“ Brand: Burt's Bees / Type: Hair Shampoo / What it does: Nourishes „
I'm always fairly wary of solid shampoos as I worry about how to store them between applications, and also I find them quite difficult to apply.
The rosemary and mint shampoo bar is wrapped in two layers of waxed paper, and looks just like a slab of chocolate when you peel away the layers. It does look almost good enough to eat, but a strong scent of mint would soon put you off as it doesn't smell like minted chocolate.
A solid shampoo is designed to be applied to wet hair, much like a bar of soap. The rubbing action will create the bubbles which will wash your hair when you massage it into your scalp.
There were no actual instructions on the packaging for this, but I have used solid shampoo bars in the past so recalled the instructions from them.
I began the process of washing my hair by making sure my hair was wet through. Opening the package I tried to remember how it was wrapped so I could put it back together again afterwards. The bar immediately started to foam up very subtly under my wet hands.
I chose to rub it between my hands to start with to get the lather started. I discovered that it didn't create much lather and did need to be worked well.
After this didn't get me anywhere I decided to rub the bar over my head. After about a minute of constant rubbing, I placed the bar down and used my hands to massage my hair and see if I had enough lather on my head.
I was surprised that in fact it did act like a proper shampoo and my hair had enough product on it to be able to get a good lather going as I massaged it into my scalp and ends.
I'm not a fan of soap products at the best of times as I don't like the way they make my skin feel when it squeaks as you run your hands over it.
This shampoo really did squeak as I put my hands over it. It felt horrible, like I hadn't washed my hair properly. I was almost tempted to put a liquid shampoo on again just to make it feel better. I resisted however and left it to see what it would feel like when dry.
I'm happy to report that when dry my hair felt a lot better. It smelled subtly of mint, but there was no hint of rosemary at all.
After thinking my first experience was a one off I decided to repeat the process a few days later, and this time I applied much more of that shampoo bar to see if that made any difference. Sadly it didn't make my hair feel any better after applying.
The shampoo bar itself did keep well in the original packaging. By leaving to air dry before re wrapping for a few minutes, the bar almost goes back to looking like new with just a few traces of dried white lather.
I believe this bar will last you a long time as you don't seem to use a lot with each application despite vigorously rubbing over the scalp for what feels like ages. For this reason you will get value for money with this shampoo bar if you like solid shampoos.
According to the Burts Bees website this shampoo bar is suitable for short to medium length hair and is 99.9% natural.
The shampoo bar would cost you £6.99 if you chose to buy it. This was a onetime purchase for me and it won't be repeated.
A month or so back I bought a Burt's Bees kit, containing mini sizes of their products to try out. The latest I have tried is their Rosemary and Mint Shampoo bar. Having wanted to try a solid shampoo for ages, but never quite got round to it, I was really looking forward to trying this.
The shampoo bar comes wrapped in Green paper, printed with a leafy design, and when you unwrap it, you will see that there is a second layer of a kind of greaseproof paper. It soon became apparent why that was, as this shampoo bar seems to 'sweat' if you know what I mean, and it left a greasy film on the paper.
The bar looks and feels just like a bar of soap. It's olive green in colour, and has the name of the product printed onto the top of it. Burt's Bees products are mostly natural, and this particular one is 99.9% natural.
It has quite a strong smell, being mint and rosemary, but the overall scent is a sort of natural, herbal smell, which is fairly pleasant.
There were no instructions for use printed on the wrapper - but perhaps because I had a small sized bar - so, I had to check the Burt's Bees website to see how to use this. It told me that the bar should be rubbed directly onto the hair, and the lather massaged in before rinsing.
When I came to use the bar, I rubbed it on my hair near my scalp. It didn't actually feel like it was doing anything, so I tried rubbing it along the length of my hair. This seemed to create some lather, so I tried again putting it near the roots of my hair. This time there was some lather, but it felt to me, like the rubbing on my hair was making it tangled.
After I had rubbed it onto my scalp for a bit, and seemed to have got quite a bit of lather from it, I rinsed my hair. It was then that I realised that something wasn't quite right. I swear to god, I have never came across anything like this - my hair, despite me rinsing it for around 5 minutes, was sticky and clumped together. It's hard to describe, but it was like the condition of my hair had changed and it was awful! I tried adding conditioner in the hope that this would sort it out, but it seemed to make no difference at all.
At this point I decided to wash it with a normal liquid shampoo, because it still felt awful. I had to shampoo it twice as well as using three lots of conditioner, before it felt anything near normal, and even then it still felt a bit sticky and as though it needed to be washed again.
Once dry my hair was awful. It was still a bit sticky and felt like straw. It's hard to describe, but it was like strands of my hair had clumped together, and it looked like awful. If you think of those really cheap and nasty synthetic hair extensions, then that might give you some idea of how it looked.
In one use, I used up about a third of my bar. It was only 22g, compared to the full bar which is 99g, but even so, I shouldn't think that it would last very long. Unfortunately mine went straight in the bin, so I wouldn't know.
This bar costs £6.99 and can be purchased from www.naturallyfabulous.co.uk
Needless to say, I will not be using this again. It left my hair in awful condition and it took a lot of effort to get it near normal. Certainly not recommended in any way, shape or form.
With oat protein and pro vitamin B5 / Peppermint helps stimulate the scalp while rosemary helps nourish your hair /