Soap Vs. Shampoo

Posted by Brigid McHugh on

I have spent the last few months working on formulations for shampoo bars as requested by YOU, my loyal customers! The first of many shampoo bars will be being released later this week, so I have decided to take this opportunity to shed a little light on the soap vs. shampoo discussion.

Speaking on a VERY broad level, there are two main differences between my soaps and shampoos. Commercial soaps and detergents (yup, most of the bars of "soap" commercially produced are actually detergent) typically have a higher pH level than that of shampoo. True soap, which includes handcrafted soap, typically has a higher pH than the commercial stuff. The reasoning behind all of this is a bunch of science that all boils down to the following:

The scalp has a lower pH than the skin on the rest of your body. A more gentle clean is required for the scalp, without even taking into account the hair itself.

Our basic shampoo bars (⬅️Grab yours) contain a special blend of infusions, herbs, and essential oils. All of these ingredients are blended with apple cider vinegar, oils and butters to give your hair the best possible care. We typically recommend an apple cider vinegar rinse after washing, though it may not be needed for all hair types. As you expect from Kilted Suds, this shampoo (along with all others yet to be released) is free of sulfates, parabens, and pthalates. No SLS or SLSA here!

I know, you know, we all know.... Not all hair types are created equally. Stay tuned for shampoo bars created for specific hair types, coming at you over the next few months.

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