Olive Oil Shampoo Bar

Ithaca Soap Olive Oil Shampoo Bar is specially formulated to be effective and gentle at the same time. Lather, especially in a shampoo bar, is very important.

Hair is exposed to the elements, collecting dirt, debris (including scalp flakes), and excess oils. Lather has the function of collecting all of that microscopic dirt and debris, and gets rinsed off, leaving your squeaky clean.

Each bar is packed in eco friendly packaging materials made from pre-consumer recycled factory waste, that is biodegradable. Zero waste, no plastic bottle to contend with. And it's alcohol-free and SLS free.

This is a hard, solid bar of soap. It's harder than our regular coconut oil bars of soap. The lather has smaller bubbles. I LOVE this bar!

 It took me a long time to wrap my head around the idea of rubbing something hard on my head to wash my hair. Especially our Olive Oil Shampoo Bar, because it's a nice, hard bar of soap. One day the concept clicked.

There are several steps to redesigning a product, so this was no different. The 1st thing I had to do was sell the concept to Andy, since he makes the product test batches according to my specs. Plus olive oil has a different fatty acid chain, so it's a slightly different soap making method.

1st Time use instructions

If you've been using conditioner or shampoo with lots of ingredients, give your hair a gentle cleanse with an apple cider vinegar rinse prior to shampooing with Ithaca Soap Olive Oil Shampoo Bar for the 1st time. This non-caustic castille soap will gently remove residue and build up from your old hair care products. It's simple. Mix the vinegar with water and pour the mixture on your hair, avoiding any contact with your eyes. Massage the vinegar/water mix into your scalp and all the way to the tips of your hair. For those of you with a lot of thick long hair, you may need 1/2 - 3/4 cup of vinegar. For those of you with little hair, a tablespoon or 2 may be enough. Rinse with water. Then shampoo and again massage your scalp and hair all the way to the ends. This 1st shampooing may not be very lathery as it washes off the vinegar. Shampoo a second time and you'll get a nice lather and fabulously clean hair.

Do not oil hair prior to washing for this 1st time. Do not use conditioner or other hair care products. They may contain artificial ingredients that remain on your hair, causing our gentle shampoo to struggle to get it off. Once you use Ithaca Soap Olive Oil Shampoo Bar, you will have truly clean hair, less hair loss and 2-3 times faster dry time. Wash hair once or twice per shampooing. That's it. Save money and hot water.

More shampooing methods below. Pick the best one for you.

Please note that Olive Oil Shampoo does not contain any preservatives.

Andy's shampoo method

Andy and I wash our hair differently. Here are the 2 (3...since my method has a variation) methods.

Andy's method: Get in the shower and get your hair completely wet. Take the shampoo bar and gently rub it on your hair and scalp. Lather up! Rinse and repeat. Then take a little bit of apple cider vinegar and sprinkle on your finger tips and evenly distribute through your wet hair. Rinse.

Wendy's shampoo method

My method: My hair is long again (more than 1/2 way down my back), so this takes about 5 minutes. Before I get in the shower, I sprinkle a little with olive oil on my finger tips and apply it to the tips of my hair. I gently rub it in. I repeat the process until I have put olive oil all over my hair. It's not a lot. Your hair should not be dripping with oil, or even look overly greasy. I also am careful to only apply it to my hair and not my scalp. Some may get on my scalp, but I take care to not put any there. 

Dry Hair Variation: This is for dry hair. If your hair is dry, sprinkle a little apple cider vinegar on your finger tips and gently and evenly distribute it throughout my hair, before I apply the olive oil.

Right after I apply the oil, I get in the shower and wet my hair thoroughly. Take the shampoo bar and rub it down my hair, from the scalp to the ends, on the top layer and the underside layer. Rub a little on the top of my head and wash.

(With the vinegar and oil treatment, the 1st wash will not produce much lather. Rinse well, and reapply the shampoo bar, for a 2nd wash.)

Wash hair twice

Since I've been conditioning my hair with LiXTiK Beeswax Lip balm, I prefer to wash my hair twice.

The 1st wash removes all of the oil and lip balm conditioner, and may not lather up much, if at all. The 2nd wash should produce a fabulous lather.

Lather up!

Rinse & towel dry for shiny full bodied hair

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Olive Oil Shampoo Bar and Red clay aka rhassoul clay 

Add a little extra volume and softness with Rassoul Moroccan red clay. It is rich in magnesium and potassium, with a negative charge. As it washes your hair, it will pull out positively charged toxins, leaving your hair soft and very shiny.


  • Wet your hair fully. Lather up with the Olive Oil Shampoo Bar. Wash hair thoroughly. Rinse.
  • Dissolve a 1/4 teaspoon of rhassoul clay in 1/2 cup of water. My hair is long, so adjust how much you put on your hair accordingly. Pour the dissolved clay on your hair, and "wash" your hair. Rinse it off.
  • Shampoo again with the olive oil shampoo bar.
  • Apply a small amount of LiXTiK Lip Balm, by rubbing it on your wet fingertips and evenly distributing it, making sure to get the ends. 
  • Complete your shower routine and let the hot water run through your hair to further distribute the lip balm.
  • Towel dry and crimp (if you have even the slightest amount of wave).
red clay 1This is red Rassoul clay.
red clay 2Diluted red Rassoul clay

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