From the magazine: Shampoo bars

From the magazine: Shampoo bars

shampoo bars
photo by Jennifer Moore

The SQ Goods Guide touts the benefits of washing your hair with a bar

Shampoo bars are different from body soap bars. They lather up just like traditional shampoo, but don’t require plastic packaging. Just rub the bar onto wet hair, lather, and rinse. Shampoo bars are concentrated; if used properly they can last longer than traditional shampoos. Here are some options.

LUSH
various scents & tin
$1013 / LushUSA.com

Probably the most well-known maker of shampoo bars is Lush. Based out of England, they have retail stores all over the world, including one in Salem, N.H. Reusable containers, like this tin* ($3.95), are a good way to keep shampoo bars from disintegrating in the shower and are travel-friendly.

J.R. LIGGETT’S
coconut & argan oil
$8 / JRLiggett.com

Headquartered in Cornish, N.H., this company’s first shampoo bar was based on a “hair soap” recipe card found in a very old book, according to their website.

DULSA RUGOSA
seaweed shampoo bar
$15 / DulseandRugosa.com

Handcrafted in Maine by a mother-daughter team, the seaweed and flower ingredients are picked and sun dried.

AQUARIAN BATH
neem oil shampoo bar
$8 / AquarianBath.com

A family-owned company out of Daytona Beach, Fla., Aquarian Bath can humblebrag about their large shampoo bars and their solar-powered website.

CHAGRIN VALLEY SOAP & SALVE
butter bar conditioner
$8 / Chagrinvalleysoap.com

This bar combines shampoo and conditioner. Conditioner bars are not as common as shampoo bars but seem to be in high demand.

SEED
citrus thyme in travel size
$4 / SeedPowerBodyCare.com

This inexpensive travel-size bar is just the thing to add to your toiletry kit. It could also make a good stocking stuffer for eco-conscious friends.

SIMPLICITY SOAPS
vanilla lavender bar
$5 / SimplicitySoaps.com

These shampoo bars are farmers market in the best possible way. This small Tennessee-based company also offers a shampoo bar for dogs.

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