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Lush Soak & Float Shampoo Bar
Member Name: mojomojo
Lush Soak & Float Shampoo Bar
Advantages: It Works, Lasts Ages,Good for hair and scalp
Disadvantages: Strong stink!
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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Summary: An innovative solid shampoo bar that does what it promises to do.