“ Brand: Lush / Aromatherapy Shampoo Bar / 55g / Type: Hair Shampoo / What it does: Purifies, „
I'd been wanting to try the Lush solid shampoo bars for ages and I finally bought one a couple of weeks ago. There were a few different ones to choose from and in the end I decided to get the 'squeaky green' one which was £5.25 for 55 grams.
This isn't cheap, however it lasts for a while because you don't need to use that much as it lathers up so well. I have had mine for two and a half weeks now and it is still quite big, and I have used it almost every time I've washed my hair since I bought it so I've already had about six uses out of it and I feel like I've already got my money's worth.
This solid shampoo bar contains both natural & synthetic ingredients and non of the products in ingredients are tested on animals. Some of the ingredients are nettle water, rosemary, peppermint, rose absolute and tea tree powder. The shampoo bar itself isn't actually a bar, it is a circular shape which when I first got it was a little smaller than the size of the palm of my hand. It has an unusual look to it - it is green and when you look closely it looks a bit like grains of rice all smushed together and there are browny black bits in it too.
Using the shampoo bar is easier and much less messier than I had expected. I just take the bar in my hands when they are damp while I'm in the shower or bath and rub it inbetween the palm of my hands until it begins to lather. It lathers up really quickly and I don't need to use very much each time I wash my hair. I then spread the product over my wet hair and massage it into my scalp. While doing this the smell is really noticeable - it isn't the nicest smell, it's quite herbal with the lavender and rosemary being the most noticeable scents but it also as a slight fresh scent to it.
Once I've massaged it through my hair I then obviously rinse it out and it comes out of my hair easier, I thought it might leave flaky bits of the shampoo bar in my hair but I've not had this problem luckily and it only takes a quick rinse for my hair to feel squeaky clean. After using the shampoo my hair always feels quite strange - quite dried out despite still being wet if that makes sense!? It feels cleaner, but there are no other noticeable differences really and I always need to use a good quality moisturising conditioner afterwards. I don't suffer with greasy hair luckily so I can't comment on whether or not it helps reduce grease but it leaves my hair clean and doesn't irritate my scalp and it is more fun to use than a liquid shampoo.
All in all I like this product but I will not be repurchasing as I don't find that it has any effect on my hair other than cleaning it and I prefer shampoos which leave it feeling silky and soft rather than just doing the basic job of cleaning it. It is more of a novelty product in my opinion but if you have greasy hair then you may see more results as I didn't realise when purchasing it that it was aimed more towards people with greasy hair and issues with their scalp/dandruff.
If I'm honest, I have never really liked the idea of shampoo bars as I didn't think they would really work. Although I was pleasantly surprised by this one which was recommended to me by someone working at Lush.
A shampoo bar is basically as it sounds - a bar of shampoo. A shampoo bar lasts longer than a bottle and it really works to help your hair without all the chemicals. It is basically a packaging free, environmentally friendly, easier option to your average shampoo bottle. I really love the way shampoo bars are so natural and full of hair goodness! Suitable for vegans and helpful to people who suffer with dandruff. I have to admit, when I get stressed for some reason I end up with dandruff so this is perfect for me during these times - good thing it lasts so long!
Shampoo bars often hold the same shape (which is why Lush have made a tin for you to hold your bar in). They are all round and remind me of macaroons. The texture of them is quite rough but then who really cares about that when its so good for you.
Being called squeaky green, it is obviously green. The bar is particularly smooth which means no irritating bits will end up in your hair. When it comes to natural products, this bar contains peppermint, rosemary, chamomile, rose, vanilla and many other ingredients.
The fragrance is herbal and slightly minty. This is obviously down to the ingredients but it makes for a very refreshing showering experience. I love using this in the mornings as it helps to wake me up a little more. My boyfriend also uses it which is surprising - he hates any products I use as he finds them too feminine for him! This is obviously good for men as well as women.
Shampoo bars are similar to soap in the way you use them. All you need to do is lather it up in your palms and massage into your hair. I find the bar lathers up really well which I didn't expect due to the form it comes in. A small bit goes a long way! I would say that for longer hair you do need to rub the bar for longer or you won't produce enough to lather up your whole head which can leave greasy patches - I discovered this through trial and error!
I would usually condition my hair after using a shampoo through habit, and this bar should definitely be used with a conditioner. Despite making your hair feel really clean and full of goodness, it also makes hair quite tangled.
