Ethique Shampoo and Conditioner Bars: Zero Waste Review

DISCLAIMER: Ethique has no idea that I am doing this review and are in no way a sponsor of mine. These opinions are my own.

A simple zero waste swap that anyone can make in order to live a more sustainable life is to switch from liquid shampoo and conditioners to bars.

Shampoo bars are exactly what they sound like. They are bar soap meant for the hair and were used largely by everyone until liquid shampoo became the norm around the 1940’s. They are made almost the exact same way that bar soap is made, with some special ingredients that are better for hair and scalp care. They have been widely repopularized by the company LUSH and have little to no packaging.

I had been using a shampoo bar for around a year before I started my total zero waste journey. I heard that they were better for your hair and were more naturally based with oils that were better for your hair. I bought the first shampoo that I could find on Amazon by the brand J.R. Liggett’s. I bought them in a three pack and because they are so concentrated and last so long, it took a long time for me to finish all the bars that I got. I couldn’t bring myself to just throw them out to try another brand since I bought them to be less wasteful. So I told myself that I would wait until they were all gone before trying a different brand and formula.

I finally finished my J.R. Liggett’s bars (you can read my review of them here). I was ready to try a new brand and a new formula for my hair, and I think I found a winner.

Ethique started in 2012 and has a mission to rid the world of plastic waste. They have so far rid the world of 6 million plastic bottles from the planet. They use biodegradable, plant-based ingredients and compostable packaging for all their products. They also have a ton of resources on their website on how to use and store their bars, as well as more information about their sustainability efforts and ingredients.

I bought the sampler hair pack on Amazon, which gets you five products in one, three shampoo bars and two conditioner bars. They are little heart-shaped bars and the perfect sample size to try out each bar and get a good feeling of how each formula will work on your hair. The bars included are their Frizz Wrangler shampoo bar, Heali Kiwi shampoo bar, St. Clements shampoo bar, Guardian conditioner bar, and Wonderbar conditioner bar.

Frizz Wrangler is definitely for dryer hair that is prone to frizz. It is recommended for people with curly hair or those who use a lot of hot tools or bleach. It has a light coconut scent and cocoa butter.

Heali Kiwi is for people with touchy scalps or those who struggle with itchiness. It boasts being “chock full of kiwifruit oil coconut oil, neem oil, oatmeal, and karanja oil.” It has a kiwi scent.

St. Clements is for oily hair. It is made with castor oil, and lime and orange oils to help clean the scalp and draw moisture to your hair without oils. It definitely has a strong citrus scent.

The Guardian is a conditioner for normal to dry hair. It has cocoa butter, coconut oil, vitamin B5 and lime oil to tame frizz and smooth your hair. It also has a citrus scent from the lime oil that is similar to St. Clements.

The Wonderbar is a conditioner from oily to normal hair that also doubles as a shaving bar and an in-shower cream for people with sensitive skin. It also includes cocoa butter, coconut oil, and vitamin B5. It’s scent is similar to Frizz Wrangler.

These bars lather really well and don’t feel stripping at all. I was pleasantly surprised by the conditioner bars that are included in this pack. Before, I was just using my shampoo bar and adding some hair oil to my damp hair after my showers in order to get some conditioning. I was hoping to find another alternative, as the brand that I use right now for hair oil comes in a plastic bottle (although it is recyclable.) The conditioner bars from Ethique recommend that you use the bar on your mids and ends and to avoid the scalp. I ran the bar on the mids of my hair and then I took my ends in my hand and rubbed the bar on them all at once. The conditioner bar, much like liquid conditioner, doesn’t lather the same as the shampoo, but it spreads nicely.

I shower at nights because that works best for my schedule, so I didn’t know how well the shampoo and conditioner bars worked until the next morning. It has been my experience with shampoo bars that after using them, it takes my hair much longer to dry than it usually would. I woke up to very slightly damp hair, which I’m not opposed to, but it was just so easy to brush through and just felt really soft. My hair didn’t feel stripped or gross like it had with J.R. Liggett’s bars.

With their social responsibility policies and their amazing products, I’m intrigued to try out their face and body products to see what other great things that Ethique has. Their shampoo and conditioner bars make my hair feel better than it has for a year, and I am interested in having a full size bar in my shower to use for an extended amount of time. They are expanding to be sold in Targets soon and are available easily on their website or on Amazon. The full size bars are equivalent to 3 bottles of shampoo, so they should last you a long time in theory. Plus, they have even more formulas that I didn’t even mention in this review, like a purple blonde toning bar, a bar to add volume to hair, a damage control bar, and they even have lines for children, babies, and pets.

Ethique definitely gets my stamp of approval, and I think you should give them a try.

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DISCLAIMER: Ethique has no idea that I am doing this review and are in no way a sponsor of mine. These opinions are my own.

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