“ Brand: Lush / Type: Shampoo / What it does: Nourishes, „
I've been a fan of lush products for years, to be honest, but the solid shampoo bars are something I had never tried from the vast range of products that Lush create. I never really thought to try them, to be honest, preferring just to purchase the shampoos in a bottle because this was more what I was used to, I suppose. I was in the store one day looking at the range of products I hadn't yet bought and realized this was the case, that I had never bought or used a shampoo bar from Lush, so I decided I'd give it a go.
There is no packaging that comes with this, but you can purchase a shampoo bar tin if you want something to put it in. This is probably a good idea if you're taking it on holiday with you because it means that you've got something to keep it in so that it doesn't get onto your clothing or anything, but otherwise, I don't think it's really necessary to purchase this, especially given that they're £2.50 each. The likelihood of needing to take more than one on holiday with you is pretty slim however, given these bars do last a long time.
As for Seanik itself, it gets it's name from the fact that there is seaweed and sea salt actually in the shampoo bar. The vivid blue colour of this shampoo bar adds to the idea of it being like the sea as well in my opinion, even though the sea in this country is usually nothing like the vivid blue of this shampoo bar!
The ingredients, according to Lush's website, for this shampoo bar are as follows:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Irish Moss Gel, Perfume, Nori Seaweed, Fine Sea Salt, Lemon Oil, Mimosa Absolute, Orange Flower Absolute, Jasmine Absolute, Cocamide DEA, Limonene, Colour 42090.
The featured ingredient, again according to the Lush website, is the Nori Seaweed, which is actually red in colour before it is cooked to be put into the shampoo bars. I found this quite interesting, given that you tend to associate seaweed with being green, so I thought I'd add that fact in for you guys. You learn something new every day, right?
When it comes to using Seanik, as soon as it gets wet you can smell the sea. Literally. The seaweed and sea salt are probably mostly to blame for this, I would imagine. The other scents that are supposed to be in there don't come across particularly strongly to me (the orange flower in particular I couldn't smell at all) but I do still like the scent of this so it doesn't bother me too much that not all the scents were strong.
It didn't take more than a few seconds really for the lather to start forming, so I quickly got it on my hair and rubbed it on in circles around my head, and within a matter of about five seconds I had more shampoo lather around my head (and the walls, on the floor, on the shower curtain, even on the sink somehow, although I'm not entirely sure how that happened!) than I've ever found with shampoos before.
Once I had made eye holes in the lather so I could actually see again, I started to wash my hair with the lather that had been produced. It did a pretty good job of washing my hair as well, leaving my hair feeling really clean, more so than most bottled shampoos I've ever found do in fact. I found that I needed to use hardly any conditioner with it (although I still used it because I felt that would make the test a fairer one against other brands) in order to get my hair feeling great.
Once you've finished using this product, it's recommended that you put it on a soap dish (or in the shampoo tin if you have one) to dry in order to make sure it doesn't break up into nothingness, as it can do if it sits in a pool of water for too long or gets wet too regularly and isn't allowed to properly dry.
When my hair had dried after I had washed it, I found that it was really soft, and it was relatively easy to brush as well. (Given that my hair is most of the way down my back though, it's going to get some knots and tangles, to be fair, and I wasn't expecting miracles.)
The following day my hair was still almost as soft as it had been the day before, and didn't really look like it needed a wash at all. I didn't wash it until later on that evening and it still looked relatively good.
I'd say that I washed my hair approximately 50 times with this shampoo bar before it eventually disintegrated into nothing. I didn't find any problems with the seaweed at all while I was using it, finding that it washed out with the water every time and didn't leave any of it in my hair.
For £5.25, I'd say that this is worth the money, given that I'd say I normally get around 8-10 washes out of a bottle of shampoo I'd buy for £1 or so. It doesn't work out any cheaper in the long run but it certainly is a lot better for your hair, and seems to leave it feeling a lot fresher and cleaner (and softer too, to be fair) when you've finished using it.
In my attempt to try every product that Lush have ever made, I recently gave the Seanik Shampoo Bar a try. This bar is bright blue with bits of seaweed sticking out and this, plus the sea salt, soften the hair and give it body.
Shampoo bars are simply shampoo in solid form, made with minimal preservatives as solid products don't really need them. They are also better for the environment as no packaging is needed. Lush are famed for their solid products and they have a good range of shampoo bars. Most, including the Seanik bar, are puck-shaped and are designed to fit in the Lush shampoo bar tin, which is handy for transporting the bar. These bars are also ideal for travelling, as one bar contains approximately the same amount of washes as a bottle of shampoo, and takes up much less space.
Seanik contains Irish moss gel and nori seaweed, which contain minerals to soften the hair. It also contains sea salt, which adds body to the hair, and lemon oil which helps it shine. Lemon lightens hair so this shampoo bar would probably be ideal for blonde hair. Sea salt and lemon oil are also present in the Big shampoo which comes in a tub, so if you like that shampoo but would prefer a solid, this might be a good one to try.
