6 Zero Waste Shampoo Bars For The Eco-Conscious Filipina
Day after day, more people are becoming informed of the negative impact of single-use plastic to the environment. A quick Google search shows that 9 million tons of plastics are thrown into the ocean annually! Unfortunately, giant corporations who don't practice proper waste management play a huge role in this—but let's not get discouraged. While we can take part in campaigning for Earth-friendly practices, we can also start by changing our lifestyle—starting with our beauty arsenal.
The rise of environmental activism gave birth to more sustainable everyday products like bamboo straws, bamboo toothbrushes, and even re-usable menstrual pads. The beauty industry followed, now promoting zero waste products—today, we shine the spotlight on shampoo bars. These packaging-free products are usually wrapped in paper (recycled or wax), or are even stored in reusable tin cans. These travel-friendly products are more sustainable, too—a single bar can last you months, saving you from spending more on liquid shampoo!
Ahead, we've compiled local boutiques and online stores where you can score zero waste shampoo bars for you and your family.
Facebook: Lush Philippines | Starts at P570
These macaron-shaped shampoo bars not only look yummy—they smell delicious, too. The best part? They're good for your hair! One of our favorites is the Jason and the Argan Oil bar, which is infused with Moroccan argan oil to leave your hair smooth and shiny. Each of Lush Cosmetics's packaging-free bar lasts up to 80 washes—that's equivalent to 2 to 3 bottles of liquid shampoo.
Website: beachborn.ph | Starts at P195
Take care of your colored hair minus the guilt! Beach Born's Classy Not Brassy conditioner bar is packed with extra virgin coconut oil, cocoa butter, and lavender essential oil to resurrect dry, damaged, color-treated locks. It's also ultra Earth-friendly—each bar is plastic-free and biodegradable! Looking to replenish your zero waste beauty arsenal? Don't forget to check out Beach Born's sunscreen bar and super sudy shampoo bars, too.
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Website: instagram.com/ecobarph | Price: Starts at P160
Who says beauty can't be eco-conscious? Ecobar PH's solid shampoo and conditioner bars are made with love sans sulfates, parabens, silicones, synthetic dyes, and plastic packaging. It also comes with a pretty friendly price tag—PHP 160!
SUDS Bath & Body
Website: sudsph.com | P200
SUDS Bath & Body makes it easier for you to live a a minimal-waste lifestyle. These natural, cruelty-free, and straightforward shampoo bars are both relaxing and eco-friendly, lasting you up to 100 washes. See? Going green shouldn't be that complicated!
Website: rrawph.com | P299
Iloilo-based label RRAW PH takes pride in using only plant-derived ingredients for all their products. Their shampoo-conditioner bars come in yummy, healthy variants—Peach Honeysuckle, Hibiscus Mandarin Orange, Neem Tea Tree, Apple Pear and Dark Cherry. Perfect for the beauty-obsessed eco warrior!
Pure Essentials PH
Website: instagram.com/pureessentialsph | Price: Starts at P180
Finally, Pure Essentials PH is a proudly Pinoy brand famous for its Apple Cider Vinegar shampoo bar. Packed with virgin coconut oil, castor oil, shea butter, and apple cider vinegar, this powerful cupcake-shaped shampoo repairs, nourishes, and revatilzes the hair and scalp to increase the activity of sebaceous glands. In turn, these glands will flush out excess oil build-up and unhealthy bacteria. In lieu of a plastic bag, this handmade product is stored in a chic crochet pouch.
Aside from the shampoo bars, another must-try item is the Hangover Cream made of grapefruit and peppermint essential oils. It's a perfect way to de-stress and unwind—and even cure those pesky hangovers.
SOTD (Soap of the Day): ACV Shampoo Bar Our ACV shampoo bar contains natural ingredients that will keep your hair clean, strong, and beautiful. Aside from Virgin Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, and Shea butter, this soap contains Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV aha!) to help repair and revitalize your hair and scalp. It nourishes your hair and scalp and increases the activity of the sebaceous glands to flush out debris, excess oil build-up, and unhealthy bacteria.
Lead photos from @rrawph, @lushcosmetics, and @beachbornph