4 Reasons to Ditch Your Shampoo Bottle for a Bar

Shampoo bars are greener, cheaper, and much more travel-friendly.

By Amanda Ogle

This Guest Blog is taken from National Geographic, and was originally published here on 14 August 2018. This story is part of Planet or Plastic?—our multiyear effort to raise awareness about the global plastic waste crisis. Learn what you can do to reduce your own single-use plastics, and take your pledge

Shampoo bars—hair cleanser in bar soap form—are the latest trend in hair care products. Usually made of natural ingredients to promote hair health, they’re also easier on the environment and great for travel. Here are five reasons to make the switch from bottle to bar.

Reduction of Plastics

Currently, about nine million tons of plastic get thrown into the ocean annually, which breaks down to one garbage truck full of plastic being dumped into the sea every minute. Shampoo bars cut out the need for plastic bottles, and most come wrapped in recycled paper or in paper boxes. They’re also convenient for traveling—just pop them in a metal tin available for that purpose.

No Worries About TSA Limits

A traveler’s nightmare is having TSA agents raid your bag, asking if you’re over the 3.4-liquid-ounces limit, or worse, opening your suitcase after a flight and finding that your shampoo bottles leaked all over your favorite outfit. Shampoo bars eliminate both scenarios, as TSA isn’t going to take soap that’s in bar form and a shampoo bar won’t ruin your clothes. It might make them smell good, though.

Concentrated to Last Longer

Most shampoos are 80-percent water and conditioners can be even more—up to 95-percent water. Why pay for water when you can add it in yourself? Shampoo bars are megaconcentrated and generally last longer than bottled versions. On average, a shampoo bar will outlast two to three bottles of liquid shampoo, meaning you save money and extra trips to the store.

Cruelty Free and All Natural

Many brands that produce shampoo bars are striving to protect the oceans, wildlife, and ecosystems that are being affected by the mass production of chemical-laden products in the beauty industry. Many traditional bottled shampoos are filled with preservatives and chemicals that can strip hair of its natural oils and leave your scalp feeling dry. Oftentimes, these chemicals are not found in shampoo bars. Many bars contain essential oils and natural ingredients and are cruelty free. Another plus? Many shampoo bars are free of palm oil, an ingredient linked to deforestation and habitat degradation. 

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At SunLeaf®, we introduced our solid Moisturizing Shampoo & Body Soap in 2007. Made from pure plant ingredients and 100% essential oil aroma, each bar is fully biodegradable, including the recycled paper packaging. 

Thanks to our customers who have purchased and re-purchased our Shampoo & Body Soap, in just over ten years, we have prevented more than 180,000 plastic bottles from being introduced into the waste stream. All this while also saving more than 20,000 gallons of fresh water during production – proof that even simple choices can make a big impact.


Comments (2)

I tried Clary Sage Lavender soap and I could not believe that it did not take the color out of my tinted hair. My color appeared richer, like I just colored my hair!

Thankful Customer

How does this shampoo work on dyed hair?

Carol Jessen