Extreme Green: Save Travel Stress and the Planet with Solid Shampoo!
Constantly maxing out your liquid toiletries allotment at the airport? Looking for a way to go super green with regards to reduced product packaging? Check this out!
I thought I had researched every space saving cosmetic packing trick a girl could use before we went on our around the world backpacking boondoggle. I thought wrong. The funny thing is, I found out about these things in a completely unrelated way, while researching eco-friendly soaps during a winter plumbing crisis.
Basically, solid shampoos contain everything a liquid counterpart would contain. Everything except the water that is. As I mentioned in one of my earliest posts, while I’m more than willing to make my shampoo do multiple duties, I’ve always drawn the line at using bar soaps to wash my hair. Way too harsh. But with solid shampoo bars, you get the best of both worlds from a traveler’s perspective. Gentle enough to use on your hair, a non liquid form for easier airport transition, smaller to save space when packing, and no excess packaging in the form of plastic containers. Wa. Hoo.
The one I’m currently test driving is J.R. Liggett’s, which retails for $4.79 in this part of the state. It’s sudsier than I expected, rinses very easily, and will last (according to the company documentation) as long as a regular 24 ounce sized bottle of liquid shampoo. I’ve continued to condition according to my normal routine, and haven’t noticed any variation in hair dryness.
I also ran across a company called Lush whose products I’m hoping to review soon as well. They are the only place I found that also makes a solid conditioner, and go the extra mile of selling many of their products without any packaging at all. I was chat-typing with one of their reps who told me that not only does the solid form allow them to sell their shampoos without any plastic containers, it apparently eliminates the need to add preservatives, making for an even more natural product.
So, the next time you are headed to the airport and want to save some of that bag room for other liquid items, consider a solid shampoo bar!