With all that is going on in the world, if you haven’t heard about zero waste, minimalism, reducing plastic waste, or at least what is happening with Climate change then you must be living with no internet somewhere! What all these lifestyle changes have in common is the preservation of the environment by reducing our waste. One simple way to reduce your waste is to switch to alternatives, which do not use plastic packaging that end up being tossed into the bin once they’re used up, like a shampoo bar. I recently tried South African’s very own Zero shampoo bars.
“Our Proudly South African, Zero Shampoo Bars are anything but average. Packed full of all the good stuff, and made using zero of the things that leave behind a mess. This shampoo bar will get you through 55 – 70 hair washes which will outlast most of your favourite bottled shampoo’s. Wash away knowing you are leaving behind zero waste!”
- Zero plastic packaging
- Zero palm oil in the ingredients
- Zero water in the ingredients
Zero bar flavours:
- Jojoba oil
- Moringa oil
- Argan oil
- Desert melon oil
Why switch to shampoo bars
- Reduce plastic bottle waste. Think about all those shampoo and conditioner plastic bottles that get thrown away every few months when they shampoo finished. You could avoid sending all that plastic into the environment by making the switch to a shampoo bar.
- Less palm oil use. Palm oil production results in a lot of deforestation.
- More natural. Most shampoo bars use more natural ingredients and ones that are biodegradable than most bottled shampoos.
- Ease of use. Shampoo bars are easier to carry and travel with. They are nice and small and won’t spill and you can take them on the plane without that hassle of having to make sure you only have 100 mls of liquid.
The Zero Bar Review:
The ingredients are listed below:
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
- Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride
- Peg- 7 Glyceryl Cocoate
- Olea Europea (Olive) Fruit Oil
- Steardimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolized Silk
- Hydrolyzed Soy Protein
- Steartrimonium Chloride
- Citric Acid
- Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil
- Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
- Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil
- Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil
- Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil
- Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil
- Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil
- Hydrolized Keratin
- CL 3844459, CL 934210
I am not going to lie and say I know what every one of those ingredients are, so I won’t comment much on them without doing some research first, but it is good to see a lot of natural oils on the list, and no Palm oil, which is one of the main features of this bar.
I gave it a try and the zero shampoo bar is easy to use. Use it just like a soap bar, lather between your hands and apply to your body and hair. You don’t need that much, just a bit and then rub your hands together to get it to foam up. Ladies with long hair would probably need a bit more. I am yet to see how long it lasts, but judging from how much I use, I’m sure it will last me a good number of months, maybe even a year.
I had already made the switch to a more natural soap for my face, body and hair with the pure simple soap, so I will not be buying a bottled shampoo ever again.
For me, the bar worked well on my hair and I can’t really say if there was a big difference compared to using a bottled shampoo (head and shoulders). I do quite like the smell of these bars though. One thing to remember, if you travel with the bars and keep them in a small container, is to not leave them in the container when they are quite wet. Rather let them dry a bit outside before placing back into your container after use. This just helps them not become soggy and keep their shape.
The bars can be purchased from harmless house for +- R75. It may sound expensive, but when you compare them with conventional shampoos and how long the bars last you realise it really is not that bad. And you are reducing your waste without even trying :)
I was also sent a bamboo toothbrush to try, which is quite nice, and a whole lot more environmentally friendly than conventional plastic toothbrushes. Just be sure to make sure you choose one suited to you, I.e. Soft, medium or hard bristles. I use very soft bristles and find even the soft bamboo brushes to be a tad bit too hard.
So in conclusion.. which one will you choose?