An Honest Review: Ethique

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Disclaimer: this is not a paid post nor did I receive any of these products for free. I am reviewing Ethique products simply because I want to tell the world my experience with them!

Once someone decides to start living a more sustainable lifestyle, one of the first questions that come up is, “what about my hygiene products?”

It is a completely valid question because most of our shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotions, and more come in single-use plastic bottles or containers.

Enter Ethique

Perhaps my second favorite thing about Ethique- the first being that it is eco-friendly- is that it was started by a woman named Brianne in her kitchen.

She started Ethique because she was frustrated about the amount of waste caused by the cosmetic industry, especially plastic waste. 

Ethique wasn’t always international; the company began in New Zealand in 2012. It wasn’t until 2016 when Ethique went international and thank goodness for that!

Ethique is plastic-free, but what else? It is ethical, too! All ingredients used are cruelty-free and vegan, palm oil free, and ethically and fairly sourced, according to their website. Even better, the company pays their staff a living wage and donates a portion of profits to charity.

Another thing that excites me, although I am not quite there yet in my journey, is the fact that their packaging is compostable!

Not into bars? Not to worry.

Ethique now has concentrates! They send you the concentrate in solid form and then you just add the water and put it into a reusable container. This was another thing that attracted me to this company. I figured if I didn’t like the bar or ever got sick of using bars, I would switch to the concentrates.

Where to start?

My first order from Ethique consisted of the hair sampler, full of five mini samples of shampoo and conditioner; Bliss Bar mini, a face cleanser; and The Perfector mini, a moisturizer.

The sampler is the way to go if you’re new to bars and not sure what would be good for you!

Now, I am not going to review every single thing I tried in this post because this would be a very long post! I am going to list what I tried and highlight my favorites.

What Ethique products have I tried?

Shampoos: Frizz Wrangler, Mintasy, Heali Kiwi, and Saint Clements

Conditioner: The Guardian

Face wash: Bliss Bar, Deep Green

Face moisturizer: The Perfector

Scrubs: Ginger Snap (face) and Lime & Ginger (body polish)

Body wash: Lavender and Peppermint

Other: Aqua In-Shower Container

Fave hair products: Frizz Wrangler, Heali Kiwi, and The Guardian

I honestly cannot choose one shampoo bar because all of them are awesome. I felt that Frizz Wrangler and Heali Kiwi were the ones that met my own needs and hair goals.

Frizz Wrangler

You guys know I live in Florida. It is hot and humid here, and therefore my hair gets frizzy frequently. Frizz Wrangler was helpful in that regard. I didn’t feel like my hair was being weighed down but it felt more hydrated. The scent is light.

Heali Kiwi

Heali Kiwi is technically for those with dandruff or scalp problems. I honestly don’t struggle with those, but I still enjoyed this bar! It also smelled great and it was gentle but effective. I found that it was easy to get this bar to lather up, too.

The Guardian

The only conditioner I tried was The Guardian because of my dry and sometimes frizzy hair. The conditioner bars are also much different than regular liquid conditioners. You’re not exactly sure if it is working until you start rinsing your hair and then BAM! Softness.

Fave body products: Lavender and Peppermint bar

Honestly, the only reason I decided to buy this bar instead of the others is because of the lavender! You don’t need to have any skin “need” for it. I just love the smell! 

I haven’t used a bar body wash since I was a kid and for some reason, I used to have the mentality that bars are “dirty.” 

I feel cleaner after using the bar than I ever have using liquid body wash.

One thing I have noticed is that for some reason, my skin feels a bit drier after showering. I don’t know if that is the bar or what, but it is thankfully encouraging my after-shower moisturizing habits!

Next, I want to try the Matcha, Lime, & Lemongrass bar.

Fave face products: Bliss Bar and The Perfector

Despite having skin issues (I’ve dealt with acne my entire life), I prefer to keep my skincare routine simple. The bars help with that and I still choose to use an acne treatment between washing and moisturizing.

Bliss Bar

I love how gentle the Bliss bar is without drying my skin out because I struggle with dry skin anyways! I love that it is fragrance-free, as I try to stay away from skincare with fragrance! This bar is perfect for my sensitive skin.

The Perfector

Oh. My. Gosh. I don’t think I will ever find a replacement for The Perfector.

I won’t lie, it was weird trying to get it to work at first and figuring out how much I need, but once I quickly figured it out, my life was changed.

The Perfector is SO hydrating- you can feel it soaking into your skin. 

My one complaint? It seems to always be sold out! Thankfully you can sign up for email updates when it is available. If you’re starting to run out, the minis are usually in stock 😉

So, shoutout to Ethique!

For being one freaking awesome company with awesome products! I’d also like to mention that their customer service is so amazing; everyone I’ve talked to is kind and attentive. They answer messages and emails in a timely fashion. I also appreciate that they are one of those brands that are active on social media and engages with their following.

When I decided to go on this plastic-free and low waste adventure, I was overwhelmed, wondering how I was going to find eco-friendly haircare and skincare products that worked. Ethique put my fears to ease!

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