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!!
This review is for the Lush Seanik solid shampoo bar a softening sea salt shampoo with jasmine, mimosa and orange blossom.
I'm new to solid shampoo but when I was in Lush recently and had a wonderfully helpful sale assistant helping me out and I asked about solid shampoo bars. After describing my hair type which is slightly greasy at the roots and drier at the ends she recommend I try the Seaik solid shampoo bar. She also instructed me how to use it and that typically it would last for 60-80 washes. I paid £4.65 for 55g.
This is a lovely looking shampoo it is bright blue with green specks in (which I think are seaweed) The smell is divine I'm not great at describing smells but it has a fresh outdoor scent, I want to perhaps say an ocean smell due to blue colour and seaweed. I find it very pleasant and I imagine myself transported to a tropical beach every time I use it.
I find it simple to use, just lather a small amount up as you would with soap then put onto your hair and rub in as you would your usual shampoo. I find you only need a small amount to create lots of lather. My hair always feels thoroughly clean and fresh after using. I have really started to enjoy washing my hair after starting to use this shampoo.
Storage of the solid shampoo does need to be considered. You can buy lush shampoo tin or if you buy two shampoo at the same time you get one free. I have find that mine has been fine on my shower shelf as nothing else is on there and it doesn't really get wet.
Another added bonus is because of its neat, compact size its great if your travelling.
I had never heard of solid shampoo before i visited lush - they do invent some odd things in there! I was so intrigued by it I thought I was buy one and give it a go.
I purchased a green one as i had a nice incense smell. It also stated it was designed to make hair sexy - so I thought I'd have a bit of that!
When using the shampoo you wet in under some water and use like a soap bar in your hair. The bar then foams and you then just massage it into your hair like any other shampoo. When washing the shampoo out it made my hair feel rather dry, but you can never tell till you have blown dry it.
After using the hair dryer on it my hair looked and smelt very clean indeed. It was not ultra shiny but it did do exactly what shampoo is meant to do. The fact it is also made out of all natural products such as seaweed is also a plus in my eyes.
However after using it again and then not drying my hair it left the roots greasy. Therefore if you are going to use this one, make sure you blow dry your hair full after use.
I then purchased the pink one which is meant to leave your hair silky smooth and shiny. And that it did! This is by far my favourite and leaves my hair looking lush. There is a very wide selection so i guess there is one to suit all.
You can also purchased the metal shampoo tin, which is great for travelling or just to leave at the side of the bath, sort of like a soap dish.
Overall it is not the type of shampoo I would use everyday, but it is nice as a treat and it does leave your hair in tiptop condition. My only draw back is that although it is all natural products, it is not natural to blow dry your hair everyday and it therefore defeats the object!
Before coming on Dooyoo I never realised how popular Lush was, we have a store where I live but I'd only ever been in there once with some friends. Suddenly I was seeing review after positive review on here on Lush products.
Coincidentally I also saw one of their products in particular being brought up on the gapyear.com travel forums - the shampoo bars. I am going travelling next year and as somebody who has been backpacking before I know how much difference a little bit of weight and space can make and how heavy full shampoo bottles can be. (Not to mention the inevitable case of the bursting shampoo bottle and the expense of buying lots of shampoo bottles.) So....I thought, 'Why not?'
Lush are a British handmade cosmetics company that sell handmade products such as bath ballistics, soaps, lotions, masks and of course shampoo bars. They are an ethical company who strictly do not test on animals and use organic ingredients. Their shops also smell very nice.
***THE SHAMPOO BARS IN GENERAL***
Lush sell 11 different types of solid shampoo. These are:
Seanik - Softening sea salt shampoo scented with jasmine, mimosa and orange blossom. Ideal for those who want soft and shiny hair.
New Shampoo Bar - Made with bay, clove and cinnamon essential oils. Ideal for those suffering from stress related hair loss.
Ultimate Shine - Contains ylang ylang oil and violet leaf oil to create glossy shine.
