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Affordable Eco Friendly Shampoo and Conditioner

eco friendly shampoo conditioner uk

Let’s talk eco friendly shampoo and conditioner today.

First things first, let it be known that there are things I balk at spending money on.  Shampoo and conditioner are two of them: if it’s more than £6 then I’m out.

There are lots of lovely sounding eco-friendly shampoos and conditioners out there, all paraben and sodium laureth sulphate free with natural ingredients, that cost upwards of £10.  For me, would be a pretty extravagant luxury.

However there are a few really good eco-friendly shampoo and conditioner brands out there though that won’t break the bank, ruin your hair or compromise your eco credentials.  I thought I’d share my three tried and tested affordable eco friendly favourites with you today.

Eco Friendly Shampoo and Conditioner

eco friendly shampoo conditioner uk

Faith in Nature

I’m a fan of Faith in Nature range* of shampoos and conditioners, especially the Grapefruit and Orange shampoo* (£5.50) and conditioner* (£5.35).  With a natural and refreshing citrus scent, it sorts out my fine slightly oily hair no end.   All Faith in Nature products contain naturally derived ingredients, no synthetic additives, and are free from animal testing.  On top of that, almost all Faith in Nature products are vegan-friendly too.

Naked

For some reason, my hair behaves best when I rotate which shampoo I use, so at the moment I’m currently using the Naked range.  My favourite is the Silky Shampoo (£3.99) and Conditioner (£3.99).  It doesn’t weigh my hair down or make it greasy after a day like some shampoos do, and the scent is nice and light.

Naked say their products are 97% natural – the remaining 3% being things like preservatives and emulsifiers to prolong the life of their products.  All Naked products are free of sodium laureth sulphates, parabens and petrochemicals.

Another plus point is that all of their bottled products are made from already recycled plastic.Some products aren’t vegan-friendly (like the shampoo) so do check if you’re vegan.

UPDATE 23/11/14 – sadly the Naked range appears to be no longer available.

Weleda

I’m also a fan of the Weleda Calendula range.  The Calendula Shampoo and Bodywash* (£7.50) (which I reviewed here) is designed for babies and works great on my daughter, but quite often I use it on my hair too, and I find it leaves it really soft and shiny.

It’s 100% natural, organic, petrochemical free and vegan, and smells nice too – all of the good things basically.  Although I am cheating here, as this comes in at £7.50 a bottle, I’ve found it’s quite often on offer in Boots – often at 25% off or available on a 3 for 2 offer, so I always stock up!

Do you have a favourite eco-friendly shampoo or conditioner?  I’d love to hear!

ps: It goes without saying that these genuinely are the products I use and love and buy out of my own money.  The internet can be funny sometimes about product recommendations, and it can be difficult to know what to trust, so I just wanted to point this out.

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How To Minimise Your Use of Plastic in the Bathroom

going plastic free in the bathroom

going plastic free in the bathroom

Today I have a fantastic guest post from Jai Richard, writer of the blog Tea for Bohemia, on how she is going plastic free in her bathroom

Like many people I strive to minimise the plastic that enters my house: I take my canvas bags to the supermarket, I don’t buy bottled water and, on occasion, I have been ridiculed for taking home and washing the plastic cutlery due to be disposed at the end of a picnic. However, it was only relatively recently I realised that plastic need not be an unavoidable fact of life should I wish to be clean and smell nice.

For the dedicated, the internet contains a wealth of recipes for cooking up your own soaps or how to boil linseeds to make hair gel. Fantastic! My bookmarks bar is filled with recipes and DIYs that I one day hope to get round to trying, but in all honesty being between houses, with all my worldly possessions in storage, and living in a pimped up cupboard under the stairs,there is a lot to be said for the convenience of simply being able to buy a deodorant.

After the jump find my suggestions for plastic-free alternatives to everyday bathroom products to make your bathroom a happier place!