Cacao, spearmint and coffee – oh my! While these do sound like the scrumptious ingredients from a pantry shelf, you would be forgiven for thinking that the goodies from NueBar were something to eat. Instead, the skincare gurus behind the brand make liquid-free non-soap cleansing bars for hair, body and face.

There has been a growing trend in soap-free bars for both hair and body. Not sure how they work? Well, they work exactly like more commercial and conventional hair and skincare products, just without the nasty added ingredients or unnecessary plastic packaging.

The brains behind the brand are Katie and Kerry, partners in both life and business. Their ethos is to care for your body while also caring for the precious planet, reducing their impact on the environment one bar at a time. Each of their products are free from palm oil, SLS, SLES, parabens, silicones and artificial ingredients (and plastic, of course), and are also handmade, vegan and cruelty free. The way the bars work is by eradicating all waste; once each luxurious little bar has been used up (after 40-80 uses, mind you) there is no plastic bottle of which to dispose. Good for you, and good for the earth!

The care and craftsmanship that goes into making each bar of shampoo, conditioner and cleanser is more than evident. In some cases, the raw and organic ingredients like coffee grounds and colloidal oatmeal can be clearly seen. And, the attention to detail doesn’t stop there. Each of the cardboard boxes and metal tins their bars come in are also thoughtfully designed and beautifully made.

NueBar continue to go above and beyond to show their respect to the environment, and so, have also partnered with Tangaroa Blue, a registered charity that coordinates the Australian Marine Debris Initiative. NueBar don’t compromise on quality or performance, and promise the very best in what green chemistry and nature can offer.

Please give us your elevator pitch:

Beautiful, effective hair and body care bars, all free from plastic packaging.

What problem is your business solving?

Eliminating the need for personal care items contained in plastic bottles. NueBar wanted to create a product that is not just plastic free, low tox and ethical but also highly effective and beautiful so that people want to use it rather than feel like they “should”.

Tell us three unique things about your business:

NueBar is formulated by a naturopath. NueBar is handmade by us in Sydney. NueBar gives 1% of turnover or 10% of profit to Tangaroa Blue, an Australian charity focussed on ocean debris clean up and prevention. NueBar is vegan and cruelty free as well as being sulfate, paraben, silicone and palm oil free, too! We also chose not to use Mica (a very commonly used colourant, found in many other brands of shampoo bar) in any of our products because because it is associated with deeply entrenched child slave labour issues where it is mined in India.

What can attendees expect to see from you at TCS?

As well as our amazing shampoo, conditioner, face and body wash bars, NueBar also makes a moisturiser bar that is super nourishing without being overly greasy. Guests can come and try tester products at our stand. We also do a mini version of our shampoo and conditioner bars and package them in a mini tin which is perfect for travelling light and liquid free.

Can you tell us a little about your background and where the inspiration came from for your business?

Katie has a background in naturopathy and Kerry in typography and art direction. Katie and Kerry wanted to see plastic-free product go mainstream, and they were inspired to create something beautiful together that could benefit the environment and help shift people’s attitude toward going “green”. It was important to tick every box – plastic-free packaging, low in toxins and ethical, yet still highly effective and aesthetically pleasing, too. It was important to the pair that their customers not have to compromise on quality, style or effectiveness in order to do the right thing.

To find out more, please visit nuebar.com

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