There's a new cool kid in town, friends: it's bar shampoo. While the concept of shampoo in bar form isn't new, the breadth of options is. Right now we're seeing a lot of bar shampoos crafted by indie companies (I'm featuring a few of them today), but big dogs like Lush are offering them, too.
You may be wondering, What's the point of a bar shampoo? Is it as good as a liquid? Well, there are a few points, actually, and the answer to the second question is a resounding yes!
Firstly, bar shampoos are super convenient. They're easy to travel with since they're not liquid, they last for a super long time, and they actually do a decent job of cleaning and conditioning your hair. Some can even be used for your body, too, which makes for a minimalist's dream product.
If you're new to the concept, or if you're looking for more bar shampoo recommendations, heed the below introductions.
Lush Jumping Juniper Bar Shampoo ($10.95)
This small babe packs a lot of fragrance, and I love that it's loaded with goodies such as lavender, rosemary, and citrus. It's $10.95 and ideal for those of you with oily hair or product buildup, as juniper berry works as an astringent and "hair decongestant." It lathers like a dream and I love the easy-to-tote tin it comes in. I've also recently reviewed the Honey, I Washed My Hair solid shampoo bar, which is a super moisturizing option that smells like honey and toffee.
Out of Africa Black Bar Soap ($3.99)
Out of Africa Black Bar Soap is a pretty damn good multi-tasking product that can be used on your entire body, including your face (as a makeup remover) and hair. It's a really gentle option--perfect for those with sensitive or dry skin--and for $3.99 it's hard to pass it up. It's enriched with Shea butter and vitamins E, A, and F. I love that it conditions and cleanses, and that price point is giving me major heart-emoji eyes.
Organic Citrus Blend Luxury Shampoo ($19.95)
This is a very creamy shampoo by The Solid Bar Company that's actually softer than a lot of the bar shampoos I've used. I find it to be a nice intermediate between liquid shampoo and a super dense bar shampoo, so consider it if you want to make the transition. At $19.95, it's a little more expensive than some bar shampoos, but I appreciate the super concentrated formula and the fact that they use natural, organic ingredients and recycled packaging. You'll get over 30 washes out of this one.
Grand Poo Bar Shampoo ($7)
No, this isn't a new concept for a bathroom-turned-cocktail-lounge. It's another shampoo bar, and it's a good one. This one's by Oyin Handmade, costs $7 bucks, and is a super moisturizing solid bar shampoo that works on a variety of heads. It doesn't lather as richly as some of the others on this list, but it's very gentle and it makes my hair soft and shiny. That's probably because it's loaded with a multitude of moisture-rich oils and butters, including castor, shea, and cocoa.
StormSister Shhh Bar Shampoo (from $5)
I received a small size of this solid bar shampoo by shhh, available at 3waybeauty.com for $5 to $17, and I'll definitely be upgrading to a bigger size ASAP. This is a three-in-one shampoo, body wash, and shaving cream. It lathers richly and is mildly fragranced, making it a nice choice for both sexes. I love that it's free of parabens, synthetic dyes, preservatives, and artificial fragrance; the packaging is also earth friendly. So much win! Loaded with olive oil, castor seed oil, coconut oil, palm oil, kukui nut oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, and cocoa butter, this is another super moisturizing option.
- Have you ever tried bar shampoo?
- Would you consider making the switch?
- Which of the above bar shampoos most appeals to you?