St Clements solid shampoo bar has been designed for use on oily hair, and as I have very oily hair, I thought I’d give this a try. After being very impressed with Ethique’s Oaty Delicious Shampoo bar, I had very high hopes for St Clements.
This shampoo bar is soap free, pH balanced, cruelty free, and arrives in compostable packaging. St Clements contains rosemary, juniper, lime and orange extracts and oils to help balance oil production, clean the scalp and freshen hair. I don’t usually use conditioner on my hair, as it just makes it look limp and stringy, and using this shampoo bar, there was no need for conditioner, as it left my hair feeling clean, soft and shiny. The square bar is easy to hold, and easy to use, and the lime and orange scent is quite subtle.
Using a solid shampoo bar does take a little getting used to, and there are a few things that help you get the most out of the bar. Firstly, wet your hair. Don’t just dampen it, stand under the shower and really wet it to a point where it’s dripping wet. Then pick up the shampoo bar and wet it under the water. Swipe the bar along your hair, from root to tip. You’ll only need to do this three or four times. Put the bar down and then start massaging your head; the shampoo will start to foam. Foam the shampoo up on your hair first, and then work the lather into your roots and onto your scalp with your fingertips, making sure to really cleanse your scalp, as this is where most of the oil build up sits. Finally, rinse it all off with warm water.
The first time I used St Clements shampoo, I wasn’t really impressed, it didn’t leave my hair looking all that clean. The second time I used it, I realized my mistake, I hadn’t wet my hair enough, and had only lathered up the shampoo on my hair without really working the lather down onto my scalp with my fingertips. Washing your hair with a solid bar does take a little getting used to, and may take a little longer initially, while you get used to the process, but once it’s routine, it’s just as easy as using a store-bought shampoo, but it’s kinder to the environment as there’s no plastic packaging, the bar lasts a long time as you only need a little bit before it lathers up really well, and hair is left clean and fresh smelling.
I’ll definitely be purchasing more of Ethique’s St Clements and their Oaty Delicious solid shampoo bars. I have shoulder length hair and my first full sized bar of St Clements lasted me 11 months! Definitely much longer than a bottle of store bought shampoo would. To get the most out of your solid shampoo bar, store it in a bamboo fibre in-shower container from Ethique, as this allows the bar to dry out between uses and prevents it from getting wet when you’re not using it.
Ethique’s products are available online and from selected stockists.
Update: As of June 2019, Ethique began the process of reformulating all of their bars, so the new bar’s formula may be quite different to the old one that I reviewed above.