My Honest Review of Eco-Friendly Shampoo & Conditioner Bars
Better hair & better for the environment.
It’s no surprise there’s a shift in consumer goods to mindfulness around sustainability, eco-friendliness, and cleaner products… and I’m totally here for it! That’s why I was curious about one of the latest personal care trends I’ve been noticing more often: shampoo and conditioner bars. I tried them out on my own strands to see if they could earn a permanent spot in my shower.
Shampoo bars are exactly what they sound like—a concentrated shampoo product in solid bar form. The idea is this method of production will cut back on plastic waste from empty hair product bottles. Many brands that produce these shampoo bars also focus on clean, vegan, and cruelty-free formulations without harsh chemicals. So not only are they innovative products, but they’re likely better quality too!
Why use a shampoo bar?
- They’re environmentally-friendly. Most come in compostable packaging and eliminate the need for plastic bottles.
- They’re TSA-friendly. Both the small-sized and full-sized bars can be pack in carry-on luggage due to their solid form.
- They’re cost-effective. The full-sized 3.88 oz. shampoo bars are equivalent to 3 regular bottles of shampoo ($6 per bottle) and the 2.47 oz. conditioner bars equal 5 bottles of liquid conditioner ($3 per bottle).
- They work for all hair types. Ethique has formulas for dry to oily hair (& even itchy scalp relief) and all of their bars are safe for color-treated hair.
To give this hair product a fair shot, I went with the sampler pack from Ethique so I could try out both their shampoo and conditioner bars. The set is SO adorable with mini versions of their popular shampoos and conditioners in heart-shaped molds. 😍
The included bars are:
- Frizz Wrangler: shampoo for dry, frizzy hair
- Heali Kiwi: shampoo for itchy, irritated scalps
- St Clements: shampoo to cleanse & refresh stands
- The Guardian: conditioner for moisturizing (can even be used for shaving or in-store lotion)
- Wonderbar: conditioner for smoothing
Beyond hair care, they even have samplers for body wash and face cleansers so you could transform your shower collection into a high-quality and eco-friendly oasis of personal care products! I would recommend storing these in a soap dish away from the stream of water so they last as long as possible. Ethique makes one which holds multiple bars but really any dish will do.
For my first trial run, I went with St Clements shampoo mainly because I want everything in my beauty collection to smell as amazing as this bar does. It’s bright, citrusy scent is glorious in the shower and I really needed the refreshment on my greasy roots.
Unlike the images showcased on Amazon, I didn’t think this bar had the same amount of lather I’m used to with liquid shampoo and there’s definitely a learning curve with usage. As instructed, I ran the bar down my strands starting at the root and going all the way down to the ends. It says “several times” but I did 20ish strokes because it didn’t seem like I had enough product dispersed through my hair.
You also really need to work this into the hair to produce the lather. However, when comparing to how much time my hairdresser spends massaging my scalp every time she washes my hair, I don’t think I put forth enough effort in the shampooing department on the regular.
After rinsing, my hair felt like it had been totally refreshed and it smelled amazing, though the de-slicked strands made me even more anxious to move on to conditioner to add back some hydration.
Onto the Wonderbar, and oh how wonderful it is! I followed the same swiping method as the shampoo bar and still felt like 20ish strokes were necessary to really saturate my hair with the conditioner. I didn’t start exactly at the root (to avoid oily build-up) and started the swipes about 2-3 inches away from the roots.
As I do with my traditional conditioner, I let the product sit on my head while I used my body wash and cleansed my face. I wouldn’t say this conditioner is excellent at detangling BUT the coconut & cocoa butters were awesome for the hydration element.
After I let my hair air dry, my strands were soft and totally touchable without having to add in any extra products post-shower!
The final verdict.
Will I be ditching my day-to-day shampoo? Probably not… but that’s only because I use a purple-dyed formula for my highlighted hair. Now if they came out with a similar product in bar form, I’d be all over it! I’ll likely continue using this set for the days that I don’t use my tone control shampoo.
That said, I could actually see myself switching to the conditioner bars since the coconut and cocoa butter compounds made my hair feel nice and soft after it dried.
I’ll definitely be buying this set again so I can gift it to family and friends—it’s a great way to have your beauty-centric loved ones give the sustainable products a try! And heart-shaped hair product bars are just too cute not to share. 💛
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