Shampoo Bar Sample Set
It can be hard to find the shampoo bar that’s right for your hair. And expensive to try a selection, since mostly you can only buy full-size bars.
Here’s something which I hope will help those of you who haven’t yet fallen in love with a shampoo bar or who are on the fence about trying - because it seems too hard to choose. Let me make it easier for you.
I’ve selected a sample set of my favourite kiwi-made shampoo bars, all full of good stuff and cut into small sizes. Big enough for a fair few washes (to really see how they go in your hair), but not so big you're stuck using up something you dislike. In total there's about 100gm, with each bar 'more or less' 20gm. They're cut by eyesight that's not 20:20!
Here’s the thing > I’ve wrapped them so they are anonymous.
Think of it as a blind taste test for your hair. This way all you are influenced by is whether, or not, you like how they feel and work in your hair. When you’ve decided which one or ones you like can you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll tell you which bar to buy and where from. There’s nothing in it for me when you choose - other than the joy of knowing you’ll be on your way using shampoo bars!
Your sample pack will come with my own rating system. As you use each bar you make a written assessment - this is key. At the end of your trials, it will be clear which one has performed best for you or if you're not keen on any I'll tell you them all so you don't go wasting your money!
Not sure how to use a shampoo bar? Check out how I do it here.
How to Get the Best From Your Block Dock & Bars (DEFO read)
Thanks for being part of the seachange that is switching from single use plastics to using Block Docks with solid bars. Whether you bought one for yourself or received as a gift, below is some information that's useful to know in order to get a lifetime's great use from your Block Dock and more life from every bar you store in it.
The Block Dock Vertical Soap Dish as an evergreen solution made in New Zealand in either 304 stainless steel or in powdercoated aluminium (depending which one you have). If yours is very light to hold and coloured, it's aluminium. Both are designed for bathroom conditions and will stay in tip top condition if you wipe the Block Dock clean from time to time (by finger or cloth, it's your choice) and dry it off completely on occasion (weekly is good for Stainless Steel).
The stainless steel Block Docks are dishwasher safe (sans suction cup). Better to keep the aluminium out of the dishwasher though - it's not designed for in there. Both kinds of Block Docks are 100% recyclable at end of life, though not the suction cup sadly. That said, it will keeping suctioning for a very long time!
Block Dock Placement
Water is the mortal enemy of soap. So, to make sure your bar lasts and lasts, pick a location to suction your Block Dock which is outside the direct water spray. For example, above and to the side of the shower head - but still reachable. Where you can, wet yourself then use your dry bar straight from the Block Dock. It doesn't need extra time under water. Pop it back in your Dock to drain.
In basins and sinks find a spot inside the bowl at the back near the faucet but not in direct line of the water. This placement keeps your surfaces clear and makes washing your hands clean and simple.
The Suction Cup
Each Block Dock is shipped with one 52mm pvc suction cup.
While the Block Dock can stand upright on any flat surface, it does its best 'no-mess' work when side mounted on non-textured walls with its suction cup.
It WILL adhere to glass, acrylic, vitreous china, steel, most smooth tiles, and mirror.
It will NOT adhere to textured tiles, paint etc because the suction cup cannot form the vacuum it needs to work. If your glass has been coated with water stain protectant, it's not likely to suction to that either unfortunately.
Ready to attach the Block Dock? You need to know this:
Wipe the surface* you intend to adhere the Block Dock to. Wet the back of the suction cup with water and press hard on the centre 'nob' of the suction cup where you want it stay. Give the rest of the suction cup a press against the surface if it hasn't already made itself at home. Then slip your Block Dock onto it, pulling the Dock down so the nob fits tight in the top part of the 'keyhole'. For most situations, it's as easy as this! When you want to change the location just lift the small tag and the suction will break.
*For some surfaces you'll be best to use isopropyl alcohol on the wall surface and the back of the suction cup before attaching as above.
Some surfaces can take a little more time and need The Layering Method. If you put your Block Dock up and it stays for a while then falls, this is probably the case for you. Simply attach the suction cup as above but leave it for a few hours or overnight by itself. After the time passes, slot the Block Dock onto the suction cup through the keyhole - so the nob is tight in the top section. Give that a little time by itself as well, and after you know it will stay put add your bar and you're away laughing.
If your surface won't suction (e.g. textured tiles, paint) the simplest option is to suction to the nearest glass or to stand then upright on a shelf. But there are other ways....
Most Block Docks have two additional multipurpose holes in the back - for threading a cable tie (best option for a tight fit), stainless wire, ribbon or whatever you have through so you can tie it to your shower rail or some other fixture in the event the suction cup just won't work on your surfaces. I've also had success hanging it from the hook on my shower curtain if your shower is old school like mine. Alternatively you could try a 3M wet/dry strip available at Storage Box or a hardware store or, if your surface allows it, a suitably sized flat head screw through the keyhole or smaller screws through the multipurpose holes in the back.
To remove the suction cup just lift the small tag on the edge to break the vacuum.
If you have a Shower Dome, you'll want to give your bars some time outside the shower to harden because the volume of moisture inside the cubicle is higher than a normal shower. Constant moisture is an enemy of bars and the shower dome environment can be brutal if your bars don't get some time in the fresh air. It's fine to keep your Block Docks and bars in your shower, but not all the time - and it depends on how many showers are taken each day in your house. I highly recommend relocating them every few days for a breather! You'll be able see when you need to move them I'm sure. Your Block Docks will adhere to the outside of your shower, so I'd recommend you grab an extra suction cup to put in your preferred 'fresh air' location. The you just need move the Block Dock and bar to that place now and again rather than the whole process of suction cup install.
