I have tried a few different waste-free shampoos, from baking soda and apple cider vinegar to the LUSH shampoo bars and now the Soap Works shampoo bar. So far, my favourite has been the Soap Works shampoo bar.
I have lots of long, thick, curly hair that is prone to dryness and sadly a little damaged from colouring (highlights), sun exposure, and heat styling. For these reasons, I try to stick to hydrating shampoos, and my favourite “container” shampoos are from the Andalou Naturals line, which you can find at Whole Foods. Aside from the plastic waste, those are really great—cruelty-free, non-GMO verified, and many of their products are vegan, as well. I find the Andalou Naturals shampoos are extremely hydrating.
But I have been interested in cutting out plastic waste where I can, so when I saw the $2.50 Soap Works shampoo and conditioner bar at Bulk Barn, I knew I had to try it. At first, I thought it was a regular bar of soap because it is the same shape and size; it looks like just a regular bar of white soap.
After four washes, I feel like it works like a very basic shampoo. It’s not ultra hydrating, and my hair definitely feels as though it still needs conditioner—which so far I haven’t figured out how to make or where to buy in waste-free form. When I use a packaged conditioner, my hair feels great, just as it would if I had shampooed with a much more expensive, packaged shampoo.
From some online reviews, it seems that this shampoo bar works best for fine, healthy or slightly oilier hair. I am personally pretty impressed, and I am going to keep using it. I know that the reason I am not getting perfect results has more to do with my hair than with the shampoo bar, but even so my hair feels much less dry than it did with the LUSH shampoo bar or the ACV/baking soda combination.
You can buy the Soap Works shampoo & conditioner bar at Bulk Barn or at Well.ca (where you can also read 73 reviews on it!).