At Toby & Rosie, we’re just as passionate about natural hair care as we are about our natural skincare products and the environment. Our philosophy comes down to creating products for your skin using ingredients that are as raw as possible. That way, you’re experiencing the wonders and effectiveness of nature to transform your skin and breathe some life back into it, all while not hurting the environment.
Once you learn about all the chemicals used in modern shampoos, the benefits of natural shampoo bars make a lot of sense. At the bottom of his article, we’ll tell you all about the ingredients that ruin your hair, but dry and itchy scalp, dandruff, and dry/frizzy hair are just a few. The silicones and sufflates used to clean the hair in the shampoos are also absorbed through the skin and into your system.
Natural shampoos are derived from ingredients that are organically farmed, which means you don’t need to be concerned about what is absorbed into your system is a synthetic chemical. Nature also means they are also great for the environment and won’t harm our rivers and oceans. They won’t dry out your scalp or disrupt the scalp’s natural oil glands that regulate the pH. Since your scalp won’t constantly be dried out and irritated from the chemicals, natural shampoo bars can also promote hair growth through healthier hair follicles. Natural conditioner bars will also be gentler on your hair and if you color your hair, they won’t strip the dye as sulfates and alcohols will.
So now that you’re ready to buy natural shampoo bars and natural conditioners bar, there are few things to look out for when purchasing. First is, the fewer ingredients the better. Followed by a close second of “if you can’t pronounce it, don’t buy it”, as the chemical-based ingredients are quite difficult to pronounce and decipher what they actually are and where they are derived from. As the name “Natural” implies, the ingredients should be found in nature, such as fragrances derived from the essential oils of fruits and plants.
There are a few points about using natural shampoo and conditioner that differ from the chemical-based products you’re used to. At first, it’s going to take a few days of use for you to adapt to natural shampoo bars. You’ll notice that you don’t get that full lather, bubbles, and tingling sensation that sulfates provide in chemical-based shampoos. While natural shampoo bars don’t lather as much, they’re still working, but you’ll need to rinse your hair more thoroughly than before. It will also take a few uses before your scalp and hair adapt to your new routine, but when they do you’ll likely notice your hair’s texture improve and some people even notice improvements in hair growth.
Now that you understand the benefits of natural haircare products, we want to introduce you to the products we’ve created with the love of skin health and the environment in mind. Our products go beyond shampoos and conditioners to bring holistic solutions to all your hair care needs. We’re so confident in these products, that we’ve also listed the ingredients to show you just how NATURAL these products are!
Our Shampoo uses beer and egg as both are so rich in nutrients and proteins. This adds thickness and shine to any kind of hair while thoroughly cleansing from the roots to the tips, this shampoo bar won’t strip your natural oils. Leaving you with the hair you have always wanted.
Ingredients: Organic Coconut Oil, Coconut Milk, Beer, Sunflower Oil, Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (Columbia), Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Lye*, Organic Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Castor Oil, Free Range Eggs, Sustainable Honey & Aloe Vera Powder. Essential Oils – Wild Orange, Tea Tree, Anise & Rosemary. *Lye (Sodium Hydroxide) is used during saponification, none remains in the finished product.
This soap has a strong Peppermint smell that will keep your skin and hair smelling fresh, clean, and tingling(in a good way!) We use traditional greek yoghurt which is brimming with good bacteria and nourishment for the skin and hair and fresh Cucumbers go into this one as well for their anti-inflammatory effects and minerals for skin health. We have to say that this is one of our personal favorites. In a hot shower, the peppermint oil has a cooling effect or tingling on the skin which we absolutely love.
Ingredients: Organic Coconut Oil, Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (Columbia), Biodynamic Yoghurt, Cucumbers, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil, Lye*, Organic Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Castor Oil & Dried Coriander. Essential Oils – Peppermint. *Lye (Sodium Hydroxide) is used during saponification, none remains in the finished product.
Our Mango & Cocoa Conditioning Bar, we think, is one of the best conditioner bars on the market. A little bit of this bar makes a lot of lather, making your hair the perfect combination of luscious and healthy. Cocoa and shea butter plus coconut oil condition and moisturise the hair and scalp. That stops the stripping away of your hair’s natural oils which are key.
Ingredients: Coconut Milk, Cocoa Butter, Organic Coconut Oil, Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (Columbia), Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Lye*, Sunflower Oil, Mango Butter, Organic Shea Butter, Castor Oil & Annatto Seed Oil. Essential Oils – Lavender & Grapefruit. *Lye (Sodium Hydroxide) is used during saponification, none remains in the finished product.
We wash our hair using our Shampoo Bar about 2 times per week. Then we use our Herbal Hair Rinse once or twice a week and it has transformed my hair. Our Herbal Hair Rinse is probably the best and most complete hair care product you can apply to your hair and scalp. It’s packed full of amazing ingredients that feed the scalp, sebaceous glands, and hair follicles all the best nutrients to balance, cleanse, and repair.
Ingredients: Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Infused With; Nettle leaf, Rosemary Burdock Root, Comfrey Leaf, & Horsetail Herb + Argan Oil. Essential Oils: Grapefruit, Lavender & Rose Geranium
We developed this 100% Natural Shea Mango Hair Balm primarily for split ends and dry/damaged lifeless hair. It works like a hair treatment that can be applied to your hair for its nourishing effects, to prevents tangling, frizziness, split ends, and dryness. If you have oily hair, then stop washing it with shampoos and conditioners. They just strip your natural oils and therefore you start overproducing oils. What makes it worse is washing your hair every day. You should aim for washing once or twice a week but the longer the better.
