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The story of our shampoo bars

Here at Jack59, we pride ourselves in creating natural hair care products that are sustainably made and ethically sourced. When Vanessa started Jack59, she set out to make shampoo and conditioner bars for everyone. That's why Jack59 bars are paraben-free, sulfate-free and vegan. We even have gluten-free options.

pH Balanced Hair Care

The key to great hair care products (and great hair of course), is using pH balanced products. Creating a pH balanced bar that aligns perfectly with the natural pH of your hair really does make all the difference when it comes to having happy, healthy hair.

Why Biodegradable Shampoo and Conditioner?

Typical shampoos and conditioners contain sulfates and phosphates, which extends the shelf life of the product but cannot be naturally broken down.

In our mission to put the planet first, we created fully biodegradable shampoo and conditioner bars AND pledged to be zero waste and plastic-free in production.

Being biodegradable means there is no negative impact on the natural environment should our products find themselves in a waterway before being filtered out.

We never recommend purposely using any products, natural and biodegradable or not, in natural water sources like lakes and rivers, but often times our shower and cleaning products can make their way back into the natural world - regardless of efforts made to treat and filter wastewater.

Ethically Made

Not only are all of our products perfectly pH balanced, they are also Canadian made with ethically sourced ingredients, and a zero waste production process. 

Based in Edmonton, Alberta, we hire local women and provide all of our staff with flexible working hours, so they can provide for their families and prioritize the most important things in their lives. 

Sustainably Made

Here are a few things we are doing to reduce our carbon footprint and create eco-friendly products:

  • A 100% plastic free production process 
  • 100% recyclable packaging
  • 100% compostable shower container 
  • Bars are long lasting and can replace up to three traditional liquid shampoo plastic bottles, and up to five liquid conditioner plastic bottles

The Story Behind the Name

We get this question ALL of the time… What is Jack59? What’s with the name? Is it named after someone? 

Would you believe us if we told you Jack59 is named after a stray dog? It’s true. You might be wondering how on earth a stray dog relates to beauty products, and Vanessa was too when her daughter first came up with the idea!

The story behind the name began in 2014 when Vanessa and her daughter Isabella were playing outside in their yard. A timid, starving dog came out of the woods, and instantly Isabella was drawn to him. After convincing Vanessa to keep the dog and nurse him back to health, the whole family decided he would need a name. Isabella, who was four at the time, immediately blurted out Jack59! Now, with a name for the stray dog decided on, they drove into town to buy pet supplies only to find that when they had returned home Jack59 had run away, much to the heartbreak of Isabella. While their time with Jack59 the stray dog was short, the impact he had lived on. 

Now, fast forward to 2015 after Vanessa had made the decision to start her hair care business. She had quit her job, and had a plan, but there was one thing lacking - the name. That’s when Isabella ran into her room with tears in her eyes, and asked Vanessa if she could name the company Jack59 in remembrance of the lost stray dog. While the initial idea was a bit off-putting to Vanessa, she gave it a bit more thought and realized the name Jack59 actually embraced the entire reason for starting her business in the first place - to be able to spend more time with her family. In the end, it was a simple choice, and Jack59 was born.

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