: it can even help with hair loss.  In fact, nettle is one of the oldest recorded remedies used for treating and preventing hair loss. This is primarily due to the high amount of sulphur and silica in nettle, which improve hair health by strengthening the hair shaft.  Regularly using nettle shampoo can promote hair re-growth and reduce hair loss.

Nettle vs. Ordinary Skin and Hair Products

There are thousands upon thousands of skin and hair care products out there on the market today, and you may be wondering: why choose nettle over the countless other items found on store shelves?  The reason is simple: nettle has been proven to benefit the health and look of your skin and hair. There is a reason why it’s been a popular remedy for thousands of years, after all!

If you’re looking to transform your skin and hair, put down the ordinary bars of soap and set aside your standard conditioner, and pick up some nettle shampoo and nettle soaps for your next spa day. Just make sure that the products you’re using contain real nettle oil or extract, which will be listed in the ingredients.  Don’t wait—start transforming your skin and hair with nettle today!

No Poo Dry Shampoo Recipe

Sustainable Refill Container Fair Hair Dry Shampoo

Dry Shampoo – What can it do for your Hair?

Having naturally oily hair or having a hectic schedule can throw you off your shampooing routine,  dry shampoo is a convenient alternative.
Your dry, greasy hair can look  healthy voluptuous and bouncy with a quick application of dry shampoo.

You may also use dry shampoo after washing your hair, to help with volume and weight.
Some dermatologists and hair experts say that dry shampoo can have a bad effect on your hair, but that only happens if you use it incorrectly and too often.

 

There are many advantages of using dry shampoo

It’s convenient when you don’t have a lot of time, keeps the natural oils in your hair for longer, helps to retain the life of the colour in your hair if you’ve died it, and also helps to prevent split ends which washing to often will cause.

As well as going days without washing your hair, dry shampoo can help you style your hair with minimum effort. It is also helpful when there is humidity in the air, it can be difficult to maintain your hair when humidity is high as your hair becomes flat and lifeless, wavy hair becomes frizzy and unruly hair is your worst enemy, dry shampoo can be a lifesaver in these situations by controlling frizz, taming unruly hair and adding volume to lifeless thin hair.

 

Dry shampoo is also a great fix for post gym hair, temporarily removing all that sweat and perspiration.

 

Long Hair

Girls with long hair usually have a set shampoo routine, because long hair can be unmanageable otherwise, Moreover, it can get oily within hours of shampooing.  Instead of the entire tiresome process of shampooing early in the morning and waiting for your locks to dry naturally, dry shampoo can rescue you from bad hair days.

 

Festival Hair

The pressure to look good, and for your hair to look even better is high, especially at music festivals where you’ll be sleeping in tents and probably having to Que for hours to use the showers. Dry shampoo eliminates this problem giving you more time to enjoy the event.

Dry shampoo ensures your hair doesn’t give up on you when you’re away from the comforts of home, dry shampoo can be your daily fix for Festival Hair.

 

Choosing the right Dry Shampoo for your hair

There are a variety of dry shampoo’s available, for different types of hair and in different forms.  Choosing the most suitable dry shampoo is important.

Here at Folk Soap we offer three types of dry shampoo which are available in refillable Eco friendly bottles or biodegradable paper refill bags, we have one for light hair, a mid range choice for brown or red hair and a dark dry shampoo for black hair.

Our dry shampoo’s will leave your hair looking fantastic safe in the knowledge that you have cleaned your hair with an all natural product.

 

Dry Shampoo’s with Natural Ingredients

 

Natural ingredients can work wonders for your locks, without harming them.

Natural shampoos are cruelty free, and safe for the environment.

 

How to use Dry Shampoo

 

There are some basic steps involved in using dry shampoo the right way, if you follow these, you won’t go wrong.
First, wrap a towel around your shoulders and comb out your hair.
Remove knots and divide your hair into smaller sections.
Choose the right type of dry shampoo for your hair type.
Apply to roots and massage gently, allow it to soak up the oily sections of your hair.
Brush out your hair so the dry shampoo can spread evenly through your locks.
Avoid using sharp plastic bristle brushes as they can cause split ends.

 

Conclusion

Dry shampoo is super convenient, however, it is not a replacement for washing your hair, it simply allows you to maintain your hair it between washes.
If you follow the recommended steps, you can forget about your oily hair problems, because dry shampoo is your quick fix and will never let you down.

 

No Poo Dry Shampoo

  • 1 cup cosmetic grade talc
  • 1/2 cup magnesium carbonate
  • 1/2 cup sodium bicarbonate
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder ((for Dark Hair))
  1. Mix all ingredients together and store in a sealed airtight container. You can re-use an old talc bottle to store your dry shampoo or use an old make-up brush to dust on and remove excess dry shampoo powder. Give this as a gift to friends and family in a small jar along with brush. Makes a perfect birthday or Christmas gift for someone who appreciates the thought and effort that goes into hand-making a gift

Reclaimed Pine Folk Soap Display Boxes

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Pine Display/Storage Boxes

Traditional soap making boxes.

