“ Brand: Lush / Solid shampoo / Essential Oils and Absolutes: Elemi Oil, Violet Leaf Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil. / Type: Hair Shampoo „
Lush Ultimate Shine Shampoo Bar
I always take a bar of Lush solid shampoo when we go away as they are perfect for travelling. There is no danger of them spilling, they weigh less and you can take them in you carry on luggage and they last for ever so it will last for most holidays even using it twice a day or more likely two or more people sharing it.
I have to admit this is one of the least attractive and least fabulous smelling of their solid shampoo bars but I was attracted by the promise of shine to my hair. My favourite bar is Godiva which is gorgeous but I wanted a change to this one I bought for our last trip.
"Hide it under a bush? Oh no!
I'm gonna let it shine
Strip away the dirt and let your true hair shine out.
Gives a mild but thorough cleanse to take away grease, dirt and build up from hair products."
"For a good wash with plenty of shine, you can't beat this bar. It has been with us since the early days of Lush and is still a firm customer favourite.
There are a few spots of glitter in this bar for decoration only. Fear not, they won't stick in your hair, so this is safe for boyfriends and husbands everywhere, because we know they are often big fans of shampoo bars."
THE SHAMPOO BAR
This is a creamy white round bar with hints of glittery bits in it when new. Mine has little of this remaining and looks a bit like a squashed lump of creamy white soap now. I am not sure what the glittery bits are but they are not typical glitter as you might think and I have never noticed any in the bath or on my hair so it must be some shiny ingredient I think.
This bar has violet leaf absolute so you might think it would smell like parma violetes but it doesn't. This ingredient is there because it is a natural antibacterial and antimicrobal product. There is also ylang ylang which is usually quite a strong ,to me a bit sickly, sort of aroma and the piece de la résistance is the very expensive elemi oil which is good for hair and smells really nice and floral but sadly to me I can't detect this in the bar. It also has gardenia extract which smells gorgeous but not evident to me in here. I can't understand where the smell has disappeared as this really has very little floral scent in my humble opinion.
HOW TO USE
You can either rub this between wet hands then apply the lather to your hair or do as I do and hold the bar and rub it directly over your wet hair until you get the lather you want. I then put the bar down and massage my head as usual with fingers or my massaging plastic brush. Rinse with warm not hot water and condition with your choice of conditioner.
Once the shampoo bar is dry you can put it back in the tin or put it in directly but try not to get the edges of the tin as then the tin lid sticks firmly on and is hard to get off.
When I first got this it was a bit big for the shampoo tin Lush sell to hold these so I had to use it a few times at home to get it to the correct size for the tin. The tin which I have reviewed before is neat and keeps it well but it very tricky to open and next to impossible with slippery wet hands so open before getting into the shower or bath! I keep mine in here all the time until it is finished as it keeps it fresher and more moist or soft for ease of lathering but you can of course just have it in the soap dish of your shower or bath.
I have to be honest that despite having lots of potentially nice smelling ingredients that this bar did not really attract me with its smell. It smells a bit like a Jif lemon, sort of artificial lemony to me.
It washes my hair well and I have had no issue with itchy scalp, dandruff or anything else. I do find I need a conditioner and usually pick whichever I fancy on the day to use.
I can't honestly say I have noticed any increase in shine. In fact none of the shampoos or conditioners really make a lot of difference so it isn't just this one which fails to shine. I find what makes my hair shine is the leave in spray or serum or something I apply once my hair is dry.
This costs £5.25, but although this sounds a lot it lasts ages and ages. I have taken this to all my holidays this year and there is still a fair bit left. It outlasts any bottled shampoo I have ever bought for the same price.
It is a naked product so you get absolutely no packing waste at all.
It is preservative free.
It is vegan friendly and of course being a Lush product has not in any part been tested on animals.
It cleans my hair well and leaves it feeling soft, clean and no itchy scalp issues.
Does not smell as nice as I would have liked.
Does have Ammonium laureth sulphate and Sodium lauryl sulphate both of which are there as they are surfactants so create the lather. Many people have allergic reactions to these and I do know that there are other ingredients which are less chemical and do a gentle, more eco friendly job so I wish Lush would use these.
