“ Brand: Lush / Type: Hair Shampoo „
Ioriginally bought this for my other half as he was suffering from an irritable scalp and a friend recommended it as it worked for her however he did not like the smell of it so I ended up using it instead of him. This means I cannot really say whether it is effective at curing an itchy scalp because I was not sufferring from one when I used it.
This is probably the least attractive Lush product I have ever set my eyes upon, it looks like compacted garden waste or old rope, it has a sort of matted texture to it and is a very dull brown colour. My other half reckoned it looked like a piece of front door matting so I guess you can imagine what it looks like. A bar costs just over £5 so it is not a cheap product. It contains Marigold and Rose petals as well as lavender oil all of which are meant to calm the skin down along with something called Cade Oil. It is this apparently that gives the product the rather unlikeable fragrance that my other half objected to. The cade oil acts as an antiseptic however it also gives it a sort of industrail medical smell as well which is not very nice.
The bar lathers up in my hand nicely enough and it is easy to massage into the scalp and hair. It also washes out nice and easily, fortunately the rather unpleasant smell does not linger too long and was not detectable in my hair afterwards however I then used a conditioner anyway so even if it did that would have covered it. It did give my hair a nice enough shine and it was very soft to the touch as well.
Certainly if I suffered from an iritable scalp I would give this product a try as it did have a calming feel to it and there was certainly no irritation from using it on my scalp. It is a shame that the smell is not very nice but it is still one to consider if needed.
I'm a big fan of Lush - entering one of their stores is subjecting yourself to an olfactory assault of the most pleasant kind. Everything smells so wonderful it's almost edible - well, almost everything. This is the exception - with its strong smell of coal tar, it's not a subtle, sweet or - let's be honest - particularly nice-smelling shampoo.
That's not to say it's not a great product, though. If you're a sufferer of a dry, itchy scalp, this could be just what you're looking for. It's soft and forgiving to your skin, cleans the hair wonderfully, ridding it of dandruff, and leaves your hair smelling fairly neutral - which given the stink that the shampoo kicks up, has to be a good thing.
Like all Lush shampoo bars, this lasts for ages; you only need to work up a small amount of lather each time you use this, and shampooing your hair every day, you'll get a couple of months at least out of each bar. Costing around £5, I make this pretty good value - and the natural ingredients used and happy effect it has on your hair contribute further to this.
Is there a negative? Not really, so long as you're okay amount the smell. Actually, it's not that bad - some people quite like the coal tar smell, and at least you know that it's doing you good. I've never found any that has such a consistent, positive effect on dry skin and dandruff, and I'll continue to buy it; I can't recommend it any more strongly than to say that it's a essential buy for me.
I love Lush, I am sure that phrase will surprise everyone who reads my reviews, but it is true, I do. About 3 months ago I had gone into my local Lush store to stock up on a few items, namely those I use when I go away for a weekend because they are so handy for travelling. Then a few weeks back when we actually did go away for the weekend, I remembered I had been to Lush and that I hadn't even opened the box that everything had been put into (I took my own box to Lush to be re-filled) and the packaging tape was still on the box, so double the excitement when I opened it to remind myself what I had bought.
I am a huge fan of the Lush shampoo bars, I first came across them back in 2006 I think it was and I instantly liked them. They are really handy, last a really good length of time and are not only easy to use, but they usually react brilliantly with my hair and every single shampoo bar that I have tried has been brilliant.
My hair, whilst being lovely and blonde is quite fine but I have a lot of hair and with it come a variety of problems which range from having greasy roots, not constantly but at certain times of the month and a dry sensitive scalp which often means using high street branded shampoos are a no no because I am left with an itchy scalp more often than not. I do tend to follow advice given to me by my hairdresser, so when I am told non-perfumed products and preferably natural ones, I try my best to adhere to it.
In this particular package was a shampoo bar and it goes by the name of Soak and Float and the first thing you notice about this shampoo bar is that it isn't the prettiest thing on the shelf, infact to look at, it reminded me of one of those Coir discs that I use to plant seeds in my propagator and it has stringy bits coming off it at all angles, it's a brown colour with bits in it and its of a circle shape. So why did I buy it? Well it is on the shelf next to all the other products Lush have in this range and I spotted it because it was the only one which wasn't a bright pretty colour not only that but there was a small blackboard which said "Don't struggle with Itchy and Scratchy" and with my Hubby being a massive Simpsons fan, the first thing that I thought of was the cartoon Bart watches and then "The Itchy and Scratchy show" song was in my head. This shampoo bar also promised to 'bring calm to my scalp' and it has been designed for sore, itchy scalps and dandruff. It retails at £5.25 for a 55g bar which is only slightly more than I have paid for similar products a few years ago.