The Seanik bar is designed to smell like the 17 Cherry Tree Lane soap and the Sakura ballistic, and to that end contains mimosa, orange flower and jasmine absolutes. These scent the bar with a lovely fresh floral fragrance. The combination of these and the sea salt and seaweed make the bar smell like a tropical beach - it really is a lovely smell. The shampoo is suitable for vegans. It should be noted that the bar contains sodium lauryl sulfate, which is a foaming agent and has been linked to skin problems. It is present in the vast majority of shampoos and other foaming products such as shower gel, but it's something to be aware of if you suffer from sensitive skin.
There are two ways of washing your hair with shampoo bars. One is to wet your hair, wet the shampoo bar, rub it between your hands and apply the resulting lather to your hair. The other is to rub the shampoo bar directly onto wet hair. I tend to prefer the latter method as I find it easier.
The shampoo bar lathers up really easily and rinses out just as easily as normal shampoo. In between uses I keep it in a soap dish and try to keep it as dry as possible, as it can get a bit soggy otherwise. The bar has lasted around a month so far, and I still have a good amount left, so it is good value. I had feared that the little bits of seaweed would get stuck in my hair, but this hasn't happened.
My hair feels very clean after using this bar, just as clean as with normal shampoo. I have also found that my scalp is slightly less itchy than usual and I've had less dandruff; this is possibly down to the purifying properties of the salt. I routinely use conditioner after using shampoo, and with this combination my hair is left soft and shiny. It is noticeably healthier looking than normal, and I've noticed in particular that my sometimes rather coarse hair has been much softer - again this is probably down to the salt.
I had feared that the lemon oil and/or the salt would conspire to strip my hair colour, but in fact this hasn't happened, which I am very pleased with. It isn't specifically designed for coloured hair, though, so it doesn't have any particular colour-preserving properties.
Overall, I really like and recommend this shampoo bar. It has made my hair really soft and shiny and it appears full and thick. It fulfils all its claims which is no mean feat. At a price of £5, it is expensive but it does last a long time. I don't know if I would routinely buy this shampoo bar for now, as my hair is dyed dark brown and I do prefer shampoos which are designed to preserve colour. However, when I go back to my normal colour, or perhaps add a few blonde highlights, I will certainly repurchase.
Firstly, I'm a complete Lush newbie, yet newly acclaimed Lush convert. Secondly, I'm looking forward to my next shopping trip to a Lush store! Going there for the first time, I left with several different products including this Seanik Shampoo Bar. I wanted to try out one of the shampoo bars, just because I liked the whole revolutionary idea of having a solid form of shampoo, that would save on packaging and would last just as long as my normal shampoo. I decided to go for one that would help to cleanse my hair, after the recent years of constantly dying my hair, and using so many products, I felt like it was time my hair had a good cleanse. Now I know this particular shampoo bar is meant for giving the hair more volume (which I could do with anyway) I was attracted to it's pretty bright blue colour, with bits of green seaweed sticking out of it. Plus it has a very nice fresh/clean smell to it, which made me feel like it was the one to go for.
Before the first use, the size of the blue shampoo block fit easily into the palm of my hand, and had a smooth texture to it. I also bought a Shampoo bar tin for ￡2.50 to store it in. However the shampoo bar wouldn't originally fit into the tin, but I figured after a couple of uses it would fit in the tin, no problem. I wasn't completely sure how to use the Seanik shampoo bar, but when in the shower, I thought it best at the time to just lather it in my hands like a bar of soap. After gathering for a few seconds, I placed the bar into the tin, and continued to rub my hands together to gain a bit more lather. Seeing that there was't much lather in my hands, I wasn't convinced that it would be enough to wash all of my hair. To my surprise, it lathered to a nice shampoo-like foam once I began to rub it into my hair, and I was glad to find that the small amount was easily enough to reach every strand of hair. After about a minute, I rinsed the shampoo from my hair as normal. The smell was nice and fresh, no fruity smells, just a clean smell which was nice. What's more, my hair really felt squeaky clean. Definitely a clarifying shampoo then, much to my delight. I then followed this with the American Cream conditioner, and the end reults was soft, really shiny, clean looking hair. AND it smelled great too!
Because this shampoo left my hair feeling very clean, I would recommend using a conditioner afterwards, unless you have really oily hair. Also because of this, I think for me, it would be best to only use this on a weekly basis when I feel my hair needs a bit of a cleanse. Just because I think it would dry out my hair otherwise with it being a Volumising shampoo. I wouldn't say it added much volume, but my hair did look a lot shinier than usual. Overall I do like this shampoo and probably will repurchase when I eventually run out, just because it has such a more fresh, clean smell to it than my usual shampoo, saves on packaging, and is definitely unique to the products I usually buy. Also because my hair feels soft, shiny and smelling nice after I use it. In the mean time, I think I'm going to have to purchase another Lush shampoo bar to use in-between using this one.
I truly think the lush shampoo bars to be fantastic creations. They are so easy to use, easy to travel with (no leaking into the rest of your clothes) and the fact that you can use them as soap or as a clothes travel
wash is just extra plus. Not to mention the fact that they actually work really well.