When it comes to results, I find that my dandruff is almost non-existent after one use. I get really paranoid about it so I'm glad that it almost completely removes all signs. My hair was completely clean and it took longer to get greasy than usual. My normal every other day hair wash turned into an every three day wash. This was really useful as I didn't need to get up earlier for college to wash my hair - bonus points for more sleep!
The only downside I found, which I know a few others have also.. is that it makes hair quite frizzy. I normally don't get frizzy hair, but after using this I seem to have some. It can be easily styled out, but it did get a little irritating and I felt a bit like a lion after drying.
At £4.95 per bar you can't really go wrong. If you want natural products you always need to splash out a little and I find that this price is really reasonable. I have had it for a month and a half now with another at least 2-3 months use in it. When I buy my normal £1-2 shampoo bottles they only last me about a month so in the long run I am saving quite a bit of money.
I would recommend this to people who have dandruff, but unless this is the case then there is nothing very special about it. I might of gotten really clean hair, but I am (like most women) not a big fan of frizz! For this reason I am only rating it 3 stars out of 5. 0
There is something rather understated about this Lush product, it is not the usual assault on the senses that some of the fruity varieties of Lush products provide, instead it has a subtle, simple smell to it. It has a fresh minty aroma and is packed full of herbs as well with a hint of rosemary, apparently it is also made of nettles however the only sting in the tail with this product is the fact that it will set you back about £5.
A shampoo bar is probably best described as a bar of soap for your hair, a hard bar that you rub into your hair to foam up and it then works like a normal shampoo, cleaning yur hair and giving it a bit of life and goodness.
It does take a bit of effort to get the bar to lather however it is a worth while effort, the thing that I like most about this product is the great minty smell that it has, it is such a fresh, clean aroma and I love the way my hair smells after using it. Also I find that my hair feels very soft, almost like it has already been conditioned as it means that if I'm in a rush I can skip using a conditioner to save time. and this is a real plus point
Also it does last a long time which is another plus point and does help to offset the cost of the bar. Overall I would certainly recommend this shampoo bar as it does have a lot going for it and it is really kind to my hair and leaves it healthy looking and in a good condition.
Hi, my name is Squeaky Green and I start my diary being lovingly placed in a beautiful basket with lots of my brothers and sisters in a lovely Lush store in Stratford and two long haired teenagers come running in, shortly followed by their short haired Mum.
The youngest girl turns to her Mum and the conversation goes something like this
'but we never come into Lush Mum, you hate the smell of it'
'I know, but I've read hundreds of review on their products and thought we'd give it a go'
My heart sank, this was clearly a woman who didn't love our products, had never even been into a Lush store before in her life. She doesn't know that all our products are natural, many are suitable for vegans and have not been tested on animals. She has never experienced the delight of sinking into a Lush bubble bath and thinks it is an unashamed luxury and unnecessary expense for a single bath. It was nearly closing time and I was destined to spend another night not being used for my proper purpose.
Then something strange happens, the Mum comes over, and picks me up and smells me. I knew I was on to a losing battle, all of my cousins in the neighbouring baskets smell so much sweeter than me, and I'm just made of nettles, rosemary and mint. I mean who is going to choose something that smells of stinging nettles over all of the flashy Mango and other exotic things nearby. Then, insult to injury, she asks the shop lady 'so what do you do with these then?' So the poor lady had to go through a long description about how a shampoo bar, is just like a bar of soap for your hair, when you let it dry put it on its side and it will last longer and it will go less gooey, and don't worry about all the bits of herb in that one, they will just wash away.
It then becomes clear that she is completely tight fisted and is only interested in the family budget, 'so how long does it last' she says with a sarcastic edge to her voice that thinks there is no way that I'm going to be economical, and at £4.85 I'm not the cheapest bar in the shop. So the shop lady patiently explains that I should last 3 times longer than the average bottle, as long as you prop me up to dry properly.
Eventually after lots of wondering around the shop, picking things up, putting stuff down, she comes back over to me, buys me, I get wrapped up in an ugly yellow paper bag and off we go, to my new home with the tight fisted, Lush hater.
Day 1 evening
The eldest teenager decides to try me out, tears the label on the paper bag in half (making it difficult for the Mum to read should she decide to write a review on me) and off to the shower we go.
