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I Used 5 Different Hair Bar Brands – Here Are My Honest Thoughts

There is no real surprise why many sailors sport a short haircut – the wind is not a gentle hair stylist and can leave your locks in knots with a salty-spray finish thanks to the sea. Although I admire those who rock short hair styles, I am rather fond of my long auburn hair and have taken great steps to find the best products for me and the sea, since I quite literally live right on top of it – no really, check it out!

 
 
 
 
 
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All things considered, my partner Chris and I try to find products that are eco-friendly (packaging and product) and work well for our skin and hair, but with so many incredible shampoo and conditioner bars on the market, it can be overwhelming to find the best fit for you. But don’t worry! We tested the top hair bars so you don’t have to. If you are looking to make the swap to plastic-free, look no further – these shampoo and conditioner hair bar reviews will inspire you.

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HiBar

hibar still photo with different bars for shampoo and conditioner bar reviewsThe first hair bar review I wanted to write about was HiBAR, because we featured co-founder Nora Schaper!

First impressions are everything, which is why great packaging means a lot to me. HiBar’s eco-conscious packaging makes me feel good from the start about my purchase – and their sample packs go a long way, giving you 3 shampoo bars and 3 conditioner bars to mix and match.

Their products are inclusive with formulas that work on hair types from pin-straight thin to thick and textured! I purchased their samples to try all 3 products and mixed and matched to find the right fit for me.

 
 
 
 
 
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The shampoo worked wonderfully, but unfortunately, the conditioner just didn’t really work for my hair. However, it did work well after my normal hair-wash routine as a leave-in conditioner that I brushed into my damp locks. I wash my hair about every 3 days and these samples last for months – I can only imagine that the full sized bars last longer, which means less plastic!


The Earthling Co.

 
 
 
 
 
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The second review I must write is for The Earthling Co.’s hair bars, which come with a wide range of scents and in plastic-free packaging — heck yah!

I fell in love with The Earthling Co.’s conditioner bar. It was the perfect formula for my hair type, leaving my strands soft and tangle-free. Their shampoo bar is also great; maybe a little too great, considering Chris “accidentally” broke the bar in half and claimed one of the pieces as his own.

Although their website states that this shampoo is curly-hair-friendly and can be used on color-treated/bleached hair, I feel like they could be more inclusive and create a bar for different hair types, similar to what HiBar has done. If you are looking to swap out more of your plastic products for items that are earth-friendly, The Earthling Co. is a fantastic place to start.


Super Zero Bars

 
 
 
 
 
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I had set my hopes high for this brand, but ultimately, my heart was crushed when I just couldn’t get their formula to perform with my hair type. This could just be an application error, because when I did more research, I saw that Super Zero’s website has a test to match you with the perfect bars… which I did not do beforehand.

Their packaging was definitely more plastic-y in comparison to the other brands which just seemed like greenwashing to me, but I will give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that their recycling practices are top-notch!


Ethique 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you give me a product that is “cute” at first glance, you have already won over my marketing centric heart *heart emoji here* Ethique has a number of plastic-free products, from cosmetics to hair care, which is why having a sample pack is super helpful when trying to figure out what works best for you! The sample pack gives you four little heart-shaped bars of shampoo and conditioner that look like milk chocolates at first glance. (As delicious as they look, I promise they are for external use only.)

The two sample combos worked pretty well on my hair, and I would say that the smell was fresh and clean while there was no buildup left over. The conditioner was a bit hard to work into my strands, but I took the same approach as with HiBar’s and made use of it as a leave-in conditioner, which seemed to help soften my strands. I would say this brand is definitely worth trying, especially if you get the sample pack which (if you wash your hair twice a week like me) should last you a few months.


Love Planet & Beauty 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner Bar

 
 
 
 
 
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This product is great if you are on the go with limited space or just don’t really bother with deep conditioning. As you can probably tell from my other reviews, conditioning is a big must for me, or else my hair will end up as a rat’s nest, giving me fits of rage. Even though this product didn’t suit my needs, my darling husband Chris loved the simplicity of the bar, and since it did have some conditioning elements, it made his hair soft and buildup-free. Wife’s review of this hair bar? It’s a pass. Husband’s review of this hair bar? It’s a yes, please.


TIP: The conditioners that didn’t work for me didn’t go to waste… I use them as leave-in conditioners as well as shaving cream that leaves my skin soft and protected from my safety razor.

