Castor oil has been used as a natural conditioner and scalp treatment for centuries. Here it has been added to coconut and olive oil, giving these lavender and geranium shampoo bars extra richness and a wonderful ability to moisturise. Meanwhile, the bar’s essential oils of lavender and rose geranium help reduce stress and boost antibacterial performance, making this product a true all-rounder.
Brand Story: These shampoo bars are made in the UK by Friendly Soap - a company with an extraordinary ethos! Their ranges contain no animal products or by-products and have never been tested on animals, which has allowed them to earn a registration with Cruelty free International and The Vegan Society. Their soap is totally biodegradable and free from by-products too, so there’s literally no waste, plus they are free from palm oil, SLS and parabens!
Ingredients: Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Water, Lavender Essential Oil, Rose Geranium Essential Oil
Friendly Lavender & Geranium Shampoo Bar
As these are a more budget friendly shampoo bar to the Soul & Soap range and the ingredients in them are minimal, I wanted to give them a go.
I live in a hard water area which unfortunately can make it much more difficult to rinse the lather out, leaving a waxy feeling on your hair. I found this with these bars which I was a bit gutted about - I couldn't seem to shake the waxy feeling. This doesn't necessarily mean that they won't work for you if you live in a hard water area; some people seem to get on fine with them so they're always worth a try. The feedback I've had from these bars is that soft water areas don't tend to have any issues, so you should be fine if you live in a soft water area.
With some natural shampoo bars, there can be a bit of a transition phase. I have included above a link to the guidance from Friendly of how to deal with these transition phases.
Friendly don't recommend using these bars for colour treated hair as it can cause fading. For shampoo bars that are suitable for coloured hair, please take a look at the Soul & Soap range on the Hair Care page.
My rating: 6/10 - I love the smell of these bars and the ethos of Friendly. The rating is purely down to the hard water issues I had.