It does have bacteria but from the mouths of EXPERTS, it's our own bacteria and nothing to fret about. https://www.self.com/story/bar-soap-sanitary-or-germy "The bulk of germs on your bar soap are probably from your own skin, Tatyana Petukhova, M.D., a dermatologist at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian, tells SELF....It’s estimated that about half the cells in the human body are bacteria, and a lot of those live upon your skin, helping to make up what’s known as your skin microbiome. Other microorganisms like fungi are also part of this environment. Your skin’s microbiome is essential to your immune system as it helps protect you from invading pathogens. So, it’s not a big deal to deposit microorganisms from your skin onto your soap, then back onto your skin....." I will believe MDs, clinical professor of microbiology, multiple Ph. Ds, dermatologists and the CDC over an individual peddling product. You know @Primrose there are people in this world with an agenda, unlike those who really have a concern for fellow soapers for using shampoo bars or not using the proper equipment when making soap (goggles, gloves, etc). I think there is an agenda here---->to promote a product as the only safe and terrific thing for hair and maybe skin. When researching ANYTHING I always look for agendas because they will usually taint the position taken. I read both sides of things to get a good overall understanding of it whatever 'it' might be. There is an agenda here, to promote and hopefully sell to us a product that is supposed to be cutting edge; I'm certain it has a hefty price tag. Any product that is vague/will not list ingredients and is pushed/promoted with little detail, that's when my spidey senses kick in. I'd use my crude pioneer soap over anything unknown; at least I know the only thing in my crude liquidy soap was hardwood ash in distilled water and lard. My personal opinion, using a discussion in this forum full of kindhearted and helpful folk with the agenda to sneakily sell something or push its sales for the salon is just wrong. This is a sharing of info site where many come to ask the help of others more experienced, not a marketplace. My husband laughs at me often; apparently I'm quite hilarious. The reason being is that I go to search one thing and I branch out to a half a dozen other topics. In my own defense, they really are related! When I was looking into the best beard brush and to purchase for my son's 24" beard I ended up reading so much material (20 sites) on how wood is processed and all about how wood is stronger when it's cut at certain angles. He is knowledgeable, kind of a jack of all trades, so I started some things and asked him if I understood these things correctly. The good news was that I properly processed the info for which I was unfamiliar. He asked what in the world was I reading about wood, he was very confused. Construction of wooden beard combs, particularly the longer ones, is very important. If I bought that one for my son I wanted to purchase a well-constructed long comb. @Auxotroph 's comment about bateria ridden soap (syndet and/cp), lol, I had already researched this years ago. The above site mentioned is full of info from specialists and only one of many sites I visited. That's why I asked if he/she was a dermatologist or cosmetologist, those kinds of professionals I would be more inclined to listen to over a layman. I'm not a specialist by any means but I don't consider myself a layman either, well, maybe an informed layman. I've done nothing but reading these past 4-5 years since retiring; I finally have the time. Apparently what we are finding online that is also called shampoo butter isn't what @Auxotroph is alluding to. You know @Obsidian , I thought there was an agenda to sell a 'new' 'cutting-edge' product here--100% natural shampoo butter--but that could be absolutely wrong. Maybe someone is offering "Big opportunities for people here" to us for investing in it, lol. I can't quite figure it out; I don't think this is really an information-seeking thing that's going on.