Squeaky Green - Uses fresh rosemary, nettle and peppermint, powdered tea tree and chamomile essential oil to get rid of dandruff and keep your hair, well, squeaky clean!
Godiva - This golden yellow shampoo bar is a 2 in 1 and uses Jasmine oil to keep your hair lovely and soft.
Hard - Another 2 in 1 shampoo bar this time using soya lecithin, free range eggs and chunks of cocoa butter conditioner to combat the effects of hard water.
Soak and Float - Use it to get rid of your dandruff but it apparently smells like tar?!
Soft - Contains sea salt and citrus to give your hair body and bounce in soft water areas.
Trichomania - A coconut shampoo to combat dry locks by giving them an injection of moisture.
The Blonde - Contains chamomile and marigold to make blonde hair blonder. (I will try this one next).
Jumping Juniper - Contains Lavender and Juniper oil to combat greasy hair.
I chose Jumping Juniper as my hair tends to get greasy very easily. I am in absolute envy of the girls who can wash their hair once a week! It is also quite dry as I have highlights and use both hairdryer and straighteners.
Lush claim that it "cleans away oils and encourages your scalp to produce less sebum by using balancing lavender oil. Juniper oil sorts out an oily, congested scalp; lemon and lime make your hair clean and shiny and give it an extra fresh scent."
Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Colour 18050 & 61585, Lavender Decoction, Rosemary Decoction, Juniperberry Oil, Lemon Oil, Lime Oil, Perfume.
***HOW TO USE**
To use you wet your hair as normal, get the shampoo bar wet, then rub it a few times over your scalp. Then massage your hair into a lather and rinse as you would do with a normal shampoo.
I have to admit I was extremely sceptical about this product as I find hair products just 'don't work' for me. In fact if it wasn't for the fact that I am so desperate for room in my backpack/to save money, I wouldn't have tried it even if it does have lots of good reviews.
So into the shower I went with it, I wet it as per instructions and rubbed it onto my scalp a few times. When I had it out of the shower it smelt really nice, the juniper smelt lovely and perfumey whilst it had a hint of freshness about it. Rubbing it onto my hair it seemed to lose all smell.
My initial reaction was 'here we go, it's not lathering up, it's not going to work.' I was almost tempted to just shove some liquid shampoo on my head and finish the job! I tried massaging onto my hair a few more times but this made no difference so I just massaged my scalp and rinsed it out, then used my usual conditioner.
However after drying and straightening my hair it was nice and clean, maybe even a little softer than usual. If it had been any other shampoo I wouldn't have been particularly impressed especially as it didn't make my hair smell any different but writing from the point of view that it's a shampoo bar that's compact and easily transportable, I am very, very impressed!
I would like to try the conditioner next as I have been very surprised by this shampoo but as I seem to use a 1/4 of a bottle every time I wash my hair I somehow doubt it will do the job!
You can also buy a pretty little chrome tin embossed with 'Lush' which is ideal if you are taking it away like I am!
The only downside to this shampoo and I am once again talking from a travelling point of view, is what I was told by the lady in the shop and from reading other reviews. This is that if you don't leave it to dry properly (very hard when changing hostels daily) it will start to go soft and disintegrate. Obviously I have not taken it travelling yet so I cannot comment on this yet.
A bar costs around £4.55, expensive compared to some bottles of shampoo but it's meant to last months on end so I works out very cheap compared to liquid shampoo.
My verdict? Get some!
Anyone who knows anything about Lush knows that one of their 'things' is to use as little packaging as possible.
So,in comes - the shampoo bar. Naked as the day he was...well,made. No packaging to speak of,and,get this - he lasts as long as at LEAST two bottles of shampoo!
I wasn't keen on these at first but took the plunge one day,and I'm so glad I did.
There are a variety of shampoo bars to suit individual hair and needs (for my greasy head,for instance,Jumping Juniper) and even one with conditioner added in.
You can buy tins from Lush to store them in or you can clear out a Fresh-Face-Mask pot and use that,or leave it to air dry on the side of the tub/shower.
