Dealectica Picks is a completely subjective weekly feature in which I pick 5 of my favorite items in a given category. If you travel often, you might already be familiar with solid shampoo bars. In a world where attempting to bring a full-size shampoo bottle on board an airplane makes you a security threat, solid shampoo is a godsend. And no worries about the bottle opening up in your bag either! If you’re wondering how to use solid shampoo bars, you simply work up a lather in your hands and apply it to your hair or run the bar back and forth through your hair a few times. Most bars lather really well and, apart from being solid, don’t perform any differently than liquid shampoo.
My favorite thing about shampoo bars, and the reason I use them, is that they last longer than bottled shampoo, saving me money. They cut down on waste too. Most either come unpackaged (like those sold at Lush) or in a reusable tin container. Have I sold you on the benefits of shampoo bars yet? If so, here are my picks for best solid shampoos.
Orange Sherbet Shampoo Bar [Red Leaf] // I hated this bar at first, but then I realized, it’s so potent that you only need a teeny tiny bit. Red Leaf has a variety of interesting scents like Lettuce, Black Tea, and Basil Lime. Lovely!
Dr. Peppermint [Lush] // I love peppermint shampoos. Something about them really helps wake me up in the morning. The scent of this bar has a little more depth to it with the addition of spearmint and black pepper oils too.
One Shampoo Bar Hair Biscuit [Amazon] // This is a shampoo bar that’s sold at a lot of major retailers. It’s less expensive than a lot of other brands, which I appreciate.
Trichomania Shampoo [Lush] // This is my favorite! Although it’s formulated for curly hair, I’m prone to really dried out hair during the winter and this shampoo is mega-moisturizing. And it smells like the tropics!
J.R. Liggett Tea Tree & Hemp Oil Shampoo Bar [Amazon] // This bar is also affordable and it contains lots of moisturizing oils and fatty acids. It’s unscented for those who like to avoid strong-smelling shampoos.
Have you used solid shampoo before? What are your favorites?
Ok the thought of a shampoo bar seems so weird to me. I’m going to have to check these out.
Honestly, I’ve never heard of shampoo bars! What a great idea for travel especially if you are trying to stick with carry-ons. The peppermint scent would be my fave.
As someone who often drops the shampoo bottle resulting in a cracked cap or hates trying to get the last bit of shampoo from the bottle when I’m in a hurry these sound perfect.
Annie @ Mama Dweeb says
I have never heard of shampoo bars either! But it sounds wonderful!
Rebel Chick Jenn says
I’ve never even heard of shampoo bars! This would be amazing to travel with, it’d open up more space in my ziplock for perfume and stuff!
Rachel - Following In My Shoes says
These are new to me as well — off to check out the lush one for curly hair!
I like this idea! If I don’t keep my shampoo bottles up high my 4 and 3 year old empty the bottles but a shampoo bar would be awesome!
That Tech Chick says
Is it weird that I have never thought of shampoo bars? Hummmm… something to ponder.
Dawn C says
Hmmm, I haven’t heard of these yet. I usually buy from http://www.chagrinvalleysoapandcraft.com/ and I’m getting ready to try http://www.jlmaysoapmakers.com/. I had also used Blue House soaps in the past.
Michelle J says
I love shampoo bars! The Dr. Peppermint shampoo bar sounds great for using during the holidays or would make a fantastic stocking stuffer! Thanks for sharing!
I never thought to use a bar to shampoo with, but it would probably save a lot of space.
Shampoo bars! I would imagine they would last a lot longer than shampoo from a bottle. T hanks for the suggestions. I am definitely going to have to try them out. 🙂
I like shampoo bars when traveling.