I've had my shampoo bar tin for several years but it has had little use as I don't use Lush often and would not pay the price of their shampoo bars. I recall my tin was given to me when I made a large purchase in Lush including Shampoo bars.
It is a simple tin but has a flaw in that it's sometimes impossible to remove the lid with wet hands. An unforgivable flaw that has persisted through the new designs of shampoo tins as hands are usually wet when washing your hair.
The tin has the correct dimensions to hold a Lush shampoo bar from new and makes the claim of being airtight to keep your bar in the best condition.
The tin costs £2.50.
I did not enjoy using mine, the fact it's hard to open was a frustration and because I do not wash my hair daily my shampoo bar attached itself to the base of the tin as it dried. This forced me on several occasions to peel off the shampoo bar using my nails, resulting in breakage and damage to the underside of the shampoo bar.
I have received shampoo bars as gifts whilst owning my tin but prefer other methods of keeping them dry and in good condition.
The tin itself is of an adequate quality but that makes the problem with the lid so frustrating as Lush should have made improvements by now as this is a problem many Lush users have encountered. My tin remains shiny and the shape has not altered in use. The lid is easily replaced onto the tin but has remained stubborn to remove when by now it should have loosened even slightly.
Some of my favourite bath and body products are from Lush. They are usually quite pricey items and due to this fact I do believe that if you can buy something to make the products last longer.....then you should!
I do occasionally buy myself a bar of the solid shampoo and from time to time do purchase the Karma Komba Solid Shampoo because I simply think its superb stuff and one trip when grabbing myself a bar I decided to buy myself a tin to store it in.
The idea of the tin of course is to not only keep the shampoo bar solid but the bars do have a tendency to melt which in turn of course create mess and wastes product and at £2.50 for a reusable tin I didn't think that was bad at all and as well as being practical I thought it would look really nice as well in my bathroom!
Its small and round and made of aluminium and to the top of it Lush is embossed on so its all very simple in its design. To open and close the round shaped tin you simply give it a twist and pull the lid off.
The bars do fit in it ok but it is a very tight fit however it works well enough for me! My only issue with this is that when I go to open it with dry hands that's easy but with wet ones its a nightmare and really hard work to open it.
However I do like these tins and do think that they are worth the £2.50 each that they cost. I always know where my shampoo is, and I know I'm losing none of the product and when paying out £5.50 for a bar of solid shampoo that is nice to know and it doesn't get the chance to make a mess in my bathroom either.
They are quite robust and they do stay nice and shiny though I do think if you were to take it out and about with you I.E the gym it could get a bit battered up looking but if that happens Lush have a policy that they told me about in store when I bought it that they will recycle it for you!
Only available in Lush stores at £2.50 a tin.
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Why would you need a tin for shampoo? Well, you see it all gets a bit complex if your shampoo is a bar..
LUSH sells such shampoos. They come in a bar, like soap, and you rub them on your hair. Some of them are great, others not so great, but they share a common issue of needing to be looked after. Use them in the shower? Well, you better keep them away from the water spray or they will slowly dissolve even without you using them (and the price you pay for them means that is to be avoided). And don't even think about packing them to take away with you.
As someone who travels a fair bit, this would make them impossible to use without this tin. It's not a complicated product - literally a tin the size of a shampoo bar so you can pop it in and protect it from water or stick it in your case.
Perfect - except for the price. As it's basically needed to make a whole range of their consumables usable, I'd think LUSH could do better than around £3 a tin. £1 a tin would be far more reasonable - it's not like, at that size, they're of much use for anything else.
LUSH SHAMPOO TIN
There was a time when if you bought two shampoo bars you got a tin free. Those days are long gone but I do still have a couple of my tins as they last really well.
They are small round aluminium tins with tight fitting lids that are supposed to just slightly twist and pull off. If you don't have a large bar of soap inside the tin and you have dry hands then this does happen but in a shower with slippery wet hands and the tin wet and slightly shampoo -ish then this is almost impossible.
