Plastic-Free Shampoo? Yes, Please.

We all need a good wash now and then—but it doesn’t always have to be from shampoo in a bottle. More and more, brands are releasing plastic-free alternatives that are as eco-friendly as they are effective at giving us shiny and smooth hair. We’ve found seven shampoo bars that tackle problems from waxy residue to dry scalp, and best of all, they’re all perfect at home or for travel. These bars will make your beauty routine easier (and more sustainable) than ever!


1. Lush

Natural & Organic | Natural ingredients
Ethics | Cruelty-free, packaging-free
Best For | Shiny hair
Price | $11.95 for 1.9 oz.

Lush is on a mission to achieve clean beauty that’s also plastic-free. Their Jason and the Argan Oil shampoo bar blends rich argan oil with lemon-rose perfume, for an intoxicating scent that’s miles above the rest. Plus, it lasts for nearly 80 washes and if our math is correct, you can go nearly half a year on one bar alone! Get ready for shinier, softer hair.


Natural & Organic | Natural ingredients
Ethics | Cruelty-free, palm oil-free, sustainable, vegan, plastic-free
Best For | Dandruff & scalp issues
Price | $16 for 3.88 oz.

If you have a dry scalp, dandruff, or itchiness, Ethique’s Heali Kiwi shampoo bar is for you. Made with a mix of 5 oils (none of them are palm oil!), your hair and scalp will be back to healthy in no time. It’s also pH-balanced and can be used on treated hair, so no matter what locks you have, you’re in the clear. We especially love that it’s sustainable, vegan, and plastic-free.


Natural & Organic | Natural, organic ingredients
Ethics | Ethically-made, gluten-free, vegan, sulfate-free
Best For | Subscription shampoo
Price | $12.95 for 4 oz.

Want a shampoo bar to share? byHumankind offers up gender-neutral shampoo bars in scents like peppermint and lemongrass. Made ethically using organic and all-natural oils, each bar is cured for 3 weeks for the most effective wash. Your roots will thank you, once you’ve made the switch to this gluten- and sulfate-free alternative. Plus, they offer subscriptions so you’ll never run out!


Natural & Organic | Natural and certified organic ingredients
Ethics | Fair Trade, palm oil-free, plastic-free
Best For | Hair and body
Price | $12 for 4.5 oz

Hello, multipurpose shampoo bars! Meow Meow Tweet’s Rosemary Avocado bar isn’t just for washing hair, you can also lather it up on your body, too. This Fair Trade and ethically-made bar comes in an eco-friendly box, easier to repurpose or recycle than regular plastic. Plus, we guarantee you won’t want to leave the shower anyway, with its herbal scent and aromatic rosemary and floral goodness.


Natural & Organic | Natural ingredients
Ethics | Cruelty-free, Fair Trade, sulfate-free
Best For | Curly & natural hair
Price | $9.99 for 4.5 oz

Types 3 and 4: we’ve found the best shampoo bar for you. Shea Moisture’s Coconut and Hibiscus Rhassoul Clay Shampoo Bar is ideal for anyone with curly, thick, or natural hair. Made with minerals, clay, and Fair Trade ingredients, you can easily apply this to your scalp and build into a lather that won’t leave you feeling waxy afterwards, unlike other clay bars. Get ready for beautifully-tamed locks.


Natural & Organic | Natural ingredients
Ethics | 100% vegetable oil, cruelty-free, palm oil-free, eco-friendly packaging
Best For | 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner
Price | $7.49 for 3.5 oz.

Don’t put on your body what you wouldn’t put into it. That’s why J.R. Liggett’s Original Formula Shampoo Bar is made of 100% natural vegetable oils, and was actually formulated from a recipe discovered in a cookbook! And since there aren’t any detergents, your hair will feel clean and silky smooth without needing any conditioners. And at $7.49, it’s one of the most cost-effective choices out there.


Natural & Organic | 100% certified organic and natural ingredients
Ethics | Cruelty-free, non-GMO, vegan, sulfate-free
Best For | Detangling
Price | $8.95 for 5.8 oz

Chagrin Valley is taking notes from women in India who’ve long used coconut oil for their hair. Their coconut milk bar provides moisture, deep conditioning, and plenty of nourishment for dry, suffering scalps. Best of all, it’s a natural way to detangle hair, too. (And can you imagine its milky coconut and almond scent!?) We consider this a miracle product, if there ever was one.



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