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Here’s the thing: no matter which brand you choose, you are taking a step in the right direction by saying NO to plastics and YES to healthy, happy hair – without adding to your carbon footprint. Switching to a hair bar is only one step you can take in your plastic-free journey, though, so be sure to check out our other articles for more inspiration and reviews! One small change can bring a world of difference.

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I hope my hair bar reviews helped convince you to try switching to plastic-free! Have you tried shampoo and conditioner bars? Any brands we should try next? Comment below!


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Try These 11 Packs Of Biodegradable Wipes

Many moons ago, when I was a touring musician, I would not have access to showers. This was frustrating because, one, ew, and two, I hated keeping balls of dried, dirty wipes around until I found a trash can along the highway (lol, as if). So, I decided to try biodegradable wipes instead.

It doesn’t sound ideal, and I’m not going to act like it was. But the freshness of a wipe and the knowledge that it was biodegradable was impossible to resist as an eco-friendly fiend on tour. 

These 11 packs of wipes will all degrade, they’ll nourish your skin, and they’ll keep you smelling clean. Even if you’re not about to go rock out on stage, biodegradable wipes are useful – um, hello Coachella! – and will keep you smelling decent even when you haven’t met a bar of soap in… we won’t talk about it, don’t worry.

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BAMBOO WET WIPES

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We’re huge fans of Public Goods for their gender-neutral packaging and formulas, and these biodegradable wipes, made from bamboo, are no different. Baby-safe and hypoallergenic, your skin will feel refreshed rather than irritated thanks to soothing aloe and marshmallow extract, moisturizing cucumber and oat extracts, anti-inflammatory chamomile extract, and protective vitamin E.

BUY NOW – $6.95


Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes

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Yes, it’s possible to exfoliate, hydrate, and nourish at the same time – Ursa Major made sure of it. The AHA/BHA exfoliating complex helps slough away dead skin, but it’s the other ingredients that make this shine. To summarize: soothing aloe calms exfoliation irritation, while conditioning willow bark takes care of dryness post-acids. Birch sap tones, while sugarcane brightens. The result: a face wipe to give you the cleanse of your dreams on nights you can’t be bothered to do your skincare routine.

BUY NOW – $46.80


Rawganic Anti-Aging Hydrating Facial Wipes

RAWGANIC biodegradable face wipes

Made from 100% cotton, these biodegradable face wipes are natural, sustainable, and super effective. There are two main ingredients: aloe vera, and pomegranate. The first, we all know and love for its soothing properties; the second you’ll fall in love with as it hydrates your skin while fighting inflammation. The 25-count of this pack makes it perfect for bringing on-the-go, whether you’re packing for a trip or needing to throw a pack in your bag.

BUY NOW – $20.99


Eco Pea Co. Pack of Biodegradable Wipes

ECO pea co biodegradable wipes

Made from 100% eco-friendly bamboo, never worry about a flimsy wipe-down again – these biodegradable wipes are soft and thick, giving you a comfy refresher mid-day. Meant for the whole body – like, whole body – of any body, babies included, these wipes are vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free. On top of that, their shipping methods are carbon neutral, so you’re really helping the environment out when ordering from Eco Pea Co. (it’s just so much fun to say).

BUY NOW – $4.99


Makeup Removing Biodegradable Wipes

CERAVE hydrating biodegradable makeup remover wipes

We love CeraVe in this household! The iconic skincare giant comes through yet again with their compostable (and therefore biodegradable) face wipes, made from 100% plant-based cloth. The cloth is pH balanced, so your skin will feel nourished at the right acidity level – you can thank the ceramides and glycerin for that. Makeup remover is infused to help get rid of that stubborn mascara – even waterproof formulas!

BUY NOW – $9.97


Biodegradable Wipes

surviveware biodegradable wipes

If you’re camping, at a music festival (Coachella weekend two is coming up!), on a long road trip, etcetera etcetera, you need more than a small face wipe. Surviveware comes in clutch with their face and body wipes, which cover large surface areas with pH-balancing ingredients like soothing aloe (nope, 0 alcohol here; yep, you can use them on your lower regions). They begin to decompose after 28 days and degrade in six months – not bad for a wipe that covers so much.