The tins are a touch small for the shampoo bars when they are new and I find that I have to use the shampoo at least ten times before it fits inside the tin and the lid will shut easily. This is annoying as it means that if you are planning to take one on holiday you have to get it to the right size before you leave! When at home I don't bother using the tin and just have mine on a soap dish as we have an ensuite bathroom that only my husband and I use so no one will accidentally use it as soap.
The tin is a very strong and solid and I have now had mine well over five years and they are well travelled as they come everywhere with me. Neither of them are bent or damaged and they do still open and shut as easily as they ever have done if I remember to do this before I get myself wet.
One trick is to ensure the shampoo does not get anywhere near the edges of the tin and make sure it is pretty dry and that way you have the best chance of getting it open. Secondly don't try and do it in the bath or shower or with wet slippery hands as it raises the challenge level to near impossible.
Would I spend good money or another tin? Probably not as I have found that recycling plastic pots of convenient size with a screw top lid does just as good a job and in fact that is what I use for my solid conditioner. My tins were 'free' but I really don't think they are worth spending good money on. Buy some toiletry item in a screw top plastic pot that looks a good size and wash it out when you have finished and that is not only cheaper but you get to use the cream or whatever first.
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I'm afraid this isn't going to be a positive review.
Before we had my daughter my husband and I went backpacking around Europe. We did it on the super cheap with a tent and sleeping bags so that we could go for as long as possible. I knew I'd need shampoo for the trip and that we wouldn't be getting freebies from hotels to regularly - though we did stay in the occasional hostel - so I picked up a dry shampoo bar from Lush. They were new at the time and all the rage, with good reason too as I hadn't heard of shampoo you could travel with before with no risk of the contents spilling all over your essential items.
When I went to pay for the shampoo bar the lady at the till recommended a shampoo bar tin to go with it. It only cost £2.50 which I thought was reasonable and anywhere, where else was I going to find the perfect-sized compact tin to fit my new shampoo in?
The tin is silver in colour and round in shape, it's shiny and it has the Lush logo in bubble letters on the lid. But here's the rub. Unfortunately the tin is super hard to open. I tried to do it as soon as I got home, and had to fiddle for a while before I could actually open it. The problem is that it is very tight fitting, with a little ridge to keep the lid in place when it is on, and also because it is a hard slippery material so it is hard to get a grip on it. First I thought it was my puny strength but then I asked my husband to have a go and he also had trouble getting the lid off the tin.
I was silly enough to take it travelling with me anyway though, as I was short on time by this point, and boy did that prove to be a disaster! When the tin is wet or at all slippery from shampoo residue, it is impossible to open. And when the shampoo bar has been wet a couple of times, although it doesn't leak out of the closed tin, it does become sludgey over time and that means that when you do finally get the tin open the slightly violent nature of the act means that you get sticky shampoo all over you.
I eventually gave up using it altogether because it was such a hassle, and bought a cheap shampoo while I was on holiday. In fact I only realised the other day that I still had the tin in the bathroom cupboard, with the shampoo bar inside it. Never one to learn a lesson the first time, I tried in vein to open the tin for about 10 minutes so that I could see the state of the bar inside, and still I couldn't get it open.
I have been back to Lush since that purchase and subtley asked about the ease of opening of the tin, and I have had staff members agree with me that they 'can' be tricky to get open.
I will give this 2 stars though because it is an innovative product and it's not that it isn't a good quality tin, it just doesn't work as well as it should.. Certainly it is still dent-free and looks as good as new despite me flailing it about in frustration and carrying it around Europe for several weeks.
If you do plan to buy one I suggest seeing if you can open it in store or not before buying. If you can do it with ease then please do return to this review to berate me for my obvious lack of tin opening skills. :)
I was recently introduced to Lush shampoo bars and when buying my first one in the Lush shop, the sales assistant managed to flog me one of these tins to store my shampoo bar in. The tin costs £2.50 in Lush and is available both in the stores and online. I think this is reasonably priced.
The Lush shampoo bars are all round and similar in size, so this tin is designed to fit any of the bars that can be bought in the Lush shop. The tin is round and silver with the Lush logo printed on top of the tin. The tin itself is fit for recycling which keeps it in line with Lush's environmentally friendly ethos.
