There’s a lot of hair care products on the market, but not all of them are good for you. Sulfates in particular are present in most commercial products and can leave your hair dry and unhealthy. Plastics and other chemicals don’t help either, not to mention all the plastic waste generated by the bottles used to contain these products.
It doesn’t have to be this way, there do exist other options that are all natural, sulfate free, and come in recyclable packaging. One company that does just that is Viori.
Viori uses techniques created by the Red Yao of northern Vietnam to produce an all natural hair care product that works just as good as anything you can find on store shelves. In this review, I will go over the basics of Viori as well as my own personal experiences with their products to help you decide if you want to switch your shampoo and conditioner to Viori.
In addition to this written review there will also be an unstructured unboxing video, where I give my unfiltered first thoughts on the product, as well as a full video review.
- All natural and vegan
- Recyclable packaging
- Easy to use
- Smells great
- No sample sizes available
- Using bar shampoo takes getting used to
- All natural
- Sulfate free
- Plastic free
- Uses techniques of the Red Yao
- Sustainable packaging
What Is Viori?
Viori is a brand that produces all natural rice based hair care products, including shampoos and conditioners. Rather than coming in a plastic bottle, Viori soaps are made in a solid bar form and utilize packaging made from recyclable materials, like wood and paper.
Viori soaps are all natural, sulfate free, vegan, plastic free, and sourced ethically. The most interesting aspect of Viori is in their connection with the Red Yao people of northern Vietnam, something I will get more into below in the features section.
Viori Hidden Waterfall Unboxing
To start off, I’m very impressed with the packaging for my Viori products. Rather than coming in a plastic bottle that will just be thrown out and not recycled, Viori has opted to use a really nice and elegant looking bamboo cylinder for their shampoo bar.
I really like the decision to use wooden packaging as opposed to plastic because it can be more easily recycled and looks really nice sitting in my shower. My only gripe with the packaging is that Viori did not include a wooden container to store my conditioner bar, so it kind of just sits in my bathroom, while the shampoo bar gets to rest in a lovely looking wooden box.
Inside the box, my shampoo bar came wrapped in a really pretty, almost floral looking, folded paper that opened up to reveal the bar within. Everything also smelled fantastic once I opened the package, something that almost caught me off guard in my unboxing video as I’m not used to bottled hair products to have such an intense and pleasant scent.
The presentation of these products impressed me the most while doing the unboxing. I really appreciate all the effort Viori put in so that the unboxing was very pleasant and left a positive impression of the product.
Viori soaps are made from 100% organic and all natural ingredients. They are safe for vegans and contain no harmful sulfates or plastics of any kind, not even in the packaging as they opt for wooden and paper containers which are recyclable and reusable.
By far the most interesting aspect of Viori to research for this review has been their connection with the Red Yao. The Red Yao are a group of people in northern Vietnam who are known for their natural remedies and practices.
Women of the Red Yao have become well known for having long and healthy looking hair that has become a staple of their culture and many of their practices. They use natural materials, like rice water, to wash their hair and keep it looking smooth and healthy.
Viori is very proud of their partnership with the Red Yao, dedicating most of their about us section on their website to their work with the people. It’s also good to know that Viori gives back to the Red Yao and helps them and the Longsheng community, so they’re not just exploiting them for their practices and resources.
It’s easy to simply take inspiration from a group of people and then make profit from them without even so much as a mention, but it’s nice to know that Viori respects and pays back so much to this vibrant and interesting group that has influenced their work so much. This also gives Viori a unique and refreshing image when compared to alternatives, especially with the common soaps you can find at grocery stores.
Viori Shampoo and Conditioner Test
Having used liquid hair products all my life, switching to a bar for my shampoo and conditioner was something I had to both learn and get used to. At first, I was simply lathering my hands with the soap and then rubbing them through my hair.
This didn’t produce the results I wanted and I was fully prepared to say that this type of soap simply wasn’t for me, despite admiring the care and effort that went into making the product. However,I soon found out that I was using it wrong, and that I had to actually rub the bar itself through my hair to use it.
This was actually a pretty enjoyable and refreshing act, almost feeling like a scalp massage in the shower. After doing this, I noticed that my hair looked way better than it had previously, even better than it did after I used the liquid soaps I typically go with.
I continued to do so for a few weeks, washing my hair in the shower about every other day, which is something I found out that the Red Yao also do as to not wash out all the nutrients from their hair. My hair continued to look and feel fantastic and I was very impressed with the results.
