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Guide to Plastic-Free Conditioner

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I’ve been on the hunt for some plastic-free conditioner that doesn’t dry out my hair.  I’ve been using solid conditioner bars since the start of this year, but over the long run, I noticed my long-ish hair becoming dry and prone to breakage.  A problem I’ve never suffered from before.  

I tried using an apple cider rinse, which I categorically did not enjoy.  I didn’t feel that it worked for me, and don’t even ask me about the smell.  All I’ll say is that perhaps my hair is more porous than most…

Although solid conditioner bars are easily accessible, and the default zero-waste option, I wanted to see what plastic-free conditioner options were out there that aren’t solid bars.  As sharing is caring, I thought I’d share the fruits of my plastic-free conditioner research with you lovely lot.  Don’t say I’m not good to you!  

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Clockwise from top left

Lavender + Rose Geranium Hair Conditioner

This preservative and silicone free lavender and rose geranium hair conditioner from Wild Sage & Co is infused with broccoli seed oil (yes, broccoli) for naturally shiny and silky smooth hair.  Priced at £20 for 175 ml, it does cost a pretty penny, but apparently you don’t need to use as much as you would with regular conditioner. 

Packaged in: a glass bottle and metal lid.

Bentonite Clay Conditioner  

This bentonite clay conditioner* is by Afro Bob Tro.  Priced between £9.50 and £18, it’s pH balanced to suit afro hair. 

This plastic-free conditioner contains no preservatives, colours, silicones, sulphates, mineral oils or parabens.  Packed full of natural ingredients, such as shea, argan, grapeseed, hemp, olive, and coconut oils, selected for their conditioning properties, and pro-vitamin B5, panthenol and wheat protein for strength and shine. 

Packaged in: glass jar with metal lid

Argan Oil

This fairtrade and certified organic Argan Oil from Conscious Skincare* costs from £12 and can be used in place of conditioner.  Simply add a few drops to your hair before washing to use as a deep conditioner, or rub a drop or two into the ends of your hair – Argan Oil is easily absorbed into your hair, and helps to boost shine and condition even if your hair is dry.  It also has hair strengthening properties and assists in detangling.

Packaged in: metal bottle with metal lid

Herbal Hare Conditioner

This jar of conditioner* from Trawden Soap Kitchen is cruelty-free, paraben-free, silicone-free, and vegan-friendly., it contains no artificial fragrances or colourants.  Prices range from £6 to £11.50, and you can choose between a herbal or citrus scent. Shampoos and an intensive conditioning mask are also available, in the same plastic-free packaging.

Packaged in: glass jar with metal lid.

I’m going to give the Herbal Hare one a go first and will report back on my findings!  In the meantime, I’ve written a couple of guides to plastic-free toiletries.  Check out this plastic-free bathroom post and this post for more inspiration!

October 2019 update: I’ve been using this oil for many months now to condition my hair, and I am really loving it. I apply around 3 drops to damp hair, which I then comb through and it does the trick. It also smells like chocolate orange, which is no bad thing!

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Organic Beauty Products I’m Loving Right Now

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Hello hello!  Life has completely got in the way of blogging right now – between my work and work on my house my blogging has fallen a little by the wayside.  I’m hoping to rectify that after the summer, but for the time being posting will be a little light.   Today though I thought I’d pop in with a few organic beauty products that I’m really loving right now, that I think you will too!

Some of the organic beauty products are old favourites and some are new to me, but all work so well!

green people vita min fix review

Green People’s Vita Min Fix Cream* (£15.95 and free delivery) is hands down the best day moisturiser I’ve found.  One small application leaves my skin beautifully soft and moisturised without feeling heavy, oily or sticky, and makes a lovely base for make-up.   I’ve been using it since the start of April and couldn’t be happier – I had some red dry skin patches on my cheeks which cleared up within a week of using the cream, and skin is noticeably much softer.  I honestly think it works better than creams more than double it’s price, and the Vita Min Fix cream has the advantage that it’s 89% organic and vegan friendly.  Double word score!

To be honest £15.95 is a bit higher than I like to pay for moisturiser but I’m still using the bottle I purchased in April, and it’s still going strong .  There’s at least another month’s worth of moisturiser still in the pump so it feels pretty good value for money, especially with the difference it makes to my skin.

urtekram shampoo

Since April I’ve also started using the Urtekram range of organic haircare products.  I’ve only recently came across Danish brand, Urtekram, but I’ve really been enjoying their products.  So much so that the whole family has been using them.  I’ve been enjoying the Rose Shampoo and Rose Conditioner, my partner has enjoyed the Nettle Shampoo, and I’ve been using the Children’s Shampoo on my daughter!

I’ve been picking bottles up locally at Real Foods in Edinburgh, where it’s only £4.99 a bottle, but they are also available online from Real Foods (free shipping on orders over £29) and a few other sites on the internet.  Admittedly the percentage of organic ingredients is quite low – around 14% organic – but the ingredients are all natural (in plain English too, which is always appreciated!) with no nasties.  In the case of the Rose Shampoo it is made of water, vegetable oil products, corn sugar soap, aloe vera, glycerine, rose flower extract, rose geranium oil, salt, polysaccharide, citric acid, perfume (plant extract), vitamin E, and that’s it.   They’re all vegan friendly too!  The Urtekram range leaves our hair soft and non-greasy and beautifully smelling and gets a big thumbs up in our house!

organic sunscreen

So far Summer hasn’t been very forthcoming in our corner of Scotland (come on sun!) but I have been carrying Green People’s factor 15 organic sunscreen* (£12.99 and free delivery) around in my handbag for the odd occasion when the sun has had his hat on.  82% of it’s ingredients are certified organic, and it’s great on sensitive skin – including my daughter’s young skin.  Although a note to vegans – it’s not vegan friendly, as it contains beeswax.

I reapply regularly (every hour) and it’s offered us fantastic skin protection.  Green People sent me a bottle of this last year to try out and I enjoyed it so much I repurchased it locally in early spring when it ran out!  I’m not worried about it being Factor 15 – if anything it makes me more aware of the need to reapply regularly.  With Factor 50 I get quite complacent as I’m quite bad for putting it on once in the morning and being fooled into thinking I’m protected all day.  The truth is even with Factor 50 you need to be topping up your sunscreen regularly.

I’m quite low maintenance when it comes to beauty products, so these are my top organic beauty products for now!  Do you have any organic beauty products that you swear by?  Do share in the comments below!

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