The tin itself is relatively easy to open and close - there is a metal ridge around the top half which sits over the bottom half meaning it is relatively easy to grasp in order to pull the lid off. The problem arises when hands are wet, the tin slips and slides through your fingers! I find that it is essential to dry my hands off before opening the tin. The tins are slightly larger than the shampoo bars themselves, meaning the bar fits snugly inside the tin.
When I first tried the tin, I was happy with the way the shampoo bar fitted inside and I thought to myself it was a great invention. The problem came when I returned to use the shampoo and found it had dried and stuck to the bottom of the tin. It was simply impossible to get out of the tin and I had to improvise with a little hair clip to scrape around the edges of the tin and lever the shampoo bar out. This resulted in me not using the tin again with a wet shampoo bar!
To give Lush a little credit, they do state on the website to leave the shampoo bars to dry before you put them in the tin. However in my mind, this tin is designed to store your shampoo bars in so that they don't get stuck to or leave soapy residues on any of your bathroom surfaces. So if I was to set the shampoo bar somewhere to dry before putting it in the tin, does this not defeat the purpose of the tin?
I have since used the tin again once to store a shampoo bar - this time when I was going on holiday and had a new, dry bar to put inside. The tin fitted nicely inside my wash bag and I was reassured that the bar would not be broken or make a mess of the other contents of my bag. Unfortunately on the way home the shampoo bar had to go into a plastic bag!
My tin is now a home for all the stray hair clips that usually lie around my bedroom, so while it now does serve a purpose, it is not the purpose it was intended for!
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Lush's solid shampoos are great - less packaging materials needed, they last ages, they're reasonably prices, and they do a great job on your hair. However, they do have their drawbacks - or just the one, really. They make a right mess. When there's nothing to put your shampoo bar in, it tends to get everywhere, covering your surfaces in sediment - what's more, this also makes them disappear faster. Without a container, bits break off and fall away while you're using the shampoo, and it's gone far sooner than it needs to be.
Enter the Shampoo Tin - available in all Lush stores for around £3, it's really essential if you use their solid shampoos. They're made of soft metal, and are just slightly bigger than the round shampoo bars, so the contents fit pretty snuggly inside and don't fall out.
This is beneficial in several ways - it stops mess, it prevents the bars falling apart, and by only exposing the top of the bars, it helps you use only a little each time. You really don't need much to generate a nice amount of froth, so this is ideal.
If there's a negative, it's that they can be fiddly - if you've got wet hands, they can be a nightmare to open, forcing you to prise and twist in vain. On the plus side, this means they keep your shampoo secure and dry, but it can be a pain in the shower.
All in all, if you love Lush's shampoo bars, you'll want one of these - they don't cost much, they are easy to clean and can be used time and again, and they help you make the most of your shampoo.
Lush are a company that have environmental issues writ large in their values. One of their concerns over the years has been to limit the amount of packaging they use, and to make it reusable or recyclable where possible. To this end they created shampoo bars: shampoo in solid form requiring no packaging at all. These shampoo bars are beloved by travellers as they are small, light, and can't leak. They are also mostly very nice. Lush designed a small tin for the shampoo bars because, they say, "sometimes a little packaging is a good thing. Wrap your naked bars in this snug aluminium tin so they stay safe and sound on your adventures."
'Snug' is a very apt description since a new shampoo bar will often not fit in the tin. Sometimes there is a little ridge of shampoo around the circumference of the bar that prevents it fitting, and this can be chiselled off with your finger. However, more often than not the bar is simply too large to fit in the tin until it has been used several times. If you are over-eager to encase your shampoo bar in metal, you may have difficulty getting it out later. Particularly so if you put the bar in when it is still wet, as it will then stick to the walls of the tin in a gungey, gloopy mess. Obviously, if you are travelling one of the key assets of the tin is that it houses the wet bar so that your other travelling items do not get covered in shampoo.
