This post is sponsored by spring & vine; all opinions are my own.
Finding natural hair care products from cruelty free brands that are easily accessible is not always simple. Sustainable products with minimal packaging often come at a high price and are only available online. Until now – with spring & vine shampoo bars!
Why are clean beauty products important?
When I first started my blog seven years ago, I researched as much information as possible about clean eating. It was pretty simple to swap processed foods for fresher ingredients to make our meals as healthy as possible.
That change in our eating habits inspired me to do a little more research… What we put into our bodies is important, but what we put on our bodies is important too!
I started reading labels and realized there were a LOT of weird ingredients in my beauty products, many that I couldn’t pronounce. And if I don’t know how to say it, I likely have no clue what it is or what it does.
Our skin has pores that can soak in products that we put on it. I determined that if I didn’t want harmful ingredients going in my mouth, I definitely don’t want harmful ingredients going on my skin either. It was time to find natural beauty products to replace my old brands!
Beauty products can be sustainable and eco-friendly too
Once I began shopping for more natural foods and beauty products, I began to look at the impact those products had on the earth too. Our family already recycled, but I thought it would be best to find products that used minimal packaging to reduce waste even further.
Let me tell you – there are not many companies that are environmentally friendly from ingredients to packaging! And especially not ones that fit into my budget.
But fortunately, one woman in the beauty industry recognized this same need, and spring & vine was born.
Not only are spring & vine shampoo bars made with only clean and easy-to-understand ingredients, but the minimal packaging creates a much smaller footprint than most other shampoos. The bars come inside a small plastic wrap (for product safety) and are packaged inside a paper box that is recyclable.
Some other facts about spring & vine shampoo bars that caught my attention:
- PETA-certified Cruelty Free & Vegan
- Made with up to 95% less plastic and 90% less water vs. traditional shampoo
- Made with no synthetic fragrances, only essential oils
- Concentrated formula that lasts as long as a bottle of traditional shampoo
So of course I had to try them for myself! After a quick trip to Target, I was ready to see how they work.
Bar shampoo vs traditional shampoo
If you’ve never tried a bar shampoo, you may have some thoughts similar to ones I had:
- How does a bar shampoo work?
- Will bar shampoo make my hair dry? Or oily?
- Does bar shampoo lather?
- Will it damage my hair?
- How in the world do I use a bar shampoo??
Or maybe you’re just like my husband, “Which one is the soap and which is your shampoo?”
Unlike traditional shampoo, bar shampoo doesn’t come in a bottle. That difference is pretty obvious. It also isn’t liquid – it’s a bar, and yes, it does look a little like soap. But it doesn’t feel like soap at all, and it definitely doesn’t work the same way!
It does work just like traditional shampoo and is perfectly safe for any type of hair.
How spring & vine bar shampoo works:
- Wet hair as usual.
- Rub bar onto hair and between wet hands to create a bit of lather. (I don’t rub the bar directly on my hair, just to make it easier to rinse. The lather from my hands is enough.)
- Massage the lather into your scalp just as you would traditional shampoo.
- Rinse well.
- Follow up with conditioner if you prefer.
- Store the shampoo bar in a dry place between washes (to prevent shower water from wasting your shampoo).
My spring & vine review
If I said I wasn’t a little nervous to actually try a bar of shampoo out, I’d be lying. I mean, it’s my HAIR. Anything new is a little scary.
But I gathered my courage and my new volumizing shampoo bar and tested it out.
It lathered up really well and was much easier to use than I expected. (I still thought it would be like washing my hair with soap, y’all.) Once I started massaging it into my scalp, it felt just like other natural shampoos I’ve tried.
The scent from the essential oils is very subtle, natural, and clean smelling. Not overpowering or “fake” scented at all.
The shampoo rinsed out easily and I followed up with a light conditioner. I styled my hair as usual, and I was pleased to see that my hair looked really good! Even my husband commented on how nice it looks (and he rarely does that).
Because I have fine and thin hair, I’ve been using the volumizing bar. Right now, there are four types of spring & vine shampoo bars, all crafted with shea butter and essential oils:
- The Volumizing Bar with Grapefruit & Rosemary
- The Scalp Soothing bar with Tea Tree & Mint
- The Balanced Clean bar with Lavender & Orange Blossom
- The Moisturizing 2 in 1 bar made with Oatmeal
The best part is spring & vine is currently available exclusively at Target, and you can get it for less than $10! An affordable and environmentally friendly natural shampoo that is easily accessible – finally we can have it all!
Check your local Target store for spring & vine products, or find them at Target online. Let me know what you think after trying it out!