Well, now that cleansing is all the rage and it’s never been more important to be aware about staying clean, we thought it was time to talk about an eco-conscious trend that was becoming increasingly popular… cleansing bars!
Cleansing bars are meant to replace your usually plastic heavy products, ones that often are used up quickly and frequently, leading to quite a bit of waste which affects the environment hugely…. In this feature, we’re focusing on ones for the face and hair.
These cleansing bars are not only good for the environment, but they’re all jam packed with loving ingredients to nurture your skin as they cleanse… they’re not going to strip you dry but will give your skin a loving hug.
Drunk Elephant – Pekee Bar
This is a super gentle soap free bar with a ph of 6.51 and cleanses without stripping the skins protective barrier. It promotes water retention ultimately improving firmness.
Key Ingredients: blueberry extract which is an antioxidant, Virgin Marula oil which is full of essential fatty acids to feed the skin and honey which soothes.
Drunk Elephant – JuJu Bar
This is also a mild and gentle soap free bar – designed to cleanse and remove dead skin cells from the pores with its blend of thermal mud and bamboo powder. This helps to refine the skin texture, brighten and minimise the look of your pores.
Key Ingredients: bamboo powder for exfoliation, virgin Marula oil and Heilmoor clay a thermal mud that tones the skin.
How to use: just wet the bar, lather it up and apply to your face… also works with a muslin cloth.
Sensitive skin babes – this is for you! This gentle facial bar utilises Chamomile & Calendula Essential Oils for a gentle but effective cleanse – beautiful. What’s also great is that it’s made from 99.9% naturally derived ingredients.
Eco Warrior – Clarifying Charcoal Bar
This is for those of you who have more oily skins… it contains a mix of charcoal and tea tree to cleanse the skin effectively. This fab bar is made from 99.5% naturally derived ingredients.
This cleansing bar has everything that you could ask for in a modern cleansing bar- it’s soap free – its ph balanced – it protects your skins microbiome- it is a pre biotic bar- it has lactic acid – its gentle – you can use it on your face and your body! Leaves your skin smooth and silky.
Now this is not just any old soap, this vegan soap is a handmade African Black soap, jampacked with skin nourishing goodies such as organic shea butter, coconut oil, hemp seed oil and moringa. Every single ingredient in this soap serves a skin nourishing purpose.
This soap leaves your skin feeling comfortable, soft and moisturised, so much so that you don’t have to rush to apply your body moisturiser. It also has a lovely fresh fragrance!
This lovely bright blue cleanser from Love Absolute will help restore the skins natural vibrancy after the effects of city pollution and fumes by its deep cleansing and calming actions from Fine Sea Clay and Butterfly Pea antioxidant.
It also features Elderberry Seed Oil which is extra nourishing and repairing for dry skin conditions as well as to help moisturise normal skin. It’s a gorgeous facial cleanser that leave the skin feeling soft… this also has a beautiful scent!
I discovered this charcoal cleansing bar while judging for the Beauty Shortlist and became addicted. Apart from activated charcoal this lush bar contains shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil, castor oil, tea tree oil, rosehip oil and lavender oil and it smells gorgeous too. it’s perfect for face and body and is particularly good at drawing out dirt and impurities that may be blocking your pores.
This shampoo is described as one for all types of people and hair types – love that! It utilises Rhassoul clay to cleanse the hair gently but effectively.
I appreciate that this is a foaming shampoo as I was a little concerned that it wouldn’t. It lathers up well when applied directly to the scalp and gives the hair a nice gentle cleanse without stripping it – really lovely.
Fat and Moon – Conditioner
This conditioner is called an everlasting gobstopper for the hair – that it lasts AGES and I have to say, even after using it a few times it doesn’t seem to get any smaller, which is great! You rub this under water and then glide it through the hair to condition – it does take some getting used to but it does feel nice on the hair. One of the key ingredients in this is cocoa butter to nourish the hair.
What I also appreciate with this brand is that you can request to be sent the product without the tin – meaning that you don’t end up hoarding too many of them with repeat purchases – you can just reuse the tin over again. I get through a lot of shampoo and conditioner (well, conditioner more than shampoo to be honest) so being able to not add more waste into the environment this way makes me feel good.