Shampoo bars are a fabulous way of reducing plastic waste. And as plastic reducing becomes more of a popular subject, we are seeing a huge rise in shampoo bar purchases. But ask yourself why you're buying shampoo bars. Is it to reduce your plastic use? To be more "eco friendly"? Or to be more natural in you product choices? If it's all of the above, let me tell you that not all shampoo bars are natural or eco friendly.
The skin is our biggest organ, and we really need to take care of it. Did you know know that over 60% of what you put on your skin, gets absorbed into your blood stream? And think about all those hair follicles, an easy entry through the skin I'd say.
Always check your ingredients on the shampoo bars, some may have the words like "parfum", "fragrance" and "perfume" written as an ingredient. But what does this mean? Well unless the company freely gives put the fragrance and what it is, you need to be cautious. These words can mean a huge amount of toxic chemicals have been mixed together to make the synthetic fragrance. This can mean that although it might be better for the planet because they aren't using any plastics, and may not be better for you. Or the planet funnily enough, as most of the chemicals used are man-made and petroleum based, also called "petrochemicals".
Often, more than 95 percent of the chemicals in synthetic fragrances are derived from petrochemicals. Some of the chemicals used are benzene derivatives, aldehydes, phthalate known carcinogens (and some found in cigarette smoke). And some are listed as hazardous waste (I guess they would be, being that they're petroleum based).
Next time you go into a shop and pick up that "zero waste" shampoo bar, check the ingredients and if it says "fragrance" "parfum" or "perfume" or if it just doesn't list what the scent is made up of, put it back. Because chances are it isn't "zero waste", it's made up of hazardous waste.
I went in a well know shop the other day, just to have a look at their ingredients and was shocked at how many of their products had the word "fragrance" in it, and not only that word but many other chemicals.
Don't be fooled by clever marketing, and those jumping on the "zero waste" bandwagon.
Do your research, make sure the company you're buying from is being transparent with their ingredients list. Look to smaller online brands and those that list all ingredients including the fragrance they use. Smell the products and just think to yourself "if that scent real?" I bet you'll start to notice the difference.