I bought this as i had just finished my other lush shampoo bar, the NEW!shampoo bar, and wanted a change. My hair is thick and curly, but so long that shampoo residue can weigh it down and make it flat. The seanik shampoo bar aims to give you soft hair with lots and lots of bounce. It is a little on the pricey side in comparison to your average highstreet shampoo, costing £5 for 55g, but then again, this is a far from average product.
The bar is small and round, easily fitting into the palm of my hand. Bright blue in colour with little green bits of moss in it. The bar is made with irish moss, seaweed, sea salt, lemon oil, mimosa absolute, orange flower absolute and jasmine absolute.
The mimosa absolute, orange flower absolute and jasmine absolute are essential oils which are used to help create a lovely smell that does linger through your hair for at least a day. They also have some nourishing properties, helping to create that lovely soft texture. The seaweed and moss as intended to soften your hair, while the lemon oil adds shine and the seasalt adds body. My guess is that its intended to work similar to a day at the beach, when you get those lovely thick, full of life waves, without the extra drying effect.
To use the shampoo, you simply need to wet your hair and wet the bar, and then rub the bar around your head. Using your hands to work it into your hair, you do work up a great lather. The lather however is due to the fact the product contains Sodium Laureth sulphate (SLS) a known irritant, which does irk me slightly, but not enough to consider not buying the product. When your working it through, you do get that smell of jasmine and a hint of citrus, but i also swear that i could smell something salty, and when some of the lather went into my mouth, it tasted pretty salty too.
When i rinsed it out, i was really impressed. Previous shampoo bars have left me feeling as though my hair was squeaky clean and stripped of all its moisture, however this one did not feel quite so. It did feel a little dry but nothing a good application of conditioner couldn't fix. The true test however was as my hair dried. Firstly, it became massive! i almost considered taming it with straighteners as it was possibly a bit too big, but i slept on it and the whole thing calmed down. On top of that, my hair looked great, really healthy, and felt soft, and i had hardly any tangles. I've used this shampoo about 5 times now, each with the same result.
I truly think that this product is worth the money, and i will probably continue to buy any of the lush shampoo bars because i think they are fantastic! i highly recommend, if you have thick hair that is prone to drying out.
I was looking for a shampoo to take away with me on holiday, this was compact and fitted the bill. The product is easy to use and lathers up quickly although it is difficult to know what to do with it if you do not have the tin, it disintegrates quickly.
My hair did not cope too well, it seemed to dry out very quickly once I started using this product, a similar thing happened to my fellow traveller a male who has greasy hair! I also really disagree on the smell, the description given sounds appealing, however, when you leave the store, it smells a little different! It is very overpowering, a friend said I smelt 'medicinal' and a little like a museum! Which was gutting.
The upside to this is that it does seem to give hair the 'beach' look, which helped to put life into my floppy hair but unfortunately I think it stripped my hair of its natural shine.
It is however, good value. You get a lot of wash out of a little bar, compact and convenient. Good f your hair can tolerate it!
I was first introduced to the Lush brand when I went on my search to find something suitable for dreadlocks, eventually I found this nifty little solid shampoo and have not looked back since. Its a powerful little thing, providing what may seem like a limitless amount of washes; all of which leave a fresh tingle on the scalp. The eco minded consumer may pick the brand just for the "All Natural" credentials, coupled with a tiny ingredients list on the wrapper so you know exactly where all that goodness comes from. Its really simple to use, just get your hair wet then rotate the soap in a circle around your head three times, then rub in the lather and rinse.
As a mentioned earlier I found this when looking for something to wash my dreadlocks with, due to the sea salt base of this soap it dried out my scalp slightly at first but this was ideal for my hair at the time as moisture can cause mould growth in locks.
So if your looking out for the planet and your hair in the most natural way possible, I couldn't reccomend this product more. Those that long to be by the sea will love this one!
My hair has been really damaged over the years of many times bleaching and dyeing and a few times perming, it hasn't really repaired very much because every time I have it cut I re dye it again so all the new hair is getting damaged as soon as it starts to grow. I know I need to stop but I can't and I won't so I need to find something to help my hair repair itself. I've been trying out some shampoos and conditioners from Lush to see if they can help.
If you are a regular reader of my reviews, you should know lately I've been doing a lot of Lush items and you should know by now about them, but in case you don't here's a bit about what they do. Lush specialize is producing products for the hair, face and body for all skin and hair types available. A lot of their products are for, greasy, dry, combination, sensitive skin and hair so fi you are new to buying from them be sure you will find something suited to you. They only buy ingredients from supplies who use natural ingredients that are not tested on animals and this is a very big issue in today's society.
The 'Seanik' shampoo bar from Lush is still available in store, online and available over the phone. The shampoo bars are one of Lush's more expensive products they sell so I would recommend wait until you go out on a shopping spree or if you live near a Lush store then go in and pick up some of these amazing items because the postage is a little pricey especially if you are only buying a lip scrub for example.