As I said, this shampoo bar isn't pretty to look at, but it is full of fantastic ingredients to tackle those scalp problems. Starting with Rose Petals which are said to soften the scalp and help calm a sore scalp. Marigold Petals come next and they help calm redness, for anyone who suffers from an itchy scalp, the urge to itch can be quite strong and whilst it is easy to say resist the urge at all costs, sometimes you just cannot and this is why you end up with a sore scalp. For me the problem arises if I do use high street shampoos, anything like Pantene or Dove leave me simply in agony, so to know that Marigold Petals will soothe my scalp is a godsend. Lavender Oil comes next and I was pleased to see this as an ingredient because I love Lavender, though it isn't the dominant smell. Lavender Oil does aid sleep and relax me but for the hair it is used for its soothing and cleansing properties. The main ingredient is Cade Oil, not something I have come across before but it is interesting. Cade Oil which is also known as Juniper Tar (thanks Google) is used primarily as an antiseptic and in a product such as this it is said to have the ability to help alleviate the symptoms associated with itchy scalp conditions and dandruff. Well that is exactly what I am looking for, something to stop my scalp itching, something soothing and something that isn't going to make the problem worse. Cade oil is described as follows "The cade oil in here may smell of creosote, but that is because it has natural constituents of creosol, guaiacol, cadinene and terpenes. All of which might sound a bit scary, but in fact it makes this a natural antiseptic and antimicrobial, perfect for treating many skin complaints" and it wasn't until I read this bit on the Lush website after using the shampoo bar that I figured what the aroma was, it is a cross between creosote, which I love, and T-Gel, which I sometimes use when I am getting a bit desperate as a quick fix. Cade Oil is also said to soothe other skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
My problem came about because I had run out of my usual shampoo and life at work was pretty manic, so in a morning I grabbed the nearest shampoo I could to wash my hair and the effects of doing so left me wit a dry, itchy scalp. One day I will learn my lesson, but for now, I had to fix the problem.
If you have never used a shampoo bar before, I promise you they are fascinating and easy to use. All you do is make sure your hands are wet, whether you are in the bath or the shower and then simply mimic the actions of using a bar of soap by rubbing the shampoo bar between your hands to form a lather and then as you would with your shampoo put it in your hair and gently rub and massage your scalp ensuring the lather covers every inch of your hair. Once you have covered your hair with the lather the smell is now very obvious and I think it will be an aroma that is one of personal choice, you will either love it or hate it and I am in the love it camp. Anyway, once you have massaged your scalp for a few minutes, you need to use warm water to wash it out and make sure that you removed all traces of this stuff from your hair and scalp, so the water runs clear essentially and then towel dry your hair as you would normally do.
After using, the fragrance does remain on your hair for a day or so, if you like the smell that won't matter, if you don't then you will mind. Basically this is one product I would recommend you smell before buying in Lush. For me it was and is fantastic, I loved it. I could feel an immediate difference in that my scalp was no longer sore, I was immediately itching and my hair felt soft and smooth to the touch. Once completely dry my hair did have a shine to it, not so much that it looked greasy, but it was more of a natural shine.
I have now been using this shampoo bar twice a week and my problem is now remedied I am happy to say, it really has been a lifesaver. Because I don't use it everyday, the one thing I did invest in was a shampoo tin from Lush a few years ago and I paid around £4 for it. it's a metal tin with a tight closing lid and whenever you are not using your shampoo bar, I would suggest keeping it in this tin because not only does it keep it cool, it keeps the fragrance really fresh and after all the one thing Lush are known for are their smelly bits! I would estimate the life expectancy of this shampoo bar a being between three and four months at least, obviously if it was used more frequently this would be less, for me it is my miracle cure.
Do I recommend this product? Well if your hair is like mine then absolutely without a doubt, but if you hair isn't like mine and you would still like to try a similar product then log onto the Lush website and have a look around, there are a lot of options to choose from.
As some of you may know, I am a huge fan of Lush products, so when my scalp started causing me grief, off I went to find a solution from one of my favourite stores. I had used Lush shampoo bars before as I find them to be great - they work well, they take up very little space and are great for travelling. They are also very economical, lasting a good 3 months or so depending on how much you wash your hair. Soak and Float costs £5.25 per bar and it is available either online or in your local Lush store exclusively.
My scalp was itchy and flaky as a result of several environmental factors, stress and a change in water type being 2 of these, so this was a natural choice for me. I asked the assistant which one was the best for my problem and she immediately drew my attention to this one. She warned me that the smell is an acquired taste/scent; the only way that I can really describe it is tar mixed with a campfire smell. I personally love that medicinal smell you get with anti-dandruff hair products as it makes me think that it will actually do something to combat the problem. The overall campfire aroma is gorgeous - or I think so anyway - but definitely an acquired taste, a lot of people might be put off by this, but I love it.
For those who have never used a shampoo bar before, it is hardly rocket science; wet your hair as usual, lather the shampoo bar in your hands and massage into your scalp. I know some people literally rub the bar into their scalps but I prefer to do it like this. It produces a good amount of lather, although slightly thinner than a lot of liquid shampoos it is still more than sufficient for a good wash, coating all of my hair. I use it twice every time I wash my hair, but I would also do this with liquid shampoos so this is no reflection on it's effectiveness. I then apply my conditioner as normal and the rest of my hair care routine is the same. I gave it a good few goes before expecting any massive improvement, but it definitely worked; my scalp stopped being itchy, sore and flaky and my hair had that gorgeous smell of campfire for the whole day after! Whilst I was please with the results in the scalp department, I felt that it dried out my hair quite a bit. I have quite dry hair anyway, but after the first few washes, I upped the amount of conditioner than I put on my ends to combat it. I then switched it down to one lather and rinse with Soak and Float which also worked okay, but I was a bit disappointed that it dried my hair out whilst nourishing my dry scalp. It could just be my hair type though.
