Product Type: Lush hair care products
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Great shampoo bar
Member Name: AbsintheFairy
Advantages: Makes hair soft and shiny, good for scalp, lasts a long time
Disadvantages: None in particular
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.
Summary: One of my favourite Lush shampoo bars