The 29 Best Plastic Free Shampoos (And They’re Not Just Bars)

The UK collectively sends 520 million shampoo bottles to landfill every year. The average household uses 216 hair care bottles a year.

Not only does this one set of products fill up our landfills and worsen the planet’s plastic pollution, but the chances of the bottles being made from 100% recycled materials and then being recycled are extremely low.

Switching to a plastic free shampoo is not only easy, but the contents are usually better for your hair and gentler on your scalp as they will not contain nasty chemicals and fillers.

There are so many eco-friendly shampoos out there (and not all of them are bars); some are liquids in glass or aluminium bottles, some are tablets and powders, and there’s one that is in plastic but offers 5L refills from recyclable bottles. (Check out these 10 Plastic Free Conditioners to complete your hair washing routine).

Whatever your hair type there is an eco-friendly, plastic-free shampoo for you!

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Plastic Free Shampoo Bars

Brand | Battle Green

Features | This zero-waste and eco-friendly shop is based in Wales. Their products are FSC and Leaping Bunny Certified.

You also have the option to order your bar wrapped in paper or in a reusable tin.

The bars come in fresh scents like Lavender and Tea Tree, Mint, and Citrus. Expect to get around 80 washes with one bar.

Brand | Friendly Soap

Features | This UK made soap is vegan and cruelty free. It has no palm oil, parabens or SLS. The packaging is a fully recyclable cardboard box. No plastic in sight.

This bar tends to do better in soft water, so if you have hard water, you may want to try an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse.

Brand | Living Naturally

Features | The Coconutty Soapnut Bar uses organic ingredients and is cruelty-free with no animal testing.

The bar is suitable for all hair types and comes in a cute reusable cotton bag.

Brand | Fair Squared

Features | Fair Squared uses FairTrade certified ingredients that are vegan and not tested on animals.

The pack is for two bars and it comes with a cotton pouch to store the bars in.

Brand |J.R. Liggett’s

Features |J.R. Liggett’s is a zero waste companythat produces vegan, cruelty-free products.

The shampoo bars use simple, natural products that are suitable for all hair types and can even double as a shaving bar.

Brand | Acala

Features | Acala shampoo bars are  handmade in Wales using vegan, cruelty-free ingredients and no plam oil.

The bars are wrapped in recycled kraft paper that can be recycled or composted.

Brand | Kind2

Features | Kind2 is made in the UK using sustainably sourced, natural, vegan ingredients.

The bar is pH balanced and there’s also a matching conditioner bar to complete your hair care routine.

The cardboard packaging is recycleable from recycled materials

Plastic Free Shampoo (Not Bars)

Brand | Beauty Kubes

Features | These little cubes come in boxes of 27. If you have long hair you’ll use one cube, but if you have short hair you can get away with half.

The cubes are organic, vegan and cruelty free. The box is recyclable and the wrapping on the inside can be composted at home so no waste.

If you aren’t quite sure about these little cubes, you can grab a travel size box (which is 3 cubes) and try them out.

They have different formulas for different hair types including a 2-in-1 shampoo and body wash and a men’s version.

Brand | Beauty Kitchen

Features | Beauty Kitchen is a Certified B Corporation that is made in the UK. The ingredients are vegan and free from animal testing.

The bottle is aluminium with a rock paper label. They are also creating a closed-loop system as all of their products with the ‘Return, Refill, Repeat’ stamp can be sent back to them (for free in the UK), so they can be washed out and reused in the next batch of products.

Brand | Conscious Skincare

Features | Conscious Skincare uses organic, vegan ingredients and is Leaping Bunny certified.

The bottle is glass with an aluminium top. You can request a reusable plastic pump dispenser for the first bottle if you need one.

If using glass concerns you, you can always save your last plastic shampoo bottle and refill it with the Conscious bottle. You reuse the plastic bottle and keep it from landfill and recycle easily recycled materials-glass and aluminium- instead.

Brand | Millie and Sissy

Features | This little sachet of vegan, cruelty-free ingredients is a powder that you mix with your own bottle of water to make the shampoo. It makes 500mls worth of shampoo.

The sachet is made from paper and vegetable based lining so you can pop it in your compost bin when you are done mixing.

Brand | Ben and Anna

Features | Ben and Anna tablets come in packs of 24 in a recycleable paper sachet. 

