To make solid shampoo you need to combine fats (oils), water, and an alkali in a process called saponification.
In previous blog posts we've written about our alkali of choice; Sodium Hydroxide and three of the fats that we use in our men's solid shampoo bars; Organic Olive oil, Organic Coconut oil, and Organic Almond oil.
This week, we're introducing the fourth fat we use in our mint and tree tea men's shampoo: organic jojoba oil.
Organic Jojoba oil - conditioner for your hair and scalp
Our shampoo bars are primarily designed to clean your hair really, really well. We call them shampoo for a reason 😄
But in the spirit of "do more, use less" they are also designed to mildly condition your hair and scalp too.
Jojoba oil is one of the ingredients we add to our shampoo to help with this.
Extracted from the seeds of the jojoba plant, this oil is technically a liquid wax.
Its super power is that it's one of the closest oils to our skin's natural moisturiser sebum. Which means that when applied to skin and hair it helps to keep both moist and hydrated, without making them overly greasy.
It is used in many different cosmetic products like sunscreens and moisturisers.
It's believed to help treat dry skin, so is sometimes used to treat dandruff (our shampoo is not designed to treat dandruff, but several ingredients may help if you're a sufferer).
In our shampoo bar it helps reduce the drying effect some people experience when using solid shampoos for the first time (if you've tried a solid shampoo in the past and found your hair feels dry afterwards, try using a bit less shampoo in the first place - solid shampoos go a long way compared with liquid shampoos...).
Its wax like properties also help reduce the need for using styling products post shampooing - especially if you blow dry your hair post wash.
Do more, use less.
That's Tidy 🙌