Who loves to use their beauty products to the last drop and cares about the environment? If you raised your hand, then a shampoo bar is definitely for you.
With beauty products, there’s packaging from glass, plastic, biodegradable to the newly anointed ocean plastic. So now, there’s the option of buying shampoo in a bar sans packaging.
Soap bars have always been popular but not the idea of shampoo bars, until recently.
The simplicity and minimalistic feature of a shampoo bar makes so much sense and beauty brands are only now catching on and including this sensible beauty product in their lineup.
Shampoo bars that come in a small paper packaging or with no packaging at all are environmentally friendly as there’s no need for plastic bottles that include additional plastic material for its pumps.
According to UN Environment.org today we produce about 300 million tonnes of plastic waste every year, which is equivalent to the weight of the entire human population.
A staggering eight million tonnes of plastic end up in the world’s rivers, which serve as direct conduits of trash from the world’s cities to the marine environment.
The same properties that make plastics so useful — their durability and resistance to degradation — also make them nearly impossible for nature to completely break down.
Most plastic items never fully disappear as reported on the UN Environment.org website; they just get smaller and smaller. Many of these tiny plastic particles are swallowed by farm animals or fish who mistake them for food, and thus can find their way onto our dinner plates. They’ve also been found in a majority of the world’s tap water.
By not buying a shampoo that comes in a plastic container, you’ll be doing your part in protecting our environment and not adding to an increasing problem of plastic pollution.
What’s more, the shampoo bar is totally travel-friendly and you won’t have to worry about your shampoo spilling out and messing up your beautiful toiletry bag.
If you’re wondering about a hair conditioner, some brands are also weighing in with the creation of hair conditioner bars so that you can use shampoo and conditioner bars together.
All you need to do is rub the shampoo bar onto your hands to create a lather, then apply by massaging onto hair and scalp before rinsing off. To prolong its usage, just keep the shampoo and conditioner bar dry in between uses.
Generally, shampoo bars last three times longer than its liquid counterparts or for about 80 washes, depending on your washing habits. A regular shampoo bar, which provides about 80 washes, is equivalent to about three 8fl oz (236ml) bottles of liquid shampoo.
So, isn’t it time to welcome these sudsy shampoo bars? It will not just give you a headstart in keeping your hair clean but also make you feel better knowing that your shampoo bottles are not polluting the environment.
The Olive Tree Rosemary & Mint Shampoo Bar
This Australian made Malaysian brand solid shampoo bar is concocted from nourishing olive, sweet almond, coconut and argan oils scented with popular rosemary and mint essential oils. It gently cleanses without stripping away natural protective oils and is suitable for normal to fine hair. It is also suitable for non-oily, itchy and flaky scalps. This handmade shampoo bar is free from parabens, sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) sodium laureth sulphate (SLES), EDTA, petrochemical, synthetic Fragrances and artificial colours.
Funky Soap Acai Berry Solid Shampoo Bar
This natural and handmade soap – created specially for dry and damaged hair – utilises the amazing acai berry that is a sought after power food but is also known to strengthen and repair brittle and dry hair. With its structure restored to natural smoothness, hair looks silky, smooth and healthy. Acai berries also protect your hair and skin from free radicals and they are potent anti-oxidants that will help restore your hair and scalp.
Lush New Shampoo Bar
When stress or life goes to your head and your hair starts thinning, motivate your tired scalp with stimulating clove and cinnamon oils and a peppermint infusion. This spicy bar also has rosemary and nettles to soothe irritated scalps and make your hair shiny and soft. With a special #BeCrueltyFree message, this bestselling New Shampoo Bar encourages everyone to join the conversation about ending animal testing once and for all.
Tasmanian Real Beer Shampoo Bar By Beauty And The Bees
This shampoo bar from Tasmania is 100% natural to give you clean and shiny hair, without stripping your scalp of its natural oil. Made from 100% natural leatherwood honey, organic nourishing plant and essential oils, this shampoo bar offers a nice ginger cinnamon scent. This bar is equivalent to approximately two bottles of liquid shampoo, and is free of sulphate, parabens and silicones. It is also cruelty-free.
Ethique Wonderbar Eco-Friendly Conditioner Bar
Specially created for oily to normal hair, this shampoo bar has coconut oil, cocoa butter and vanilla to make this bar effective and enjoyable to use. It is 100% soap free, pH balanced and totally safe for colour treated hair. This cruelty-free coconut oil shampoo bar hydrates your hair without adding weight or oil, and is equivalent to five bottles of liquid conditioner!
Keratin Bar Intense Hair Conditioner
This Keratin bar, suitable for coloured hair, enhances the hair moisture binding ability giving sparkle, shine and bounce. Its potent conditioner has antistatic and detangling properties. It is also able to restore and rebuild damaged hair. Free of sulphate and parabens, this conditioner also offers softening effects and has anti-microbial properties. With ProVitamin B5 your hair will be intensely moisturised while it improves hair structure and adds lustre and sheen to the hair.
Finally Hair Shampoo And Conditioner By Salon Professional
This 2-in-1 therapeutic shampoo and conditioner bar is created specifically for scalp and hair follicles, and helps prevent hair loss with organic ingredients. Each soap bar shampoos and conditions the hair at the same time. It lathers in your hands easily and cleans and conditions your hair leaving it soft. It is free of sulfates, preservatives and harsh chemicals, and is also helpful in removing hair spray build up.