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  • Paraben Free
  • Phthalate Free
  • Sulfate Free
  • Handmade
  • Vegan
  • No GMO
  • Sustainably Harvested
  • Made in the USA

Paraben Free

Parabens are synthetic chemical preservatives, commonly used in beauty products like shampoo, lotion, and deodorants. Parabens can accumulate in your body, and have been linked to hormonal disruption and reproductive problems. In studies of breast cancer patients, parabens have been found in the tissue of cancerous tumors–yikes! If you want to avoid Parabens in your beauty products, keep an eye out for methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben in the ingredients list.

Phthalate Free

Phthalates are found in toys, electronics, personal care products, plastic wraps, containers, and more. These petroleum based chemicals help soften plastics, and bind fragrances to perfumes, deodorants, creams, and other personal care products. Phthalates are are not chemically bound, meaning they can easily get released into the air, water, or your body, just by using the products as intended. Phthalates have been found to disrupt the endocrine system, which can cause reproductive damage, hormonal imbalances, infertility, mood changes, metabolism changes, and more.

Sulfate Free

Sulfates are synthetic chemical ingredients commonly used in beauty products and household cleaners, like shampoos and dish soaps. You can usually identify sulfates in an ingredients list by looking out for the most common types: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLC) and Sodium Laureth Sulfates (SLES). These chemicals, often derived from petroleum, are used to help form the “lather” we’re used to seeing in our beauty and cleaning products. When used in the shower or sink, these chemicals can flow through the pipes and into our waterways. Synthetic sulfates have been linked to allergic reactions, eye and skin irritation, and hair loss, and some studies suggest they contain carcinogenic ingredients.

Organic Content

Organic materials and ingredients are grown without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers, promoting a healthier use of land and decreasing harmful agricultural runoff. By steering clear of toxic chemicals, farm workers experience less exposure to hazardous conditions, promoting social responsibility as well as environmental stewardship. Choosing organic materials eliminates the use of insecticides and other harmful chemicals, promotes efficient resource use, and results in a safer products and a cleaner planet!


We support small businesses and craftspeople who create each of their products with care. Handmade products are generally produced on a small scale, without the use of large energy consuming factories and production facilities. Buying handmade helps support art, communities, and people’s livelihoods.


This product does not contain any animal products or byproducts, and has not been tested on animals.


This product is made without the use of Genetically Modified Organisms. The process of using GMO’s involves manipulating the DNA of plants, animals, and other organisms to produce benefits such as an ability to tolerate herbicides or produce their own pesticides. GMO’s have been deemed as unsafe by many developed nations.

Sustainably Harvested

Some or all of the ingredients or materials used to produce this item have been sustainably harvested. Sustainable practices involve managing land in ways that prevent overharvesting, preserve the natural ecosystems and animal habitats, and ensure a sustainable harvest for the future.

Made in the USA

This product was made in the United States. Buying locally made items helps to reduce harmful emissions that result from transportation during and after the production process. Purchasing products made in the United States also ensures that the items are produced in ways that meet strict safety and labor standards.

Reveal your best hair with the Charcoal Natural Shampoo Bar from Plum Brilliance. Handcrafted with castor oil, tea tree, and bamboo charcoal – this product comes without any extra plastic packaging or nonsense for your most minimal experience. The charcoal promotes hair growth, while the tea tree removes excess oil, and the castor oil helps balance your scalp's pH and undo damage. Plus, it contains no sulfates, parabens, chemicals, or additives!

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Sustainability Features


  • Handcrafted in small artisan batches in the USA


  • Olea europaea (olive) oil, Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, RSPO Elaeis Guineensis (palm) oil, Ricinis communis (castor) oil, Charcoal, proprietary blend of 100% pure essential oils. May contain earth clays or organic herbs/spices.


  • Plum Brilliance has high social and ethical responsibility goals, and their palm oil supplier is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), an organization that supports sustainable palm oil production and harvesting!


  • Soap bar comes package free with only a recyclable paper sleeve
  • Ships in recycled and recyclable shipping materials or boxes with tissue paper (from recycled clothing pattern paper from thrift stores) or reused shredded papers

Made Without

  • Contains no preservatives, parabens or synthetics
  • Ethically wildcrafted from chemical and pesticide free botanicals and oils

Product Specifications

Additional Features

  • Handcrafted shampoo bar with natural, chemical-free ingredients that gently cleanse hair
  • Made with olive oil, charcoal, and added essential oils
  • Balances scalp pH, makes hair stronger and less frizzy, and promotes hair growth


  • Personal care products are not eligible for return


  • 5oz / 141g
  • Scent: herbal and minty

Shipping Info

  • Ships within 2 - 3 business days

About the Company

Plum Brilliance

What is Plum Brilliance? Well, in the words of founder Apryl Martinez: plant magic handcrafted in San Diego. With mindful, plastic-free product packaging, and wildcrafted and sustainably harvested ingredients with no chemical additives, Plum Brilliance products are kind to our bodies – and for our Earth. Unlike many skincare companies that rely on harsh additives like preservatives and parabens, the body butters, oils, soaps, bath products, and skincare essentials from Plum Brilliance use only natural ingredients that are both grown and manufactured with love in small batches.