Yes and no. This does a good job of washing and cleaning my hair but no noticeable shine. It is quite gentle and none of us has had a reaction to using it. This is far from being my favourite bar and personally it isn't one I will be rushing back to buy again as there are so many nicer smelling ones that Lush have in my view.
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As you will know if you read my reviews regularly, I am a huge fan of the store Lush and am trying to make my way through all their products. The store is famous for its solid products - which are better for the environment owing to the lack of packaging and the reduced number of preservatives needed - and I particularly like the shampoo bars. These are bars of solid shampoo - rather like soap for the hair - which are very handy for travelling, but which are also suitable for use every day.
The Ultimate Shine Shampoo Bar was the final bar I had to try from Lush. I'm not sure why it took me so long, but I was glad to get the chance at last. The bar is white in colour and has little sparkly bits of glitter in - though these are few and far between, and I may as well say now that I never once saw a bit of glitter in my hair from this product, so there's no need to worry if you can't stand the stuff.
The bar is round and should fit in one of the shampoo bar tins for travelling purposes (though most of the bars are slightly too big at first so it's best to use it a few times so that it will fit!). The tins are ideal for transporting the bars while travelling, although don't put it in while still wet - you won't be able to get it out again! While I was using the bar at home, I just kept it in the soap dish.
The bar costs £5.25, but it is very economical, lasting for many more washes than a standard liquid shampoo. Lush state that this product "gives a mild but thorough cleanse to take away grease, dirt and build up from hair products". To use the shampoo, wet your hair and either rub the bar between your hands to create a lather, or rub the bar straight onto your hair. Rub the resulting lather into your hair thoroughly, then rinse as you would normal shampoo. Though this sounds like an unusual product, I find it very easy and simple to use.
So what's in it? Well, the bar contains violet leaf absolute, which has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, good for the scalp. Ylang ylang and elemi oil add a pleasant scent to the hair. The shampoo also contains sodium lauryl sulfate, which helps to create the lather, though this can cause irritation for some people so it's worth being aware of it. The bar is suitable for vegans.
I find that this bar is good at cleaning my hair and making it look shiny. I dye my hair and it hasn't stripped the colour at all. I have dry and damaged hair, but the shampoo doesn't dry it out. I always have to use conditioner, but this is the same with any shampoo I use. As I mentioned previously, the bar is economical and doesn't wear down quickly. It has a lovely scent, fresh and floral, which is evident in the solid bar and in the shower, although it has worn off by the time I get out and dry my hair - or perhaps the scent of my conditioner overpowers it!
Unfortunately, the bar isn't so kind to my scalp. I do get dandruff occasionally and this product seems to exacerbate it, as well as making my scalp rather itchy. I didn't realise it was the shampoo until it ran out and I switched to another one.
Overall, this is a good shampoo bar that cares for your hair and makes it look shiny. It doesn't seem to be particularly moisturising or drying so would be good for more 'normal' hair types. I would recommend it to everyone except those who suffer from dandruff or sensitive scalps.
Although I am a big fan of Lush shampoo bars I usually don't buy them for myself and instead wait to receive them as gifts as although they are fantastic there are other products in the shop I would rather spend my own money on.
The ultimate shine shampoo bar is a solid bar of shampoo that you just need to wet and then rub over wet hair until you feel it is sufficiently coated and then massage in to clean hair.
The thing I like about the solid shampoo bars is that they are just so easy to use when going away on holiday or for nights away from home. They take up so little room and are so easy to use. I don't tend to think they are as good as purpose shampoos as they all tend to be a little bit more harsh on my hair.
The ultimate shine on is definitely the best one that Lush do. It is much more gentle on my hair than the others and doesn't strip it of moisture or leave it feeling fly away. It doesn't really add moisture to my hair but it also doesn't dry it out loads either and when I have washed it off my hair it is left feeling soft and definitely shiny.
You only need to give your hair a light coating to give it a really good clean. Adding loads won't clean your hair any better but will just waste the bar and there really is no need. It does a good job of removing product from my hair and getting it back to a natural clean state.
The bar is a little weird at first to get used to compared with using liquid shampoo but you soon get used to it but always make sure that you don't leave it lying around where water can reach it otherwise it will end up melting away to nothing.