She did seem to have real trouble getting enough lather to be able to wash her hair with me, but eventually gets enough to wash her hair; she keeps smelling her hands and smiling, it must be that lovely mix of fresh nettle and mint, it's really not so bad. When she'd finished she put me in a tin that the nice Lush lady had given her because they'd bought a couple of hair products.
There I am, happily sleeping in my tin when at some ridiculous time in the morning the Mum pulls the top off the tin, the light comes streaming in, she's in a foul mood apparently because the teenager didn't listen to the shop lady and I now seem to be stuck in the tin. So she's there shaking me, prodding me with a tooth pick, swearing at me and shaking me some more. Eventually I finally drop out and off to the shower we go.
She has no problem getting lather; adult hands seem to find it much easier. She didn't seem particularly sure about the smell of me though, all of my herbs radiating out. I make a good job of lathering her short hair, even if I do say so myself, but she seems underwhelmed and props me up to dry out, just using the lid of the tin.
Then it was the turn of the youngest teen. She is really easy to please, she seemed delighted with my smell, had no problem getting a lather it must be that she was the third person to try. When she'd finished she put me back properly then kept telling everyone how soft her hands felt, I mean whatever next I'm not a hand soap I'm a hair soap.
The Mum comes in, and picks me up, doesn't seem too happy at a gooey patch on the side where I'd been sat for the night. I have to say I had a much better night's sleep in the tin than I did being stood up all night.
She seems to think twice about using me or the bottle, but decides to give me another go. Bits of my dried herbs start to fall out, and off they go down the plug hole. When she'd finished, she was so much happier than yesterday, I think she's getting used to the smell I saw her later that day and she kept running her hands through her hair as if she liked the feel, all soft and touchable, she also kept smelling the girls hair so she must like it!
As the Mum comes in this morning, I am rather embarrassingly sat in a little puddle of my own green goo, but she doesn't seem to mind, she picks me up and gives me a satisfied little sniff, it must be that the herby smell is really starting to work now that I've been used for a few days, the rosemary is finally coming through or was she picking up on some of my other ingredients of chamomile or vanilla. She then carefully places me in the other half of the tin that I hadn't been standing in, and simply uses the liquid goo. Then later I hear her saying that her hair feels a lot more natural now, it's like the natural oils are allowed to stay rather than being chemically washed away like they do with the regular shampoo. She even seems happy with the financial side of me, it looks like with 2 long haired teens to cater for, both of whom seem to love me, I last much longer than a regular bottle so will cost much less in the long term, I mean I'm almost a week in and have hardly reduced in size at all, at least a quarter of a bottle would have gone by now.
So there you have it, the Lush hater seems converted, she apparently prefers my more natural smell to the more pungent, exotic smells of my cousins even if it did take her a couple of days to get used to it and she seems to like the fact that I am so natural so there are certain properties in the herbs that I am made from that can enhance health and beauty, and above all, as I gradually get washed away, I am happy in my new home.
Thank you for reading
Digbycat aka MaryanneH.
I am gradually trying to work my way through as many Lush products as I can, including hair products except for the ones that are obviously unsuitable for my hair type. Some of my favourite Lush hair products are the shampoo bars, as they are portable, easy to use and a bit different as well as being handy to take on holiday. I tend to buy two at a time as I can pick up a free shampoo bar tin to keep it in!
The shampoo bar I am using at the moment is Squeaky Green. This bar was the first to be made with the 'noodles' of shampoo that are pressed together in a circular mould to form the new style shampoo bar. The shampoo bar is coloured dark forest green with brown bits dotted around inside. It contains peppermint, fresh rosemary and tea tree, as well as chamomile essential oil and nettle, to help stimulate your scalp and battle dandruff. The scent is balanced with rose and vanilla, to create the 'Go Green' smell (which I think was once used to scent other products). This particular shampoo bar is meant to last for up to eighty washes and is supposedly the best shampoo bar for the environment. It is meant to refresh and revive your hair and scalp, and the scent is quite masculine and earthy, albeit tempered by the rose and vanilla.
There are two ways to use shampoo bars, but both of them involve wetting your hair as usual. You can either rub the bar between your hands to create a lather before rubbing your hands over your head, or rub the bar directly onto your head. I tend to do the latter, as it is slightly quicker and I am impatient! I find this particular shampoo bar creates a decent lather (not all of them do). Washing my hair with this bar releases the lovely fresh scent. The shampoo is easy to rinse out, and though I was originally concerned that the brown bits might stay in my hair, my concerns proved unfounded.
