“ Brand: Lush / Type: Hair Shampoo „
I am not a huge fan of LUSH as a company, as I believe them to be very guilty of "greenwash". I have read so many reviews on Dooyoo stating that the products are " 100% natural" and contain "no chemicals" etc that I have had to force myself not to comment by listing every chemical that is contained in the reviewed product. This is an irritating character trait so I only allow myself to do it a maximum of once a day (twice on sundays). However I now have the most hideous quandary.
I was recently sent a parcel containing a few Lush bits, namely a solid shampoo bar (Karma Komba), a solid conditioner (Jungle) and a little tin to keep the shampoo in. It did all smell amazing so I decided to put my prejudice to one side briefly and try the shampoo and conditioner out for myself. I have very long and stupidly coloured hair (think bright pink on a 43 year old who should know better) and usually have to use a lot of conditioner. My conditioner of choice is coconut oil and my shampoo of choice is usually Weleda or Dr Bronner. Being a fussy git I did not expect to like the solid shampoo very much even though many of my dreadlocked friends use it and speak of it in hallowed tones.
Ah well, bravely clutching the offending article I took the shampoo bar to my bathroom and proceeded to try it out.
The smell was my first impression. I am a lover of all earthy scents so the patchouli was recognisable to me first off. The chamomile flower that was pressed into the soap was a nice decorative touch but was looking a bit pitiful so I removed it. There were embedded bits of flower left (which I would spend the next day picking out of my hair) in a bar that looked like very fine grated soap squished together into a solid round puck shape. The bar is hard and looks like it would not lather up much so I was expecting little. The colour was dodgy and looked false and chemical. Part of me was determined not to like it...
There are two ways to use this. Well, technically three if you mix it with boiling water into a bottle to make a liquid shampoo but that defeats the object. There are reviews of people doing just that on Youtube, but each to their own I say. Leaving that aside, the shampoo bar can be applied directly to the head and hair or you can lather it up in your hands and apply the foam.
This bar lathered up well and the smell was intoxicating. In a good way! I could detect the geranium and orange immediately which when mixed with the patchouli formed a heady mix. I LOVED the scent. I started of by lathering it in my hands and ended up just shoving it on my head, stopping occasionally to sniff the bar and go "oooooh". I may have overdone it but who cares, it smelt great. Grrr.
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This was easy to rinse out without any residue apart from a few annoyingly persistent petals of chamomile. My hair felt very squeaky and clean and did not feel at all tangled.
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I am too lazy to use a hairdryer so wrap my head up in a towel. I could still smell the Karma on me and it was delicious. When my hair was dry it felt beautifully clean and soft with no static. And the smell followed me around the house. My daughter who had been out all day noticed the smell immediately as did my friend. I was very surprised to find myself looking furtively at the website, trying to work out if I could abandon my principles to buy a Karma perfume.... in the end I decided that I would take the Lush Karma ingredients (oils) and make my own without the chemicals that they insist on adding.
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Apparently Karma is considered one of Lush's signature scents. It is mega popular and is available in a range of products from soap to perfume. It is an easy to wear sunny combination of some lovely essential oils, unfortunately marred somewhat by the nasties that are lurking such as Sodium Lauryl sulphate, chemical perfume and colours.
Lush list the ingredients as:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamide DEA, Perfume, Patchouli Oil, Sweet Orange Oil, Lavandin Oil, Pine Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Elemi Oil, Gardenia Extract, *Citral, *Geraniol, *Citronellol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 42090, Colour 19140, Roman Chamomile Flowers
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I loved it. It sucks but I loved it. Now if Lush could go the whole hog and stop pretending to be "Eco" and "Green" and actually do it I would be thrilled. I am surprised just how much I liked this shampoo and will use it again. Would I buy it? Probably not, but like I said the smell is amazing and I shall be attempting to recreate it using natural ingredients at home. The little bar is designed to be held safely in a tin (these are sold for £2.50 on the website) and after use you are meant to allow the bar to dry off a bit and put it in the tin for the next time. I would say that the bar would last a long time and despite the disappointing chemicals, there are far less than any mainstream popular shampoo so this would be the better option for many people.
Having somewhat abandoned my principles I feel a pang of guilt and shall either flagellate myself for a week at dawn with a bag of lentils or say a few prayers to the Goddess of natural soap (in ancient Gaellic) hoping that my soul will be clean enough for redemption. Irritatingly enough, my hair well and truly is.
