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I always say we are spoiled for choice in New Zealand.

There are many great bar makers at work all over the country lovingly creating excellent bars. A list of my favourite online options is below, but I also recommend checking out your local markets - often you can have a chat with the actual maker. Bar makers are usually good souls.

Of course, not all bars are created equal and not every bar will be a good fit for your hair or skin type. There's no getting around some trial and error (unless you have the luck of all the gods on your side). Don't not start because you have analysis paralysis about finding the perfect bar. Accept it's a process to choose a bar and a process to transition (for shampoo bars which start by ridding your hair of the build up from chemically laden products) - and get on with it.

One thing though, you should always check the ingredients - since bars can be made of many different ingredients and not all are good. For a wider introduction to choosing and using bars, you can download my free e-book here.

To get your personal search underway, here is a (randomised) list of my Kiwi favourites:

www.simplenakedsoap.com

www.miabelle.co.nz

www.ethiqueworld.com

www.fairandsquare.co.nz

www.totallybalmy.co.nz

www.nelliessoaps.co.nz

www.frankieapothecary.co.nz

www.dirtyhippie.co.nz

www.globalsoapnz.co.nz

Plus one in Australia for our West Island cousins

www.solibar.co 

These days you can find shampoo bars in most pharmacies, some supermarkets, Farmers and other department stores, Bin Inn and local refilleries. And of course, at your local markets. 

The thing that matters most in all of this is that you get started. Every bottle not bought is one saved from landfill. When you switch to bars for everything you use, you will save A LOT (like a massive lot) of plastic waste in your lifetime. 

Once you've selected your bars, you'll want to house them well - so they last as long as is possible and you don't get burdened with mess. That's where the Block Dock comes in. It will be the best investment you can make on your journey to a zero waste bathroom, and will pay for itself pretty quick in longer bar life (and so fewer purchased). Check out the range here

 

 

 

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Back to basics with this great product

Making the change back to soap bars is made super easy and stylish with these. I bought one and loved it so much I bought 4 more. They are now in each bathroom and I have one for soap and another for shampoo bars in the showers. They look great and the teal adds a splash of colour in my neutral bathroom. Love these, use these, buy these! Gave one to my brother visiting from Canada, so maybe he'll spread the word there too!

Work nicely

Brilliant simple but well thought out design - so nice not having mushy bars anymore! They haven’t budged from where I originally stuck them, and clean up easily. I got the stainless steel ones and they have a quality feel to them. I will definitely be getting more

So Clever

These are great little things - I bought 2 for myself a few months ago and have now got another one as a gift for a friend.
Such a good way of cutting down on plastics. It's working well in my household and every little bit helps!

Love them

I bought this set to kit out my house and gave a couple to my sister as a gift. They’ve been just great at home, functional and stylish. No more plastic bottles for me!!!
My sister just told me her house sitter was asking about them too!

Love it!

What a cool wee gadget! Looks good, holds my soap well, wish I'd heard of it sooner! Thank you