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Betula's Botanica...Bath, Body & Apothecary

Handmade Soaps & Restorative Shopping

Handmade Soaps & Restorative Shopping

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Thank you for placing your trust in us and our products.  We as artisans, will make every effort to get your order fulfilled as quickly as possible.  However if we have a shortage or a soap needs further time to cure, you will be contacted and offer a back order or substitution.  Please know that as small business artisans and herbalists, that everything is handcrafted in small batches and that there could be slight differences in products which makes each item special and unique.  Thank you again for allowing us to be of service to you and supporting small businesses owned and operated by women!  


 Orders ship within 3-5 days of ordering, except for delayed items, in which case you will be notified for possible substitutions or an estimated time of arrival.

Orders ship with tracking number, via USPS.    

Expedited shipping is available for an extra fee. Contact us for an expedited shipping estimate for your order.

International Shipping

We ship worldwide! Most orders ship USPS First Class International, which is more affordable but does not provide tracking information. Transit times vary depending on country, customs, and time of year, but are approximately 2-4 weeks.  A quote for the additional shipping costs will be provided upon request.


  We are currently accepting new wholesale accounts. Please visit our wholesale page.

Returns & Exchanges

Sorry, no returns or exchanges at this time. We are confident you will love the quality of our handmade bath and body goods. But if you're dissatisfied for any reason, please contact us and we'll see how we can make it right.

Product descriptions

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Shampoo Bar Description and How to Use Details

  Hand crafted in small batches using the following ingredients.  

  • Aloe vera nourishes the hair shaft and scalp and promotes shiny, healthy hair
  • Jojoba oil adds shine, promotes hair growth and improves the health of the scalp and hair                                              
  • Mango butter penetrates to re-moisturize, revive and repair
  • Rosemary is invigorating to the hair and scalp, encourages strong, healthy hair, stimulates growth and increases manageability and shine
  • Lavender a cleansing, balancing herb, will balance oily or dry hair and scalp
  • Tea tree oil refreshes stimulates and deep cleans the scalp
  • Good for all hair types.  Chemically colored, permed or straightened hair should undergo a strand test.  See below for details.

Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil,  Babassu Oil,  Castor Bean Oil, Water,  Aloe Vera, Organic Palm Oil (Sustainable), Sodium Hydroxide, Jojoba Oil, Canola Oil, Mango Butter, Rosemary Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Kaolin Clay, Rosemary Oil Extract (ROE)

How to Use

Technique 1: Apply the bar directly to the hair.

1. Thoroughly wet hair.

2. Gently rub wet bar directly onto scalp and through ends of hair by using fingers in a combing motion.

3. Avoid tangles by moving down from scalp to ends. Avoid moving up and down or in circular motion.

4. Continue through each section of hair by massaging bar onto scalp and through the ends, adding water as needed to build ample lather.

5. Rinse completely and repeat if desired.

Technique 2: Create the lather in your hands

1. Thoroughly wet hair.

2. Rub wet bar into wet hands to create ample lather

3. Again, using fingers like a comb, apply lather to scalp and then down length of hair avoiding tangles by moving in one direction.

4. If necessary, add small amount of water to build lather.

5. Rinse thoroughly and repeat if desired.

Long Hair Technique

  1.  After thoroughly wetting your hair, tie it into a loose  ponytail...optional.
  2. Wet the shampoo bar and rub the bar across the top of head in strokes from front to back until the entire scalp is covered.  Avoid tangles by not rubbing shampoo bar in too many directions. 
  3. Massage entire scalp in a combing motion to work the lather through my hair. You don’t need to not rub the bar or work the lather on the length of your hair.
  4. Remove ponytail and rinse allowing the shampoo to drip down the length of your hair. This rinsing should be enough to clean the length of your hair.
  5. Rinse for at LEAST one minute while rubbing fingers through my hair to be sure that the shampoo is rinsed away
  6. Squeeze gently on the length to remove excess water and cover with a towel but do not rub the towel over wet hair because it causes nasty tangles.
  7. Use a wide toothed comb and gently comb from the bottom up

Is a Conditioner Necessary with A Shampoo Bar?

Our natural shampoo bars will not strip the natural oils from your hair, so you will not need the typical moisturizing conditioners that people use to replace the natural oils stripped by detergent shampoos. However, if you have longer hair that is prone to tangles, please read further.

Hair tangles result when individual hairs go in different directions and intertwine.

The outer layer of the hair, the cuticle, is made of overlapping layers of long scales that lie along the surface of the hair like shingles on a roof.

The condition of the cuticle scales in part determines whether you are going to have tangled hair. Wetting or shampooing your hair opens the cuticle and makes it prone to tangling.

Using an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse after shampooing helps to close the cuticles and reduce tangles. Besides creating tangle-free locks, (ACV) Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinses are an excellent addition to any natural hair care routine and can help bring back body and shine to dull, lackluster hair. Also try using a large toothed comb through the length of your hair while it is still lathered up and continue to comb as you rinse. 

Can I Use A Shampoo Bar with Color Treated or Permed hair?

Most people find that shampoo bars are easier on color treated or permed hair than commercial shampoos and their color or curls remain fresh longer.

But since everyone's hair and coloring products are different, please do a strand test to judge for yourself. To do a strand test, shampoo a strand of hair in a non-conspicuous area and rinse. Notice if there are any changes. 

Is There an Adjustment Period?

Natural and organic personal care products, including shampoo bars, offer a personal experience that is quite unique. While many folks have little problem with their hair adjusting to a new routine, some do. The transition period can range from a few days to a few weeks or even a month. Hair length, hair damage, genetics, and the amount of residue or build-up from hair products can all impact the actual length of time. When you first begin, your hair or scalp may become oily or dry or even switch between the two extremes. You may have increased tangles or frizz and the hair shafts may feel weird or waxy. Much of this is due to your hair becoming accustomed to a natural lifestyle while it detoxes from previous chemically laden hair care products. Please be patient and give your hair time to adjust. Your reward will be soft, silky and healthy hair!