I have to admit, the sound of “hair soap” made me a tad nervous. I pictured something difficult to lather, stripping my hair instead of enhancing it of its natural oils. Enter Seed’s Grape Seed Enriched Conditioning Hair Shampoo Bar.

First, the Seed company story is pretty interesting: it’s a husband and wife duo, Benjamin and Rebecca, who decided to ‘detoxify” their lives (including their personal care products) as they began focusing on having kids. Benjamin, who is a big wine aficionado, would always remark on the various health benefits of the grapes. They eventually stumbled onto grape seeds and researched their potent antioxidants and fatty acid properties. Building on that idea, they founded Seed, a 100% natural brand with grape fruit being its epicenter.

My nervousness was counteracted by intrigue in grape seeds and how a whole line was based on this alone. Grape seed extract, or vitis vinifera, is known to be a healing ingredient and has numerous other benefits including anti-dandruff and anti-microbal properties. I decided to give it a go.

The first thing I noticed was how much it lathered. It was a pleasant surprise how moisturizing it felt in the shower itself. The ingredients list shows itself that it contains some great moisturizers and potent botanicals: sodium cocoate is a coconut-oil derived fatty acid; euterpe oleracea is acai berry extract, which helps fight free radicals and promotes cell regeneration; chamomilla is an extract known for its healing properties; and acai, which is still undergoing research for its benefits, is often touted as a superantioxidant. The shampoo bar also has rice bran oil, which Marta previously noted, contains ferulic acid (a free-radical destroying antioxidant). Looks like this hair conditioner has all the right stuff.

Completely going above and beyond my expectations, my hair really did look and feel healthier! I’ve been using this bar (in between all my recent hair experiments) for months now, and at only $4.49, it’s practically a no-brainer. I think it’s especially great for women who are pregnant, or trying to go a more natural route in their beauty products.

Sodium Palmate, Sodium Cocoate, Water, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Passiflora Edulis (Passion Fruit) Seed Oil, Oriza Sativa Rice Bran Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Oil, Panthenol, Sodium Citrate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower.