So what exactly are solid shampoo bars? The plastic-free bar replaces your standard liquid shampoo and bottle with a product that looks like a bar of soap. They lather up in your hands and then the shampoo is used to wash and condition your hair. We discovered that many of all the natural shampoo bars can also be used as an overall body soap bar and shaving bar and it can even treat specific skin and hair conditions.
Shampoo bars are also perfect for any traveler and can be packed into your carry on luggage or overnight bag. Eco-friendly products are trending online as we aim to make a conscious effort to reduce our need for single-use plastic and find affordable and safe alternatives.
Check out this list of natural and plastic-free shampoo bars and be inspired to try something new. Or, discover 10 more in our guide to the best organic shampoos for all hair types. We also have a list of the best organic conditioners to keep your hair smooth and shiny.
Eco-Friendly Shampoo Bar for Normal Hair by Ethique
Did you know that the brand Ethique is the world’s first zero-waste and sustainable cosmetic brand? That is because they have created products that do not use conventional plastic bottles; saving over 6 million of them from landfills.
The Ethique Shampoo Bar is available in the UK and ticks all of the eco-friendly boxes as it is Vegan, Plastic-Free, Cruelty-Free, Palm-Oil Free and Sustainable for the environment. This plastic-free shampoo bar is perfect for traveling or for the home as it is 100% compostable.
The Pinkalicious scent is one of the best natural shampoo bars in the UK for normal hair and is fragranced with fresh grapefruit and sweet vanilla.
We love it because: It is super concentrated meaning it will last longer and it can be perfectly paired with their solid conditioner bar
Nurishing Natural Shampoo Bar by PureChimp
Looking for something a little different? You may have found it with this uniquely created natural shampoo bar that is scented with bananas! The Pure Chimp vegan soap bar is perfect for sensitive skin and can double as a body soap.
The solid shampoo bar is of course 100% natural, vegan-friendly and is not tested on animals; it is also made at home in the UK so you can support a local business. This bar has a base of coconut oil and olive oil said to give a healthy shine to your hair!
We love it because: 5% of the company profits from sales go directly to the charity and the bar is also wrapped in a plastic-free biodegradable wrapping.
Coffee Clay Shampoo Bar – Natural Violet
This particular chemical-free shampoo bar has gained 5 star online reviews from customers and is not only an all-natural product but it works well for most hair types. In the UK, sustainable products are trending and this shampoo bar is a great way to start your eco-friendly cosmetic collection at home.
Created with a blend of ground coffee (smells incredible) shave grass herb (minimizes breakage) and bentonite clay (a gentle cleanser) this shampoo bar is designed to strengthen your hair and even boost hair growth.
Natural Violent bath and body products are vegan and are made without chemicals or synthetic fragrance and the chemical free shampoo bar is available in the UK; great news!
We love it because: This coffee bar is 100% natural and suited to most skin types meaning you can use it as a body bar or a shave bar.
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Hibiscus Shampoo Bar
This beautifully packaged vegan shampoo bar is plastic-free, organic and completely derived from natural ingredients. This means it is good for you and for the planet!
Apple Cider Vinegar is an ingredient that can be used to clear and remove build-up from other soaps and shampoos that remain on the scalp, it is wonderful for adding shine to the hair and is good for removing excess oil.
The addition of Hibiscus may come as a surprise, but organic hibiscus tea is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine as a way to clean the scalp and add shine to the hair. It is popular across wellness spa treatments in Indonesia as it is believed to stimulate hair growth and now you can use it in your own home.
We love it because: The organic ingredients in this soap free shampoo bar act as a treatment for your hair and scalp with the addition of organic coconut, olive, jojoba, and rice bran oil.
Vegan Shampoo Bar for Dry & Damaged Hair
Traveling ladies look no further! Ucradle has created a travel-friendly, all-natural product that is highly concentrated and can last as long as a 200ml bottle of shampoo.
Sustainably packaged into reusable tins, these vegan shampoo bars are available in the UK and are made from pure and natural ingredients with two different scents included in the box.
Made with beautiful lemon myrtle and fresh jasmine blended with cocoa butter, camellia and cypress; you can be sure they are free from harsh chemicals. The solid shampoo bars are cruelty-free and not tested on animals.
