FAQ – ideaPRO
Things to know about our products.
Do you have questions about our range or about natural cosmetics and sustainability in general? Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions. Please do not hesitate to contact us personally if you have any further questions - we look forward to hearing from you!
FAQ on products:
Why use solid cleansing bars instead of liquid soap?
Solid cleansing bars are an excellent foundation for a sustainable bathroom and the gateway to a zero-waste lifestyle. Solid cosmetics don’t require plastic packaging. Our production is aqua-free and that also allows us to say good-bye to preservatives. Solid cleansing bars yield plenty of use and our products are micro-plastic free. They work without any silicones and parabens and since they don’t utilize any animal-based ingredients are considered vegan. Their compact form drastically reduces packaging and transport volume and in doing so also substantially cuts down on emissions. Solid cleansing bars go easy on resources and are gentle to the environment. Beyond that, they’re also ideal travel companions since they are light and can’t leak.
What’s the difference between solid cleansing bars and normal soap?
The cleansing bars are made of so-called “syndets” (synthetic detergents). They look like soap, but they’re not! The difference: Soap is boiled from fats and soda or potash lye which give it an alkaline pH value. That neutralizes the natural protective acid mantle of our skin for a brief moment makes it easy for bacteria and fungus to spread. Healthy skin, however, can restore its old pH value after about an hour.
Conversely, syndets clean by using cleansing substances (surfactants) of non-animal origin. Their pH value is in the slightly acidic range – just like our skin. That’s preferable for people with sensitive skin. Pleasant side effect: in contrast to normal soap, syndets or “cleansing bars” don’t leave residue in your tub or wash basin.
What’s the difference between solid shampoo and shampoo soap?
Solid shampoo is pH neutral or slightly acidic, mixed from surfactants and other ingredients and then pressed into form. Shampoo soap, however, has an alkaline pH value and is made from boiled fats, oils and lye. Due to its pH value and its composition, shampoo soap always needs an acidic rinse – in particular in regions with hard water since otherwise so-called lime scum could form – this is hard to remove residue in your hair and shower. Anyone that wants to switch to solid hair care will find solid shampoos to be ideal since you can start right away. There are no disadvantages versus liquid shampoos – no need to experiment first or change your routine.
What are the advantages of aqua-free production?
Our entire production is aqua-free. None of our products use water as an ingredient. That delivers several benefits. For one, it is an excellent start on transitioning to a “less waste” bathroom since there’s no need for plastic bottles. Another upside: where there’s no water, germs have no chance to thrive and so we don’t need emulsifiers and preservatives. And that means, the ingredients are undiluted. Sea salt, plant oils and herbal extracts have a preserving effect thanks to their texture and composition. Pleasant added bonus: aqua-free care products are better suited for people with sensitive skin since their skin often is irritated by emulsifiers or preservatives.
How economical are solid cleansing bars?
The undiluted quality and the use of highly concentrated ingredients make solid shampoos and cleansing bars more economical than their liquid counterparts. To ensure that the products last long, it is important that solid cleansing bars are stored properly so they can dry well.
What is the best way to store solid cleansing bars?
Best way to store solid cleansing bars is to hang them in a small woven cotton pouch with a drawstring that allows them to dry well. As an alternative you can also store them in a soap dish that allows water to drain off. It is important that the cleansing bar/solid shampoo bar can dry well.
Do the products have an expiration date?
The law requires that cosmetics that expire before 30 months must have an expiration date on the packaging. Since our products can easily exceed this timeframe, i.e., are still good after more than 30 months, we do not need to give an expiration date.
A tip: For you to enjoy our products even longer, store them in a dry and dark place.
Are solid shampoos as good their liquid siblings? And is it easy to rinse out solid shampoo?
Yes, absolutely! The care ingredients in the shampoos are undiluted so there is no need for additional preservatives.
Is it true that you need an acidic rinse after using solid shampoos?
