Product Type: Lush hair care products
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Smoke 'n' Float
Lush Soak & Float Shampoo Bar
Member Name: x-cupcake-x
Lush Soak & Float Shampoo Bar
Advantages: Less waste, compact
Disadvantages: Made my itchy scalp more itchy, smells like a bonfire
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.
Summary: Not one I'd use again