Solid shampoo is gold to me. I travel a lot, usually only with carry-on bags, and I'm always looking for ways to cut down on those pesky liquids.
Tip: if the bar is stuck in the tin, squeeze the edges to get it to pop out.
I would recommend following through with Lush's general recommendation of buying a tin to store the shampoo bar in. Once the bar is in the tin, you have a highly portable product which can slot anywhere in your bag since it is a solid. Choosing the tin requires no decision-making at all, but choosing the shampoo itself is another matter! There are heaps of scents and they all smell fantastic. I ended up going with a juniper scent base.
After washing, my hair was left feeling clean, and essentially the same as after any other shampoo, which is exactly what I was looking for. The bar lathers quickly and easily, and there were no issues with actually extracting enough shampoo to use, which had been one of my concerns.
The only real downside of the Lush shampoo bars is that they need time to dry, which can be difficult when I'm moving about. I try to leave them in the tin but with the lid open for a few hours when practical. I also found that it saves a lot of wrestling and general frustration if I open the tin before my hands are wet as it is hard to grip the edges.
Shampoo bars are an absolutely genius product by lush. I can't actually think of any conceivable cons for this products apart from the fact that they sometimes get stuck in their tin when wet!
They are firstly very portable - this means that they are great for taking places you don't have much space, such as on a trek/to another country/to a festival etc. They also are good because they aren't liquid, which takes out the worry of hand-luggage on aeroplane travel.
They don't compromise on product to be handy however, and lush stock a wide range of them for all different hair types and needs - for example, they stock one that is a combined shampoo and conditioner, one for hair that needs volume etc.
Value for money doesn't take a hit here either- though they seem small, they actually last a lot longer than regular bottles of shampoo - at least they do for me.
They are easy to use as well, as you just lather them on your head and voila! In a stretch they can also be used as soap, so if you were seriously strapped for space, there would be no need to take more than one little tin.
As with all of lush's products, there is the added benefit of it being cruelty-free, so it takes care of your conscience as well as your hair. And also like all lush products, they stock a wide range of amazing scents as well, which are really long-lasting in your hair.
I love this product so much, with very little sulfates and lots of good ingrediants, my hair feels and smells amazing after washing. Also shocked how well the bar lathers up and how long it lasts.
I adore Lush solid shampoo bars, I have used many of them over the last few years, my current one is called New.
Lush solid shampoo's resemble a small bar of soap and are used in a similar fashion, you can either rub them between both hands until you have a good lather or you can rub the bar into your hair. I find it best to rub the bar on my scalp until there is a nice lather, then work it through the ends.
I have to admit to start with I found the idea very odd of a solid shampoo, however once I used one I have not looked back. They take up a lot less space than a bottle, they last longer, there is no packing waste and there are a lot less chemicals in them, although they do contain SLS sadly.
The bars contain a large variety of natural ingredients so there is a suitable one for all hair kinds.
I have found that they all leave my hair feeling squeaky clean and leave no residue what so ever on my hair. I think the thing that I like most about them is that they keep my combination hair feeling lovely and fresh even at the roots a second day so I can get away with washing it every other day.
The shampoo's all have wonderful scents that do transfer to the hair, however not so heavily that it over powering.
Lush sells small metal tins that you can use to keep the shampoo's in while at home or travelling. I have found that the tins are a little snug when a shampoo is brand new and also if you do not allow the shampoo to dry before you place it back in the tin it does not dry out well.
The average cost of a dry shampoo from Lush is £5.75 which does sound expensive when you can purchase a bottle of liquid shampoo for around £3. I have however found they last a lot longer than most bottled shampoo's and so I certainly feel I get my moneys worth from them.
It took me a while to first try the shampoo bars in Lush. I just couldn't see the benefits. It wasn't until a friend bought me one as part of a gift box that I tried it.
The first bar I tried was the Seanik bar, which was blue and had quite a rough texture to it. Having been given it, I thought I may as well try it, and I was so happy I did! The Seanik bar is advertised as the bar for giving shine and volume, and I have to say it did just that! I was so impressed that I stopped using my usual shampoo until the bar had run out! They also last a lot longer than bottled shampoo. They state up to 80 washes and I think I got just under that, but it's definitely more than liquid shampoo!
Since this first bar I have also now tried:
Godiva; a wonderfully smelling bar that made my hair a little less tangled and the scent lasted in my hair all day!
