Many years back I had a go at shampoo bars but I really didn’t get on with them. Those that I tried left my hair with residue and my hair was really difficult to manage and detangle afterwards. So when I saw Bain & Savon Shampoo Bar at the vegan festival in Manchester, I had doubts. But I really wanted to give it another try. Maybe there are shampoo bars out there which my hair will love? And besides, who doesn’t want to reduce their plastic waste? Not only that, but shampoo bars are also great for travelling abroad since they don’t come under your liquid allowance.
So I made a decision and bought myself a Bain & Savon Shampoo bar, suitable for blonde hair. The thought that this shampoo bar may leave my hair slightly highlighted was really attractive to me.
Later I’ve learnt that Bain & Savon do all kind of shampoo bars, including the ones for dry hair and the ones for the irritated scalp (dandruff).
About Bain & Savon
Before I saw the brand featured on one of the stalls at the vegan festival, I’ve never heard of them before. After checking them online, I learnt that they are a small family business based in Cumbria, UK and all their soaps and other products they make are handmade, cruelty-free and palm oil free.
Bain & Savon believe that the products they make should be good for us and for the environment. That’s the reason why their products are packaged in fully recyclable packaging and they use no plastic bottles or wrapping whatsoever. The only wrapping they use is made from cellulose film that has been accredited biodegradable & compostable.
Apart from natural shampoos bars, Bain & Savon also make other natural beauty products such as balms, bath bombs and balls, natural deodorant and even make-up. They also have a selection of products for men. For everything they have on offer, check out their website.
Bain & Savon Shampoo Bar Review
Before I went ahead and tried Bain & Savon Shampoo Bar I was really worried that it would leave my hair feeling horrible and that I won’t get on with it. But actually, I was pleasantly surprised.
My first impressions
For the first time I used it, I thought it was amazing. After rubbing it onto my hair, it started to lather really well and as I was working it into my hair, I felt my hair getting softer and instead of becoming full of knots, my hair started to feel much more manageable and it felt as if I didn’t even need to use a conditioner afterwards (I still used it though, mostly on my ends).
The final results were great. I was so happy! My hair felt really clean and shiny and I felt no residue at all on my scalp. I felt like I discovered the best shampoo bar ever! But, would it make my hair greasy any sooner? My hair gets greasy very quickly so any natural shampoo that would leave it fresher for longer is a winner for me.
Luckily, this shampoo bar didn’t make my hair greasy any sooner. In terms of that, it’s actually comparable to liquid natural shampoos I normally use so this is a huge plus.
After 3 weeks
I’ve been now using Bain & Savon Shampoo Bar for about 3-4 weeks and overall, it’s really good, I am quite happy with everything, the only downside to mention is that when I comb my hair, there is some kind of residue left on my comb so I have to clean my comb more often now that I use this shampoo bar. It could be that I used too much of a product on my hair and it didn’t rinse well (although it doesn’t look like it or feel like it), but I am not sure.
Bain & Savon recommend on their website to use an apple cider vinegar hair rinse after wash which is something I haven’t tried yet so maybe after I give this a try, the problem with residue on my comb will disappear.
EDIT April 2019: I have now tried the apple cider vinegar rinse and wow, what a big difference this makes! My hair feels totally transformed, softer and even more manageable, it’s amazing! When I use this hair rinse, I don’t get any residue on my comb and there is also no residue on my hair whatsoever. You really have to try this, it’s a game-changer (I recommend you buy organic apple cider vinegar). Initially, your hair may smell a little bit of apple cider vinegar but the smell won’t linger on your hair for long. To do this rinse, put a few tablespoons of vinegar in 1 litre of warm water and then slowly pour it over your hair. Leave for about a minute (or less) and then quickly rinse with water.
If you do try Bain & Savon shampoo bars you have to remember that everyone’s hair is different and will respond differently to natural products. In some cases, it may take a few weeks for your hair to adjust so before you decide you don’t like it, you need to give it a proper try!
In terms of any other negatives of this product, I think I would prefer if the shape of the soap would be a rectangle not a square. I think a different shape (flatter) would make it much easier to use.
Bain & Savon Chamomille Shampoo Bar contains really simple ingredients which are as follows:
- Organic Sodium Cocoate (Coconut Oil)
- Sodium Castorate (Cold Pressed Castor Oil)
- Sodium Sunflowerate (Sunflower Oil)
- Sodium Jojobaerate (Jojoba oil)
- Organic Sodium Cocoate (Cocoa seed butter)
- Glycerine (Naturally occurring in the soap making process)
- Chamaemelum nobile (chamomile flowers)
- Citrus paradisi (grapefruit) essential oil
I don’t think this shampoo bar does much to highlight my dark blonde hair but it does make my hair shiny and soft.
Bain & Savon Shampoo Bar – The final verdict
I would give this natural shampoo bar 4 out of 5 stars. I actually really like it, it cleanses my hair really well, doesn’t make it greasy any sooner, it leaves it shiny and looking healthy. And let’s not forget, this shampoo bar doesn’t contain palm oil, it’s cruelty-free and eco-friendly. It’s actually the best natural shampoo bar that I’ve tried so far so I highly recommend it.
Just remember to use an apple cider vinegar hair rinse after wash and you probably then won’t have any issues with residue on your comb/brush.
You can buy Bain & Savon shampoo bars and conditioners directly from the brand’s website.
Have you tried any natural shampoo bars so far and what did you think? Will you give Bain & Savon a go?
Petra Nakashian (previously Kravos) is a dedicated blogger who has been writing about natural health and beauty since 2014. Her journey began with a focus on living healthily and naturally, leading her to explore the world of natural beauty products. Influenced by the loss of her parents to cancer, she has meticulously researched the ingredients in beauty products. Her in-depth research and 10 years of hands-on experience have established her as a trusted expert in the field. She shares evidence-based insights to help readers make informed choices. Petra is the founder of Be Healthy Now and Green Beauty Talk, making her a go-to expert in natural beauty. Committed to transparency and honesty, Petra's work is a reliable resource for anyone navigating the complex world of natural beauty.