Everything You Wanted To Know About The Australian Natural Soap Company

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We’ve been hearing lots of good things about The Australian Natural Soap Company for some time now. And we finally have them in stock!

The Australian Natural Soap Company (ANSC) are makers of a wide range of natural soap and skincare products that are natural, ethical, detergent free, paraben free, vegan, cruelty free, and proudly Australian sourced. Their natural soap and shampoo bars really tick all the right boxes for us, which is why we’re so proud to be able to make them available to you.

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About Australian Natural Soap Company

The first ANSC soaps were made right in the kitchen of Emma and her husband Anthony. The couple had grown tired of looking for soaps without harsh detergents, sulphates, parabens, and synthetic fragrances, and so began making some of their own. It wasn’t long before people began to fall in love with their luxurious and all natural soaps and shampoo bars.

Why we love ANSC

There are so many things we love about this company, not least of which is their commitment to ditching plastic and reducing their environmental footprint.

We’ve already said no to things like disposable coffee cups and plastic toothbrushes, so it’s a relief to finally be able to stop buying toiletries in plastic bottles as well. Australian Natural Soap Company products are fully biodegradable, as is their gorgeous packaging.

Handmade in Melbourne with ingredients sourced from all over Australia, ANSC soaps and shampoo bars are super nourishing and leave your skin and hair feeling so good long after you’ve stepped out of the shower.

ANSC uses only the highest quality plant oils, which makes their soaps so much more gentle on skin than store bought soaps. They have natural soaps that cater to all skin types, even really sensitive and easily irritated skin.

All ANSC soaps are palm oil free, sulphate free, paraben free, and detergent free. They’re easy to use, non drying, and last much longer than regular soaps. They don’t foam as much as conventional soaps, but that’s actually quite reassuring as we now know how bad foaming agents like sulphates are for skin.

Natural soap and shampoo bars are perfect if you’re striving for a waste free lifestyle. The products are concentrated, which means you’re not transporting heavy products that are mostly made of water. It’s also easier to avoid using too much. Instead of pouring shampoo into your hand, you’re just lathering it straight onto your hair.

They’re also perfect for travel! The soap and shampoo bars are solid so you can bring them in your carry on without problem. And if you’ll only be away for a few days, just slice a little bit off so you don’t have to bring the whole bar.

Our favourite products from ANSC

We love the Original Solid Shampoo Bar, which is great for itchy scalps but doesn’t leave your hair greasy. I’ve been testing this one at home, and I’m super impressed with it. No more dry and itchy scalp, but my hair is also not as oily. Not sure how that works, but it really does work!

The Solid Facial Soap comes in several varieties that address specific skin concerns. The Salt Cleanser has magnesium salts for acne, the Australian Pink Clay reduces skin irritations, and Activated Charcoal draws impurities from your pores.

One of ANSC’s bestsellers is the Calamine Soap (Zinc). It’s a real godsend for people with psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, and other skin issues.

And we can’t fail to mention the Solid Soaps in Peppermint & Lavender (lovely relaxing scent), Avocado & Macadamia (super moisturising), and All Australian Tea Tree (antibacterial).

Have you made the switch to natural soaps and shampoo bars yet? If you haven’t, do yourself (and the planet) a favour now. Check out Australian Natural Soap Company on Hello Charlie.

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Shampoo Bars: Can You Actually Wash Your Hair With A Solid Shampoo Bar?

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You’ve probably already heard of shampoo bars, maybe from friends who backpack or travel a lot. They might sound like a quirky idea. Do they actually work? Can you really wash your hair with a solid shampoo bar?

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What are solid shampoo bars?

In general, shampoo bars are solid soap bars used to wash your hair. If you look at the ingredients list on your shampoo bottle, the first, and by far most plentiful, ingredient is water. Solid shampoo bars get rid of all that and leave you with just the active components. Plus, they don’t need preservatives.

There are three kinds of shampoo bars.

Cold processed

Cold processed shampoo bars are usually made by home crafters and natural product companies. They use saponified oils such as sweet almond, coconut, castor and grapeseed, along with essential oils for scent and therapeutic properties. These bars typically don’t contain sodium lauryl sulphate and the like, just pure natural ingredients.

Glycerine based

Glycerine based shampoo bars tend to be gentler on your hair, but might have ingredients derived from palm oil, so make sure to check the label. They probably won’t lather up like the other bars and don’t have much clarifying action.

Solid surfactant bars

These quite often contain sodium lauryl sulphate, just in solid form. They can be very harsh on the hair and I don’t recommend them.

What’s so good about shampoo bars?

One really fantastic thing about solid shampoo bars is the lack of packaging. In 2017 one million plastic bottles were purchased every minute worldwide. By 2021 this number is expected to increase by 20%. The oceans and landfills are choking with them.


Shampoo bars are usually packaged in paper and cardboard, so they’re perfect if you’re getting into the waste free lifestyle.

Shampoo bars are light, compact and incredibly easy to travel with. Whether you’re going to the gym, backpacking or getting on an airplane, a shampoo bar is so much easier to pack than a bottle of shampoo. You don’t have to worry about spillage, liquid limits or overweight luggage fees.

Transition to shampoo bars

Like any other time you change your hair care habits, your hair might need a little while to get used to the change. Experiment with your new shampoo bar. You can try lathering it up in your hands before applying, rubbing the bar on your scalp or cutting it into small pieces so it’s easier to work with.


It won’t give you a great mountain of lather like traditional shampoos. But I’ve been testing out The Australian Natural Soap Company shampoo bars, and I find that they lather up just fine.

Because of their composition, cold processed solid shampoo bars might leave your hair with a slight waxy coating. I find that they leave my hair squeaky clean, and hard to pull a comb through. Depending on your hairstyle, you might like the extra body and texture.

How to use shampoo bars

I don’t like the texture by itself, but I’ve found how to make it work. Use a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a couple of drops of essential oil. I’ve been using rosemary oil because it’s good for hair and I love the smell, but you can add any oil you like. I put them in the bottom of a jug, then fill the jug with about a cup of warm water while I’m in the shower. I just pour it over my hair, and leave it for a minute or so, then give it a quick rinse. It’s enough to condition and add shine without smelling ACV every time you turn your head.

If your hair feels dry, you could also apply a leave in conditioner and comb through.


How to choose the best solid shampoo bar for you

Find a shampoo bar that works for your hair type. If you have dry hair look for a bar with conditioning ingredients such as macadamia or argan oil. Someone with oily hair might like a bar made with lighter oils such as grapeseed, and clarifying essential oils such as tea tree and lemon.

Proper cold pressed bars are the best. Read the label and look for all natural ingredients – avoid anything containing sulphates, palm oil and artificial fragrances.

Looking for a shampoo bar that will fit your hair type? See our range of shampoo bars here

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