This solid shampoo is probably one of Lush's most hyped products. I'm a Lush newbie so I can't say what this is like compared to their other solid shampoos, just what it's like alone.
The main supposed effect of this shampoo, therefore one of the most important parts. Unlike many people I did notice a blonding effect - it wasn't major, it was quite subtle, but enough my family noticed without me saying anything - although I noticed over time this was lost, I believe you'd have to use it daily for it to actually blonde.
Now this is the downside. This is a very very strong shampoo. Now it's great for me for a deep cleanse now and then - but far, far too rough for every day - or even every wash, if you don't wash your hair daily - usage, unless you have very very greasy hair in need of deep cleansing. I'd actually hesitate to guess that the strength removing buildup could be most of the reason for the blonding effect - removing anything that may have tinged your hair. That said it appeared to help hide my roots a fair bit without such extreme drying - so I may just use it for them.
My first go at using a solid shampoo was with this, so I can't say in comparison to others, but it wasn't that easy to use. First go it also didn't froth and didn't leave me feeling clean, a second go is needed and yet far too harsh; rather a catch 22 for me.
I will, slowly, use up this bar - but I won't bother buying a second. It doesn't have a great enough effect to be worth it for the blonding, plus it's so strong that it does leave your hair feeling dry, even after conditioning.
For anyone wondering, my hair is naturally a fairly dark blonde but currently (for a few months now) dyed to a light blonde, so I wanted to keep the colour refreshed. I feel on my natural colour it may be of more use for a subtle lightening effect and also better as the hair wouldn't be damaged by the constant dying.
Although I dye my hair "Reddish blonde", I bought a piece of Solid Blonde to keep my colour as light as possible.
I have tried a couple of Lush solid shampoos, and they all (including Blonde) have one quality I absolutely love - they wash off very easily, not leaving soapy feeling in your hair. You have to rub the solid block on your hair, or between your hand to create foam and then massage it to your hair. The lather is very rich, although I must say it does dry my hands a bit. Presuming it does the same to your scalp and hair, I use a leave-in conditioner afterwards.
As to Blonde effect, I cannot really say does it help, no particular difference from other shampoos to me. But I consider it a good quality shampoo, which doesn't make my scalp itchy, gives a clean and soft feeling to my hair and they stay as such for quite long, smells nice when washing my hair but doesn't leave extensive smell afterwards (which I prefer as I use conditioner and styling products that smell nicely), is reasonably priced and seems to disappear rather slowly. It's a bit hard to store, as you cannot keep it on a shelf in your shower - humidity makes it soft and you also cannot get a tin as for other Lush products, as the size vary depending on how much you buy.
To conclude, it's a good shampoo, but I would be careful about recommending it - it has disadvantages that I don't mind too much but others may think different.
I have tried many blonde shampoos to keep my highlights as blonde as possible for as long as possible so I was really excited when I discovered that Lush actually do a shampoo made especially for blondes! And it was appropriately called "Blonde".
Blonde costs £4.65 per 100g and the weight can vary when you buy a chunk from Lush as it has to be cut when you are in store. It will look like a massive lump of cheese when you see it as it is bright yellow in colour and in a circular truckle. The Blonde shampoo is one of Lush's solid shampoo bars and I found it a strange concept at first.
Like I said, it comes in chunks and it is bright yellow in colour and slightly crumbly looking. If you look even closer at it you will see little pieces of real marigolds and oranges in it. It does look nice when you see it and it smells cirtussy and gives you the impression that it is going to be great for your hair.
The Blonde has many ingredients to make its scent, some of which are: chamomile, lemon juice and marigold flowers. Chamomile is a well known ingredient to make blonde hair lighter as it is a natural dye.
I found this pretty awkward to use. It is best to use it are the bar and you have to rub the bar into your hair whilst wet to create a lather. I was constantly finding little bits of flowers in my hair as I was washing it and it got on my nerves a fair bit. I was trying to get my hair clean not get more bits in it! The shampoo lathered up pretty well but it made my hair feel similar to straw as I was washing it which was a bit worrying. Even after I had conditioned it, my hair still felt straw like.
The shampoo rinses out easily enough. And it did smell nice though it did have a chemical sort of scent to it.
When it came to drying my hair, I could hardly get a brush through it because it was so straw like. My hair felt knotty and still had bits of flowers stuck in it. When I finally got a brush through it and dried it my hair was a fizzy and dry mess. There was no smoothness and my hair didn't look any more blonde than before. It was a complete mess. My hair also lacked moisture.