The good thing about these,apart from the packaging aspect,is that they're so convienient for travelling or taking to the gym or anything of the like - with a bottle of shampoo in my bag,I'd be paranoid the whole trip that my clothes/etc were being shampooed! With this,though,it's fine because I know that unless the tub it's stored in magically opens itself then it rains so hard that my entire bag is soaked then there isn't much chance of a mishap.
You also only use exactly what you need at a time,with a bottle sometimes too much comes out in one go,whereas with this you take what you need.
Lush solid shampoo bars are a collection of products designed to be economical, environmentally friendly and easily transportable. As I have found them to have many attributes they certainly are worth looking at, but I do suggest you spend a bit of time thinking about what type of hair you have, and also to think a little about how to store them.
When you first go into a Lush store it can be a little intimidating, especially as the staff can sometimes border on over helpful, which some may interpret as pushy. I think in all honesty this is because many of their products need an explanation, and not because they are totally set on selling. I would ask for a copy of their free newspaper called "The Lush Times" and have a look at the section on solid shampoo bars first. I would also look on their website at www.lush.co.uk at the same section, so that when you go in to to make a purchase you have an idea what may suit you.
Bear in mind too that if you purchase two at the same time that you can have a free tin to store the bars in, which is very helpful indeed for travelling.
Another point here is that most of the solid shampoo bars are round, but there are some excellent products still only available in chunks, which makes these more difficult to take away with you on holiday for example, but I get round this by purchasing a lock and lock container from any good hard wear store. I say this because the solid coconut shampoo called Trichomania is one of my favourites, and it is only available in a chunk form so don't let that put you off.
To use these solid shampoo bars you simply wet and lather either in your hand or directly on your hair.
So here is a guide to the different choices based on my experience. I'll start with my favourites, but first I must tell you that I have highlighted and coloured blonde hair so it is chemically treated, and straightened each morning, so my choices are going to be for this type of hair. I will then go on to describe the other shampoo bars, which are used by other family members and their experiences.
So if your hair is like mine here are some possible choices.
This shampoo bar is the most expensive because it is a 2 in 1 product, that is, it claims to be fine without a conditioner. It will cost you £5.34 and in my experience used every day it will last about 2 months. Lush say 80 washes for all their shampoo bars, but this is a little over the actual usage I have obtained, but my hair is long, so short hair may achieve this.
It is a lovely yellow shade and smells of jasmine and ylang ylang, which is a fragrance which will not appeal to everyone. It is certainly very oriental, and it contains coconut oil which does soften the hair, and certainly performs well for a few washes. However used every day for weeks on end my hair becomes quite dry and difficult to manage, but for a weekend away it is perfect as it cuts down on luggage and leaves hair beautifully soft and fragrant.
2. Ultimate Shine. £4.53
This bar is probably one you might miss as you scan the shelves, as it is a white bar and quite subtle to look at. It has rosemary which is included to make the hair shine beautifully and it certainly does. When I was a young girl a friend of mine used to buy rosemary shampoo from the health food store where I lived, and I soon tried it and found it had great results.
I really like this bar, it works well but you will need a conditioner afterwards if you have dry hair like me.
3. Hard £4.53
Now if like me you live in a hard water area this bar is well worth trying. I actually love this one, in fact I think it is overall probably my favourite. A rose pink bar it looks feminine and it smells gorgeous due to a geranium fragrance. Full of cocoa butter and other nut oils I have found I do not need to use a separate conditioner with this one, and I actually think it performs better than the Godiva over an extended period of usage.
4. Soft £4.53
This bar is for soft water areas and I use this when I go to Scotland. It performs very well and the fragrance is lovely lightly scented with gardenia. It is a pale blue and it has sea salt and seaweed which gives hair lots of body and shine.
5. Karma Kombo £4.53
This green shampoo bar is actually the last of the solid bars which I use on a consistent basis, and it is a lovely citrus bar which smells fresh and leaves my hair free of tangles every time I use it. The orange oil, pine and patchouli fragrances make this bar a bit like shampooing your hair in a wood or a forest, I really like this one and it produces good results.