The bar lasts for absolutely ages and I would estimate that it lasts me about 45 to 50 washes at a time. It costs £5.25 which I don't think is bad considering how long it lasts. I will always prefer a liquid shampoo but this is good and not just something which is a novelty as this one really does work and as I said it is perfect for when I am away from home and space is at a premium.
This is a review of Lush Ultimate Shine shampoo bar which I was sent to test from the bizziebaby website. I know a lot of dooyooers are fans of Lush and I read a lot of reviews on their products, but as I can't bear the smell that wafts from their shops -it's just too overpowering - I have never been in them. Therefore, this is my first ever Lush review!
The shampoo bar comes in the form of a round soap that fits into the palm of your hand. The sample I got is 55ml and was helpfully provided in a tin which you can use for transporting the shampoo.
What's in it?
The Ultimate Shine shampoo bar has violet leaf which is known for its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, ylang ylang and some expensive elemi oil that leaves hair feeling beautifully cleansed and soft.
I first tried the shampoo bar in the shower and it was very easy to get the hang of. Firstly wet your hair then moisten the soap and run through the lengths. Massage in and get a good lather going then rinse. I found it helpful to dry out the soap on a rack before placing back in the tin. The second time I used the soap I couldn't get the tin open and spent about ten minutes wrestling with it so I was reluctant to close it the second time round although it doesn't help having long nails.
I was really surprised at how good this soap was although I tried it with an open mind, I just wasn't expecting it to be that good. I read that you can expect around 50 uses from each bar of shampoo soap which I think is really good, although I wouldn't be surprised if I get less goes due to having long hair. I liked how the soap lathers immediately in the hair and achieves a squeaky clean feeling. I have used this with a conditioner, a spray in conditioner and just on its own and it has been a good result each time. With this soap shampoo I get an extra day between washes if I want to, I can leave it three days which is really good for my hair. I do wonder if my hair will eventually get used to this shampoo if I use it every time so I like to use other types of shampoo in between.
I did find this was quite drying on my skin and for a few days had an itchy neck but I can't be sure if it was the shampoo or just generally the weather or a bad night's sleep. It cleared up and I haven't suffered since so I can only assume I perhaps didn't wash it off properly one time.
Price and availability
A 55g bar of soap costs £5 which sounds like a lot but it is the equivalent of three bottles of shampoo to me so I think this is a good price. Lush is available online and on most high streets and shopping centre so you should be able to find one if you want to try their products.
This soap is the ultimate answer to travelling, being lightweight, compact and non leaky. I think it works as well if not better than a 'normal' shampoo and due to the format you are not tempted to use too much product in one go. It lathers up easily and makes my hair squeaky clean which I don't always get with other shampoos. I can use it in the bath or shower and it works just as well as long as you rinse out all the shampoo after use. I can recommend this product and will brave going into the shops myself to buy some more when this bar runs out.
This shampoo bar was a bit of an impulse buy for me.
I was told that it'd make my dull coloured hair shiny again. Lush were right, again!
The bar is round in shape and it fits into one of the Lush shampoo bar tins. It smells nice and it's easy to hold in the hand. It's easy to use too. Simply wet your hair and rub the bar around your head a few times before rinsing it out. The bar lathers up well. It delivers a rich creamy lather that is such a pleasure to rub into my hair. The bar is easy to rinse from the hair and it doesn't build up. It can be used alongside other Lush products to achieve shiny healthy hair.
The shampoo bar lasts longer than bottled shampoo. Lush state that just one bar can last up to 70 washes and I think they may be right. I used this bar three times a week for six months and I still had some of it left after the six months. I just got bored of it (as usual) and I went and bought another one of a different scent.
The bar always left my hair soft and shiny. They weren't lying about the shine factor. This bar really does make your hair SHINE. My hair never looked so good. Plus it smelt great too. The shampoo bar never rinsed the colour from my hair and it was actually great value for the price I paid for it.
A great buy!
I am slowly becoming addicted to the Solid Shampoo bars created by Lush. They come in a variety of shapes and colours and each one is enhanced by a gorgeous aroma and packed full of goodness for your hair. To help with the difficult selection when trying to decide which one you want to buy, each one also comes with its very own but equally fantastic purpose and benefit for your hair.
