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As parents, you want the best for your child, right?

Have you ever stopped to look at the artificial ingredients and harmful chemicals you’re lathering onto your child’s skin in the name of ‘good hygiene’? Commercial soaps not only include artificial colourants and fragrances (known to aggravate skin conditions, hormones and allergies), but also artificial preservatives – parabens. Possibly not the best cleansing solution for your baby’s sensitive skin?

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In comparison, Natural soaps are made from well, natural ingredients – oils that come from plants like olive oil, jojoba oil and coconut oil. Healthy oils and fats that are not only essential for cleaning one’s skin, but also returning the moisture needed after a day’s ‘wear’.  Your skin is literally your first layer of defense against all the germs out there – shouldn’t skin care be a priority?

 

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Did you know that not all essential oils are recommended for babies and toddlers? Yip, even the much loved Lavender has precautions… that’s why we created the SELAH Baby Range of Unscented, natural soaps – perfect for your little one’s skin, while also great for sensitive skin types (or let’s be honest: everyone in general!).

(Why) Natural Ingredients

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We often get asked if our soaps and scrubs contain artificial ingredients – definitely not! We only use plant-based natural oils, making all of our products vegan-friendly and much healthier for your skin!

Our scented products contain essential oils (no unnatural fragrances are used in SELAH products) which give a lovely aroma, as well as embraces all the benefits of essential oils. Of course, for those concerned about potential effects from the essential oils, we also offer our Unscented range, perfect for both sensitive skins and babies. Its always a good idea to know both the benefits and potential effects before using essential oils. Some of our favourite oils include these –

  • Lemongrass: headaches, anxiety, acne, indigestion, muscle aches
  • Rose: reduce scarring & aging (skin), migraines, depression, menstrual cramps
  • Cinnamon: stimulates circulation, reduces stress, natural remedy against colds
  • Clove: acne, improves circulation, reduces aging
  • Geranium: depression & anxiety, acne, insomnia
  • Orange: depression, constipation, colds, anxiety, stress, acne
  • Cedar: acne, dandruff, insomnia, eczema, coughs

 

By no means do we ever advocate using essential oils above seeking medical assistance for illness – especially for your children – but we are always amazed at how nature offers simple solutions for our common ailments.

 

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As mentioned, our soaps are made from natural plant-based oils and no amount of scientific evidence or jargon will communicate the benefits like feeling the difference – its that obvious! Once you have experience Natural soap, you will find it difficult to return to commercial soaps containing artificial ingredients (no matter how much moisturizing cream they try tell you each bar contains).  Your skin will honestly thank you for it.

In a world where so much of what we consume is processed and contains artificial everything; shouldn’t we begin by taking better care of our skins (and the skins of our children!) by returning to more natural products?

Shampoo Bars – a How To…

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We have had a stream of inquiries regarding our shampoo bars, with the most common question being, “how do I use it?”

 

Well, I hope this helps…

Because we don’t test any of our products on animals, I stepped up as the proverbial guinea pig (and not so subtly insisted Garth do the same).  I have long hair and its really thick, but mostly ‘normal’ in terms of greasy/dry terms. My first approach was to follow the Pinterest Suggestion of working up a lather in my hands and then applying to my hair.  That worked fine for Garth’s short hair, but having well, just a bit more to deal with wasn’t as effective. So I did the next logical thing and rubbed the bar directly onto my hair. It worked. And this method is really effective for shorter hair styles. To make your bar last longer, make sure you store it where it can dry out again (no leaving it in the soap bowl where it will get all soggy and ‘melt’).

My preferred method, however, has inspired our soon to be launched Shampoo Jars; 200ml of shampoo bar shavings in a glass jar (because we care about the environment and say hell no to plastic). I took 2 teaspoon fulls and put it in a container with boiling water and allowed it to melt… then, when it was cool enough, I simply poured it over my hair and voila: lather! It was amazing. Seriously. Super easy.

Now here is the part where you need to pay attention: making the change from commercial shampoo to natural oil-based shampoo bars (or jars) is not a quick and easy step.  It takes a Transition Period. But don’t let that put you off – its worth it.  If you’re determined and haven’t been put off… this is what you need to know – commercial shampoos contain a lot of acids and chemicals which impact your hair’s natural PH levels. By changing across to Natural Shampoo Bars (which are made from natural plant-based oils), your hair, which has spent its lifetime over producing oil to compensate for icky acid chemicals, suddenly has its own oil overload as well as the natural oils.  Can you see where I am going here? Yip. Hello a little greasiness. I will not lie: I cried the first time I washed my hair with our shampoo bar. And then spent half an hour trying to rinse it over the bath. Without too much success.

But then I did a bit more research (hair tied back in a bun!) and chatted to a friend who was also trying to ‘transition’.  Apparently it can take a few weeks.  But there is hope beyond the slicked back bun! Instead of reaching for a commercial conditioner, mix 1/8 cup of apple cider vinegar with distilled water (preferably a little warmer than the shower but not so hot you’re going to scald your scalp), rinse your hair with this mixture and comb through with a wide tooth comb. Its amazing at how effective it is! Don’t be too surprised at how ‘squeaky clean’ your hair feels… Then, to combat the greasiness (during Traumatic Transition): baking soda (bicarb) for blondes and cocoa/cinnamon for brunettes. Brush the powder through your hair and you are good to go… and if you’re dark haired like me, smelling great!

Oh, and Garth’s experience? Wash and go. Looking great.

 

You can purchase our natural shampoo bars and (coming soon) jars via our website. Or come find us at a market soon…

 

PS. After 3 washes (1 1/2 weeks), my hair has already transitioned really well.