10 Best Sulfate Free Shampoos Bars

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Are you looking for the best Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) free shampoo and conditioner bar for your travels? Me too. I actually just recently discovered that shampoo bars were a thing, and now I'm excited to discover what's available and which brands are best. This article is a compilation of my research about shampoo bars. Just here for my recommendations? Skip past everything and view my list of Top 10 Best Sulfate Free Shampoo Bars

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Best Shampoo Bar Brands

How I discovered shampoo bars: I invented them!

When I'm back home in the USA, I use amazing shampoos and conditioners… ones that are sulfate free, made with organic ingredients, and are blessed by a Rabbi. When I travel though, which is about eleven months out of the year, I'm left using cheap shampoos that I pick up from local pharmacies or are provided by the hotel.

Believe it or not, the selection of hair products available in other countries is not always as great as what's available in the USA – and quality shampoos cost a lot of money overseas! For example, I can pick up a bottle of one of my favorite brands of organic shampoo and conditioner at Dollar General in USA for about $5-7/each, but that same bottle in Colombia costs close to $30!

Aside from price and availability, I'm hesitant to buy expensive shampoo overseas because I usually end up leaving behind half filled shampoo bottles wherever I go since I can't travel on airplanes with them. (Better than leaving behind half empty ones though, am I right?) And buying travel sized shampoo bottles is economically stupid – it's cheaper to buy a big bottle and leave most of it behind than for me to buy the small sizes.

Last week when I was going through airport security, I saw some poor soul get their shampoo bottle thrown away, and I had an idea. What if I invented a non-liquid shampoo? That way I could travel through airports with my favorite brand of hair product.

Well it turns out that non-liquid shampoos already exist in bar form, so I decided to do some research to see what's out there. During my research, I only looked for products with comparable ingredient stories to the shampoo and conditioner that I use back home, because I don't want to trade the cheap liquid shampoo I'm using now when I travel for an equally shitty bar shampoo. That sort of defeats the purpose of why I'd be interested in traveling with shampoo bars. I'd only be interested in buying and traveling with shampoo bars if it meant that I could use better quality products again.

This post is a compilation of my research about bar shampoo bars, however my list of Best Sulfate Free Shampoo bars is not exhaustive. I'm interested in finding the BEST sulfate free shampoo bars on the market, so if you know of a brand that I missed please leave the link in the comments.

What's the chemical difference between bar soap and bar shampoo? Can't I just use the same bar for my hair and body?

Lindsey from Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve explains in a blog post that the difference between bar soap and shampoo is, “the proportions of the base oils and butters, a number of extra oils or superfatting, and the way in which I use infused oils, botanicals and essential oils in a shampoo bar recipe is different.”

She goes on to say, “Shampoo bars usually have more castor oil. The only oil containing ricinoleic fatty acid, castor is a great hair care oil, a fabulous humectant, and contributes to the fluffy, bubbly lather that people seem to like in shampoo bars.”

Since the shampoo bars have less extra oil, they may not be as moisturizing as soaps, but they'd certainly get the job done. A high quality shampoo bar made from natural ingredients is probably better for your skin than a low quality high perfumiated chemically infused bar of soap from a hotel.

Benefits of shampoo bars versus liquid shampoo

Here are what I learned to be the environmental, financial, and travel pros of using shampoo bars.

  • They last longer. Some shampoo bars advertise that they will last 60-80 uses or about 3x as long as a bottle of shampoo.
  • They are Sodium Lauryl Sulfate free. This can't be taken for granted as a blanket statement though, because not all shampoo bars are SLS free. However, since shampoo bars are still a niche product, for the most part, the brands that make them are conscious of the ingredients they use, and most are sulfate free.
  • They don't use plastic packaging. Plus one for the environment! Most shampoo bars come packaged in biodegradable paper or in no package at all if sold in a store. This helps decrease the amount of plastic waste typically associated with hair products.
  • They can be used for both hair and body. Certainly using one bar for both purposes has its disadvantages, but technically speaking, a shampoo bar can handle both jobs which will save you some space in your toiletry bag.
  • They're lightweight. Speaking of saving space, shampoo bars are lightweight and compact. One bar of soap can replace the equivalent of 3 shampoo bottles which can be a perk because every ounce adds up when traveling.
  • They are less prone to spill all over your bag. Unlike a bottle of liquid, shampoo bars won't accidentally break and leak all over your bag.
  • You can use every last bit. Alternatively, sometimes it's hard to get all the liquid out of a shampoo bottle, but that's not an issue with shampoo bars which you can use down to the last flake.

