Handcrafted Luxury Soaps ~ Mineral Cosmetics ~ Essential Oils & Blends
By The Soap Lady at StouderHouse1 comment
By The Soap Lady at StouderHouse3 comments
By The Soap Lady at StouderHouse1 comment
Give our Shaving Soap a try - but be sure to read the label on your shaving cream first, so you'll know what you're missing! Once you try it, you won't go back. And it's easy to travel with - just pop it in a baggie and pack it - no worries about leakage, about the number of ounces (air travel), or about filling the landfill with lots of little bottles. This goes for the shampoo & regular soap bars as well.
For the men who aren’t so keen on shaving, we have a wonderfully nourishing Beard Oil. It helps with itchy new growth and, along with proper trimming and combing, gives your beard a sleek look.
Our Blue Shampoo bars are a wonderful alternative to the chemical detergent liquid shampoos. They are better for you & your hair, as well as the environment - no more plastic bottles going to the landfill. And all our soaps are a breeze to travel with - just pop them in a baggie and go!
We've designed our shampoo bar in a round shape instead of our usual square. Both of our soap shapes were designed to help you maximize your soap - they do not break into pieces until you're at the very end of the soap bar. The blue color was chosen simply because it rhymes with shampoo. Hopefully, these will help everyone in your home remember which one is the shampoo bar!
The essential oils used in our special recipe were chosen for their medicinal effects and should help anyone who is suffering from dandruff or other scalp problems. The shampoo also contains bentonite clay as a detoxifier.
This particular soap blend is best for normal to oily hair. If your hair is dry, please try using one of our regular soap bars. Our Tea Tree Mint Soap would be a great place to start.
If you have never used shampoo bars before, please be aware that there is an adjustment period for your hair.
This phase will likely be the worst for folks who have oily hair and shampoo daily with detergent shampoos. Your scalp has grown accustomed to being stripped of all its natural oils regularly, and its response is to go into oil production overdrive. In other words, your scalp and hair are addicted to the chemical shampoo.
In order to lessen the severity of the transition, try using the slow withdrawal method. Begin using less chemical shampoo each time you wash your hair. Then try skipping a day or an extra day in your hair washing routine. Once you've adjusted to that, try using the shampoo bar every other time you shampoo. Gradually increase the usage until you've completely eliminated the chemical shampoo.
You may notice your hair feeling dry and straw-like on the ends. You may experience a thick, waxy feeling especially on the back of your head. These are very unpleasant side-effects of the withdrawal, but they are only temporary. Your hair and scalp will naturally make adjustments every day, and you will return to more normal looking hair soon! Don't give up! For those with longer hair, braids are terrific during this stage. Full adjustment may take 2-8 weeks.
The shampoo bar will work infinitely better with soft water than with hard water. If you have hard water, you may want to explore some other alternatives - especially if your hair is long. As for chemically colored hair, we recommend you experiment late in your color cycle so as not to damage a fresh color job.
If you're ready to rid yourself of one more chemical contact and live a purer, more natural existence, please try a bar of our Blue Shampoo today.
By The Soap Lady at StouderHouse2 comments
Most mass market soaps aren't actually soap - especially the liquid varieties. They are engineered petroleum-based foaming agents full of chemicals. A few of the mass market bars are actually soap, but they are made lye-heavy in order to extend the shelf life of the product. Good for them - not so good for you. The extra alkali makes them harsh and drying. How? That left over alkali will find every last bit of natural oil in your skin and saponify it (turn it into soap), leaving you dry and "squeaky clean". Many people have trouble with dry skin, so some manufacturers are selling gentle "bars" (not labeled as soap), claiming that a low pH level makes their bar gentle on the skin. But the pH level of a "bar" is not nearly as important as what the bar actually contains, because whatever is in the bar (or the liquid soap) will be absorbed by your largest organ - your skin. Ingredients in many mass market cleansers include Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Isopropyl Alcohol, DEA (diethanolomine), FD&C Colors, Propylene Glycol (antifreeze), and Triclosan (antibacterial agent). These ingredients can cause skin irritation and/or dryness and/or are suspected or known human health hazards. Natural soap contains no chemical additives. In fact, StouderHouse soaps are made with food grade lye and food grade fats and oils. Additionally, many mass "soap" manufacturers leach all the glycerin out of their bars; then they sell the glycerin (a natural lubricant & humectant) to other businesses that use it to make lotion to sell you because your skin dries out from the mass market soap. StouderHouse soaps remain in their natural state with all their natural benefits. Using our soaps, you may soon find you no longer need to lather yourself with lotion after bathing, therefore eliminating even more chemicals.
StouderHouse soaps are made from our own carefully crafted recipes to be natural, gentle, cleansing, refreshing, and moisturizing. You may use them to wash your body, your hands, and your face. And our specially designed shapes prevent premature breakage of the soap bar. A StouderHouse bar of soap will stay in one piece until near the very end of its use. Simply wet the last of the bar, wet a new bar, and stick them together - there's no waste!