Here’s a round up of my top three eco, low waste products that have allowed me to reduce waste and single use packaging in my everyday hair care routine. I’ve added these swaps into my everyday routine over time, one product at a time. I’m much more likely to stick with a swap if I try them one at a time, let one thing become part of my everyday routine before I try another.
Lamazuna solid shampoo – vanilla and coconut
The lamazuna shampoo bars are my all time favourite eco swap. I’ve sung their praises many a time over the past few years after trying various other shampoo bars and finally settling with this one.
Lamazuna solid conditioner – vanilla
I’ve only recently got round to trying this after purchasing it quite a while ago. I’ve used it a few times and so far, so good. It’s not like a bottled liquid conditioner as when applied to my hair whilst washing it I didn’t get that instant silky feeling on your hair straight away. However after my hair has dried I don’t notice the difference so it’s certainly done a good job and my hair feels silky and smooth. With my hair I find I have to use conditioner quite often so finding a conditioner bar that works for me is a big bonus in trying to reduce more waste and single use plastics in the bathroom. Lamazuna use all natural, vegan friendly and cruelty free ingredients in their products. There is also minimal packaging and what there is is easily recyclable. Id definalty count Lamazuna as one of my favourite eco beauty brands.
Olew curl cream
I’ve been using this for a few months after using the Olew original oil for years and it’s a big hit. I’m all about the fuss free products and this curl cream is one of them. I use it after (nearly) every hair wash, just take a small amount rub it in my palms and scrunch it into the ends of my hair. I’d given up on hair products years ago after I’d tried lots of different ‘frizz reducing’ products, none of which I noticed a difference with. It makes my curls feel more ‘together’ and ‘springy’. Olew has Welsh roots as the creator and founder Elinor comes from Aberystwyth, olew is the Welsh word for oil. Olew’s range of products are made with naturally derived ingredients, vegan friendly and are made in Wales. One of Olew’s missions is to encourage people to embrace their natural hair and be confident with their curls.
I’ve been using shampoo bars for the best part of a year now & was delighted when Babi Pur were going to be stocking a new range by Lamazuna. With all the talk about zero-waste products and single use plastics, shampoo bars seemed like a really easy way for me to cut back on my unnecessary waste. For my hair type I chose the Normal Hair – Scots Pine solid shampoo bar and I’ve been using it for around 10 weeks now. I hadn’t tried anything by Lamazuna before & had only used one other type of shampoo bar before this so I was looking forward to see how this one would work out.
The bar is a decent size and is shaped with ridges and it fits nicely in the palm of your hand. It’s simple to use & is used in a similar way as you would regular a soap bar. Lather it up with wet hands and apply it to wet hair. I found it lathered up a fair amount for a bar but took a little more work to get the lather than with regular shampoo. The pine scent is only faint but comes out more when the bar is rubbed directly on your hair.
The shampoo bar after nearly 2 weeks use
Comparing this one to my previous shampoo bar, my hair definitely feels more cleansed. My previous bar although I wouldn’t say it wasn’t ‘bad’ as such, would leave a slight waxy feeling residue on my hair. The Lamazuna bar feels like it leaves no residue at all. As I tend to wash my hair every other day, sometimes more and I have long curly (and unruly) hair I need a shampoo that works well and this one seems to do what it needs to. Another thing I like about the bar is that it hasn’t gone mushy and fallen apart like my previous one did, It get’s slightly annoying when you’re trying to wash your hair and mushy bits and pieces are coming off onto your hair.
Overall I’m really happy with the shampoo bar and will definitely be repurchasing. I now just need to find a conditioner bar so that I can say goodbye to more plastic bottles! With my hair I couldn’t imagine going without any conditioner, it would be more frizz central than usual!
The bar after 10 weeks of regular use
A little bit about Lamazuna – They are a French natural cosmetics brand that and use only natural and vegan ingredients. All Lamazuna products have minimum packaging and only reusable or recycled packaging is used. 2% of all their profits are donated to an Amazon rain forest afforestation project in Peru. Lamazuna’s philosophy centers around fair working conditions, eco-friendly and traditional production and the idea of zero waste.
If you’d like to try out the Lamazuna shampoo bars for yourself you can get 10% of the code BUDDY at Babi Pur