Aside from the benefits above, some people say that shampoo bars do a better job of cleaning their hair. But to be fair, many statements like this came from people who switched from using shitty liquid shampoo to shampoo bars – so their results may have partially been from switching to a shampoo without chemicals and sulfates in general. What do you think?

Cons of shampoo bars

It's not all fun and games though. I've read a few negative sides to switching to shampoo bars like:

  • Waiting for them to dry is a bitch. Some travelers have said that if they don't wait for their soap to completely dry before packing it away, they come back to a squishy mess. My friend Suzanna solves this problem by shaving off a few pieces and only bringing what she needs to use into the shower with her.
  • It doesn't get your hair as clean. Other travelers have said that shampoo bars don't lather as much, and therefore they didn't feel like their hair got as clean. These stories are anecdotal though because maybe they weren't using enough, applying it right, or using a quality brand of shampoo bar. Remember, not all shampoo bars are created equal.
  • The shelf life of a shampoo bar is shorter, kind of. Although the soap itself won't go bad, sometimes the fragrance of the soap disappears with time if you store it for too long because most shampoo bars use essential oils for fragrance. Also, in time, the water evaporates from the bar causing it to dry up and harden. However, most of the shampoo bars I profile in this post indicate that their shelf life is at least 1 year.

Aside from those three things, I couldn't find too many cons to shampoo bars. After my research, I'm thinking that your success with shampoo bars has a lot to do with which brand you choose. This leads us to the next sections…

Types of Bar Shampoos

There are three broad categories of shampoo bars, although some will overlap categories.

  1. Cold-pressed shampoo bars are typically made by home crafters and natural product companies. They are often full of natural oils to help condition your hair and are usually free of SLS.
  2. Glycerin-based shampoo bars are oftentimes more gentle and pH balanced, but some people say they don't lather as well.
  3. Solid surfactant shampoo bars lather the best and are more pH balanced but contain SLS which can be an irritant for some people.

In this article, I am exclusively profiling shampoo bar brands that are SLS-free, so they will fall into the first two categories above.

What are Sodium Lauryl Sulfates (SLS) anyway?

If you aren't sure what I'm talking about when I say SLS, I'm referring to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate which is an inexpensive and commonly used chemical found in many household shampoos, soaps, toothpastes, and detergents. SLS is a detergent and surfactant, and its primary purpose is to break surface tension and separate molecules in order to allow for a deeper interaction between the soap and your hair or skin. It's essentially the ingredient in most soaps that create the lather and it's widely used because it's so cheap.

The downsides of SLS is that it's a common skin irritant, is rumored (but not proven) to cause cancer, and is terrible for the environment. In fact, it's such a common irritant that it's sold to companies specifically for that purpose when testing products used to heal skin conditions. That's why so many people look for sulfate free shampoos, conditioners, and soap. I read an article from Lush about how SLS aren't so bad and you shouldn't stress about them (because Lush uses them in their bar shampoos), and HOLY SHIT you should read the comments! But to save you the time, I'll summarize: &$%# you Lush! SLS are the devil and they made my kid itch. However, jokes aside, sulfates aren't great for you and there are plenty of natural alternatives that provide the lather effect for soap. That's why I didn't include LUSH on the list today or any other brand which uses SLS in their shampoo bars.

Top 10 Best Sodium Lauryl Sulfates (SLS) Free Shampoo Bar Brands

This list is a compilation of my research and the brands are presented in no particular order. If you've got experience with one of the brands listed on this page or would like to add one to the list, please drop a comment below the article with your review or recommendation.

Friendly Shampoo Bar - Natural SLS & Paraben Free Shampoo

#1 Friendly Soap

Rob Costello and Geoff Kerouac of Friendly Soap use an ancient cold-process method of soap making which creates a biodegradable soap and ZERO waste! Every ingredient gets used up and turned into Friendly Soap. In an effort to minimize their energy consumption and impact on the environment, every bar of Friendly Soap is poured, cut, stamped and packed by hand, in the UK. Their packaging is made from 100% recycled paper, and even their delivery parcels are plastic-free and environmentally friendly.