The ingredients are vegan, palm oil-free, and they don’t test on animals

Brand | Funky Soap

Features | These little cubes are handmade in small batches in the UK using natural, vegan ingredients that aren’t tested on animals.

Each box contains 40 cubes which is good for 40 washes. There are different formulations for dry, oily, and sensitive scalps, too.

Brand | Moo Hair

Features | Moo Hair is made in Scotland using natural ingredients that are not tested on animals.

The ingredients are specifically formulated to protect your hair from UV exposure and environmental toxins, so a great choice for summer.

The bottle is glass and can be shipped with or without the plastic pump.

If you are a klutz like me, you may just want to save your last plastic bottle and refill it with Moo Hair. No need for a plastic pump and no need to worry about accidently dropping it either!

Brand | Awake Organics

Features | Awake Organics is made in the UK using ingredients that are Soil Association Certified Organic, Fair-trade, Wild-crafted, Food Grade, or Local Organic from the UK and Italy.

This tiny bottle is actually filled with powder that you tip into your hand and add water to and create a lather in your hair.

The aluminium bottle and powder form makes this especially convenient for air travel.

Brand | Nereus London

Features | Nereus shampoos are made in the UK using natural, organic ingredients that are vegan friendly.

The bottle is made from 100% aluminium and a woodpulp label that it biodegradeable.

Brand | Sop

Features | Sop is made in the UK using natural, organic ingredients that are vegan and cruelty-free.

The bottles are 100% aluminium making them easily recycleable.

They offer two sizes 250ml and a 50ml travel or sample size if you want to give it a try.

Brand | Fulfilled 

Features | Fulfilled is a big 500ml aluminium bottle of natural, vegan-friendly ingredients.

What makes this company unique is they have a refill pouch you can order and send back to Fulfilled for recycling. No waste.

Plastic Free Dry Shampoos

Brand | Sea and Clean

Features | No nasty chemicals from aerosols like isobutane, butane, and propane. Instead this lovely powder dry shampoo uses moisture (and odor absorbing) ingredients like arrowroot and koalin clay.

It comes in 3 different shades for easy blending, too.

Brand | Dirty Hippie Cosmetics

Features | Another powder dry shampoo that contains non GMO cornflour and Bamboo powder. Bamboo powder is high in silica which is often used in hair growth serums along with powdered nettle leaf.

This powder is available in three shades, though you can message for custom options. There are also refills available.

Plastic Free Dandruff Shampoos

Brand | Green People

Features | It may look like plastic, but don’t be fooled, Green People uses plant based materials for their products. Sustainably sourced sugar cane in this case that happens to be completely carbon neutral.

The company itself uses organic, vegan, and cruelty free products and this tube of shampoo shampoo should last around three months. There’s also a Men’s Dandruff Shampoo, too.

Brand | Andrea’s Organic Market

Features |Lots of lovely, organic ingredients to bring the moisture back to your scalp without leaving your hair oily.

The bars are packaged in recycled paper and sent in recycled packaging as well.

Since the bars are so popular they tend to sell out, but you can also give the dandruff serum a go. You rub it on your scalp and leave it for 20 minutes before washing as usual.

Brand | Hank’s Garden

Features | This shampoo is all organic ingredients that are vegan and cruelty-free. It comes in an aluminium bottle with a plastic pump that can be reused indefinitely when you order the refill bottle without the pump.

The shampoo can also double as a body wash and there is a complimenting conditioner that doubles as shave cream, too.

There’s even travel sizes. With refills available, too.

Brand | Fushi

Features |Fushi shampoo is full of ingredients to soothe and moisturise your scalp. The oils are all organic and all of the ingredients are vegan and cruelty-free.

The shampoo comes in a glass bottle that does have a plastic pump, but they can easily be repurposed for handsoap or used at your favourite refill shop for body wash.

Plastic Free Colour-Friendly Shampoos

Brand | Care Bare Shampoo Bars

Features |These bars are unique in the sense that they were created by a hairdresser with 20 years experience in the salon. So if she says this is good for colour-treated hair (as well as curly hair) then I am ready to try it out.

She also offers a violet shampoo bar specifically for blonde, silver and grey hair to tone down any brassy or yellow tones.

Brand | Naturtint

Features | Naturtint shampoo bars are Ecocert certified as all natural ingredients. They are also vegan products.