Your efforts to reduce plastic waste by switching out all your products in bottles to replacements in solid bars will be 200% worth it - for your own experience and for our planet. I created the Block Dock to make this both easy and rewarding for you (and me) and I'd love to know how it goes for you. When you're ready, please pop onto www.theblockdock.co.nz and leave a review or head to FB, Insta and Pinterest (all @theblockdock) to do the same there too.
I wish you happy times with your Block Dock and bars.
Shipping & Packaging
We have a few shipping options for you to choose from at checkout and have kept prices as low as possible. We ship throughout NZ and Australia, and to some international destinations on request.
These are the prices for everyday-sized orders:
Within New Zealand Courier Post Tracked - Urban $5.00
Within New Zealand Courier Post Tracked - Rural Delivery $8.90
We offer free New Zealand shipping for orders $100 and over
In New Zealand deliveries are made within a few days of your order.
To Australia (NZ Post International Air Small Parcel Not Tracked) $10.00
To Australia (NZ Post Courier Tracked) $30.00
We offer free Australian shipping (NZ Post International Air Small Parcel Not Tracked) for orders $150 and over
Standard deliveries to Australia will generally take around 10 working days or so (longer at peak times). Sometimes parcels are inexplicably held by your local AusPost agency, so it pays to check there if you are waiting a longer than anticipated time. Because International Air Small Parcels are not tracked, you'll only get a dispatched notification and not further delivery details. There's a bit of patience needed all round, especially in holiday seasons.
NZ Post Courier Tracked parcels to Australia have a 2 - 6 day delivery window following confirmation of uplift.
As an example for other destinations, below are the likely costings but please email me email@example.com and I'll work out your specific costs.
USA, Canada, UK, France (NZ Post International Air Small Parcel Not Tracked, order value up to $250NZD, sent at buyer's risk and local customs fees if any are buyer's responsibility) $30.00
USA, Canada, UK, France (NZ Post Courier Tracked, order value up to $250NZD, sent at buyer's risk and local customs fees if any are buyer's responsibility) $65.00
If you are from beyond the identified shores, email me and I'll will work out the price for your destination if it's possible.
If you have a greater than household sized order planned or for some reason you need a different arrangement contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
Like the product, its packaging is simple and sensible.
After the Stainless Steel Block Docks arrive South from our New Zealand manufacturer I engage the services of the crew at Southland disAbility Enterprises to make their final preparations for sale. The team do a great job, and I really love being able to support them in my own small way. Very occasionally something might go awry. In that instance just drop me a note and I'll sort it. Each Stainless Steel Block Dock gets matched with a suction cup, wrapped in paper and packed in an embossed kraft box (no printing). Wherever possible I fit two Block Docks in each box. If you need one per box please state in the order notes.
Aluminium Block Docks (the coloured ones) come nude (no wrapping) in the box with a suction cup. The wrapping has no real duty since they have a very hard-wearing surface and won't scratch each other when there's two in a box - which there will be unless requested otherwise in the order notes. If you need them wrapped inside note that too, otherwise everything comes nude.
The Block Dock box is designed to cope with some moisture so you can use it as storage for quick trips if you like (bearing in mind it won't stand up to those rigours forever).
The Block Dock box(es) come to you in a certified home compostable trackpak sized to suit. Our labels aren't yet compostable unfortunately - so they need to be cut from the trackpak before composting it. We get our bags from R3Pack and they have the icon for Home Compostable AS5810 ABAP20001 on them. They are plastic free and cannot be recycled. If you don't have a home compost system, please can you ask a friend or neighbour who does.
Only your products will be in your shipment. All other information is on the website and you are welcome to email me with questions and feedback. Your order will be confirmed by email and its shipping info will be notified (tracked in NZ but not tracked in standard shipping for Australia).
Our supporting information is easily accessed online so please check it out - before and again after you buy if you need to.
Please message or email me with feedback or questions. All is welcomed.
Thank you for using bars and ordrering Block Docks to store them. I'd love to see your review on our website and a pic of your Block Dock on location. Please send one here when you're ready.
It can be so expensive trying to find the perfect shampoo bar.......and the temptation to go back to bottles was huge. Then I got my wee bar samples, perfect! Now onto my third bar and I have a clear favourite.
I'm really loving my block docks. No more soggy soap. It does exactly what the advertising claims. Just wish I'd read the instructions before I put the first one up cos it clattered down after about 10 minutes giving me a heck of a fright. Dampen the suction cup first. Doh. So far I've only tried one of the shampoo bar samples and not happy with how my hair feels, but hey, I have 4 more to try, right?
I purchased two of these sets, so that my husband could try them too and they are brilliant! An awesome idea to have samples, especially for those of us trying out shampoo bars for the first time! They last for ages too - I'm only on my second bar (and my hair is quite long) and my husband is still on his first. I love how there is a form included for you to write down how each bar works for you individually... I already have a favourite between the two bars I've tried. If you do want to try shampoo bars, I really recommend you getting the Block Docks too... They work really well and keep the bars dry between uses.
What an inspired idea!! So cool to be able to try out a variety of shampoos so that I can find one that suits me, without having to spend a small fortune.
What a great invention! Awesome for holding soap, reducing those plastic bottles and looks great too, what more could you want? Clare offers a friendly service and her shampoo samples are a great initiative too!