FRIENDLY SOAP Lavender Geranium Natural Shampoo Bar, 95 GR
519 Reviews
FRIENDLY SOAP Lavender Geranium Natural Shampoo Bar, 95 GR
  • contains castor oil to create a deeply conditioning, creamy lather
  • contains essential oils of lavender and rose geranium for their natural stress relieving qualities
  • free from palm oil, parabens, sulphates, triclosan, phthalates and cruelty
  • handmade with natural ingredients
  • boxed in plastic free recycled (and recyclable) packaging

INGREDIENT STORY: Friendly Soap is made using naturally biodegradable ingredients and contain no animal by-products or harmful preservatives or foaming agents like SLS or Parabens. They also never use Palm Oil because they believe that it's best for the rainforests, animals, and the earth to avoid it entirely.

==> Browse All Friendly Soap Shampoo Bars<==

Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve

#2 Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve

Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve got started in 2001 when Ida Kasdan started making soaps at home using natural ingredients for her friends and family. By 2005 her hobby had blossomed into a full fledged business and her son and daughter-in-law joined the company. They've since expanded into a full line of natural and USDA certified organic skin and hair care products, selling in over 80 countries, all while continuing to adhere to their original mission and goal of making all natural skin care products with nothing artificial or synthetic and no GMO鈥檚 – just “wholesome ingredients you can trust.”

INGREDIENT STORY: Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve ingredients are USDA certified organic, sustainably produced, cruelty-free and ethically traded. USDA Certified Organic means that the ingredients they use were produced without the use of toxic pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), sewage sludge or irradiation. This way you can be assured that their skin care products are free of the synthetic chemicals often used in the skin care industry and that their raw ingredients and finished products were handled, packaged and distributed without risk of contamination.

==> Browse All Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Shampoo Bars<==

JR Liggetts Old Fashioned Shampoo Bar

#3 J.R. Liggett's Old Fashioned Shampoo Bar

35 years ago J.R. Liggett discovered an old recipe card for “hair soap” stuck in a very old book, so he made up a batch of all natural shampoo that hadn't been seen for more than 100 years, and the rest is history. He started by giving bars to friends and family as gifts for birthdays and holidays, and soon he had people asking for more. Now, over 30 years later, J.R. Leggitt has over 30 products he sells internationally, all with a consciousness toward ecology and their customers well being.

J路R路LIGGETT'S All-Natural Shampoo Bars | Tea Tree & Hemp Oil, Jojoba & Peppermint and Coconut & Argan Oil | Sulfate and Fragrance-Free With Antioxidants and Vitamins | Set of Three | 3.5 Ounces
5,423 Reviews
J路R路LIGGETT'S All-Natural Shampoo Bars | Tea Tree & Hemp Oil, Jojoba & Peppermint and Coconut & Argan Oil | Sulfate and Fragrance-Free With Antioxidants and Vitamins | Set of Three | 3.5 Ounces
  • CLEAN, HEALTHY, BEAUTIFUL HAIR: J.R.LIGGETT鈥橲 Vegan shampoo bars remove the built-up sebum that...
  • IDEAL: For those with allergies or sensitivities, it's gentle and safe for all hair and skin types!...
  • LONG-LASTING PROTECTION: A blend of rich oils like Olive, Coconut, and Castor Oil it nourishes your...
  • ALL-NATURAL FORMULA: Made without synthetic oils, detergents,, or chemicals, it's a very mild...
  • HANDMADE IN CORNISH, NH: Hand-cut and made using a centuries-old recipe, no two of our...

INGREDIENT STORY: J.R. Liggett's 100% vegetable oil formulation lathers quickly, cleans well, and rinses out easily without stripping the natural oils from your hair because they use no detergents. His original formula is still being produced which is made from a combination of saponified olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, sunflower oil, RSPO palm kernel oil, and rose essential oil for fragrance.

