Natural Shampoo Bars

While solid shampoo bars may have been around for a few decades, they have gained increasing popularity during recent years, due to many reasons. I started using them over a year ago and will never look back! Here are our top 5 reasons why you should wash your hair with natural shampoo bars!

Shampoo Bars Are Plastic Free

The main reason you should switch to shampoo bars is that they are plastic free and come in recycled paper or cardboard boxes. If an average sized shampoo bottle lasted one person 1 ½ months, they would be using 8 bottles of shampoo per year. Obviously, this isn’t the same for everyone and depends on how much is used, the size of the bottle, and how often hair is washed, but it does put it into perspective.

Read: 10 Zero Waste Swaps You Can Implement In Your Life Today

Shampoo Bars Are Better For You And Your Scalp

Common Toxic Shampoo Ingredients
Image sourced from Rave About Skin

Most people have no idea about the nasty ingredients that come with using traditional liquid shampoo. They are piled high with synthetic waxes and surfactants, fragrances and other chemicals that are terrible for our hair and scalp. For example, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS is commonly used in shampoos, conditioners, body wash, creams, and cleansers, the list goes on! It is a very inexpensive, detergent and surfactant that creates a lather – making you believe it is making your hair squeaky clean.

On the other hand are ingredients like coconut oil, cocoa butter and essential oils in solid beauty bars which nourish and moisturise hair and skin. They wash away dirt and excess oils gently without stripping your hair. I can almost guarantee that your hair will be the healthiest it’s ever been when using natural shampoo bars. This is because with liquid, unnatural shampoo, it strips away your protective oil barrier and your body responds through scalp irritation or excess oil production.

Solid Shampoo Bars Are Good For Minimalists

Shampoo bottles give a cluttered look to your shower and bathroom. The labels, the colours, and the size of the bottle all amount up to this. By using shampoo bars, it gives a clean and sleek feel to the room.

Shampoo Bars Last Longer Than The Liquid Variety

Shampoo Bars for washing hair
Image sourced from Ethique

Shampoo bars last for an average of 80 washes. In comparison to liquid shampoo, this is as long as 3 bottles of shampoo would. 

Let’s explain…

The main ingredient in traditional shampoo and conditioners is water, as in 80 to 95% water. This is why you often find yourself using a lot more than the recommended amount of one dollop. On the other hand is shampoo bars which are a lot more concentrated. They lather up very quickly and don’t require much product to do so.

Shampoo Bars Are Great For Travelling

Travelling with shampoo bars

Finally, shampoo bars are great for travelling, especially when you need to travel light. Simply put them in a metal tin, many even come in metal tins, to take on holidays.

Additionally, shampoo bars can be used all over your body, as a pet shampoo, or to spot wash your clothes when travelling.

No need for unnecessary plastic bottles of shampoo, soap, conditioner, and lotion when you have one product that will do it all! 

Read: 9 of the best natural shampoos for every hair type!

Whether you have oily hair, normal hair, dandruff, or dry and frizzy hair etc, I can guarantee that you can find a shampoo bar to suit your hair type. Do you use natural hair bars? And if so, what are your recommendations?


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Hey there! I'm Brodie, the passionate blogger behind Ethically Engaged. My mission is to find ethical lifestyle options to lead you in the direction of conscious consumerism. I hope you enjoy coming along this journey with me x

  1. I have been really wanting to give natural shampoo bars a go but am worried that they won’t work. I have heard so many things about Ethique so that could be my starting point?

    1. Thanks for your comment, Lindsey. I am yet to try Ethique but have heard incredible things about them too! They also do a range of lotion bars, tanning bars, etc as well. After you look for your hair type under each of the product photos on their website, read the reviews and then make a decision from there. It may take a bit to get used to after using chemical filled shampoos, but I can tell you it is so worth it! Hope that helps x

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