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      23.12.2010 12:02
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      An average shampoo bar

      I have tried a number of Lush's solid shampoo bars and when I found out that two of them, the Soft bar and the Hard bar, were being discontinued a few months ago I ran out and bought one of each. They are designed for use in different areas of the country - the Soft bar for soft water areas, and the Hard bar for hard water areas. I chose the Hard bar in anticipation of my move to London (this bar is currently languishing in a cupboard as this move sadly hasn't happened yet), and the Soft bar for use at home in the North East. I've almost come to the end of this bar so I decided it was an ideal time to review it.

      The Soft bar is bright blue in colour, and seems smaller than the other bars - it's the only bar I've been able to put straight into a Lush shampoo bar tin, as most of the other bars need to be used a few times to make them smaller. Unlike some of the other bars, there are no 'bits' in it. The bar is suitable for vegans and contains sea salt, Irish moss gel and citrus. It is designed to give hair washed in soft water shine, body and bounce. It was priced at £4.65 when I bought it, the same as the other bars available.

      To use shampoo bars, wet your hair, then the bar, and either rub the bar between your hands, applying the resulting lather to your hair, or rub the bar straight on to your hair. They are ideal for taking on holiday as they take up much less space in your suitcase, and you can keep them in a shampoo bar tin which comes free when you buy two bars.

      *Positive*
      In the shampoo bar's favour, it does the job it is designed to do which is to make my hair clean and shiny. I expect this is down to the citrus and salt. I don't normally find that my hair is lacking in body and bounce in any case, so it's hard to tell whether this bar is making an active contribution here or not. I always use conditioner on my hair, but tried using the shampoo without conditioner once for 'research purposes' - my hair was shiny, if a little dry, but this was as expected.

      *Negative*
      Although I can't be certain, I began to worry that the bar wasn't doing my coloured hair any favours and encouraging the colour to fade. I suppose this is to be expected from a bar containing salt. Perhaps it would be better on naturally blonde hair, as lemon is supposed to lighten it and keep it shiny. I also found that the bar was very crumbly and only lasted about a month. Towards the end it started to crumble away and I ended up using lots during each shampoo. Normally I find that the higher-than-normal price of these shampoo bars is justified by their longevity (up to three months) but that wasn't the case with this bar.

      *Recommended?*
      Although the shampoo does a decent job of cleaning my hair and keeping it shiny, there are other, cheaper shampoos that do the same thing (both from Lush and other stores). The bar's possible effect on my hair colour concerns me. The fact that the bar doesn't last very long is a big negative in my eyes. If you want a shampoo that contains sea salt and citrus to make your hair bouncy and shiny, I recommend Lush's Big Shampoo as it lasts longer and is a better product. I suspect that's partly why this one was discontinued, as there is an obvious substitute within the Lush range.

      The bar isn't so bad that I actively advise against it, but neither can I actively recommend it. I won't be shedding any tears over the fact it's been discontinued - there are loads of better shampoos out there.

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        23.07.2010 14:33
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        A really really great product - very highly recommended! :)

        Soft Shampoo Bar

        I went to the opening of the new lush store in the arndale in manchester and they were having this offer as it was a new store, where if you spent £20 you got a free goodie bag. So I bought the items that I forgot to get last saturday and this is one of the products that was in the goodie bag. And I am really glad that this was in it, as I was one of those products that I wanted to try, but didn't know whether to get it.

        One thing I am not sure about is that on the bag that I got this in, it says that it is the soft shampoo bar. But the picture on the site on here is blue, and mine is pink (Maybe they changed the colour or something), but it is great what ever colour it is.

        On the label it says 'sea salt and sea weed give shine and bounce to lifeless hair, where the tap water is soft. Wet hair, rub the bar on your hair to make a good lather, wash then rinse off. Let the bar dry after use and it will last ages.'

        It was quite strange rubbing this bar on my hair in the shower as I have always used liquid shampoos. But I think that y have to change, I really liked using this shampoo bar. It is so easy to use and it washes out really really well. I was a bit unsure about this product and one thing that I didn't think it would do is lather well, but it really did. It lathered up like instantly!

        It left my wet hair feeling more moisturised, clean and less tangled. It does have quite a strong scent when it is wet and dry, but after I washed the shampoo out I could still smell it (and it is a really nice smell, like citrus and sea salt kind of smell which is quite refreshing). But then I used my american cream conditioner and I could not smell the shampoo any more.

        Before I got this in the bag, One thing I that was preventing me from buying it anyway was that I have really quite long hair and it is quite expensive and I didn't want to buy it and then it would be gone in a week or something. But I have only used this twice and it does not look like i have used it really, which is a good sign - as it may last quite long (I think someone said that it can last 2 months or something, but I guess it could if you have short hair).

