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Eco-Friendly Shampoo and Conditioner Under £10

Let me share my favourite yet affordable eco-friendly shampoo and conditioner today, all tried and tested, and under £10.

First things first, let it be known that there are things I balk at spending money on.  Shampoo and conditioner are two of them. There are four heads that need to be washed in my family. Pricey sustainable shampoo simply isn’t practical for my budget.

There are lots of lovely-sounding eco-friendly shampoos and conditioners out there. They’re all paraben and Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) free, with natural and organic ingredients. The problem is the cost. I once got sent a press release for an organic shampoo. The cost? A whopping £45 for an average-sized bottle. For me, that would be a wildly extravagant luxury. I can’t even imagine spending that much money on shampoo.

Another time I got sent a sample of a very expensive shampoo. The instructions included a section on how you simply can’t use too much of their shampoo. Therefore you should keep adding more to your hair until you get the clean you desire. Yup, when a bottle of shampoo costs more than your weekly food shop then I think you can definitely use too much shampoo.

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

The Best Affordable Eco-Friendly Shampoo and Conditioner Brands

Here are my favourite eco-friendly and sustainable haircare brands. I’ve selected my favourites based on performance and cost, but I’ve also considered the packaging too. Look out for brands that offer refill options, plastic-free options, and recycling options.

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Faith in Nature

faith in nature affordable shampoo and conditioner

I’m a fan of Faith in Nature range* of eco-friendly shampoos and conditioners, especially the Grapefruit and Orange shampoo* (£5.79 for 400 ml) and conditioner* (£5.79 for 400ml).  With a natural and refreshing citrus scent, it sorts out my fine slightly oily hair no end.   I also love the Lavender and Geranium scent. In fact, I’ve not found a scent in their range that I have disliked!

What’s to love is that all Faith in Nature products are free from parabens, artificial fragrances, petro-chemical based ingredients, SLES, and synthetic preservatives. They also 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.

If you would rather skip the plastic bottle, Faith In Nature refill points are widely available across the UK. Here you can fill any of your own bottles, for zero-waste convenience.

The Beauty Kitchen Organic Shampoo

bottle of beauty kitchen organic shampoo

For some reason, my hair behaves best when I rotate which shampoo I use. So, at the moment I’m currently using the Beauty Kitchen’s eco-friendly range of shampoo.  My favourite is the Everyday Gentle Organic Shampoo* (£10 for 300ml). It doesn’t weigh my hair down or make it greasy after a day as some shampoos do. Allergy sufferers may also be interested to know that it’s fragrance-free.

This organic shampoo is full of gentle, all-natural, and sustainably and ethically sourced ingredients. And, what’s more, it’s approved as cruelty-free under the Leaping Bunny Programme.

Another big sustainable plus-point is that this eco-friendly shampoo comes in a plastic-free bottle. All metal, it’s fully recyclable.

Beauty Kitchen also sells an eco-friendly conditioner* (again £10 for 300ml), with similar values.

For an extra sustainable touch, once you are finished any empty Beauty Kitchen bottle can be returned to the Beauty Kitchen for them to wash and reuse. These can be returned via over 1,000 Holland & Barrett stores across the UK. If you don’t have a Holland & Barrett store near you, or if it’s not accessible to you, then you can also send back the metal bottles free of charge, via their Collect+ service. Again, this is only available in the UK.  

Alter/Native by Suma

Suma affordable eco-friendly shampoo and conditioner

Suma’s Alter/Native range of eco-friendly shampoo and conditioner* comes in at under £6 for a 400 ml bottle.

Suma’s range of effective but affordable shampoo and conditioner is certified vegan, and certified as cruelty-free under the Leaping Bunny independent certification programme. All of their products are made in the UK too, for a lower carbon footprint.

In terms of ingredients, Suma’s hair care proucts are made with natural essential oils and plant-based ingredients. What’s more, they are free from parabens and SLES.  To save plastic, you can also refill your bottle, or take any of your own empty bottles to refill at many Suma refill points across the country.

Weleda

I’m also a fan of the Weleda Calendula range.  The Calendula Shampoo and Bodywash* (£7.50 for 250ml) (which I reviewed here) is designed for babies. I’ve used this on my daughters since they were little and still love it now. However, quite often I pinch some and use it on my hair too! It has a rich consistency and lovely lather, and I find it leaves my hair really soft and shiny. It also has a delicate smell of calendula to it, that’s not overpowering.

Because this shampoo is specifically formulated for babies, then if your scalp or skin is sensitive to shampoo then this could be a good one to try. Do check the ingredients beforehand though, if you know there is a specific ingredient that you know you are allergic to.

This vegan-friendly shampoo is formulated with beneficial ingredients like extract of organic calendula. It’s also free from synthetic preservatives, fragrances, colourants, and raw materials derived from mineral oils. It’s also vegan-friendly.

What About Eco-Friendly Shampoo Bars?

