“ Brand: Lush / Type: Hair Shampoo / Subcategory: 2 in 1 Shampoo „
This shampoo is a 2 in 1 shampoo bar from Lush. It is 100% natural and handmade.
I bought this shampoo as I was going on holiday and wanted something quick and easy to wash my hair. The liquorice scent is lovely and it smells quite sweet. The bar is black in colour and it has little white specks inside it, these specks are cocoa butter which is a natural butter.
Using this shampoo bar was easy. The bar lathered up well once it came into contact with water and the bar was quick and easy as you don't need to use a conditioner after as the bar is a 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner. The bar is really foamy and it managed to wash my hair well. It was easy to rinse out and after using the bar my hair felt soft and shiny. The bar didn't rinse out the colour from my hair as it is quite mild and gentle. The gorgeous sweet smell of the bar also hung around for a while, which was a bonus as my hair was left smelling sweet for days after!
The only downside to the bar was the fact that when it started to shrink (after a few weeks) the lumps of cocoa butter fell out of the bar and the bar ended up breaking up into little pieces. This left it lumpy and almost impossible to use. This is the reason why I won't buy it again. It cost £3.95 when I bought it but that was a couple of years ago now. The price has since gone up.
I'm a big fan of lush and their products, and wanted to do something for the environment, so decided to try some of their solid shampoos and see how effective they were.
I decided on this one as it seemed to match my hair type and I loved the smell. It was a shampoo and conditioner in one, and this seemed like a good way to save time and money getting a separate conditioner.
I have to wash my hair every day, so on day one I got stuck into this. I found it extremely hard to get any lather at all, but had been told this was normal by the sales assistant, so I assumed all was ok. I used this shampoo for about a week, to give it a fair try, and not on any occassion did it actually leave my hair clean. There was always some 'grease' left in my hair, and I think this was due to the lack of lather, it was very hard to fully wash the hair.
This may suit some people's hair, but it definitely did not suit mine.
I'm not a fan of 2-in-1 shampoos and conditioners - my hair is fussy and doesn't tend to like them. But I was off on some travels and looking to save space and wieght in my rucksack, so a friend recommended Lush shampoo bars. I decided on the Hybrid as I made more sense to have the one than to take an addtional conditioner.
Although slightly odd to rub the whole bar on your head, it produced a good lather and had a nice liquorice smell. I didn't work wonders on my hair, however for travelling it was absolutely fine. The bar itself was quite difficult to store, even in the Lush shampoo tin. I found that unless it was pretty much dry before i put it in the tin, it would become quite mushy and mould into the shape of the tin, making it difficult to remove next time i wanted to use it.
Overall, it's not an everyday product for me, but i would buy a bar again for taking on holiday or travelling, as it's small and lightweight, and it lasts quite a while - the ideal travelling companion!
I'm a big fan of 2-in-1 shampoos as they save time in the mornings and also a huge fan of Lush so when I heard about their shampoo bar called Hybrid I thought result, this could be the answer to my early morning prayers? I have to wash my hair every morning otherwise I look like I've been dragged through a hedge backwards and upside down. I dont like to spend too long in the shower as it leaves less time for breakfast etc....
This shampoo bar is small and fits in the palm of your hand which makes if easy to handle in the shower, thats about the only good thing about it however. It contains liquorice and cocoa butter which are meant to soften your hair but the vegetable based soap in the bar just washes them out before they can have an effect. Its a nice idea to have both conditioning and cleansing properties in a bar but for me it doesnt work. My hair was left feeling almost too clean, squeeky and difficult to manage afterwards.
I had a right job brushing my hair and styling it once it was dry, the smell of the liquorice had lingered a bit too which just smelt odd, not good really. I wouldnt recommend this or any other Lush shampoo bar as they're not worth the money, you may as well wash your hair with a cheap 20p bar of soap from Tesco!
This was the first solid shampoo I tried, I loved the liquorice smell and it said it was suitable for all types of hair so I decided to give it a try.
It felt really strange using what felt like a bar of soap on my head and it doesn't lather up a lot either, I know it is still working but I like a lot of lather!
When I had finished my shower my hair felt really clean and smelt glorious. After I had dried it I could still smell the liquorice, the only problem was my hair looked really lank and was hanging limply around my face, I like it to be full of volume unless I am straightening it - but even then I still like it to have a bit of body.
As the day wore on it started to look worse and worse until I could take it no more and hid it under a baseball cap!
Now my hair is funny anyway - the scalp and the roots are really dry but the majority of the hair itself is really greasy, especially at the ends, so I thought this would be perfect!
It left my scalp feeling wonderful with no flakes but it made the hair itself look bad.
If you have dry hair and a dry scalp this would probably work very well - Lush should just aim it that hair type instead of proclaiming it is for everyone.
After the fist use I let the bar dry and it hardly looked like it had been touched so it will last for ages, longer than any bottled shampoo will.
A 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner is not something that I'd normally ever entertain, given that they're usually complete rubbish, but since Lush usually are pretty reliable in making great products and since there is always an actual reasoning and set of ingredients that work to provide the results promised, I figured maybe, just maybe if anyone could, they could pull off a 2 in 1.
I had decided opting for a 2 in 1 shampoo bar would be a great idea for holiday. Being the lucky girl that I am this year I'm going to France, then coming back and four days later I'm off to Mexico. Now, when in France I'm not at all fussed how I look, since it's a holiday all about my daughter, not me, whereas in Mexico I want to look my best for the nights out etc. So, I decided if I was to buy one, I could use it first in France, to see how it performed, and if good enough take it to Mexico, and if not, well, I'd have to somehow budget in the weight allowance a "real" shampoo for Mexico.
