Friday 24 January 2020

Review - Plastic Free Shampoo

This is my 14th review on plastic alternatives. I hope these help give some ideas on alternatives you can use in your daily lives.

Scoring system: 

❤ = Will keep, I love it / 👀 = Not sure, will try some more / 😐 = Oh dear, it's not for me

Review Fourteen - Alternative by Suma Shampoo Bar

Recently I looked at shampoo sold in 100% recycled plastic bottles made by a company called Love Beauty and Planet (a Unilever brand). But to switch to non plastics altogether I have been using shampoo bars which is a great way to get your hair washing done plastic free.

My very first try at shampoo bars was via a company called Soaperlicious on Ebay. This helped me try it out as they sell small samples to give it a go first. 

I was quite disappointed that the bars contained sodium laureth sulfate which I believe causes scalp irritation for me, so although the product had natural ingredients I decided to search around for a bar that does not contain this ingredient.

You may find that plastic free items can be very expensive so I was happy to find a brand called Alter/Native that produce natural shampoo bars, conditioning bars for hair and body soaps too, all available in card boxes.

Alternative by Suma Shampoo BarSuma is a worker's co-operative. None of the ingredients are tested on animals but are instead tested on Suma volunteers first! 

The products are said to be proudly make in Yorkshire (UK).

I bought my shampoo bar from ethical superstore at a reasonable price in a rose and geranium scent.

I found that a quick rub around the scalp lathers up the soap bar nicely. The lather is thick and creamy and you don't need to use a lot for a good scrub. Rub into scalp as well as hair and rinse off as normal.

I notice that this shampoo helps bring out the natural highlights in my hair which is an added bonus.

My verdict?

I love that it comes in an attractive card box, has a nice scent, lathers well and has nice natural ingredients in it (no laureth sulfate hurrah!) I will certainly continue to use this product regularly. 

I have also bought some body soaps to reduce my use of body wash in plastic bottles. I will review those body soaps in due course but for now I have scored the shampoo bar as a love  from me!