        I didn't buy this I received it in the lush goodie bag as I spent over £20, but you can buy it from the lush stores or online. It costs £4.65 for the 55g bar. There are also loads of other in the range which vary in price and their individual properties.

        Overall it is a really good product, I would not have expected it to work as well as it did. It smells really nice, it is easy to use, it does not leave any residue on my hair, it leaves my hair clean and soft. I can not fault this product at all, well it is a little bit expensive - but its worth it in my opinion... and its from lush!

        Conclusions
        Good points
        *Easy to use and rinse out
        *No greasy residue
        *Lathers up so easily!
        *Made with natural ingredients
        *Leaves my hair clean, moisturised and super super soft

        Bad points
        *A little little bit expensive
        *Don't know how long it will last, as my hair is quite long

        www.lush.co.uk

        Thank you for reading my review

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          23.06.2010 16:17
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          Good For Gym Bunnies

          Even though I am such a but Lush junkie before a few weeks ago I had never tried any of their hard shampoo's and the reason for that is I basically couldnt understand how you used them and I though £5 for one application was way to expensive but after readin some reviews here on Dooyoo I realised my assumptions were totally wrong and went to Lush to buy a bar or two to take to the gym with me. I ended up buying two shampoo bars from Lush that day which Ive been alternating at the gym ever since and the one Im going to review today is "Hard Shampoo - Soft" how contradicting is that name by the way!

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          Price: Around £5
          Stockists: Lush & Their Website
          For: Adding a citrus bounce to your hair whilst adding body and shine in soft water areas. To be honest I wasnt aware that this was specifically for soft water areas and Im not all together sure whether that applies to my area but Ive been using it without any problems so I reckon you can use this bar whatever water type you have in your area.

          Now one great thing about this shampoo bar that I think can also be described as a disadvantage is that it comes with no packaging which is great for the environment but means you cant just have it loose in your bag as it will crumble everywhere. I personally have been keeping mine in a sandwich bag when I take it to the gym but small tins are available from Lush to keep these bars in and I think it might be worth investing in one of those if your planning on taking this bar out and about.

          To use this shampoo I usually wet my hair like normal and then break a small amount of the bar and begin lathering it into your hair. The bar breaks up pretty easily and you dont need to much to create enough lather I find - and I do have pretty long hair. This lathers up really well and crumbles easily into the lather when your applying it to your hair without leaving any large bits of powder in your hair or on your hands. Ive been using mine on and off for about 2 weeks and Ive still got about half the bar left so I think one bar will last you ages even if you use it regularly.

          This does have quite a nice scent to it and Im surprised Im writing that as Im not a big fan of really strong citrus scents and that is what this one is. This smells very strongly of oranges and lemons whilst it is on your hair but when it comes to washing it off the scent does die down quite a bit and your left with a really soft, subtle scent of citrus rather than a proper overpowering fragrance. In a way Im glad the scent is quite strong because I often use this bar after Ive been swimming and it gets rid of that horrible chlorine smell and yes the scent does last on your hair even after its been dried and styled.

          The results of this on my hair arent great in all honesty but they are good enough for me. Im not sure that it adds bounce or body to my hair but it does feel much cleaner and looks a lot shinier. So the results are quite good but it certainly doesnt do everything it claims to. I just wanted this to help get rid of the chlorine scent from my hair and stop it from becoming ratty and dried out on the way home and it definately did that so overall Im pretty happy. Ill be continuing to use this for the gym and if I ever go on holiday (no liquid that way!) but Im not sure whether Id choose to use this at home over proper shampoo and conditioner. I do recommend it for only for people who will be taking it out and about with them.

          Thanks For Reading

          x0 Salz 0x

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            06.06.2010 13:37
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            Fantastic shampoo bar for greasy, flyaway hair.

            I decided to go for Soft Shampoo Bar after reading that it contained Sea Salt, an ingredient that the more expensive volumising product that is 'Big Shampoo' also contains. I have used other shampoo bars before, mainly Jumping Juniper and Squeaky Green for my greasy, flyaway hair. With lots of lovely ingredients, including the salt and lots of citrus for volume and shine, I was really excited to try this one.

            The bar costs £4.65 which might seem expensive to some if you are used to your market liquid shampoos, but the bar lasts so much longer than any of these. I immediately loved the bright blue colour of the bar - it reminded me of tropical holidays by the sea. The texture is quite different compared to the other shampoo bars that i've tried, you could see the grains of sea salt running throughout it which was interesting. It smells quite citrussy, but has a distinctive 'ocean' sent to it - lovely and fresh, it reminds me a bit of Ocean Salt Facial Scrub.

