I’ve always been one of those people that love to experiment with different products. If you’ve been on the Internet lately (and by lately, I mean the last couple of years), then you would have seen the impact of plastic pollution.

So for me, I like to be practical about what I can achieve. And swapping out my normal bottled shampoo with a shampoo bar, which is honestly a really easy switch, seemed like a good place to start. The shampoo bars from Lush (more like shampoo burger buns to be honest) are extremely travel friendly and take up really little space in your bathroom. If you’re anything like me, you hate the look of clutter – but are still messy enough to be surrounded by clutter. It’s a very annoying mix. You can also buy small £2.50 tins to store the shampoo. I did purchase this, but hated it, the shampoo sticks to the inside of the tin and can’t really be removed without severely damaging the shampoo. If you know of a way to remove stuck Lush shampoo bars from the tin, please let me know! The only time I found the tin semi-useful was when the bar was nearly used up and was desperate for a travel friendly container. But I would not recommend you use it day to day. It will end up swimming in a small pool of water and the integrity of the bar will waste away and you’ll get fewer uses out of it. I opt to store mine on the side of the bath.

Now, why do I love these shampoo bars so much?

They say don’t judge before you try, but it’s hard to be convinced that these bars actually work. I mean, we were brought up with the idea that shampoos are liquids, not solid. My curiosity over these bars overcame my scepticism, so I went out to buy one…when I took it home, I was still extremely sceptical it would function as a proper shampoo.

I’ve tried two shampoo bars so far (both from Lush), while I like both, there is definitely one that takes the lead.

  1. Honey I washed my hair.
  2. Seanik. [THE favourite]

Honey I washed my hair. I really liked it, it worked, it washed my hair, it smelled amazing, it was easy (and dare I say fun) to use. BUT on second day unwashed hair, I found that my scalp was quite greasy. I would always have to coat my scalp with dry shampoo for it to feel clean. I decided I would try a different bar after this was used up.

When I finished honey I washed my hair, I was excited to pick out a new one. I had my eye on seanik for a while, a bright blue shampoo bar that promises to cleanse while providing volume.

My hair is pretty fine, so I can’t say that it provides a lot of volume for me, but I can attest to it not turning my head into a greaseball by day 2 and my hair isn’t flat after using it. That’s massive a plus!

Seanik. I’ve been using seanik for the last month and as you can see in the before (top) and after (bottom) shots, I’ve barely made a dent. For the record, I wash my hair every 2-3 days. So I imagine I will be using this shampoo bar for a couple months more!

Seanik shampoo bar, before (top) and after one month (bottom).

While the smell isn’t as pretty as honey I washed my hair, smell isn’t a top priority for me. Seanik smells… fresh. I look forward to days where I do wash my hair so that I can gently rub this into my scalp. And as a plus, the blue looks so vibrant against the white of my bath tub, even on days I don’t wash my hair, it brings me great joy to look at the colour as I shower.

This is my life now, shampoo bars, and I love it. I really can’t see myself going back to bottled liquid shampoo.

If you are here, reading this because you are looking for ways to reduce your plastic waste, then shampoo bars are a very easy switch to make. If you want to learn more about reducing waste, you can read our three part series at
Zero Waste Part 1: What’s Up With That?
Zero Waste Part 2: The Alternatives
Zero Waste Part 3: Get Creative

What about you? Have you ever tried shampoo bars?

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