==> Browse All J.R. Liggett Shampoo Bars<==

Oregon Soap Co Natural Organic Shampoo Bars

#4 Oregon Soap Company

Oregon Soap Company are dedicated to producing superb organic products and offsetting at least 150% of the greenhouse gases created producing them. To help accomplish that goal, they work in partnership with Friends Of Trees and Trees For The Future to plant one tree for each 10 bars or 5 gallons sold of soap they sell.

Oregon Soap Company - Pure Castile Shampoo Bar - Tea Tree & Peppermint, Certified Organic, Long Lasting (3.75 oz bar (3 Pack), Tea Tree Peppermint)
  • CERTIFIED ORGANIC LONG LASTING CASTILE SHAMPOO BARS - These bars are made with lots of nurturing...
  • VEGAN & BIODEGRADABLE - Soy, Toxin, Gluten, & Cruelty Free: Our foaming hand soaps are safe for your...
  • ORGANIC INGREDIENTS CERTIFIED by OREGON TILTH - We never use harsh chemicals, preservatives, or...
  • ONE TREE PLANTED FOR EVERY 10 BARS SOLD - Plus we offset any emissions by at least 150%!
  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED! MADE IN USA. Your purchase supports small business!

INGREDIENT STORY: Oregon Soap Company's products are SLS free and they are certified organic by the Oregon TILTH. Their shampoo bars are made from a combination of oils like coconut, olive, castor seed, sunflower, jojoba seed, rice oils, and essential oils mixed with cocoa butter, leaf juice, vitamin E, and chlorella.

==> Browse All Oregon Soap Company Shampoo Bars<==

Beauty and the Bees Organic Soap

#5 Beauty and the Bees

Jill Saunders of Beauty and the Bees suffered from eczema and dry skin and couldn't find success with any commercial product on the market. So she returned to her grandmother's old remedies using natural raw food ingredients and a 2000 year old formula to make her own absolutely natural skin-friendly soaps. She emigrated to Tasmania, Australia from Britain in 1992 to seek out the island's abundance of natural ingredients like Leatherwood honey which is unique to Tasmania.

Beauty and the Bees Eco-Friendly Apple Cider Vinegar SHAMPOO BAR Hair Tonic Best For Oily Hair | ACV for Dandruff & Dry Itchy Scalp | Organic Ingredients - Sulfate & Paraben Free
  • Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Tonic Shampoo Bar - European womens best kept ancient skin and hair care...
  • A totally concentrated All Natural solid shampoo bar is equal to approx. 27 fl oz - 3 liquid shampoo...
  • Apple cider vinegar encourages healthy hair growth - Helps hair retain more moisture helping to...
  • Helps dandruff, oily hair, itchy and dry scalp - apple cider vinegar properties can help this...
  • Apple cider vinegar helps to balance the pH of hair and scalp, stimulating better circulation to the...

INGREDIENT STORY: All of Beauty and the Bees products are made from familiar foods like honey, dairy cream, organic herbs, cold-pressed vegetable, nut oils, nut meals, and fresh fruit 鈥 ingredients that don鈥檛 clog pores and leave your skin free to breathe. Their skincare formulas are made with Tasmania's Leatherwood beeswax and honey, found nowhere else in the world, and possessing an intense floral aroma.

==> Browse All Beauty and the Bees Shampoo Bars<==

The Yellow Bird Organic Soaps and Shampoo Bars

#6 The Yellow Bird

The Yellow Bird is a family owned and operated all natural skin care company that uses pure and simple ingredients that are free of synthetic chemicals. Husband and wife team Nicole and Colin started The Yellow Bird with a mission to provide products for the whole family that are full of simple yet powerful ingredients for people with allergies and chemical sensitivities.

The Yellow Bird Peppermint Shampoo Bar Soap. Sulfate Free. Natural and Organic Ingredients. Anti Dandruff, Itchy Scalp, Psoriasis. Includes Conditioning Argan and Jojoba Oils.
  • Cleans Without Stripping 鈥 A great sensitive scalp shampoo. Sulfate free, silicone free, and...
  • Perfect Travel Shampoo - An all-in-one eco friendly shampoo for men and women. Use also as a body...
  • Gentle Hair Restoration 鈥 Our Bar Shampoo includes Kaolin Clay and Sea Salt to help remove...
  • Soft, Shiny Hair 鈥 Vitamin E rich Argan and Jojoba oils hydrate and protect hair from frizz....