I always use conditioner after using the shampoo, and find that the scent of the conditioner covers up the smell of the shampoo. For the purpose of this review I left the conditioner off my hair on one occasion - the smell wasn't detectable and my hair felt slightly dry, so I made sure to use conditioner in future.
I've been using this shampoo bar for about a month and overall I am pleased with it. I'm not sure it will last 80 washes but it should last around two months at least, as it hasn't gone down much in size. I've also noticed that my scalp is much less itchy and my dandruff much reduced, so the claims that the product is good for your scalp seems to be true. I dye my hair, and I haven't noticed the shampoo stripping the colour or making it fade.
The only bad thing about this product is that it doesn't seem quite moisturising enough for my dry hair. I wouldn't go as far as to say that it dries it out, but it hasn't been looking quite as shiny as usual. This is a shame as otherwise the shampoo bar is great! It does seem to live up to its name as it gets hair squeaky clean!
The bar costs £4.65, which seems expensive but it does seem to be lasting well and if it does last for two months like I think it will (and I wash my hair every day) then it works out as pretty good value.
Would I buy this shampoo bar again? I might - it's good value, smells nice and is good for the scalp. However, as it isn't particularly moisturising I would have to alternate it with another product. I've taken off one star for the lack of moisturisation, but otherwise it's a good shampoo bar that I recommend.
One of the items that attracted me to Lush was their solid shampoo bars. A friend recommended them to me years ago and I was curious enough to go in and check them out. I've tried several different types and I'm currently halfway through a Squeaky Green bar. This is available from Lush stores on the high street, or online at www.lush.co.uk and cost £4.65 for a 55g bar.
Lush say: "Beat flakiness and purify skin with rosemary, nettle and peppermint. Your hair is immediately transformed by the antibacterial tea tree. It really goes back to the basics of effective hair care.
Everything in balance. This environmental wonder uses soothing rose, chamomile and vanilla to calm and balance out those powerful herbs."
One of the best things about the shampoo bars is that they have literally no packaging. You can pick up a yellow paper bag for it, or purchase a re-usable metal tin to store them in, but essentially what you see is what you get and the bar comes complete in itself. Squeaky Green is of course green, and has little lumps of green matter (dried herbs) scattered throughout. If you look up close it appears like lots of tiny little pellets all bundled up together. There is no doubt about it, this is a weird looking product and it takes a little know-how to understand how to get the most out of using it.
Directions for use: There are a couple of different ways to use these shampoo bars. One method (my preferred) is to wet your hair, wet the bar a little, and then rub directly onto the scalp. It will take only about 3 or 4 swipes and then you can massage into the hair and scalp and it bubbles up enough for you to spread it around. I then have to apply a little more to the lengths of my hair, another few swipes directly onto the hair. This can be a little abrasive due to the chunks within the bar, so you may prefer to rub into your hands first and then transfer the shampoo onto your hair, this is probably best if your hair tangles easily. The bars should be stored away from moisture when not in use to prolong their lifespan.
This is described as being a herbal shampoo for eco warriors. Well, I'm a bit more tame than that description but it is supposed to be good for all hair types and I ended up choosing it because green is my favourite colour... It smells fresh and herby but not too strong. I usually apply directly to my hair as this way it foams up really well, but I do then get left with little gritty bits of herb stuck in my hair which can be a pain to wash out.
The shampoo lathers up well when rubbed onto the hair. It spreads easily and I only need to use a very small amount to cover the whole of my hair. It is very cleansing and banishes my greasy roots with only one wash. It does seem drying on my damaged ends though, and I always need to follow up with a heavy conditioner. It's a shame it's not more balanced as it's perfect for my roots and giving a deep clean, but a bit too strong for the tips of my hair. It also works well to leave my hair smooth after washing, and even seems to reduce frizz which is very important in this humid summer weather we are having!
The bar lasts for ages, you can get wash after wash and it will last at least a couple of months even if you have long hair. It is a much more economical way of cleansing your hair, as you use less than you would of a liquid shampoo, and it doesn't require any plastic packaging.
Ingredients: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, Rosemary, Nettle, Water, Tea Tree Powder, Peppermint, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Vanilla Absolute, *Coumarin, *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Limonene, *Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Chlorophyllin (CI75810)
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
This is a vegan product and Lush are against animal testing - keep your beauty cruelty free!