There is a downside to this though. If you leave a wet bar in the tin it becomes a sticky mess, as it is behaving as it would when you rub it on to your wet hair for shampooing. The bar will then not last nearly so long as it should. Lush are clearly aware of this problem as they advise you to dry the bar out before putting it in the tin. It's a bit of a conundrum really, isn't it? Why would you want to keep a dry bar in the tin? If the bar is dry you could just pop it in a plastic bag and it would be ok, and you would be travelling even lighter.
The tin itself is made of aluminium which can be recycled if the tin becomes bent, damaged or unusable. In keeping with Lush's green principles they use 65% recycled aluminium, and are aiming to make it 100%. The lid pushes off, but this is difficult to do with wet hands I find and in fact I have discarded the tins altogether now and they are in a box in the bottom of the airing cupboard. Since I am not travelling, and prefer my shampoo bars to dry out between uses, I just put them on a soap dish with a drainage feature so that air circulates all round and dries them fairly quickly. The only danger with this is that the uninitiated may think they are soap and use them for the wrong purpose- the Lush tin, would I feel, act as a deterrent in the area of unsanctioned product sharing because of the effort involved in opening the tin, in order to retrieve some gunky mess.
The tin retails at £2.50, but I got mine some time ago when they were being given away as a freebie if you bought two shampoo bars. I was very pleased to have them, but they have spent more time housing paperclips than shampoo bars, and now as I have said are in semi-retirement.
I wouldn't bother with these again!
I feel like a right good moan today so I feel it is a good time to write about the Lush Soap Shampoo tin that was supplied with a trial bar of shampoo that I was given to review for another website.
The tin is silver in colour with the Lush logo on the lid. It fits perfectly into the palm of your hand so is a nice small size for travel and storage. When the soap is in (when it's new and full sized) it fits snugly into the base of the tin and gets a little smaller each time you use it.
The two halves of the tin fit snugly together when pressed shut, a bit like a Vaseline lip therapy tin. Trying to open this tin was virtually impossible. I had wet hands when I first tried so dried them, broke two nails and then started using dry cloths to try and loosen the closed tin.
Ten minutes later...
I got back in to the tin and have never dared use it since closed! To be honest, I find it better to dry out the soap on a rack and then put it in to the tin dry otherwise it sticks to the bottom of the tin too. I don't really like to think of it festering there.
These tins are rubbish! The design is terrible and the soap sticks to the inside if you put it in damp. I really wouldn't bother with this but invest in a wooden drying rack for the soap to get the most life out of it.
The tins are not expensive at £2.50 each and to be fair on the website they do advise that you dry the soap out first before popping in the tin.
Just don't bother! As a suggestion (in case Lush are reading this) I would say a boot polish style tin would be better, you know where you get a little lever on the side to help you open the tin. That or either lots of little lines in the lid on the lip so you can get some purchase on the grip of the tin. I know I have had a rant here about this tin but it is frustrating when you can't get access to something you need and breaking the nails is all I need to do to know this is not something I am ever using again!
After buying a few Lush Shampoo Bar's I noticed that if no dried out properly the bar could disintegrate quicker than it should so I had been using a used face mask tub to store it. As I am off on my holidays soon I thought I would now replace the knackered tub with one of Lush's Shampoo Bar Tin's which were more sturdy and smaller to fit in my case.
The Shampoo Bar Tin's are priced at £2.50. You used to be able to get them free if you brought 2 shampoo bars but this offer is no longer available but for £2.50 it's still a bargain! The tin is a small circular disc in aluminium with Lush imprinted on the top. The Lid simply slots on to the top. The size of the tin is just a fraction bigger than the shampoo bar.
Lush claim that the tins will allow your bar to "stay firm and solid as it should". By using the tins you then don't have to abandoned your bar in your bathroom which can leave a residue as well. The tin's are 65% recycled material and designed to be used over and over again helping to contribute to Lush's environmental campaign.
The tin is very attractive with a brushed effect look about it and it is ideal for travelling. It is small and compact so will not take up any room in your case and is therefore much lighter for travel as well. As it is nice an attractive it also looks great in your bathroom.
