It is a traveler’s nightmare to open up his or her suitcase after a long trip, only to see their clothing soaking with shampoo or conditioner.
One thing many travelers do is pack their bottles in plastic bags, but recently I found another viable solution — and this one doesn’t take up nearly as much space.
Later this week, I will be flying to Europe. As I will be packing my winter clothing — the temperatures there now are akin to those in a Floridian winter — for multiple weeks in a carry-on sized bag, I do not have much room to spare.
Luckily, I recently picked up these shampoo and conditioner bars from Naples Soap Company. I have never tried anything like this before, but I have bought other products from their collection and love every single one.
I decided to pick this duo up simply because I am in love with their sunkissed scent. To me, their scent is the quintessential day at the beach. The scent wafts through the air like a mix of the coconut of sunscreen with the refreshing breeze of the ocean. (It is amazing, and I am simply addicted.) Also, lucky for me, the scent actually lasts in my hair throughout the day.
When I was looking at these in the store, the saleswoman told me that the shampoo would lather up just like the liquid shampoo I am accustomed to. At first I was skeptical, I thought it might get a bit sudsy, but I thought it would be like typical bar soap, which rarely gets to be as bubbly as its liquid cousin.
The first night that I tried these, admittedly, I accidentally mixed them up, and at first I was annoyed that the lather wasn’t as good as my liquid shampoo. (Just so everyone is clear on this, the darker pink is the shampoo and the lighter pink is the conditioner.)
However, as soon as I realized my mistake and switched, I knew the saleswoman wasn’t lying. After slightly wetting the shampoo bar, it quickly lathered up and I was able to easily wash my hair.
When I use this duo, I notice my hair feels really clean, and easily washes away any product that was in my hair. The shampoo doesn’t leave a layer of residue, and the conditioner makes it feel smooth and look shiny. I also don’t notice my hair getting as much of gross feel by the end of the day as I used to. According to their website, their products are natural and organic, which is always a plus.
While I am not completely through my first set of bars, the shampoo/conditioner bars last about 50 to 75 washes, and possibly longer if stored away from water, according to their website. For storage, they offer travel containers for $3.50 each. I have tried other soap containers, but I really like how these are actually waterproof, and I haven’t had any trouble with water leaking into these — unlike my previous experiences.
Overall, I am extremely happy with this purchase, and I am glad it turned out to be a product that will also be great for my approaching trip. They are the perfect size to bring in my bag, and I don’t have to worry about running out — like I would with the tiny “travel-sized” toiletries — somewhere in Germany or Paris.
Have you ever tried bar versions of shampoo or conditioner? Let me know your experiences in the comments below!