I would still recommend this product, but for people out there who have dry hair as well as dry scalps, I would take it easy on this shampoo. I maintain that it smells gorgeous, but it isn't for everyone! I would buy this product again, but also copious amounts of conditioner!
I wash my hair most days and I always follow this up by straightening and blow drying my hair. I have sensitive skin and my scalp can become dry and itchy at times. I also have very dark hair which means that I can't afford to have a dry scalp as it shows up very easily. The problem only becomes worse when I am holidaying in the sunshine so I sought a remedy before flying away on my most recent trip. After explaining my problem to a helpful Lush representative, she recommended that I try the Soak and Float Solid Shampoo bar.
What is a solid shampoo?
For those who are not familiar with Lushes solid shampoo range, it is basically a condensed cleansing product that has the longevity of a liquid shampoo but that doesn't come with its wasteful packaging, large size or heavy weight. All of which means that the solid shampoos are great for those who love to travel, who care for the environment or for those with limited storage space.
What does Soak and Float do?
The product is first and foremost a cleansing product for the hair which promises to remove dirt, grease and hair products from your locks. What makes this shampoo special is that it has been specifically designed to treat those with a dry, sensitive or itchy scalp. It claims to soothe and calm the scalp, and using a natural antiseptic, the shampoo also removes irritating itchiness. It promises to leave the scalp balanced and in a healthier condition.
How does it work?
The shampoo bar works because it is packed with soothing ingredients. Rose petals are included to soften and hydrate the scalp while Marigold petals heal and soothe the skin with its antiseptic properties. Lavender oil also helps to kill bacteria and to speed up the healing process. Cade Oil serves much the same purpose as well as preventing the scalp from becoming inflamed.
How do you use the product?
You need to dampen the hair in the way you would with any other shampoo. You then needed to take your shampoo bar and run it over the length of your hair and then gently rub it onto the scalp. You need to then put the bar somewhere dry and dark or it will start to dissolve and go to waste. Lush sells little tins for this purpose. You then need to massage the product into the hair for a few minutes, rinse it out thoroughly and follow it up with a good conditioner.
The product costs around £5 for 55 grams of the shampoo and it can be bought from your local Lush store or from their online website.
Appearance and Aroma
The product is a round in shape and brown in colour. You can see the herbal bits and they stick out giving the shampoo a slightly rough consistency. The aroma of this product is a massive let down but then I knew this before I bought it. It kind of smells like burnt wood mixed with tar. It is a world away from the lovely aromas of Herbal Essence which I usually use. It doesn't linger on the hair to much but it's horrible to smell while you are actually using the product.
I don't find the bars as relaxing to use as a normal shampoo but they are so useful when travelling that I don't mind. It is fairly easy to coat the whole of the hair with the bar but it does take a bit of effort and your arm aches a bit. You use quite a lot in one application, especially if you accidently get the product under the water and bits can break off with time so I don't think I'll get the predicted 50 uses from this.
The shampoo does feel soothing on the scalp and you can feel it doing some good. I don't feel so much itchiness once I've used this shampoo and my scalp feels more hydrating. My scalp is less flaky and I have seen a reduction of dandruff in my hair. My scalp over all feels in a better condition and this increases with usage.
The downside is that is leaves my hair looking quite dull and it tangles easier. It lacks volume and shine and it can look frizzier than normal. I don't know why but I don't think that this product is very good for my hair and it leaves it in a worse condition than before.
When I use this product now, I make sure that I'm not going anyway special because I don't want to smell like I've been sitting around a campfire. I also just apply it to my scalp because this is where it seems to do a good job and apply my normal shampoo to the length of my hair.
All in all, this does fulfil all of its promises about soothing and calming a dry, itchy scalp. It smells awful and doesn't do much for my hair but if you fancy using the product as a specific treatment for the scalp, then I think its worth buying.
Those of you who regularly read my reviews will be aware of how much of a huge fan I am of Lush's fabulous company and products, they have fantastic moral ethics and actively aspire to reduce our carbon footprint which is highlighted as a very important step to the preservation of our planet now more than ever and people finally seem to be acknowledging just how important this is as it impacts on our future generations and is something Lush takes very seriously, as they not only invent but hand make all their products using only the most natural and safest ingredients to effectively aid and complement our daily cosmetic and hygiene needs and wants with a touch of unique luxury.
I have suffered from a dry, flaky and itchy scalp with oily roots since my teenage years which are partly due to various allergies, I have tried every available medicated and prescribed product on the market to try combat and alleviate this annoying itchy problem.
