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Frequently Asked Questions

An Introduction To Our Shampoo Bars

Our bars are SLS-Free

And also.. 

Palm Oil-Free, Gluten-Free (shampoo bars only, continue reading to find out why our conditioner bars contain some gluten)

Preservative-Free

Paraben-Free

All of our bars are handmade in Ohio, U.S.A.

They're also shipped from Ohio. 

Our bars are Zero Waste, Cruelty Free, Earth Friendly, Vegan, and made from responsibly sourced ingredients.

The labels are sugarcane and the wrap is made of plant fibers. 

All the packaging is 100% compostable and biodegradable :)

The Size Of The Bars

We have 2 sizes of shampoo bars- 2.4oz and 3oz. 

Our 2.4oz sizes last approx 50-75 washes. The 3oz ones last approx 75-90 washes - dependent on how long your hair is though of course.

The bars generally replace 2 medium sized bottles of shampoo. 

Ohio, U.S.A

Hair Specific Questions

Our bars work great on all hair types. However, some bars will work even better with certain hair-types.

Yes, they do not strip the color from hair. I personally color my hair and I think it prolongs it.

They are super moisturizing due to the Cocoa Butter and Coconut Oil - both of which moisturize the hair and scalp. These two ingredients also help protect to colored/treated hair from losing the color too fast. They coat each strand of hair, and prevent water from entering each individual shaft and drawing out the color molecules. Water itself is detrimental for color-treated hair because it easily enters into the hair shaft, swells it up, and then comes back out, carrying the hair dye molecules with it. 

During the washing process with the shampoo bar, the coconut oil and cocoa butter stop most of the water from entering, therefore keeping the dye molecule intact.

The bigger bars are better for helping with frizz because they have more moisturizing properties in them. 

They contain Abyssinian oil which comes from the seed of a tiny white flower and is loaded with beneficial properties for healthy hair. It has Omega 4 and 6 fatty acids, as well as Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and E.

The Mango Breeze seems to work really well for dried out or damaged hair. Definitely match it with the conditioner bar too!

The peppermint bar is best for scalp issues. Peppermint oil is really good for hair and scalp, like a natural medication.

 

We’ve even had one person say it works even better than their expensive medicated prescription shampoo!

Yes!  Any of the bars would work well but we’d recommend the Mango Breeze ones - we’ve had lots of comments from people with curly hair who love this one in particular.

Yes! Peppermint.

Both oily hair and dry hair are symptoms of scalp issues. And really, when hair is oily, it’s because the scalp is over compensating for dryness. Peppermint heals the scalp so it should work for both dry & oily hair.

In the future we hope to provide a 100% recycled cardboard mailing box, but we haven’t got the weight right just yet.

Club Lemon or Vanilla Coconut

Pink Hibiscus! We use a blend of essential oils in these bars (to make up the dreamy scent), and as this hair type is thin, the combination of those oils would be the most beneficial as they wouldn’t weigh the hair down.

Yes! You could shave off a little bit of the conditioner bar and mix it with water in a spray bottle for a leave in conditioner, so you could give that a try. If you have the bottle at home already, you won't need to buy any more plastic bottles :)

How To Use The Bars

Just lather in the bath or shower & give your hair a good wash 

The biggest mistake people make with the conditioner bars is not using enough. We recommend using them all over the hair, even on the roots. Some people are hesitant to do this because they have an oily scalp. Using the bars helps heal the scalp and prevents it from over producing oils after time. 

These bars rinse very clean and it is impossible to over condition with them. Try running your fingers through your hair in the shower - and if there are still tangles or knots, you haven’t used enough. There should be very minimal effort to comb their wet hair after they get out of the shower.

Yes!

The shampoo bars have added lemon juice and lemon oil in every bar because it eliminates the build-up in hair that is caused by natural deposits found in hard water.

This is also why you don’t need an ACV rinse too, it replaces that extra step! And, this is also why most people don’t have an adjustment period when transitioning to our shampoo bars. 

Ingredients and Chemicals

Absolutely. 