I also use Trichomania which as I mentioned earlier is a solid shampoo bar but sold in pieces rather than round bars. This is a lovely product scented with coconut and is ideal for hair which is coloured or dry. I have really enjoyed using this and certainly have found it to be one of their best. I wish it was also in a shape which you could pop into a tin.
Again a solid shampoo which you buy by the piece. This is a lovely yellow shampoo which I enjoy using for my hair which is coloured and it makes the highlights more vibrant.
So these are my favourites -now to those loved by my husband,son and daughter.
6 Squeaky green £4.53
Full of nettle, rosemary and thyme this herby shampoo bar is fragranced with rose oils and vanilla and is a family favourite. Being vegan it is my daughter's first choice and one she consistently uses at university. Not quite conditioning enough for me to use, but one which my husband adores as he finds it leaves his hair clean and fresh in a moment, and it works equally well on my daughter's hair which is long, though not coloured like mine.
7. Jumping Juniper. £4.53
This one is my son's favourite and he finds it leaves his hair really soft and clean. Coloured lilac this bar really stands out on the shelf when you visit the store. It is intended to be used by anyone who has spot prone skin as it lifts grease from the hair really well, and of course any young person will find this ideal for weekends away.
Full of lemons limes and juniper this works brilliantly for greasy hair. It also removes residues of other products if for example you use a lot of styling gels and so on.
8. New £4.53
This bar is a reddy brown shampoo and it has a specific use which is to promote hair to regrow after pregnancy or maybe just to help hair which is thinning. My husband has a tiny area where he has no growth, but it has never helped this. However he does like the shampoo and finds it is one he chooses from time to time as a change from his other favourites. This bar is quite a spicy affair with a smell of cinnamon and cloves, it's actually quite a wintery festive scent so could make an ideal Christmas gift.
9. Seanik £4.53
This is my husband's other favourite and it is a pale blue, not to be confused with the other blue one- The Soft Bar. This bar has sea salt, seaweed, mimosa and orange blossom and is absolutely lovely. I must admit I do poach this from time to time as it smells divine!
10. The final bar is called Soak and Float. (£4.43) This is the only bar I have never bought because it is for dandruff. It smells of tar which works against the microbes which cause dandruff and it claims to solve this problem if you have it. They do add lavender oil so it doesn't smell too dire! Not something I have ever really had but I thought I would mention it because there is something for everyone here in these bars.
So for me these bars represent great value for money and there is a bar for every hair type. I find them economical and above all so convenient for travelling, as if I am going on a plane I can pack them in hand luggage.
Some of them do need a separate conditioner and if you want to continue the less packaging theme you can purchase "Jungle" which is their solid conditioner. This product is one I have mixed feelings about. It takes time to apply it as you have to rub it over the hair and if like me you have very long hair this is not a quick job. The conditioning properties are good however, so it is worth persevering. American Cream and Coolaulin are my favourite Lush liquid conditioners, but they are pricy, and to be honest Schwarzkopf Gliss which I buy from The Poundshop works wonders with all of these shampoo bars as an excellent conditioner on my hair.
When you think how much packaging goes into shampoo bottles these are well worth looking at as a measure to help the environment. They are all a delight to use and there is something for everyone.
Just a final point you do need to keep them dry after using. Don't leave them on the side of the bath in a steamy place as they will loose solidity and last less time before breaking up.
You need not worry that these bars won't lather well, they are amazingly good with only a few motions the hair is full of bubbles.
I actually think The Hard Shampoo Bar takes some beating as it smells divine and looks beautiful, and the way it leaves your hair is as good as any shampoo in a bottle. If you only buy one try this, especially if you live in a hard water area, it's a great starting point. Otherwise go for Ultimate Shine, a pale bar, but one which produces soft hair which shines every time I use it.
Includes the featherweight fruit bar which aims to add volume to hair, and the irresistible bliss bar for normal hair.