• What’s the difference between our shampoo bars?

    May 14, 2020 • BEAUTY, GUIDES, LIFE

    Looking to switch to a solid shampoo bar? That’s great! You’ll be saving so much plastic packaging waste, avoiding petrochemical derived ingredients, and you may end up with the best hair you’ve ever had!

    But where to start!?

    With such a wide range of shampoo bars available at Biome, how do you choose the right one? How do the ingredient lists differ between each?  Do you need to use conditioner? What’s the difference between a shampoo bar and a solid shampoo?

    Read on, we’ve got all the answers for you!

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    Shampoo bars – traditional soap based

    Shampoo bars: made from saponified oils, contain close to nature ingredients, don’t require conditioner but you may benefit from an apple cider vinegar rinse, may take time for your hair to adjust. Choose a shampoo bar if you want to reduce waste and use ingredients that are as close to nature as possible. 


    The traditional, soap based shampoo bars are made from the most close to nature ingredients of all shampoos we offer. They help you eliminate synthetic ingredients from your hair care routine, and overtime allow your hair to return to a natural, balanced state.

    It may take a few washes for your hair to become accustomed to a traditional shampoo bar. At first your hair may feel a bit oily, but persevere as it will feel much better over time as your hair detoxes. Many actually find they can go a longer period without washing their hair after transitioning to a shampoo bar.

    Main ingredients

    Shampoo bars are made from saponified oils like olive, coconut, hemp and jojoba, and many also contain essential oils, clays, butters, herbs and flowers for added benefit.


    Traditional shampoo bars gently yet thoroughly cleanse hair and scalp and return it to a balanced state. You don’t need to follow up with a traditional conditioner. Many do however benefit from an apple cider vinegar rinse, which leaves hair incredibly soft and manageable. To make an apple cider vinegar rinse, mix 100ml apple cider vinegar with 400ml warm water in a jug. Pour over hair and then rinse thoroughly with water.

    Beauty & The Bees shampoo bars are the original shampoo bars and a long time Biome customer favourite! Pick up a Beauty & The Bees sampler box to try the whole range.

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    Or try Biome’s top rated, multipurpose gentle shampoo and body bar.


    What's the difference between our shampoo bars? | Biome Eco Stores

    Solid shampoo – detergent/surfactant based

    Solid shampoo: contain detergents or surfactants, are essentially a solidified liquid shampoo, require conditioner. Choose a solid shampoo and conditioner if you want a low waste version of liquid shampoo and conditioner.


    If you tried the above traditional shampoo bars but didn’t like how they left your hair feeling, don’t give up, there is another option!

    Solid shampoos, like those from Viva La Body and Beauty Kubes, are detergent or surfactant based, and are basically a solidified version of liquid shampoo.

    Solid shampoos won’t leave you with that ‘sticky’ feeling some experience with traditional, soap based shampoo bars, but you do have to follow up with a solid conditioner.

    What's the difference between our shampoo bars? | Biome Eco Stores

    Main ingredients

    Our solid shampoo bars use natural, coconut based detergents, including Sodium Coco Sulphate and Sodium Cococyl Isethionate, to draw out dirt and oils and leave you with really clean hair. These ingredients are derived from natural ingredients and synthesised in a lab. They are however very safe to use and gentle on skin and hair.

    Despite the ‘coco’ in the name these ingredients are not always derived from coconut oil. In many cases these ingredients are derived from palm oil, or a mix of coconut oil and palm oil. However at Biome, as we’re a palm oil free, truely cruelty free store, you can be assured that any product we stock that contains these ingredients we’ve received written verification and proof of them being completely coconut derived. This is important as palm oil production is a significant contributor to climate change, killing endangered animals, destroying virgin rainforests and leading to human rights abuses around the world, and we refuse to be part of that.


    As detergent or surfactant based solid shampoos are essentially a solid form of liquid shampoo, you will need to follow up with solid conditioner, otherwise your hair will be left feeling dry and straw-like. Don’t skip this step!

    So if you’re looking at a Viva La Body,  Dindi Naturals of Beauty Kubes solid shampoo, be sure to pick up the range’s complimentary solid conditioner.

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    6 Responses to What’s the difference between our shampoo bars?
    1. Fiona
      May 14, 2020 at 8:30 pm

      I have just tried a shampoo soap bar and am not loving it after a month. I might try the vinegar rinse to see if it removes the horrible sticky sensation. However, I am interested in why you assert “you must use a conditioner” with the other kind. I have never used a conditioner – with either liquid shampoo or solid shampoo bars, which I have been using for about 10-15 years now. In fact every conditioner I have ever used has left my hair limp and soggy, even when applied in small amounts just to the ends.

      • Biome team
        May 15, 2020 at 9:40 am

        Following a shampoo bar with a vinegar rinse may make a difference for you. I personally can’t use a shampoo bar without the vinegar rinse after it. It works really well for me (I have long, thick, straight, natural hair). Most people will have a positive experience if they use a solid conditioner after a solid shampoo. Just like using a mainstream liquid shampoo on its own, using a solid shampoo on its own will leave many people with limp, dry, stringy hair. You do you though 🙂 If you don’t need a conditioner after a liquid shampoo or solid shampoo, don’t worry about it. – Michele.

    2. Kate
      May 18, 2020 at 6:02 pm

      I have been looking at getting into a solid shampoo and conditioner. I have curly hair but a sensitive scalp. Tough to decide which range would be the best!

      • Biome team
        May 20, 2020 at 11:04 am

        The Creamy Curls solid shampoo and solid conditioner from Viva La Body is a nice option.

    3. Jade Tavane
      May 18, 2020 at 7:25 pm

      Hi, I’ve just read this article after ordering the Viva La Body shampoo and conditioner (it’s at the Post Office now waiting for pick up). I didn’t realise it was surfactant based and have not washed my hair for six weeks trying out the ‘no poo’ method, with the intent to go ‘low poo’. Is it possible to exchange these for the Beauty and Bees once they are back in stock? I really don’t want to undo the last six weeks of oiliness!!

      • Biome team
        May 20, 2020 at 11:03 am

        Hi Jade, please contact our customer service team at shop@biome.com.au with your order details and they will be able to help you out.

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