This Shampoo Bar Review is sponsored by Spring & Vine.
When asked about my favorite feature or anything of the sort, my hair is always my answer. I’ve been blonde (naturally and assisted) for almost my entire life (except those few years in grad school when I went brunette and my husband’s grandparents thought he found a new lady!).
I also have a lot of hair. It isn’t coarse, but man oh man is there a lot of it. And, obviously, it’s very long. Needless to say, I like to take all the help I can get to keep my favorite feature looking as fabulous as possible.
Here’s the tricky part, however. As I’m trying to be eco-friendlier, the first thing you learn is how many products you use come in a plastic container and how many of them contain chemicals that are toxic for the environment. Cuss words, right?!
As with any part of becoming more sustainable, I’m taking my haircare situation one step at a time. As I run out of products, I try to find a suitable replacement. I’ve had some wins and some failures – it’s all a part of the process.
Since hitting a plateau of sorts with what new things I can do for the moment, I’ve decided to give bar soaps another shot. I switched from a body wash to bar soap a few months ago and even got my husband to do the same. And now it’s time for my beloved hair.
Spring & Vine Shampoo Bar Review
If you’re wondering what I’m even talking about – imagine a bar of soap but with soap for your hair (i.e. shampoo). In place of the bottle(s) of shampoo in your shower, you have one small shampoo bar that cleans your scalp and hair.
Enter Spring & Vine’s shampoo bar collection available exclusively at Target – yep, one of the happiest places on earth sells something great for the environment. So add it to your list the next time you need shampoo!
How do I use a bar shampoo?
After you get your hair wet, grab your shampoo bar. Just like with regular soap, rub the shampoo bar between your hands to get a nice lather. Then massage the lather into your hair at the roots (remember shampoo is supposed to clean your scalp as well as help remove product from hair). I usually have to lather up a few times and/or just rub the bar of soap around my hair to get enough lather.
I always like to let my shampoo (and conditioner) sit in my hair for a few minutes, so I usually wash my face and do a little shaving while I wait. Then rinse it out as usual and follow up with conditioner of your choice.
Shampoo Bar vs. Liquid
Ok. So I know you’re asking – why is a bar supposedly so much better than the bottle of liquid shampoo you’re used to?
First, there’s no plastic bottle. Though many shampoo bottles are technically recyclable, most are not actually recycled and fewer are recycled properly (rinsed out and dried completely).
Spring & Vine shampoo bars are made with up to 95% less plastic and 90% less water vs. traditional shampoo. There is still a small plastic wrapping, but way better is way better!
Second, the weight of shipping a product that’s primarily water causes more in the way of pollution via transportation. When you’re picking up a bar at Target, pick up a bottle of shampoo at the same time and do a little weight comparison. Now imagine boxes (pallets?) of all that. The difference adds up quickly.
Also – that means this little shampoo bar is great for travel and you know I’ll take anything that eases up on my suitcase weight limit problems. I’m always cutting it so close (coming and going)!
Third, while there are certainly liquid shampoos that qualify as “clean,” bar soaps are usually fairly clean.
These ones from Spring & Vine are free of sulfates, parabens, silicones, dyes, phthalates, mineral oils, and synthetic fragrances. They’re also cruelty free, vegan, and categorized under Target’s clean beauty label.
Spring & Vine Shampoo Bars
These bars come in 4 varieties:
1. Volumizing – Grapefruit & Rosemary
2. Moisturizing 2 in 1– Oatmeal
3. Scalp Soothing – Tea Tree & Mint
4. Balanced Clean – Lavender & Orange Blossom
Thank you to Spring & Vine for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.