With Plastic Free July well upon us, My Good Planet decided to test out plastic free products, that can easily substitute those wrapped up in plastic. One of the rooms in the house where you can find most of the plastic is your bathroom, have a look around – shampoo and conditioner bottles, liquid soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors etc. However, the bathroom is also one of the easiest rooms where to get rid of all that plastic packaging and instead choose products that are more natural and package free.
My Good Planet already wrote about a switch over/back to a traditional safety razor (still loving it), so that’s one item off the bathroom list. Next, I am diving into the world of solid shampoo bars. I was looking for something with very few ingredients, that is vegan and natural, that wouldn’t dissolve and would dry quickly (important when travelling and moving from a place to place) and that would last for more than a month (if you wash your hair every second day). And there are so many options out there.
After some time exploring I decided to try Lamazuna solid shampoo bar, thanks to their lovely glass jar with a lid with holes (so your shampoo dries quicker) where you can store your solid shampoo bar when not in use.
Lamazuna is a French natural cosmetics brand that offers high quality, vegan and sustainable care and hygiene items (read: there is more to try from this company, like their solid and package free toothpaste). The company’s philosophy centers on eco-friendly and sustainable production, fair working conditions and the idea of zero waste living. Lamazuna cosmetics are handmade in Chevreuse, France. In addition, 2% of all their profits are donated to an Amazon rain forest reforestation project in Peru. Sustainable, Earth friendly and with no plastic from start to finish.
Lamazuna solid shampoo bars are palm oil free, using stearic acid derived from Italian olive oil instead, all ingredients are 100% natural, and these shampoo bars are sulphate and phthalate free. I decided to try out their Chocolate shampoo bar and Lemon shampoo bar, and I love them both. They lather up easily, the smell is divine but not overpowering; it is a lot more subtle for the chocolate shampoo bar. The shampoo bar dries out in no time (perfect companion for showering in the gym before heading off to work – works for hair and your body) and leaves your hair light and soft, no frizzy hair, no tangling (even for curly hair) and no dry and itchy scalp. It did take three washes for my hair to fully adjust to the shampoo bar, even though I was using natural shampoo for the past few years. Nevertheless, it is a short time and so worth it. The shampoo bar does look small when you first unpack it, but it lasts. I have been using chocolate shampoo bar for two months, and it looks like it will last for at least one more month if not more. It is worth noting, that I wash my hair every second day, so it will last you even longer if you wash every third or fourth day. Plus, this shampoo bar makes travelling with carry on so much easier; you have more room in your liquid bag for other goodies.
Lamazuna solid shampoo bars do contain essential oils, so if you are sensitive to some, check the list of the ingredients before you get them.
Ingredients for chocolate solid shampoo bar are as follows: Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Theobroma Cacao Seed Powder, Stearic Acid Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Aqua (Water), Coconut Fatty Acid, Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Isethionate, Glycerin.
Ingredients for lemon solid shampoo bar are as follows: Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Morrocan Lava Clay, Decyl Glucoside, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Stearic Acid, Illite, Glycerin, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol.
To use it, simply wet the shampoo bar in your hand, lather it up and then gently massage it into the scalp and hair, just as you would with liquid shampoo. Rinse out and let your hair and your shampoo bar air dry. That’s it. Hope this small step will help you to reduce the amount of plastic packaging in your bathroom. Cheers to plastic free living!
Have you tried solid shampoo bar? Tell us in the comments below about your experience and which one is your favourite.