Our skin absorbs everything it touches. So infuse your skin with the power of nature with Plum Brilliance products!

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  1. carmenjosaunders

    Solid shampoo newbie

    carmenjosaunders (verified owner)

    Smells nice and lathers great

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  2. okiegal.lexi

    The best shampoo

    okiegal.lexi (verified owner)

    I was having trouble with dandruff. I tried many different shampoos. This is the only one that has helped me get rid of it and keep my hair feeling healthy.

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  3. Sebastian Banks

    Works great

    Sebastian Banks (verified owner)

    Works great smells great

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  4. Genny Heald

    Silky smooth

    Genny Heald (verified owner)

    I absolutely love how this bar makes my hair feel. Ever since I’ve started using it, it’s like life was put back in my hair. Not to mention, it doesn’t strip the color from my hair as quickly as my last shampoo, my purple hair likey. Very cost effective and works great, plus it doesn’t leave behind a scent which is perfect because I’m allergic to fragrances. I usually add a little bit of a homemade jojoba and Rosewater blend on the ends when it’s dry. Seems to do the trick. Absolutely wonderful.

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  5. kerrywarrywantabeary

    Excellent Zero-waste swap! Remember to use Apple cider vinegar rinse to eliminate the waxy/sticky feeling!

    kerrywarrywantabeary (verified owner)

    With quarantine inspiring me to commit to a more zero-waste lifestyle, I looked into shampoo bars. I have had a poor experience years before with shampoo bars and emailed the owner/creator of Plum Brilliance to ask how to properly use (and what bar she recommended for me) a shampoo bar to prevent my fine, curly, ginger hair from getting sticky/tangled with residue. She told me to do a good lather, and you don’t need to rub the damp bar much into your hair near your scalp to get an excellent lather, then to rinse well (I can’t run my fingers through my hair in this step, so I just massage my hair under the running water to the best of my ability), and then to do an apple cider vinegar rinse all over, especially for my scalp (I use Bragg’s with the Mother, about 2 ounces of ACV with 6 ounces of water- I have a hair-applicator bottle for this step, and I add a few drops of organic essential oils to semi-mask the smell of the ACV when I’m in the shower since you don’t smell the ACV when your hair is fully dried). The apple cider vinegar rinse is what helps to detangle my hair, balance my scalp pH (so I have less oil and general “build-up” on my scalp, and thus I feel cleaner between hair-washing days), and it actually hydrates my hair too! To a decent extent, at least, since on my in-between days where I don’t wash, I just rinse with water and occasionally add 100% argan oil to my ends for a little hydration before I use my home-made single-ingredient flaxseed hair gel.
    So, that is essentially my new hair routine and I don’t need to buy Terressentials clay-based hair wash anymore (no more plastic bottles to recycle every 3-4 months!). I love that this hair wash bar is guaranteed to last for 6 months or more, especially if you only use it once every 4-5 days like I do (oh, and use a draining soap holder, away from pools of water, or even a shower caddy out of the way of the shower water to make sure it lasts as long as possible). And it’ll save me a good chunk of change considering it cost me almost $40 for one 16 ounce bottle of Terressentials Lavender Guarden hair wash (including shipping)! Need I mention the bar smells lovely? It doesn’t leave much of any smell in your hair, especially if you follow with an apple cider vinegar rinse… Just plain hair smell (well, I have a little lavender & sandalwood essential oil smell from my home made hair gel and what I added to the ACV rinse), which is PERFECT if you are sensitive to strong or perfume-y/synthetic/chemical-y smells, like me… XD I hope all these details will help others with deciding whether they want to use a shampoo/hair wash bar for their zero-waste, plastic-reducing journey. : )

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      Hi, Kerry! We are SO happy that you’re having such wonderful results with Plum Brilliance’s Shampoo bar! Isn’t Apryl great? We love that you are finding joy (and success) with your new, low-waste hair routine 🙂

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  6. Loren

    Loren (verified owner)

    Personally it did not work for me. It left my hair feeling dry and waxy. My husband however loves it since he has shorter hair and can wash it out much easier. I would recommend using conditioner with this bar.

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  7. Question

    Erin W.

    How long does the shampoo bar last?

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      Hi Erin! Since this shampoo bar is waterless, it’s super concentrated and should last a very long time! If allowed to properly dry between uses, you’re looking at around 3-4 months of solid use. However, the exact amount of time is dependent on how much hair you have and how often you like to wash it. 🙂

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  8. Heath

    What's not to like?

    Heath (verified owner)

    It smells good, comes with minimal eco-friendly packaging, and lathers up very easily. My hair is squeaky clean with this bar. It’s my first time using a shampoo bar but I don’t see why I would ever go back to plastic bottles.

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