BUY NOW – $10.99


ROSE CUCUMBER SHOWER SHEETS

YUNI ROSE CUCUMBER SHOWER SHEETS

Yuni describes their shower sheets as “oversized,” and at 12”x10”, we’d have to agree on this term. (For reference, most wipes are 7”x5”, sooo not quite as sheet-like as this.) Rose and cucumber come together to soothe the skin and provide calming scents, and the alcohol-less formula means there’s no drying out post-cleanse. Wipes are wrapped individually, which isn’t as eco-friendly as we like, but we can’t argue with the biodegradable aspect.

BUY NOW – $16.50


Gentle Glow Cleansing Cloths

Gentle Glow Cleansing Cloths

OGEE’s cloths are made from plant fibers, making these biodegradable wipes compostable, too – love that. They’re also certified organic, totally cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free, and GMO-free. What DO they have? Well, they’re soaked in AHAs to help exfoliate dry, dead skin away and let your radiant skin shine through with help from soothing aloe vera juice and sebum-balancing jojoba oil.

BUY NOW – $24


PURE BIODEGRADABLE FACE WIPES

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“Pure” heaven, that’s what these are. The secret powerhouse in these biodegradable face wipes: goat milk. Yep, that good ol’ milk has SO many skin benefits – it repairs, evens out skin flora, and provides a healthy dose of exfoliating vitamin A. Working with soothing aloe and cucumber, you’ll also reap the benefits of CoQ10, a natural antioxidant that protects skin from environmental stressors.

BUY NOW – $7


Clean Cotton | 3-Pack Deodorant Wipes

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We love Lume’s stick deodorant and their soap, but their deodorant wipes are also to be loved. Like their stick deodorant, the deodorant wipes are aluminum-free, baking-soda free, and paraben-free, as well as vegan and cruelty-free. The compostable, biodegradable wipes are packed with ingredients like coconut oil and aloe, as well as a gentle AHA for exfoliation: almond-derived mandelic acid.

BUY NOW – $16.99


Biodegradable Wipes With Coconut Oil

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If you want to support a good cause, try out Conscious Coconut’s organic, biodegradable wipes. The brand is philanthropically-focused, providing more than 500,000 meals to Feeding America in the past seven years, through purchases – including those of these bamboo viscose wipes. Organic, fair-trade certified, virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil nourishes skin to the nth degree with more than four times the average amount of antioxidants than your standard coconut oil.

BUY NOW – $25

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When do you use your biodegradable wipes? Any brands we should know about? Tell us in the comments!


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5 Eco-Friendly Haircare Brands That Will Save The World

If living on a sailboat has taught me anything, it is how our everyday choices affect the world around us. If you read our eco-friendly soap article, you know that there are some incredible options for your consideration… but did you know that there is also a plethora of eco-friendly hair care products?

Since moving aboard in 2018, my partner and I have actively looked for products that have low-to-no impact on the environment. We find ourselves so closely connected to the planet, which has resulted in this list of our favorite eco-friendly hair products.

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Ethique

 
 
 
 
 
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“Shampoo that doesn’t squeeze but nourishes, baby!” is what Ethique’s website says, and let me tell you, it’s true! The New-Zealand-based company has exploded in international popularity with a mission to have a bar in every bath and shower. With their wide variety of shampoo and conditioner bars, they are making a positive impact in the cosmetic industry. One Ethique bar is the equivalent of THREE bottles of liquid shampoo!


Friendly Soap

 
 
 
 
 
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This UK-based company offers compact and long-lasting shampoo bars that use castor oil. The result: a creamy and deeply-conditioning lather that cleans and cares for your hair and scalp! Their relaxing scents add to the experience, leaving you smelling and feeling cleaner than ever.


PARADOXX

PARADOXX is a beauty brand that has environmental and social responsibility woven into the fabric of its business. They have a vast inventory of products that revolve around clean and conscious beauty, but their haircare products may be the most notable. Although their packaging is not 100% eco-friendly (it has a plastic pump) they offer detailed how-to recycle notes in the item descriptions.


HiBar

 
 
 
 
 
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This brand has had my attention from the start with its plastic-free packaging and budget-friendly offerings for high-quality haircare. Their bars don’t look like your average bar of soap either; the founders allowed nature to be their muse. HiBar’s signature shape reflects the rocks of Lake Superior (where HiBar was founded): “Smooth, connected to water, and when you pick up that perfect rock, it just feels right.”


The Earthling Co.

