The World’s First Zero-Waste Beauty Brand finally arrives in the UK!
I never thought I’d hear myself say this but I think I’m in love . . . with a shampoo bar. When Ethique asked me to review their beauty bars I was up for the challenge, despite the fact that I am most definitely not a beauty blogger. But I think that places me in the perfect position to give you an honest review.
I rarely wear make-up and I spend most of my days in walking boots and wooly hats, out in the Cornish countryside. I once went 10 years without going to the hairdresser. Having said all that I do take care of my hair and my skin. And I have always tried to avoid harsh chemicals, mostly because I have very sensitive skin. But, something else is driving me to write this review. Something very much on everybody’s minds these days: PLASTIC WASTE.
Ethique’s is the only company in the world devoted solely to producing handmade solid beauty bars in place of liquid beauty products. This means no plastic bottles. Even their bar’s packaging is 100% recyclable.
As I have said before Cornwall is, I feel, ahead of the pack when it comes to the plastic-free movement. Penzance officially became the UK’s first plastic free town back in 2017, with Newquay and Falmouth quickly following suit. More and more businesses are shouting about their eco-friendly credentials. And Ethique, like Cornwall, is ahead of the game and has plenty to shout about! Since the business was started in 2012, by Brianne West in her New Zealand kitchen, it has saved over 3.3 million plastic bottles from production and subsequently disposal. An epic achievement. Amazingly their lab also runs on 100% renewable energy and the brand donates 20% of it’s profits every year to animal charities.
Brianne says: “Myself and the Ethique team are passionate about the values the brand stands for and the change we are creating in the world. Together, we have been able to create a business that has a positive, tangible effect on the environment and that will always be our priority.”
*All of Ethique’s bars are vegan, cruelty-free and palm oil free!*
So, – what about the product? – I hear you ask. It is all very well to have all these green credentials, but do the bars really measure up? Down to the review. Ethique sent me their –
- Frizz Wrangler Shampoo bar
- The Guardian Condition bar
- Pumice, Teatree & Spearmint Bodywash bar
- And the nifty pink in-shower container
The Frizz Wrangler
I was a bit worried when I saw this shampoo was for dry, frizzy hair. My hair is dead straight, not really dry and has a tendency to look flat and lifeless, if the product is too heavy. But from the first wash I loved it! Unlike other shampoo bars I have tried, it lathered up like a dream! Loads of luscious bubbles!
But the main difference from the bars I’ve tried before is – absolutely ZERO residue! No stickiness. Just gorgeous shiny, soft hair. And just one Ethique Shampoo bar is equivalent to 3 bottles of liquid shampoo!
Brianne says: “Up to 75% of [conventional] shampoo and 90% of conditioner can be water, which is just crazy – you have water in your shower! Obviously water is an important part of the product, but i was interested in what happened if you simply combined the ingredients without it.”
Also Ethique’s formulas don’t contain any parabens, phthalates, dioxins or petroleum by-products. Their shampoos are also soap free.
Oh and did I mention it smells of yummy coconut!
After rinsing out the shampoo lather, you just run this condition bar through your wet hair. Weightless, this gentle detangler does it’s job with no fuss and no residue. Designed for normal to dry hair, it has lots of coco butter, coconut oil and zesty lime oil. And left my hair silky smooth and shiny. Like the shampoo bar The Guardian is palm oil free, vegan and cruelty free. And also like the shampoo bar a little goes a very long way – just 1 conditioner bar is the equivalent of 5 bottles of liquid conditioner! So with just these first 2 products I have already saved 8 plastic bottles. Go me!
Pumice, Teatree & Spearmint Bodywash Bar
This bar is perfect for me! Not only because I have sensitive skin but also because I have Keratosis Pilaris. This is a very common skin condition, especially in women. It is genetic and basically means you get tiny lumps, almost like goosebumps, on your upper arms and thighs. As well as the little bumps, this skin condition can cause dryness and itchiness. Most women develop it in their teens or twenties and grow out of it. I never have!
The best treatment is gentle exfoliation and keeping your skin healthy and moisturised. This Ethique body bar is specially designed to help tackle problem skin. The pumice gently exfoliates while teatree is a natural antiseptic. The spearmint gives the bar a refreshing scent and, like the shampoo bars, it is super bubbly and non-drying.
The last product that I want to review may seem at first glance the least exciting but there is more to it than meets the eye!
The Pink In-Shower Container
Now, of course this colourful little box has a very practical purpose – to keep your beautiful bars safe and dry while you are storing them in the shower. Simple. But this pink container is also eco-friendly. No plastic here! It is made from 100% non-toxic, biodegradable bamboo fibres, making completely compostable.
Ethique means ‘ethical’ in French and Brianne and the team are gearing up to change the landscape of the UK beauty industry in 2019. A change that will hopefully encourage many more of us to #giveupthebottle and pick up the bar! After trying some of their wide range of beauty products I can honestly say I am hooked.
If you want to know more, or to try Ethique’s products for yourself, pop over to their website: ethiqueworld.com
Author’s Note: I was not paid for this review. This is my honest opinion on the products I was sent.