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LUSH Karma Komba available from the Lush store for £5.25 per bar.
I had never even heard of a shampoo bar before - but since deciding to go vegetarian 6 months ago, all my vegetarian friends recommended Lush products as fantastic alternatives to other toiletries containing animal products. This shampoo was the very top of their list.
I was sceptical. How can a bar of shampoo work? However, now, I would never go back to using bottled shampoo.
The bar lathers up beautifully. The smell is gorgeous, and makes my bathroom (and my adjoining bedroom) smell amazing for hours - not to mention all of the compliments I have had about how good my hair smells! My hair is always left in great condition, with plenty of volume and lift. Coupled with Lush's Jungle solid conditioner, I have found the perfect combination. I also find that the natural ingredients are kind to both my hair and my skin. I dye my hair bright red, and this is one of the few shampoos I have found that does not strip the colour.
Any negative points? It can make my hair a little static when it is first blow dried. That is honestly all i can think of!
I know that the price can seem a little high, but it lasts so long that I end up saving money. One bar can last a good couple of months of daily use. It is also far more useful on the go - perfect for the gym or an overnight bag, with no risk of leaks!
The knowledge that it is all natural ingredients means that there is no fear of washing harmful chemicals down the drain. Also - no plastic packaging, double good for the environment!
I'm a huge fan of Lush's dry shampoo range, and while I'm tied to my beloved Soak n' Float, there's a lot to admire about this one as well. This is my girlfriend's shampoo of choice, and it's one that I've used on the various occasions that I've forgotten/lost/dropped/mislaid my own.
Unlike the aforementioned Soak n' Float, this one impresses instantly - it's got a lovely soft, faintly fruity smell to it - nothing too heavy, and with a salty edge to it that gives a little sharpness to the aroma. It's a nice balance - not sickly sweet, nor medicinal, but definitely welcoming and pleasant. The green hue of the bar adds to this impression; all in all it's got plenty of positive natural vibes coming out of it.
So what sort of job does it do on your hair? I find it leaves your scalp a little drier than my preferred variety, but it also gives your hair more of a sleek, cared-for sheen to it. I'm not sure I get the full benefit, being very short-haired (a euphemism here for "balding"!), but if you've got long hair this is a great one for de-tangling, and giving you smooth, soft, malleable locks.
So - it's not exactly what I need, but I can see why plenty of people would love it - it does great things to your hair, it smells lovely, and has all the practical benefits of every Lush bar - it lasts ages and works out fairly cheap. Good karma indeed.
When I received an order from lush recently I was pleased to see that they had popped a few samples in there for me to try. One of the samples they gave me was a chunk of karma komba solid shampoo. I have to say I have always been quite intrigued by the solid shampoos sold in lush and as my hair is notoriously difficult I wondered how it would manage and was looking forward to trying the product.
The chunk of karma komba was only a few centimetres square and so obviously if you were to buy a full size one it would be much bigger. The shampoo is a deep green in colour and in full sized ones you have a fresh daisy in the middle of it which I think is quite cute.
I have long and thick hair which can be difficult in that it seems to react badly if I use the same shampoo over again or if I use something cheap and so I was intrigued to see how this solid shampoo would work on my hair. I wet my hair in the bath and then rubbed the block of shampoo on my hair briefly to create lather before rubbing it in much like I would rub in any other shampoo. You could also rub the bar on to your hands and then rub it on your head like an ordinary shampoo if you should wish to. I found that you needed hardly any of the shampoo to create a good lather which really surprised me to be honest.
As I rubbed the shampoo in to my hair the fragrance was apparent which I found to be quite pleasant really and somewhat citrus smelling. This scent lingers slightly on the hair after styling but isn't too strong or over bearing.
As I rinse the shampoo from my hair I always think my hair feels a bit "squeaky" after using this shampoo which feels quite odd. After styling though my hair feels soft and has a lovely shine to it as well. I have also used this shampoo regularly and so far my hair hasn't rebelled against it which makes a nice change! I have used this product on my son's hair and he has had no reaction to it either.
This shampoo costs £5.00 in lush and I initially thought this was a little expensive but it actually equates to three 250ml bottles of liquid shampoo so it is a very good price really and you are not using any plastic packaging either! One issue I have had with this shampoo was that it stuck to the side of my bath leaving a big green soapy mark as it dried after use but I have since left it sitting on a flannel to avoid the marks on the side of the bath!
