Sustainable Hair Products - The Shampoo Bar by Spring & Vine
A Sustainable Hair Care Routine
Thank you to Spring & Vine for kindly sponsoring today’s post. As always with any post, sponsored or not, all opinions are honest & my own!
I’m always looking for ways to improve my sustainable practices and lessen my family’s impact on our planet. This time, I made a major upgrade in my sustainable hair care routine. And it’s way too good not to share.
But does it work like the shampoo we are all used to? Yes. Yes, it does. I put these shampoo bars to the test and am sharing my raw, honest thoughts in this post. Read on for more!
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Why Should We Use Eco Friendly Hair Products?
Before we get into the shampoo bar itself, let’s discuss the main reasons why eco-friendly hair products are important to incorporate into our routines:
No Harmful Ingredients
Shampoo bars contain clean, natural ingredients and are free of toxic ingredients. More info on what toxic ingredients to avoid in your hair care routine below.
Less Plastic = Less Waste
Shampoo bottles are made with plastic, and therefore can take over a thousand years to decompose if not recycled. The shampoo bar by Spring & Vine uses 95% less packaging than a traditional bottle of shampoo (it has a small plastic lining to keep the bar fresh) and comes in a recyclable cardboard box.
No Animal Testing
If you share my values, then you’ll want a brand that doesn’t test on animals. Spring & Vine are PETA-certified cruelty-free and vegan.
Mindful, Minimal Packaging
When it comes to buying anything, I always stay mindful of the plastic waste that comes with the product. It can be terribly difficult to do in today’s world, which is why it’s even more important that we make our individual commitments to supporting brands who use minimal and sustainable packaging.
Spring & Vine is one of those brands, and I genuinely appreciate their simple mindfulness to the shampoo bar’s packaging, which uses 95% less plastic than a traditional bottle of shampoo. The bar comes in a cardboard box, which is 100% recyclable. And the only plastic part of the product is the small wrapper the bar comes in to protect it from outside contaminants.
Also, have you ever thought about all those individual travel-size bottles we take on all our trips? That plastic waste really adds up. These bars are easy to use at home & take on our travels so we don’t have to buy plastic travel-size bottles.
Affordable Zero Waste Shampoo That Lasts
The two main questions I had about shampoo bars were… do they last long? and are they worth the price?
And the answer for both questions for Spring & Vine bars is… yes and yes!
They last the same number of washes as those other bottles of shampoo. The formula is incredibly concentrated, so you don’t need to use much product for each wash. It lathers in your hands very nicely. My hair eats products more than the normal human, and these shampoo bars disperse surprisingly well in my hair. I am very impressed with the longevity!
The longevity makes the price a total steal. Coming in right around $9.99 per bar (this is the price at my local Target), it’s very comparable to the cost of a natural bottle of shampoo. Same price, without the plastic packaging. Boom.
What Ingredients Should I Avoid in Hair Products?
One of the main reasons I made the switch to an all-natural shampoo bar is to cut out harmful ingredients. It’s unfortunately oh-so-common in the cosmetic industry for products like shampoo to contain toxic ingredients that aren’t safe for our hair or body’s health.
And why is it so difficult to read ingredient labels? If you can’t understand the ingredients, it’s an immediate red flag to not buy the product.
Read those labels, and here are the ingredients you’ll want to avoid in shampoos: sulfates, mineral oil, parabens, denatured alcohols, synthetic fragrances, formaldehyde, coal tar, silicones, phthalates, para-phenylenediamine (PPD)
Switching to Clean, Natural Ingredients
Something I absolutely love about the shampoo bars by Spring & Vine are how easy the label is to read and understand. Not only are the bars free of the 10 toxic ingredients I listed above, but they contain no synthetic fragrances. The bars are scented with essential oils (did I mention they smell absolutely DIVINE?!)
Also, the label is clear and easy to understand. They use SmartLabel and How2Recycle labels to make sure they are committed to ingredient and packaging transparancy.
How To Use A Shampoo Bar
For anyone that’s new to using a shampoo bar, it’s pretty straight forward, but here are a few tips to help get you started.
First, lather the shampoo bar with your hands under the water. Next massage it into your hair and scalp just like you would with regular shampoo. Then rinse well, and that’s it!
My preference and biggest tip is that I would recommend NOT applying the bar itself directly to your hair first, to avoid any knots or tangles.
As for storage, I keep mine on a wire rack in our shower so the water doesn’t settle on the bar. When I travel with it, I make sure it’s dry and pop it in a little mesh bag so it can breathe.
My Final Review
Some sustainable swaps are difficult to make, but this isn’t one of them.
In all honesty, I was hesitant if these would truly replace my bottle of shampoo. And I’m absolutely thrilled to say that I will never go back to that plastic shampoo bottle.
My favorite bar from the Spring & Vine line is the Volumizing Grapefruit & Rosemary. The scent is just heavenly! The other bars available are: 2in1 Moisturizing Oatmeal, Scalp Soothing Tea Tree & Mint, and Balanced Clean Lavender & Orange Blossom.
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