INGREDIENT STORY: The Yellow Bird products are made with ingredients as close to nature as possible. All of their soaps are made using all natural and organic ingredients. They are chemical and fragrance free which means no GMOs, parabens, or soy. They use high-grade essential oils for fragrance.

==> Browse All Yellow Bird Shampoo Bars<==

Falls River Soap Company Sulfate Free Shampoo Bars

#7 Falls River Soap Company

Falls River Soap Company is a small family business based in Ohio which crafts natural handmade soaps through a soap making tradition that has been handed down for generations. They do not outsource their work and still create everything by hand in small batches using the best ingredients.

Shampoo Bar (3.5 Oz) - With Jojoba Oil and Tea Tree Oil for Hair & Scalp - Promotes Healthy Hair Growth and reduce Hair Loss- Phthalate Free - Paraben Free - Sulfate Free - Gluten Free - Vegan
  • SAVE YOUR HAIR - Helps reduce Hair Loss and Promotes Healthy Hair Growth- Phthalate Free - Paraben...
  • ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS - Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Canola Oil, Jojoba Oil, Palm Oil, Extra Virgin...
  • ESSENTIAL OILS : Lavender Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Patchouli Oil - will aid in reducing...
  • PERFECT TRAVEL SHAMPOO - USE IT TOP-TO-TOE! Works great for Hair, Body and Beard!
  • The shampoo bar high on conditioning effect. It may reduce your additional conditioner use. Use warm...

INGREDIENT STORY: Falls River Soap Company only uses natural ingredients which they define as ingredients that come from a plant, vegetable, mineral or animal byproduct like honey or milk (sorry vegans). They do not use any synthetic fragrances, colorants, or preservatives in any of their soaps.

==> Browse All Falls River Soap Company Shampoo Bars<==

Ethique Natural Cosmetics Shampoo Bars

#8 Ethique

Ethique was started in 2012 by biologist Brianne West on a mission to create change in the world through products that are waste free, natural, and effective. Her coined hashtag #giveupthebottle says it all, and Ethique is proud to have prevented more than 150,000 bottles from being made and disposed of. They offer a line of 30 solid beauty bars including shampoo, face cleansers, and body washes.

Ethique Heali Kiwi - Calming Solid Shampoo Bar for Dry, Itchy, Flaky, and Oily Scalps and Hair - Vegan, Eco-Friendly, Plastic-Free, Cruelty-Free, 3.88 oz (Pack of 1)
  • Calming Shampoo Bar: Itchy or dry scalp got you down? Our lime-scented, soap-free bar gently...
  • Nourishing Ingredients: A powerful blend of neem and karanja oils, renowned for their healing...
  • Save Money & the Planet: Each shampoo bar lasts at least 80 washes, equivalent to three bottles of...
  • Plastic Free: This bar has recyclable, home-compostable packaging. Simply tear up the box and pop it...
  • Ethical & Sustainable Ingredients: Formulated using vegan, cruelty-free, palm oil-free, paraben-free...

INGREDIENT STORY: Ethique believes that nature knows best, so they combine the best 100% natural ingredients with their knowledge of science to create cosmetics that are effective, gentle, and better for the environment. Some of their ingredients include calendula, cocoa butter, coconut butter and oil, chamomile oil, jojoba oil, and ylang ylang oil. None of their ingredients include synthetics, SLS, parabens, petroleum products, silicones, palm oil, or ingredients produced in a non-sustainable manner.

==> Browse All Ethique Shampoo Bars<==

Whidbey Island Natural Shampoo Bars

#9 Whidbey Island Natural

David and Kimberly Tiller founded Whidbey Island Natural in 1995 to produce handmade, wholesome, consumable and useful products. They named their business after their home in Whidbey Island which they describe as, “a magical mix of wildflower meadows, pastoral hills, evergreen forests, and rugged, driftwood-strewn beaches.” In their island workshop, is where they infuse nature's nourishing plant oils with healing and fragrant essential oils to create organic soaps and lotions.