What I like about Naturtint is that they also make low-toxic hair dye (which I use and it covers my grey nicely) so their shampoo bars will nicely compliment their own colour products.

Plastic Free Kids Shampoos

Brand | Rowdy Kind

Features | Rowdy Kind are children-specific bars that come in fun scents and most importantly. They. Float.

This bar is specifically made to keep your little’s hair from tangling but they also have 2-in-1 bars that can be used for their hair and body. Follow up with the Man-Go with the Flo conditioner bar and you will have happy kids indeed.

Brand | Dr. Bronner’s

Features | Ok not plastic-free. However, Dr. Bronner’s Shikakai Liquid soap is gentle enough for babies, but can be used for the whole family’s face, hands, body, and hair.

If you don’t get the Shikakai-specific shampoo, Dr. Bronner’s is known for being an 18-in-one product that can clean you and your house potentially eliminating the need to buy other products.

The ingredients are certified organic and most of them are also fair-trade certified.

Many scents are available in jumbo 3.8L refills so you can save the smaller bottle for refills.

No Poo Option

If phasing out shampoo completely is something you have thought about, then Shikakai powder may be for you.

Brand | Hello to Health

Features | This powder no poo is made by a small family company in England using just three ingredients- Reetha, Amla and Shikakai powder. This blend of all three powders creates the ultimate natural hair, shampoo-less treatment. 

Available in 100g sachets if you want to try it.

How Do I Use a Shampoo Bar?

Shampoo bars can be used by making a lather in your hands and washing your hair with the lather, or by rubbing the bar directly to your hair. Make sure you rinse really well especially if you have hard water. A vinegar rinse may be necessary to remove any residue.

Is There a Transition Phase When Switching to a Natural Shampoo?

It really depends on your hair. Some people can switch with no issues and others may experience a period of detoxing where your hair adjusts to the change in chemicals. Make sure to rinse well, especially the back of your head, as hard water can react with bars and leave a residue. A weak apple cider vinegar rinse can help.

Do I need to do a vinegar rinse when using a shampoo bar? 

If you live in a hard water area, a residue can be left behind, so an apple cider vinegar rinse can help remove that residue.

Using an apple cider vinegar rinse also helps to leave your hair shiny and conditioned.

Make Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Mix one part Apple Cider Vinegar with 3 parts water

(I mix the rinse in a pyrex measuring cup)

You can pour the mix directly on your head or pour small amounts into your hand and work through your hair. A dark glass spray bottle would also make it easier to apply and keep it from breaking down faster.

Condition after your rinse.

 

If you don’t have the time or patience for mixing up the rinse yourself, you can grab some ready made rinses in glass bottles from Funky Soap London which also have some lovely scents to them.

You can also grab their spray bottle top for easier application.

Caring for Your Shampoo Bars

As with any soap bar, if you let your shampoo bar sit in a puddle of water it will break down and wear away quick.

Use a dedicated soap dish or tray so your soap can dry out completely.

You can also cut off a small piece of the bar and use that, so the entire bar is not getting wet every time. When you finish using the one piece you can cut off another.

The Benefits of Plastic Free Shampoos

Making the choice to use a plastic free shampoo, will save hundreds of bottles (in your lifetime) from being sent to a landfill or incinerator.

In my effort to waste less I also wash my hair less. It took a couple months, but I worked my way to washing my hair once a week. Most shampoo bars last anywhere from 55-80 washes. So for me, one bar can easily last me over a year.

You are being exposed to less toxic chemicals.

Sulfates, parabens and other chemicals proving to be toxic to humans, have no business being in our products. While many are deemed safe in small amounts, what happens when we add up all those small amounts from all of our daily products? (The average woman uses 16 products containing around 168 chemicals every day.

They probably aren’t such small amounts anymore.

The companies that care enough to not use a plastic bottle are also the companies that are likely to use natural, organic, vegan ingredients.

They also will be the companies that don’t test on animals.

Plastic free shampoos are good for you, the animals, and the planet, so this switch is really a no brainer!

Let me know which one you fall in love with in the comments below.

 

The 11 Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas that Aren’t Stuff

Mother’s Day is the one day of the year (besides her birthday) that is all about taking care of mum instead of the other way around.

While it may seem cute to get her another mug that says we love mum, or one that has a picture of the kids, eventually those cute things will just end up as more clutter that she needs to clean and manage.

