Gugo Bark | 3 pcs

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Gugo Bark | 3 pcs


GUGO BARK (SET OF 3) 

Compostable + chemical-free + plastic-free

Before commercial shampoo and conditioner products became the norm, Filipinos used gugo. Gugo or gogo is a vine that grows in the Philippines. The extract from the vine is traditionally used in washing hair and for hair tonics. It is also traditionally used in treating skin irritations, as well as hair and scalp related problems such as dandruff and hair loss. 

One order is inclusive of 3 strips of natural gugo bark. Please see product and shipping information in the tabs below.

Gugo or gogo (Entada phaseikaudes K Meer) is large, woody climbing vine that grows in the Philippines. Gugo bark decoction is traditionally used to shampoo and condition hair. When the bark is soaked in water and rubbed, it produces a lather which cleanses the scalp very effectively. The active principle of the bark is saponin.

You know those grandmas with really long, black shiny hair? They used gugo. Gugo was ye olden days' shampoo extraordinaire.

Each strip of gugo is approximately 43cm in length, 8cm in width, and 0.1cm in thickness. Please allow for a few centimeters discrepancy as all products are handmade and manually measured.

METHOD #1
Soak the strip in water at least half an hour before use. Once the bark has softened; rub the spread fibers against each other until saponins are expressed and a lather is produced. Massage the liquid into the scalp like you would shampoo. Leave in for 3 - 5 minutes. Rinse.

OPTIONAL:
Squeeze some calamansi juice into the liquid. Citrus will strip any residue off and make hair smooth and more manageable. If your hair is used to chemical shampoo, using gugo for the first time may make your hair feel a little too squeaky clean. Adding calamansi juice will neutralize this.

Hang the gugo strip and air dry before next use. You will be able to use the strip a number of times before composting it. The spent bark can also be used as a scrub, similar to how loofahs are used. Strips can also be cut in half before use, so only 1/2 of bark is used at a time.

METHOD #2
Soak the strip in water at least half an hour before use. Once the bark has softened; rub the spread fibers against each other until saponins are expressed and a lather is produced. Use like leave on conditioner, massage the liquid into the scalp after rinsing off your regular shampoo. Do not rinse.

METHOD #3
Cut gugo bark into smaller pieces and add strips into any shampoo you use/make.

METHOD #4
If all of the above are still too much work for you, you can instead check out the thickening shampoo bar that we carry— its active ingredient is gugo.

We accept payments through the following gateways:
- PayPal
- G Cash
- Bank of the Philippine Islands 
- Security Bank

You will be provided payment options and instructions during order check out.

Please expect items to be packaged in used / reused / recycled / old / donated / secondhand paper bags, shoe boxes, or cloth bags. We try to minimize our carbon footprint where we can, when we can, and as much as we can. We refuse to procure any new packaging materials for our products, and solicit all of ours via Buhay Zero Waste Preloved, an online decluttering and dumpster-diving platform we run. All of our packaging materials are donated to us by other people and are not borne out of our own consumption. 

Pick up
Please select the PICK UP option during checkout. Our pick-up location is within Salcedo Village, Makati City. The specific address will be provided to you during checkout. You may also book with a courier service (i.e. Grab / Lalalmove / Angkas / Mr. Speedy) of your own choosing to pick the items up, if you are unable to pick the parcel up yourself.

Shipping
We now do bicycle deliveries within the Makati / BGC central business districts! This shipping option will be visible upon checkout if your delivery address is within the areas we service.

Nationwide shipping is still currently unavailable though, as our logistics partners have suspended operations over the COVID-19 quarantine period. We will update this notice and make the necessary announcements once nationwide shipping is a viable option once again.

You will be provided pick up and shipping options during order check out.

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Gugo or gogo (Entada phaseikaudes K Meer) is large, woody climbing vine that grows in the Philippines. Gugo bark decoction is traditionally used to shampoo and condition hair. When the bark is soaked in water and rubbed, it produces a lather which cleanses the scalp very effectively. The active principle of the bark is saponin.

You know those grandmas with really long, black shiny hair? They used gugo. Gugo was ye olden days' shampoo extraordinaire.

SIZE / DIMENSIONS

Each strip of gugo is approximately 43cm in length, 8cm in width, and 0.1cm in thickness. Please allow for a few centimeters discrepancy as all products are handmade and manually measured.

HOW TO USE

METHOD #1
Soak the strip in water at least half an hour before use. Once the bark has softened; rub the spread fibers against each other until saponins are expressed and a lather is produced. Massage the liquid into the scalp like you would shampoo. Leave in for 3 - 5 minutes. Rinse.

OPTIONAL:
Squeeze some calamansi juice into the liquid. Citrus will strip any residue off and make hair smooth and more manageable. If your hair is used to chemical shampoo, using gugo for the first time may make your hair feel a little too squeaky clean. Adding calamansi juice will neutralize this.

Hang the gugo strip and air dry before next use. You will be able to use the strip a number of times before composting it. The spent bark can also be used as a scrub, similar to how loofahs are used. Strips can also be cut in half before use, so only 1/2 of bark is used at a time.

METHOD #2
Soak the strip in water at least half an hour before use. Once the bark has softened; rub the spread fibers against each other until saponins are expressed and a lather is produced. Use like leave on conditioner, massage the liquid into the scalp after rinsing off your regular shampoo. Do not rinse.

METHOD #3
Cut gugo bark into smaller pieces and add strips into any shampoo you use/make.

METHOD #4
If all of the above are still too much work for you, you can instead check out the thickening shampoo bar that we carry— its active ingredient is gugo.

PAYMENT GATEWAYS

We accept payments through the following gateways:
- PayPal
- G Cash
- Bank of the Philippine Islands 
- Security Bank

You will be provided payment options and instructions during order check out.

PICK UP & SHIPPING

Please expect items to be packaged in used / reused / recycled / old / donated / secondhand paper bags, shoe boxes, or cloth bags. We try to minimize our carbon footprint where we can, when we can, and as much as we can. We refuse to procure any new packaging materials for our products, and solicit all of ours via Buhay Zero Waste Preloved, an online decluttering and dumpster-diving platform we run. All of our packaging materials are donated to us by other people and are not borne out of our own consumption. 

Pick up
Please select the PICK UP option during checkout. Our pick-up location is within Salcedo Village, Makati City. The specific address will be provided to you during checkout. You may also book with a courier service (i.e. Grab / Lalalmove / Angkas / Mr. Speedy) of your own choosing to pick the items up, if you are unable to pick the parcel up yourself.

Shipping
We now do bicycle deliveries within the Makati / BGC central business districts! This shipping option will be visible upon checkout if your delivery address is within the areas we service.

Nationwide shipping is still currently unavailable though, as our logistics partners have suspended operations over the COVID-19 quarantine period. We will update this notice and make the necessary announcements once nationwide shipping is a viable option once again.

You will be provided pick up and shipping options during order check out.