Whilst some products worked initially they never worked to even a satisfactory level, the effects never lasted beyond a few days and still left me with un-balanced hair that needed washing daily which was not the results I was hoping for so I was less than happy with my experience with chemical laden products that my GP had prescribed to ease the discomfort of an itchy flaky scalp, I decided to do a lot of researching into product ingredients and I came to the conclusion that using only products that contained natural and safe synthetic ingredients was perhaps the way to go, this is the main reason I started to shop at Lush trying out their innovative naked and natural products, they have invented a shampoo bar in the form of a solid circular 559 bar which is equivalent to 90 washes, it promised to restore my scalp to a healthy condition.
I was sold on the whole idea of the invention and intrigued at the concept of using such a product, it was exciting and I could hardly wait to get home to try it out, four months on I feel I have good experience of using the product and able to provide a balanced review.
==LUSH SOAK & FLOAT SOLID SHAMPOO BAR THE PRODUCT==
Soak and float is described by Lush as an effective anti-dandruff shampoo bar that smells like rich tar and works to alleviate bothered scalps that are dry and itchy.
"Don't struggle with itchy and scratchy; bring calm to your scalp" ( www.lush.co.uk )
I wont lie, my first impression of the soak and float was that it absolutely stank very strongly of tar, it had a medicine herbal scent that was very overpowering and quite off putting to be honest, not particularly unpleasant but nor did I find I wanted to keep smelling it like I do with other products from Lush, but I was assured by the shop assistant to not let the smell put me off trying it because it was a best seller with customers who had the same scalp problems as myself, I was determined to give it a fair chance.
The circular bar is 55g in weight and is a rustic pale brown colour with plant petals visible within the bar, the bar is the size of the palm of the hand and is roughly an inch in thickness, it feels smooth but looks rough and as I have already mentioned it really does smell to high heaven.
The bar costs £5.00 and is suitable for vegans
* Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
* Cade Oil
* Lavender Oil
* Marigold Petals
* Rose Petals
SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE-
Is an opaque, thick liquid and it's consistency varies depending on it's concentration levels, it is used in very minimal amounts and is a surfactant which means it is part water soluble and part oil soluble, it is this quality that allows oil and water that do not normally mix together to become dispensed, it traps oil based dirt from the hair and allows it to be rinsed away.
Sodium lauryl sulfate gives thick rich foam but foam alone is not responsible for removing dirt and the purpose of foam is to allow the product to be worked by the hands through the hair helping the mechanical removal of dirt and oil.
This is however is an ingredient which has cause for concern, I have broached the subject with Lush and they have assured me that they use this as an ingredient at such a low bare minimum concentration that only people with an especially extra sensitive allergy to sulfates are affected, Lush are confident that most people even with sulfate allergies are safe to use this product without any adverse affects despite it being a known skin irritant when used in high quantities, also there is still yet no solid evidence that sodium sulfates can cause cancer and is currently still regarded as a perfectly safe cleansing agent when used in the correct quantities.
This is what is responsible for giving this product its distinctive smell, Cade Oil is a species of juniper that grows in rocky areas, also known as juniper tar and is obtained through distillation of the wood of the small shrub.
The Oil is a red-brown colour and has a very strong smoky aroma, Cade Oil is a highly effective fungicidal and has excellent antiseptic qualities, Cade Oil deals with the microbes at the root of dandruff and itchy flaky scalp conditions, it helps to alleviate the symptoms as it soothes irritated eczema prone dry, itchy and flaky scalps.
Lush use French lavender oil which comes from Provence and from a hybrid plant crossed with true lavender and lavender spike, Lavender Oil is the most versatile essential oil ingredient and is obtained from the flowering tops of the lavender plant by steam distillation, Lavender is thought to help heal and repair damaged skin, it has properties that balances oil, has antiseptic, antimicrobial, deodorising, relaxing and soothing benefits and is included in the soak and float shampoo bar for these reasons but also for its conditioning benefits to sensitive scalps and to help improve the scent of the bar.
The Damask rose is a shrub with thorns, leathery leaves and fragrant flowers, the roses are grown globally and it's the rose petals that are the source of Rose Oil which has a sweet distinctive perfume like aroma and is particularly suitable for mature, dry, and sensitive skins but are also excellent for all skin types, it is included as an ingredient in soak and float for it's soothing and calming properties on the scalp.
Is basically pure lemon juice and used to improve scent and as an astringent.
Is a colourless and liquid with a soft sweet odour, it occurs naturally in many essential oils such as the listed ingredient Lavender Oil included in the soak and float bar and Linalool naturally occurs within these oils and it is required by law that this is included and listed as an ingredient in products containing essential oils for allergy reasons.
Is mostly naturally occurring within the already listed ingredients and most companies close guard the exact perfume ingredients as a secret as they regard this as an important element of brand recognition and lush feel that it is reasonable not to publish the exact perfume formula.
==HOW TO USE==
Having used bottled shampoo's my entire life the shampoo bar was a new concept to me so I was intrigued on how to use this product, I initially thought it would take some getting used to but I was pleasantly surprised how easy it is to use.
There are two ways to use this product, you simply wet the hair as normal and wet the shampoo bar before gliding it down the length of your hair a recommended three times, then you work into a lather using your hands, you can leave it on for a few minutes before thoroughly rinsing.
