Products Available at Black Umbrella Tattoo and Art Gallery

If you looking for my products, they can now be found in Garden Grove, CA at Black Umbrella. I am still taking custom orders, but my online store is now closed. There is a variety of items available there, so stop by and maybe get a tattoo while you shop. =) Black Umbrella is located at: 12951 Main St, Garden Grove, CA 92840. Say “Hello” to Kurtis for me. =)

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No Shampoo?

Edit 11/22/16: I decided that I was tired of purchasing shampoo who's ingredients list is so long that the font had to be so tiny you can barely read it.  I have crafted a shampoo bar with only a minimal amount of Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLSA) in it. I included SLSA in the recipe because standard shampoo bars made with lye still left my hair greasy. I choose to use SLSA instead of SLS because SLSA is milder surfactant and derived from coconut and palm oils. This shampoo bar gets my hair clean and I know EXACTLY what is in it. Hopefully you will enjoy it too. =)

No Shampoo?

Why don't I offer shampoo? The answer is a bit complicated, so if you're up for a story, let's go.

I have made several shampoo bars the natural way (No SLS or sulfates). I valiantly tried all of them along with the vinegar rinse method, and to no avail my hair wasn't having it. I even went to the extent of using bentonite clay on my hair to try to absorb the oils and nothing worked. My hair looked wet and disgusting and after 5 days I caved and shampooed with some store bought shampoo.

I won't sell something that I can't use myself, so I chose to not offer shampoo. I still use my conditioner bar every day and will refuse to ever use any other conditioner than the one I make. I have paired my conditioner bars with a number of shampoos (Purple shampoo for blondes, cheap dollar store shampoo, shampoo bar made with SLS) and the end result is the same; soft, silky luxurious locks. I encourage you to try out one of the conditioner bars even though it doesn't have a shampoo bar pairing. I think you'll love it just as much as I do.

 

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The Beginning

Every Story has a Beginning:

It all started with a need to create something and a soap making kit. As I began to make soap, I soon found myself wanting to make more items. My goal was to hand make as many beauty products for myself as possible. I began to share my creations with friends and family, who’s personal reviews encouraged me to start this business. Ample amounts of trial and error has gone into the perfecting of these products, and after a little over a year I feel confident enough to offer them to the public. I personally use every item on this site, and my husband also uses many items as well (He loves bath fizzies, and isn’t afraid to say it).  What started as a hobby has now become a business with encouraging support from my many friends who told me, “You should sell this stuff. It’s amazing.”

I hope that you feel the same and pamper yourself with my creations.

~Sarah Kershner, founder of Irish Beauty

 

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