Aside from having to learn how to wash my hair with a bar rather than a liquid, the Viori soaps were easy to use, smelled great, and left my hair looking as good as it would with traditional liquid shampoo. I’ll definitely keep using my Viori bars until they run out and may even buy new ones when the time comes.
How Can You Use Viori? / Who Is This For?
As I mentioned above, transitioning to using bar shampoo from liquid shampoo takes some getting used to, but it feels great once you get the hang of it. While in the shower, get the bar wet and rub it in your hands to get a lather. Then move the bar through your hair to get the soap through everything.
Viori recommends using warm water when applying their shampoo bars and cold or lukewarm water when applying conditioner. I’m used to using about a tablespoon’s worth of liquid soap to wash my hair, but I found that just rubbing the Viori bars throughout produced similar, if not better, results.
Bars of Viori shampoo and conditioner are more pricey than regular liquid soaps, with a single shampoo bar going for about $18. But I imagine that they would last quite a bit longer since it takes far less soap to get fantastic results.
Viori markets their products mainly towards young, health and environmentally conscious women who want an all natural way to get their hair clean. I myself don’t exactly fall into this market, as I am a 25 year old man, but I felt that the product worked very well for me, even better than the shampoos and conditioners I’m accustomed to.
Web Infrastructure / Branding
Viori’s presentation of their product is extremely impressive. From the moment I unboxed the product and saw the wooden container for the shampoo, I knew that this company was doing something very different with their product.
And this is something that’s carried on throughout the rest of Viori’s branding as well as their website. A lot of the other natural products and soaps I’ve looked at like to use neutral colors and some earthy shades of green in their marketing. While this very much fits the natural vibe, so many of these products use similar aesthetics that it can be hard to tell them apart.
Instead of the regular earthy colors, Viori seems to have taken a lot of inspiration from the Red Yao, with their website being primarily red and black. I really like this decision as it pays homage to the brand’s influence while creating a look different from any other natural soap brand.
I also really appreciate how much information on the Red Yao is available on the official Viori website. It’s clear that Viori has a great deal of respect and admiration for these people and wishes that more were aware of the culture and the work that they do.
The site also functions perfectly, with all the links I tested going to where they should and nothing to slow down my computer. Everything you’d need to know about Viori is on this site, from their work with the Red Yao to purchasing links for each product.
Should You Buy It
Needless to say, I’m very impressed with the products and the marketing from Viori. After using the products for a couple of weeks, I found that my hair looked just as good, if not better, than the sulfate filled liquid I’ve been using for years.
But the product itself isn’t the only thing I have to applaud. Viori’s efforts to use all natural materials not only in their product but their packaging as well is commendable, and their work with the Red Yao is something that I believe more brands should do.
I would absolutely recommend Viori hair care products to anyone looking for an all natural alternative to traditional liquid soaps. Individual bars are more expensive than typical shampoos, but they will last a lot longer and you will more than get your money’s worth.
Where to Buy
You can buy Viori products from the official website where you can also find other haircare products as well as learn more about Viori’s work with Red Yao. You can also get Viori products from Amazon with free 2 day shipping if you have a Prime membership.
The Earthling Co. is another brand that produces shampoos and conditioners in a bar form, among other products. Like Viori, these bars are all natural, contain no harmful sulfate or plastics, and come in recyclable, paper based packaging.
Earthling’s soap bars are also just a bit cheaper than Viori’s, with a single bar costing $15, though you won’t get any of the rice water treatments pioneered by the Red Yao. I think that this is a fine alternative to Viori and would recommend taking a look at them if you want to transition into using bar soap for your hair. Earthling Co. also produces body wash, dish soap and dry shampoo.
Another good option for organic soap bars is the Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve Company. Just like the other two brands, soaps from Chagrin Valley are made with all natural materials and sulfate free.
Bars are also just a little bit cheaper than those from Earthling, going for about $10 a bar, and are even available in a smaller sample size,something that Viori does not do. The Chagrin Valley website isn’t as professional looking as the other 2, but it does feature a handy sidebar that lets you search for products that meet your specific needs, like if you want a shampoo that works best for dry hair or dandruff.
Viori has really impressed me with both their products and presentation. This brand is truly different from any other hair care company I’ve looked at, including those that produce similar organic soap bars.
The company’s work with the Red Yao and Longsheng community is especially impressive and interesting. Any company can use the ideas and techniques developed by an ethnic group, but not many go the extra mile to give credit and even pay back to their inspiration in the way that Viori does.
Overall, I would recommend Viori products for anyone looking for a more natural and sustainable way to treat their hair.