I cannot recommend this Lush product. I found the shampoo destroyed any moisture my hair had and made it look awful. I shall stick to my beloved Sheer Blonde in future. A truly awful product,
This is the one of the Lush's solid shampoos advertised which is supposedly designed especially for blonde hair. It contains chamomile which does lighten the colour of blonde hair (gradually with many uses).
It comes in a irregular lump rather than one of Lush's rounded shampoo bars and it has a rather solid texture. It is bright yellow, with bits of straw and lemon peel.
It has a citrusy smell, with orange, tangerine and lemon; altogether a summery scent which goes well with the colour. But I don't buy shampoos for scent, so although it was nice, it wasn't what mattered.
I like using solid shampoos - I use baths so I am not bothered by "what to do with it conundrum" and if children get hold of it, it has more chance of survival, and there is no bottles.
Blonde lathers reasonably well (not too much - this is one of great things about Lush solid shampoos, they don't produce as much lather as others).
My wet hair after washing seemed very tangly, and a bit rough. I applied some basic conditioner (Tresemme it was, I think), and after rinsing and towel drying attempted to brush my hair.
It was horrible: terrible tangles, much worse than with any other shampoo. I think if I didn't use a conditioner it would be really impossible to brush my hair.
I almost never blow dry, and I found that with this shampoo I had to brush my hair several times while it air-dried, to avoid what seemed like a constant threat of tangles!
The results were OK but not spectacular, reasonably nice, shiny hair, with pleasant after-scent - but nothing special, and the tangliness remained.
It costs almost £4 for 100g and is altogether not worth it.
(As far as blondiness goes, I am already a very fair blonde, so I can't comment on how good it is at making your hair fairer).
I was taking a risk in buying any shampoo product from Lush. My hair is very temperamental and doesn't respond well to most expensive products, and knowing Lush to be very hit and miss, there was every chance this product would be a miss.
This product claims to naturally lighten your hair using natural ingredients like marigold, chamomile and lemon, as well as making it shiny and healthy looking. The shampoo itself is one of Lush's solid shampoo bars. You use it by lathering it in your hands like a soap, or rubbing it straight onto your head. It lathers up really well, but feels a bit, idk, fairy liquid-y in my hair. It has a citrusy fragrance that's OK, but nothing special.
I was hoping this would lighten my hair more than anything else, but it didn't do anything other than leave my hair feeling straw-like and frizzy. It did nothing to lighten my dark blonde hair. I get better lightening results making my own rinse out of chamomile tea, rhubarb, lemon, vinegar and marigold petals. Although Lush's The Blonde shampoo bar contains some of these ingredients, it just didn't work!
This product costs around £3.25 for 100g. It would be fairly good value because it would last you a while, but when something simply doesn't work, it's worthless investing in.
I have tried quite a few blonding shampoos in my time and this is not one I would race to use again. I used it as a stop gap inbetween my John Frieda regime.
Lush smells divine when you walk in, all flowery and potent and you feel encouraged to buy something. This gleaming shampoo sits in big blocks of cheese on the shelves, waiting to be carved up into bite sized portions. I went into the store and bought a small block, which cost me about four pounds.
Comes in a block, yellow in colour with bits of sunflower in it, looks lovely, smells even better, a fresh zingy smell that invigorates the senses.
It lathers up pretty well, just rub a small piece of the block between the hands and work into the hair. It smells great while it is on and you can feel it gently cleansing the scalp. It is easy enough to rinse off and I had no residue problems, except round the bath- it had gone a bit greasy.
The next bit:
After a light towel dry and the blow-dry I was left rather disappointed. The hair did not appear any brighter and it actually felt rather dry and lifeless. All the softness seemed to have been zapped from the hair shaft, leaving it frizzy and less managable than usual.
Compared to other blonding shampoos, I do not rate this. It looks and smells lovely, but the results leave the hair looking tired and distressed. Sorry Lush, not worth plumping for this one
I bought a block of Lush blonde solid shampoo in my new local store. It was £3.50 for a 100g bar, which seemed a lot to me, but the lady in the shop assured me that it would last for ages (around 1g = 1 wash). This appealed to my naturally thrift side, so I was sold.
The bar (chunk) itself was bright yellow, with what can only be described as bits in it; I assumed that they were parts of chamomile flowers because Lush are renowned for selling natural products. The real attraction though, was the citrus smell, which was absolutely divine. The bar, fragranced by essential oils, smells strongly of orange and lemon, with a slight floral note. It was advertised as containing loads of chamomile and marigold infusion, which is supposed to lighten blonde hair, so I was quite excited at the prospect of using it.
