Is this the Best Shampoo? Shampoo Bars Are Curbing Plastic Waste

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]

Cons

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.

 

Yours Truly,

 

Danielle Packer

THE FOUNDER OF THE EARTH CO.

18 thoughts on “Is this the Best Shampoo? Shampoo Bars Are Curbing Plastic Waste

  1. I use a handmade saw palmetto and nettle shampoo bar for hair growth, along with another with cayenne – they’re fantastic, however I do find they leave the hair drier than conventional shampoo. Do you have recommendations for a conditioner bar? The only one I can find has honey, which I don’t use being vegan.

    1. Hey Kay dee! Thanks for commenting 🙂
      Can you use apple cider vinegar! You use it with 2-4 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar and 16 oz of water 🙂

  2. My sister suggested using the shampoo bars but I haven’t done so as my hair is very dry and I don’t want to make them drier. I will try it someday! But this is a fantastic way to reduce plastic usage!

    1. Yeah that’s right! It is all about giving it a try and see how your hair takes it. It should be fine, just give it a few washes 🙂

  3. Hi Danielle,
    I’m thinking about getting my wife some of these. But she is big on conditioner. Do they offer conditioner bars as well?

    1. They do not unfortunately but you can use more natural conditioners but they come in a container, but at least you are stepping away from at least one plastic product in your bathroom. It all makes a difference and I am sure ne day soon they will have conditioner bars. Keep your eyes pealed!

  4. Hey Danielle.
    That was such an interesting article,
    To be honest, I’ve never paid too much attention to the shampoo I’m using.
    Thanks for changing that for me!
    Why should I continue to use just any when I can grab the shampoo bar?

    1. Yes it is quite a new thing! And it is normal for us to not think about what is in our shampoo’s or other hygiene products but it is a good thing to start thinking about! Glad I have helped you out on this subject 🙂

  5. This is amazing I didn’t know we have a shampoo bar, personally, this is what I would love to have because of two reasons. the first one am very allergic to the known shampoos and I always get dandruff when I use them,and it has become an issue because when I don’t wash my hair well I scratch a lot and its even worse when I wash it with the normal shampoos, secondly I travel a lot and to have a small bar in my bag is better than a bottle that can spill any time. Thanks, I will definitely try this.

    1. Hey Mercy! Thanks for commenting.
      Those are great reasons to get yourself a shampoo bar as well, let me know how it goes if you try it 🙂

  6. I am curious as to how these natural soap bars would work for me. I don’t have any hair so weird hair feelings wouldn’t be a problem. Are there other options other than what you have listed here?

    1. Hey Tony! It is actually a body soap as well, so you can use it for that instead. As well as, most soaps have harmful chemicals and use palm oil (harmful to rainforests in Indonesia and other countries nearby), so these soaps can be beneficial to you in that way too!

  7. Danielle I love your website quality and even more so its content. Thanks for the post and its really important for people to do what they can to improve the environment. I am a firm believer if this — and I like the way you show them how to – in this case – just with something as simple as a shampoo bar. Honestly there can be no cons to this whatsoever! People just have to get use to using things that are both good for their skin and the environment at the same time. This one is a no-brainer to me!!! And you’re right we can make a difference one bottle at a time!

    1. Thanks so much, Dwyan for such an encouraging comment! It is such a win-win situation, isn’t it? We really do need to start looking after our health more, and that means looking into what is in the products that we put on our bodies daily – natural ingredients are always the way to go!

  8. Wow, this is very cool! I LOVE using natural products and always read labels for whatever I purchase (that is health-related) to contain NO chemicals or harmful ingredients. I opt for organic at all times.

    I believe these shampoo bars are great for the environment and an especially healthy product for our bodies and hair! I like that it has moisturizing properties.

    Another thing that is very important to me is that it is cruelty-free!

    Thank you for this awesome article!

    Cathy

    1. Thank you, Cath for commenting! I appreciate your enthusiasm in doing what we can as individuals to help our beloved earth 🙂
      And yes making sure our products are cruelty-free is of high importance too! It can be so tragic the way they treat the animals behind the scenes…

  9. I’ve seen these kinds of shampoo bars, but never tried them. Always wondered what makes them so special and different and you just answered my question with your post.

    I’m always up to try new things and the fact that this shampoo is made from natural ingredients makes me want to try it even more. As I see it’s not only a shampoo but a soap aswell? Guess I’ll give it a shot!

    Thanks a lot,
    Dan

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