The Earthling Co. was built on the belief that we as humans have the power to create a more sustainable and harmonious world. Although the company is more known for their home goods, they also have a line of eco-friendly haircare products. Instead of plastics, they are made with plant-based ingredients! Their shampoo and conditioner bars are made of concentrated ingredients wrapped in 100%-compostable packaging. Make your transition to plastic-free a breeze!


With so many eco-friendly brands existing in the world (and more popping up each day), we know it can be overwhelming to find the right fit for you – especially with hair products. We are confident that one of the brands above will have exactly what you are looking for – just trust us.

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Which eco-friendly products should we highlight next? Share with us in the comments!


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HiBar’s Eco-Friendly Shampoo And Conditioner Bars Are Saving The Planet

Shampoo and conditioner bars are changing the haircare world. They’re eco-friendly, work well, and there are so many options. And for this brand spotlight, we’re choosing to higlight HiBar and their shampoo and conditioner bars specifically.

We found HiBar when we reached out to our Resident Mermaid, Marissa, who is all about being sustainable and keeping toxic ingredients out of the environment. She recommended the brand, one we’d mentioned in previous articles.

 
 
 
 
 
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After reading up on the brand and their mission, as well as their sustainability and eco-friendly practices, they were undoubtedly necessary to spotlight. So, without further ado: the innovative, earth-saving shampoo and conditioner bar brand, HiBar!

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As we all know, shampoo and conditioner bottles are kinda sorta destroying the planet. Single-use plastic is filling up landfills and the ocean – did you know that 552 million shampoo bottles could be ending up in landfills every year? Or that the number of shampoo bottles could fill 1,164 football fields? Our need for clean hair is understandable; our use of plastic is embarrassing.

 
 
 
 
 
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Which is where HiBar comes in.

The brand was started by four friends who were sick of single-use plastic – especially those in the bathroom. So, they founded a company dedicated to fighting those bottles by creating shampoo and conditioner bars that work… and have plastic-free packaging.

None of that huge-bottle-BS you throw away after two weeks because you double-wash. One shampoo bar lasts as long as one 16-oz. bottle of liquid shampoo in a huge plastic container. The thing is, there’s no plastic involved in your purchase of a HiBar shampoo or conditioner bar.

 
 
 
 
 
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HiBar’s shipping packages are also 100% plastic-free, with every bit of the package on your doorstep being compostable, easily recyclable, or both. There isn’t even a piece of plastic tape.

What will you find in these bars? No soap or silicones, no parabens or phthalates. The ingredients are good for your hair and good for the environment (it’s entirely biodegradable thanks to the natural ingredients).

The bars are gluten-free and, with the exception of honey used in their Maintain bars and Soothe bars, completely vegan. On top of this, they’re cruelty-free with a Leaping Bunny certification.

 
 
 
 
 
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HiBar is a company with a mission, something QUILL admires. We included them in our article regarding best-smelling shampoos, but we just had to spotlight them as well. Here are the sets they offer, which we recommend scooping up for your dream hair.


Maintain

hibar maintain shampoo and conditioner bar set

Use the Maintain set every day (or however often you wash your hair) – they’ll get rid of that oil without drying your hair out entirely. Honeyquat and shea butter add shine and soften, giving you hair that lasts until your next wash.

BUY NOW – $26.50


Moisturize

hibar moisturize shampoo and conditioner bar set

Dry hair is no match for this shampoo-conditioner set. Moisturizing is also fantastic for thick hair, because you won’t miss a single strand. Coconut oil and rice protein are the driving, nourishing forces, and they smell like citrus – a nice, fresh, pick-me-up scent.

BUY NOW – $26.50


Volumize

hibar volumize shampoo and conditioner bar set

Looking for a little oomph to flat hair? Preparing for a big event and want a base for your blowout? Go with the Volumize set. African dates and B5 fight frizz, so even if you go big, it won’t look like lightning hit you. It’s also perfect for waves and curls that need a little lift.

BUY NOW – $26.50


Soothe

hibar soothe conditioner and shampoo bar set

Soothe has a lower pH (about a 3) than the others, making it perfect for scalps that need a little TLC. Get rid of itching and flakes with white willow bark and kukui nut oil to soothe irritated scalps and stop the shedding.

