Nov 24, 2018

Zero Waste Shampoo: Salon Solids

Citrus/orange scented shampoo crystals that you reconstitute and use

I've been on the hunt for a great zero waste shampoo. I realized that I was using shampoo bottles and just throwing them in the trash when they were emptied. Yep, I would trash recyclable containers. Which is silly since I was so good about recycling containers from the kitchen, but if it was emptied in the bathroom all bets were off. So if I'm doing it, I'm sure others are as well.

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My first swap was to use a shampoo bar. I liked it at the beginning, after I learned some tricks on how to use it best. I found there was a bit of a learning curve, so I recommend reading my review with tips for how to use a shampoo bar. But after a while I felt like my hair had more breakage (my hair is very dry!) so I was once again on the hunt for a zero waste or plastic free alternative.

Enter Salon Solids. They are a plastic free shampoo product. They send you a small paper tube of crystals which you rehydrate and use.You don't have to pay for water either!

The product is made from 6 ingredients that are all plant based. I chose the citrus sent and think it is good. The scent is pleasant and not overpowering.

It's easy to make, just mix 8-10 ounces of warm water with the crystals, let it cool, and then use. I just used an old pump container I had laying around, but they also sell containers.

I'm on my second container of the shampoo. I felt that if 10 oz of water was good, more just be better. That's not the case. It was too runny to really lather much. This second container I used about 9 oz and I'm far happier with the results. 

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Not sure you are ready to make your own shampoo? Then check out Plaine Products. They have refillable containers that you use and then send back. Check out my review of Plaine Products Conditioner.

Still not sure you've found your favorite zero waste shampoo? Check out 6 Zero Waste Shampoo Methods.


  1. I may give this a try. I've had to start using sulfite-free toiletries, and love my current method, but it is not zero waste. Thanks for the idea.

    So good to see you posting again!

  2. This is a great recipe! I'm going to save this and try it out too. Thanks so much for sharing your insight with everyone! Seeing others strive for natural solutions and alternatives just pushes others to do the same!