The best shampoo bars for an eco-conscious shower regime

Want to make the sustainable switch to the best shampoo bars? Right this way...

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Want to make the sustainable switch to the best shampoo bars? Right this way...

While we'd go out on a limb and say that the majority of people are still using liquid formulas, the best shampoo bars are definitely becoming more and more prominent.

It's not just sustainable beauty brands that are partaking in the shampoo bar game, though; even globally recognised names like Garnier now offer them to the ever more conscious consumer.

For the uninitiated, these sustainable swaps are better for the planet because there's absolutely no plastic involved. Sure, you may have a recyclable cardboard box as your outer packaging, but newly-created plastic? Not a dot in sight with these eco-friendly beauty buys.

As well as being good for the planet, the best shampoo bars are also extremely handy for travel. Think about it: with a solid bar, never again will you have to deal with a nightmare shampoo-leaking-on-absolutely-everything-in-your-suitcase situation.

Why use a shampoo bar rather than your normal shampoo?

The best thing about using the best shampoo bars is that they are completely free of any type of plastic packaging. As you know, plastic-free beauty is a huge topic at the moment. And with good reason, did you know that only 5% of the world's plastic gets recycled properly. Most ends up in our oceans or in landfill.

However, if you're worried that you won't be getting the same quality product, you can think again. We chatted to Tom Connell, Hair Art Director for Davines, about their new shampoo bars. 'Performance and sustainability must be as one,' he explains. 'Our shampoo bars offer professional quality shampoo in plastic-free packaging, which minimize the overall impact of our products on the environment.'

How to use a shampoo bar

Much like a bar of soap, to use it you have to wet it first. Work the soap into your hands to create a lather. Apply it to your damp hair, then work it into your roots and ends like you would your normal shampoo.

'Each of our 100g bars allows an average of 33 washes vs a traditional 250 ml shampoo bottle, which comes in at around 25,' say Connell. This of course, does depend on the length and thickness of your hair.

Whilst they haven't yet put every single shampoo formula into bar form, you should be able to find a bar with your desired benefits.

How should you store your shampoo bar?

Some brands, like Davines, have created chic tins to keep your shampoo bar dry in between washes. However, not all brands have been so clever. So we recommend keeping it on a little dish away from the showerhead.

EarthKind Bar Storage Tin, £5.95 | Holland and Barrett

EarthKind Bar Storage Tin, £5.95 | Holland and Barrett
An aluminium tin that will work well for travel.

Piqued your interest? We've rounded up the best shampoo bars on the beauty market right now. Happy hair-washing!

Katie Thomas

Katie Thomas is the Senior Beauty Editor at Marie Claire UK. With over 10 years of experience on women's luxury lifestyle titles, she covers everything from the best beauty looks from the red carpet and stand out trends from the catwalk, to colonic irrigation and to the best mascaras on the market. She started her career on fashion desks across the industry - from The Telegraph to Brides - but found her calling in the Tatler beauty department. From there she moved to Instyle, before joining the Marie Claire digital team in 2018. She’s made it her own personal mission to find the best concealer in the world to cover her tenacious dark circles. She’s obsessed with skincare that makes her skin bouncy and glowy, low-maintenance hair that doesn’t require brushing and a cracking good manicure. Oh and she wears more jewellery than the Queen.