Peach Is Your Next Great-Smelling, Plastic-Free Beauty Brand Obsession
Ever since I first tried my first-ever shampoo bar, Lush's Godiva Shower Bar, I've been in love with the idea of shampoo and conditioner in a solid form.
These special bars typically smell great, take up very little room on my shower shelves and cut down on the plastic I use. That's a win-win-win, in my book. Unfortunately, my favorite scent was discontinued, sending me on a search for the next big thing.
Enter Peach. This unique new brand from Grove Collaborative is all about reinventing the bar, not just for hand and body, but for the face and (most exciting to me) the hair. When a rep for the brand reached out and asked if I'd be interested in checking out Peach ahead of its launch today, Oct. 20, I immediately gravitated toward their shampoo and conditioner bars.
I was delighted when they offered to send me one of each to try, and I have to say that after using them, I'm planning to try out the other goodies Peach has to offer as well.
Grove Collaborative is dedicated to healthier home essentials, and Peach is the perfect spin off of that concept. These plastic-free, plant-based bars take the concept of soap bars to the next level not just by making separate bars for hands, body, face and hair, but individualizing each of those based on the needs of the user.
For example, when it comes to washing your hands and body, are you looking for a deep clean or something that'll moisturize your skin? They offer differently formulated bars for both. They have one face bar for hydrating skin, and another for balancing it. And last but not least, they have separate shampoo and conditioner bars for moisturizing, strengthening and volumizing hair. That's a total of ten incredible bars, with prices ranging from $7.95 to $12.95 each. Plus, every purchase supports their nonprofit partner the 5 Gyres Institute, which stands against plastic pollution.
Of these ten fantastic bars, I was sent two: the Volumizing Shampoo Bar and Volumizing Conditioner Bar, which retail for $12.95 each, and are currently being sold as a bundle for $22.95.
My first impression was that, before I even took these bars out of the boxes, they smelled incredible. According to the boxes, they're fragranced with a natural "let's-play-hooky Wild Honey scent," but perhaps because of the brand name, all I can smell is fresh peaches. That made me so excited to give them a shot come showertime the next morning. Not to mention that the thick paper packaging is totally recyclable, and I don't have to worry about any plastic winding up in a landfill.
When the time came, I took them both out of their boxes to check them out before digging in. Each bar was bigger than I'd expected because of the previously tiny shampoo bars I'd used, with the shampoo bar at 3.5 oz. and the conditioner at 2.8 oz. That definitely means more bang for your buck, which I always appreciate. While the shampoo bar was a rich orange color, the conditioner was paler, making them easy to tell apart. Both were also emblazoned with text reading "Great hair, great vibes," which I thought was a cute touch.
Of course, the moment of truth came when I actually got to using them. After wetting my hair in the shower, I rubbed the darker shampoo bar all over the top of my head, near the roots, and found that it produced a silky, incredible-smelling lather, without any sulfates or synthetics. My hair felt extra clean as I massaged it into my scalp, and I found that just a little bit went a long way. I can imagine this bar is going to last a very long time.
But I was even more impressed with the conditioner bar. At this point, I think it's been at least half a year since I got a haircut, so my locks are getting pretty long, meaning they also require a little more care and attention. That means I often wind up using a lot of liquid conditioner, and go through bottles faster than I probably should.
But by just running the conditioner bar over the lengths and ends of my hair two or three times, I could tell by the texture that it was getting silky-smooth and totally detangled. Once my hair had dried and it was time to brush it out, I had all the proof I needed to know this is one awesome conditioner—and I only needed a tiny bit to get the results I wanted. The fact that this is achieved mostly with coconut, sunflower and shea butter was even more impressive to me. Just one round, and I've become obsessed—and my hair is looking better for it, too.
I've really only tried one-fifth of the products Peach has to offer, but based on my experience, they're a great company. Though the shampoo and conditioner bars I've tried say they're for fine and flat hair, they've worked great for volumizing my thick but flat hair. Both also contain hibiscus oil, which is said to stimulate keratin production while invigorating the scalp. I can't speak fully to that, but what I can say is that they make my hair smell fabulous, and as weird as it sounds, they actually make me look forward to washing my hair.
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