The second option of usage is to hold the bar in wet hands flip/rotating a few times then rubbing your hands together to work into a lather before applying to your hair, I prefer to use the second option as I like to work the product into a thick smooth froth before applying to my hair and I have found that this method works best for me personally, I think the length and thickness of your hair also depends on which method would work best, my hair is shoulder length and very fine.
The shampoo bar works into a rich smooth lather very easily and is very frothy, you don't need to aggravate the bar very much at all to get a good thick lather, and the smell becomes less overpowering when wet and much more pleasant and herbal, the shampoo feels very soft and soothing when applied and instantly calmed the itching on my scalp, the tiny bubbles popping on my scalp feels like a lovely mini massage, I tend to leave the shampoo on for roughly around 5 minutes each time before rinsing to get the maximum effects, rinsing the shampoo is easy and does not tangle my hair unless a tiny petal comes of the shampoo bar and into your hair, although this does rinse out quite easily with no problems.
It is highly recommended that you use a Lush shampoo tin to store your bar in between uses and to store it in a dry cool place, I don't use a shampoo tin and have found that leaving it to dry on top of a flannel works fine, this also allows some of the smell of the dry bar to fade a little.
After use my hair always feels cleansed, soft, silky, shiny, has body and is easy to style and manage, it does not dry out my hair which I thought it would particularly having oily roots and dry ends, it balanced out the condition of my hair and most importantly my hair never smells of the shampoo bar once dried, something that did concern me with it having such a strong distinctive stinky smell.
Four months on I am very please and impressed with this product, the first week I used this bar daily until my scalp showed improvements and after the third day I noticed a vast improvement in both the itchiness and the flaking, I was really happy with the relief it gave me from constantly itching and scratching at my scalp something which is not at all attractive when a flurry of flakes always followed a satisfying itch!
I found I could go longer between washes which was a first for me, I have had to wash my hair daily for years due to having oily roots, the soak and float had balanced the problem out and now four months on I use soak and float to wash my hair three times a week, something I never thought would happen, obviously I increase this when I need to during flare up's but to be honest I have noticed a vast reduction in those too and I am so pleased with this product and how it has improved not only the condition of my scalp but my hair too, my hair looks and feels so much more healthy and strangely it feels slightly thicker too which is a huge bonus that was not expected.
This product has worked wonders for me, my scalp feels great, the smell of the bar itself has grown on me over time and it was definitely worth persevering with to get the results I have, I cannot imagine ever going back to using bottled chemical laden shampoo's ever again after using this, I would definitely and highly recommend the soak and float solid shampoo bar to anyone experiencing dry, itchy scalp conditions because it really does work and the only advice I would give is to persevere with the stink and allow time for the ingredients to work their magic on your scalp, the results are worth it in the end and this product has beaten all the prescribed products I have tried over the years hands down in every way and also lasts for such a long time too, I am still using the very first bar I bought and there is still quite a bit of usage left in it yet before I need to re-purchase, which I definitely will be doing when the time comes.
* Lathers Well
* Cleans Thoroughly
* Improves Scalp & Hair Health
* Suitable for daily use
* Suitable for all hair types
* Leaves NO residue
* Adds volume & shine
* Is Gentle
* Is not drying
* Lasts Ages
* Handy transportable size
* The stinky strong smell of tar
I rate the Soak and float Solid shampoo bar from Lush Fabulous Flake busting 5 out of 5.
Thank You for reading J
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I suffer from a very itchy scalp, which in certain areas can become a little scaly. Because of this there are very few shampoos that I can use that don't make the problem worse. After looking at the shampoos and shampoo bars available in Lush I thought I would give one of their shampoo bars Soak 'n' Float a try.
For those that have not come across a shampoo bar before, they look like small bars of soap and are a solid rather than liquid form of shampoo. Lush say that these will last for 80 to 100 shampoos and potentially keep three ordinary liquid shampoo bottles from being thrown away.
Lush state that Soak 'n' Float is relief for irritated scalps, claiming that it will rid your hair and scalp of itchiness, soreness and redness.
This particular shampoo bar is round and brown in colour, in the bar I had you could see bits of the marigold petals which is one of the ingredients sort of sticking out of the bar. It has a smoky scent to it which I didn't particularly like - especially when so many of the Lush products smell so delicious you could eat them. However knowing that I bought this to help my itchy scalp I tried not to let this put me off using it.
To use the bar you have to wet your hair, then rub the bar into your hair and onto your scalp until lathers.
Although this was the first time I had used a shampoo bar, I found it very easy to use and thought that it created a good lather which I was surprised at. Leaving it on my hair for about five minutes hoping the extra time would help with my problems. It was also very easy to rinse out and didn't take any longer than other shampoos I have used previously. Unfortunately the smell of the bar was still present if not a little stronger once the bar was wet.
Once I had dried my hair it looked quite glossy, although the scent of the shampoo lingered which was something I hoped wouldn't happen. Luckily my hair is fairly short so it didn't waft in front of my nostrils too often.
When I first started using the shampoo bar I used it once a day, leaving it on for several minutes before rinsing, as I wanted to give the product time to work. After a week I returned to washing my hair every other day as I would usually.