I think this is a good concept and product from lush and it is something I would happily buy after testing a sample piece. I have washed my hair a few times with my sample and it has barely shrunk so I feel it is a long lasting product and a got investment.
Thank you for reading my review!
I bought this shampoo bar a while ago now as I wanted to try a solid shampoo. I chose this one as it looked the most appealing and I bought the shampoo bar tin at the same time.
This shampoo bar smells very tropical and exotic, just like the Karma scent from Lush. The bar is a circular shape and quite thick. It is not too heavy to hold in the hand and it fits into the palm really well. I actually find this shampoo bar comfortable to use and it lasts ages too, so it is great value for money. I would suggest using the shampoo bar tin with it as the bar can melt a little if left in water.
The shampoo bar foams up really well and the lather it gives off is really creamy and frothy. You can rub the bar around your hair and scalp or you can use it in your hands and lather it up that way. The bar smells lovely and the scent of the bar lingers on your hair after use. The lather is easy to rinse out of the hair and after use my hair is detangled and lug free.
The bar leaves my hair looking shiny and it feels really soft. It's a lot easier to style and a lot easier to manage. My comb just slides through the hair like a knife through butter after using this shampoo. My hair is coloured and this bar doesn't rinse the colour from my hair, which is another good thing about it!
A great handy shampoo bar.
I have recently started using the Lush solid shampoo bars and this is probably my favourite. It is £5 for a 55 gram bar which sounds a bit expensive however according to the Lush assistant who persuaded me to buy it, the bar should last me for around 3 months even with regular use. I have had it for 2 weeks now and it looks barely used and it hasn't broken apart or become mishapen, so I think it will definetly last me for as long as she said if not longer.
It is round and is bright green in colour and has quite a rough texture. It is not very big and reminds me of an oversized herbal tablet, lol. It is quite thick in diameter and is a little smaller than the palm of my hand. Packaging wise, it is very minimal - a yellow Lush paper bag which is recycable. I personally choose to store mine in my Lush solid shampoo bar.
This shampoo is lovely. It is so easy to use and it leaves my hair shiny, feeling clean and I would even go as far as saying it adds volume - my hair feels so much bouncier and fresh after i've used this. It is easy to use and I just stand in the shower, wet it and rub it into my scalp and hair. It lathers up easily and the smell is gorgeous - it smells of oranges and spices which is refreshing and smells nice and natural.
This shampoo bar is brilliant at cleaning my hair thoroughly and I love that the scent is quite long lasting - it usually lingers for a few hours. I have really thick hair and suprisingly I don't need to rub the bar into my hair for too long as it lathers up really quickly and produces lots of moisture.
The shampoo bar is a really handy thing to have and is ideal for travelling if you don't want to bulk your bag or suitcase up with bottles of shampoo and conditioner. I do personally use a conditioner along side the shampoo bar but that is optional. The shampoo washes out easily and quickly which is good too, it doesn't take ages to rinse it all out of my hair.
Overall I would definetly reccomend the Karma Koba!
Lush is a store that makes delicious smelling products that are eye catching and colourful by using natural ingredients. Their products are addictive and fun to use and often help to make mundane processes more enjoyable. After going a little wild in the shop recently, I purchased my newest solid shampoo bar and this time I chose the Karma Komba.
What is the purpose of a solid shampoo bar?
Using in a dry shampoo bar is much more environmentally friendly than using a standard liquid shampoo. The bar is compact and does not need to be enclosed within large plastic bottles so there is no waste product at the end. It is also great for travelling with as it is much lighter than standard shampoos, plus it can be carried in your hand luggage as it's not a liquid and it takes up less room. The product also lasts way longer than a liquid shampoo and from this small bar, you should get around 50 washes although I probably get a little less because my hair is thick and long. Lush have designed solid shampoo bars to serve a variety of purposes.
What does Karma Komba do?
The purpose of this particular solid shampoo bar is to calm down unruly hair. It promises to reduce tangles and fly away ends to leave your hair soft and smooth, while also soothing the scalp. It also comes with an uplifting fragrance to brighten the spirits and leave your hair coated with the Karma fragrance created by Lush.
How does it work?
The product contains Lavandin Oil which soothes the scalp and promotes healthy hair growth. It is a substance which is commonly used to treat hair loss and it strengthens the hair and means you will lose fewer strands when brushing. The aromatherapy benefits relieve stress and calm the soul. Chamomile serves much the same purpose in this product and it is very gentle on the scalp.
