Our conditioning shampoo bars are plant-based and here’s a list of the all-natural products we use in our bars – and why!
New Zealand Botanical Extracts
Harakeke (New Zealand Flaxseed) Oil
High in natural antioxidants and essential fatty acids, Flaxseed Oil helps minimise inflammation, redness, and skin and scalp irritation, softens hair, and moisturises both scalp and skin.
Horopito is one of the world’s oldest flowering plants. Found in New Zealand’s back country, it works as a fantastic antioxidant and conditioning agent and has shown to be effective against external aggressors such as UV damage and pollution.
Kawakawa Leaf Extract
Sourced from the leaves of the native New Zealand pepper tree, Kawakawa is refreshing, cleansing and mildly stimulating for the hair and scalp. Kawakawa also has antioxidant properties, protecting the hair from external aggressors such as pollution and UV damage.
Native to New Zealand, Kumerahou is quite simply a natural soap. Rubbing the leaves and flowers of the Kumerahou shrub together creates a natural lather that gently and effectively cleanses without damaging the skin and scalp moisture barrier. Its high Saponin content provides strong antimicrobial action, and also soothes and locks in moisture. Colloquially known as ‘Gumdiggers’ Soap’, Kumerahou’s produces soapy lather when mixed with water.
Other nourishing and beneficial ingredients
Argan is the ultimate hair oil. Rich in essential fatty acids, it acts as a scalp moisturiser to fight dandruff and dryness. It also promotes the growth of healthy, strong hair, helps protect the hair from damage done through chemical treatments and dyes, and can be used to treat split ends.
Argan is also excellent for taming frizz and promoting shine, leaving hair softer and more manageable hair.
Betaine, also called Trimethylglycine, is a simple, small molecule naturally found in and derived from the Sugar Beet (Beta Vulgaris). It’s often used in hair care products where it has demonstrated both strengthening and conditioning properties.
Brazilian Golden Yellow Clay
Brazilian Golden Yellow Clay has a beautiful rich yellow colour. It is good for scalp detoxing and is particularly beneficial in promoting hair cuticle reconstruction.
Brown (iron) Oxide
Brown Oxide acts as a subtle natural colourant. It absorbs excess sebum from the skin and hair while restoring body, silkiness and shine.
Chia Seed Oil
Chia Seed is little powerhouse; its oil is rich in protein and zinc. These two minerals are great for hair health because they assist in the production of new hair cells that boost hair growth. Chia Seed Oil’s high vitamin content supports healing, repairing, and restoring, leaving hair shiny, soft and smooth.
Derived from the meat of the coconut, its emollient properties support the hair shaft providing softness and shine.
Coconut Oil stimulates hair growth, promotes scalp health, fights against dandruff and even repels lice. It adds lustre, shine and softness to hair and helps prevent breakage and split ends, contributing to length.
Also known as Rhassoul or Moroccan Lava Clay, Ghassoul clay is a unique and luxuriant superfine clay powder that is nutrient dense and rich in minerals, such as Silica, Magnesium, Calcium, etc. It is highly esteemed around the world in exclusive professional spas for its cleansing, nourishing, exfoliating and rejuvenating properties.
Ghassoul comes from the Arabic word “ghassala”, meaning “to wash”. When moistened with water, or floral water, the feel on the skin is smooth and lubricating whilst also exfoliating and drawing.
It feels almost as if soap has been applied, but without foaming – the perfect way to cleanse the face, body, or even hair, without soap or chemical surfactants.
- High mineral content – especially silica which is known to help tone the skin and improve resilience.
- High absorption ratio – superior detoxifying and drawing.
- Excellent Ion Exchange Ratio – to further facilitate cleansing and deodorizing action.
- Gentle and softening to the skin, including sensitive.
- Highly efficient at absorbing excess oils from the skin and scalp
Vegetable-derived Glycerine is a natural humectant that draws and keeps moisture in the skin and hair.
Green Clay (Bentonite)
Vegetable-derived Green Clay is a natural humectant that promotes moisture in the skin and hair. Its absorbent properties help draw out impurities and toxins from the skin, toning and firming while stimulating circulation, tightening pores, and exfoliating dead skin, to reveal a smoother, fresher complexion.
Guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride
Cationic Guar Gum is naturally derived from the seeds of the Guar plant (Cyampopis Tetragonolobus) and has both thickening and conditioning effects.
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
We use a solvent-free process to make vegetable oil more solid and buttery and therefore more effective in conditioning the hair.
Pure Kiwifruit Powder – Contains 488 units per gram of the enzyme Actinidin. Kiwifruit soluble protein is mostly accounted for by the proteolytic enzyme Actinidin. Actiniden assists in preventing dandruff and flaky scalp, particularly with people with oily hair. Kiwifruit is also full of zinc and antioxidants, which is a prominent mineral to keep hair healthy. It helps hair grow and assists in preventing hair loss.
Lemon Myrtle acts as a powerful cleanser, thanks to its astringent and antibacterial properties. Its essential oil helps to cleanse the hair and scalp – no need for the harsh chemicals used in other shampoos that can strip natural oils and cause dry scalp.
The active ingredients in Oatmeal Extract help reduce hair breakage and split ends by smoothing the cuticles. Dry, damaged hair is hydrated, revitalised and left naturally shiny.
Polyglyceryl-4 Laurate Extraction
Lauric Acid Ester, a saturated fatty acid with antibacterial properties, and Polyglycerin-4 are natural, biodegradable ingredients approved by Ecocert.
Red Clay (Kaolin)
Red Clay absorbs excess sebum from the skin and hair and restores body, silkiness and shine to hair.
Shea Butter can help restore moisture to the hair and scalp. It acts as a sealant, keeping moisture in and increasing softness. It also protects the hair from external aggressors like UV, pollution and chlorine.
Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate
Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate is a surfactant derived from Coconut Oil and Vegetal Glycerin. Obtained from either rapeseed or coconut oils, it’s an effective moisturizer for skin and hair.
Sodium Laurel Sulphoacetate
Derived from Coconut Oil and sometimes blended with RSPO sustainable palm derived fatty alcohol, Sodium Laurel Sulphoacetate is a safe, skin-friendly foaming agent for both skin and hair. This mild plant-derived surfactant creates a rich, luxurious lather that effectively removes surface oil, dirt, and bacteria, without stripping or drying out sensitive skin or hair.
Rich in nutrients, vitamins and both fatty and amino acids, Spirulina decreases inflammation, tones the skin and encourages cell turnover to promote a healthy looking complexion.
Sweet Almond Oil
Rich in protein, E and B vitamins, as well as essential minerals and essential fatty acids, Almond Oil helps promote healthy hair growth and scalp nutrition. This rich emollient also boosts moisture and shine to the hair.
Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate
This is a multi-purpose, clear, liquid chelating agent and preservative booster, made from plant material. It is readily biodegradable, with high solubility over a wide pH range.
Willow Bark Extract is beneficial for treating dandruff and oily scalp. Its astringent properties help to exfoliate the scalp, balance the sebum, moisturize the hair, and keep the scalp healthy.
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