            Upon using the shampoo bar it foamed really easily. It felt a bit greasier in texture compared to that of Squeaky green, but I liked the fact that there were no 'bits' in the bar that could get stuck in my hair or tangle it up. I only had to massage it in my hair a few times and plentiful amounts of bubbles were created. Washing the shampoo out was as easy as any other normal shampoo, and after drying my hair it is left with lots of shine and volume, but best of all I have seen a noticeable difference in how greasy my hair is - my hair looks much cleaner for longer. The scent doesn't really linger on my hair, but I use the shampoo bar along with Jungle conditioner (which is very strongly scented - yum) which is probably why. I am able to create voluminous hairstyles easier, and my hair has a nice bounce all day long.

            The only downsides to this bar is that the sea salt makes the bar quite easy to snap/break. Mine lasted a very good few washes and had got quite thin before I accidentally dropped it in the bath and it snapped in two. I keep it in a little tub at the side of the bath and the pieces are still easy to use and are as good as ever.

            Unfortunately this shampoo bar is about to be discontinued. I had the pleasure of trying it and falling in love with it just as they are about to be taken off the shelves which is typical! Seanik, another shampoo bar has very similar properties to Soft with the additional ingredient of Nori Seaweed, might be a good option instead. Overall, this bar is brilliant for my hair and I wish I had found it sooner!

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            10.02.2010 09:51
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            A lovely shampoo bar from Lush

            At one time I used to be a real Lush addict and whenever we went anywhere where there was a branch of this wonderfully fragranced shop I would be in there treating myself. Sadly the last few things that I have tried have resulted in me having to write to Lush to complain so, adding this fact to the high prices, I have changed my allegiance to the Body Shop! Mind you I shall still pop into a Lush shop when I see one just for a sniff!

            When it came to Christmas last year I received some items that Dave had bought for me when we were in Edinburgh last autumn - he buys stocking fillers from about September onwards and I end up with a bag full of smellies and other sundry items by Christmas which is lovely!

            The things that I had chosen (and I must admit had since forgotten about) were a tub of Retread conditioner, an Ultimate Shine Bar, a Soft Shampoo Bar and a free tin to keep one of the shampoo bars in. I had already done reviews about all of these apart from the Soft Shampoo Bar which I have just started to use whilst I am here in Edinburgh again keeping Dave company whilst he is still working up here.

            The Soft Shampoo Bar currently costs £4.65 for a solid circular bar of shampoo weighing about 55g.

            The bar is bright light blue and looks more like a bar of soap than hair shampoo, but then I suppose I am conditioned (if you'll pardon the pun!) to seeing shampoo in a liquid form rather than in a solid form.

            It is a circular bar about 2 inches in diameter and about half an inch deep. It is especially for use in soft water areas and contains sea salt and citrus to give your hair the shine, body and bounce.

            The instructions on the label read as follows: 'Rub into wet hair or lather in wet hands'. I wet my hair and rubbed the bar over my hair and the lather began to form straight away. I don't know if Edinburgh has particularly soft water but a little rub of the bar together with me then rubbing it into my hair produced handfuls of rich creamy lather. Heaven help me if when I use it back home in Wales where our water is very soft!

            The lather had a light, citrusy fragrance and I massaged it into my hair for a minute or two and then rinsed it off completely. I have short hair and washing it doesn't normally take very long but this was all over in a couple of minutes! I don't know if I was supposed to use conditioner with this shampoo bar but I used the Retread conditioner to complete the process.

            I blow-dried my hair with relative ease - I say that because I am not usually very good at styling my hair - and I have to say that it looks, feels and smells great!

            It is advisable to just pat the bar dry after you have used it or it may begin to disintegrate and you'll end up wasting a lot of it if you're not careful. I have mine in the little silver Lush Tin at the moment and it is perfect for the job. It keeps the shampoo bar safe and means that I don't end up getting other things in my toiletry bag all sticky from the damp bar.

            So, all in all, I am very impressed with this product. It works very well and a little goes a long way so I am expecting it to last for a long time which is only fair since it cost £4.65!

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              05.11.2009 09:45

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              Cheap and convenient.

              Lush is such a satisfying place to visit with lots of yummy products and very helpful staff on hand to demonstrate how to get the best from their products. Planning on going on a month long trip around America, I wanted a shampoo that would last me. I wash my hair daily and had heard that the bars would be not only economical but also, a great (and light) addition to the wash bag. Using the bar is a cinch. Lather up in hands and then liberally apply the bubbles. Hair is squeaky clean although on the first couple of washes there was a sense of dubiousness about it. I refused to believe that this could wash my hair so well. I bought this along with the tin which definitely should be used. I bought a bar for my partner (minus the tin) and his went a bit soggy and didn't last as long as mine. Mine lasted all through the month long trip and my hair never tired of the product. If you are looking for something convenient and kind to not only you, but the environment, then this is for you.