Lush's standard delivery is up to 30kg of products for £3.95 which is a lot of weight for a small price, however the price is quite high if you are only buying a 55g shampoo bar or a 200g ballistic so make sure you get your money's worth as you don't want to be paying more for the postage than the actual product, so get yourself a list of a few new things to try or even old things to try! or simply stock up ready for Christmas presents. Standard delivery is only 1-2days and they currently have if you order before 3pm you get next day delivery so what could be better, especially if you don't have a store near you like I don't.
When I bought my first shampoo bar I was really confused as I did not know how to use it, Lush products that arrive 'naked' do not have any instructions which I don't find helpful at all, on the website it also doesn't have a section on 'How to use' So for anyone else like me, either run yourself a soothing hot bath or this can of course be used in the shower, two ways to use this. Number one way is to either wet your hair and that bar and rub all over your hair until it lathers up and gets soapy. Number two way is to wet your hands and the bar and lather up in your hands, then rubbing the soapy goodness into your hair with your hands. I find number two way more effective because the shampoo bars are a bit like soap and very slippery, you don't want to keep dropping this.
'Seanik' Is a very typical shape for a shampoo bar, it is a simplistic round shape this is roughly a third size of your fist so it's quite small but the effects are really big which is surprising enough. The colour I find mesmerizing, the colours to me remind em of the sea, luscious clear clean blue Caribbean water where you can see the coral and algae on the sea bed which is what the green reminds me of dotted around the 'seanik'.
The smell of this 'seanik' shampoo bar reminds me of the sea, a very overpowering salt smell that you can taste. This got me quite worried because after being int he sea with all the salt it makes your hair go really dry and matted which is really hard to brush or comb afterwards. This has Lemon oil in it which you can only smell hints of.
In the 'seanik' bar it has two different types of seaweed in it, and if you've read my reviews you know I'm fond of seaweed products as they're a natural to make your skin smooth and soft, so this made me wonder what with it being in a hair care product, would it do the same thing, I asked. This has Mimosa and Jasmine to try and create an eastern smell with all the herbs, spices and oils they have, so when using this try imagining your walking in an Eastern country as your washing your hair with this and see how it feels for you.
So, using this for the first time, I've had this for about two weeks now and I still have some left, it is a 55g bar for £5 which is a middle ranged price shampoo bar from Lush. You don't need to use a lot of this, you use even less if used with your hands and not rubbing the bar directly to your scalp. I find these fairly easy to use although I do drop them all over the place which is rather irritating after the fifth time or so. After the shower and drying my hair, I noticed first of all my scalp was a little itchy and It had caused a little reddening. However my skin felt gorgeous and smooth and I've continued using this for the past two weeks, the effects are really long lasting and I haven't had to wash my hair every day like usual But I've washed it every three days which i'm please about, not only is it less effort but it saves you more money aswell.
Ingredients: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Irish Moss Gel (Chondrus crispus), Perfume, Nori Seaweed (Algae), Fine Sea Salt, Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Mimosa Absolute (Acacia decurrens), Orange Flower Absolute (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum), Cocamide DEA, *Limonene, Colour 42045 * Occurs naturally in essential oils Vegan
Lush is often coming up with new and interesting creations that sets itself apart from its competitors. They also use natural ingredients, recyclable packaging and never test their creations on animals. Their products come in vibrant colours, with well thought out names, in all shapes and sizes. One of my favourite creations by Lush at the moment is their solid shampoo bars and the newest one that I have tried is Seanik.
What does it do?
The purpose of a solid shampoo bar is to reduce the amount of packaging that is required which is better for the environment. It also makes it easy to take away on holiday, reducing the weight that you carry and the space that it takes up and you get more washes for your money than with a similarly priced liquid shampoo.
This particular solid shampoo bar is designed to nourish and soften the hair using ingredients from the ocean. Using a concoction of flowers and sea nutrients, this product promises to give your hair a healthy shine and leave it in a better condition.
How does it work?
Irish Moss Gel is included within the shampoo because it is packed full of vitamins and minerals. As it is rich in protein, it strengthens the hair, meaning that hair breakages will become rarely. It is very moisturising and leaves your hair feeling softer and in a better condition.
Nori Seaweed is included because it promotes the growth of healthy new hair, meaning your locks will be full of volume and body. The substance strengthens the hair and prevents the absorption of toxins and pollutants which keeps the hair healthy.
Fine Sea Salt is also included for these purposes, as well as to leave the hair feeling soft and nourished.
Lemon Oil, Orange Flower and Jasmine are included to give the solid shampoo bar a tropical aroma. This is to ensure that as you are washing your hair with ingredients from the ocean, the aromas will make you feel like you're actually on the beach!
How do you use it?
The product needs to be rubbed onto damp hair and massaged into the length and the roots of the hair. After a few minutes, it needs to be rinsed out thoroughly and followed up by a good conditioner. Make sure you store your bar somewhere dry and that you don't leave it in the path of running water or it will be wasted. Lush sell little tins that you can use for this purpose but they can be a nightmare to open with wet hands.
Packaging and Price
The product is a bright colour that looks like the kind of blue you see on a hot summer's day. It is circular in shape and has little bits of seaweed sticking out of its sides. The product costs around £5 for 55 grams and you'll get around 50 washes with your money. You can buy the product from your local Lush store or from its online website.
