The Great Shampoo Bar Exchange: Heirloom Soapworks Pooh Bar

In case you missed it, background info on the Great Shampoo Bar Exchange can be found here.

Somewhere along the way, Jennifer (instigator of the exchange) started having issues with using shampoo bars and hasn’t pinpointed the problem just yet, but she encouraged me to go ahead and post my reviews. So I will do that this week.

This is my review of the Heirloom Soapworks Pooh Bar. Becky first posted about her shampoo bar here. And what a lovely bar it is!

The Pooh Bar, all wrapped up
The Pooh Bar, all wrapped up
Pooh Bar: Under the Label
Pooh Bar: Under the Label

Ingredients listed: saponified oils of olive, coconut, jojoba, castor & flaxseed; stag beer, goat’s milk, water, carrot tissue oil, rosemary oil extract, essential oils & honey.

Becky has a proprietary blend of essential oils, so I’m not exactly sure what’s in it, but to me it smells like a combination of ylang ylang and honey – and it’s strong enough to leave your hair lightly scented.

The lather is super dense and creamy – and abundant! Wow! Must be the goat’s milk that makes it much creamier than my shampoo bar. Becky says it’s only superfatted at 3%, which explains why the bar is so hard and lasting so long, but it certainly isn’t drying at all.

After using this fabulous shampoo bar for about two weeks, and my hair absolutely loved it! First, let me explain that my hair is highlighted, and about six inches past my shoulders. Texture is fine, but thick. Also, it seems important to note that we have soft water due to the water softener that my hubby installed when we moved in.

My usual routine when washing my hair with a shampoo bar is to rub the bar directly on my hair – all over my head. Then I work up the lather. Rinse and repeat. Only with the Pooh Bar, by the time I lathered up the second time, I hardly had to rub the bar at all and the lather just exploded everywhere! After the second rinse, I take a small dab of conditioner and work it through the ends, then add the diluted apple cider vinegar rinse over the top of the conditioner, working it into my scalp with the tip of the yorker cap. Then a final rinse, and I’m done.

The one thing I changed while I was using Becky’s bar was my apple cider vinegar rinse. I happened to run out mid-way through using the Pooh Bar, so when I mixed it up again, I increased the amount of vinegar to somewhere around 3 parts water, 1 part vinegar. My hair felt so much smoother and silkier during the final rinse and it also helped tremendously with the comb-through – I couldn’t believe it!

Here is my hair after using the Heirloom Soapworks Pooh Bar:

Silky smooth & soft!
Silky smooth & soft!

Next up: Tierra Verde Rosemary Citrus Shampoo Bar

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  1. Oh Amy, thanks for such a lovely review. I didn’t know you were getting ready to post, what a sweet surprise -thank you for that! I’m so glad that you like the Pooh Bar. ­čÖé ~Becky

  2. Hi Amy, Oh what a lovely review! Excellent! I am wishing my shampoo bar issues would just evaporate… it’s the greasy’s… with all bars. Until yesterday, seems that an older shampoo bar of mine is working okay. Maybe it is seasonal? Humidity? I still think it has to do with water types somehow… Thanks for the awesome participation in the exchange!! xo Jen

  3. Your hair looks beautiful and the Heirloom Soapworks Pooh Bar sounds amazing! Lots of goodies in there! Thanks also for the vinegar ratio and conditioner tips. I think the ends of our hair need special attention especially if the hair is long. It’s been hanging there awhile!
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  4. @The Soap Sister – Well, you know it’s been quite the adventure, but I’ve enjoyed it very much!!

    @ Jennifer – Wishing you much success in getting your hair re-trained!

    @Milla – I think the vinegar ratios are going to vary depending on hair type. Becky says that she can’t use vinegar at all on her hair because it is too drying. She sticks to conditioner only.

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