If you’re like me and trying to reduce your plastic waste, then you’ve probably wondered if conditioner and shampoo bars work. The short answer is yes, they work. Though I do have a few things I would like to say about conditioner bars, so I’m going to give you a long answer.
I tried the Lavender and Patchouli Conditioner Bar with Quinoa Protein and Organic Mango Butter from Avital’s Apiaries, and I loved it. It has a very strong scent, so if you’re not a fan of patchouli, I would suggest choosing another scent,they offer Grapefruit and Rosemary, and Vanilla Mint. If you like patchouli, this one smells really good , and when you rinse your hair, it leaves a light patchouli scent. A conditioner bar is very easy to use, you just rub the bar directly onto your hair, I like to rub a little on my hands and then rake it through my hair so that I cover all of it. I only used this on the length of my hair because it has oils in it, but if you have a dry scalp I think it would work well on your roots without it feeling oily. Avital’s Apiaries uses biodegradable shrink and a recyclable box that they package the bar in, I ordered this through Amazon for $12.50. Amazon uses a cardboard box to ship it, but if you’re ordering other things through Amazon, you can choose the option to have them send your items in the same box so that you can reduce your cardboard waste.
This product left my hair feeling silky and soft, and surprisingly not oily even with all the oils in the bar. After I shower I use a serum, a leave in conditioner, and an oil, then I use a heat protecting lotion and a little bit of mousse, and the conditioner worked super well with all of those.
(The bar was melting a little bit)
Benefits of using a conditioner bar:
1. Less plastic waste
According to this article by Theglobalist.com, we throw away 220 pounds of plastic each year. Most of it ends up in our oceans, and we cannot continue using this much plastic in a sustainable way.
2. Easy to travel with.
Conditioner bars are super easy to travel with, you can cut off a chunk of your bar and put it in your soap container along with your bar soap.
3. Better for your hair. There are no parabens and sulfates.
A lot of conditioner bars focus on using nourishing ingredients like aloe, oils, shea butter, honey, and more to keep your hair shiny and hydrated.
4. It’s biodegradable and better for the environment.
The great thing about bar products is that once you are done with them, they’re completely gone. You don’t have to throw away a plastic bottle!
5. You save money. Depending on how long your hair is and how frequently you wash it, a conditioner bar could last you 3-4 months.
I recently chopped my hair again, and because I wash my hair 2-3 times a week, this bar will last me for about 4 months. Even with long hair this would still last me about 3 months. When I have long hair, I usually spend between $11-$13 on conditioner every month or month and half, so using a conditioner bar is a great money saver.
In conclusion I would absolutely recommend a conditioner bar. Just go ahead and it give a try, I’m sure you’ll love it!