As mentioned the tin is just slightly bigger than a full sized shampoo bar which can mean that a new bar make take a few uses to sits comfortably in the tin. I found that if this was the case I simply left the bar sitting in the lid until after a number of uses it had shrunk enough to be stored as it should be.
I have seen quite a few reviews that mention that the shampoo bars sometimes got stuck in the tin and also that the tin was difficult to open but I have had neither of these issues. I find the tin's easy to open, even with wet soapy hands. As for the shampoo bar getting stuck, as mentioned I tend to sit the bar in the lid until it's reduced in size and then when wet I still pop the bar on the lid and use the tin upside down so that when you open the tin the next time it is easy to grab hold of. When your bars do get quite thin then I can see the issue of the tin as it's harder to prise off the bottom of the tin but if you let your shampoo bar dry a little before closing the tin this seems to resolve this a little better.
Overall I think this is a great way to store your bars without leaving any mess and keeping them tidy.
I received this tin free when I purchased two shampoo bars from Lush.
The tin is made from metal and it is circular in shape. The tin features the Lush logo printed onto it. The tin is around £3.00 to buy on it's own - which is expensive for a tin! The tin is an ideal way to keep your shampoo bars safe and dry. However, DON'T place the shampoo bars in there whilst they are wet as they stick to the bottom of the tin, making them virtually impossible to remove! Placing them in the tin whilst they're dry is better as they don't stick to the bottom of the tin then. The tin is smooth and round and it's a nice looking tin. It looks pretty sleek and elegant and it wouldn't look out of place in any bathroom. You can also stick the tin in your gym bag and use it in the showers there. It's a small and compact tin so it is easy to carry around and the tin doesn't come open on it's own so you needn't have to worry about the shampoo coming loose!
Sometimes the lid does tend to stick to the tin but I place the tin in my palms when this happens and simply twist it. It soon comes apart then!
You don't have to use this tin for Lush shampoo bars - you can use it for anything really! My friend uses hers to store her earrings and nose studs. I may buy another and use it as a little trinket box. It's a great freebie when you are buying the shampoo bars anyway. The only bad thing I would say about it is that it can scratch easily - so just be careful with it and don't use it with anything that can mark and/ or dent it.
I recently bought my first solid shampoo from Lush and decided to buy the Lush solid shampoo tin as well to keep it clean and fresh. I paid £2.50 for the little tin which reminds me of a vaseline tin but larger, and it's the same shape (round). The tin is silver in colour and is made out of a thin, lightweight metal. I would guess that it's aluminium. On top of the lid it has the word Lush on it in large, capital letters which are nice and clear. The tin isn't designed in a feminine or male way - it's a unisex colour and the font for the word Lush is very basic if you know what I mean, so it's definetly unisex. The lid is easy to get off after a few times, but the first time I tried I almost broke my nail off trying to prise it off.
As I said before the tin is rounded, and it's pretty much excactly the same size as my Jumping Juniper shampoo bar. You would think this is a good thing, but it's actually a disadvantage and the tin's downfall. The shampoo bar basically doesn't fit, unless you push it down into the tin with force,and therefor break it. My shampoo bar didn't fit into the tin until I had used it a couple of times, and even then it was a bit of a struggle, and even getting the bar out was quite a challenge because it sticks to the bottom. You'd think if it sticks to the bottom that the solution is simple - use your fingers and prise it out. This isn't really an option, because there's not enough room for me to get my fingers in the right position to get it out. Another option is to tip the tin upside down and hit the back of the tin gently to get it out. I've tried this once and the tin actually dented (the tin is extremely flimsy!), and the shampoo bar stayed stuck.. so all in all it's a bit of a useless product if i'm honest unless you only have half a shampoo bar left.
The tins can ofcourse be used for other stuff though, and most people will probably be assuming this tin would be ideal for using as a travel case for there dry shampoo. I'd advise against this, but only if it's warm weather. If it's cold weather it should be fine (although will more than likely get stuck!). This is because the tin is metal, so it heats up really easily and would definetly melt a shampoo bar if left in a warm car for a couple of hours. The tin does keep a shampoo bar dry and clean (the tin is waterproof and airtight), however it is just too much of an effort to get the shampoo bar back out, and therefor I don't use it for its actual purpose and instead I keep my jewellery in it. Would I reccomend it? Not for shampoo bars, but if you're a fan of Lush and are in need of a small storage tin, then i'd reccomend this, as long as what ever you're storing in it can't get stuck!
