Want a way to save the planet whilst also making your hair and skin look and feel awesome? Well, I have the solution for you!
Let me introduce you to Ethique, a New Zealand brand specialising in solid beauty bars. Ethique aims to be a sustainable company, encouraging people to #giveupthebottle. Ingredients are biodegradable as is the packaging. The thing I love the most: the are climate neutral, vegan and cruelty free.
If you haven’t used solid beauty bars before, it’s really easy! You simply add water to the bar in the shower and use as you would any other product. The shampoo conditioner bars you can either rub between your hands and then apply that to your hair or straight rub on wet hair; the cleanser bars are easier to just rub in between your hands then smosh that all over your face.
As you would guess, this bar is designed for dry or frizzy hair – much like my naturally curly/wavy mane. In using this produce, my hair feels amazingly clean yet it doesn’t strip away the natural oil in your hair. It doesn’t feel dry or dull like regular shampoo and it is left feeling oh so soft! Seriously. People have taken to touching my hair because “it looks so soft”. I even have some shine back to my hair and I’m guessing it’s because this “no nasties” product isn’t stripping out all of the good natural oils.
It has a subtle scent; lightly coconut. Considering this product is made from coconut and cocoa butter this makes perfect sense. My scalp tends to get a tad sensitive and during those times this doesn’t irritate my skin at all. This is probably my favourite shampoo I have tried in a long time! I am already looking at their other shampoo bars to try more!
The Guardian solid conditioner bar:
I have never found solid conditioners work on my hair. This one, however, does! Don’t get me wrong, it’s no deep conditioner but it works just as well as any standard store brand conditioner. This bar is full of goodies: Cupuacu butter, coconut oil and lime oil. This, I have to say, smells pretty good – but I may be a little biased as I love lime scents! It feels really nice when applying it to your hair and this feeling remains as you wash it out. Though I have yet to try it, I have seen it suggested that these can be used as a leave in conditioner if you rub them through damp hair. Shall give that a try at some stage when I’m feeling brave!
The only thing I don’t like about this is that the bar is almost half the size of the shampoo bar. And although it supposedly will last a while, as someone with dry/curly hair I know that I always use something like double the shampoo amount of conditioner. So I shall keep an eye on how long this actually lasts me!
Bliss bar solid cleanser bar:
I like this cleanser but I don’t know if I like it quite as much as my usual cleanser (Lush’s Angels on Bare Skin – the one product that singlehandedly saved my skin). It’s gentle on my sensitive skin – I haven’t had a reaction or any crazy redness from using it. However, I find my skin feels quite dry after using it. I HATE the feeling of dry, tight skin and this has seen me having to apply some rose hip oil after using to moisturise my skin enough. This may not necessarily be a bad thing as my skin is super soft in the morning but it is just a little beauty pet peeve of mine.
What I have found this cleanser is great at is removing makeup! I’m lazy and don’t like using a makeup remover before cleansing if I can help it. Usually I have to use one after cleansing to get rid of any makeup remnants but this little block of goodness seemed to get it all off! I then tested it as a makeup brush cleaner and it seemed to work a treat! Not only are my makeup brushes nice and clean, they are super soft. Product bonus!!!
One thing about this bar: I got really confused when I received it as the photo online shows a white bar and my is bright pink! After contacting them, it looks as though they are changing to the pink bar. Although I hate the colour, I have found it is actually quite good as otherwise the bar looks identical to the Frizz Wrangler shampoo bar! Having one coloured saves any chance of me cleansing my hair or shampooing my face; ick. It’s main ingredients are coconut based which should be moisturising despite the tight or dry feeling my sensitive skin gets after using. Interesting indeed!
Overall, I have to say I am LOVING Ethique so far. The shampoo and conditioner bars are making my hair look and feel amazing and although the cleanser isn’t my favourite, it has been great at removing makeup so I will definitely continue using it. I’m not sure they will last as long as they say they do but I’m going to give it a good try. I am loving this brand so much I am already trying to decide which shampoo bar to try next and looking at buying their body wash bars and body butter/lotion bars. Looks like I will be bottle-free before I know it!
Have you tried Ethique? Does it sound like a bit of you? Let me know!