Pine Oil gives the product a forest aroma that is fresh and the substance also stimulates the scalp to promote the growth of healthy new hair. The aroma is invigorating and awakening. Sweet Orange Oil is included to tone the scalp while brightening the spirits and relieving feelings of stress. Lemongrass Oil also helps to leave you feeling happy.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be used on damp hair just like a liquid shampoo. You need to take the product and rub it over the length of your hair until it is coated with the shampoo. Then you'll need to put your bar somewhere dry so that water doesn't come into contact with it and cause wastage. Lush sell little tins for these purposes although they can be difficult to open with wet hands so I use a travel soap dish.
You need to massage the product into the hair, paying particular attention to the scalp as lots of these ingredients offer benefits there. Once you're done, you rinse out the product thoroughly and follow it up with a good conditioner.
Packaging and Price
The product comes in a circular shape that fits easily into the hand. It comes in a beautiful minty green colour that matches perfectly with the aroma of the product. The product has some little flowers embedded within it. The shampoo bar will cost you around £5 for 55 grams of the product and it can be bought from your local Lush store or its online website.
The scent of this product is delicious. It is evident when the product is dry but seems to come out more when the bar is wet. It is very refreshing and typical of the Karma fragrance. It kind of smells like a lush forest as the pine oil is the most evident aroma. It is long lasting in the hair and I can still smell the aroma ages after my hair has been dried.
The bar doesn't really create much a lather but I don't find that any of these solid shampoo bars do. The foam of a shampoo is largely artificially added anyway to make you think its doing a good job. I think this product doesn't lather much because it's more natural so I don't mind that. The smell is delicious when you are massaging the product into the hair.
The product washes out easily and doesn't need any excessive rinsing to get the bits out of your hair like some Lush products do. It doesn't weigh my hair down or make it get greasy any faster than it normally would. It does feel quite soothing on the scalp and never causes any discomfort or irritations on my sensitive skin.
I wouldn't say that this product particularly moisturises my hair at all but it doesn't dry it out either. That said, I think it would leave my hair in a bit of a mess if I used it without a conditioner but then, I would never do that! I think this product is first and foremost a shampoo to leave your hair smelling delicious rather than improving its condition.
My hair is no more or no less tangled after use and it is no more or no less soft. I think this product cleans the hair really well and leaves it smelling lovely. If you want to see an improvement in the hair, you'll need to use a good conditioner. I find that shampoos very rarely help to improve the condition of your hair anyway because their function is to clean the hair.
All in all, this product leaves the hair squeaky clean and smelling delicious which is exactly what it promises to do. If you like the Karma scent that Lush created then you will be a big fan of this shampoo.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamide DEA, Perfume, Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin), Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis), Lavandin Oil (Lavandula hybrida), Pine Oil (Pinus sylvestris), Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogon citratus), Elemi Oil (Canarium commune), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), *Citral, *Geraniol, *Citronellol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 42045, Roman Chamomile Flower
I tried a solid shampoo several years ago and although I really wanted to love it (really, I did), it just didn't cut it in terms of performance! The old shampoo seemed to leave my hair dry and brittle and at the same time I didn't feel like I was getting particularly clean - you'll agree, not a good combo. That's why I stopped using shampoo bars for a long time, but in the end I really felt that I needed to give them another try because I just can't stand having those massive plastic bottles of shampoo that go directly into landfill. Did you know that around a quarter of all non-biodegradable landfill rubbish comes from beauty products? If that fact shocks you as much as it did me - and it should! - then you need to try this shampoo.
As with all Lush products the shampoo is made of completely natural ingredients, which means that the soap going down the drain in your shower is a lot less harmful than other detergent-based shampoos. The thing that really makes me feel a lot better though is that there is no packaging AT ALL. You pick up one of these bars from the Lush store and take it straight to the shower, where it is used exactly like soap, but on your head.
Performance-wise this shampoo is great, unlike many solid shampoos it really lathers up well. I find that rolling the bar around in my hand just a few times and then rubbing my hands over my hair in the usual way gives me a luxurious and fluffy foam and really gives me the impression that my hair is being very well cleaned. It also smells heavenly, a very light and fresh scent, probably more feminine than male but it isn't as though you will reek of this after your hair dries so it definitely could be used by both sexes.
