A few weeks ago I was contacted by The Honest Kitchen, and they asked if I would be interested in reviewing their newest product called Sparkle Bars, an all natural, goat's milk shampoo bar. Free fancy dog soap from a company I love? Needless to say, I said "hell yes!". Well, not really. But in my head I did, and that's almost the same thing.
The Honest Kitchen is a company that makes high quality dehydrated dog and cat foods, along with treats, supplements, and a few other goodies. While their foods are too low in protein/fat for Nola, the rest of my crew loves their food, and I'm a huge fan.
Sparkle Bars are, like I said, an all natural bar shampoo made from goat's milk, oils, and functional herbs. They're earth friendly, and fantastic for your pup (or cat, if you're brave) skin and coat. They come in three options, and are $12.99 a piece. The box says that one bar is about 18 baths for a 30lb dog. The "flavors" are:
Apple Cider Vinegar (for sensitive skin)
Diatomaceous Earth, Calendula, Comfrey and Aloe (for skin irritation, hot spots, and itching)
Lavender, Cedar, Juniper, and Rosemary (for a stronger scent)
Both Nola and I have very sensitive skin (seriously, I have to use everything "free and clear", from detergent to body wash. It's bad, people), and I'm not a big fan of super scented soaps on my dogs, so we went with the simple, sensitive Apple Cider Vinegar.
Here's what THK has to say about their Sparkle Bars:
Our all natural, botanical shampoo bars are kind to your pup or kitty, and to the earth, too. They’re hand-made from a base of organic goat’s milk from a family farm in the Deep South, and blended with olive and coconut oil plus precious, functional herbs and botanicals that gently nourish the different needs of the skin and coat.
Why Solid Shampoo?
Sparkle Shampoo Bars are like ‘dehydrated’ shampoo – compact, free of wasteful ‘water weight’, efficient to ship and minimal on the packaging front, too. Our shampoo bars are super-long lasting. One bar will bubble up into about 18 baths for a 30lbs dog.
Old-fashioned liquid shampoos are bulky and heavy to ship, which means a big old Carbon Pawprint to get them from A to B. Regular shampoo also requires loads of plastic packaging, which usually means reliance on fossil fuels and questionable recyclability after use, not to mention the risk of leaks and spills from a broken bottle or bath-time fumble!
This was the first time I'd ever used bar soap for the pups, and I'll admit to being a bit skeptical. Human bar soap annoys the crap out of me, and I'm always dropping it on the occasions we're out of normal soap. I didn't expect much from Sparkle Bars to be honest, but I am happy to report that I am very pleasantly surprised!
It lathers so well, with just a few swipes of the bar over the length of Nola's body. It was very gentle, yet penetrated the corse coat of Olivia and Pike's thick fur without a problem. Nola had something gross and faintly sticky on her back, and this cleaned it right up, with minimal scrubbing on my part. It easily rinses and quickly, too, which is always nice!
There's no smell, not even to my sensitive nose, and none of the dogs seemed bothered by any scent while being bathed. Once dried, all their coats were completely odor free. I can't tell you how much I love that! Even Olivia, who always has a smell to her, was perfectly nose-neutural.
I was astonished at how soft and shiny everyone was after using these. Nola especially is like silk after being washed with the Sparkle Bar (I love that name! I want a human Sparkle Bar!). Pike and Olivia's white was crisp and clear after washing, and there was no skin irritation with any dog, not even Nola. My hands were also super soft after washing the dogs, and I'm almost tempted to buy a Sparkle Bar for myself.
It's been about a week since I washed them with the Sparkle Bar, and there's still no stink and their coats are perfectly clean. And oh my god, I've never used shampoo that helped with shedding like this one does! Nola hardly sheds to begin with, but since using the Sparkle Bar I haven't found a single Nola-hair, and it's been a huge help with Pike.
It is a little expensive, but in my opinion it's well worth it, and I will be buying another as soon as ours is gone. My only complaint is the square shape is a bit difficult to hold, so perhaps a curved, hand shape bar would be better. Other than that, a 5 star product that I enthusiastically recommend!!
- Dachshund Mommy
(Disclaimer: I was provided a free product in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own, and I was not monetarily compensated by The Honest Kitchen)