To say that our shampoo bar has set the bar high for a conditioner is not to say a thing. It was one of the first shampoo bars on the Polish market and became a real bestseller, so we took it as a point of honour that a younger sister could match its quality. We’ve been working on it for many months, looking for the best and the most universal recipe (as long as it’s possible with hair products). And so, after countless trials and tests, a mandarin and orange scented disc with a creamy-yellow shade has been created. Similarly as in the case of the shampoo, we closed it in a cardboard box, sticking to the less waste option as a standard. We wanted our conditioner bar to facilitate combing after washing and make the hair smooth, soft, shiny and loose. We bet that we’ve succeeded, but we will get the final confirmation from you.
As we’ve already mentioned above, the main tasks we set for our emollient-humectant natural conditioner bar are:
First of all – (surprise!) nourishing the hair and making it easier to comb after washing;
Secondly – smoothing and softening;
Thirdly – giving it a healthy glow.
Long story short. Starling’s natural hair conditioner bar has acquired this handful of skills thanks to the combination of raw materials in the recipe, each of which takes on the burden of responsibility from a slightly different category and perfectly complement each other. Its base is BTMS – a surfactant with caring and emulsifying properties. Betaine supports it in gentle removal of impurities, which also has a softening and conditioning effect. Thanks to these two ingredients, the bar can work well as a cosmetic co-wash (i.e. a product for washing hair with a conditioner) or as a component in the washing process using the CWC (Conditioner-Washing-Conditioner) method valued, among others, by proud owners of curly (or having a tendency to twist) strands, most often a high porosity hair type. In turn, cetyl alcohol has a smoothing and softening effect, and at the same time adds a characteristic glide to the bar and perfectly thickens and stabilizes the product. In addition, it has film-forming and occlusive effect, thus preventing excessive water loss leading to drying of the hair and the scalp.
The bar has a beneficial mix of oils: safflower, sesame and peanut. We did not stint the cocoa butter as well (free radicals, you can be afraid). This composition as its main goal sets a maximum nourishment, strengthening and protection of the hair against excessive loss of moisture, hair loss and harmful external factors. Thanks to them, your hair will become healthy, dense and beautifully shiny.
Okay, so emollients give us a solid nutritional injection, but what about moisturizing? Relax, that’s where humectants come in. In the era of unabated popularity of aloe gels (used, for example, as a foundation for hair oiling), you probably have heard that aloe juice moisturizes and regenerates, and also has toning and bactericidal properties. Moreover, it helps to soothe inflammations and all types of irritation. It regulates the secretion of sebum, too, thanks to which the hair would become greasy more slowly (this effect is further enhanced by the addition of green clay and a macerate from horsetail, which by the way works revitalizing and is, usually in a duet with nettle, a good mate of every hair maniac). When using the conditioner at the root, aloe vera is also able to help improve the blood supply of the scalp, which in turn can result in the faster growth and the appearance of the long-awaited baby hair.
Apart from aloe vera, provitamin B5, i.e. D-panthenol, is also responsible for the soothing effect of the conditioner. It has strong hygroscopic (water binding) properties, thanks to which it prevents its excessive drainage, and at the same time it is built of small particles – so it can relatively easily penetrate the scalp or hair roots, and – simultaneously – deeply strengthen and nourish them. D-panthenol is an ally of people struggling with problematic, sensitive and allergy-prone scalp. This is because it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and additionally it reduces the feeling of possible burning and itching. For citrus, sweet and sour notes of the conditioner we hereby thank the natural essential oils: orange, mandarin and bergamot. You guys make this product so enjoyable to use.
Since we’ve already written about the action of this natural conditioner bar, maybe it’s time for a word on how to get this cool effect in your hair? How to use it? How to apply it? Contrary to appearances, with the bar formula, it is not so obvious, even if the shampoo has paved the way for it a bit and you no longer approach this type of cosmetics so distrustfully. Let’s start with that you have to be prepared for the fact that while the shampoo in a bar just needs a touch of your finger and it already foams like a mad man, the conditioner is a little more… introverted? 🙂 It definitely needs more attention, a tender touch and patience before it shows what it can do (and it is capable of a lot!). So the cube should be taken in hands, thoroughly soaked and intensively rotated (simply – soap it) until the amount of emulsion is created that is suitable for distribution on the hair. We’ve tried to make the cube as slippery and creamy as possible, but at first it may seem to you that the resulting emulsion is not enough. You may not feel that you are putting anything on your hair (after all, there is no foam whatsoever) and wonder if you are doing everything right. Relax, it’s normal if you used to pour the conditioner on your hand straight from the bottle. Believe us, however, that after some time you will get used to this method of application and get the best out of the cube. And as we’ve already established, it has quite a lot to offer and you definitely want to give it to your hair. If applying it to your hair straight from your hand seems ineffective, you can try gently (!) to move with this smooth disc from the root to the tips. But remember – don’t rub your hair. We know from experience and tests that a larger amount of the product can also be obtained by soaping the tips with a disc, but we do not recommend this method for delicate, brittle and tangled hair. To sum up – try it several times and simply choose the way that is the most convenient and the most effective for you.
BTMS – contains the cationic surfactant Behentrimonium Methosulfate obtained from rapeseed oil; is a high-quality emulsifier and a conditioning, softening, smoothing and caring component.
Cocoa butter – prevents the penetration of toxins from the environment, regenerates and protects against the effects of free radicals.
Oils: sesame, peanut, safflower – nourish, care, strengthen and protect.
Cetyl alcohol – stabilizes the conditioner structure and facilitates its application. It prevents water evaporation, and also smoothes and softens the hair.
Cocamidopropyl betaine – a surface-active substance made from sugar beet and coconut fatty acids; has cleansing, softening and conditioning effect.
Aloe juice – is moisturizing, regenerating, soothing and antibacterial.
D-panthenol – soothes irritations, has anti-inflammatory and nourishing properties.
Green clay – cleans, oxygenates, has antibacterial and regenerating properties; regulates sebum production.
Horsetail macerate – is revitalizing, regenerating and stimulating hair growth, prolongs freshness and strengthens the roots.
Orange essential oil – has stimulating, refreshing, cleansing and toning effect.
Mandarin essential oil – is cleansing, toning, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.
Bergamot essential oil – has antibacterial and soothing effect: it helps relieve stress and tension.
BTMS, cocoa butter, cetyl alcohol, sesame oil, cocamidopropyl betaine, peanut oil, safflower oil, aloe juice, d-panthenol, green clay, horsetail macerate, bergamot essential oil, orange essential oil, mandarin essential oil
Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cetyl Alcohol, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Panthenol, Montmorillonite, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (and) Equisetum Arvense Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis Peel Oil, Citral*, Limonene*, Linalool*
*natural essential oils components
Put the bar under a stream of water, turn it several times in your hands, gently massage the resulting emulsion into your hair. After a while, rinse with warm water.
Bar weight: 55 g
Shelf life: 12 months
Vegan cosmetic – a product created without the use of raw materials of animal origin.