Refillable shampoo is filling up the market and we’re right behind this new way to shop. Zero-waste and refill shopping is on the rise in the UK. Where there was once a Woolworths, a little shop with a lot of character appears, filling its gilt shelves with plant-based tins and glass dispensers with cereal inside. There are non-foods, too, like those massive Faith in Nature 5L bottles. So, what is refillable shampoo? Is this refill trend going to stick?
How much plastic waste are we producing?
Though it is estimated that 1.2 Mt (megatonnes) of the UK’s plastic was recycled in 2020, there is still a long way to go. As plastic cannot often decompose, it can cause problems for the natural environment, including polluting soils, rivers and oceans.
Supermarkets, specifically, make up a great amount of the plastic waste that we have in the UK (900,000 tonnes if you were wondering). So, refill shops are taking the opportunity to reduce waste, saving one turtle at a time.
Although small, these independent shops have a powerful impact on the market. Their sudden appearance, alongside the popularisation of the zero-waste movement online, has forced supermarkets and brands to adapt and go green, thus making zero-waste living more accessible. Hence, refillable shampoo has entered the market.
Though this way of shopping isn’t practical or accessible to everyone, starting to make sustainable choices, that suit you and your budget, will mean that you’re doing your bit to prevent plastic waste. So, if you can make a small change to your shopping list, we’ve put together a list of brands to save you some time researching refillable shampoo.
These are some of our favourite refillable shampoos (and conditioners) available right now, including the high-street shops and big brands that are taking part in this green initiative. Just bottle up the shampoo and conditioner yourself, and then you're saving landfills from those pesky single-use bottles. It's for the good of the planet.
The best zero-waste and refillable shampoos and conditioners
The Bower Collective
The Bower Collective is a UK-based company that supplies plastic-free household products. From bathroom to kitchen and laundry, its ethos is to build a more sustainable future. Every Bower order arrives with a pre-paid envelope so that you can return your packaging for guaranteed recycling. We love all of its refill range.
SHOP: The Bower Collective
1. Bramley Lemon, Mandarin and Rosemary - Shampoo Refill 500ml
A gentle, everyday shampoo for all hair types. With essential oils of lemon, mandarin and rosemary, which are all 100 per cent naturally derived ingredients. It lasts approximately 50 washes. Plus, it's vegan and cruelty-free.
2. Bramley Lemon, Mandarin and Rosemary - Conditioner Refill 500ml
A nourishing, everyday conditioner for all hair types with essential oils of lemon, mandarin & rosemary. Leave on for 10 minutes for intensive treatment. Plus, it’s vegan and cruelty-free.
3. Bramley Glass Shampoo Dispenser 250ml
Start reducing your bathroom plastic waste now with this shampoo dispenser from Bramley.
4. Bramley Glass Conditioner Dispenser 250ml
Start reducing your bathroom plastic waste now with this glass conditioner dispenser from Bramley.
5. Love Ocean Kids Hair & Body Wash 1L Refill Pouch
Suitable for ages 6 months and up, this shampoo contains 98 per cent natural ingredients. Plus, it's vegan-friendly and cruelty-free. It's formulated without SLS, petrochemicals, parabens or colourants.
6. EarthKind Shampoo Bar Tea Tree & Eucalyptus 50g
Shampoo bars are a plastic-free alternative to bottles. This particular variation, made lovingly by Earthkind, is made from tea tree and eucalyptus oils. These oils can help reduce the bacteria and yeast that cause scalp problems. From natural ingredients, these shampoo bars are sulphate and paraben-free! They have a vegan formula, a pH balance of 5-6, and last for up to 30 washes. Why not keep it an EarthKind Solid Shampoo Storage Tin?
7. Beauty Kitchen The Sustainables Intense Moisture Shampoo Bar 50g
Beauty Kitchen's shampoo bar contains a powerful blend of coconut and cocoa to lock in moisture and colour, leaving your hair soft, smooth and silkier than ever.