Sadly despite persevering with Soak 'n' Float for over a month I found no change with my scalp and if anything it felt itchier than normal.
Even though Lush say that this can last for up to 100 uses, mine ended up in the bin as I bought a different shampoo instead. Having said that the bar didn't appear to get much smaller when I was using it.
One thing to note about this is that after the first use I left it on the corner of the bath, and when I went to use it the next day it had stuck firmly to it. I managed to get it off with a plastic spatula and although there was some discolouration where it had been this came off with a bathroom cleaner. After that I took to keeping it in a plastic food bag. Lush do sell tins to store it in if you wanted something a little more fancy.
Even though I didn't get on with this particular shampoo bar it hasn't put me off using a different one in the future, and I think they would be especially good for taking on holiday as they take up so little room compared to a bottle of shampoo.
A 55 gram bar can be bought from Lush in store, on-line or by mail order for £5.
I have a daily cleansing routine which I've started to change a little as I try new products. I like to have a 10 - 12 minute shower every morning as I think hygiene is a big issue for me I can't stand feeling unclean. However standing up in a shower for an hour is not going to relax me in the slightest. I also don't like bathing in the daytime so I cannot wind down until the end of the day, which makes it better as I can get candles and music on the go too.
Lush have stores all around the UK and are becoming increasingly popular with females and a lot of males which people may not of known as they do sell helpful shaving aids. Unfortunately the closest Lush store to me is in Lincoln or Sheffield which is quite far so sometimes I buy from the website instead. Lush are big promoters of recycling and all their items come in recyclable materials such as paper bags, cardboard and popcorn. You will find in a Lush store a lot of their items are 'naked' this is where the products are just on the shelves with my packaging, this makes the shops smell gorgeous so I don't mind.
All Lush shampoo bars are only 55g and the price vary between £3.95 and £5.50 they are a quarter the size of ballistics but are £2 higher than them. This might be off putting to a lot of people when buying their first as it did me too, I put this off for several years before trying one out, but the effects are worth the £5 for a lot of the bars. But because they are high paying try going in store and finding one that's best suited to your hair to try out first, that way you don't have the postage to tackle as well which is £3.95 which will make it an expensive first time buy.
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 monies worth as you don't want to be paying more for the postage than the actual product. Standard delivery is only 1-2days and they currently have if you order before 3pm you get next day delivery sow hat could be better, especially if you don't have a store near you like I don't.
I can imagine how using the 'Soak and Float' or any other bath bomb can be confusing. All you do is either wet your hair and rub the bar all over your scalp and hair then massage in, Or you can rub in hands and get it lathered up then apply to hair by massaging in. I find it lasts longer like an actual soap bar to lather in my hands and apply that way, but which ever makes it easier for you.
The effects of 'Soak and Float' is to get rid of dandruff. Now I don't and never have had dandruff but I like to try new things on my hair all Lush's shampoo bars are suppose to make your hair soft anyway so I really wasn't losing anything when trying this. Ordered this through the website and it took 3 days to arrive which I though was good timing. I was disgusted at the horrid smell seeping through the packaging. This smells of tar, They added Lavender oil to try and make it smell better, they also try and spruce up the description trying to make it sound good on the website, but trust me it is a horrid smell that is so over powdering when it was in the packaging everyone around the house could smell it.
When there's to many cars out and i'm walking down the street, the over powering carbon-monoxide starts to hurt my nose and really irritates it. This is exactly what 'soak and float' smells like this only you can't get away from it! I decided not to use this I also didn't know if I could return or not so I stuck it on ebay and it sold for £2 and I'm not surprised why! I'm surprise it's still for sale on the website as I see a lot of bad reviews on this product so not sure how it's still sellings. But if you are going to try this product. beware of the smell!
Ingredients: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Water (Aqua), Cade Oil (Juniperus oxycedrus), Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Marigold Petals (Calendula officinalis), Rose Petals (Rosa centifolia), *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 61585 * Occurs naturally in essential oils Vegan
Shh, whisper it but I think I have a little problem with dandruff - or possibly a dry scalp, I'm not entirely sure which. Ages ago I used to use Head and Shoulders, until I realised it was actually irritating my scalp. I've used other stuff since, like T-Gel and Vosene, on an occasional basis but none have worked 100%, although they've all had some effect. I picked up Lush's dandruff-tackling shampoo bar, Soak and Float, in the hope that it would also work.
Soak and Float is brown in colour and looks a bit like mud and sticks stuck together. It also smells a bit like a bonfire. This is because the shampoo bar contains cade oil, which is antimicrobial and can help alleviate the symptoms of a dry scalp, including itchiness and flakes. Personally I quite like the smell, but I understand why some people don't as it is common in anti-dandruff shampoos and I guess people don't want to advertise the fact that they are using one! However I should point out that although the bar itself smells quite strong, and you can detect it when you walk into the bathroom or open the drawer, once on the hair it doesn't smell of anything at all, even if you don't use conditioner afterwards.
The shampoo bar also contains lavender, which helps to condition scalps and also, apparently, improves the scent, although I can't personally detect much lavender in the bar! It also contains marigold and rose petals, which explains the 'bits' present in the bar.
