J.R. Liggett’s Old-Fashioned Natural Bar Shampoo

I don’t like using soap bars on my face but other than that, I’m quite game to use them on my hair or body. Somehow, they appeal to me in a certain strange way and that’s probably why I couldn’t resist buying this J.R. Liggett’s Old Fashion Bar Shampoo soap even though I don’t really need it. I suspect I bought it because I was captivated by the packaging – don’t you think it looks quaint?

Seven different formulas available
A total of seven formulas are available from J.R. Ligget’s – The Original, Herbal Formula, Tea Tree & Hemp Oil, Damaged Hair Formula, Jojoba & Peppermint, Ultra Balanced and the latest Virgin Coconut & Argan Oil. There were so many raving reviews on iHerb about this soap bar that I randomly bought the Tea Tree & Hemp Oil one without giving much thoughts to it. In hindsight, I probably should have picked something else because this one is designed for people who prefer no fragrance, or have dermatitis, itchy-flaky-scalp. The only thing for me from this formula is that using it may stimulate hair growth.

Natural ingredients
In terms of ingredients, this J.R. Liggett’s Old-Fashioned Natural Bar Shampoo contains Tea Tree Oil, Hemp Oil, Almond Oil, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, and Pure Spring Water. Made entirely from pure 100% natural oils, the soap bar is said to contain no animal products, fragrance, preservatives, petroleum based detergents, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or DEA.

Lathers well & leaves hair squeaky clean
The bar lathers up pretty well and there is a natural scent of the oils. While this bar shampoo cleanses my oil scalp well, I don’t quite like the squeaky clean feeling I get after shampooing with this. But the good thing is my hair felt kind of soft and not drying after each wash. Conditioning is required though.

Overall summary
Overall, I sort of like this bar shampoo but not so fond of the idea of using this daily. I might keep to using this like once a week. But my hair did look to be full of body after blow drying and did not grease up that easily so those definitely scored some points for me. Plus the price is really affordable – just US$4.55 from iHerb. I’m not sure if I’ll repurchase this again but from the looks of it, this bar is going to last me quite awhile.

So anyone tried this bar shampoo before?



  1. xin says:

    i have used up a few bars of this! however, a few months down the road the shampoo curse struck! my scalp oiled up just after a few hours after wash and hence i stopped using it already ?
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  2. Kay says:

    Looks good! Perhaps I’ll buy one of these the next time I order Iherb ?

  3. EcoBeauty says:

    I’ve never used soap bars on my hair before… My toilet is extremely prone to molds and I feel paranoid that when I leave the soap on the dish, out and exposed, it accumulates mold spores or something like that… ?
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  4. Pranali says:

    i am gonna give a try to shampoo bars once my current shampoo is used up. have you tried Chagrin Valley shampoo bars?

  5. anikya says:

    I use this shampoo,magical work happened.

  6. Sesame says:

    I think this bar shampoo can be drying if used daily cos I can feel it makes the hair too squeaky clean. So perhaps spacing out the usage would be better. I have a theory that those shampoos for oily hair will make hair more oily after awhile cos it dries up the scalp and makes the scalp secrete more oil after some time.

  7. Sesame says:

    It’s not bad but I won’t use this daily.

  8. Sesame says:

    I don’t mind soap bars cos you can wash them. If you use the soap daily, I don’t think mold is an issue. But well, I do prefer liquid shampoo or body wash too.

  9. Sesame says:

    Yes, I’ve tried Chagrin Valley and quite liked some of them. Had a review of them here: https://www.vivawoman.net/2009/08/18/all-natural-handmade-shampoo-bars-soaps/

  10. Sesame says:

    Oh great it works well for you. ?

  11. Jyoan says:

    I have a thing for bar soaps too. =) Hehe. Never knew shampoos come in bars as well!
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  12. MARY says:

    Tried this bar soap a whiles back – absolutely do NOT use this if you have hard water. I found out this out the hard way, and ended up with my hair covered in scum.

  13. Sesame says:

    Oh! I think the water here isn’t so hard but this is definitely an interesting point. Thanks for sharing, Mary!

  14. Sesame says:

    Yes, they’re a novelty. Yuan has something in their line of soap bars for shampooing too – if I’m not mistaken.

  15. Sanne says:

    Hmm guess I’m going to continue my search. I wash my hair with baking soda and rinse with apple cider vinegar. On the days that I use a coconut oil mask (every other hair wash, and I was my hair every 4 to 5 days now) I do use regular shampoo. That because otherwise the BS won’t get the oil out of my hair! Would a natural shampoo bar do that job for me? Because I don’t like using shampoo anymore…

  16. Swati says:

    I am skeptical of using bars for hair as I always think they might be extremely drying and very tangling!!! but, I would definitely try out lye shampoos. found out some recently for very nominal prices in India only ?
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  17. Sesame says:

    Yes it does get rid of the oil. I guess that’s why I got that squeaky clean feeling.

  18. Sesame says:

    To an extent yes and that’s why I rather not use it daily. Lye shampoo is something new to me.

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  20. Marie says:

    Shampoo bars are economical and and a more gentle way of cleansing your hair.It really depends on your hair type and how fast your hair gets dirty.I have bought the Organic Anita Grant Kelp Ylang Babassu Shampoo and can’t wait to give it a go.

    It really hard to get shampoo out of our head as we are SO used to it but there many SLS free shampoo out there for those that can’t live without it. ;0

  21. Sesame says:

    It’s true…we’re so used to liquid shampoo.

  22. eve says:

    Me! I used at least 5-6 bars . This shampoo really controls oil and cleans the scalp well. Importantly, I notice less hair fall during washing. Also, this bar shampoo prevent scalp pimple.

    Only drawback – you need to ‘dry’ the soap after use. Leaving it in the bathroom will make it soft and yucky!

  23. Sesame says:

    Yes, airing the soap is a bit troublesome but glad it’s working well for you.

  24. Maria says:

    Hi, what’s your opinion on the sodium hydroxide ingredient of the iHerb shampoo bar? Thank you!

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