Zero Waste Shampoo: Dr Bronner’s + Apple Cider Vinegar

How the Experiment Went and Next: Shampoo Bars

I feel like this goes under the Experiments I Do on Myself section, not that there’s one yet. I’ve been washing my hair with the above combination of castile soap and apple cider vinegar on and off for about a month, if I’m not wrong (there was a bit of time when I used my husband’s shampoo, which doesn’t really make my hair feel any better). My verdict is that it doesn’t work for me.

It generally feels pretty greasy, even when I put more ACV onto it. Previously when I skimped on the ACV, there would be patches of ‘oil’ on my hair that I just couldn’t seem to get rid of. I try to wash my hair every few days, (usually I just end up washing it every other day) and the greasiness doesn’t abate. I’m giving up on it, to be honest.

So that brings me to other options that I’m considering, which are shampoo bars and the good old Avalon Organics shampoo that I was previously using. The problem I have with the first is that most shampoo bars need some kind of adjustment period, same as Dr Bronner’s, and I really don’t want to live with greasy hair again. There’s also no-poo, but from what I’ve researched online, it seems to work best with those with thicker hair, and mine is generally pretty fine.

Here are some shampoo bar options in Singapore. I think I’ll give them each a shot and see which works best for me.


JR Liggett’s Shampoo Bars, available at iHerb¬†or Carousell. Cost ranges from S$9.10 to S$10 (I didn’t include shipping). Image from Google.

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The Shampoo Bar, from Wild, with nettle and shea butter. S$8.90, free shipping for orders about S$30. (Screenshot from


Shampoo Bar from Green Apple Soap Garden. S$8.49 with free shipping with any order. I’ve just bought this one, will do a review on it after I’ve tried it out.


Shampoo Bar from Iluvsoaps. Price is S$8.90, with S$1.50 delivery unless you buy 3kg or more.


Nettle Rosemary and Parsley Shampoo from Shea, S$11, free delivery with minimum spend of S$30.


Rejuvenating Shampoo Bar for Hair Regrowth, Biconi, S$59, free shipping with minimum spend of S$120. (Image from Google)

The Hive Bulk Foods in Kuala Lumpur also has refillable shampoo and conditioner, and ships their shampoo bars out to Singapore.

That’s about all the listings I can find so far. I haven’t listed Lush because I’m trying to steer clear of as many chemicals as possible and I don’t think they’ve launched any Sodium Laureth Sulfate free shampoos yet.

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