Welcome to Aquarian Bath & FAQs

Aquarian Bath helps plastic-free enthusiasts cut out annoying plastic packaging from their bath and body care routines by providing shampoo bars, soaps, deodorants, balms, tooth powders, and microwavable pillows.

Welcome to Aquarian Bath! Aquarian Bath is a family owned company in Daytona Beach, Florida.  The AquarianBath.com website runs on just 5 Watts of solar power, leveraging some of the most efficient technology available to minimize its power footprint. This is just one of the ways we are trying to keep our business clean and green.  We like to recycle or upcycle whenever possible. Our handmade soaps and shampoo bars are made in small batches by hand (hand stirred, hand cut, hand stamped). They are unscented or are lightly scented with essential oils that have been tested for purity. Soaps include herbs, clays, or mineral pigments, but no synthetic dyes, or synthetic ingredients.  SLS  and surfactants are not included in our soaps or shampoo bars. We also never use palm oil or 'sustainable' palm oil in our products. All of the oils we use are non-GMO, and we are in favor of mandatory labeling of GMO ingredients.  Our best sellers are currently our Hemp Shampoo Bars and Flaxseed Neck Pillows, which are made with Organic cotton.  

Cory Trusty, President 

Aquarian Bath


Do you ship with plastic?

Our packing materials do not include plastic with one exception, which is priority mail packages that ship internationally. Those packages are required by USPS to have a plastic sleeve for the customs forms. 

Questions: How do you use a shampoo bar?  

Washing with a shampoo bar is pretty simple. First you wet your hair thoroughly, the rub the shampoo bar in a few a patches in your hair. Then work up the lather with your hands.  You may need to wet it again once and rub the shampoo bar onto a patch of hair again if you have a lot of hair.  Make sure the lather is worked in through all of your hair and down to your scalp in order give your hair a complete cleaning. Then rinse your hair with fresh water making sure to get out all the shampoo. Rinsing your hair with bath tub water that already has soap mixed in with it will not give you a clean rinse. I wash with my shampoo bars every 2 to 3 days, or more often if I have been getting dirty in the garden or have been working out strenuously.

Can you help me, I'm having trouble transitioning to shampoo bars? 

Having damaged hair from lightening treatments and hair that has been over exposed to products can make it hard to transition to shampoo bars. For hair that has not been dyed with chemicals (henna is okay) a vinegar rinse can help transition to shampoo bars. A diluted vinegar rinse helps to remove build up from shampoo and other hair care products, and helps smooth and slightly straighten the hair. This is how you do it:

Mix 2 Tablespoons of Vinegar (Apple Cider Vinegar is best) with 2 cups of warm water. Wet the hair completely in the shower, then pour the rinse completely through the hair. Allow it to sit on the hair for a couple minutes and then rinse with fresh water. 

Do shampoo bars work with hair work with bleached hair? 

Our formulas have been created to work best with natural hair types, henna dyed hair, and dyed but not bleached hair. The bleaching changes the hair structure such that there is a larger surface area in which to trap conditioning oils. Results seem to vary with the level of damage from bleaching. Using a diluted vinegar rinse may help after washing with the shampoo bar (1-2 Tablespoons in 1 quart water). However bleached hair that has been dyed as well will need to make a strand test to make sure vinegar does not alter the hair color.

Are there hair products which are incompatible with shampoo bars?

Yes, Do not use shampoo bars with salt hair sprays.  

Question: Are all of your soaps made with lye or Sodium Hydroxide? Can you make an all natural soap without these chemicals?

