The planet? It’s not doing so well at the moment… Most people I know are looking for eco-friendly switches they can make to help reduce their impact on the environment. From low-waste options like reusable cotton wool to embracing a plant-based diet (trying!) there are lots of steps we can make to lower our impact. I’m a big believer in everyone making little steps to altogether make a big difference as well as not having to compromise.
Which brings me to… bars. Bars of soap, shampoo, conditioner and more. They’ve had a serious upgrade from the drying soaps of my childhood, and now they’re an effective way to eliminate plastic waste from a step in your beauty routine. So, Are Bars Better Than Bottles?
New to the UK (and exclusive to Holland & Barrett, Ethique is a New Zealand brand focused on minimising plastic waste. They make blocks of soap, shampoo/conditioner bars, face cleansers, moisturisers and more… All with no plastic, and packaging that can be composted. I picked up the trial pack for dry skin & hair, which comes with four miniatures to whet your appetite. There’s a whole lot of coconut oil and cocoa butter, so if the thought of soap bars makes your dry skin itch… there’s no need to worry! The cleanser is also a pleasant surprise for my dry skin as it’s not at all stripping. I’m really impressed with how the products perform, and will definitely pick up full sizes once they’re all gone.
A few no-plastic favourites
Shampoo bars aren’t new, but they’ve definitely gotten a little sexier. Just like the My. hair smooth shampoo bar (via LoveLula). Non-drying, good at lathering up and with a long-lasting scent, this range is just as effective as traditional bottles of shampoo, without the plastic waste.
A solid block of conditioner seems a little strange at first, but the texture of Hairy Jayne’s musk conditioner (via LoveLula) makes it easy to smooth the product over wet hair before working it in. It does definitely take a little time to get used to, rather than just squeezing out product into the palm of your hand, but the finish is really hydrating. So hydrating that I wouldn’t recommend for finer hair types as it leaves a little residue.
For bars of soap, I’m a huge fan of Odylique’s Honey & Oat cleansing bar. Comes from a lovely company with great ethics, their bars of soap last ages, are non-drying and this one is especially good at gently exfoliating skin (that’d be the oats). It also only has four ingredients – olive oil, coconut oil, oats & honey – which makes it suitably gentle on sensitive skins, too.