Soap that Ain't on a Rope

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Attention all travelholics, there's a new hot list for your carry-on. Introducing the shampoo bar, an item that's sure to pass the ever-changing standards for liquid and gel carry-on toiletries. Try Burt's Bees Rosemary Mint Shampoo Bar or a Jojoba Shampoo Bar from Herbaria. According to, shampoo bars also can be great for bathing, shaving and doing hand laundry. In particular, the all-natural Jojoba Bar received glowing reviews, and the site attributes these success stories to a not-so-secret ingredient, jojoba. Jojoba is a natural oil that can be nourishing and moisturizing, particularly for dry hair, which means that you can leave the conditioner at home.

Check out their other fun soap "flavors" while you're on their site. From "Triple Mint Oatmeal" to  "Avocado Lemon" and "Licorice" to "Black Forest Chamomile," Herbaria has more options than a Baskin Robbins!

Still not sold on purchasing shampoo that's in a bar and not in a bottle? Try out a sample bar from Chagrin Valley Soap and Crafts. The site has a few interesting bars including Café Moreno, a bar with "quadruple-strength fresh-brewed coffee" for rich and shiny hair for brunettes (think the natural, travel-saavy version of John Frieda's Brilliant Brunette) and a Honey Beer and Egg bar. It may sound strange, but how often do you give your coif a protein cocktail like this? Learn more about what shampoo bars are best for your hair type, or check out the site's helpful Frequently Asked Questions page.
Shampoo bars are also great for outdoorsy gals, so consider having one on hand the next time you're roughing it in the woods. Regardless of your final destination, if you pack a shampoo bar, you'll be sure to receive ooo la la's instead of eww la la's.


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