Festival season…guilt free!

Shampoo bars with eco cred

Is it that time already? Glastonbury is just around the corner and the festival season is in full swing. It’s time to pack up your tent, don your fave festival gear and make for a few days of music, chilling and communal living.

There’s been a lot of airplay about responsible partying this year, with venues encouraging festival goers to recycle. ‘Leave no Trace’ is the Glastonbury mantra with festival goers encouraged to reuse, reduce and respect. Of particular concern is the problem of acres of abandoned tents after the party is done.

With plastic-free being such a big issue too, taking shampoo and conditioner bars with you instead of the usual bottled items can help do your bit to save the planet. Not only that, but most of the bars can be used on hair and body, leaving you more room for the all-important body glitter, face gems and feathered headdresses!

So here’s our pick for you this festival season:


Bain and Savon Sunny Orange Shampoo Bar, £5.50 from greenerbeauty.com  

Bain and Savon are a small artisan family-run company making natural handmade soap and skin care in the beautiful county of Cumbria. They specialize in natural, Herbal and Botanical beauty preparations which include their natural handmade solid shampoos and conditioners. They believe that the products they make should be good for us and the environment. The fresh smells are from the 100% pure essential oils and the natural colours come from the herbs and plants they use, some of which they grow themselves.

Sunny Orange Shampoo Bar is a solid zesty shampoo bar scented with a spritely blend of citrus essential oils that not only gives them a wonderful smell, but a boost of cleansing power as well. Containing essential oils of Orange, Grapefruit and Lemongrass, topped off with a home dried orange slice. This is a natural shampoo, hand-made using the cold press soap making method. It is free from preservatives and SLS, with only natural ingredients, suitable for vegans, no animal testing, a healthy alternative to commercial shampoo, free from chemicals.


Funky Soap Co Lavender & Rosemary Shampoo Bar, £5 from funkysoapshop.com

Funky Soap Shop is a small business located in the heart of London dedicated to crafting high quality, healthy and effective skin and hair care products that will nourish your skin and be kind to our planet. Their mission is simple: To use the power and simplicity of nature to cleanse, soothe, heal and protect your skin. Their soaps are made from only 100% natural ingredients.

A Solid shampoo bar with high content castor oil which is designed to condition the hair and scalp as well as increase hair growth. Also claimed to thicken your hair and eliminate damage, while soothing your dry scalp and skin. The bar can be used on the hair and body and the lavender and rosemary essential oils give a fresh and uplifting scent.


Funky Soap Co Dry Hair Conditioner Bar, £8.50 from funkysoapshop.com

A solid conditioner bar for dry hair and scalp. It contains lavender essential oil as well as cocoa butter and argan and avocado oil. It is an easy, fuss and plastic free alternative to bottled conditioner.  Also ideal for travelling and gym. Extremely economical to use and will last for a very long time.  It can also be used as a leave in conditioner, leaving your hair smooth, shiny, soft and conditioned with a fresh scent.


Rescue My Hair Smooth Shampoo Bar, £13.95 from beautybay.com

Fear not those who love beauty and the earth, My. Hair Care’s latest launch: RESCUE My. Hair Shampoo Bars are here to save the environment and your hair & body! The handmade, luxury Rescue range are designed to be used on hair and body, are soap-free with a pH level of 5.5, maintain the scalp’s natural moisture levels and are easier for travelling and storage.


Shine Shampoo Bar £9.50 from Shineshampoobars.co.uk 

A rich, lathering, luxury shampoo that leaves hair feeling great! It has a nice citrusy smell, equally good for the guys! Made in the UK with naturally derived ingredients it involves no animal testing and will last longer than a liquid equivalent. Ideal for the gym and, unlike liquid products, there’s no worries taking it through baggage check at the airport – so perfect for holidays!