Reducing waste: shampoo bars

Hi guys,

as you know I am trying to reduce my plastic waste. Today I am happy to share my biggest success of 2019: Ethique shampoo bars.

I regularly revisit my routines and check for new things. For example; I am not changing from my electric toothbrush to a bamboo one, but I am keeping my eyes peeled for those bamboo replacement heads.

One of the things I could never imagine making more sustainable is my hair routine. I use the low-shampoo/no-shampoo method so I guess you could say conditioner is my thing! And having made all kinds of solid bars in the past as part of my Etsy endeavour Paws by Eddie, I was not convinced this would do the trick.

In December I was going on a two-week holiday in Egypt (more on that in a later post). I was getting some last minute stuff and as always, checked the zero-waste isle in Holland & Barrett. This time, I noticed an Ethique solid bar sampler pack, including shampoo, conditioner, face cleanser and body butter. In a spur of the moment, I decided to get the sampler. It would save weight in my luggage and if it did not work out for me at all, I would get some products in Egypt.

The sampler contains heart-shaped bars. I found this shape pleasant to work with.
For the shampoo, I made sure my hair was dripping wet, put the bar in one hand, formed that hand into a little bowl and filled that with water and then slap the whole thing on my scalp. This gave me a nice lather. You are definitely not supposed to lather it between your hands first, as some people seem to do.

The first time using these bars was of course interesting and new. The scent was lovely, not overpowering. After my hair had dried, it was super shiny and wavy. Normally my hair is either shiny or wavy (from blow-drying or air-drying)!
In addition to the above, my hair was soft but not the lifeless kind.

Normally I wash my hair 2-2 times a week. I feel like somehow I need to up that to 3-4 with the shampoo bars? I did not notice this in Egypt because I wash my hair daily there, but I am noticing this now that I am back in normal life. It may also be that my hair and scalp need to get used to the new products.

The shape of the full-sized bars is inconvenient to me. I really prefer a more organic shape when I rub it over my scalp. However, I respect the choices that led them to make the bars as bricks.

Full size conditioner (left) and shampoo (right)

I am excited to cut more plastic from my life. These two should last me five months, I will update for sure!

In the meantime, check out Ethique on their website and Instagram.

Do you use shampoo bars? Would you ever consider it?




Adriane Firkey
3 December 2020 at 9:27 am

i love this awesome article

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