The bar is rather expensive when compared to your 1-2 pound bottles from the store, costing almost 5 pounds for a small bar. That being said it does last extremely well. I've been using mine for 2 months already and it's only about half gone. I have short hair but even with long hair don't think you'd use it much faster. The one thing you need to be careful of is that your shampoo bar is allowed to dry between showers, otherwise like with normal soap it will turn to mush.
The only thing I don't like about the bar is the little flowers they press into the top. I find them unsightly and a tad annoying but to be fair it's not like they leave bits in your hair or anything like that, I just find them highly unneccessary.
All in all you should try this shampoo - save on plastic without breaking the bank and do your bit to make the world a better place!
Lush solid shampoo + The karma fragrance = One amazing shampoo for your hair
I received this in one of lush's glorious gift boxes. This was the first solid shampoo i've ever tried and I must say the experience of using it was much easier than I thought it would be. If you've never tried a Lush solid shampoo then check them out. The shampoo bar foamed really easily and it lasts for absolute ages.
Price - £4.85
Weight - 55g
Vegan - Yes
The fragrance - The smell of this Lush solid shampoo is divine. If you have ever smelt any of their other karma fragranced products then you'll be happy to know this smells exactly the same. For those of you who haven't had the pleasure to smell the famous karma fragrance before then here is a small insight to this unique and warming scent. Part of the gorilla perfumes scents at Lush, karma is a spicy unique scent with hints of citrus and patchouli.
The experience - Using this as a replacement to liquid shampoos was a lot easier than I had imagined. It foams up so easily and only a few times is needed for it to be rubbed in your hair before there's enough to give it a good wash. It helped keep my hair tangle free, however I felt I definitely needed to condition after using it which I haven't necessarily felt I needed with some of their other solid shampoo bars. The gorgeous scent lingers in your hair all day and has caused me to receive some lovely comments on the smell of my hair. ^_^
Many people use the solid shampoo bars for traveling due to their ease of use and ease of transporting around. This would be useful for traveling however the Godiva shampoo bar may be a better alternative due to the fact it also contains conditioning.
Definitely good for home use and a great way to make you hair look and smell great and all at a good price while supporting an eco friendly company and you also don't need to feel guilty for using the product as Lush's products aren't tested on animals and neither is the sourced ingredient.
As we are both fans of the Lush 'Karma' scent in our household it's quite obvious that we would purchase this shampoo bar upon seeing it in store. This bar will set you back £4.85 in store or online for a 55g bar. This bar is supposed to be perfectly designed to fit inside one of the Lush shampoo bar tins but we have found that this has begun to weld itself in to the tin each time we use it and we end up either using this shampoo bar inside the tin or trying to twist it out which results in lots of shampoo bar melted around the edges of the tin and is just a bit of a disappointment, however, the bar itself is a little bit of a new hit in our household.
This shampoo bar is a green colour, so suitable for me to leave out on the side of the bath if my other half's friends come over. He only likes macho looking products on display you see! Our bar contained what I thought was a dandelion in the top of it but actually it turns out it's a chamomile flower, this was promptly removed as I did not want hair fulls of petals as well as all the usual knots that I end up with! This shampoo bar is very simple to use, just wet your hair, rub this over your head to produce a lather and then work the lather through your hair. I have found that the best results, for me personally, are when I use this twice as I occasionally would with a liquid shampoo. The bar produces lots of bubbles and it does let off a gorgeous aroma which slowly filled the bathroom as I left it to work for a few minutes. The smell is the smell of Lush 'Karma' which is available as a cream, solid perfume & lots of other products from Lush stores or online. It's quite hard to put my finger on one particular scent from this, as I find with lots of lush products, but it's got quite a heady smell that does seem to linger on the hair after use for several days, sometimes even a day depending on the kind of conditions I'm out in. The smell has citrus tones to it but that's about all I could put my finger on specifically!
I suffer with thick hair which can be a little bit frizzy from time to time but after about 5 or 6 uses of this I have realised that my hair is frizzy than ever and while it's not becoming greasy as normal as possible it is a lot more straw like and is making me want to get a haircut sooner rather than later. I am usually able to wash my hair and let it dry naturally for a gorgeous curl but I just ended up with a ridiculous amount of volume around my crown, something akin to that which may plague Diana Ross! My hair has felt cleaner and fresher but just because of the pure amount of frizz I've developed in the last two weeks I'm inclined to say that while I love the scent and how it makes my hair grease free for longer I will be switching to something else and probably just use this occasionally on the days when I know I've got time for taming my hair and styling it in to place. I am giving this product 3/5 as it's a lovely scent and does work quite well but I didn't like the after results from my hair and this is the only product I had changed in my haircare routine at the time.