Fiils believe "you are only as pretty as your planet", which is why sustainability is a must when it comes to its beauty products. As the brand says: there's no need to sacrifice your style to do your bit. We love that. Fiils is committed to making the world reuse and re-fill, and avoid any unnecessary single-use plastics.
First, order a starter kit that comes with bottles and pouches of shampoo and conditioner. Bottle your beauty products up and post back the empty refill pouches to Fiils. Postage is already paid for. You can buy the refills separately.
Here are some of its Hair Care starter kits.
1. Lemongrass Hair Duo
This Starter Pack contains 400ml lemongrass-scented shampoo and conditioner refill pouches for silky, sustainable hair, best suited for normal to oily hair types. The kit also contains two 400ml aluminium bottles to store your refills. How awesome is that? Free of parabens and sulphates, these products are 100 per cent vegan hair wash & conditioner and cruelty-free. The bottles are 80 per cent plastic-free.
2. Coconut Hair Duo
3. Pomelo Hair Duo
4. The Hair Duo
Faith in Nature
Putting nature first since 1974, Faith in Nature is a great brand if you're interested in vegan and environmentally-conscious health and beauty. Its ethos includes a firm no to plastics (as it says "enough, already"), encouraging refills ("bulk is beautiful"), a closed-loop (it wants the bottles returned) and zero waste.
Faith in Nature likes to "think global and act local" with its products being made just outside of Manchester. It has crunched the numbers and is constantly calculating the brand's global and environmental impact. Its eco-awareness is very impressive, plus, every order plants a tree.
Faith in Nature is right: Nature is boss. Check out some of its range below.
Don't forget to buy a pump for your dispenser.
SHOP: Faith in Nature
1. Faith in Nature Fragrance Free Shampoo 5 Litre
This wonderfully simple shampoo gently cleans the hair and scalp. Fragrance-Free, it is ideal for those with sensitive skin. Match with Faith in Nature Fragrance-Free Conditioner 5L
2. Faith in Nature Seaweed & Citrus Shampoo 5L
This shampoo contains wild, harvested seaweed which is known for its antioxidant qualities and aromatic lemon, for detoxifying. Detoxifying, this shampoo is for all hair types. Match with Faith in Nature Seaweed & Citrus Conditioner 5L
3. Faith in Nature Aloe Vera Shampoo 5L
This shampoo contains active organic aloe vera which is known for its rejuvenating qualities, making it ideal for the natural nourishment of your hair. Rejuvenating, for normal to dry hair. Match with Faith in Nature Aloe Vera Conditioner 5L
4. Faith in Nature - Lavender Shampoo 5L
This shampoo blends lavender, lavender, geranium essential oils and anthocyanin (a powerful antioxidant from grape skin) to nourish your hair and relax your senses. Nourishing, for normal to dry hair. Match with Faith in Nature Lavender & Geranium Conditioner 5L
5. Faith in Nature Wild Rose Shampoo 5L
This shampoo uses organic rosehip oil to restore your hair helping to leave it feeling cleaner and healthier, whilst evoking the fragrant scent of fresh wild rose. Restoring, for normal to dry hair. Match with Faith in Nature Wild Rose Conditioner 5L
6. Faith In Nature Grapefruit & Orange Shampoo 5L
This shampoo blends grapefruit and organic orange essential oils which are known for their cleansing qualities and invigorating aromas. Invigorating, for normal to oily hair. Match with Faith In Nature Grapefruit & Orange Conditioner 5L
7. Faith in Nature Jojoba Shampoo 5 Litres
This shampoo contains jojoba oil which is known to help repair damaged hair. Smoothing, for normal to dry hair. Match with Faith in Nature Jojoba Conditioner 5 Litres
The Body Shop
Join the refill revolution with The Body Shop's irresistible in-store refill stations. This high-street chain is rolling out refill stations and plans to have 159 UK stores and 500 globally by the end of 2022. How do you take part in its refill scheme? Well...
