Thursday, January 27, 2011

I'm looking for a shampoo bar. Any recommendations?

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen or been part of my conversation yesterday about shampoo bars. It has occurred to me that now that my hair is not bleached again it's not high maintenance. I have been thinking about using a shampoo bar on it, but am looking for recommendations. I have fine, thin hair that gets oily at the end of the day. Have any of you tried anything that you love?

My friend akseabird referred the Burt's Bees Rosemary Mint shampoo bar, which sounds pretty awesome. Some of the reviews aren't so great, but it also sounds like people aren't reading the package about it working best on hair that's short to medium length. I like that the packaging is paper, too, and that I can buy it in Fred Meyer's.

You know me, though, I'd rather buy something on Etsy and support handmade! The only bad part is that then the soap arrives in the mail with packaging, something I'm trying to cut down on. While it's probably recycleable and some sellers state they only send in recycleable packaging, it's still something I keep in mind. These soaps sound pretty yummy, though:
I was also planning on learning how to make soap within the next few months. Someday I'll be making my own shampoo bars, but that is a long time off still. :o)
So, blog friends, do any of you have any recommendations?

P.S. My friend Renai shared a link from Re-Nest yesterday and I don't know how I ever did without this awesome blog!

P.P.S. Speaking of Re-Nest, they posted about "8 Tips to Organizing a Drying Rack," something which I recently acquired and now totally love.


  1. Just out of curiosity - I have noticed several bloggers posting about their dry racks and I was wondering why you are using them instead of dryers? Is it a step towards saving Mama Earth? Or something else?

  2. Yes, I want to be more eco-friendly! I keep reading that the dryer is one of the things that uses the most energy in a household, so that struck me as something I could cut down on to help out in that regard.

    Also, we have to pay a dollar per dryer load and we really don't like our neighbours at our apartment complex. They are rude and don't follow the laundry room rules, so I'm always concerned that my laundry might get stolen. Any less time and money that I have to spend in there is good.

    So those are my reasons! I like knowing I'm doing my part to cut down on energy usage, plus our clothes are really soft (except for jeans and towels) after doing it this way. I'm happy!

  3. I can't wait for the craft shows to start in the springtime, there are always soap makers peddling their wares there.

  4. I think that hang drying your clothes also adds to their life span. Dryers are really hard on clothes (not to mention they area ALWAYS shrinking things on me!)

    Good for you on the clothes drying rack. I hope to get one one of these days (or just make one).


  5. Jenner, agreed! I feel like I should wait and see what's around later in the year, but I am also heading back up to Ketchikan in May for five months! So I'm seeing what's available online now.

    Monica, I think you're right about hanging clothes adding to their life span. My clothes feel pretty nice after they've dried. I just wish jeans and towels would feel nice, too!

  6. Oh, one more thing!

    Monica, did you see in my post when I got the drying rack I put a link to a page on how to make them?