I didn’t forget about shampoo bars. It’s just that shampoo bars can be a bit of a different beast to liquid shampoo. Some come with a transition period, some leave your hair waxy and some can dry your hair out. I’m therefore working on a guide to the best shampoo bars, that I will share with you shortly. Watch this space!

In terms of conditioning, I have a whole guide to plastic-free conditioner that you can check out.

Do you have a favourite affordable 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 Make Homemade Clay Easily From Household Ingredients

Follow this easy recipe on how to make homemade clay, from just two common household ingredients – cornflour and bicarbonate of soda (also known as baking soda). You can then use this to make beautiful homemade clay Christmas decorations.

Making decorations from air-drying clay is always a really fun activity, especially with kids. However, the packs of air-drying clay always come wrapped in non-recyclable plastic. As such, I’ve been having a go at making my own homemade clay. It turns out this is easier and cheaper than you might think. In fact, it’s a really fun, plastic-free way of making clay, and for making beautiful zero-waste Christmas decorations.

If you’ve tried to make homemade clay from a cornflour and bicarbonate of soda recipe before, then you may have experienced some cracking. I have a clever tip below to help prevent this from happening, so keep reading!

Image of homemade clay stars strung up on Christmas garland

How To Make Homemade Clay

You Will Need

65 grams of cornflour (plus a little extra for dusting your work surface)

125 grams of bicarbonate of soda (this is also known as baking soda outside the UK)

180 ml water

Method

making homemade christmas decorations
  • In a saucepan, mix the cornflour, bicarbonate of soda, and the water.
  • Next, gently heat the mixture on your hob. The consistency will first be that of a soft paste. Keep mixing it until it takes on the consistency of mashed potato.
  • Once you’ve reached the desired consistency (if you’re unsure, the mixture will start to pull away from the pan), then remove the pan from the heat immediately and leave to cool. You now have homemade clay!
  • Use the clay on a cornflour dusted work surface to create the shapes you require. If you are using cookie cutters to cut out shapes, then less complex shapes work best.
  • If you’re planning on hanging your shapes on your tree, or to create a garland, then use a skewer to poke a hole at this stage too.
  • Once you’ve cut out your shapes, leave them to air dry for one to two days. After two days, you can then bake them in oven for around 20 minutes or so at 80°C The cooking time depends on the size of your shapes, so keep a close eye on your creations.
  • Remove the decorations from the oven. They should have dried to a white clay texture. This can be left as it is, or you can paint them paint or marker pens.

Why Do You Air Dry And Then Bake?

It’s important to air dry your homemade clay first, before baking, as this type of clay is prone to cracking. Especially so if you dry them out quickly in the oven. Slowly drying the clay creations in the air, away from the sun and direct heat, before baking helps prevent cracking.

How To Make Homemade Clay Christmas Decorations

  • Follow the above recipe to make homemade clay.
  • Once cool, dust your work surface with cornflour, and spoon your homemade clay on to the cornflour dusted surface. Next, using a rolling pin, roll out the clay until it is around 5 mm thick.
  • Using cookie cutters, cut out your desired shapes. Again, simple shapes work best. At this stage, take a skewer, or similar, to make a hole, to allow you to hang up the decorations either on your tree or as part of a Christmas garland.
  • Finally, leave the shapes to air dry for 1 to two days. Once air dried, bake the shapes in the oven for around 20 minutes, turning halfway so that the clay evenly cooks. Again, if 20 minutes isn’t long enough, keep the shapes in the oven until the clay is no longer soft.

If you would like to incorporate some texture into your decorations, use a textured rolling pin, or use a piece of lace to press on a pattern.

How To Store Your Homemade Clay Decorations

If you are using your homemade clay to make Christmas decorations then it’s important to store them correctly, so that you can enjoy them year after year. We had a disaster the first year, when ours were stored incorrectly and became soft and mouldy, so do learn from our experience!

I find it’s best to store your clay decorations in an airtight Tupperware tub or glass jar. If you have any silica gel bags lying around from any items you have bought then you can add a silica gel bag to help absorb moisture. However, some silica gel can be poisonous, so do bear in mind that the gel is in there when you come to decorate the following Christmas – particularly if you have pets and/or kids. Alternatively, a tablespoon or two of dried rice in the tub will also do the trick.

More Crafty Ideas!

For more homemade Christmas decorations ideas, then I’ve got loads of great eco-friendly ideas for you.

Firstly, here’s how to dry orange slices to make stunning natural garlands. And if you’ve caught the natural garland bug, then here’s how to make a popcorn garland. Finally, here are even more stunning plastic-free and zero-waste Christmas decorations to make.

If you’re busy getting ready for Christmas then you can also check out my guide to having an eco-friendly Christmas. It’s bursting with festive ideas that are kind to the planet! From choosing an eco-friendly Christmas tree, to help finding eco-friendly gifts and wrapping paper. From tips on plant-based Christmas dinner ideas to tips on reducing your festive food waste, it’s all in there.

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