Pick up one of the refill bottles at a selected store.
Ask a member of The Body Shop team to fill it up with your favourite refillable haircare.
Once you’ve used it up, give your bottle a good rinse and dry, bring it back and refill it.
The Body Shop is always expanding its line-up so you can fill up on hair care, shower gels and hand-washes from its best-loved ranges. Product availability varies by store, though.
In the meantime, here are some of our favourite shampoos from The Body Shop:
SHOP: The Body Shop
1. Tea Tree Purifying & Balancing Shampoo (400ml)
This purifying and balancing shampoo is perfect for oily hair and scalps. Leave hair feeling cleansed, purified and refreshed and oily scalps feeling balanced. It smells seriously fresh and clean. Made with 93 per cent ingredients of natural origin, it's certified by The Vegan Society.
2. Banana Truly Nourishing Shampoo (400ml)
This gently cleansing shampoo is perfect for dry hair prone to frizz. Leave hair feeling nourished root-to-tip and looking smoother and less frizzy. Smell ridiculously fruity with this shampoo - made with 91 per cent ingredients of natural origin. It's certified by The Vegan Society.
3. Shea Intense Repair Shampoo (400ml)
This gently cleansing shampoo is perfect for dry to very dry hair prone to breakage, and helps repair and replenish hair with moisture. Plus, it helps strengthen hair and reduces breakage. Leave hair looking and feeling healthier. Made with 92% ingredients of natural origin, this is certified by The Vegan Society.
4. Ginger Anti-dandruff Shampoo (400ml)
This anti-dandruff shampoo is perfect for dry, flaky scalps and helps clear flakes. Leave dry, itchy scalps feeling soothed with this shampoo - made with 90 per cent ingredients of natural origin. Certified by The Vegan Society.
Procter and Gamble
With the emergence and popularisation of smaller brands taking on this green initiative, consumer good company Procter and Gamble launched refillable options for its household names like Aussie, Head & Shoulders, Pantene and Herbal Essences. P&G rolled out the aluminium bottles and refill pouches for all four brands at Boots stores and on the Boots site in 2021, as well as Waitrose & Partners and Superdrug.
Here are some popular haircare brands with refill pouches on offer. Is your usual shampoo on this list?
SHOP: Popular hair care brands
1. Head & Shoulders Anti Dandruff Shampoo Reusable Bottle & Refill Pouch Bundle
Your favourite Head & Shoulders Anti Dandruff Classic Clean shampoo is now available in a new, reusable aluminium bottle and refill pouch that reduces plastic by 60 per cent.
2. Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo Reusable Bottle & Refill Pouch Bundle
With this starter pack, Aussie Miracle Moist shampoo is now available in a new, reusable aluminium shampoo bottle and refill pouch that reduces plastic by 60 per cent. Cool!
3. Herbal Essences Argan Oil Shampoo Reusable Bottle & Refill Pouch Bundle
We love this refill bundle from Herbal Essences. In this bundle, there is a Herbal Essence's BioRenew Argan Oil of Morocco shampoo and a refillable aluminium bottle.
4. Pantene Repair & Protect Shampoo Reusable Bottle & Refill Pouch Bundle
Pantene has delivered and promises that your hair will strengthen with this refill bundle, with the Repair & Protect shampoo and the unique refill bottle.
Need a little inspiration for your refill bottles?
Needing some refillable shower gel?
Original Source shower gel is going refillable in Tesco, making it easier for people to cut plastic consumption.
They are launching a new refillable bottle and range of shower gel refills in Tesco, making it easier than ever for everyone to make the switch to more sustainable shower experiences.
Now that’s a step in the right direction!
Each refill comes in a 1l pouch, which uses 85% less plastic. Not only do the refills help with plastic reduction, but they help save more money per ml compared to the wider Original Source range. Brilliant.