Many of us have used liquid shampoo packed in plastic bottles throughout our lives. The mere notion that shampoo can exist in a solid state can sound ridiculous or generate perplexity. However, solid shampoos have existed since the beginning of time—people used soap (which is solid) to wash their hair before bottled shampoo was invented at the end of the 20th century. In recent decades, the popularity of solid shampoo has resurfaced, and today it is no longer simply a fashion but a phenomenon inspired by various concerns such as health, sustainability, or even financial reasons.
So let’s take a look at our top 10 reasons to prefer solid shampoo over its liquid counterpart!
1. They last up to 3 times as long as a liquid shampoo bottle.
Have you ever tried to use up every last drop of shampoo in a bottle, only to find that it lasts a month or two at best? After that, they disappear in the blink of an eye.
One of the main differences between shampoo bars and liquid shampoo is their durability. Shampoo bars last up to three times longer than bottles of liquid shampoo!
The reason is that it is a more concentrated formula than a conventional shampoo bottle, the latter being significantly diluted in water. If you read the label of any liquid shampoo, you'll see the first ingredient listed on it - water! That's why we must squeeze so much shampoo out of bottles to get a proper wash.
With shampoo bars, you never have to worry about using too much—one or two passes over wet hair creates lots of lather. This means you're only using a tiny bit of the bar in each wash, which is good for your pocketbook and the environment. Of course, all this applies only if you take good care of your shampoo bar by keeping it dry so that it lasts longer.
2. It’s cheaper than liquid shampoo!
The second reason is basically a consequence of the first. If a solid shampoo lasts 3 times longer than a liquid, you save money every time you buy one! But let's see why!
Most shampoo bottles contain about 70 to 80 per cent water, and some can include even more. This means many of us are paying good money for a bottle full of water and only a small quantity of other ingredients!
As solid shampoo has a lot of water in it and produces a lot of lather, it can provide 60 to 80 washes. So if you wash your hair every day, it will last on average 2-3 months, and if you wash less frequently, it can last much longer!
And have you noticed how you have to squeeze the shampoo bottle to get something out of it and end up with too much on your hand or hair? A shampoo bar eliminates that risk because you can easily control the amount you use.
Although it may seem like a shampoo bar will cost you more than a bottle of shampoo, it’s actually a good deal because it will last you longer! It will definitely save you some cash and trips to the shop!
3. A more environmentally friendly solution that helps to reduce the excessive use of plastic
This is our third reason, but it's one of the most important. Given the threat disposable plastic poses to the environment, and especially to the preservation of oceans and marine life, shampoo bars are a clever solution that you can adopt into your everyday life with little effort and a high impact in the long term!
The shampoo bar obviously does not require traditional plastic packaging, as it is a concentrated shampoo and can be recycled or sold in bulk. In the case of our shampoos, they are all packed in recycled paper boxes.
4. When you reach into your gym bag or travel bag and feel a strange wetness, you may realise with panic that a shampoo bottle wasn’t properly closed and spilt some shampoo onto your clothes and belongings. Is that experience familiar to you?
Or perhaps the worst-case scenario is being held at a security checkpoint because your shampoo bottle is too large, and you’re not allowed to take it with you. Unfortunately, you didn’t realise this immediately because of confusing restrictions on the transportation of liquids and which quantities are permitted, which always vary from place to place.
Suppose you have ever experienced any of the situations I mentioned above. Then, you will understand why it is so difficult to find decent shampoo while travelling, whether to the gym or on holidays.
Thankfully, shampoo bars are the perfect alternative for travelling. With their compact size and concentrated formula, these elegant bars can be taken with you anywhere in a box. And we have just the ideal solution to carry them—our Cork Case!
What’s more, you get to avoid those small plastic bottles of shampoo or soap they offer in hotels—saving you money and contributing to a cleaner environment.
5. You can use up every bit of it!
If you’ve used liquid shampoo before, you know the frustration of wanting to squeeze that last bit of liquid inside the bottle—or having to dilute it in water to enjoy every last drop! But, instead of wasting hours trying to figure out how you will want these leftover shampoos with a Houdini technique, you have another solution.
Solid shampoo solves this problem by allowing you to use every last tiny bit of it. Then, even when it becomes challenging to pick it up because it’s already small and slippery, you can simply glue it to a new bar and fuse them together without waste.
6. You can use it as a shampoo or soap, depending on your needs.
Solid shampoos are formulated for hair care, with a pH that is adequate for the scalp. They're also versatile, however. When you're on a trip and only have a solid shampoo with you, you can use it as soap for your body and face too. It makes lots of lather, washes effectively without drying out your skin, and has no harmful effect on it. It's super convenient!
Speaking of travelling, you don't even have to worry about carrying so many cosmetics in your bag for a short trip because, with a solid shampoo bar, you can just throw it in your bag and go!
7. In addition to saving money, you'll also save space!
Sometimes when packing for a trip, it's hard to close your cosmetics bag because of all the oddly shaped bottles that take up too much space.
Thanks to the ergonomic and geometric shape of the shampoo bars, carrying your shampoo around has never been easier! Now you can take your concentrated shampoo anywhere. It fits perfectly in a little box and in your bag without taking up too much space!
If you prefer the minimalist look, your bathroom will appear tidier and cleaner when you take all those bottles out and opt for a solid shampoo bar instead.
8. A great little bar of soap that makes lots of lather
If you were worried that a shampoo bar wouldn’t create enough lather, you needn’t worry. A shampoo bar can make ample amounts of soft foam thanks to a perfect combination of surfactants, oils, and butters. You’ll never wish your shampoo made more lather, and you’ll look forward to that moment of your day when you wash your hair. It’s a relaxing experience!
9. Say goodbye to preservatives and hello to organic oils and butters that take care of your hair!
The fact is, our Shampoo Bars contain no water—and we like that. But, you see, many diluted shampoos include water, which you must pay for in a highly diluted shampoo bottle.
Because solid shampoo contains no water, we don't need to add preservatives to your formula.
The fact that the shampoo is solid allows us to combine organic butter and oils in the formula, which nourish, moisturise and care for your scalp and hair.
10. The best part is that they are all cruelty-free and vegan!
Although this is not an exclusive advantage of solid shampoos, we want to mention that our elegant shampoo bars are 100% cruelty-free. They have never been tested on animals, and they do not contain any animal ingredients. This is something we're proud of!