\nWe all want to look and feel our best, and most of us couldn’t live without our daily beauty products, but while we’re taking care of ourselves, we can also take care of our planet.\nHere at Ethique we’re excited to see more and more people joining the plastic-free revolution and if you’re looking for ways to create an eco-friendlier beauty routine, you’ve come to the right place.\nOur solid and sustainable beauty bars are here to help you ban the bottle from your bathroom, so you can look glam while knowing you’re doing right by the environment.\nTo help you get started, we’ve put together this handy guide on how to make the switch to the beauty bar and give up the bottle once and for all.\n\n\n\nSwitch one product at a time\n\n\nStarting your plastic-free beauty journey is as simple as replacing one product at a time. When you’re getting down to your last squeeze of the bottle, do some quick detective work and replace your usual product with a solid bar option.\nThere’s a solid saviour for almost every daily beauty need you can think of – from body wash, face wash and hair care, to night cream, and deodorant.\nOur little nuggets of goodness are packed full of natural, superpowered, vegan ingredients. They’re palm oil free, cruelty free, tested only on beauty-loving humans, and all our packaging is compostable – what’s not to love?\nIf you hit overwhelm trying to choose what to order, take our neat little quiz here or ask our team to recommend the best products for your skin or hair type. Don’t be shy and get in touch on Facebook! We also have samplers of our most popular hair, face and body bars so you can discover which bars suit you best.\n\n\n\nStart in the shower\n\n\nMost of our newest Ethique champions find it’s easiest to transition to solid shower products first. Body wash, face wash, shampoo and conditioner are easy to use in bar form, and we have a range to suit your whole household – from sensitive-skinned souls, to those who like exotic scents and even something for your favourite canine companion.\nJust one simple switch can make a huge impact – if we all started using solid shampoo and conditioner, we’d save 80 billion bottles from being thrown away around the world every year!\n\n\n\nSort your storage\n\n\nWhen purchased from our website, our eco-friendly bars are shipped to you in 100% compostable packaging. The boxes are designed to break down easily, but not to go anywhere near your shower. To keep your bars in optimum condition and ensure they last as long as possible, it’s a good idea to be prepared with a sustainable storage solution to help your bars stay dry between uses.\nOur in-shower containers are just the ticket and also super handy for travelling. Made with bamboo and corn starch, they are completely home compostable and will last up to five years in your shower or bathroom. They extend the life of your bars by keeping them dry and giving them breathing room. If you have a shower dome, it’s better to store your bars outside the shower when you’re not using them to make sure they get some fresh air.\nThere are a whole bunch of other ways to store your bars, from jars to soap bags. Learn how to keep your bars in tip top shape here.\n\n\n\nKnow your bars\n\n\nTrust us, we’ve all been there – you’re enjoying a luxurious soak when you reach for your face wash bar and end up with your conditioner in hand instead. For the first week or so, it’s easy to mistake one bar for the other.\nTo prevent any confusion, try keeping them in the same spot where you kept your old bottled products – just make sure they stay dry.\nA few pro tips: shampoo and conditioner bars are square and the shampoo is the bigger one. Body wash is rectangular. Ordering different coloured bars helps too.\nAnd if you do end up conditioning your face, don’t worry – we won’t tell anyone and our bars won’t do any harm to your precious skin either.\n\n\nFrom left to right: shampoo, conditioner and bodywash bars\n\n \n \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nUse only a little\n\n\nBeauty bars are different. They’re solid and highly-concentrated, as most contain no water at all (there’s water in your shower already!), which means you need to use far less than you usually would.\nBefore commencing the bar life, check out our tips for how to use your bars – there are even videos. Get armed with the knowledge you need here!\nWhen we say use only a few strokes – we mean it. That’s all you need. You’ll quickly be foaming away with just a wee bit of your shampoo bar. Your conditioner won’t feel as heavy on your hair as your bottled variety, but be assured it will leave your hair just as soft and moisturised – if not more. You’ll also likely find that your moisturising bars don’t leave a residue like other products do because your skin will soak up all that goodness quick smart!\nOnce you get to know the ways of the bar, you’ll be away laughing – and probably wondering why you didn’t switch sooner. It’s easy!\n\n\n\nVenture beyond the bathroom\n\n\nOnce you start kicking bottles to the curb (please recycle what you can), you’ll no doubt start to notice other opportunities to bring bars into your life. From the bathroom, to your beauty counter, to the laundry and the kitchen – you might be surprised what you can do with a bar.\nCould your pooch do with a new shampoo? There’s a bar for that! Dishwashing liquid running out? Yup there’s a bar for that too. Going camping and need an all in one face, body, clothes and dishwashing solution? We’ve got you covered. There are so many ways to reduce your plastic-use and give up the bottle.\nSo far, Ethique fans have helped us save 1 million plastic bottles from ending up in landfill. Join us and be part of the revolution!\n\n\n \nAbout the Author\nHannah is a writer, business owner and outdoor adventurer who loves her beauty products and her canine sidekick Mojo. As a new Ethique convert, Hannah is making a conscious effort to change her habits and embrace a plastic-free life, one simple step at a time. She believes that if she can make the switch to the bar with her hectic lifestyle, which also sees her travelling a lot – anyone can!