The shampoo bar should be used like any other Lush shampoo bar - that is, wet your hair as usual, rub the bar between your hands and then rub your lathered hands over your hair, or else rub the bar directly onto your hair (I usually prefer the latter). Then wash out like normal shampoo.
As I said, I can't smell the scent of the shampoo bar once I've washed it out of my hair, although I usually use conditioner anyway. At first I was using the shampoo bar every day, and I noticed that my hair was slightly dryer than usual (it is prone to dryness anyway, especially since I blow it dry and straighten it every day), but after dropping down to a twice a week usage it was back to normal.
So, the big question - does it work? Well, I definitely noticed a reduction in dandruff. I wouldn't say I had *loads* of dandruff beforehand, possibly it was at the level that bothered me but wasn't noticed by other people, but of the dandruff that *was* there I'd say there was a considerable reduction. My scalp felt a lot less itchy too. I've been using it twice a week for a few months and it's continued to work during that time.
Although I've definitely noticed an improvement (especially used alongside the Snake Oil scalp bar), the itchiness hasn't completely gone and I've still got a little bit of dandruff. In fairness though, I'm not entirely sure whether it's dandruff, a dry scalp or even a little bit of psoriasis, so I'm not sure the bar is at fault here for not being 100% effective.
If you have dandruff I do recommend giving this bar a try, it does seem to be effective and lasts ages too - mine hardly looks any smaller after using it about twice a week for a few months. At £4.65 it's a comparative bargain, and if you buy two shampoo bars you get a free shampoo bar tin - bonus!
This has been a staple of mine for about 5 years and I don't know what I would do without it. I used to get psoriasis really bad because I have quite a few allergies and normal shampoo would irritate it even more. Medicated shampoo and coal tar shampoo helped a little bit but still stung really bad and made the ends of my hair dry.
I was on the hunt for something else for a while when I came across lush. This was the first product I ever bought from them and have never looked back. At first I was not too impressed with the smell but it really has grown on me and now I really like it! its kind of earthy and natural smelling. My boyfriend even likes the smell of it and if I don't use it he doesn't like it and says my hair does not smell like me which is cute.
It produces a really lovely thick rich lava which you would not expect from a bar and lasts a really really long time! as long as you let it dry out between uses. If you leave it in the shower it will dissolve much quicker and go all soft so will be really difficult to use. What i usually do is break the bar in half after the first use then use each one on alternative days so they get to dry out before my next use and i just keep them in the tin it comes with at the end of the bath. If you but two soaps you get a tin free.
Soak and float has really cleared up my psoriasis and keeps it away, I can finally wear black again! It is really gentle on my hair and does not dry it out at all.
The only disadvantage to this product is that your hair gets little petals stuck in it so you need to rinse it out really well, and the bath too.
I've been a fan of Lush products for some time, and indeed, I've actually been using this shampoo bar for a while. I alternate between this, and another Lush shampoo bar, and using Neem soap on my hair.
Soak and Float shampoo is for the most part free from chemicals like a lot of Lush products. The exact ingredients listing is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Water, Cade Oil, Lavender Oil, Marigold Petals, Rose Petals, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 61585. Now ok Sodium Lauryl Sulfate isn't great, and neither is perfume - especially as this innocuous ingredient can in fact be made up of dozens of things, and colour 61585 well... it's going to be chemical isn't it. However, finding a product that works well and is *relatively* chemical free (everything else in there is natural), will have to be good enough for now till I find something that works as well and doesn't contain the chemicals!
This shampoo bar is circular, pale browny tan in colour and has bits of yellowy coloured petals in it. To be perfectly honest, it doesn't look or smell brilliant at all - certainly not something that makes you think of it as a Lush product where we're all used to the lovely smells that make you just wanna eat some of their products. What this is good for however is helping keep dandruff under control, and as that's why I want it, I'm happy as long as it works.
Weighing in at 55g it costs a whopping £4.65 which to be honest seems like quite a lot for a shampoo until you realise just how long this little bar will last! Put it this way, when I was using this three times a week on average, one bar would last me well over 6 months, so overall, at less than a quid a month I reckon it's not as expensive as it sounds.
I keep my bar in a tin - a proper lush one - but for goodness sake whatever you do, don't put the wretched thing in the tin wet when it's a full size bar as it will get well and truly stuck and drive you nuts next time you go to use it. The reason I use a tin for this is because I don't really like the smell of it, and it does smell quite strongly in the bathroom otherwise.
I do find this cleans my hair well, and it does a pretty good job on controlling my dandruff too. Where it falls down over the neem soap I also use, is that it doesn't leave my hair tangle free as that does. However, it doesn't say that it's going to do that, so I suppose that's not too unreasonable.
For cleaning, and keeping the dandruff at bay I score this very highly, for having chemical perfume in it and still smelling a bit naff (sort of almost like tar) I have to knock some points off sadly. Although having said that, the smell does fade after a few hours.
I've had a problem scalp for years - dry, itchy, flaky. I've tried anti-dandruff shampoos, over the counter shampoos, even been to the doctor and got lotions and shampoos on prescription. Nothing works for more than a few weeks, or they really dry my hair out and it breaks really easily.
