Jill Saunders founded Beauty and the Bees 25 years ago in Tasmania. The company still makes ethical, natural products out of Glenorchy.
I’m always happy and excited to be talking about our products.
In recent times, for instance, we’ve seen an explosion of interest in the Beauty and the Bees Shampoo Bar. It’s almost exactly the same product my grandmother made when I was young. Incredibly, she used waste household fat and herbs from her extensive herb garden to make handmade soap and shampoo bars which we used for virtually everything.
And now we’re returning to the idea of a plastic-free and gentle bar that works for everyone and is particularly good if you have any skin sensitivities.
It doesn’t contain any chemicals at all and is completely biodegradable.
That was a huge issue 25 years ago when we started and it still is – and the awareness is growing. We are getting rid of plastic and putting nothing into the environment that isn’t biodegradable and it’s very gentle for human consumption.
Our product is very different to commercially made shampoo bars you might have seen online, which are comprised of nothing more than the foaming agent that they use in liquid shampoos and is drying and harsh.
I’m often asked whether our shampoo bars lather well – and the answer is yes!
Just wet your hair and rub the bar on your head until a lather appears and then you run it through your scalp with your fingers and you get a beautiful creamy lather. The ONLY piece of plastic we have in our business is the shampoo brush we’ve added. It works really well and lasts at least five years because we’re all about healthy hair AND a healthy environment.
It needs to be simple and easy to use and the shampoo brush works up a rich, creamy lather and gives
your scalp a massage at the same time.
A healthy scalp is a bedrock to healthy hair.
We’ve been conditioned to shampoo our hair twice but that’s not the case with our products; but you can
if you like! If you’ve been using silicon-based liquid shampoos you might need to wash twice initially to get rid of that coating on your hair but then you can use it as you wish. Probably twice a week.
When you first start using our shampoo bars there may be some excess oiliness or dryness as your hair gets used to them but, after a short time, you’ll find your hair returning to its natural state as you’re no longer stripping it with harsh detergents.
As your hair gets used to our shampoo bars you will find yourself having to wash your hair far less often and your hair will get thicker, healthier and much more lustrous.
How you store the shampoo bars is also important.
They are handmade with olive oil, beeswax, honey and various other good foods so that it melts under the shower and, like any soap bar, will wash away. So you need to keep it dry between uses – preferably in a ribbed soap dish. Simple.