These little shampoo bars last so much longer than they look like they are going to, especially when stored properly in between washes. It is simple to use once you get the hang of it and it feels good knowing you are rubbing bits of nature into your hair. The product has a refreshing fragrance that smells fresh and clean and it is an invigorating scent, especially in the morning. It looks really pretty too.
It doesn't give me a massive lather like I get with some of my favourite shampoos but that's because the bubbles are usually artificially added in other shampoo's to make you think its working well but this one is lovely and natural. When you rinse the shampoo out, you'll need to do so vigorously in order to ensure that there are no bits of seaweed still lurking in your hair.
I was a little bit worried when I saw that salt was in the ingredients because I know it's a drying ingredient, and my hair is dry enough as it is. This shampoo does leave my hair soft and strong but it isn't moisturising enough for my hair.
It did give my hair a shine and there weren't too many tangles but it got frizzy too quickly after using this product. I think this particular shampoo bar is better suited for those with normal or oily hair. Whatever your hair type, you should follow this up with a really good conditioner.
All in all, this shampoo is strengthening but drying and would probably strip dyed hair of its colour too. If you suffer with greasy hair, I imagine this would solve all of your problems. It smells refreshing and makes your hair strong, soft and shiny. This just isn't moisturising enough for me but when used on the right hair type, I think the results would be fantastic.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Irish Moss Gel (Chondrus crispus), Perfume, Nori Seaweed (Algae), Fine Sea Salt, Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Mimosa Absolute (Acacia decurrens), Orange Flower Absolute (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum), Cocamide DEA, *Limonene, Colour 42045 * Occurs naturally in essential oils Vegan
I have used a few of the lush shampoo bars and this is my favorite so far. I have tried the trichomania bar and the soft discontinued shampoo bar. I really loke the shampoo bars and they do last for ages (well they last longer than the normal liquid bottled shampoo I get).
*About the product*
It is blue, it has seaweed in and it smells like the sea! It does not com with any packaging apart from its yellow bag that you put it in, or the shampoo bar tins that you can buy too.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Irish Moss Gel (Chondrus crispus), Perfume, Nori Seaweed, Fine Sea Salt, Lemon Oil, Mimosa Absolute, Orange Blossom Absolute, Jasmine Absolute, Cocamide DEA, *Limonene, Colour 42045
It does contain mostly natural ingredients but it does also contain so safe synthetics.
They come in 55g bars which are made up of these little 'worms' of shampoo, it is just like blue noodles compacted together! It looks strange and it feels strange to use at first, but they are great.
*My opinion of the product*
I love this shampoo bar, it is the best out of the ones that I have already tried. There is three main reasons why I love this product and they include:
It lathers up so easily, it is just instantaneous when you rub the bar though you hair it just magically turns into lots of bubbles. It smells really rather good, it smells really natural and it does smell of the sea (a nice clean sea, not one with floating bottles and old boots in)! And finally, It leaves my hair super soft and super manageable, it does not leave my hair all tangled. After using this product my hair is easy to brush though, smelling nice, softer and very cleansed.
It does have seaweed in but it does not get stuck in your hair or anything, it just washes out really easily and it does not clog up the shower either. It is easy to use and it is easy to store and it does last a while if you look after it.
*How to use*
It is a bit strange at first to use, but after a few uses it is just routine. All you have to do is, wet your hair completely, rub the bar all over your hair and then you will get loads of sea scented bubbles and then you can rinse the bar and leave it to dry out and then put it in some kind of container.
*How to store*
Lush make their own containers for their shampoo bars but I just keep it in a dry soap dish which has a lid or you could just put it in a plastic box with a lid. I don't keep mine in the bathroom because of the humidity, so I just keep it in a draw away from the water/water vapor.
I bought mine from a lush store but you can also buy them online, and postage and packaging is about £3.95 for standard delivery on their site (it does not say this until you get to the checkout part). But their are also other delivery options).
I bought mine for £4.65 from the store and it is the same online. This is for the 55g bar which does last longer (for me) than normal liquid shampoo. But it is a little bit expensive for a small shampoo bar.
*Smells really really nice
*not tested on animals
*Mostly composed of natural ingredients
*no packaging - except for the recyclable yellow bag
*Easy (if not a little strange) to use
*Creates loads and loads of sea scented bubbles/lather
*Leaves my hair super soft, more manageable, tangle free and completely cleansed
*A little bit expensive for a shampoo bar
Thank you for reading my review
To my horror when I went shopping about a week ago I found that the Lush store in Birmingham has been shut down!! They are reopening again but it didnt say when and if people still wanted to buy their products then to go online so as I desperatly needed another hard shampoo for the gym that is exactly what I did. For some reason though the Lush website didnt have the bar I would normally use (Soft) so I had to try and pick another one which was pretty difficult as I have no idea what they do and usually the Lush staff tell me the best products for me when I go in store so honestly I just picked the first one I saw which was this "Lush Hard Shampoo Seanik". Now having tried out two I have to say Im not a massive fan of these things and thats a shame because they are such a unique idea but they dont work very well on my hair persoanlly I need something that will hydrate my locks a little bit more.
