Friendly Soap's shampoo bars care for and clean your locks naturally, with no plastic and are guaranteed cruelty-free and vegan. They are available in various fragrances.
Note that this shampoo will not tend to be suitable in hard water areas as it is difficult to rinse properly.
For more info on the transition to natural shampoo and conditioner bars, read our blog on Natural shampoo bars - how to manage the transition.
Friendly Soap put ethics before profits. From start to finish, no stone is left unturned in the quest to produce low-impact soap. Sustainability and ethical integrity are top of the list, bringing you fabulous natural soap that is skin friendly, animal friendly and earth friendly.
Friendly Soap is made using the ancient cold-process method which creates a biodegradable soap with zero by-products. Energy consumption is kept to an absolute minimum - each and every bar is poured and cut by hand and packed in recycled and recyclable card boxes, here in the UK. And every bar is gorgeous!
Guaranteed cruelty-free and vegan, and free from plastic, Parabens, SLS, Pthalates or Triclosan, as well as being boxed in plastic free recycled (and recyclable) packaging. Friendly Soap are also registered with The Vegan Society, Cruelty Free International and have a Best rating with Ethical Consumer.
Lavender and Tea Tree
This nourishing shampoo bar is made with castor oil to create a deeply conditioning, creamy lather that cleans and cares for your locks. A long-lasting, compact bar with the naturally cleansing and refreshing essential oils of lavender and tea tree.
Castor oil has been used for centuries as a natural hair conditioner and scalp treatment. Friendly Soap combine this with coconut oil and olive oil to produce a rich, moisturising lavender tea tree shampoo bar.
The essential oils of lavender and tea tree are favoured for their antibacterial qualities and promoting healthy hair growth. A long-lasting and compact alternative to plastic bottles of liquid shampoo, one Friendly lavender tea tree shampoo bar will last as long as three bottles of liquid shampoo. And it loves to travel.
Each bar is handmade with Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils, water. And nothing else.
Ingredients: Sodium cocoate, Sodium olivate, Aqua, Sodium castorate, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil contains linalool, limonene, geraniol, Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) essential oil contains limonene.
Lavender and Geranium
This nourishing Shampoo Bar is made with Castor Oil to create a deeply conditioning, creamy lather that cleans and cares for your locks and scalp. A long-lasting, compact bar with the relaxing essential oils of Lavender and Rose Geranium.
Essential oils of lavender and rose geranium are both favoured for their natural stress relieving qualities, while lavender also for its antibacterial properties. Each bar is handmade with Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Lavender and Rose Geranium essential oils, water. And nothing else.
Ingredients: Sodium cocoate, Sodium olivate, Sodium castorate, Aqua, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil contains linalool, limonene, geraniol, Pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium) essential oil contains geraniol, citronella, linalool
Peppermint and eucalyptus
An invigorating shampoo bar that’s good for you skin, scalp and hair, and which uses naturally conditioning organic argan to help you win the war against unmanageable hair.
As well as smelling great, relieving itches and having mild antifungal properties, there’s a school of thought that says putting peppermint on your perm could help promote healthy hair growth. Meanwhile, eucalyptus is already well known as a natural disinfectant that even unblocks your nose. As for the argan, it’s a wonderful natural conditioner, leaving your lustrous locks stronger, healthier and a doddle to style and manage. Each bar is handmade with Argan Oil, Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Peppermint and Eucalyptus essential oils.
Ingredients: Sodium cocoate, Sodium olivate, Aqua, Sodium castorate, Argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil, Mentha piperita (peppermint) oil contains limonene, Eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus) leaf oil contains limonene
A super-simple shampoo with natural conditioning properties but without fragrance added – great for when no scents makes perfect sense. Great for sensitive skin and scalps.
Each Fragrance Free Shampoo Bar is handmade with Argan Oil, Castor Oil, Coconut Oil and Olive Oil.
Ingredients: Sodium cocoate, Sodium olivate, Aqua, Sodium castorate, Argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil
The transition to natural shampoo, issues and tips “The Transitional Purge” There is a transition when you switch from the standard chemical shampoos to a natural shampoo bar, commonly called ‘the purge’. When you first begin, your hair or scalp may become oily or dry or a bit of back and forth between the two. Your hair may feel frizzy or waxy like there is a residue still left over in your hair. Don’t panic, this is just your hair adjusting, your scalp needs time to rebalance oil production. It usually lasts about a week (depending on how damaged your hair is) and it will go away. Stick with it, once your hair has adjusted it will feel softer, cleaner and more manageable. This is because shampoo bars CLEAN and CONDITION your hair and scalp without stripping it of its natural sebum. If you have dandruff problems, you may find this clears up because your scalp is not getting dried out and your body is no longer reacting to the chemicals.
Tips for an easy transition: Use an apple cider vinegar rinse rather than conditioner, this will help to restore the pH balance of your scalp and remove old chemicals. (recipe below). It will also protect the hair shaft and give your hair shine. Gently brush your hair often, twice a day is good. Brush from scalp to tips to help redistribute your hairs natural oil. Give your hair a few days in between washings to allow it to adjust. Rinse thoroughly after washing to remove all of the shampoo. Try using a bit of dry shampoo or corn starch if your hair is feeling oily, rub a small amount into scalp then brush through. Try using a little argan oil through your hair to help calm frizz and tangles. If you have a lot of product build up, try the baking soda rinse below before washing your hair with the shampoo bar.
Apple cider vinegar spritz: 1 part apple cider vinegar, 4 parts water. A few drops of your preferred essential oil. The vinegar smell does not remain once your hair dries.
Baking Soda Clarifying Rinse Recipe Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is an easy clarifier to use. Baking soda can help to lifts grease and product residue from your hair. 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1 – 2 cups warm water. Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle or cup. Wet hair and spray the rinse on your hair and work it through. Rinse thoroughly with warm water, then shampoo.
Washing your hair: Run the shampoo bar over your head in one direction (front to back), as to avoid causing unnecessary knots. Once you have a good amount of shampoo on top of your head, massage it into your scalp with your fingers. Rinse with water until ALL the shampoo is out… Done!
What a great product. I've been using it pretty much every day since I converted from plastic bottled shampoo, and my hair feels great and is squeaky clean after every wash. Looks like the bar will last for ages.
Hi Darrell. Great to hear how much you love the shampoo bar! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review.
Love this! My hair feels great after using it, and love the fact that I don't have to buy any plastic bottles of shampoo anymore!
Hi Ann, thanks for reviewing the Friendly Soap shampoo bar. We love that you love it!
I'm not gonna lie, the first week was tough! I wash my hair every other day and after the first 3 washes my hair was waxy but bizarrely I looked like a scarecrow! Wash 4 I noticed a huge improvement and wash 5 onwards I'm so happy. My hair is as soft and shiny as my 6 year olds. I would recommend getting some apple cider vinegar that mentions containing the mother (sounded bizarre but I found it in my local supermarket). Use it with water as a rinse after shampooing.
I'm really happy with the product and it's such good value.
I have mid length, thick, naturally curly and coloured hair. I thought I'd need conditioner but haven't used any yet.
Hi Kay, thanks so much for your review of the Friendly Soap shampoo bar and your experience in using it! It's often the case that you have a transition period (till your hair gets used to the natural product) so we're so glad you stuck with it and love it now!
Hi Noemi. Thanks for your review. Glad you like your shampoo bar!
I'm so happy to finally have natural shampoo bar since I've always had sensitive scalp with dandruff. This has been helping me with that as well finally controlling my oily hair
Hi Joana, great news you’ve found a shampoo bar that works well with your hair! Thanks for leaving your review.