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              25.09.2009 21:31
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              mmm smelly

              I love Lush products. There is something very satisfying about walking in, enveloping that delicious smell of soap and shampoo and letting it wft all through your head. I often try out their shampoo range, as I am forever changing my shampoos to keep ym hair in check.

              I like my hair to be soft, bouncy and full of vitality, so products which claim to offer these benefits are usually at the top of my list. I tried this one recently, the soft shampoo bar. It is called a bar because it comes in a block, rather like a piece of soap. This one is supposed to boost shine and add bounce in soft water areas.

              Packaging:

              Nope. Lush pride themselves on selling the goods as they come which saves you and them money, oh and it's good for the environment too.

              How to use:

              Wet your hair, then wet the bar and either break off a small bit of the bar or work the bar itself through the head of hair, being gentle of course as you don't want to yank out your hairs. It lathers up pretty well and has a pleasant sea kind of smell about it, fresh and invigorating!

              Results:

              After my rinse with cool water to seal cuticles and a blow dry on a low heat I examined the results. The hair had a very clean feel about it and a certain squeakiness, though I am not sure it had much more bounce. It did not affect the colour though which was good.

              A bar will set you back £4.40 for 55g and should last a couple of weeks or so. It is a useful fellow to travel with in a gong away bag as it is quite lightweight, but it just isn't a stunner. More a so so shampoo, that cleans and refreshes without making you gasp in awe.

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              16.07.2009 11:29
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              A product worth trying if you have soft water.

              Having been recently converted to the Lush shampoo bars, I thought I would review one which I buy to take away with me when I go to Scotland, and to other places which have soft water.

              I know some reading this may never have tried these bars but they are something I wouldn't be without. At first I have to admit being totally sceptical. I like Lush products in general, but some are pricy alternatives, and the cost soon mounts up if you use them exclusively. They do, however, sell some products which are marginally cheaper to use than conventional alternatives, and which have unique benefits as well.

              One of these has to be the collection of solid shampoo bars which are available in several alternatives. If you pop into your local store there is often a willing assistant who will happily guide you through the range, but I feel it is useful to understand the choices you have before you get to this point.

              www.lush.co.uk has a comprehensive guide to these shampoos, and short video presentations about each individual one.

              The solid shampoo bars are round soap like shaped pieces, and they also will supply you with a free tin if you purchase two of them. This is a must, because the tin is the perfect medium for transporting the soap with you when travelling, and an added bonus is that it can be taken on aircraft in hand luggage.

              The Soft Shampoo Bar is a lovely sea blue shade and costs £4.53, but you have to remember this will last three times as long as a bottle of shampoo, so it is competitive on price. It is made with lots of sea salt and citrus, as well as lots of seaweed, and has a delicate floral fragrance provided by the gardenia extract which perfumes the bar.

              To use you simply wet the hair and lather the bar with water in your hands and then massage into the scalp. The lather is a little reluctant to develop, and it takes a few minutes to really make sure the product has penetrated the hair thoroughly. It rinses out easily, but you will need to follow with a good conditioner. If you live in a soft water area this needs to be used sparingly, as otherwise you will have residue left in the hair.

              I really bought this because I spend a lot of time in The Outer Hebrides where the water is soft, and my normal shampoos took forever to rinse out. I have long hair and so do my two daughters, and we were finding ourselves forever feeling we had not rinsed all the shampoo away. This product has solved this to a certain extent, and as it is so transportable it is a real bonus.

              It isn't my favourite shampoo by a long way. It does leave the hair clean and shiny but it doesn't leave it tangle free, and I do feel you need some good conditioner to ensure the hair is easy to manage afterwards.
              Aesthetically it looks very pretty, and from an ethical perspective it presses all my buttons, as there is no packaging to end up in the rubbish, and Lush will simply pop it into a paper bag for you on purchase.

              The smell of the shampoo is lovely, and it certainly lasts as long as the three bottles of liquid shampoo you would have purchased in the meantime. I do find, however that the bar breaks up into pieces more easily than the other bars, which is more inconvenient than anything really.

              If you are wondering whether or not you have soft water or not just have a look inside your kettle, if there is fur in there you have hard water, and this shampoo is useless for that, I tried it in Essex and it is hopeless taking forever to form any lather at all.


              I think this is a good value product for a specialist market, and one I think is worth trying. I can't pretend to love it, I think it performs well, but not outstanding, but its transportability and ethical attributes are enough for me to say I will continue to purchase in the future.

              This review is also published on Ciao by myself under the user name Violet1278.

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              Citrus bar for shine, body, and bounce in soft water areas /