Bottled Shampoo vs. Shampoo Bars: What's the Difference?

Learn the difference between bottled shampoo and shampoo bars to decide what works best for you. Check out Spring & Vine for socially responsible haircare products.
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While you may be more familiar with liquid shampoo in a bottle, there are other shampoo options that may be just as good for your hair, save on packaging, and be better for the environment!

Shampoo bars have been around for a long time, but people may be hesitant to use them because they are not familiar with them or don’t know the difference between bottled shampoo and a shampoo bar.

Take a look at some of the differences between bottled shampoo versus shampoo bars to see for yourself if shampoo bars might be a good option for you.

Infused with Conditioning Oils

Liquid shampoo often aims to remove yucky oils, but some oils are great for hair. While there are oil-based shampoos and other haircare products that add oil to hair, the purpose of most shampoos is to cleanse hair and remove excess oil.   While liquid shampoo may contain moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, shampoo bars are concentrated.

Shampoo bars, on the other hand, often do have oils and butters your hair craves. Oils such as coconut oil and jojoba oil are great for hair and often found in shampoo bars. The amount of oil in a shampoo bar depends on the formula and if it’s made for dry hair, normal hair, or oily hair.

For instance, a shampoo bar made for oily hair likely has less oil. In contrast, shampoo bars can have oil added to them to help damaged hair which may also help overall scalp health. Oil may also contribute to the lather when washing hair, so it plays an important role in cleansing hair.

Our shampoo bars are also infused with essential oils, not synthetic fragrances, giving hair the good stuff while removing the dirt and debris.

Amount of Water Used

If you’re considering whether or not a shampoo bar is best for you, consider how much water goes into making liquid shampoo. Not only is it needed for the overall formula, but also to activate the lather when you want to wash your hair.

When shampoo bars are made, however, they have some water but not as much as liquid shampoo when they are created, meaning less water is needed overall to get a deep, satisfying clean.

If one of your primary concerns is about the environment, a shampoo bar may be right for you since using it can make you feel good about using less water in your haircare routine.

Shampoo Packaging

The standard way of storing liquid shampoo is through bottles, and most shampoos use large plastic bottles. However, a shampoo bar is often packaged on the shelf with other materials such as paper and can be stored in a mesh or fabric bag.

If you’re traveling, you can shave off pieces of a shampoo bar instead and take less with you, which is harder to with liquid shampoo without buying even more containers to store it.

In this way, using a shampoo bar is not only good for the environment, but saves shelf space and stretches the life of the product.

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