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For the last few months, I have been testing out the two shampoo bars that I purchased from Chagrin Valley. I have not had too much experience with Shampoo bars and previously I had only used the babassu bars from Anita Grant. I have been a fan of liquid cleaners as they are more likely to lather (which by the way, assuming they don’t contain sulphates, assist in removing grease and dirt from the hair, but they are not absolutely necessary for cleansing). Plus the fact, I am not a fan of soap melting away in the bathroom, but I decided to give them a try. I purchased the Babassu Marsh Mallow and the Butter Bar Conditioner Shampoo Bars. I got about 7oz. in each bar for about US$8.
Good value! I cut off pieces of the bar as I needed it.
Babassu Marsh Mallow Shampoo Bar – The main ingredients are Babassu oil, which is great for thick hair and helps with restoring strength and elasticity, and marsh mallow root, which a well-known botanical used for its detangling, softening and hydrating properties. This bar had a citrusy, herbal scent that dissipated when rinsed. I parted my hair into quarters and I was able to get a pretty decent lather from the bar. It did not strip my hair of its moisture but neither was it super moisturizing. My scalp looked/felt clean and it did not itch while I was washing it. I also did not notice any significant ease in detangling. This was a generally a good bar, not amazing, but I would repurchase.
Butter Bar Conditioner Shampoo Bar – This one contains cocoa butter, shea butter and mango butter. These butters are known to moisturize, hydrate and soften. Again it had that mild, citrusy scent, and lathered well. This had amazing moisture though! My hair did not feel stripped at all and I could actually semi detangle my hair. My hair was soft, manageable and my scalp felt clean! It’s like a mild conditioner in bar form. As you can tell, I loved this one and I definitely recommend it for ladies with curly hair. I also bought a sample/trial of the detangling hair tea and made it according to the instructions. This did not work out well. It never created the mucilage that I was expecting. Maybe I did something wrong? If anyone has used this, let me know how you prepared it. I need to go back to the drawing board with that one. So you can get Chagrin products online at their website. There are many other products on their site, some of which are vegan. And you can get sample sizes too!
Overall Grade: Babassu Marsh Mallow: B+
A good bar, but those with very dry hair types may need more moisture than it provides.
Overall Grade: Butter Bar Conditioner: A
A wonderfully moisturizing bar that I would highly recommend!
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