Answer: Soap is created through a chemical reaction called saponification. Saponifiable substances are those that can be converted into soap. Sodium hydroxide or "lye" (NaOH) is a caustic (alkali) base. During saponification the alkali base such reacts with a fatty acid side chain of an ester molecule from a fat or oil. Oils and fats are fatty esters in the form of triglycerides. When Sodium Hydroxide is used a hard soap is formed. The alkali (OH group) breaks the ester bond and releases the fatty acid salt and glycerol. The fatty acid salt has a hydrophobic (water fearing) and a hydrophilic (water loving) end. In this way the molecule (soap) can mix with oils or water to act as emulsifiers thereby mixing with water and oils to clean. Many people ask if soap can be made with out lye OR claim that true soap can be made without lye. The answer is no, true soap cannot be made without using lye.

Modern cold process soap making yields a glycerin-rich soap. This kind of soap was once called 'lye soap'. Many people think of lye soap is unpleasant and harsh to use. This is because in the past people made soap with too much lye, and it remained in the bar of soap irritating the skin. Without the scientific data and scales available today, the soap makers of the past approximated the amount of lye to add to the fats. If not enough lye was added, the mixture was soft and not usable. If too much lye was added, some extra lye would remain in the soap but the soap could be used. Therefore, the preference was to add extra lye to ensure the soap would be usable. Using modern calculations and methods, when made correctly, no lye remains in the bar of soap.

Question: Is there a difference between your soaps that are made with essential oils and other Fragrance oil soaps that are available? Can I receive aromatherapy benefits from cheaper Fragrance oil Bath and Body Products? Why don't you have fruit scented soaps?

The Aromatherapy effects of dynamic natural plant essential oils cannot be duplicated by man-made chemical fragrance oils. Aromatherapy is a branch of plant medicine that has nothing to do with synthetic fragrances. However, because the health-promoting properties of true Aromatherapy are desirable, many companies use cheaper chemical fragrance oils that do NOT carry these benefits, but will mislead customers (knowingly or unknowingly) by using the terms aromatherapy or aroma to make it seem like they are the same thing. The most offensive promotion I have seen was an "herbal soap" made with chemical fragrance oils rather than herbal essential oils. In order for a product to have genuine aromatherapeutic properties is must be made with unadulterated plant essences, plant infused oils, or other plant based ingredients. Products labeled for example as "Lavender Fragrance Oil" or "Lavender Oil" you may assume are synthetics. A product made with Lavender essential oil will be labeled as such.

How can you tell if you are smelling a pure essential oil product or natural perfume? There are various ways to test an undiluted oil or essential oil for purity, but when it comes to diluted oils in body or or home fragrance products your nose is also a fine judge. When you smell a product made with pure essential oils you should feel drawn to inhale deeply. In contrast when smelling a chemical substitute you may feel like you want to immediately cease inhalation or even hold your breath. Just think of a trip down laundry or home fragrance aisle at the supermarket, which is often overwhelming even for people without chemical sensitivities. Using personal body products with chemical fragrances such as these may contribute to stress on the liver and development of chemical sensitivities over time.

In addition it is noteworthy that certain plant scents cannot be stabilized. Natural perfumery expert Mandy Aftel notes in her book Essence and Alchemy that following florals cannot be produced naturally: Freesia, Honeysuckle, Violet, Tulip, Lily, Gardenia, Heliotrope, Orchid, Lilac, and Lily of the Valley. Also you may find the following fruity 'flavor oils' in various lip balms, but I can assure you they are not essential oils. These are Cherry, Watermelon, Apple, Raspberry, etc. Citrus fruits flavors however can be condensed from collection of the essential oils from outer peel.


About the owners: Cory Trusty (herbalist extraordinaire) and Scott Johnson (technical polymath) are the down to Earth proprietors of Aquarian bath. Cory has a background in Biological Sciences from the University of Washington and coauthored papers in the journals Genetics and Development. She studied herbal medicine at the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Scott has traversed the spectrum from electronic engineering to telecom to internet engineering to heliophysics and theoretical physics in his intellectual wandering, and his physical wanderings have taken him around the planet to some of its most remote corners supporting his sustainable off-grid solar powered computing networks.


Aquarian Bath

46 Highridge RD

Holly Hill FL 32117

(310) 919-0220

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