Firstly I would like to say that this review isn't going to be amazing because after all, I am just writing about a tin and there's only so much I can say about a tin with Lush's name on it.
Now, it makes sense for me to review this for a few reasons. A)I have one B)I have one because I use shampoo bars. Lush are always thinking ahead when making their products as you can imagine shampoo and conditioner bars are going to be just like soap, it will be sticky and slidy after each use and you are going to need somewhere to put it.
This is designed also for travel, which is helpful if you are going on holiday or a few nights away, this weights 10g and is £2.50 you can also get this free is certain gift sets they sell. Now of course most people including myself will think £2.50 for a small tin is a little bit to much, but if you can't find anything else for your bars this is what your gonna have to get.
This is a screw lid and is useful, but there isn't enough room in the tin to get your fingers in and lift the bars out so if you don't want to destroy the bars by doing this then take off the lip and just lift up side down and it will slip out, you can fit about two full bars in here.
I got this tin free when i bought two shampoo bars ,well actually i got two as i wanted the tin ha. Bit weird how you only get one tin when you buy two shampoos as you can only fit one in it, so it kind of proves that you dont actually need it. I tend to just use it as somewhere to place my shampoos on top of so they dont stick to things ( using the lid for one and the tin for the other) however anything can really be used instead such as a soapdish or whatever you have lying around.
The tin is only £2.50 which is pretty good or you can get it free when buying two shampoos.Also you can keep using the tin for different shampoos once they run out so you only ever have to buy one.
Its just a simple tin with the lush logo on it..urm not much else can be said to describe it! Just somewhere to put your solid shampoo.
When you first get your solid shampoo they wont fit in the tin..would of thought they would of made the tin a bit bigger then ha, you kind of have to balance it on top until it shrinks abit.
The major problem with this tin is once you put your shampoo in it after using it, is that as it dries it sticks to the inside of the tin! Then its beyond difficult getting it out especially if your shampoo if fairly new and still quite big. You either have to loosen it by hitting the bottom of the tin or getting something to pry it out with if it wont budge(i had to get out the shower to find a pair of tweezers how upsetting ha).
Its great and all that they can make a shampoo with no packaging and lasting much longer then normal shampoo but they need to change the design of the container, too hard to get the shampoo out. Really wouldnt recommend actually buying one for the sake of it (although £2.50 meh not really a loss ) might aswell just buy 2 shampoos and get it for free. would suggest using a soapdish :)
I give this two stars as its dirt cheap but its a really bad design.First the solid shampoos dont fit, then when they do fit in the tins you can get them out.(P.s i really recommend solid shampoos just the tin meh cheap but is it really needed?).
I have used Lush shampoo bars for the gym for a number of years. When I first started using them I had to keep them in a plastic bag which meant that they turned into mush. When these containers came out I bought one straight away. The tin is mase of metal weighs 10g and costs £3.50 in Lush.
If you have never used a shampoo bar they are basically round bars of shampoo that you wet and rub onto wet hair to work up a lather.
To use this tin you simply twist it open and put the shampoo bar inside. The tin provides an airtight container for your shampoo bar to keep it dry. However there is a problem with this tin, if like myslef you use it for the gym you need to dry the shampoo bar first on a towel before putting it in the tin. Otherwise your bar gets stuck to the bottom of the tin and goes soggy. The fact that it's airtight also makes this ten times worse! I would also recommend that you don't take the tin into the shower with you and get it wet as a puddle of water in the bottom of the tin causes the same problem!
I would only give this 3 out of 5, because it is not very practical for travelling, you need to make sure the bar is dry before putting it in or you'll end up losing half of it or throwing it out! I suggest that Lush should maybe put holes in the bottom much like you would get on a soap dish.
It does and ok job, I wouldn't rush out and buy another one though!
Perfect for travelling /