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Looking at my inbox, I’d say soap bars are having a popular beauty moment. Lots of smaller brands are launching shampoo / cleansing bars for face, body and hair and I doubt it will be long before the bigger brands launch them too.
US-based Morocco Method recently got in touch to tell me about its zero-waste 100% natural shampoo soap bar. Was I interested to try it? Absolutely!
Soap bars and shampoo bars are a great sustainable beauty choice. Made with natural, artificial-free ingredients and with biodegradable packaging, or even packaging-free, they would be a 100% zero-waste product. An eco beauty dream!
The Morocco Method Shampoo Bar is made from plant oils, shea butter and a few botanical extracts (full ingredients list below), housed in environmentally-friendly recyclable cardboard packaging and once finished, leaves no trace ie it’s zero-waste. So far, so good.
What is Morocco Method Shampoo Bar like to use?
This soap reminded me of the olive oil soap bars my relatives use in the Middle East. The old-school olive soaps are traditionally used as an all-in-one hair and body cleanser and have a distinctive scent that instantly reminds me of my childhood. The Morocco Method Shampoo Bar smelt just like this so I wasn’t surprised to see olive oil as the first ingredient.
Ingredients: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Aqua (Water), Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Ricinus communis (Castor) Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Montmorillonite, Lavandula Stoechas (Lavender) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Flower Oil
Once I wet the bar, I followed the instructions and massaged it around my head. This created an instant foam that I then massaged all over my head and worked through my hair. There was also enough foam to then use as a body cleanser, making it a great multitasker.
This product really suited me as I have short cropped hair and it was super easy to just rub the bar around my head and cleanse my hair in a few seconds.
The best bit about Morocco Method Shampoo Bar is that it lathers up straight away (more than a normal hand soap), which feels instantly good and close to the effect of a conventional liquid shampoo. It was also a super soft lather.
I always test shampoos without a conditioner for the first few times, to see how my hair feels both in the shower and when drying and styling, and the shampoo bar left my hair feeling soft and without frizziness.
What about conditioner?
Morocco Method also sent me the conditioner bar but I liked this less as I didn’t feel like enough product came off the bar. So I had to keep massaging it around my head until I felt there was enough conditioner to work around my hair. Once it got going it was fine but it wasn’t as good as the shampoo bar in terms of feel-good return, but that’s ok. Maybe the conditioner bar would be good for finer hair.
Review of Styling Pomade
About 18 months ago I cut off my shoulder length hair that I’d had all my life and now I have a short crop. There are longer bits on top so I often apply styling products to tame and shape these bits.
Morocco Method has a complete styling range so I tried the 24/7 Styling Pomade that’s just like a traditional pomade, dense and sticky. What’s good about this one, is it’s made with all natural ingredients, which is quite unusual for a styling product like this:
Aqua(Water), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Beeswax, Lecithin, Glycerin, Borax, Bacopa Monniera (Brahmi Oil), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot Kernel Oil), Nardostachys Jatamansi (Spikenard Oil), Tocotrienols (Natural Vitamin E), SalixAlba (White Willow) Bark Extract
This product was perfect for smoothing down the edges and giving the waves a stronger, more styled look. The best bit is it toughened up the waves but without making them feel crispy or hard. It created density but kept the hair’s natural movement.
It feels sticky out of the pot and on fingers but spreads through the hair quite easily. I would definitely recommend this product, especially if you’re looking for natural hair styling products.
Hand Santizer Gel
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Morocco Method switched some of its manufacturing to make emergency products, such as hand sanitizer in bulk, in partnership with local governments.
This product is also available to buy and contains natural ingredients such as aloe vera juice and peppermint essential oil, as well as 70% ethyl alcohol, more than the recommended amount of 60%.
If you are based in the US and want to try Morocco Method products, you can shop the entire site with 15% off using my affiliate discount code: YANAR. If you’re in the UK, these products are available on Amazon.co.uk.
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