Squeeky Green; This one is great for the scalp as it has tea tree oil in it. My hair felt a lot healthier and apparently it promotes hair growth!
Ultimate Shine; It's all in the name for this one, and it works. My hair was shinier than it had ever been.
There are still a few other bars that I will no doubt try at some point!
The only downside that I have found to the shampoo bars, is storing them. Do not under any circumstances just leave it to dry on the side of the shower/bath, as bits of it will melt away or get wasted being stuck to the surface. I do recommend putting in a plastic or metal tin, one of Lush's own if you like it. Just to keep the bar safe from melting away, and any bits and pieces that do come off are then stored safely in the tin.
Top Tip: Buy these Shampoo Bars if you're going travelling. You can stick them in your carry on luggage, not having to worry about the 100ml liquid limits, and you don't have to worry about any bottle explosions!! They are great for this purpose. I took two on my round the world trip in 2012, they were fab!
Lush have a huge range of shampoo bars and they are just releasing several more. Because they are like a small bar of soap they have absolutely no packaging waste at all which has to be a plus. They have no added water so they are small and light to carry when buying your shopping, going on a week end away or even to take on board a flight when you have on board luggage only.
The range takes care of every hair issue from dandruff to greasy to dry, coloured and sensitive scalps.
They cost around £5 each which seems a lot for a small bar but believe me they last ages and ages. You can store them in the proper Lush shampoo bar tins made of aluminium or I have have discovered that the black recyclable tubs that the fresh face masks come in are a perfect fit for a shampoo bar and they are free. If you keep the shampoo bar in either of these they they stay fresh and smell just as good as when you buy they even months later.
According to Lush the fact that you are washing your hair with lather rather than putting a liquid straight on your hair and scalp means that sensitive scalps are less likely to be irritated using these bars.
All you have to do is wet your hair then rub the shampoo bar over your hair a few times then lather up as normal. Rinse then condition with either a liquid conditioner or use one of the Lush solid conditioners which are also excellent.
I am not sure if the new shampoo bars will mean some of the old ones are going so if you have an old one that is a favourite it might be an idea to sk if it is being discontinued.
My new favourite is 'Jason and the Argan Oil' which smells of Rose jam and leaves my hair feeling great. There is a new Brazilian one that is fruity scented coming out. if you have dandruff or sensitive skin then the 'Soak and Float' or the wonderful cinnamon scented 'New' shampoo bar.
'Godiva' is to die for and smells of jasmine and is an all time favourite of mine.
According to Lush each bar does around 80 washes so the same as around 3 bottles of liquid shampoo.
I had been looking for something to use in the shower that was both good for my skin and against animal testing, Lush offers both this. The Lush Shampoo bar, though it's round so not exactly like a bar.
Firstly, as I have a skin condition, using regular shower gels can harm my skin causing it to be red and itchy. I need to use natural products and this Lush shampoo bar is perfect. It's not as harsh as most products, and while my skin isn't totally clear, I can thank this bar for calming it down.
Another advantage to this shampoo bar is that it's long lasting. You can use it for roughly 2 months, though that depends on how often you use it, and if someone else in your family doesn't sneak a use out of it every now and then. At a price of £5.25, this is great value. It means I don't have to keep going to the shop and buy more.
Lastly, this shampoo bar has proven to me that I can buy decent products that aren't 'sport's brands' etc. And I can even admit to friends that I'm using it, it's that good.
The only dis-advantage to this bar is that when you're finished you can put it in a little metal tin. This tin doesn't let the shampoo bar air out, and it can still be wet the next time you use it. This can lower the life span of the shampoo bar.
If you want a shampoo that simply cleans your hair with mostly natural ingredients leaving your hair smelling fresh then the solid shampoos from Lush are a must.
The main thing that attracted me to the Lush solid shampoos is that they do not contain any preservatives. I was told buy a staff member in lush that because they make the bars solid and dry this allows them to be preservative free. There is a lot of controversy over different ingredients in products but when you look at the ingredients in the lush there is a very small list compared to other brands and most of them you can recognise compared to a list of chemicals.
