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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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Eco-Friendly Sunscreen Guide for 2022

eco-friendly sunscreen guide

 Today I am sharing my guide to eco-friendly sunscreen, updated for 2022.

I’m all about eco-friendly beauty products.  From sustainable soap to plastic-free conditioner and to zero-waste makeup, I always think that the best products are ones that work well, are effective, affordable, and are made sustainably.  The sunscreen market should be no different.

Questions have been raised about the ingredients in conventional sunscreen.  Whilst in the past, selections have been limited, in 2022 the market for sustainable sunscreen has grown hugely.

What To Look For In An Eco-Friendly Sunscreen

Unfortunately, even in the eco-friendly market, not all sunscreens are equal.  Be wary of brands that say they offer “complete protection” without any further detail.  Instead, look for ones that specifically say that they give broad-spectrum protection.  Specifically both UVA and UVB protection.

Also, be wary of sunscreens saying they offer protection above SPF 50.  There is no evidence anything above SPF 50 offers increased protection.  This also fools you into thinking you can reapply less.  Be mindful that you still have to reapply the cream every couple of hours regardless of the SPF.

Guide to Eco-Friendly Sunscreen

eco-friendly sunscreen guide

To help you through this minefield I’ve done some research.  As such, I’ve come up with a few reliable eco-friendly sunscreen brands – from vegan-friendly to reef safe, and more.  Each offers a good SPF.  And all creams featured also offer both UVA and UVB protection and are safe for all of the family to use.

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Badger SPF 30 Sunscreen

Badger Sunscreen* is one of the best eco-friendly sunscreens on the market.  It offers a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 and provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays.  It’s 100% harsh chemical-free.  What’s more, it contains 87% certified organic ingredients and is hypoallergenic.  This makes it safe for every member of the family, even little ones.

If you’re planning on snorkeling or diving in coral reefs or other environmentally sensitive ecosystems, then it’s a great choice.  As it’s completely biodegradable it won’t cause any harm to the reefs or waterways.  And for the final thumbs-up, it’s not tested on animals.  However, do bear in mind that it’s not vegan as it contains beeswax.

The downside is that it is not readily available in the UK.  However, I’ve tracked down this one, and other sunscreens in their range, on Amazon*.

Green People SPF 30 Eco-Friendly Sunscreen

Green People’s* 78% certified organic eco-friendly sunscreen packs great protection from UVA and UVB rays.  It’s also free from parabens, alcohol, Lanolin, phthalates, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals, and colourants.

Green People’s sunscreen is suitable for the most sensitive of skin, even babies, and rubs in really well.  It’s not vegan, however, due to the inclusion of beeswax. 

 Green People have also confirmed that it is reef-safe, so good news if you are planning on diving or snorkeling.  

Available with free delivery from Green People for £22* for 200 ml.  This is a great family size for holidays.  Also, take 10% off your first order when you sign up for the Green People newsletter.

Jāsön Sun Family Sunscreen SPF 45

Free from parabens and SLS, the Jāsön eco-friendly sunscreen offers a hefty SPF45 protection from both UVA and UVB rays.  It’s also gentle and non-irritant, making it great for all of the family.   The sunscreen is not tested on animals and is vegan-friendly, however, if you are planning on snorkeling then bear in mind it’s not reef-safe.   If you’re after a reef-safe sunscreen then try the Jāsön Mineral SPF30 sunblock*, which is £14.99, from Look Fantastic.

Jāsön Sun Family Sunscreen is available from Look Fantastic for £12.99* for 113 g, making it a handy size for carrying around in your bag.  

Sol De Ibiza Sunscreen

If you are looking for plastic-free sunscreen, then try Sol De Ibiza*. This SPF 50 natural sunscreen, which protects you from both UVA and UVB rays, gives you great protection without any plastic packaging. This fragrance-free, non-nano formulation is made with organic and cruelty-free ingredients and is suitable for the whole family. What’s more, it’s water-resistant and reef-safe. At £24 for 100 g, it is not the cheapest product but I tried this out over the hottest days of summer and found it to offer mighty eco-friendly sun protection.

Sol De Ibiza also comes in cardboard pushup tube* for easier application on the go. Ironically, I found it difficult to apply the sunscreen in the tube as the texture is more akin to that of a wax crayon, and it’s tricky to get any on your skin. My advice? Stick with the tin.

Odylique Natural Sunscreen

This exceptionally pure, 100% natural, eco-friendly sunscreen was the first sun lotion to be accredited as both Fairtrade and organic.  What’s more, it’s also cruelty-free and certified vegan.

The sunscreen itself is great for very sensitive skin, including babies and children.  The mineral zinc oxide is the active ingredient, delivered in non-nano format.  As such, it offers broad-spectrum UVA and SPF30 UVB protection.

Odylique’s formulation protects the skin whilst actively caring for it.  This is through its mixture of nine organic botanicals.  These include Fairtrade raw shea butter, which replenishes and soothes skin.  The formulation also contains a mixture of chamomile, rosemary, and sea buckthorn to calm sun-sensitive skin.  

The light, non-greasy formula makes for easy application and for immediate protection.  Find it here* at Big Green Smile.  Prices start from £15 for a 50ml tube.

Weleda SPF 30 Sunscreen

Weleda’s SPF 30 Sunscreen* offers waterproof UVA and UVB sun protection with natural non-nano mineral UV filters.

This high-factor natural and vegan sunscreen does leave a white sheen on your skin.  However, this is due to its non-nano mineral UV filters, which reflect harmful UV rays.  In terms of skincare, organic virgin coconut oil and shea butter protect the moisture level in young skins.  The fragrance-free formula is also clinically tested.  As such, it’s suitable for sensitive skins – both babies and adults.

All ingredients are grown biodynamically by Weleda.  Where this isn’t possible, ingredients are ethically sourced from around the world.  

Find it on sale at Content Beauty*.

Have you found any other eco-friendly sunscreen brands you love?  Do let me know in the comments!  I’m especially looking for recommendations on plastic-free sunscreen. I’ve only tried a couple of brands, and always happy to hear about your favourites.

PS: Now you’ve got your sunscreen, be cool at the pool with this guide to ethical swimwear too.