No, that is not true. Acidic rinsing is only recommended when washing your hair with shampoo soap to prevent lime soap residue that could damage your hair. Since solid shampoos don’t form lime residue, an acidic rinse is not necessary.
Are solid shampoos suitable for coloured hair?
Yes. But you should definitely use a solid shampoo for sensitive hair. The low pH value of the product shields the hair and thus prevents the loss of pigments through an open hair texture.
How can I get my hair and myself to make the transition away from commonly used shampoos?
A transition period is not really needed. Your hair will get used to solid shampoo care immediately. There is a suitable solid shampoo for every hair type – give them a try.
Do solid shampoos foam?
Solid shampoos foam reliably no matter what degree of water hardness.
How do you apply the shampoo? As easily as with liquid shampoos?
Yes, you can apply solid shampoos just as easily to your hair as liquid shampoos. There are two types of application: the “lather up on your head” or “lather up in your hand” and then apply it to your head? What’s your preference?
Is the use of a solid cleansing bar hygienic?
It’s in no way less hygienic than a soap dispenser. A solid cleansing bar has the excellent property of preserving itself through drying and thus offers no growth medium for bacteria or viruses.
Is it true that the switch to solid shampoo initially results in oily hair?
No, the cleansing effect is well-adjusted, so there won’t be any changes to your hair structure.
Are solid cleansing bars also suitable for sensitive skin or neurodermitis?
You’ll have to try it out. We recommend you start with a cleansing bar that is intended for sensitive skin.
Lather in your hand or on your body/hair?
As you like it. It depends on your personal preference, not the product.
Are these products good for sensitive skin?
Yes, they’re good because they only contain what is necessary to clean and care, no emulsifiers or preservatives are needed. And that also makes them good for sensitive skin.
Why are irritating surfactants and fragrances necessary?
Surfactants are necessary to achieve the desired cleaning effect. But you can do without fragrances.
Do solid shampoos dry out your hair?
No, quite the opposite. Solid shampoos have large proportions of caring and moisturizing components. In the production of solid shampoos, the care ingredients are better processed than in liquid shampoos.
FAQ on natural cosmetics/sustainability:
What are natural cosmetics?
In Germany, the term “natural cosmetics” is not legally protected. In general, a traffic light system established by the natural cosmetics expert Elfriede Dambacher has prevailed.
Red stands for conventional, yellow for nature-related and green for purely natural cosmetics. Nature-related cosmetics combine plant-based ingredients with chemical raw materials, such as paraffins, surfactants or perfumes. To the critical consumer, it often looks as if these products are just being “greenwashed”. Natural cosmetics, however, only use active and caring ingredients from nature. Anyone that wants to be on the safe side should buy certified, i.e., tested, natural cosmetics. Besides the BDIH quality seal, in existence since 2001, the seals: Natrue and COSMOS are also prevalent. The criteria the seals are based on, are defined by the party issuing the seal.
Why should I switch to natural cosmetics?
Natural cosmetics are not only highly effective but in general very well-tolerable. Many raw materials originate from controlled organic farming and their environmental friendliness and sustainability are front and centre along the entire production process.
Are natural cosmetics as effective as conventionally produced cosmetics?
Absolutely. Nature gives us highly effective plants and herbs whose effects were already appreciated centuries ago.
Do the idealPRO articles conform with the concept of natural cosmetics?
All our solid cleansing bars and solid shampoos can be produced in conformance with the guidelines of natural cosmetics.
Why are solid shampoos better for the environment?
Solid hair shampoos are much gentler to the environment than liquid shampoos. Since solid shampoos don’t contain water, they don’t require preservatives, need no plastic packaging and take up less space. Solid hair shampoos are small bars wrapped in paper or put in a cardboard box and don’t come in big bottles. This is why they take up less space in transport compared to liquid shampoos. That’s means less trucks on the road and lower CO2 emissions.
Are the products vegan and free of animal-testing?
Yes, the products are vegan and no tests were performed on animals.