WHIDBEY ISLAND SOAP Soap Bar-Shampoo, 4.2 OZ
  • All-in-One Shampoo Bar cleans without stripping your hair of it's natural oils - Ideal for...
  • Multi-purpose - Forgot your regular soap? - No problem! Use as a face and body soap. Gentle...
  • Ideal for Travel - All-in-One Shampoo Bar is perfect for the traveler or vacationer. Won't be...
  • Cruelty-free and Vegan - All ingredients are sustainably harvested. No animal testing.
  • Vibrant, healthy Hair - Naturally! - Made with pure plant oils that are rich in natural...

INGREDIENT STORY:Whidbey Island Natural's All-in-One Shampoo Bar is sulfate-free, paraben-free, silicon-free and detergent-free. They use pure plant oils that are rich in natural emollients and essential oils to provide the fragrance. Their ingredients are sustainably harvested and they use no animal testing.

==>Browse All Whidbey Island Natural Shampoo Bars<==

Skinny and Company

#10 Skinny & Co

Luke Geddie founded Skinny & Co in 2013 a year after he and his brother traveled to Vietnam where he was introduced to an innovative way to produce coconut oil without heat, chemicals or solvents. Skinny is the only coconut oil on the market that is wild harvested, hand pressed, small batched, never heated, 100% raw, 100% virgin, and 100% without chemicals and solvents.

INGREDIENT STORY: Skinny & Co's Raw Shampoo Bars are made with their patented Skinny Coconut Oil. They have no parabens, sulfates or phthalates and are also gluten-free, paraben-free, and BPA free. They are made entirely from concentrated, pure, saponified coconut oil.

==>Browse All Skinny & Co Shampoo Bars<==

Which is the best brand of shampoo bar?

Now that you've seen my list of Top 10 Sulfate Free Shampoo Bar brands, it's your turn to tell me – what's YOUR favorite shampoo bar brand and why? Drop a comment below with your reviews and recommendations.

What about conditioner bars?

Many, but not all, of the brands above offer conditioner bars to complement their shampoo bars. The reasons I did not create a separate list of conditioner bars are because 1) there would be a lot of overlap between the two lists, and 2) many folks who use shampoo bars have said that the natural oils found in these bars work to condition their hair and that they stopped using a separate conditioner. However, if there's a brand of conditioner bar you'd like to recommend, please do so in the comments as well. Happy travels everyone!

PS: Need a travel sized hair dryer for your next trip? I've done the research for you. Check out my travel buyer guide about best travel hair dryers for help choosing the right one.

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  1. B

    I ran into your post and it’s very helpful. Although the ethique bar lists a sulfate on their ingredients list on the amazon page.

    • Paul @ Travel is Life

      Good catch B. Thanks for bringing that to everyone’s attention. I double checked and you’re right. It lists “sodium coco-sulfate”. Unexpected for that company.

  2. Tracie

    I have been reading up on shampoo bars for a while. It鈥檚 my understanding that there is more than one type of surfactant. Some derived from plants, coconuts etc. SCS is not the only surfactant available, although it is widely used. It鈥檚 not good for hair because of the pH (9-11). Our hair requires a more pH balanced shampoo, usually between 4 & 6. I personally make soap, and it鈥檚 not possible to make a bar of soap that is under a pH of 8…. that鈥檚 what makes it soap. You can add all of the super fat and extra oils that you want, it鈥檚 still soap if you make it right. You shouldn鈥檛 use body soap on your hair. Anyway…. it鈥檚 frustrating to read all of the claims that aren鈥檛 based on any science from the makers of these products. No, scs isn鈥檛 food for your hair, but neither is body soap. But, scs is not the only surfactant available. Handcrafted soap that is made right is amazing and great for your skin, not for your hair. Shampoos made with the right surfactants can work wonders on your hair. I guess it just shows you can label anything the right way and people will buy it and swear by it…. case in point… lush

  3. Marko

    I’ve been using a small Scottish supplier called Amica Soap now for about 6 months, started with their Argan Oil shampoo bar, then tried their Shea Butter bars, but recently I’ve really taken to their Aloe Vera and Avocado bars that contain conditioning agents. They are all sulfate free, and high in Glycerin which I’m assured is vegetable based and sustainably sourced, their bars are wrapped in 100% recycled paper and my hair has never looked and felt as good for years!.. I use the bars for body too, so hair, body and conditioner all in one, I take it everywhere I go and their bars have saved me a small fortune, I mean Lush are something like 拢15 for a shampoo and separate conditioner bar, one bar of shampoo and conditioner from Amica Soap is 拢3.50. You do the maths!.