I bought this bright green solid hair shampoo bar about 3 months ago and it's still going strong. This shampoo bar has a lovely refreshing scent of Patchouli and Orange Blossom which helps wake up fuzzy heads first thing in the morning. I generally wash my hair every 2-3 days and have not had any issues with this shampoo drying my hair out. I have bra strap length hair and find the following works best: I drench my hair in the shower and then wet the shampoo bar, stroke it around my head twice, massage and rinse.
This shampoo bar hasn't broken into pieces and it has been used consistently since it's purchase and I have found that my hair doesn't need washing any where near as frequently as it did when using other shampoos as they left a coating on the hair which weighed it down. I do tend to use a light conditioner with this shampoo and recommend the Veganese conditioner which is also made by Lush as the scent is compatible with the orange blossom/patchouli blend - I shall review that conditioner seperately.
All in all it's a great shampoo which cleans the hair leaving behind a wonderful scent and doesn't weigh it down - if you're expecting it to change your hair structure or density then you'll be disappointed as there are no shampoos in existence that can do that just plenty of broken promises by shampoo manufacturers. I tend to live by the philosophy of be greatful for and make the most of what you have as life is short.
Lush have a wide range of these kinds of solid shampoos, with lots of different purposes - some are designed for dry hair, some for greasy, some are supposed to help with problems with dandruff. This one is more of an all-round shampoo that´s supposed to stop your hair getting tangled - obviously this isn´t such a big deal for most men, but it´s still a nice shampoo that lasts a long time and does a good job.
The shampoo is quite hard and solid, and will work up a moderate lather when rubbed under water. If you use it daily, I find it lasts about two months, although maybe I´m just a bit stingy with the amount I use it. It can be rubbed directly onto the head or used to create a lather in your hands. The shampoo fits into the round shampoo tins that Lush sells, which are very useful if you´re travelling or if you want to stop your bathroom getting stained by the product (though if it does, it washes away easily).
The smell of this product is quite citric - it´s not very strong, but it does leave a nice fragrance, and leaves your hair very soft and easy to comb (even if my hair is pretty short).
There aren´t really any negatives to the product. At nearly five pounds, it seems quite expensive at first, but it lasts for ages and avoids you having to throw away plastic bottles, which I like.
Overall, this is an excellent shampoo that I enjoy using, and does a good job for a long time. I would definitely recommend it.
When travelling I always try to travel as light as possible without carrying around tons of useless stuff that I will throw away in the middle of the trip anyway. One of my pet hates has always been my hair and body care products. While I am perfectly fine with using soap bars instead of normal shower gel I simply cannot live without proper hair care. Having long, heavy and curly hair is a curse when it comes to travelling in sunny countries - the sun and sea water turn my hair within a couple of weeks into a complete mess.
While preparing for my recent trip to Croatia I realized that I simply had not enough space in my backpack to carry shampoo, conditioner and hair mask around with me. Google-ing the whole problem (yes, I am addicted to Google) I discovered Lush Solid Shampoo - in all my years of travelling I´ve never heard of Solid Shampoo before even though it is one of the single most brilliant ideas in recent years (well, apart from medicine, technology, environment but you get the idea).
Right the next day I went to my nearest Lush store - and they do seem to be everywhere in England - and went on a massive shopping spree. There was a big, big choice at my Lush store but I almost instantly decided for Karma Komba - and nearly had a breakdown when I looked at the price! A whooping 4.65 pounds got me a tiny 55g piece of shampoo which didn´t look as it would last longer than a couple of days. The shop assistant however reassured me that it would last for the entire trip (just about 3 weeks) without problem and that on top of replacing my normal shampoo it would also substitute my conditioner. Well, this was something I really did not believe as I know my hair and the massive amounts of conditioner I need to keep it soft.
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The Karma Komba comes in the shape of a little oval disc with a lovely green colour. I would recommend you to get one of the Lush re-useable boxes to keep it save. After using it simply let it dry for a couple of hours before putting it back in the box, if not it probably won´t last too long
The fragrance is absolutely gorgeous and prompted me to buy a few other products of the Karma range as well. It is a very refreshing smell with strong pine oil and lemongrass influences. Orange and patchouli oil give it a sweet hint and this mixture is simple irresistibly. As with all Lush products it was not tested on animals and is suitable to be used by vegans. I realize that the whole hype around Lush products is about the lovely smell and to be totally honest - I can absolutely understand it here. The scent lingered quite long and my hair smelt lovely for the next few hours.