I get lots of enquiries as to where I purchased these boxes, so much so I have decided to add them to the website for sale. (they range from £20 to £60)

These boxes are the type of thing that last a lifetime, they are handy, sturdy, Eco-friendly and Perfect for displaying products on a market stall or as custom shop displays.
Their uses are endless:

 

Bathroom Storage
Toilet Paper Storage
Stuffed Animal Storage
Dog/Pet Food Storage
fruit and veg fresh Storage
Wine Storage
Shoe Storage
DVD Storage
Vinyl Storage

To name but a few.

They are made from reclaimed pine, can be stained in beach, medium oak, dark oak, natural pine or antique pine.
If you are interested in purchasing a box please contact us through the contact page with your request.

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Extraordinary Soap

Folk soap hand made in wales
folk soap booklet front cover

Natural hand crafted folk soap products. Extraordinary soap for extraordinary folk, skin loving, natural, artisan, therapeutic soap, packed full of  beneficial ingredients.  There is no comparison to hand made soaps to well known brands off the supermarket shelves. I could not ever go back to using mass market brands, the difference is just chalk and cheese between natural soaps and soaps filled with animal fats and soaping agents that are sometimes used as industrial cleaner.  You instantly feel the benefits of the oils and plant based ingredients in a good quality hand made soap.  You do not get the tightening sometimes felt from other soaps and within a few days your skin feels amazing, spots clear up and skin conditions calm.  I could go on but I’ll stop there, if you haven’t already you will have to try one for yourself.

If not from here then go along to your local farmers market where you can usually pick up a good quality bar quite reasonably, try and avoid bright colours and clear soaps,which are usually melt and pour soaps that are just reheated and set in a mould to look handmade, they can sometimes contain soaping agents a known skin irritant.Look for a more natural colour soap that’s earthy such as soaps with cocoa or turmeric or the greens of avocado and green clay, or small particles of ground seeds and oats etc.  Generally good quality natural soaps are not made to look pretty, they are made to be kind, gentle and to leave you feeling healthy in your skin.  Don’t be put off by colour or exfoliating oats or ground seeds, I make a banana and almond soap that is not the prettiest bar to look at but the way it makes you feel and smell is second to none.

large wooden mould filled with solid dog shampoo soap
Dog Shampoo folk Soap large wood mould

This picture is dog shampoo, it’s the only one I have in a mould at the moment and it’s not that much different to our human soap, in fact its great as a hair shampoo bar because it contains flax, avocado and apple cider vinegar!! squeaky clean with a lovely shine and good for keeping nit outbreaks in school children at bay.

LINK TO HAND MADE SOAP BOX MOULDS

Home Made Hairspray

Why pay silly prices for dry dull hair when you can get a healthy shiny mop for just pennies.

There are a number of recipes for home-made hairspray that generations of women have relied on, I know my mother and grandmother used their own home-made recipes in their younger days, when money was tight, after the war and in the swinging sixties when hairspray was used in abundance to help those beehive hairstyles withstand being swung around on the dance-floor, if these recipes can withstand rock n roll and a world war while helping to save the environment from plastic and gas pollution, using alternative solutions to nasty aerosol cans really is a necessity!

When I think back to the eighties, big hair, curly perms and shoulder pads were all the rage, I can’t help but feel a twinge of guilt about the amount of canned spray I used to help keep that Bon Jovi poodle perm from being one hair out-of-place, while doing the handbag dance to Frankie and George. If I can convince one person to ditch the D4s and D5s (silicon’s in hairspray), which according to Environment Canada and Health Canada are:

toxic, persistent, and have the potential to bio accumulate in aquatic organisms i,ii . Also, the European Union classifies D4 as an endocrine disruptor, based on evidence that it interferes with human hormone function iii , and a possible reproductive toxicant that may impair human fertility iv . In laboratory experiments, exposure to high doses of D5 has been shown to cause uterine tumours and harm to the reproductive and immune systems. D5 can also influence neurotransmitters in the nervous system v .

Structurally similar to D4 and D5, cyclohexasiloxane (or D6) is also persistent and has the potential to bioaccumulate.  Environment Canada’s assessment of D6 concluded that this third siloxane is not entering the environment in a quantity or concentration that endangers human health or the environment, but noted significant data gaps concerning its toxicity vi. (http://davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/chemicals-in-your-cosmetics—siloxanes/)

then we are one step closer to helping our Mother Earth recover from her “BAD HAIR DAY”.
Homemade Hair Spray

Hair Spray Recipe

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp vodka
  • 20 drops essential oil
  1. Boil the water, dissolve the sugar in the boiled water, stir until completely dissolved. Add the vodka and stir again.2. Once the mixture has cooled add essential oils, mix well, Pour the mixture into the bottle and store in a cool place.3. Shake well before each use.

 

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