I had a shaky start with shampoo bars, using one from Burt's Bees which matted my hair so badly it nearly put me off for good. After conquering my fears and trying the Seanik shampoo bar from Lush last year, and finding it to be quite good, I decided to try another one, and purchased their Squeaky Green bar.
I should explain the whole shampoo bar concept before I go any further. As I'm sure you can guess, it's simply shampoo in bar form! There are several benefits to using a solid shampoo over a liquid one - first, they have no packaging, so they're good for the environment. Second they're easy to transport if you are going swimming, to the gym or on holiday, they take up much less room than a bottle and you've got no chance of it leaking all over your clothes! Thirdly Lush say that they will last up to three times as long as a bottle of shampoo. This, I must admit is debatable, and not something I found with this particular bar, but more on that subject later.
Why I actually chose this particular bar over the others Lush make I really can't remember, as I particularly didn't want one with 'bits' and this bar is laden with dried herbs. It contains a mix of peppermint, nettles, rosemary, chamomile, tea tree, rose absolute and vanilla absolute which Lush describe as a 'scalp purifying blend' and they also go on to say that the inclusion of tea tree and rosemary will help battle dandruff. This is also suitable for vegans as it contains no animal products at all.
The bar is round and not surprisingly given the name, is green! You can see the herbs in the bar, but it was only when I began to use it that I realised just how many herbs there are, as it is absolutely packed with them.
The smell of the bar is one of its main plus points in my opinion. It has a lovely fresh scent, which is slightly powdery and quite herbal which is not surprising given the ingredients. It smells a little bit soapy too and is quite a neutral smell that would be suitable for men or women. Lush mention on their website that this contains their 'Go Green' scent, so that may give you an idea if you are a Lush fan.
To use the bar you need to lather it up between your hands and then transfer the lather to your hair. I found that this particular bar was much harder to lather up than the Seanik one was, and I felt like I was rubbing it in my hands for absolutely ages before I could get enough lather to clean my hair. As the bar is so full of herbs which are dried and quite rough in texture, I actually found it quite uncomfortable to lather as well. The rough herbs actually felt like they were rubbing the palms of my hands raw! Also the amount of herbs that came out of the bar onto my hands was shocking! I felt like I was garnishing my hair rather than washing it!
I did also try another technique which was to rub the bar directly onto my hair, but I had to instantly dismiss that option as the spiky herbs snagged on my hair and I could hear it ripping! I probably would have ended up bald if I'd carried on with that technique!
After rinsing, it becomes apparent where the name Squeaky Green comes from, because it does leave my hair with a squeaky feeling to it. Having very long hair, I always follow with a conditioner, and after using this bar, my hair always feels like it could do with it, as it's left feeling slightly heavy and tangled no matter how well I rinse it.
The results I get from this bar are not great if I'm honest. Firstly, I must mention the herbs - they seem to get everywhere, and often I am finding them stuck to me for hours after I've washed my hair, not to mention they often get stuck to the bottom of the bath too.
Secondly whilst this does leave my hair feeling clean on the whole, my roots always seem greasy. When this first happened I thought perhaps I had not rinsed well enough, so on following occasions always made sure I rinsed the shampoo out thoroughly, but unfortunately I always seem to get that greasiness to the roots of my hair.
The actual lengths of my hair feel clean and soft, however I have noticed an extra frizz after using this, so it means more time applying products and trying to calm it down when it comes to styling my hair. As I always apply conditioner that seemed to cancel out the smell of the bar so I couldn't smell it on my hair after use.
I have been alternating this shampoo bar with a bottle shampoo and I've found that nine times out of ten, I will always use the bottled one, as I really find this product an inconvenience to use, which I guess is the opposite of what it is trying to achieve.
I mentioned earlier that Lush say that these shampoo bars will last as long as three bottles of shampoo. I have to disagree with that. I will take into account I have long hair, so would need more shampoo per use than someone with a short hairstyle, but because I spend so time rubbing this between my hands to achieve a lather, the bar seems to have worn down very quickly.
The shampoo bar costs £4.65 and can be purchased from Lush stores or online at www.lush.co.uk
Overall, I was really disappointed with this. It left the roots of my hair greasy and the rest frizzy, and don't get me started on the herbs! It did smell nice, but other than that I have very few positive things to say about it and I will not be using this one again!