I neednt have been. Having recently had my hair cut short, I tried wetting it and rubbing the bar over my hair, as I had been advised in the shop. This didnt really seem to have a great deal of effect, and I certainly didnt seem to be working anything except myself into a lather. Eventually, I managed to lather the bar up in my hands and slapped that on my head, but I missed the huge foam of my usual liquid shampoo. It was just like washing my hair with, well soap.
I took longer than usual to rinse my hair, carefully rubbing my fingers through to make sure all the shampoo was gone. I decided not to use conditioner, as I would normally, to see how my hair felt. The result was disappointing my hair felt rough and not at all soft and silky as I had hoped with all that chamomile and oils. Even though it was short, it had also managed to get tangled from my manic rubbing. I had to comb it through carefully, and it had that unpleasant squeaky feel to it. My husband commented that it smelt nice though, and this did linger for quite some time.
Not one to give up easily (or waste my £3.50) I have tried using the shampoo since, using a conditioner afterwards, and this does give a better finish, although frankly, its still not really for me. I didnt notice any lightening of my blonde hair either, although thats not really surprising.
Having checked the Lush website, I see that the main ingredients of this product are Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Stearic Acid. So it is posh soap after all. I cant really recommend it.
Lush The Blonde Solid Shampoo
My recent shopping trip to Glasgow saw me passing by the Lush store on Buchanan Street, and being the totally addict I am I had to go inside to see what little goodies I could take home.
I immediately picked up a couple of items and then went to look at the solid shampoos as I had read a few reviews on them and wanted to try them for myself. At first glance The Blonde was a huge chunk of yellow clay (well that was what it looked like on the shelf) I saw 2 pieces cut from it both wrapped in the greaseproof Lush paper, but both pieces were around £8 each. (The Blonde sells by weight and is £3.50 for 100g so these pieces were around 200g+ each) As I hadnt tried a solid shampoo before I was loathe to pay this in case I didnt like the product so I called one of the very helpful assistants over to ask if I could perhaps have a smaller piece nearer the 100g size, she smiled and said of course, she then asked if I had tried the shampoo before and when I said I hadnt and that was why I only wanted a smaller piece to try she cut off a piece about 50g and said I could have it as a free sample! Well that was what I called service. As I had expected to pay for the shampoo it left me spare money to buy another item(s)
What Lush says about The Blonde (taken directly from their website)
Chamomile is the best herb for blondness; it lightens your hair and helps to keep it soft. Its also excellent for looking after your scalp and in India they reckon it banished tiredness. A lot of chamomile shampoos have a lot of shampoo and very little chamomile in them. The Blonde has MASSES of chamomile and loads of marigold too. If you were born blonde but youve gone darker or you want to keep your natural fairness topped up in the winter months without resorting to chemicals, wash with our bright yellow lightening shampoo. It works, but be patient.
So on arriving home I decided to give my new solid shampoo a try, the assistant had also told me how best to use it. I jumped in the shower and soaked my hair, and then stepped out of the running water and started rubbing the small yellow bar through my hair and into my scalp. I was surprised by the amount of lather I got from it. Dont get me wrong there wasnt loads - just enough to cover my head in light foaming bubbles. The smell was absolutely divine. I could definitely smell the chamomile which is the main ingredient used for helping keep that blonde look to your blonde hair.
This also smells very citrus like too, which is no surprise as it contains lemon juice, mandarin oils, orange oils, tangerine oils amongst other ingredients (for a full list see website) the smell is in no way overpowering and leaves your hair smelling gorgeous even when dried.
So does it work?
Well I usually always use a conditioner as where I live the water seems to tangle my hair anyway, and so I used my normal conditioner with this shampoo. I was slightly disappointed that it didnt make my hair feel any softer but then again it doesnt claim to anyway!
Im not sure if Ill feel the need to stop having my hair highlighted as I dont think any shampoo could actually lighten your hair but this certainly helps brighten it a little! Ive since used the shampoo twice and still have loads of the bar left so on a rough estimate the 50g bar should last me around 4-6 weeks of washing my hair 3 times a week. Not bad for a freebie! I will be buying more of it simply for the fact it doesnt seem to strip my hair of colour, it smells gorgeous and it lasts ages more than my normal shampoo of which I end up having to buy a bottle every 2 weeks!
