At the beginning of this year I decided to make the switch to a zero waste/plastic free lifestyle. Like most people in the world, my whole house is currently over run by plastic items of different types. I have spent the last few weeks contemplating how best to tackle this issue and decided that instead of simply throwing out the plastic (which would have a negative effect) I would instead simply replace items as they ran out.
As I noticed my shampoo supply began to dwindle I started to look at alternatives to the plastic bottles full of harsh chemicals on offer in the supermarket.
After doing quite a bit of research into chemicals in beauty products and in particular parabens and Sulphates (SLS, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and derivatives) I decided that I would look for a product which didn’t contain these chemicals. After doing some more research, reading reviews and speaking to other eco warriors I came across Beauty Kubes which are organic, vegan-friendly and SLS free.
Initially the high price point put me off (£8.99 for 27 cubes) as I was worried I would have wasted my money if they were no good for my hair. But I decided to take the plunge. I searched every website that advertised them but they were sold out! Luckily one of my lovely members of our Thrifty Green Life Facebook group told me that Babipur sold them and thankfully they still had them in stock.
I placed my order and a matter of days later my Beauty Kubes had arrived.
My initial reaction was the box was tiny and so were the cubes. They smelled delicious though.
The instructions state to use 1-2 cubes per wash. I followed what the guidelines said and crumbled the cube into my hand and added a little water to make it into a paste. I washed my hair with one cube but it wasn’t enough to do the mid lengths and ends of my hair (I have relatively thin but longish hair) I tried a second cube and it was much better and foamed up more as I added a little more water the second time.
After I rinsed it out it felt dry and was very tangled. I conditioned my hair with a normal conditioner (Tresemme, was still waiting for it to run out before replacing) and it felt much better, it wasn’t too tangled and I could run my fingers through it wet when I usually have to use a brush in the shower whilst the conditioner is in.
Once I had dried my hair it felt softer than it had in months!
No SLS, which means no harsh chemicals and no palm oil derivatives.
No plastic and fully recyclable packaging.
Space saving great to take away with you traveling or on holiday
They smell amazing!
They don’t foam up as much as normal shampoo, so it might take some getting used to. This doesn’t really bother me too much though.
If you use a lot of product such as hairspray you will definitely need to use more (at least 2-3 depending on the thickness of your hair) My husband has longish thick hair and used 2 but said he could have used 3 really.
They are expensive! I wash my hair every other day and if it were just me using them at home I would go through around 8 cubes per week and they would last me about 3.5 weeks which doesn’t seem too bad. However, there are myself, my husband and my teenage daughter who would need to use the same amount per week so we would need over a box per week. This works out about £39 per month without delivery charges. That’s quite a lot of money for shampoo!
Would I buy them again?
I think I would, unless I could find a shampoo bar which worked just as well, lasted longer and was less expensive.
Are they as good as everyone says they are?
It’s difficult to say as this was the first plastic free, natural shampoo I’ve ever tried. I would say yes they are good, however, I’m still on a mission to find the best value product with the best results and I have an inkling that Beauty Kubes aren’t it.
Do you have any SLS and plastic free shampoo suggestions I should try? Let me know in the comments 😊 and don’t forgot to follow my blog for more eco product reviews.
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