Squeeky Green is one of Lush's solid shampoo bars. Little 'noodles' of shampoo are packed together to form a circular disc of a bar, shaped rather like a hockey puck. It is a clarifying shampoo, designed to get rid of lots of build-up that may have accumulated. It's very herby, and has little bits of herbs right through it, so when you rinse out the lather you'll often find little bits of plant matter coming out too.Because this is so natural, Lush say it's the one you can use to wash your dog, though they don't officially recommend this.
Price and packaging:
This is £4.65 for 55g as of March 2010. While that doesn't sound a lot, one bar will last about as long as three bottles of shampoo on average. The shampoo noodles are concentrated, so you use very little with each wash. As for packaging, this is a 'naked' product so it doesn't have any packaging as such. When you buy it, it'll be put in a paper bag to take home, and then you can keep it in the soap dish or in a Shampoo Bar Tin.
Scent and appearance:
This has a very natural, earthy smell. I find it very inoffensive, but if you're not into the hippy chick thing you might not like it. It's a dark green in colour with speckly bits-the aforementioned bits of herbs.
How to use and my opinion:
Use just like a normal shampoo. You don't need to get it very wet, just wave in under the shower water, rub, watch the vast amounts of lather come out and rinse. Make sure to let it air dry before putting it away, otherwise it will melt and you'll have a pool of green sludge.
Overall a very nice shampoo. Good for the environment, gets rid of product build-up, good for bad scalps due to rosemary, nettle and peppermint, and tea tree and rosemary work on any dandruff.
I am a convert to solid shampoo after using this! I was tempted away from traditional liquid shampoo's as I was sick of going through loads of packaging and although I recycle, I wanted an alternative.
Squeeky Green is a small round solid disc of green. It smells 'green' almost fresh meadows and flowers. It contains Lush's new formula which lathers up instantly when you rub it onto damp hair. A little rub goes a long long way. I wash off immediately in the same way I found traditional shampoo and it actually does make your hair 'squeek' with cleaness!
It contains rose and vanilla to balance out all the scalp-purifying herbs: fresh rosemary, nettle and peppermint, powdered tea tree and chamomile essential oil. Peppermint stimulates your scalp, while tea tree and rosemary help you to battle dandruff.
After using this my hair smelt great, felt fresh, clean and revitalised! At £4.65 it is reasonably priced, and if you buy 2 you get a handy little tin to store it in. Just becareful it doesn't stick to the tin by tapping it before trying to remove.
Great for taking on holiday or to the baths/gym as it won't leak. Greta for the environment as it has no packaging and great for your hair.
I would team this up with Lush's Jungle Conditioning Bar
Ingredients: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Nettle (Urtica dioica), Water (Aqua), Tea Tree Powder (Melaleuca alternifolia), Peppermint (Mentha piperita), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Chamomile Oil (Anthemis nobilis), Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), *Coumarin, *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Limonene, *Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Chlorophyllin (CI75810)}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
I recently treated my lucky fiancé to a Lush gift set for Christmas and one of the items that he was fortunate enough to receive was the Squeaky Green Shampoo Bar that I have already given a sneaky try (for review purposes you understand).
The bar is a round shampoo bar and you can see it's indeed green and there are lots of little bits within the soap. The bar has a lovely scent to it that kind of reminds me of summer in a way and makes me instantly feel reassured that this is going to be another fantastic Lush product.
This bar is very simple to use I just wet my hair and then rubbed the bar over my hair for just a few seconds. The amount of lather that was produced was very thick and it was produced very fast too which was a bit of a surprise for me. The lather was perfect for working in to my hair and I really felt like I was giving my hair a nice good scrubbing while I rubbed the lather in. The bar actually did not even appear to go down at all after I had used it and I am sure that this would last for at least 10 or 15 washes and I have very long hair although I don't think I'll get much of a look in as my fiancé was also very pleased with the results of this shampoo bar and has promptly secured it away in his wash bag which he knows is somewhere I will never venture!
The shampoo bar left me with hair that was literally squeaky clean after washing and while some of the little tiny bits must have come away from the shampoo bar I didn't notice that my hair was full of bits of what looked like twigs and dirt! The scent of this is really a manly smell but there is nothing wrong with that at all, it's quite a strong, thick scent that reminds me of a standard bar of soap kind of mixed with a little of the outdoors and a bit of a Lynx heady type of scent.