Shampoo bars are great for travel because not only are they a lot lighter than a bottle of shampoo and more compact, but they also aren't going to leak all over your luggage and have far more washes in them than a travel size bottle of shampoo.
So I knew I wanted a 2 in 1 shampoo bar so it was between Hybrid and Godiva. Godiva seemed to be a love it or hate it product, with some very mixed reviews and in general I liked the sound of Hybrid better so I opted for this. I also liked the fact that as well as being a shampoo and conditioner it can also be used as soap for the body and to wash your clothes with!! Now the fact that it does so many things both excited me and also filled me with an element a doubt, thinking it may be a jack of all trades but a master of none. That said it sounded very convenient and with it's not too girly smell I figured it would be suitable for me, my daughter and my fella on holiday so all the better.
Into Lush I went, with the intention (hmmm) of spending the bargain price of £4.95 on this which will last perhaps forever and a day, or as Lush say "longer than most relationships". This was at least what I told the other half (not that the shampoo may outlive our relationship! That it was a bargain and long lasting!) and when I re emerged ten minutes later, was forced into confessing that the spending budget I'd gone in with, had just about quadrupled. Then I changed the subject, quickly...or tried to...I think even now he is perhaps muttering onto himself about me spending £20 on "SOAP"!! Cue conversation about "it's not soap, it's shampoo", "shampoo IS soap" etc...and the most disturbing argument from his side that is I look the same no matter what I use, so it's a complete waste of money. For a while this actually worked and brain washed me into not buying these things but then I realised he's a bloke, and probably wouldn't notice if I had a whole new head, never mind shinier hair!
I initially loved the smell; it reminds me almost of Coalface in that it smells sort of like liquorice/cinnamon/aniseed. I love this smell but it's also very unisex which is great if buying it not just for your own use.
It is actually similar to Coal face when using it, in that it produces a grey lather and leaves grey marks where ever you put it down - but don't worry these wipe away.
So how does it work then? It has chunks of cocoa butter which melt in the warm water and condition and soften your hair and scalp and then fully rinse away leaving no butter on the hair. It also has Propylene Glycol which softens the hair and leaves it tangle free. It has fresh Coconut, Melon, Soya Milk and Yoghurt as well as many other effective natural ingredients and it helps soften and smooth the hair, giving it shine. Olive, Almond and Jojoba oil help strengthen the hair and treat dryness. Fresh lemon makes hair healthy and strong as well as giving volume and shine. It's also a great cleanser with its antiseptic nature and is good at clearing up dandruff. It also has sesame seeds which also help treat dandruff. As well as this it can prevent premature greying and encourage hair growth. Sweet Fennel Oil has a cleansing effect and can combat oil skin and scalps. It also fights wrinkles and helps heal bruises which is great for its use as a body wash as well as shampoo. Pine Oil is cleansing and stimulates the circulation as well as helping with sores and cuts. Charcoal absorbs excess oil without stripping the skin and is great for cleansing. Liquorice root sooths the skin and Sandalwood Oil softens it. It also has Stearic Acid coats the hair shaft which conditions and gives protection without weighing the hair down or making it dull.
After taking this to France with us, I have to say I was over all very happy with the product. It was suitable for use on myself, my daughter and my boyfriend, with its unisex sent. I'm usually very fussy with hair products as I want my hair to look it's best at all times. I have to say I was quite happy with this. It lathered up well and got my hair really clean and left it relatively tangle free and looking in quite good condition. It wasn't one I was utterly wowed by like "look how amazing my hair looks" but it did look good and healthy and shiny.
As a body wash it also worked well and the smell was at first delicious.
Then half way through our holiday I hear a noise coming from the bedroom (or cupboard as we more accurately named it), it sounds like a normal cough but call it mothers instinct, I race in a second too late, and the bed which I share with my daughter is covered in sick. Both pillows, the undersheet and over sheet and the three blankets (yes it was that cold and we still woke up shivering throughout the night with that many), are all covered in the most vile smelling sick you could imagine. I put the fella on sick duty, catching the next hours worth of constant sick in a carrier bag (oh the joy of this holiday!) whilst I set to work washing all our bedding in a sink about the size of a mug, using our Hybrid bar.
I guess this really puts the stuff to the test. I have to say it did get rid of all the orangey-ness and clean it somewhat but the smell sort of mingled with the sick rather than getting rid of the sick smell. I now can't stand the smell of the stuff as the smell of it just reminds me of sick!
It used up half a bar for our stay in France, for three people using it, and the majority used cleaning the bedding. I bought a new shampoo for Mexico but my boyfriend took the remaining half of this and it used up within about a week and a half.
If it was just being used for one person on a daily basis it would probably last a month or so I'd say but it really depends if you're going to be using it just as a shampoo or as soap as well or as a clothes cleaner as well. I think it is a good idea for taking away on holidays as its compact, won't spill, is suitable for use on men, women and children and is multifunctional.
I won't be able to buy this again as I've been put off the scent so much but I would still recommend it to other people. I doubt anyone would be wowed by the results but they were definitely okay, and for a holiday or any time you need to pack light then it is a good option.
Hair-softening liquorice two-in-one bar / Hybrid metamorphosed into a Shampoo and Conditioner bar, with a stylish combination of black and white soap wiggles and conditioning cocoa butter mix chunks /