Zero waste product review: J.R. Liggett’s bar shampoo

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Just before finishing up the last bit of plastic bottle shampoo and conditioner I’d been using, I set out to find a zero waste shampoo option that would work for my thick, sort-of curly hair. In the end, I settled on J.R. Liggett’s bar shampoo (honestly, it was mostly because I liked the SHAMPOO font). I’ve been using it for about a month and a half now. Here are my thoughts:

The pros of J.R. Liggett’s

  • Zero waste packaging! The packaging is simple: “100% post consumer recycled paper… 100% bio-degradable”. Toss the simple paper wrapper into your compost pile and you’re all set to go!
  • All natural ingredients. I have to admit I’m not the biggest worrier about chemicals (I go zero waste/minimal over all-natural/organic for better or worse), but it is nice to know I’m not flushing anything super toxic down the drain while using J.R. Liggett’s. There are eight ingredients and I recognize all of them. Win!
  • J.R. Liggett = lather. Is there anything worse than using a non-lathering soap? I know it’s not 100% necessary for soap to lather in order to get a good clean, but it does feel like the product is doing something.
  • Washes out easily & doesn’t feel squeaky clean. Whenever I used the Dr. Bronner’s shampoo bar, it left my hair feeling more stripped than clean. With the J.R. Liggett’s shampoo bar, I feel like my hair is just clean without feeling overly dry. Occasionally I’ll finish off with a rinse of 1 part ACV to 1 part cold water.

The cons of J.R. Liggett’s

  • The greasiness factor. If you’ve never used an alternative to regular shampoo/conditioner – be prepared. You will definitely see your hair get dirtier noticeably faster with a shampoo bar, so expect to whip out some fancy hair styles or wash more frequently. With J.R. Liggett’s bar shampoo my hair stays non-greasy for about 2 days. (For reference, my hair stays looking clean for about 4-5 days with regular shampoo/conditioner.) Most hair does eventually get out of the transition period and end up feel up cleaning longer.
  • Washing hair takes longer. It takes a lot of effort and thoroughness in order to really work the shampoo bar into your hair. I was kind of lazy the first few times I used the bar and my hair definitely didn’t get all the way clean. Definitely not optimal for a super quick shower.
  • Doesn’t last as long as traditional shampoos. Maybe this is simply a function of having ridiculously thick hair, but I feel like I go through a bar of the soap really, really quickly. While not a huge deal, this may mean the bar soap is less cost-effective than

Final verdict? Love it! Would definitely recommend/re-buy!

You can find out where to buy the JR Liggett’s shampoo bar near you here or you can buy it on Amazon.

What do you think? Would you make the switch over to bar shampoo? If you have already, let me know what kind you use and how you like it!

Zero waste product review- J.R. Liggett's bar shampoo - Green Indy Blog

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  1. I’m a sucker for good packaging. It’s usually how I choose my wine. 🙂

    I didn’t even know they sold shampoo in the form of a bar. I think it would be interesting to try, but as someone who hates taking showers, and tries to keep them as short as possible, I don’t know if I could wash my hair knowing it’ll take a lot longer to do! But I guess that is a sacrifice you have to make for the environment!

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      Ha, I’m someone who doesn’t enjoy showering either. (Swear I’m not as gross as that makes me sound!) Honestly, my whole shower routine still takes less than 10 minutes so it’s not long, just slightly more labor intensive!

  2. I’ve wanted to try this but have definitely been worried it would strip by hair. Your review may have just pushed me over the edge…

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