I have tried a few different Lush shampoos but the one that I am using at the minute is the squeaky green solid shampoo. The shampoo leaves your hair feeling clean and smelling fresh. If you look at the list of ingredients below you can see names you can pronounce and that you can recognise unlike many other brands. The list below is for the squeaky green solid shampoo bar.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, Rosemary, Nettle, Water, Tea Tree Powder, Peppermint, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Vanilla Absolute, *Coumarin, *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Limonene, *Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Chlorophyllin
This shampoo is advertised as good for your scalp as the ingredients have different and beneficial properties. The nettle is used for healthy hair growth, the rosemary is antiseptic for a clean scalp, the tea tree is anti fungal and antiseptic, the peppermint is for itchy skin conditions, the rose helps to calm skin, the chamomile is used to calm skin and the vanilla is an antioxidant and leaves a fresh smell to your hair. These ingredients have other properties also which are beneficial to your hair and scalp.
I would recommend purchasing a solid bar soap tin which are only £2.50 as if you leave your solid shampoo lying around the shower it might get too wet and start turning a bit gunky.
All I do to use the shampoo is to wet my hair, rub the bar on my hair once and then that's it. Rub the shampoo in and your hair feels and smells so clean.
I know some people might think that this shampoo is a bit expensive but it lasts me for months and you know you are using ingredients that you can pronounce and that are natural without any preservatives. For £5.25 I think its worth it.
A really good shampoo, I would never change now. I am looking forward to trying the other shampoo bars to see how they compare.
I have been using lush in general for many years, the shampoo bars are most likely the best value for money out of all of the lush products! they are the equivalent of three of lush's medium sized shampoo bottles, all packed into one little puck! There are draw backs of course with such a product, the shampoo tins (which you can get free when you buy two shampoo bars) have a tendency to become messy as the bar itself can get stuck to the tin when you put it in. You can remedy this by letting your bar dry on a soap dish after use, or put a little piece of ribbon in the tin to hoist it out! :)
I have found it brilliant to take my shampoo bars abroad with me or even just overnight stays in places, or on saving clutter in your bathroom! Lush make a good range of different bars for different hair types, soak and float is a brilliant anti dandruff shampoo, and it DOESN'T smell as strong when used on your hair so you don't need to worry! :)
I must admit to being a bit sceptical about shampoo bars at first. I have long hair and am quite particular about what I use to wash it.
Shampoo bars are £5 each so can seem a bit pricey at first until you work out the cost of buying your normal bottle of shampoo. Not to mention that you are further contributing to the mountain of rubbish and plastics that will take forever to biodegrade.
These shampoo bars have no packaging at all, once the bar is gone thats it and no packaging to join the landfill! Added to this the bars have no nasties in it and are truly portable - I find taking mine on holiday for example really easy - no more bulky bottles taking up valuable suitcase space! The bars lather up quite nicely, though it does depend on which bar you get. I can recommend Ultimate Shine.
I have found that I get quite a few washes out of my shampoo bars. Admittedly I probably only wash my hair a couple of times a week but found that I got around 6 months use out of one bar - which for £5 really isn't bad at all!
I am a big fan of lush products and the fantastic service I have received at every lush shop I have visited. I was at my local lush shop buying my usual products when I began talking to the sales lady about my hair. I explained that I was getting married and it seemed that my hair was not growing and I wanted it a few inches longer for my big day. To my surprise she led me over to the solid shampoo blocks and introduced me to new ( I'm sure the first bar I purchased was under a different name but this one does exactly the same job). She explained to me that new was a shampoo to encourage hair growth. It was designed for people who suffered from hormonal hair loss such as during pregnancy and after giving birth but it could also be used to stimulate hair growth. I smelt the strange solid red bar which had a strong smell of cinnamon and decided to give it a go. It was £5 for a 55g bar but I was reassured it would last for ages and as I often use brand name shampoos decided it wasn't that different in price.
I took the shampoo home and used it that night. You need to lather the shampoo up to get good coverage on your hair, i will warn you it does not have lots of bubbles like normal shampoos I felt I needed to wash and rinse twice. After I rinsed my hair it felt a little dry and tangled so I made sure I used a good conditioner. I did panic a little over the condition my hair was in when I went to dry my hair. The shampoo had left it tangled and dry not soft and silky as I would have liked however, once I dried my hair it was a different story. My hair was soft and silky and still carried a scent of cinnamon. I will admit that this scent did not last for long.
One thing that did concern me was that as an unnatural blonde the shampoo which is red may tint my hair. This was a needless worry but to air on the side of caution I alternated my use of the new shampoo bar. I found that after a months use of new shampoo that my hair did grow to my desired length but can not swear that this was just because I had used the new shampoo bar.