I would recommend this shampoo on the above basis but dont go expecting miracles to work and magical blonde highlights to appear, because quite simply that wont happen what will or should happen is that your hair will be much shinier and brighter with none of that dullness that us blondes (fake or otherwise) experience in the dark winter months!
It can look expensive at the outset but when you consider that 100g of this should last you for around 8-12 weeks if you wash your hair 2-3 times a week then I reckon this is good value for £3.50!
As a final note I normally give my hair 2 shampoos each time with my normal shampoo, but didnt feel the need to as my hair did feel clean after the first shampoo. Also a little tip to get shinier hair from me is to make your final rinse a cold water rinse!
Thanks for reading
Michelle (Jan 07)
If you want to know the answer to the question in the title read on and find out.
Lush - The shop
I don't have to say much here about Lush as there has been many reviews about Lush products basically its a shop that sells fresh handmade cosmetics, probably most famous for its bath bombs. I am not a regular user of Lush products, I have only bought 2 items for myself from Lush. What I would say though is don't let the smell of the shop put you off, personally I find the smell very overpowering even just walking past the outside of the shop. But if you do venture in there is a whole load of amazing products to buy, I look forward to my next venture in when I need something else but for now let me tell you about The Blonde.
What is it?
The Blonde is a solid shampoo bar made by Lush. It costs £3.50 for a 100g chunk. When you go into the Lush shop you can buy different size chunks of the shampoo and they will weigh it and the price depends on the weight of the product. If you haven't come across solid shampoo it is basically like a piece of soap. Some come in smooth round pieces and other varieties like the Blonde come in a big chunk and you can choose the size you want. The packaging is minimal, a greaseproof type paper with a label printed on it giving the basic instructions of use. Its therefore better for the environment and lasts longer than a bottle of shampoo at around the same price.
What is in it?
There is chamomile, marigold, lemon juice, tangerine oil, mandarin oil, orange oil, orange blossom, chamomile flowers and lemon oil. So you are in for a zesty experience.
What does it do?
Well obviously it's a shampoo so its designed for washing your hair but this is no ordinary shampoo bar or so Lush tells us. There is chamomile which is said to be great for blonde hair as it lightens your hair, helps keep it soft and is good for your scalp. Lush suggests that this shampoo is great for brightening and lightening blonde hair especially in winter months without having to resort to chemicals.
What does it smell of?
Well its not hard to guess with all those wonderful ingredients that this will be a lovely lemony smelling product. It is a great product to use in the morning as the zesty citrus smell wakes you up.
How do you use it?
Well you can use it in two ways. Firstly you can rub the shampoo bar between your damp hands making a lather and then rubbing that onto your wet hair. Or you can rub the shampoo bar itself onto your wet hair. Personally I find it easiest to use the bar directly on my hair. You just need to quickly rub it over your hair and then put it into the soap dish (very handy to have one of these if you buy one of the solid shampoo bars) and lather your hair. You get less lather than using ordinary shampoos but I think shampoo manufacturers add extra foaming agents to make you feel that the shampoo is working better. Its easy enough to rinse the product out and you could rinse and repeat if you like but I find once shampoo is sufficient.
Does it work?
Well it makes my hair clean, soft and shiny but as to whether its any blonder the jury is still out. I certainly unfortunately don't think I will be saving money by stopping getting highlights at the hairdressers. One downside is I do feel my hair is slightly more tangled after using this than if I use any other shampoo. Using a conditioner alongside the shampoo bar does solve this problem but I don't tend to usually condition my hair every time I wash it.
Do I recommend it?
I have to confess that I don't think any shampoo can make your hair that much blonder, if it did then people wouldn't have to go for highlights or dye their hair. So if you want to find out if blondes have more fun this shampoo bar isnt going to tell you the answer. However if you want to have a shampoo that smells zesty and makes your hair soft and you fancy trying something that's kinder to the environment (natural products and minimal packaging) then yes I would recommend this shampoo. I have certainly enjoyed using a shampoo bar and look forward to trying some more in the future but for now I will stick to my Blonde as it looks as if it will last for some time to come.
There are some people in this world who can simply not fault a Lush product. No matter what Lush comes up with, they will endorse it and support it until the end of time. Whether it is the lovely smell of most Lush products - that I don't know. Whether it is the idea of natural ingredients in beauty products - that I don't know either. All I know is that I cannot support that blanket endorsement, because some products, even though they are worldwide bestsellers, are simply not up to scratch.
