Plastic free shampoo alternative

plastic free shampoo

When we first decided to go plastic free one of the things I was most nervous about was a shampoo alternative. I knew that such things as solid shampoo bars existed but the last I’d heard they weren’t really a great option.

Now, I’ve always thought of myself as quite low maintenance. Over the course of my life I’ve gone through periods of feeling guilty that I just don’t care about making sure my nails are perfect or that I hadn’t had my hair cut in the past year – everything that society tells me girls do – but one thing I really do hate is greasy hair. I have very fine silky hair and as soon as my hair starts to go greasy it looks truly horrific and makes me incredibly self-conscious.

Needless to say that finding a shampoo bar or some kind of plastic free substitute has been really important to me in this journey. Enter LUSH and their huge range of bathroom products. There are many people condemning them for not being perfect but from where I’m sat I commend them that they’re pushing the boundaries of minimal packaging (or no packaging at all), zero tolerance of animal testing and using as many natural products as possible. For me, this is good enough at the moment.

They have a surprising amount of options for solid shampoo and I really didn’t know which one to choose but eventually settled on ‘Jason and the Argon Oil’. Why, I don’t know – it just sounded cool I guess. Go and check their site out though and you’ll see the huge range.

Into the nitty gritty though

Going in with an open mind, I rotated the bar in my hands, soaping up and found that the thick creamy soap froth it produced was delightful and unexpected. I didn’t need to rub it onto my hair itself. Getting out however, my hair felt lank, greasy and heavy – as though it might have product still in it. This was confirmed when it took twice as long to dry my hair and it had lost that silky smooth feeling. By the end of the day my hair felt horrible again and full of grease – so I was not a happy lady.

Remembering that other reviews had mentioned a build up of product I wondered whether I’d simply got a bit over excited with all the wonderful lathering soapiness and used too much on my hair. Persevering (this little bar did cost £6.50) I used less and less over the next two weeks – determined to see if I was right. Coupling this with increasing the time spent massaging the soap out at not only the roots but through to the ends, too, my hair has seen a marked improvement.

If I’ve not spent enough time washing the soap out I know immediately as my hair takes a lot longer to dry but over all I’m happy with this bar now I’ve figured it out. This is a bit of a relief seeing as it costs a pretty penny! Now I’m near the end of it (using it since January), I feel more confident in their claim that it gives up to 80 washes, making that cost more worth it.

Top tip

It’s worth mentioning that you shouldn’t leave this in the shower. I made this mistake on the first wash to get in the shower the next day to find a pink scum over the metalwork, where the water had run over the soap and washing it away to cover the shower wall and floor. I now keep it in a little bowl on the shelf by the shower so it’s easy enough to remember to pick it up and put it back to dry.

I’m now on to a bar by Wild + Sage, and shall let you know how this goes as soon as I can.


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  1. June 13, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    Great to read about someone else’s experience!

    I’ve been using the Lush shampoo bars for a few years now. It’s definitely worth remembering that there are loads of variations too. I didn’t get on very well with the Godiva bar but absolutely love Seanik! I used to use a shampoo & a sea salt spray, so it’s saving me 2x bottle of plastic too!

    • June 14, 2018 / 7:10 am

      That’s good to know for future but for the moment I’ve moved on to a Wild + Sage bar. It was much cheaper!

  2. Jenny McCurry
    June 13, 2018 / 8:17 pm

    An alternative to Lush, is a shampoo bar from the Friendly Soap company –
    available online. Cheaper than Lush. Needs to be air dried, not left in a soap dish. I made a little net bag from the netting around oranges ☺
    Seems to do the job, although don’t know what the long term effect is. Hair is really squeaky clean and still need a little conditioner.

    • June 13, 2018 / 8:31 pm

      I like lush shampoo too but it is a bit expensive and does leave a mark if you leave it on the sink. Friendly Soap Co looks good. Thanks for sharing.