Price: Around £5
Stockists: Lush & lush.co.uk
For: Putting Shine & Volume Back Into Tired Hair.
Now one great yet annoying thing about these shampoo bars is that they have no packaging at all. Now that is brilliant fro the environment but not so great for me when Im trying to take it to the gym as it tends to start coming apart in my bag especially if you have used it a few times. Now if you arent planning on transporting this anywhere then that wotn be a problem but if you are I strongly recommend buying one of the special shampoo bar tins that Lush sell or just using a sandwich bag as otherwise your bag could end up with this all over it. Its much better than carrying a bottle of shampoo to the gym though I have to say.
To use this shanpoo bar all you do is basically work it into a lather with your hands whilst your in the shower and then apply the lather to your hair or you can break a little bit off each time you need to use it which I think is probably easier and it will last longer that way. The bar breaks up pretty easily and you dont need to much to create loads of lather as long as you lather it up quite well it wont leave any bits of powder or residue on your hair when its wet or dry although this one does have odd little green bits in it which are sometimes hard to get rid of. Ive been using this on and off for about a week and a half now and Ive still got well over 3/4's of the bar left so I think one would last you at least a month and thats even if your using it very regularly.
The scent of this is okay but nothing more. I use this at the gym after I have been swimming so not only do I want my hair to look and feel better I need it to smell better to and I guess it does do that but the smell just isnt for me. This bar contains seaweed, sea salt & lemon and even though that sounds like it would be very fresh and smell like the seaside it doesnt at all and the scents just smell all wrong when mixed together for some reason. Its such a shame because one of the main reasons I love Lush is that all their products smell so amazing and this really could have but somehow it doesnt work in reality. It does however take that horrible stench of chlorine out of my hair so I gues overall Im pleased with the fragrance.
Apart from that though this doesnt do anything for my hair. It doesnt make it any shiner or more full of volume in my opinion in simply cleans it and makes it look cleaner but that really is all. I wouldnt mind if a normal shampoo did just that but as this one promised much more I was and continue to be disappointed and although I will continue to use this for the gym only I dont think I would recommend that other people do as its simply not that good. Ill be using these for the gym and if I veer go away on holiday but I wouldnt EVER use them at home: the weird green bits of seaweed annoy me and are sometimes left in your hair, it does nothing amazing for my hair. doesnt smell great and it pretty expensive for the poor results. Dont bother unless your using it for travel or exercise purposes.
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I have been a fan of Lush products for a long while - minimal packaging, natural ingredients and great smells all keep me coming back for more! Shampoo bars are a great idea - they are a bit pricey, but can last for ages (depending on the type of water where you live - ours is very soft so a little goes a long way!) They are basically round tablets of solid shampoo which you either lather with your hands or rub straight on to your hair. Because they are solid there are no plastic bottles to contend with, which is better for the environment but also takes up a lot less space in bathroom or bag.
You can get a tin to store it in from Lush, or circular travel soap containers work well too - I actually think it's worth keeping it in the tin even at home as the smell seems to last longer that way.
What I particularly love about shampoo bars is that they are perfect to take to the gym or swimming baths - and not only for adults. I first bought Seanik on recommendation from a Lush store when I was looking for a shampoo bar suitable for children. My two have since always had one in their swimming bags (inside their Lush shampoo bar tins I hasten to add - not loose!) - easy for them to use, no spills possible, and the lovely smell is fantastic at getting rid of the smell of chlorine. It's a nice fresh smell (reminiscent of sea breezes and all that!) which makes it eminently suitable for either gender.
I've used a couple of Lush's shampoo bars now and I think they're a great idea. Full of nice ingredients that haven't been tested on animals, no packaging and still so easy to lather like your average shampoo, these are very friendly shampoo bars. They all have fun names and come in as many colours of the rainbow, which can leave you puzzled in a Lush store, wondering just what one would be good for your hair!
I ended up with the Seanik shampoo bar when I participated in that Fresher's box offer Lush did last September. I wanted to try a new one, and I saw the word 'shine' on the description for this in store so decided to go with this one. Now, when I've had my hair cut and coloured at the hairdressers recently I don't mind getting up that little bit earlier in the morning to blow dry my hair and have a great hair day. After around 3-4 weeks though this feeling passes and I start to wash my hair on an evening. You might be thinking, what's the problem? I have a nightmare hair type, extremely greasy roots but dry ends, and my hair is flyaway and often limp unless I have just given it a blow dry. My roots are that bad that I can wash my hair late in the evening, and by morning my roots are greasy again! I can usually cover this up a bit with a spritz of dry shampoo, but I really, really hate washing my hair each day. So you're probably wondering what the relevance of this is to a Lush shampoo bar, namely this one, called Seanik as it contains fine sea salt. Well I decided to put my fancy TIGI shampoo aside until after my next visit to the hairdressers and use this shampoo bar in the mean time. I noticed the results of this immediately.
