Review: Christophe Robin Hydrating Shampoo Bar

Shampoo bars have become more common recently as people begin to ditch liquid shampoo, packaged in bottles, for a more sustainable option. Changing hair care products is not a move that one takes lightly especially when you’ve found a product that works well for your hair type, so I was fortunate to have been intuitively guided to switch out my regular bottled shampoo for the Christophe Robin Hydrating Shampoo Bar.

Christophe Robin Hydrating Shampoo Bar is an all-natural bar with a base that contains aloe vera, castor oil, coconut oil and olive fruit oil, each known for their hydrating and moisturising properties. If you have hair that has a tendency to require more moisture, this soap bar is a perfect formula. It’s applied in the same way as you would a soap bar to your body – wet the hair and the bar, apply directly to the scalp and massage to work up a lather, then rinse thoroughly.

The Christophe Robin Hydrating Shampoo Bar works in harmony with hair and scalp, removing impurities yet maintaining moisture levels through the hair and scalp, something that liquid shampoos often completely strip away. What was most noticeable after applying and washing out the shampoo was that my hair and scalp was cleansed, hydrated and manageable.

What was also apparent was the fresh scent – a perfume blend of citrus oils that smells like palmarosa blended with geranium – which even after applying my regular conditioner and washing out, I could still smell the fragrance of the shampoo bar in my hair. The scent may not be for everyone, but I found the blend of oils and scents uplifting and invigorating. Note that this shampoo bar, like most on the market, can be used as a regular soap bar for the body too.

Packaged in a cardboard box, the Christophe Robin Hydrating Shampoo Bar is environmentally friendly. It is also sulphate-free and paraben-free, and does not contain palm oil. The shampoo bar will also likely last longer than a bottle of shampoo, as you use less.

Christophe Robin’s range of luxury natural hair care products are at the higher price end, with the Christophe Robin Hydrating Shampoo Bar priced at £16 for a 100g bar. I am not one to splash out on luxury beauty brands as I find that inexpensive natural products such as extra virgin oils like coconut oil, sunflower oil or avocado oil work wonders in skincare. However when it comes to hair care, I have had to experiment more to find the right products, with the right quality, that feel right on all levels.

What also resonates about Christophe Robin is that, as a hair stylist who has created a hair care line, he is attuned to nature, natural ingredients and old school remedies, which when it comes to searching for a standout hair product, which does exactly what it says on the box, is always a blessing.

Christophe Robin Hydrating Shampoo Bar is available online from Amazon and other retailers

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about sustainable lifestyle and green living for publications, and offers content services to planet-friendly businesses. Find out more at


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