I came accross this lovely find from a vendor (Laquita of Bobeam) at National Natural Hair Meetup Day last month. It’s the Cocoa & Rhassoul Clay Shampoo Bar and I got it for $5 (it’s $7 on her Esty site) and I am loving it! You already know I love shampoo bars so I had to add this to my collection (still love my Henna Sooq bars!). Since I’ve been doing ayurvedic treatments each week, I haven’t had to wash with shampoo (the treatments cleanse my scalp and hair) but when I skip a week of treatments, I wash mostly with shampoo bars.
At the meetup (and on the Esty site), Bobeam had a huge variety of bars to choose from! I wish I had more wash days to be able to try them all lol Again, this was another instance where I stood at the table gazing for over 5 mins trying to decide which one to buy. It’s like a life or death decision lol….but really….it’s just a shampoo bar….. lol
These mouth-watering ‘scented’ chocolate ( they are made with actual chocolate!) and Rhassoul clay bars are great treats for you hair and body. They will give your hair a fresh, clean start removing build-up and toxins while tantalizing your senses with the aroma of rich, deep chocolate.
This shampoo bar is literally like a giant chocolate bar….that you can’t eat unfortunately :o( but It smells sooooo yummy and has REAL cocoa in it! Who knew that cocoa powder was actually GOOD for your hair! This bar also contains rhassoul clay and cocoa butter. I have a serious love for bentonite clay and Bobeam had quite a few bars that contained bentonite but I had never tried rhassoul clay so I figured I’d give it a try! I hear that rhassoul clay treatments are phenomenal.
Essential Oils/Additives – Cocoa butter, cocoa powder, rhassoul clay, chocolate. Shampoo Bar Ingredients – Saponified vegetable oils mainly coconut oil, glycerine (kosher of vegetable origin), purified water, sorbitol (berries, moisturizer), sorbitan oleate (emulsifier), soybean protein (conditioner), titanium dioxide (mineral whitener), natural fragrance
I really love when the brand owners break down their ingredients and share what each one does. I appreciate integrity :o) Check out the goodness of the ingredients in this chocolate delight (as it appears on the Bobeam Esty site).
Ingredient and their benefits
Cocoa Butter – Processed from cocoa beans – high in Vitamin E, softens and hydrates.
Cocoa Powder – Processed from cocoa beans. Contains minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium. Antioxidant and humectant – retains moisture.
- Rhassoul Clay – Contains a high percentage of silica, magnesium, potassium and calcium. It reduce dryness and flakiness, removes surface oil and dead skin, and is a great deep conditioner.
This bar lathers up somethin’ serious! It’s amazing how people think that sulfates are the only way to create a lather, there are so many ALL natural products that lather naturally! So when I washed, I sectioned my hair into quadrants and made sure I did a good scalp scrubbing. I washed twice since I had just done a Greenhouse Effect treatment with a lot of castor oil and wanted to make sure I got rid of any excessive oil on my strands and this shampoo doesn’t strip my hair. I made sure I rinsed really well. The water ran a little brown, even while I rinsed out the conditioner.
One thing though about shampoo bars, I get this waxy, residue-ey feeling over my hair (that squeaky feeling) but it is because shampoo bars have an interaction with hard water (read this). *Side bar* Some bars give you that feeling as well if they contain ayurvedic ingredients. That feeling is due to your hair cuticle being open. The Bobeam site does have a “disclaimer” section that addresses this and suggests rinsing your hair with Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). So I got my trusty spray bottle, filled it with some diluted ACV and I was good to go! If you are wondering about this shampoo bar vs. hard water love/hate relationship, check out this link and this link. it gets kinda scientific…
The hard water/residue thing is definitely NOT a reason for me to not LOVE shampoo bars! (they double as body bars too) My hair was so soft and moisturized after washing. A lot easier to detangle. Here’s the crazy thing, it made my conditioner work SO much better. I had used the conditioner many times before but there was something different after I used this shampoo bar. It was as if my hair received the conditioner better. It’s like it enhanced the “powers” of the conditioner lol. After the wash, I did my usual twist-out for the week and my hair felt like butter aaaall week. Extremely light, fluffy and soft. I even had several big chop “moments” where I found myself twirling and playing in my hair subconsciously…
I liiiiike :o)