Plastic waste has become an epidemic in our oceans; killing marine life, contaminating the water and trashing our world’s beaches. It is time to make some changes!
And there is a change occurring, all around the world.
There are all sorts of ethical companies that are making the switch from plastic to biodegradable’s, reusable or recyclable material to their products.
Some products have even thought of ways to eliminate plastic packaging in another way. An example is the Shampoo Bar.
What is a Shampoo Bar?
A shampoo bar is simply shampoo without the bottle or the water, which usually makes up 97% of the regular shampoo bottles; and because there is no water there are no harsh chemicals and preservatives either!
Shampoo bars simply work by moving the bar all over your scalp and down your hair and then using your hands to work up a nice soapy lather! Then rinse with water and apply your conditioner if need be :).
It is that simple!
How to Choose One?
Natural Shampoo bars are the way to go because they are free from harsh chemicals like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate. These are detergents which are used in all sorts of personal hygiene products; but should be avoided as there are unsubstantiated claims stating their relation to cancer, as well as, at the end of the day you can always trust natural ingredients over man-made chemicals. Can I hear an amen?!
Did you know that on average, women put over 200 chemicals on their skin daily and more than 60% of them are absorbed into the skin… no wonder people have so many health issues!
Where Can I Buy One?
The Best Natural Shampoo bar would be found in an ethical, environmentally friendly and health conscious company.
I would recommend buying your shampoo bar from Biome as they are all about spreading the word to shop sustainably, ethically, cruelty-free and provide all natural ingredients in their products.
A great example of a soap that has all natural ingredients, is palm oil free and vegan, is the Original Solid Shampoo from The Australian Natural Soap Company.
The ingredients are as follows:
Saponified coconut oil, saponified sweet almond oil, saponified grapeseed oil, saponified olive oil, petitgrain oil, patchouli, & mandarin oil
[It is also handmade in Australia]
Sometimes people state that the first time they use a shampoo bar, they don’t like the feel of their hair after their first use but that is a given when you are not used to using natural products rather than chemical ones. This is because the natural oils in your hair are not being stripped away.
In this case, your hair may require a transition process before it is completely free from chemicals and other residues and starts feeling soft and smooth after using a natural shampoo bar.
Ultimately, it is all about trial and error really. All types of hair react differently to different types of shampoos. Some people state that their hair feels soft and smooth after using their first shampoo bar whereas others say their hair feels dry and they need to use conditioner to soften it.
Your Doing Something Amazing
So ultimately if you are looking for a great shampoo bar and want to have your hair rid of harsh chemicals, I would recommend getting a soap that has all natural ingredients and is sourced ethically.
Just be sure to give it a chance, as you have been likely using chemical shampoo your whole life, so it may take a few washes for your hair to rid itself of chemicals and be all soft and luscious as it is!
And just remember! You are doing an amazing thing for the environment, as well as helping out our marine life one shampoo bottle at a time!
And it DOES make a difference; every bit counts.
Remember…be the change you want to see in the world
Thanks for reading everyone and I hope you are intrigued to try out a natural shampoo bar! Let me know your thoughts or experiences with them, I would love to hear from you.
THE FOUNDER OF THE EARTH CO.