We love it because: This shampoo bar is a 2-in-1 product meaning there is no need to pack conditioner as it deeply nourishes the hair.
ShineOn- Vegan Shampoo Bar for Shiny Hair
This solid shampoo bar is made by Bath, Bubble and Beyond and contains henna extract plus juniper blended with coconut oil creating a vegan product that is also plastic-free. The natural solid shampoo bar is eco-friendly and safe for the environment.
The Shine On shampoo bar uses henna as the active ingredient to create healthy glossy hair. Henna is actually an extract that is said to be one of the best ingredients used in India for colouring the hair but it is also used for nourishing and treating the hair. The henna extract has antibacterial and antifungal properties. The shampoo bar is chemical-free and is a sulphate-free bar that is available in the UK.
We love it because: The packaging for this natural shampoo bar is so beautiful it would make the perfect eco-friendly gift idea.
100% Natural Soapnut Shampoo Bar
Living Naturally is based on Ayurvedic principles and ingredients to bring you products that have been used for centuries to treat skin conditions and keep hair healthy.
Soapnuts are an incredible gift from nature that are dried fruit shells harvested from soapberry trees in India and can be used cosmetically for a wide array of benefits. This shampoo also contains Neem, another medical product that is antifungal and antibacterial and is known for maintaining a healthy scalp.
Packaged in a sustainable and plastic-free bag, this all-vegan shampoo bar is ethical and cruelty-free and can be used on the face and body plus it is available in the UK.
We love it because: it is based on ayurvedic medicine which is the idea of using all-natural ingredients for improving one’s health and well-being. Try out this cruelty-free shampoo bar and discover the difference.
Coconut and Hibiscus Rhassoul Clay Shampoo Bar for Soft and Curly Hair
Searching for a tropical scent that is luxurious and feels like a spa treatment? Have a look at the Coconut and Hibiscus Clay scented shampoo bar that contains moisturising coconut oil.
This eco-friendly bar from Shea Moisture does not contain harmful chemicals such as sulphates, parabens, mineral oils or petrolatum and is not tested on animals. Instead, this natural formula contains silk protein, neem, and rhassoul clay to leave hair thick and healthy.
The shampoo bars are hydrating, completely natural and made sustainably with fair-trade products. Coconut oil contains essential fatty acids and additional natural benefits that can help us maintain beautiful hair. This shampoo bar is rich in minerals that can lift away impurities without stripping it of its moisture.
We love it because: It is free from harmful chemicals and cruelty-free. Besides, it is specifically designed to maintain beautiful curls in their natural state.
100% Natural Handmade Shampoo Bar
Handmade, chemical-free and all-natural; funky soap started out in East London in 2014 and has since expanded due to the popularity of their sustainable and 100% natural soaps.
Funky Soap does not test on animals or purchase ingredients from companies that do and are also vegetarian and vegan-friendly.
The nettle and marshmallow root solid shampoo bar is easy to use simply lather the soap in your hands and then apply it to your hair just as you would a regular shampoo. The key ingredients work to help soothe the scalp whilst the addition of rosemary helps prevent hair loss and breakage.
Top Tip: You can use a pair of exfoliating gloves to help rinse the product from your hair and massage the scalp.
We love it because: Funky soap is a local business that is striving to make a big impact on the environment through its sustainable and eco-friendly products. The company is also known for using 100% RSPO certified sustainable green palm oil across their product range
J.R.Liggett’s Old-Fashioned Shampoo Bar
J.R Liggett products are formulated without detergents, synthetic fragrance, preservatives, animal products and are derived from all-natural and pure vegetable oils. The original formula shampoo bar is the cornerstone of the brand that has a loyal following of customers from around the world.
The natural shampoo bar will cleanse your hair and rinse out easily and claims to leave your hair soft enough without the need for conditioner. The bars are individually hand-cut and unique and have been around for over 100 years.
Made without plastic the eco-friendly solid shampoo bar is created from olive oil, coconut oil, and rose oil and is GMO-free.
We love it because: This is one of the original shampoo bars on the market made locally in New England with a focus on keeping the earth, people and pets healthy.
All you need for now is to light some vegan candles and enjoy your relaxing bath.
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Don’t forget that all the products are available in the UK!