I was pleased with the result of this but I did find that my hair was actually a little dull the following day where I never normally have a problem with having dull hair. My hair did not go greasy fast like it does with some other shampoos and I really was very surprised at how little the bar went down.
This Squeaky Green Shampoo Bar is available from Lush stores or lush.co.uk for £4.65 which is quite reasonable when you consider that it will last for loads of washes and when my fiancé has such a short amount of hair to wash anyway I am sure it will last him for many months!
Lush Squeaky Green Shampoo Bar
After falling a bit in love with Lush recently I indulged myself in some divine hair care an skin care products, with the Squeaky Green Shampoo Bar being one of them.
When the very helpful sale assistant was walking me around the store and telling me lots about lots of different products I could not quite believe the Shampoo in a Bar scenario and without much temptation wanted to buy one. After discussing with said helpful assistant (who must have picked up the fact that I was intent on spending a small fortune in there) my hair type and the recent noticeable build up of silicone in my hair I opted, on her advice, for the Squeaky Green bar. This was an astounding £4.53 for a 55g bar, but would supposedly last the same amount of washes as three bottles of shampoo.
I was very keen to try this, so pretty much as soon as I got home I hopped into the shower to try it, amongst my other new Lush products of course. Kind lady in the shop had told me not to expect a one wash miracle and that I probably would not notice improvement straight away, but she was wrong, because I did. My hair really did feel very clean, squeaky clean in fact, like it had been stripped of all the crap I had previously subjected it too.
The smell of tea tree, peppermint and rosemary is amazing. They blend fantastically well together and the scent lingers in my hair lightly for the rest of the day.
Having used this bar 20 or more times now I am barely noticing it shrink, so in my eyes it is great value for money. Literature on the product suggests up to 80 uses from one bar and I really would not be surprised it my bar lasts that long.
This is a fab product and I can not wait to try other shampoo bars. On the whole my hair feels much healthier than before I started using this product.
I've tried loads of Lush products but had never given their solid shampoos ago until recently, when I thought I'd try Squeeky Green. I was attracted by Lush's claim that it lasts longer than a bottle of liquid shampoo so I thought even though it's £4.40, much more than the usual shampoos I buy, I might get more value for money. I also thought it might be handy to take with me in a wash bag on holiday or to the gym. I have to admit I was also tempted by the cute little tins Lush sell to keep these in, and ended up buying 2 shampoo bars just to get a tin free!
I'm a big fan of 'green' scents and this smelt lovely when I picked it up in the shop. It smells of freshly cut grass with a hint of herbs and patchouli - similar to their Washday Greens shampoo and Tramp shower gel, both of which I love. When I looked at the ingredients list I wasn't surprised that the main ingredients are rosemary, nettles and tea tree, giving it the lovely scent and its vibrant natural green colour. It's a waxy-feeling disc a couple of inches across and about half an inch thick.
When I got this home and gave it a try, I was a bit worried about how to use it. Lush suggest that you wet the bar and then rub it over your head to get a lather going, but I was worried that my hair would get really tangly, as it's quite long and highlighted and gets knotty at the best of times. However it lathered really quickly and the lovely smell enveloped me in the shower as I massaged it into my hair. The shampoo bar felt quite nice on my scalp, as it contains what the Lush website calls 'noodles' - little strands of soapy stuff, as well as bits of twiggy, herby material which I think is rosemary and mint. These hard bits massage your scalp so it's really pleasant to use.
I didn't leave it on and rinsed it out straight away. Unlike some shampoos it rinsed clean really quickly and left my hair immediately 'squeaky clean'. My hair is fine and tends towards lank and greasy, so this is what I want from a shampoo. However if you have dry or naturally 'fluffy' hair, this might not suit you as you might need something more moisturising.
I dried my hair as usual and was happy to notice that I could still smell the gorgeous scent every time I moved my hair. It did leave my hair really clean feeling and full of body once dry - it had a real bounce to it that I struggle to achieve after using other products. This body lasted all day, as did the lovely smell - in fact other people commented on this when they got close to me during the day.
