6 Beauty Bars for Every Step of Your Low-Waste Bathroom Routine

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"Beauty bars have come a long way. Here, you'll find an option that replaces shampoo, lotion, shaving cream, and more."

Sometimes your bathroom routine is the only time you get to reset and relax. Unfortunately, it’s also a source of a lot of waste. Plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles, plastic body wash bottles, plastic lotion bottles… you get the gist.

But then, in comes the beauty bar. Bar products, like shampoo and conditioner bars, have come a long way since their humble beginnings. Now, you can find a bar for just about every aspect of your beauty routine. We’re talkin’ replacements for shaving cream, lotion, and more. They’re plastic-free, perfect for traveling, and perform just as well (if not even better) than your traditional liquid products. What’s not to love?

If you’re running low on your usual bath products and want to make the switch to eco-friendly alternatives, we’ve got your back. Here’s a roundup of shampoo and conditioner bars (and more!) for all your low-waste bathroom needs.

Shampoo and Conditioner Bars—Plus, Other Options for Your Bathroom Routine

1. Ethique Sweet & Spicy Volumizing Shampoo Bar, $15

Ethique is known for its sustainability efforts and its fantastic range of beauty bars. They’re cruelty free, vegan, and come in a wide range to cater to different hair types. This Sweet & Spicy shampoo bar is perfect for those with dry hair. It uses salt to add volume while making it soft and healthy.

2. HiBAR Soothe Conditioner Bar, $14

HiBAR’s mission is to inspire a movement away from single-use plastic. When you use this conditioner bar, you’re helping the company achieve that goal. It’s made for anyone who struggles with an itchy scalp and is formulated with willow bark extract and kukui nut oil to soothe and soften.

3. Peach Exfoliating Bar Soap, $8

Did you know that this hand and body bar by Peach is the equivalent of three 22-ounce plastic bottles of body wash? Infused with pink Himalayan sea salt, this plastic-free bar naturally exfoliates your skin to wash off bacteria and dead skin cells, leaving it nice and smooth.

4. Every Body Beauty Shaving Bar, $8

Shaving cream, who? This handmade shaving cream bar is super easy to use. Just wet your skin and the bar, rub it on the skin you want to shave, then be amazed as your safety razor effortlessly glides over your skin.

5. Ethique Gentle Body Lotion Concentrate, $9

There’s no longer a need for a clunky lotion bottle in your bag. Ethique has managed to make a lotion bar that makes one 350 gram bottle of liquid body lotion. It’s made with 100 percent ethically-sourced, sustainable ingredients (like Fair Trade Certified cocoa butter and coconut oil) to nourish your skin. It’s also unscented, making it perfect for anyone with sensitive skin.

6. NueBar Shampoo Bar for Curly or Dry Hair, $23

Curly hair? There’s a shampoo bar for that. NueBar’s shampoo bar is Curly Girl-approved! Using argan oil and organic cacao butter, the brand has created the perfect bar to restore hydration and nourish curls. (Now that your hair is feeling squeaky clean, head over to Beauty News NYC for some style inspiration!)

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