I love all-natural products. I especially love shampoo bars! My husband and I usually make our own, but on the rare occasion that I don’t have a shampoo bar in the house ready to use, I will buy one from the store. Usually I buy J.R. Liggett’s or, if I want a natural liquid shampoo, I will use Plaine Products. Both are AMAZING products, and I highly recommend them, but J.R. Liggett’s can be hard to find, and Plaine Products I need to order from online. But yesterday I needed a shampoo bar right away and didn’t have time to go from store to store to try to find J.R. Liggett’s. To my surprise though I was able to find a new shampoo bar at my local Ulta Beauty store that looked promising!
This new shampoo bar is by SheaMoisture which is a brand that you can find at many locations including Walmart, Target, and Ulta Beauty. For the most part I like their products. Although it’s not a brand I use very often, there are things that I like about the SheaMoisture company. For one is this promise:
Another thing I like is their Ethical Standards:
“We are natural, organic, sustainably-produced goodness. Made with love for you and your body. Pioneering fair trade through Community Commerce at home and abroad. We strive to be sulfate free, paraben free and more, whenever possible. Tested on our family for four generations. Never on animals.”
SheaMoisture is also a Certified B Corporation which means that they “meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.” (https://www.bcorporation.net/what-are-b-corps). They are also certified Cruelty Free, Ethically Traded Sustainably Produced, Family Owned & Operated, and Certified Organic Natural & Fair Traded Ingredients. All of which are wonderful certifications and things I look for when buying an all-natural product.
Before I get to my review though, I want to talk about the ingredients in SheaMoisture’s new 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Rhassoul Clay Shampoo Bar as this played a big part in my deciding to buy it.
First, the ingredient list is pretty short which is always a good thing:
Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Water, Glycerin (Vegetable), Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Sodium Gluconate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*♥, Xanthan Gum, Palm Acid, Bentonite, Moroccan Lava Clay, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Sodium Chloride, Titanium Dioxide, Palm Kernel Acid, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Powder, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Acacia Senegal Gum *Certified Organic Ingredient. ♥Fair Trade Ingredient
From this ingredient list, I look for words I can recognize and pronounce. This quickly helps me to determine how natural the product is. If a product’s ingredient list contains a lot of chemicals and no natural ingredients I know to stay away. The more ingredients I can immediately identify right away, the better. From the list above I recognize the following ingredients that I know are pure and natural:
- Glycerin (Vegetable)
- Shea Butter (scientific name is Butyrospermum Parkii)
- Moroccan Lava Clay (this is another name for Rhassoul Clay)
- Coconut Oil (scientific name is Cocos Nucifera)
- Sweet Almond Oil (scientific name is Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis)
- Rosemary Leaf Extract (scientific name is Rosmarinus Officinalis)
That’s a pretty good list there. The ingredients that I don’t recognize, I refer to EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic’s Database. Every product on EWG is rated on a numerical scale 1 and higher. A rating of a 1 or 2 is the best rating you can get. The higher the rating gets, the less safe the product or ingredient is. As this is a new product, it’s not in their database yet, so the best thing to do is research the ingredients individually. Yes, this can take time, but it also helps you to make the best informed decision you can make.
Ingredients are listed by how much is in a product. So, although I look at all the ingredients I make sure to look at the first five in particular. So let’s break down the first five ingredients:
Sodium Palmate: It is rated a 1 on the EWG Database which is great! Sodium Palmate is a sodium salt of fatty acids derived from the oil palm, Elaeis guineensis. So, it’s a natural ingredient.
Sodium Palm Kernelate: This is also rated a 1 on the EWG database. Sodium Palm Kernelate is a sodium salt of the acids derived from palm kernel oil. Again, another naturally occurring product.
Water is the third ingredient which is natural and rated a 1 on the EWG database.
Glycerin (Vegetable): This ingredient is also rated a 1 on the EWG database. Vegetable Glycerin (also called glycerol) is a naturally occurring alcohol compound and a component of many lipids.
So far the first four ingredients are excellent and all-natural. The fifth ingredient though I’m a little iffy on, but that’s because of two things which I will explain below.
Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend): I get iffy when I read “fragrance” because usually that means it’s made up of chemically made compounds to make a product smell good. In this case though I’m a little thrown off because it says that the fragrance is an “essential oil blend”. Essential Oils are natural, as long as they aren’t fragrance oils. Because the essential oils themselves are not named, I am not really sure about this ingredient. [Edit 03.19.18 – SheaMoisture wrote to me and said: “Our Essential Oil blend is proprietary, but we can assure you it is made with natural and organic oils.” Based on that, I feel safe in saying that the Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend) is safe and good for you.]
Although the fragrance (essential oil blend) is an iffy ingredient to me, the first four ingredients all are natural and rate a 1 on the EWG database, so I know that overall I am making a good decision using this product.
The other ingredients in this product rate a 1 on the EWG database which is AMAZING!!!! The only ingredient that doesn’t is the fourteenth ingredient which is Titanium Dioxide. That rates a 3, which is fair. Seeing as it’s an ingredient that is pretty far down on the list, I’m not too concerned with it’s appearance in this product.
Overall, based on my research, I would rate SheaMoisture’s 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Rhassoul Clay Shampoo Bar a 1 or 2 which means that it is a super high quality product that is healthy for you!
Now, after saying all this, what did I think of the actual shampoo bar itself? I LOVED it! It felt so nice on my hair, produced a great lather, and you can feel the silkiness of the clay in it! It left my hair feeling super moisturized and manageable, which I love.
SheaMoisture says after shampooing to follow with their Daily Hydration Conditioner, but I never use conditioner, and didn’t find any need to use any after using this shampoo bar as it left my hair soft and manageable all on it’s own.
SheaMoisture’s 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Rhassoul Clay Shampoo Bar product description says,
“A completely new experience for hair! This mineral-rich shampoo bar absorbs excess oils and lifts away impurities while providing a gentle cleansing, rich lather. Unique curved edges make direct application to root and scalp easy. Nourishing Coconut Oil blends with Rhassoul Clay in this special formulation that rehydrates and enhances natural shine and softness. Leaves hair wrapped in a light, coastal coconut breeze. Format is ideal for travel.”
This shampoo bar definitely lives up to it’s description. I highly recommend SheaMoisture’s new 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Rhassoul Clay Shampoo Bar, and I especially love that it can easily be found at Ulta Beauty!
SheaMoisture also offers two other shampoo bars:
- Jamaican Black Castor Oil Bentonite Clay Shampoo Bar – Strengthen & Restore
- Coconut & Hibiscus Rhassoul Clay Shampoo Bar – Curl Enhancing
I haven’t tried either of these products yet, but based on a quick look at their ingredients, they look like they are just as good as the 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Rhassoul Clay Shampoo Bar and just as natural. They would probably rate about a 1 or 2 on the EWG database as well.
Oh, and did I forget to mention? This product is also super affordable at only $9.99 at Ulta Beauty! Considering that a shampoo bar lasts a lot longer than liquid shampoo, I say that’s a very good deal!
This is my own personal review and I have not received any compensation for it.
Product: SheaMoisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Rhassoul Clay Shampoo Bar
Store: Ulta Beauty or Ulta.com
Safety Rating: 1-2
Would I Recommend This Product: Yes!!! Highly!!!
Brand’s Website: https://www.sheamoisture.com