The problems started next day when I went to use the bar again. I'd left it in its cute tin all night and obviously it had dried out a bit, because I couldn't get it out again! It had glued itself firmly inside the tin and I had to rub the whole thing on my head. However as it wore down this didn't really work so I had to prise it out using a ruler. Storing it loose in the shower worked better, but this meant it was constantly getting wet and I think it dissolved away faster as it rapidly got smaller every morning. It also made a bit of a green mess on the shower shelf. In the end I got fed up with this and put it back in the tin and went back to my usual shampoo for a few weeks. Anyway, I came to give it another try a few weeks ago, to use it up and I found it has turned to mush. This sounds bad but is actually better, because I can scoop a fingerful out of the tin and it's much easier to use this time round.
As I love this shampoo it's a shame that the practicalities let it down. If Lush could find a way of storing these that meant it didn't turn rock hard in the tin or dissolve when it got wet then it would be perfect! I probably won't buy it again, but it's a novel idea and I enjoy using it when I can be bothered.
Squeeky Green ingredients:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Nettle (Urtica dioica), Water (Aqua), Tea Tree Powder (Melaleuca alternifolia), Peppermint (Mentha piperita), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Chamomile Blue Oil (Chamomilla recutita), Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), *Coumarin, *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Limonene, *Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Chlorophyllin (CI75810)
* Occurs naturally in Essential Oils
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A month or so ago I bought a collection of Lush products from Ebay and in the collection was Squeaky Green solid shampoo bar. Since I first used the bar I have not used a liquid shampoo once because the bar is just so great!
Squeaky Green is a round bar of solid shampoo; it is around the circumference of a jam jar and is about ¾ of an inch thick. The bar is 55g and costs £4.50 from Lush stores or Lush online. While £4.50 is quite expensive for a shampoo I think this is good value for money because it last a long time and bubbles up so well that you need only use a tiny bit each time.
The bar is strange looking up close because it looks like loads of green and white hundreds and thousands have all been packed together. Throughout the bar are little bits of nettles and rosemary. I was worried that when the bar got wet it would fall apart because it really does look like lots of tiny pieces have been pressed into a circular mould, however I have had no trouble with it at all.
Another concern I had was that this shampoo bar would be difficult to use, I have only ever used liquid shampoo so this was a new experience for me. I used the shower to make all my hair wet, then I took the bar and began rubbing it all over my head. I was amazed at how quickly this bubbled and lathered up.
I needed to apply only a really small amount and after I had used the bar you could not really tell it had been used, I have used mine 5 or 6 times now and it still looks new. This shampoo produces masses of bubbles and is great for a really good hair wash! I was concerned that once the bar got wet it would go all soggy, but I put it on the side of the bath which I had dried off with a towel and when I came in the next morning it was as solid as it had been when I got it.
One evening our boiler decided to pack in and I had been swimming so really needed to wash my hair, I contemplated using my liquid shampoo as I thought it would bubble up best in cold water but then I realised that the cold water would most likely have trouble rinsing all the bubbles out, so I took my Squeaky Green and rubbed a little into my cold wet hair. I could not believe how well it worked with the cold water and it washed out well too, leaving my hair just as lovely as if I had used warm water.
The fragrance of Squeaky Green is not too strong, it is quite subtle and fresh, it smells like a grassy meadow, slightly floral but also a bit like freshly cut grass, it is very refreshing. After using this shampoo bar my hair is very soft and shiny, I have had no need to use a conditioner when I have used squeaky Green because my hair is already nice and soft, though sometimes I do couple it with the Jungle solid conditioner as they compliment each other perfectly.
Before I started using Squeaky Green my scalp was a little dry and flaky however now whilst it is still a bit flaky, it has vastly improved and I am very impressed with how it is soothing my scalp back to normality.
Lush describe this as an aromatherapy shampoo and I can see why, the pleasant aroma it emits is very calming yet refreshing, and I feel quite invigorated yet relaxed after washing my hair with this.
The ingredients in squeaky Green as given on the Lush website are -
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Tea Tree Powder (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena)
Chamomile Blue Oil (Chamomilla recutita)
Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia)
Chlorophyllin (CI 75810)
I am really glad that this was included in the collection I bought because otherwise I do not think I would have tried it, now I have I doubt I will ever buy a bottle of liquid shampoo again - I am however looking forward to trying out the other solid shampoos from Lush.
The first aromatherapy Shampoo Bar made with our new noodles / The greenest way to get your hair squeaky clean / Go Green scent, with rose and vanilla to balance out the scalp-purifying herbs: fresh rosemary, nettle and peppermint, powdered tea tree and chamomile essential oil /