The Best Beauty Bars For A Waste-Free Shower
Society is becoming more environmentally-conscious (think the straw ban or leggings made from recycled plastic bottles) and one of the easiest steps you can take to lessen your footprint is to eliminate waste from your own shower. How? Use a beauty bar instead of a packaged shampoo or body wash.
It is estimated that only nine percent of all the plastic ever made has actually been recycled — so it’s always better to avoid buying plastic in the first place.
Beauty bars have come along way since the days of generic bar soap and companies known for their luxe, high-performing formulas including MoroccanOil, Lush, and Herbivore, now offer beauty bars for your hair and body. These bars not only work just as well as their bottled counterparts, they are easy to use and travel-friendly. Ahead, we’ve found 9 of the best beauty bars you’ll want to try ASAP.
Moroccanoil Cleansing Bar ($12)
Perfect for skin that’s dry or needs a bit of brightening, the Moroccanoil Cleansing bar is made with shea butter and argan oil. It helps improve the texture of flakey or dull skin and works for any skin type. If you’ve already used a Moroccanoil product, you’ll be pleased to know that the bar comes in their signature, addicting scent. Or, you can opt for the fresh, energizing orange blossom fragrance.
Herbivore Pink Clay Soap Bar ($12)
French Pink Clay is beloved for gently drawing out impurities without drying your skin. Ideal for dry or sensitive skin, this bar renews thirsty skin and helps improve its overall look. This natural, vegan, and cruelty-free bar contains geranium essential oil, a natural anti-inflammatory which promotes healthy skin, and blood orange to detoxify the skin.The lightly floral scent and gorgeous deep pink color will elevate your shower.
Indie Goat No. 3 Exfoliating Bar ($9)
This gently-exfoliating bar polishes skin without harsh chemicals or plastic beads. It contains powerhouse ingredients including lavender, apricot seeds, and volcanic ash for skin that looks healthy and radiant. Bonus: it’s made without water, which requires the use of thickeners and preservatives, and instead, all of Indie Goat’s products are made in small batches using nourishing raw goat’s milk.
Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar ($28)
A game-changer for sensitive skin, this bar is free of soap and fragrance. This multi-tasker cleans, balances, and moisturizes the delicate facial skin while removing excess oil and improving skin elasticity, plus it’s made with ingredients you can feel good about including honey, marula oil, and blueberry extract. Fun fact alert: the pH of many “traditional” soap bars is 9 or above, but the Pekee Bar has a pH of just over six, which is ideal for skin that is clean without being tight or dry.
Lush Avocado Co-Wash Bar ($15.95)
We knew our toast loved avocado, but we didn’t know our hair would love it, too. Made with a blend of avocado, fair trade cocoa butter, cupuaçu butter, lavender flower, and cider vinegar, this co-wash bar (a blend of shampoo and conditioner) is perfect for when you’re short on time. The cleansing and hydrating ingredients leave hair clean, shiny, and weightlessly moisturized. You can lather the bar in your hands first, or apply it directly to wet hair. And don’t worry, just because the bar is made of avocado doesn’t mean you have to smell like one; this bar has a refreshing bergamot scent. Another perk: you can get it through airport security.
Sweet cocoa butter and subtle, buttery coconut milk work together to create a rich body soap your skin will love. This bar is 100% natural and formulated without essential oils (which many people are sensitive to without even knowing it). Plus, the packaging is so cute with its graphic images of paws and hands, you may just want to reuse it as storage for your favorite tiny things.
Ethique Frizz Wrangler Shampoo Bar ($15.50)
Ideal for curly or frizzy-haired beauties, or those with damaged hair (thanks to bleaching and hot tools), this bar uses a combination of coconut oil and cocoa butter to repair hurting hair and calm frizz. One bar is equivalent to three bottles of shampoo, and this will leave your hair shiny and smooth without adding buildup to your strands.
Basin Good Hair Day Conditioner Bar ($8.99)
Coconut oil, jojoba oil, cocoa butter, and olive oil are the stars of this bar. It moisturizes your locks (thanks to the natural oils and glycerin) without weighing the hair down. Plus it smells like grapefruit which is an energizing, uplifting scent perfect for your morning shower.
Chanel Coco Bath Soap ($26)
A Chanel bag may not be in your budget, but a Chanel soap is affordable and adds dose of chic to your shower. The pinkish-amber color adds an elegant pop to your bathroom, and this luxe soap will leave your skin soft and lightly perfumed with the signature Chanel Coco fragrance. The soap gives off notes of mandarin, jasmine and patchouli for a scent you will, quite literally, want to bathe in.