So unless she specifically hints for a new mug (Gee, I could really use a new mug) or personalised jewellery, why not get her something that lets her relax? A little something that lets mum take a break from #mumlife? A little something where she is making a memory with her kids and family?

Luckily the 11 experience gifts below are the little somethings you have been looking for (and she will be delighted to receive).

These gifts come with the added insurance of being redeemable for up to two years so she can use these experiences when she is ready.

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1. Coupons

Giving mum some sweet (budget-friendly) coupons that give her things like “a night off from cooking” or “a 20-minute foot massage” are sure to be a hit. There are even blank coupons that can be personalised just for her with things that would make her happy.

If mum has younger kids, there is even a set that can be coloured in for the extra sweetness factor.

When mum has redeemed her coupons, they can be recycled. No waste and no clutter for mum to deal with later.

2. Subscription to Readly (3,6,or 12 Months Available)

Let mum read any magazine or newspaper she fancies with this subscription. She can use this on up to 5 devices and may be willing to share if you are good. She can even download what she wants to read offline.

Be sure to include some coupons that give her time to read them, too.

3. Piglet’s Pantry Tea for Four

Give mum a lovely afternoon tea from the comfort of home with this gift delivered right to your door.

There is a Vegan option available, too!

Fancy taking her out for afternoon tea instead?

Why not try afternoon tea in your own private dome in London’s Secret Garden? (Includes champagne, too).

4. Hello Fresh’s 4 Week 4 Meal Kit for 4

Yes, that’s a lot of 4s.

While mum may ultimately make these meals, at least there is a whole month of no planning or measuring on her part.

These will be 4 meals each week that are already planned, measured and just need throwing together.

So easy that she may enjoy making the meals after a long day. (Just make sure she isn’t the one cleaning up).

5. A Massage

While mum loves her family more fiercely than anything in the world, she won’t fight you if you send her to time out. At a spa. For a quiet massage. Alone.

She will come back a new mum and ready to deal with your shite for another year.

6. Facial

Giving mum a facial to relax her face from all the mum scowling she has to do will leave her feeling fresh, glowing and most importantly looking and feeling like she’s in a fabulous mood.

You may even want to give her more than one.

7. Scalp, Neck and Shoulder Massage

If mum could get one area of her body worked on. This. Is. It. 25 minutes of getting her head, neck and shoulders massaged.

All the stress she carries in those very areas being rubbed away. Bliss.

Spoil her and get her two. Seriously. One won’t be enough.

8. A Night Out in a Hotel. Alone.

Possibly a controversial gift to send mum away alone as a Mother’s Day gift, but let’s be real, sometimes mums need a break.

She probably hasn’t had a great night’s sleep in ages. She also probably hasn’t had a full day of taking care of just herself since well before kids. This gift gives her a good night’s sleep, meals she doesn’t have to cook or clean, a room, a toilet and shower she doesn’t have to clean (and won’t be interrupted when she uses them). Oh, and it includes a spa treatment.

If you have a bigger budget, this is the ultimate gift, in my opinion. Hint, hint, hubby.

9. Fun Family Activities

Ok, so maybe not all mums want a break from their kids. If more family time is what she craves then take mum out for something fun and make some memories.

You can even make the experience a surprise and prebook. Then just bring her to the experience and record her reaction.

Have fun with this.

10. Classes

Does mum like learning new things or crafting? Then give her the gift of learning and let her try her hand at something like canning, crocheting, painting, or chocolate making.

Doing something creative has been proven to reduce stress, free up mind space, and help you cope with modern life.

Classes are available in person and online so mum can do what she is most comfortable with.

11. Photo Album

And if you want to give a tangible gift, make an album of her being a mum.

Chances are her phone is full of pictures and videos of her kids, but because she is taking them, she’s not in them.

So putting together an album of her with her kids will give her a different perspective when she looks back on motherhood.

The Best Mother’s Day Gifts

Ultimately mum just wants time with her family and possibly some pampering whether it’s a foot massage from her 6-year-old or a family outing to see her favourite football team play. It doesn’t have to be big and fancy as long as the day doesn’t create more work for her because ultimately Mother’s Day should be a day off for her.

Feel free to bookmark this as these would make amazing birthday gifts for mum, too.

You may also be interested in:

The 23 Best Mother’s Day Gifts That Not Only Take Care of Mum But the Planet, Too!