- Sodium coco sulfate

- Lemon juice

- Powdered lemon peel

- Cocoa butter

- Coconut oil

- Red Raspberry Seed Oil

- Pro Vitamin-B Complex

- Essential Oils

- Apricot Seed Oil

- Hemp Seed Oil

* May contain traces of nuts or oxides for coloring 

Conditioner Bar Ingredients

- Rapeseed Oil

- Cocoa Butter

- Coconut Oil

- Glycerin

- Olive Oil

- Jojoba Oil

- Wheat Germ Oil

- Vitamin E

- Essential Oils (orange, mango, pineapple, vanilla, coconut)

- May contain traces of nuts & oxides for coloring

A lot of customers ask this because many soaps are pH balanced to counteract acids. 

Our shampoo bars are not made in a way that needs this (where you start off with an acid, like sodium hydroxide, and then balance it with a base so it doesn’t harm your skin). We do not start off with an acid. (We use sodium coco sulphates instead which are all-natural and come from coconuts - more on this in the next question)

The pH of the bars is almost perfect and is around 7.0.

If you’re looking for a lower pH, the Club Lemon bars are the lowest because of the Lemon and Orange essential oils.

Our shampoo & conditioner bars are 100% SLS-free.

They do contain Sodium Coco Sulfate which is a mild cleanser that comes from coconuts and is what makes the bars lather.

Sulfates got a bad reputation for being unsafe, however Sodium Coco Sulfate is safe. It's made from the fatty acid of coconuts, not petroleum like SLS's. People often confuse the two because the process to produce both sulfates is the same. SCS has been deemed a safe ingredient by many environmental, cosmetic, and health watchdog groups. The molecules in SCS are large and cannot penetrate through the skin barrier, while SLS molecules are small and can get into your bloodstream. Once the lather is rinsed from your hair, the SCS goes right down the drain. 

Shampoo bars without sodium coco sulfates are mostly just regular soap labeled as shampoo, or a block of oil without the cleanser. If you look up reviews for these type of bars, you will see that most of them are unfavorable. People complain about their hair being “gummy” or having a “build up” that causes dullness and saying their hair is “lifeless”.  These types of bars need an apple cider vinegar rinse frequently or else the oils from the bars with stay in their hair and on their scalp. This is very unhealthy. Too much oil can cause damage to the hair follicles and cause hair loss in some people. Using an apple cider rinse frequently is also not good because it causes overall damage to hair and is very drying on the scalp. This can  then cause the scalp to over produce oils, leading to further issues.  

After researching this for many years, we have determined that SCS is the best for human health, clean and naturally shiny hair.

The shampoo bars are gluten-free.

The conditioner bars are not gluten-free because they contain wheat germ oil. We use wheat germ oil for many reasons: it is loaded with vitamins and healthy fats to help the hair grow, it prevents hair loss, strengthens hair follicles, and also helps to preserve the scents of the bars.

All our shampoo & conditioner bars are natural. We use clay which comes from the earth & gives the shampoo bars their wonderful vibrant color. Here’s what we use to color everything...

The Club Lemon bars are colored with yellow clay. 

The Orange Crush bars are colored with Apricot Seed Powder.

The Eucalyptus Fairy is colored with Indigo Powder which is made from a flower called Baphicacanthus Cusia Bremek.

The Mango Breeze bars are colored with yellow clay mixed with apricot seed powder. 

Vanilla Coconut is colored with red clay.

Pink Hibiscus is colored with cranberry powder mixed with apricot seed powder to make the pink.

The Peppermint Shine & Unscented bars contain no coloring.

Allergy Specific Questions

Even though the bars do not contain nuts as a key ingredients (except coconut), there are crushed walnut and almonds in the kitchen. Therefore, we would not recommend these bars for anyone with a nut allergy because of the cross contamination that may happen within the facilities.

We’ve recently launched a new Unscented option specifically for people with allergies to scents!

For anyone that's not allergic but still wants a milder scent, you can leave the bars out in the opened unwrapped. The scent fades quickly because we don't use preservatives nor chemical fragrances, they get their scents from the essential oil blends.

If your question wasn't answered here, please email us at: hello@humbyorganics.com

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