Friday, 16 January 2015

Top 5 - Reasons to switch to Shampoo Bars

benefits of shampoo bars


Over the last couple of years I’ve been tentatively dipping my tresses into the world of shampoo bars. Yup, you heard me, shampoo in soap-bar form. A few years back on a trip to Walt Disney World, Florida, they opened a store called Basin. It’s very similar to Lush. I picked up a few luxury pampering bits to bring home with me, one of which was a shampoo bar. 

Over the last couple of months I’ve found myself trying to work through my beauty stash, and with January being a no-buy month for me, I’ve been delving even further into the back of the beauty drawer and found some absolute treasures I’d forgotten all about, mainly, shampoo bars

I love Basin shampoo bars for their natural ingredients, wonderful scents and the fact that they remind me so much of my Florida holidays. I can’t exactly pop on over just to visit Basin in an afternoon, but they do sell similar shampoo bars in the likes of Lush, and I’ve seen a fair few locally hand-made ones on the likes of Etsy too!

Did you know shampoo bars have been around the block before? They were once the most commonly used version of shampoo around in the 1930s. 

So, why shampoo in a bar? Here’s 5 why’s for you!

1. Less packaging!

We’re all for creating less waste and being kinder to our planet, so the less rubbish we can throw out onto landfills the better it is all round. Switching to shampoo bars is a simple way to cut down on the amount of plastic bottles you’re getting ride of. It’s also a huge bathroom cabinet space saver! Most shampoo bars are smaller than the palm of your hand and under 1” thick. And once you’ve used it all up, poof, it disappears! No rubbish to throw away!

2. Less chemicals!

Most shampoo bars are made from all natural ingredients, meaning we are using less chemicals on our hair. I’ve always worried about heavy duty shampoos, all those chemicals getting into my skin through the pores and follicles on the top of my head, not to mention in my eyes! Shampoo bars are kinder on our hair - but that doesn’t mean they ain’t up the to the job! For every hair worry and woe, there’s a bar, from kid friendly, to scalp soothers, frizz tamers, oil driers, even swim repair and colour protectant. 

3. Longer lasting!

One of the first thing I noticed about shampoo bars was how long they last in comparison to my shampoo bottles. The average bar lasts 75+ washes. My hair is down past the boobies right now and I easily get 3x as long from a bar compared with a bottle. Shampoo bars seem to need very little in order to do the job. Just rub over wet hair and insta-lather. Put the bar down and work the later in, then rinse. You can even get conditioner bars, though I’ve yet to see decent results from these. 

4. Keep your natural colour for longer!

They say that because shampoo bars are made from all natural, happy ingredients, they help your hair to retain moisture and colour. The harsh chemicals in regular bottled shampoos strip your hair over time, causing you to buy more and use more in order to combat what they’ve caused in the first place. 

5. Great for travel!

No more worrying if you’re shampoo has exploded in your suitcase all over your new bikini, shampoo bars just don’t travel like that. No, they travel in comfort and style. They’ll take up less room in your already bulging suitcase and won’t even come close to making a dent in your baggage allowance. You won’t even know they’re there, and because of their small size and light weight, you can take a couple of different ones for dealing with holiday hair - we all know home hair and holiday hair are two very different wigs!

Have you, or would you, make the switch to shampoo bars? Any concerns? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,




15 comments:

  1. I read about these in Lush mag and I wasn't really interested in them, but the point you made about there being less (or even NO packaging) has really perked me up about the idea. I am very keen to learn more about them, like what ingredients they use (especially to keep it compacted) just the general state it will leave my hair and scalp in.

    How long have you been using them for? They certainly have me intrigued.

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    1. I've been using them consistently for almost 5 months straight now, but I've used them on and off here and there for around 2 years. At first I found my scalp went a little dry, especially around the hairline but I stuck with using them and that went away with time, maybe 2 - 3 weeks? I've noticed my scalp is rarely irritated and my hair does feel much softer and has a healthier shine to it.

      As for packaging, apart from the paper bag they were put in when I bought them, there's nothing else. It's just like having a bar of soap! You can buy reusable tins, especially for the Lush bars, to keep them in which is more hygienic than just leaving them on the side. I'm thinking of doing a longer, q&a style post relating to the shampoo bars so stick around!

      Sarah :)

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  2. These shampoo-bars sound really good; I didn't even know they existed! Next time I'm in Lush I'll be looking out for them. BTW I love the new blog layout looks super cute x x

    Zee | GlitZeeGlam

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    1. They're well worth trying out if you ask me, I don't know if I could ever go back to store-bought bottles shampoos again! I'd also say look on the likes of Etsy for some homemade handmade shampoo bars, I've got my eye on a few on there already! Thanks hun, I'm made up with the new layout, much cleaner looking imo!

      Sarah :)

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  3. I've been wanting to try out shampoo bars for a while now, but I never knew if they would be any good or not. I think you had me convinced at 75+ washes. because that is amazing!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

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    1. You certainly get your moneys worth that's for sure!

      Sarah :)

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  4. It's just the feel and thought of them that makes me feel a bit weird. You know when something goes through you and your back and body all shake and your hairs stand up on edge, that's what happens to me when I think of shampoo bars!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. I had the same reaction to that snail cream that was the big thing a year or so back! Each to their own!

      Sarah :)

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  5. They sound interesting, but I don't think I would ever switch to bars permanently. I don't even like body soap bars. It's a texture thing, and keeping the bar sanitary.

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    1. You can buy sealable tins to keep the shampoo bars in which keeps them pretty sanitary, but I had the same worries at first too! Funny, I don't mind shampoo bars but body soap bars have never been my thing!

      Sarah :)

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  6. I need to try a shampoo bar! they sound so great and all your points are so right!

    Eilidh from Velvet-Winter

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    1. I love them - so try them out, you never know and it doesn't cost much more compared to store bought bottled shampoos!

      Sarah :)

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  7. I have to check these out, they sound interesting!! 75+ washes is amazing!

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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    1. Right?! I think the only bottles of shampoo that can come close to that are the ones SO big they don't fit on the side of your bath!

      Sarah :)

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  8. I'm liking my new Basin shampoo bar but I'm not sure yet on the conditioner bar. It seems harder to get good coverage like the shampoo. Have you tried them?

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