I would recommend that you give it a go especially if you are suffering from hormonal hair loss because this is the primary job of the new shampoo bar and although it may or may not have helped my hair grow it still smelt nice and left my hair (after drying) soft and silky.
My review is for Lush shampoo bar with cinnamon leaf oil, which is claimed to enhance the volume of your hair and reduce hair loss. Based on description, it's like it was made for my hair. Strangely enough, I purchased it first time just because I liked the cinnamon/clove smell, and later found out what it is for, so I was very pleased with my choice.
What are you buying?
The bar is bright red, disc shape, approx 6 cms in diameter and 1.5cm deep, with couple of crushed cinnamon sticks on the top as a decoration. If you look closer, it's made of small pieces pressed together. Probably this consistency makes it a bit crumbly when new, but you don't need to worry you're gonna lose half of it before you bring it home. This feature is gone as soon as you wet the bar for the first time. Lush representatives claim it will last approximately the same time as a bottle of shampoo (which I find a bit misleading as you can get different sizes of shampoo bottles) - it really depends on how you store your bar and how much you use. If you keep it dry it will last for couple of months even if used daily.
As many Lush products, to save environment it has no packaging (they will give it to you in a paper bag though). You can also purchase a tin that is made especially for these bars - this is I think £2.50 in store, but you can order it free from Lush website. I strongly recommend getting one, as red coloring stains everything it touches when wet.
General information about the product and ingredients can be found on lush website - the main ingredients are cinnamon leaf oil, nettle and peppermint to stimulate the scalp, rosemary for shine and softness, clove bud oil and bay oil.
Let's use it!
Usual annoying situation with Lush - there are no directions to use, and you are left guessing how much you need to use. However if you rub it on your wet scalp a bit, it creates very rich lather immediately and is comfortable to use. Apart from that, it smells like heaven - with strong cinnamon and clove scent I feel like having Christmas all year long. This scent is, however, not left it your hair afterwards. What I love about all Lush solid shampoos I used so far, they wash out quickly and properly, not leaving soapy residue. After couple weeks, your decorative cinnamon sticks will naturally come off and sometimes may get to your hair, but they are big pieces so nothing too annoying.
What does it do:
Normally, I'm reserved about the effect shampoos claim to have on your hair, whether it's volume, light-weightness, nourishing or colour treatment. I didn't expect more from Lush bar. How surprised I was when I actually fell asleep on a couch with wet hair, to wake up in the morning feeling like I have already used mousse and hairdryer! Shapeless of course, but the volume was definitely there! After approx 6 months of regular use, I can confirm I'm not losing as much hair as before.
The shampoo can leave a bit stiff feeling after washing, which disappears if you use conditioner, but it's no disaster - I forgot to use conditioned couple of times and was able to style my hair without any problems.
For £4.85 for 55g bar, which lasts for ages if not left in humid place, I think it's a good value. Surely it is a bit more expensive than shampoos you can get in drug store, but it is a bit of a treat and to me the effect was much better than any shampoo I have tried before. Add the gorgeous smell and that's decision made!
One star down, as it is brilliant product, but complete lack of packaging, instructions and the fact it stains the bathroom annoys me!
Lush shampoo bars are fabulous. This solid shampoo comes in two forms. There is a disc (looks like a round bar of soap) or you can have a slice cut from a loaf/bar of shampoo.
I'd never come across solid shampoo before and was thoroughly intrigued when I first saw it. I also swooned over the lovely smells. And so much choice!
I chose Seanik disc shampoo because the blurb said it gave 'soft and shiny hair'. It did exactly that. It is incredibly easy to apply - just like rubbing soap over your hair.
Shampoo bars also last for ages. I want to buy more (new fragrances) but cannot justify it yet since I'm trying to work my way through 4 bars (well, you get a free tin to keep them in if you buy 2 bars at the same time).
One huge advantage, which I don't think Lush says much about, is that when you go on holiday you can put a shampoo bar in your suitcase and you know it will never spill and make a yucky mess all over your clothes!!
Additionally, it's small and neat in its little tin and fits into tiny places in your case - and as it lasts for ages, you know you'll have enough for the whole holiday even if you're sharing it!
I'm a fan of Lush in many ways, I like that they use very little packaging, they hand make most of their products, and some of their products contain very little that's not natural.
One of the products that they make which I've used various different versions of is their shampoo bars. These come in two versions the individual round ones that are pre shaped and come as a fixed gram weight and price, and the sort which come in a very large block where they cut you a piece and it's priced per 100g.
