Photography: Gemma Jamieson
Location: Rivers Hotel, Gateshead
2019 is the year that I want to reduce the amount of single use plastic that I use and I did some research on package free products and joined some great Facebook groups (this group was created by blogger Zanna and is called Living Consciously Crew and is great for getting ideas and asking questions). I feel like when it comes to fashion and reducing my waste I’m doing well but in the rest of my day to day life I might not be doing as well. I decided I would make small changes rather then trying to do everything at once. This was the main piece of advice I had learnt from reading up about it online. You don’t want to set yourself up to fail straight away.
The first place I wanted to try, and change was my hair care routine. As you can see from the picture I have a lot of hair and its so hard to tame so I’ve always struggled with my hair care routine. I go through shampoo and conditioner like there is no tomorrow, even though I don’t wash my hair a lot but because there is so much of it I use loads of product so I know that I’m going through bottles way too fast, so this is where I did some research and found solid bars. The main option I found was shampoo bars and conditioner bars, I had heard of these before as I tried one in the past from Lush and didn’t really get on with it but I’m determined to try again. Below is some information on the 2 products that I bought and why I decided to go with these products out of the range that Lush has.
I went with Lush as I knew they had a large range of package free products and have become quite known for their solid bars. I also really wanted to see the products first rather then order them online. There is a store in Intu Eldon Square in Newcastle and in the Intu Metrocentre in Gateshead which are both situated around 10 minutes from my house. Even though I had done a lot of research online I wanted to talk to the assistants in the shop because if Lush is good for anything it’s the knowledge that the staff have on their products and I know a lot of the staff actually use their products. Both times I went in to look at these products the staff were great. They went through what each solid bar did and what they were good for. Straight away we worked out which ones were good for me and before I knew it I was going home with a new shampoo bar and conditioner bar.
SHAMPOO SOLID BAR – NEW
Boost, shine and stimulate
I’m getting married in October 2019 and I want to make sure my hair is at the best it can be. So when I was looking into a shampoo bar I wanted something that was going to help my hair. I don’t need to it grow as you can tell from the pictures I have lots of hair but it can lose its shine quite easily and even though it’s not been coloured in around a year it can still look really brassy. I took my time when researching and found the New Shampoo Bar. This solid bar is full of 16 ingredients of which 12 are natural and the other 4 are safe synthetics. The bar has nettles and peppermint infusion which helps to promote healthy hair growth (which I don’t help with), the rosemary helps to soothe and calm which is what I think I need the most from this bar as my hair is crazy. The rosemary is also meant to add a shine to your hair which again is something that I really need for my hair as it can be quite dull at times.
CONDITIONER SOLID BAR- SUGAR O-DADDY
Rich, Smooth and Naughty
Conditioner is something that’s really important when it come to my hair care routine. I have so much hair and its notorious for being a tangled mess and can be painful to brush and style if it isn’t conditioned properly. I normally put so much conditioner on my hair so I was a bit concerned about going for a solid bar as I need that conditioner to soften my hair so when it comes to leaving it to dry naturally it doesn’t get left feeling really rough. The assistant in the store discussed with me how this solid was perfect for my colour as its like purple shampoo and I’m trying my best to not have to dye my hair before the wedding. The bar is full of organic cocoa butter which I know is great for softening and conditioning which is ticking all the boxes and even better is that it has shea butter which is nourishing and hydrating which when you have as much hair as I do it needs hydrating.
I have found since buying these a different option which is a refill system where you have a local bulk store that offers you the opportunity to take your own bottles and you pay for the litres of shampoo or conditioner. The only thing with this is that I couldn’t find one that was local to me but I recently went to a sustainable living fair and found a business that actually around 20 minutes from me that do refill called The Paddock and I’ve also found another business called Something Good Newcastle who I believe are going to be regularly at Tynemouth Market. I really want to give the solid bars a good go before I think about going down the refill system. I’m going to come back in about 2 months with a review of these products and how I actually got on them.