    • Paul @ Travel is Life

      Mark – Thanks for sharing! Their soaps look great. Thanks for taking the time to share their brand and leave a personal testimonial.

  4. Jesssica berry

    I’ve tried the Ethique bars, but then started reading that 鈥渟odium coco-sulfate鈥 is no better tan any other sulfate ingredient. I was trying to find a better product and came across your blog, but you recommend those bars. So, I’m wondering, do you still recommend the Ethique bars?

    • Paul @ Travel is Life

      Hi Jessica – It’s hard to keep up with all the sulfates! You might be more up-to-date than me at this point. That article is a couple years old. What have you discovered in regards to Ethique bars? Would you not recommend them because they use the sodium coco-sulfate?

      FYI – Personally I use Whidbey Island Natural bars now. They’ve become my favorite.

      • Ro

        I was looking at getting my fella an Ethique shampoo bar but as he’s started being wary of ingredients that could cause hair loss, I did some research. Much like Jessica, I found that SCS is made up of 40-50% SLS. I was gutted to find out this information, as I really like their company.

  5. Tara

    This is SO helpful. I am going to try a few of these brands. Thank you!!

    • Paul @ Travel is Life

      YES! That’s what I like to hear. My pleasure, Tara. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. I’d love to hear which brand you liked best after you have a chance to try a few out. btw – the brand that I started using personally was Whidbey Island Natural.

  6. Tilly

    This is a great article. I’ve been thinking of switching to shampoo bars for a while and as I’m about to go off travelling for a while, now seems like the perfect time! This article is super helpful, thank you!

  7. Meaghan

    Curious about the organic shampoo and conditioner you get at Dollar General? Would you mind sharing the brand?

    • Paul @ Travel is Life

      I can’t remember offhand what the name is. (I always just recognize the bottles.) However I just got home to USA yesterday. Next time I drive by a Dollar General I’ll pop in and snap a photo.

  8. Melissa URofsky

    I’ve been using ‘Beauty and the Bees Moroccan Mud Solid Eco-Friendly Shampoo for Curly Hair & Normal Dry Thick Hair. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work for me. The soap doesn’t wash out well so my hair is heavy with it’s residue. I’ve used it for a few days now, and each day more residue is building up. My hair feels sticky and a bit greasy. However, I have also been using Honey Silk Solid Conditioner Bar also by Beauty and the Bees and when I rinse it out, it makes my hair feel soft and clean. Is it possible the conditioner is leaving the residue and not the shampoo? I have a feeling it’s the shampoo but I’m not sure.

    • Paul @ Travel is Life

      I have no idea, but thanks for leaving your feedback about their shampoo/conditioner. The one thing I’ve learned is that our bodies are all so different, that different people react to the same products differently. What might work great for me doesn’t work for someone else and vice versa. I hope you find your perfect combo.

  9. Ash

    Thank you for your info on Lush!! I bought a shampoo bar from them thinking it was more natural and a great way to start using shampoo bars. I was very disappointed to learn that they use SLS and a lottttt of coloring. Most of their products are so highly colored and scented, it was a turn off for me. Its frustrating that they market themselves better for the environment and personal health, when they really arent!

    • Paul @ Travel is Life

      You’re welcome. After you try a few different bars, let me know what you end up liking best. I’ve been personally using the Whidbey Island Natural since I wrote that article.

  10. Christine

    Has anyone found a good conditioning bar? I have been using the Liggett shampoo bar and I find it strips my hair of all the oil so I really do need conditioning. I tried the Lush conditioning bar, which did not work and now I鈥檓 sorry I bought it judging by all the comments above!

    • Paul @ Travel is Life

      I haven’t personally used any conditioner bars, but hopefully someone will chime in with some recos.

      Have you tried any of the other brands besides Liggett? Whidbey Island Natural became my go-to brand since I published this article a few years ago, and I don’t have to use conditioner with it — but of course everyone’s hair is different.

      Hopefully you’ll find something great. Pop back in if you remember and let us know what ends up working for you.


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