BUY NOW – $26.50


Fragrance-Free Moisturize

hibar fragrance free moisturize shampoo and conditioner bar set

We mentioned them in our fragrance-free conditioner article because there’s no scent. None. You will not smell like a single thing. This is thanks to coconut oil and rice protein to nourish, and 0 essential oils or natural fragrances. It’s currently sold out, but sign up for the waitlist and keep checking the site — they’re ridiculously quick at restocking. 

BUY NOW – $26.50

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Ditch The Plastic — Natural Loofahs Are Better For You AND The Environment

Being eco-friendly is important to me, which is why one day in the shower, I went “this loofah probably won’t break down.” And then I thought about how it is filled with water and never fully dries, and went “this is probably filled with very UN-clean bacteria. Ew.”

It’s true. When it comes to bacteria, plastic loofahs are pretty damn gross. While there are ways to dry it out, most people don’t do it properly. In a HuffPost article, Dr. Michele Green, M.D., a New York-based board-certified dermatologist, explained that “You spread the bacteria that you washed off your body the last time. … The loofah is spreading yesterday’s dirt back on your body.”

It’s especially bad if you have wounds. (Me, picking at acne, I’ll admit it.) If you have an open wound and get into your scrubbing, you can end up with infections, like staph, if your loofah has bacteria in it (which it probably does). This is because you’re pushing the bacteria into these wounds, giving them VIP access beneath your top layer of skin.

When it comes to being eco-friendly, loofahs are also bad for the environment. Their plastic doesn’t break down, so they sit in landfills for up to thousands of years. On top of this, these loofahs are filled with bits of microplastics, which go down your drain, end up in the ocean, and add to pollution. Not really saving the sea turtles, you know?

So, okay, let’s be done with that plastic bullshit. Don’t want to part with your scrubber? Good news: there are natural loofahs that will still get you squeaky clean.

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What’s the Difference Between Natural and Synthetic Loofahs?

Synthetic loofahs are synthetic, obvs. What this means, in detail: they’re made from the aforementioned plastics, with the mesh making them into their classic shape – a scrunched up, grabbable, fun ball. There’s a reason they’re alternatively called “bath poufs.”

Natural loofahs, on the other hand, are made of natural ingredients and plant fibers, making them compostable and biodegradable; the first loofahs came from the Luffa aegyptiaca, which is fibrous and creates a tube shape, rather than a bunched-up ball.

 
 
 
 
 
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Just because they’re not made from mesh plastic doesn’t mean they’re less efficient. The natural loofah still exfoliates just as well as your synthetic loofah – it’s just better for the environment.


How to Wash Natural Loofahs

When you wash a synthetic loofah, the suggestion is to put it in a diluted bleach solution or hydrogen peroxide for five minutes. Throw it in the washing machine with your whites, and hang it to dry. However, this can be bothersome for skin – especially those with particularly sensitive skin. And those with sensitive skin might skip the bleach, and then you have an unsanitary, bacteria-filled loofah. Gross.

Natural loofahs are easier, because you shouldn’t be applying bleach to natural sponges. This is because they deteriorate quickly, lessening their life span compared to synthetic loofahs. You also can’t throw them in high heat, because they can harden and/or shrink (sound familiar to cotton? Exactly).

 
 
 
 
 
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Instead, soak your natural loofah in warm – not hot – water and baking soda every two weeks at the least. Add baking soda based on the size of your loofah. In between washes, dry it after every use as much as possible (no simple hanging it up to dry), rinse it thoroughly of soap and bacteria, and keep it outside of the bathroom to avoid humidity, which accelerates bacteria growth.


The Best Natural Loofahs

Now that I’ve convinced you that natural loofahs are the way to go, I’m giving you options that will keep you clean and keep the environment coasting as well.


Natural Real Egyptian Shower Loofah Sponge

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If you have sensitive skin, you’re probably wary of rough exfoliation. These natural loofahs are made from Egyptian fibers, which are thick and flexible, so sensitive skin won’t burn after a rub down.

BUY NOW – $16.69


Mayan Loofah

MAYAN LOOFAH

This loofah is multi-purpose: use it to clean your body, or your bathtub, or your dishes… if it needs to get clean, this loofah will do it. It’s made from a single-family farm in Guatemala, and its 100% plant-based material is of the Mayan heirloom variety.

BUY NOW – $3.50


NATURAL SEA WOOL SPONGE

sea wool sponge

Hand-harvested in the Bahamas, this natural loofah is 100% biodegradable thanks to its composition: all-natural sea wool. It’s important to note the hand-harvesting, meaning that it’s responsibly-sourced.