In the morning I awoke, expecting the usual greasy roots.... but no! It really wasn't as bad as usual! I thought this might be a one off... but no, every time I use this shampoo bar on an evening, my hair is not as greasy as it would be when I use other shampoo, and for that reason, I love this shampoo bar. Strange considering this isn't even marketed towards the greasy haired population either, but I have found it to be excellent for mine.
Seanik is a brilliant blue shampoo bar, to match its ocean theme, and it contains Nori Seaweed, visible in the shampoo bar itself, but don't worry, it doesn't get stuck in your hair. It also has fine sea salt, lemon oil, mimosa absolute and jasmine absolute. I did imagine this shampoo bar would smell great... but I can barely catch a scent from mine. This MAY be down to the fact I bought it in September 2009 however, and as with all Lush products, they really are best used fresh.
Seanik is supposed to leave hair soft, nourished and full of body, and the lemon oil gives it extra shine. I do notice my hair is soft after using it, and as with all Lush shampoo bars it has that strange squeaky clean feeling that I don't get from any other product. I don't notice too much extra volume however, and whilst my hair does have a nice shine to it, it's nothing particularly special. This is the downside to me for this shampoo bar. Whilst it is amazing for my roots, I haven't noticed anything extra special about it, and you probably get similar results from your average shampoo and conditioner.
None the less, remember when you buy this, you aren't using up packaging, none of the products have been tested on animals and its solid! I still get the same amount of lather from the shampoo bars as I would with other shampoos, and they do last surprisingly quite a while. Seanik costs £4.65 from Lush online or in store, and the other bars also cost around the same price.
I've been buying Lush products for a few years, since my little one has eczema and couldn't use anything in the bath until we discovered the joys of their products. But for some reason the whole shampoo bar novelty bypassed me, and I thought it was actually too much trouble. That was until I made the decision to be vegan, and then the need for a vegan shampoo was essential, so I thought I'd start with Lush.
Along I trot to the local shop and as usual was greeted witht the bright and bubbly smiles of a sales assistant. I explained I needed a shampoo bar, we discussed my hair type, oily at the top and dry at the ends, and she recommended Seanik, a bright blue fresh sea smelling bar. So I bought it. I did think Woah, that's a little expensive at £4.50 for 55g, but we'll give it a go. I also bought Veganese conditioner to go with it.
The sales assistant demonstrated how to use it. Get it wet, rub it quite hard in the palms of your hands, put it down and lather up what's in your hands and apply to hair. Wash as usual. It did seem a bit more complicated than the usual "flip cap, squirt, lather-rinse-repeat" method I've used for the last *Ahem* years, but once you get the hang of it it really isn't. Actually, in the "Wash'n'Go" society we live in, where everyone wants everything yesterday and is in a rush to get everywhere, it makes a nice change to spend time pampering your hair!
So I gave it a go. And I have to say I'm really glad I did! The bar is small, round and compact and smells really lovely. It actually reminded me of being on the sea on the Gulf of Mexico. There are little green bits of seaweed in it but these presented no problem at all.
I lathered it up on my hair and rinsed and my hair was lovely! Shiny, clean, grease free. I didn't use the conditioner the first time. As a test, I left my hair to see how many days it would go before getting greasy. Five. Five whole days! That has never happened to me before. My hair was tangle free every day (a little past shoulder length) and easy to brush.
The next time I used it I tried the Veganese conditioner with it and the results were still fab, but a little more shine and more sleek hair. I'm growing out a dye at the moment and the ends are quite frizzy but with these two products the sleekness was back.
I haven't purchased a tin yet, as I wanted to test the product before buying one. I will do though, as I will be definitely trying more shampoo bars. I am keeping mine in a small plastic container at the moment. I don't know how long it will last but it doesn't look used at the moment and it's been used about seven times since I bought it at the beginning of this month.
What I particularly like is there is no packaging to throw away. It's environmentally friendly, not tested on animals and carries the Vegan Society logo.
All in all I would recommend it if you have combination hair. My partner commented on how nice the smell was when he came home, but it definitely isn't an overpowering one. Makes a change to having him sitting next to me smelling my hair!
Right then, Seanik - one of the solid shampoo bars from the range at Lush; designed for hair that can be greasy at the roots and dry at the ends, this shampoo promises to be vaule for money as well as a top cleanser without aggrivating...and it is.
It doesn't give you thick, long locks a' la Cheryl Cole, it doesn't make your hair bounce and swing like you've just stepped out of a salon....but it cleans, it softens, it does increase shine, it removes the need for conditioner (I've used conditioner for 15 years and this is the first time I'm happy to entertain the idea of not using it!) and it lasts forever....no not forever, it seems like forever......I bought mine at the end of August, it's now the end of December and I wash my hair daily and it is only just showing signs of starting to run out. I bet you would need three a year at the most.
They do cost £4.95 each, however, given how long they last I still think that gives you value for money...and that's what I want.....everything for nothing! In order to keep your shampoo bar in tip-top condition, you will need some sort of tub...a soap dish with a lid or something of the like. Lush sell a metal tin designed especially for this purpose at £2.95 - I bought one and it will get re-used as I go along; the tin from lush is an exact fit for the shampoo bar; totally compact and lightweight.......ideal for holidays or travelling.