I'll be honest, I've not tried all of their varieties, but those I have tried I've quite liked. They are 'soak and float' which is aimed at people with itchy scalps and dandruff, 'jumping juniper' - for greasy hair, 'godiva' which is a shampoo and conditioner in one, and is good for flaky scalps, and 'ultimate shine' which is supposed to leave your hair soft and with a lovely shine to it. These four work well and do pretty much what they're supposed to, they lather well when you wet them and apply to your hair, they rinse off well, and apart from the soak and float which is ugly and smells bad (but still does an excellent job), they look nice and smell good.
The thing is, these aren't as environmentally friendly or good for you as Lush would have you believe. One of the horrible ingredients that most people who look to buy more natural products are looking to avoid in shampoo is sodium lauryl sulphate. It's a nasty chemical and a lot of the Lush shampoo's used to avoid using it. However, looking on their website now, every single variety of solid shampoo that they make now contains this horrible chemical which is a shame, and makes me think a lot less of Lush.
The shampoo bars cost around £4.65 and they last a long time - one of those if I used it twice a week and stuck to the same one would probably last me between 4 and 6 months I'd say. So the value is good even though the product is expensive.
I like that the soaps come free from packaging - being solid, they don't need masses of plastic to encapsulate them the way liquid shampoo does. They are also easy to store and Lush do a small tin that the round shampoos fit in if you do want to keep them off the side of the bath (you can get one of these free by buying 2 shampoos).
Overall I like them, I just wish they'd re-think that wretched chemical, and take it back out of their products again. Otherwise for me a large part of the reason for using these has gone byebye.
Lush is a fab company which minimises packaging, preservatives used in products and its impact on the environment generally.
Lush have made these innovative solid bars of shapoo for many years now and they are a fantastic invention.
Most of them do not contain sodium lauryl sulphate, a chemical which has had many bad press over the years and is found in shampoo, soaps, cleaning products etc.
There are 2 types availble-
Small hockey puck style hard discs which contains loads of visible shampoo 'squiggles';
And huge truckles of bigger blocks of the stuff whereby a certain piece is cut off, usually about a 100g.
There are currently nine varieties of shampoo available, of which seven are in bar form, and two are chunks. Six of the flavours are made without SLS, sodium lauryl sulphate, substituting sodium coco-sulphate, derived from coconut oil.
Trichomania (*the love of hair") is a creamed coconut and vetivert affair. For dry to normal hair. This one is the first Lush product I ever used and is exceptionally creamy and lovely.
The Blonde contains chamomile and marigold, known to refresh blonde hair and make it clean, light and bright. This again smells wonderful, quite fresh.
There are several others in the range, Godiva, which is a shampoo and conditioner in one with visible buttery conditioning pieces, to one that contains cade oil to combat a flaky scalp.
All contain gorgeous essential ingredients and butters for an ingredients list that looks like a dream, full of natural beautiful ingredients and as few chemicals and preservatives as possible.
Compare these designer shampoos ingredients with the Lush ingredients list, and you may see a couple of natural ingredients in the bottled designer one, but Lush's are absolutely packed with goodness and they do make you wonder what it is exactly you are rubbing into your scalp when using liquid shampoos!
Each one has several properties and each one Lush claims is worth up to 3 shampoo bottles!!
To use, a couple of rubs to the top of the head or in the hand will clean the top of the hair and let it trickle down the remainder for cleaning the remainder of the hair, or rub into the ends. I prefer to let mine trickle down the hair after rubbing into the top of the hair and scalp as it cleans just as well and is less damaging to my hair personally.
To store, keep dry and clean else to keep it wet will make it deteriorate rapidly and get all sloppy and horrible.
Like I say all have different effects on the hair so if you are unsure then do ask a member of staff or read up on what they are and what they do.
They last an awful long time. I had one for almost a year once as I like to use as little as possible, just enough to clean my head. And they really do clean and lather very well. They lather exceptionally well just with a swirl or 2 around the head, and to rinse out just as normal as with a liquid shampoo. Some of them leave lovely fragrances behind such as Godiva.
They are perfect for travelling. Absolutely essential, no leaks and last for ages, what more could you want!!
They range from about £4 to £5 and are so worth the money for a little block or disc of loveliness. They last for an absolute age!!
Includes the featherweight fruit bar which aims to add volume to hair, and the irresistible bliss bar for normal hair.