BUY NOW – $18


Central Coast Luffa

sea wool sponge

I’m from central California, and I never want to leave (how many times have I been to the Monterey Bay Aquarium? Not enough. Never enough). The Central Coast Luffa is responsibly-farmed and dried here, and it’s 100% biodegradable. Yes, 100%. Get on it.

BUY NOW – $10


Natural Organic Loofahs

NATURAL LOOFAH

If you love knowing exactly where your products are from, this Etsy story doesn’t disappoint. The Mayan material of these loofahs are sourced from Zambia; specifically, the Copperbelt, along the Zambezi River. The seller recommends requesting a soft high-density loofah for your body, compared to firm low- and high-density loofahs used for cleaning around the house.

BUY NOW – $3+

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Mermaid Marissa: Here Are The Best 3 Ocean-Friendly Soap Brands

In 2018, my partner and I decided to trade our life on land for life afloat, moving aboard our sailboat which we have been preparing to sail the world. Since moving aboard, I have formed a unique bond with the sea we dwell upon and have become more conscious of the products I use that can have an effect on the aquatic life we cohabitate with.

 
 
 
 
 
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Just like on land, all drains lead to the sea, but on a boat, it is a bit more streamlined. With that in mind, swapping to eco-friendly products can be a great way to save our seas and your skin! Here are 3 great #MermaidApproved soaps for your consideration.

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The Earthling Co.

 
 
 
 
 
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The products we use consistently in our routines can be wasteful, harmful, and sometimes inefficient. The Earthling Co. was created to combat our wasteful habits and make “eco-friendly” the easy choice for earthlings by providing a wide collection of products for our everyday lives. The eco-centric brand has over 5 body soap options within their sea of plastic-free body care offerings. If you are looking for an easy way to cut out plastic, consider purchasing their Plastic-Free Starter Kit!


Dr. Bronner’s

 
 
 
 
 
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Multi-use products are key to tiny space living, whether on land or at sea, which is why Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap is a staple aboard our boat. Traditionally, the 18-in-1-use castile soap comes in large post-consumer-recycled plastic bottles that you can (and should) dilute with water, but the brand also offers eco-friendly soap bars and body balms for those that are eager to live 100% plastic-free.

We love their peppermint soap that leaves our skin feeling and smelling “minty fresh” and appreciate that our purchase supports the company’s advocacy missions such as: regenerative agriculture, fair trade, animal advocacy, industrial hemp and drug policy reform, and living wages among others.

 
 
 
 
 
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One 32-ounce bottle can last us up to 4 months (depending on what we are cleaning and how often) and we like to find unique ways to recycle their bottles. If you are looking to support a company with a great mission and dedication to the environment, check out what Dr. Bronner’s has to bring to the table – or shower!


Ethique

 
 
 
 
 
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Ethique was founded back in 2012 and was a trailblazer for setting a plastic-free standard in the “clean” industry. Since then, the company has grown from the founders’ kitchen to the homes of many across the globe to share their sustainable, cruelty-free, and biodegradable goodness. Because their other ingredients must be renewable, non-petroleum based, and naturally derived with minimal chemical processing, their bars are safe for use in the natural environment! Ethique can be be found online or at certain retailers.


Bonus Option: Farmer’s Market Goat Soap

 
 
 
 
 
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No matter where you are in the world, I guarantee there is a local farmers market, and there you will find goat soap. Goat milk is full of antioxidants, vitamins, and acne-fighting acids, making it perfect for sensitive skin types and those searching for a way to support sustainable farms and hygiene habits. Now, you will have to do your research, but soap makers like Basilwood Farm have a plethora of sustainable goat milk soaps that will leave your skin silky soft and the environment unbothered, since their raw ingredients are 100% natural and food-grade! Say baaah-bye to itchy skin and hello to Goat Soap!


Considering 71% of our Earth is made up of our oceans, why wouldn’t we do our best to keep it clean? With so many products readily available, there is no reason why you shouldn’t switch to an eco-friendly soap; it is almost 2022, and we are leaving wasteful hygiene habits in the past!

“Individually we are a drop, but together we can be an ocean of change.” – Unknown

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How are you helping to save our oceans? Any eco-friendly soaps you use? Share with us below!


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