One of Lush's best-sellers is "The Blonde" bar. For a long time I kept tip-toeing around this solid shampoo bar, wondering what it would be like to use. The miracles users described. Baby-soft hair. Naturally-lighted hair. A divine smell. Well, only one of those claims really holds true for me.
"The Blonde" is of a bright yellow colour, which contains bits of straw and lemon peel. The main ingredients, chamomile, lemon and marigolds, are intended to lighten up your hair and make it silky smooth, take away the straw-like feeling of your hair. If you think the bar looks slightly odd, any doubts you may have are throw out the window once you have a sniff of its lovely citrus smell. The main notes are certainly orange, tangerine and lemon, but you can also detect a whiff of sunflower, gardenia and sand, which gives the bar a distinct summer feeling to it.
When I bought my shampoo bar, which was approximately 150g heavy, the salesperson (who herself had lovely blonde hair) told me that the shampoo bar did wonders for her hair, naturally lightening it. She also told me that the shampoo bar would last at least 2 months. At a price of £3.25 for 100g, this seemed to be indeed a little bargain.
I took my little shampoo bar home and could simply not wait to use it. The salesperson had told me that I could use the bar two ways - either by running the shampoo bar through my hair or my forming a lather up in my hands and applying that to my wet hair.
At first, I tried forming a lather in my hands to apply to my hair. This worked quite nicely, however, I then found myself at a loss as to where to place my slippery shampoo bar in my tiny shower while "getting rid" of the lather on my hands. I therefore decided to run the bar straight through my hair. I was suitably impressed - as I used it, I could feel a nice lather forming on my hair, equally as good or better than conventional shampoos. I also found my hair incredibly soft once the ingredients were in my hair. But the softness did not last. The minute I washed the ingredients out, my hair became very knotted and had a distinct plastic-feeling to it. During a second wash, the soft feeling did not envelope my hair like it did during the first wash.
I loved the citrus smell that surrounded me after I used "The Blonde", a smell that lingered in the bathroom hours after I had washed my hair. But my troubles really began once I left the shower and tried to style my hair in some way. I have very long and thin hair, hair that tangles very easily. After using the shampoo bar, I found it absolutely impossible to brush through my hair. I had to take individual strands and comb through them very slowly, a process that took me about ten minutes.
Blow-drying my hair was slightly difficult as well, as it felt hugely unpleasant to touch with that plastic-feeling it suddenly had. In addition, my hair still kept tangling more than usual, adding at least another 5 minutes to the drying process.
Once my hair was dry, I looked at the results. While I was not disappointed at the results, they were far from spectacular. My hair did appear a little more shiny than usual, but certainly not blonder than when using my ordinary shampoo. This observation held true even after repeated use of the shampoo bar. The other slight annoyance was the texture of my hair - it felt a lot thicker, but contrary to what Lush promised, it actually felt a lot like straw and kept tangling more than usual, even when dry.
My positive reaction was to the smell - the citrus, sunflower, sand summer-feeling just integrated itself into each strand of my hair and lingered for a very long time. I often found myself pulling strands to my nose to have a little whiff of the lovely smell. My fiancé was equally impressed with the smell, commenting on it repeatedly.
I still use the shampoo bar from time to time, but my opinion has not changed much. One of the things I noticed as I am nearing the end of my shampoo bar, is that little bits of straw keep coming off the bar and tangling themselves in my hair, which is slightly annoying. I now use substantial amounts of conditioner after I use the shampoo bar to get rid of the tangles. Some of the plastic-feeling still remains when blow-drying, but the issue of tangles is largely resolved that way.
The other thing that I noticed about the shampoo bar is that it by no means will last you two months, unless you restrict your use to maybe once or twice a week. The shampoo bar becomes very soft very quickly, and so substantial amounts dissolve every time you use the shampoo bar in the shower. It is recommended to keep your bar in a dry place, but even though I have kept it dry and in an airtight container, it simply does not assist much. I wonder how quickly it would disappear if I simply let it lie around?
This is not the worst product I have ever used, at the very least, I have to admit that the smell is absolutely gorgeous. My issues with it are the blatant inaccuracies in the claims as to the effects that this shampoo bar is supposed to produce. No, it does not lighten hair - at least it has not done with mine. And no, it does not soften everyone's hair, on the contrary. In the case of my hair, it just turns it into straw. While I am slowly using my current shampoo bar up, I don't think I would buy it again - other than perhaps to create a lovely scent of summer feeling in my bathroom.