This one is tricky. Apparently, a lot of shampoo bars need to be rinsed with a mix of vinegar and water. That is way too hard for me, and I don't think it would be appealing enough for an average consumer. To me to convert people to more environmentally options, it has to be simple. So I tried Lamazuna Shampoo bars. One for dry hair and the normal one that smells like chocolate. They're both £9.99, which is cheaper than the professional shampoo that I tend to use. The one for dry hair was way too oily for me. I had to spend a while washing it off, and when my hair dried, it felt like it had a waxy feel to it. Even though it looked fresh, it just didn't feel right. I also tried their standard shampoo bar. It smelt great, washed off better, but still had that waxy feeling. Also, my hair looked dull, and because my hair colour tends to be so bright, I could see a difference. Some say it may take up to two weeks for your hair to get used to a natural shampoo. So get patient.
This specific bar didn't work for my coloured hair the way the other shampoo does. I am tempted to try different bars and refillable shampoos. However, for now, I decided that I will keep using my pro shampoo, because it lasts me at least half a year (often longer than that) because it is a very saturated shampoo. So I have made a decision to invest in 1000ml bottle instead of the 250ml that I usually get and just use that for a few years. I am tempted to try hair conditioner bars. Once I've done that, I will report back.
The shampoos I tried.
There is a vast selection of refillable shampoos, shampoo bars that can be rinsed with water, dry shampoos that come in compostable bags and shampoo cubes. I would advise to have a look and try some out. If you don't like it, share it with a friend.
Know The Origin have some shampoo bars and currently have 20% off conscious living products, so check my previous blog posts for useful swaps.
Lush has a huge zero packaging shampoo selection too, and a lot of people seem to like it.
Body Lotion Bar.
At first, I was worried that it would be too oily because I've used something similar before. Apparently, one stroke is enough, and that means you use less of it. I personally needed more than one stroke. It moisturises and soaks in well. I also like the lack of plastic packaging and how easy it is to travel with. I still use cocoa butter lotion, which is packaged, but I love it the most. Once I've run out of the lotions, I am tempted to try lush to see if I like anything because you can bring the packaging back for them to reuse.
A solid lotion bar by Zero Waste Shop
Georganics have an excellent dental selection. I started off with the toothpaste because it was gifted to my boyfriend. It comes in a glass pot and a metal lid. I've left the pot, so I can use it for storage. It lasted us 4 months for 2 people. It has an oily feel, it doesn't foam, it may taste weird at first, but you get used to it, and it is not as overpowering as the usual toothpaste.
https://georganics.com/collections/toothpaste £6.90-8.90 they have a variety of flavours. I've tried Spearmint and Activated Charcoal, both work well.
Some people prefer tablets, which have a more natural feel closer to the usual toothpaste. I haven't tried these yet. The small pot should last for 8 weeks (for use twice a day), the large one for a year.
https://georganics.com/collections/toothtablets £8.90 to £22.90 (for the year supply)
Another thing I tried from Georganics is the floss. Unfortunately one turned out to have 20% plastic in it, but it comes in a refillable glass tube, which is very compact and reusable. You simply buy refills afterwards. Their new 0 plastic version is made of silk, so it is not suitable for vegans. Both work really well for me. It's not too thick, not too thin, so works well for my teeth. The silk one may be a bit more fragile, but I haven't had problems with it. I try not to use too much peruse, so it lasts longer.