Ingredients: Shea Butter, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Mango Butter, Organic Sustainable Beeswax, Avocado Oil, Argan Oil, Castor Oil & Rosemary Extract. Essential Oils: Lavender & Rosemary
This nourishing formula is fortified with organic virgin coconut oil and shea butter to help to reduce the protein loss in damaged hair. Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid and easily penetrates the hair shaft while avocado oil is good for moisturizing dry, brittle, and damaged hair. Avocado oil contains many nutrients and minerals, protein, amino acids, iron, copper, magnesium, and folic acid.
Ingredients: Shea Butter, Avocado Oil, Argan Oil, Mango Butter, Castor Oil, Neem Seed Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Rosemary Extract, Calendula, Chamomile and Aloe Vera Powder. Essential Oils: Lavender, Lemon, Cedarwood, Peppermint Rosemary
Nourish dry and or flaky skin under your beard and fight free radical damage to your skin. Our Hairy Man beard oil is also rich in Omega fatty acids and you will look and smell your best for all occasions. It can also strengthen hair follicles to stop beard loss or relieve itchy skin while you are growing your beard.
Ingredients: Hempseed Oil*, Macadamia Oil*, Sweet Almond Oil, Castor Oil*. Essential Oils: Cedarwood, Pine Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, Tea Tree Oil*, Rosemary* & Lavender*. * = Organic Ingredients
If all the benefits and products we listed above weren’t enough to convince you to switch to all-natural shampoo and conditioners, then maybe discussing the ingredients in modern shampoos and conditioners will. Non-natural shampoos today are made of synthetic chemicals and the mere thought of washing our hair with chemicals sounds ridiculous. Your scalp is considered to be the most absorbent part of your body, which means that whatever you put on your scalp can find its way into your bloodstream. Not to mention that when we wash these products out of our hair, they find there way into our oceans, lakes, and rivers and harm wild-life and even contribute to climate change. Certainly, makes you reconsider putting chemicals in our hair doesn’t? Take a look at this definitive list of shampoo ingredients that are harmful to you and the environment:
Both Ammonium Lauryl and Sodium Laureth Sulfates are very strong detergents that are used to clean your hair. But the problem is that also strips the oil and sebum off your scalp when you wash it out and that can leave your hair damaged and brittle.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a foaming agent and causes the tingling sensation that we’ve been trained to think means “it’s working”. This is also a common ingredient in household cleaners if you needed further convincing to stay away.
This substance is used as a preservative for shampoos and conditioners to keep bacteria from growing inside the bottle. Studies have shown that parabens can promote growth in estrogen-sensitive breast cancer cells and the chemical itself mimics estrogen and is believed to affect hormone levels.
You want to stay away from shampoos that use Isopropyl or propanol alcohols. These types of alcohol are also used as antiseptics and will dry out your scalp and hair.
The purpose of these chemicals is to work as emulsifiers and foam agents. Essentially, they enable water-soluble and oil-soluble ingredients to be blend together. However, a study conducted by the National Toxicology Program in 1998, researchers found an association between the topical application of DEA and DEA related chemicals (like TEA) cancer in animals, but the effects on humans are unclear. While the European Commission has banned DEA in cosmetics, they remain legal to use in the U.S.
Formaldehyde is most famously known for its use as an embalming fluid…yuk. Shampoo manufacturers will also use this as a preservative, but it is most commonly referred to as quaternium-15. It is known to be a human carcinogen and has been proven to be absorbed through the skin in animal testing. Quaternium-15 was banned from cosmetics in the E.U. in 2017 but remains legal in the U.S.
Sodium chloride is also known as salt and its purpose in shampoos and conditioners is a thickener to provide a more consumer-friendly consistency. Of course, we all know that salt can cause dry and itchy skin and can irritate your scalp if this is an issue you suffer from already.
PEGs are petroleum-based compounds that are used as thickening, softeners, and moisture carrying agents in many cosmetic products, but mainly as thickeners in shampoos and conditioners. There have been studies into the potential of PEGs being human carcinogens, but the evidence has been inconclusive so far. With natural shampoos and natural conditioners available….it’s best to just avoid these too.
PDMS is a silicon-based organic polymer that is widely used in a ton of skin and hair products. The problem with PDMS is that it builds up in your hair and cause that heavy look and greasy feel. Unfortunately, since it forms a protective layer over your hair, it also clogs the pores on your scalp, stops moisture and nutrients coming in, and can cause scalp irritation.
Cocamidopropyl betaine is a surfactant that is derived from coconut oil and helps create that thick lather and soften hair and breaks the surface tension with water which allows dirt and oils to be cleaned away. However, it is often paired with dimethylaminopropylamine, which can cause skin irritation and can be particularly problematic from sufferers of allergies, rosacea, and eczema.
Triclosan is an antibacterial chemical placed in a wide variety of consumer goods but was banned from being used in antibacterial soaps when it was found to be both ineffective and can potentially lead to cancer and disruption of hormone production. Shockingly, it is still used in toothpaste, shampoos, and deodorants.
Retinyl palmitate is a form of Vitamin A and commonly used in facial skincare products to remove wrinkles and dark spots. There have been multiple studies into the side effects of retinyl palmitate and several tests on mice led to increases in cancer. may include cancer, reproductive problems, and organ toxicity. EWG is calling for makers of sunscreen to remove it from their products and several E.U. countries are discussing banning this ingredient in cosmetics.