Using it the first time was a bit strange and in all honesty, I just didn't know what to expect. Firstly it feels like shampooing you hair with a normal bar of soap and it took ages to create a sufficient amount of foam. The bar crumbles easily so don´t squeeze it too hardly or you will waste too much of it - considering the price that would be a real crime. Although it did create some foam after a while I didn´t have that squeaky clean feeling my hair usually has after shampooing.
However, I could surprisingly easy comb through my hair - I didn´t really want to believe the claims that it replaces conditioner as well but my hair did feel lovely. Not as soft as with real conditioner but definitely acceptable for travelling. Styling my hair was just as I´m used to and it did look lovely and refreshed after blow-drying. Not bad for a tiny piece of soap bar that doesn´t look too promising.
After 3 weeks of travelling, loads of swimming in the ocean and intensive sun bathing my hair is dryer than it used to be but not comparable to the disaster it would be without Karma Komba. You do feel the lack of regular hair masks and of proper conditioner as well but it is nowhere near as bad as it used to be after my other beach holidays.
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If you read some of my previous reviews you probably noticed that most of them are either very positive or very negative - for me it´s easier writing about products that I absolutely loved or really hated than products I couldn´t care less about. You are probably happy to hear that the Lush Karma Komba Solid Shampoo falls into the first category - I absolutely loved it and cannot recommend it highly enough. It saves a lot of space while travelling and is well worth every penny spent. Due to the rather high price I´m not going to use it as a regular shampoo while at home but I will certainly always keep a piece in storage for weekend trips and other travel adventures. I still have quite a bit of mine left and would say that one piece should last for around two months.
I can gladly award this product 09 out of 10 possible points - wish it would be a bit cheaper but well worth the money!
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Having tried Lush's popular scent Karma in-store, and being intrigued by it, I decided that this summer would be a 'summer of Karma'. Therefore I bought quite a lot of products in this range! One of them was the Karma Komba Shampoo Bar (which I bought alongside another shampoo bar in order to get the free shampoo bar tin!). The Karma fragrance is made up of orange, patchouli, pine, lavender, lemongrass and elemi, and it's a very warm, mysterious, spicy scent. It makes me think of hippies and music festivals! I wasn't expecting to like it, as I'm quite a girly girl, but there's something very compelling about it. It's a very summery scent and I can imagine wearing it while sipping a glass of wine and listening to my Jimi Hendrix CDs. It makes me feel really happy and relaxed.
The shampoo bar itself costs £4.65, which is the same price as most of the others. It is green in colour and smells reasonably strongly of the Karma scent. I find the patchouli and orange especially strong and I do love the smell of patchouli! On the top of each bar there is some sort of flower pressed in. It looks pretty but I picked it out before using! The bar is suitable for vegans.
Apparently the orange oil, pine and patchouli are good for soothing your scalp and freeing it of microbes. The shampoo is supposed to keep your hair tangle-free. Sounds good so far!
I've been using Karma for a while now and am impressed with it. I find that it lathers up easily even when you are rubbing the bar between your hands - I usually rub it over my hair. I normally use conditioner, but as with every new shampoo I tried it once without conditioner to see how it worked. I was impressed as my hair was reasonably shiny and tangle-free - usually my hair does get a bit tangled when I don't use conditioner, so at least one of the shampoo bar's claims is true.
I've found the shampoo is very good at cleaning the hair thoroughly, which is something I wasn't really expecting. I've been using Lush's Snake Oil scalp bar recently and have had problems getting my hair clean after using it - both the Jumping Juniper shampoo bar and the L'Oreal shampoo I used to use before discovering Lush left my hair greasy even when I washed it twice in the shower, but Karma Komba got rid of all traces of the scalp bar after just one wash.
One potential disappointment is that the Karma scent doesn't stay on your hair - I thought it had been overpowered by the scent of my conditioner, but even when I wasn't using any I couldn't smell anything. If you're buying the shampoo bar just for the scent, I'd suggest not bothering. On the other hand, the shampoo bar is pretty good - as well as the good things I've mentioned above, it did make my hair soft and quite shiny.
Overall, then, I do recommend the shampoo bar - but if you're a massive fan of Karma and are expecting your hair to smell of it you're in for a disappointment.