There's a shampoo bar for every type of hair - I have no idea if the others are as good. Seanik is def worth a go.....
I think it would be fair to say that my first experience with solid shampoo was not a good one. I bought a Burt's Bees Rosemary Mint shampoo bar around a year ago and it near enough ruined my hair. I was left with a tangled mess that despite copious amounts of conditioner would not return to it's normal state for around a week. Needless to say that put me off and I stuck to bottled shampoo, that was until I purchased a Lush set a few months ago which contained a Seanik shampoo bar.
I had read a lot about Lush shampoo bars and on the whole the comments and feedback seemed to be positive. I decided that if so many people were able to use solid shampoo without a problem, then it was possible that the Burt's Bees incident had just been unfortunate and so decided to give this a try.
I should probably explain the concept of a shampoo bar before I go any further. As I'm sure you will be able to guess, this is simply shampoo in solid form. Lush formulate their bars, by making 'soap noodles' which are tightly packed together into a bar shape. The benefits of a solid shampoo over liquid is mainly that there is no packaging, but also they are very portable too and don't leak, so perfect for taking on holiday or to the gym. Also, Lush say that they can last for up to 80 washes, which is equivalent to three standard bottles of shampoo, but more about my opinions on that later.
Like liquid shampoo there are different bars for different hair types, and Seanik is one for softening hair.
The bar contains Irish Moss Seaweed, Japanese Nori Seaweed, Sea Salt, Lemon oil and Jasmine and Mimosa for fragrance. It's a blue bar and you can actually see the pieces of dark green seaweed in the bar, as they poke out of the sides. The seaweed goes right the way through the bar, and in all honesty is a little annoying as it doesn't seem to do anything other than get stuck on the sides of the bath!
The scent of the shampoo is pleasant, I think the predominant scent is probably the mimosa, it's floral, but not overly so. In fact it almost has a gentle cherry-blossom type of scent.
To use the bar, you simply lather it in your hands and then rub the lather through your hair. The bar lathers easily and gives a bright blue lather which is also full of green seaweed pieces. As mentioned, I don't think these have any benefit to the hair, but luckily I never find that the seaweed sticks to my hair, although after rinsing I do sometimes find bits stuck to the bath!
After rinsing my hair feels clean, but I don't think there is any way I could use this without conditioner as it also has a bit of a weighed down, tangled feeling to it. Once applying conditioner however, my hair tends to feel 'normal' again and like I have washed it with a standard bottled shampoo.
I don't find the scent of the shampoo bar lingers on my hair, but in fairness that is probably because the scent of whatever conditioner I am using tends to overpower it.
After it's dry my hair feels clean and it does feel soft as promised. Some shampoos can make my hair feel frizzy but this isn't one of them, and I even find that it adds some shine.
The main problem I have found with this shampoo bar, is that since I began using it I've found that I have to wash my hair more often. Usually I can wash my hair every other day, but I was finding that when using this product it was becoming more greasy quickly. I haven't quite worked out why that is, but I would assume it's either not getting my hair as clean as it could be in the first place, or it's leaving some sort of residue on my hair. As a result I've been alternating this product with a bottled shampoo.
As for the claim that a bar will last 80 washes, I find that claim quite hard to believe. Although I haven't counted, taking into consideration when I started to use this and how frequently I've been using it, I would estimate that I got about 30 uses from one bar. This said, please bear in mind that I have fairly long, very thick hair and so I probably do tend to use a bit more shampoo than the average person, and if you have short hair it's likely to last a lot longer.
Lush sell shampoo bar tins in which to store your shampoo bar, and if possible I would recommend buying one of these. I was initially keeping my bar in a soap dish, but I did once leave it on the edge of the bath and it got stuck! When I finally prised it off a big chunk was still stuck to my bath so the tins are advisable to stop this sort of thing happening!
The Seanik shampoo bar costs £4.53 from Lush or online at www.lush.co.uk
It is suitable for vegans, so may be an unusual gift idea.
Overall, I have mixed feelings about this product. Given my first experience with a shampoo bar was so negative, I was pleased that this one could at least wash my hair without turning it into a tangled mess. I like that I'm using something that is environmentally friendly and let's face it, the whole concept is a bit of a novelty which makes it fun to use, but on a more negative note I did find my hair got greasy quickly between washes. In total honesty I would not buy this bar again, but I will try another of the Lush solid shampoo's to see if any of those are more suitable for my hair type. If you're someone who washes your hair daily anyway, I would say this is a good bar to try, but if your hair is prone to being greasy or you like to leave it a day or two between washes, then I'd avoid this one.
Softening sea salt shampoo scented with jasmine, mimosa and orange blossom / Many of our planet's most potent nutrients come from the deep blue sea / Lush has them brought ashore to create an ocean blue shampoo bar with protein-rich, softening Irish moss seaweed, Japanese nori seaweed and sea salt to leave your hair soft and nourished / We could have left it at that, but that's just not our way; we added lemon oil for extra shine, and the exotic far eastern fragrance of mimosa and jasmine, to bathe you in the heady scent of tropical flora /