Today we are talking shampoo bars, but particularly of Cande Company from Oak Harbor, Ohio.
What are these bars? Basically a crunchy shampoo alternative that
a) uses ingredients we all can pronounce (yea!) and
b) is a lot nicer to your hair.
The funny thing is that Ive been no-poo (no shampoo) since September 2013 and have still been using icky chemicals, since Ive used Baking Soda to cleanse my hair. Its taken a while to see ill effects, but now I'm really interested in new and better ways to wash my hair.
Insert Cande Shampoo Bars and shout out to Karen who gave me 6 sample bars to try.
I'm rating the bars using the book rating system I use: 1) Repulsive 2) Not so swell 3) Fair, not bad, but there were a few small issues 4) Liked it 5) Really, Really Amazing
This is a very harsh system, so if its easier see 3 as a "B-" and a 5 as "A+".
**The first thing I noticed, standing a foot from the mailbox before I'd opened it was that I could smell the soaps before I'd even got them out. Some of them are very light but if you are a person (or are ordering for someone) that has issues with strong scents, take that into consideration with some of them.
(smells like Root Beer)
contains water, coconut milk saponified coconut, olive, castor, jojoba oils, shea and cocoa butter, beeswax, essential oils
Overall Rating 4.1
Beer and Aloe
(light smell, maybe like a stereotypical plain lotion)
shampoo contains beer, aloe, saponifed Coconut, Olive, Castor, rice bran oils, Lard, Shea and Cocoa Butters, essential oils
Overall Rating 3.63
(light smell, smells like a sweet caramel)
bar contains saponified palm kernel, olive, coconut, canola, rice bran, castor oils, shea and cocoa butter, bentonite clay, essential oils
Overall Rating 4
(smells like soap and herbs )
shampoo bar contains water, saponified olive, avocado, castor, sunflower oils, clay, nettle, rosemary, burdock root, honey,citric acid, essential oils
Overall Rating 3.5
Beer and Honey
(very strong smell, a bit sharp... almost banana-like)
shampoo bar contains beer, water, saponified olive, avocado, castor, sunflower oils, honey, clay, citric acid, essential oils
Overall Rating 3.6
This one gave my hair more hair fall than usual and I have no idea why. It also made my hair shine with faint red-ish highlights that I hardly ever see... I'm guessing thats in part due to both of them which are know for giving shine?
Apple Cider Vinegar
(smells like soap, a bit fainter than the Beer and Honey)
shampoo bar contains water, apple cider vinegar, saponified canola, coconut, sunflower and castor oils, cocoa butter.
Overall Rating 3.12
Going into this, I knew that my hair hates ACV so I'm sure for many people the overall rating would be at least a point more. I also have medium- soft water so ACV is a little redundant here :) Still, I definitely want to have this on hand for traveling- you never know what tricks a hotel will pull when you are in an unknown area.
PS. My hair is typically dry (loves moisture!) and about medium coarseness. Its not too thin, but definitely tapers off to nothingness. I'm also letting my sister try the bars and her hair is really really thick, tangle easily, oily, and definitely medium coarseness. Almost opposites :)