I decided to try this shampoo after Lush cruely stopped making Recon, their scalp conditioner, which is the only thing that worked on my poor scalp. It does work, but not the same extent.
I found that the shampoo bar took a bit of getting used to, but soon found it was quite theraputic rubbing the bar into the worst bits of my scalp. Once I rinsed my hair, I found that the very strong smell of the bar still lingered, and this also put me off a bit. It reminds me of tar and burnt wood, but the smell isn't as bad as some chemical, liquid anti-dandruff shampoos. My hair did feel clean afterwards.
Afterwards, my scalp was still quite dry but the flakes were drastically reduced. I've been using the shampoo for almost 3 months now (my bar is almost gone, so it does last a while), and I still get the occasional flaking break out (this I think is stress related and not a failing of the shampoo), but my scalp still feels dry and itchy.
I have spoken to other people with similair problems to me, and they have found that soak and float has completley solved their scalp problems, maybe I'm just unlucky!
Soak and Float is Lush's answer to anti-dandruff shampoos such as Head and Shoulders. I was particularly keen to try it, as I have a very problematic scalp - it is ridiculously sensitive, and I actually get a chemical burn style reaction from Head and Shoulders.
For those who are unfamiliar with Lush's solid shampoos, the premise is really quite simple: You rub the bar of shampoo between your hands, or straight onto your head, in a manner similar to soap. Takes a little getting used to, but it really does work and lather up well. The solid shampoos also lack ridiculously long - the website claims they last for up to 70 washes, and I'd say this was about right. They are also great for travel, as you can buy small tins for them, and they don't take up much room at all.
Soak and Float scores its first down point when you lather it up - it smells like tar. This smell is quite unpleasant, and sadly Lush's products always leave a lingering smell. My partner certainly noticed the smell on my hair, and that was after I used a strongly scented conditioner to try and cover it!
As for the anti-dandruff qualities, Soak and Float does really do the job. I certainly noticed I had much less dandruff, and my scalp was a little calmer, although I wouldn't say that it removed the problem completely. It also leaves your hair feeling very clean, although this feels almost to the point of being slightly stripped of oils. After using it my hair felt extra squeaky clean, so I'd suggest using conditioner with it, even if you don't normally use conditioner.
Soak and Float is completely vegetarian (in line with all of Lush's products) and it is also vegan. For those with allergies, the ingredients are as follows:
Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Water (Aqua), Cade Oil (Juniperus oxycedrus), Lavender Oil (Lavandula augustifolia), Marigold Petals (Calendula officinalis), Rose Petals (Rosa centifolia), *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 61585
* Occurs naturally in Essential Oils
Lush's shampoo bars are something that every person should try at least once! They're absolutely fabulous, especially for people who go to the gym or travel a lot. If you buy 2 you also get a free storage tin, which is really handy to carry your bar around in!
Soak n' Float is not one of the most wonderful smelling Lush products, however it is one of the most effective soldiers in the battle against flaky scalps.
Soak n' Float contains cade oil which battles against the microbes that cause your scalp to become flaky. It also contains Lavender oil which soothes the skin and helps to balance our your scalps natural sebum (oil) production, which means your hair isn't going to retaliate by becoming ultra dry or greasy.
Now: How to use a shampoo bar? Shampoo bars are as simple to use as normal, liquid shampoo. You simply rub the bar onto wet hair (make sure it's very wet, this helps to build up a good lather). Usually two goes around the head is enough. Then simply massage the shampoo in, and rinse. Soak n' Float does stink to high heaven with a scent that resembles tar, so get a nicely scented conditioner to reward yourself for afterwards!
AND IT REALLY DOES WORK MIRACLES!
Since i can remember I have suffered from occasional flaky scalp outbreaks. I have used most of the supermarket dandruff shampoos which are really not effective. The only product that used to sort out the problem temporarily was TGel; however that no longer works on me so not only so do I have Flaky scalp Syndrome I also have stinky hair syndrome as well!
I'm lucky enough to have an original Iron bath in my house so I love a trip to Lush to buy up their amazing bath bombs so i can soak for hours in luxury! It was during a trip last summer that i noticed the shampoo bars; always skeptical about such items (even from Lush) I thought this would dry my hair out no end & add to the flaky scalp problem. The very helpful assistant took me through the benefits of the soak & float shampoo bar and i thought at just under £4 I'll give it a bash.
This shampoo bar stinks to high heaven - however it is really effective and the smell doesn't linger on your hair. You do also get used to the smell so it no longer bothers me. It also lasts for ages and is brilliant for taking away on holidays etc as it takes up no room. I would suggest though buying a soap box either from Lush or somewhere else just so the smell doesn't penetrate your clothes etc!
Soak & Float is also very easy to use, it lathers up well and aside from dealing with flakes also cleans your hair well & leaves it nice & shiny.
I've been using Soak & Float for over a year now and i rarely get any flaky outbreak. Marvelous!
By using a combination of healing lavender and our secret combination of essential oils to control wicked microbes, it stops scalp dry-out / It works hard on problem scalps and stinks to high heavens of natural cade oil /