Shampoo Bars – Pros and Cons

Shampoo bars have been my latest obsession 🙂 they are great for someone like me that cares about the environment and avoids plastic, travels often, prefers to use natural products and only buys vegan products. Most of the Shampoo Bars will tick all those boxes easily.

A bar shampoo is basically a solid shampoo in a bar form, often made from just a few and more natural ingredients plus they are Plastic packaging-free


pros & cons
  • Travel-friendly (lightweight & compact size)
  • Most shampoo bars don’t contain SLS and use more natural ingredients
  • Cost effective (lasts longer than the liquids)
  • Plastic packaging-free
  • Reduced carbon footprint (because of their smaller size, more can fit into the lorries that transport them)
  • Affordable (lots of options under £6/€7/$10)
  • Shampoo bars can also be used for other purposes like washing your body, or clothes while traveling.
  • Great smell
  • Some companies might try to hide their ingredients and try to make it sound better than it really is
  • They are made of natural products, most expire within 6 months (unless otherwise indicated on the product)
  • Build-up can make adjusting to natural shampoo bars especially frustrating
  • If you live in an area with hard water, the bars shampoo may not perform as expected
  • You may have to play around with different bars to find the one that works for you.
  • Some people need an adjustment period before the scalp becomes used to the new shampoo.

If you’re interested in giving one a try look carefully at the ingredients, and keep in mind that for most people there is an adjustment period of about 1 month on chemically treated hair when using a natural bar shampoo.

Do you use a bar shampoo? have you ever tried one?  Please let me know if you have any questions and comments!

As always I would love to hear from you ?

Love Ana x???x

13 thoughts on “Shampoo Bars – Pros and Cons

  1. ArestlessTraveler

    I discovered shampoo bars last year and have since gone solid in all my toiletries – except toothpaste. Like you I only wish I’d found out about them sooner.

  2. farmstandculture

    As I type this while sitting in an airport in Chicago with 1 carryon…I appreciate that you rated “travel-friendly” highly!

  3. healthyfoodandme

    Eu adoro! Neste momento uso em formato sólido: sabonete de mãos, desodorizante, champô e gel de banho e adoro! Devia ter começado mais cedo :p

    Ótima partilha! Um beijinho*

    • Ana Rocha ??

      tal e qual como eu, só tenho pena de não ter começado à muito mais tempo 🙂

  4. Sian

    I tried a shampoo bar, vegan and plastic free, it didn’t offer a good result for me. I have long hair and a scalp that can get itchy. The shampoo didn’t really rinse out enough for my hair to be clean and shiny after the wash and the buildup was evident on my brushes and comb. I’d love to try again if there are any good/reliable suggestions for rinsing

    • Ana Rocha ??

      For me the Apple cider vinegar rinse works really well! Have you tried it ?

  5. lloydslensphotographyllc

    When I was very young my great aunt rendered her own lard and refined her own lye to make her own soap. She used it for everything.

  6. BlissfullyGrateful

    Great informative post! I have never used a shampoo bar. Could you perhaps share the brand(s) you use? ?

    • Ana Rocha ??

      I don’t know any local brand from Netherlands :/ from the UK I like the one from Wild Sage, from the USA my favourite is the Soap Cauldron and the Skipping Stone soap from Canada is also really amazing!!

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