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The Eco-Friendly Toiletries To Stash In Your Travel Wash Bag

From wooden toothbrushes to toothpaste tablets, solid shampoo and more, here are the eco-friendly toiletries to stash in your travel wash bag for your next adventure.

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Something I know a lot about is the art of travelling light!

Pre-kids, I backpacked across large parts of Europe – stuffing my belongings into a backpack, before jumping on a train to the next country on my agenda.

I’ve also camped for months at a time, I’ve hitch-hiked, I’ve travelled by bus. And this year, it feels like my biggest adventure yet. My partner, our two kids and I are jumping on a train and travelling to the opposite end of the UK for our holidays.

It might not sound like that much of an adventure, but we’ve never done long-distance travel with our kids before. Instead, we’ve stuck to Scottish holiday destinations such as the Rhinns of Galloway that we can reach within a couple of hours of home.

I know we’ll need to pack super light. The thought of dragging heavy luggage onto a train with kids in tow just does not appeal. Thankfully I’ve had years of practice! We’ll be minimising the clothes we take. And I’ll also be considering the eco-friendly toiletries we take on our travels, to keep things to the bare minimum.

The Eco-Friendly Toiletries To Stash In Your Travel Wash Bag

Flat lay of wooden toothbrushes and bar soap, with a blue text box that says the eco-friendly toiletries to stash in your travel wash bag

However you are planning on spending your summer, whether you are camping, travelling across Europe on a train, travelling locally, or something else entirely, then let me help you out. Here are the eco-friendly toiletries you’ll want to stash in your travel wash bag. It’s certainly what I’ll be stashing in mine!

Sustainable Dental Care On The Move

For on-the-move dental care, forget liquid mouthwash and squeezy tubes of toothpaste that can leak or burst in your travel wash bag. Instead, consider solid toothpaste tablets that you chew and solid mouthwash tablets that dissolve in water. There’s no danger of leakage, and you still get all the benefits of conventional dental products.

My top picks for toothpaste tablets are the super-minty Parla tablets*. Simply chew the tablet, hydrate with a wet toothbrush and brush for a minty clean smile. For mouthwash, try Georganics spearmint mouthwash tablets*. All you have to do is dissolve one vegan-friendly minty tablet in a little water, before swilling it around your mouth and spitting.

Check out my guides to eco-friendly toothpaste and eco-friendly mouthwash for more recommendations.

Of course, don’t forget your toothbrush! As well as being able to buy wooden toothbrushes, you can also pick up a bamboo travel toothbrush case*. This prevents your eco-friendly toiletries from getting wet and keeps your toothbrush safe from dirt and damage while you travel.

Travel Hair Care

Person holding a solid shampoo bar for travel.

A solid shampoo bar makes for a great plastic-free toiletry choice when it comes to eco-friendly travel. There’s no worry about the bottle coming open and leaking all over your wash bag. Plus as well as washing your hair, it’s multipurpose. You can also use your shampoo bar to wash your body and hands on the move, meaning you don’t have to carry separate products. Simply pop your shampoo bar in a travel soap tin* and you are good to go.

If you are new to the world of solid shampoo bars, then do check out my guide to the best shampoo bars for every hair type to help find the right one for you. These bars have come recommended by Moral Fibres readers, and cover almost every hair type imaginable!

Conditioner is a little trickier. I haven’t had much success with solid conditioner bars. I would recommend decanting your regular conditioner into a sturdy aluminium travel bottle*.

Alternatively, if your hair can tolerate it, you can use moisturising hair oil in place of a conditioner. I don’t use conditioner, and instead, use this hair oil by Evolve*, which works wonders on my hair. It also comes in a small travel-friendly-sized bottle. Don’t let appearances put you off – this tiny bottle lasts for ages!

Eco-Friendly Skin Care Toiletries

Skincare-wise, I don’t tend to carry many products with me. Your regular makeup remover can be decanted in one of the aluminium travel bottles. Apart from that, I just take one moisturiser that I use both day and night. My favourite moisturiser is Evolve’s Daily Renew Facial Cream* – it’s just a small jar that I’m happy to sacrifice space for.

Sustainable Sunscreen

Even if you are holidaying at home, sunscreen is still vitally important to prevent damage from the sun’s rays. I have a plastic-free tin of SPF 50 Sol De Ibiza sunscreen* that I use on the whole family. I’ve tried the paper tube version* but I found that it needs to be really warm to be able to apply it, otherwise it doesn’t glide onto your skin. Warmth is not always a given in Scotland in the summertime, so I’m sticking to the tin.

If you are looking for more eco-friendly sunscreen options, do check out my full guide to eco-friendly sunscreen, that’s recently been updated.

An Eco-Friendly Wash Bag

Of course, you need a wash bag to corral all of your toiletries. The most sustainable wash bag is the one you already own. If it’s seen one too many trips and is beyond repair, then there is no shortage of eco-friendly bags online. These wash bags made from kraft paper*, for example, are hand washable, and plastic-free. Meanwhile, these eco-friendly wash bags* are made from offcuts from a raincoat manufacturer, for zero-waste toiletry storage.

Eco-Friendly Shaving Toiletries

Image of a safety razor

A safety razor* makes for a great sustainable and zero-waste method of hair removal. There’s no need to carry around shaving gel or foam with you – I have found that a standard hair conditioner makes for an effective alternative. Simply wet your face or legs, apply conditioner and shave as normal.

If you are travelling by plane, do note that only fixed cartridge razor blades – the disposable type – are allowed in your hand luggage. Make sure your safety razor goes in the hold. If you aren’t checking your bag into the hold, opt for disposable razor blades in this instance.


The only item I don’t have on the list here is deodorant. I’ll admit, I have fully struggled with eco-friendly deodorants and haven’t found one I’m on board with yet. I have a guide to deodorants planned, where I’ll poll Moral Fibres readers for your favourites. If you have a favourite brand that works for you then do let me know in the comments below!

Have I missed anything? Are there any eco-friendly toiletries that are a must-have when you are on your travels?

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Eco-Friendly Shampoo & 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 long-haired 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 very expensive shampoo. The instructions included a section on how you simply can’t use too much of their shampoo. Yup, when a bottle of shampoo costs more than a 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, however, 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.

This range of effective but affordable shampoo and conditioner is certified vegan. And it is 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. And 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. Particularly 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.

Do also try my guide to organic baby shampoo, if it is specifically baby shampoo that you are looking for.

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 feeling waxy. And some can dry your hair out. I’ve therefore polled 13,000 Moral Fibres Instagram followers, to produce this separate guide to the best shampoo bars for almost every hair type.

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!