One of the most important things for me when it comes to hair care is a healthy and glimmering shine that rivals those girls on the hair ads, so what better place to start than by purchasing a shampoo by the name of Ultimate Shine. It's purpose is to give your hair a gorgeous and healthy shine, while it's aromatherapy purpose claims to lift your spirits so high that you'll be shining from the inside as well!
What is the purpose of a solid shampoo?
A solid shampoo may not be a concept that many people are aware of. I know that I certainly wasn't before I discovered them in Lush. I am a frequent traveler and I am always trying to cut corners when it comes to reducing the weight of my suitcase.
This handy little item cuts down on space required in my luggage and it weighs significantly less than a bottle of shampoo. Plus as it lasts for around 50 washes, it means that I can rest safely in the knowledge that it will last for the duration of my trip. In addition, the product is more environmentally friendly as no bulky plastic bottles are needed to contain this little beauty.
How does it work?
The product contains a whole host of essential oils including oils from the Ylang Ylang flower which coats the hair with a lovely shine and performs a moisturising action which will maintain the hairs elasticity and prevent breakages and split ends. The flower gives a sensual aroma to the shampoo which is thought to fight against feeling of sadness and encourages feelings of elation and joy.
Violet Leaf is included in order to help to decongest the scalp and encourage healthy hair growth. The leaf is full of vitamins and minerals which nourish your hair and your scalp, leaving them both in a better condition.
Elemi Oil is present in order to hydrate the hair and to perform aromatherapy actions. The oil is thought to relieve stress and to give you a calmer state of mind which enables you to think more clearly. It also rejuvenates the hair leaving it feeling silky and soft.
How do you use it?
The product is to be used in much the same way as a liquid shampoo. I apply it to my damp hair by running the bar along my hair from the roots to the tip. Once I feel like I've got a good coating on my hair, I massage the product into both my hair and scalp and then rinse it away thoroughly and follow it up with a good conditioner.
Once you have finished coating the hair, make sure you put the bar somewhere dry because if the water comes into contact with the product it will start to dissolve and be wasted. Think of it as leaving an open bottle of shampoo in the running water of the shower, not a good idea! Handy little storage tins are available for this purpose from Lush.
Price and Appearance
This little shampoo bar is circular in appearance and it almost looks like a BabyBel but thankfully smells nothing like one! It does in fact smell completely delicious, fresh and clean. When you look up close you can see little flecks of beautiful golden glitter that are only present to make the product look more eye catching.
This shampoo bar is on par with the others in the collection and will cost you around £5 for 55grams which is not too bad considering the amount of use you will get from it if you remember to look after it properly. It is available from your local Lush store and can also be bought from its online website.
This shampoo gives a gorgeous and natural shine to the hair that is not created by coating the hair with plastic unlike other mainstream shampoos. It manages to find the perfect balance between moisturising the hair in order to prevent dryness without making the hair at all greasy. My hair feels soft and shiny without any horrible tangles occurring, although I know this is due to a good conditioner too.
It produces a lovely lather which reassures you that it is giving your hair a thorough clean. The flecks of glitter within the shampoo make the product itself sparkle but do not appear in the hair so don't be worrying that you'll end up looking like you're going to a school disco. I assume that they dissolve away in the water and it is the scrumptious essential oils that go on to produce the shine in the hair.
All in all, this shampoo will leave your hair feeling silky and soft and gives it a healthy shine. It won't make you hair greasy or dry and finds that happy place somewhere in the middle. It helps the environment by reducing packaging and you'll be able to fit another bikini into your suitcase. It really is a win-win situation!
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, Water (Aqua), Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Elemi Oil (Canarium commune), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Violet Leaf Absolute (Viola odorata), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Golden Glitter (Polyethylene terephthalate), *Benzyl Benzoate, *Limonene, *Linalool * Occurs naturally in essential oils Vegan
==The Ultimate Shine shampoo Bar From Lush==
I have tried a few of the shampoo bars from Lush never with much satisfaction but I thought I would give them the benefit of the doubt and try another bar out seeing as I was placing another rather large on line order and I can never help spending far more than I should.
==Price and Packaging==
This round 55 gram bar of Ultimate Shine shampoo will set you back £4.65 pence. Which is not a bad price if you are buying a good shampoo and this one seems like it will last for quite a few uses. It comes in very basic packaging, like all Lush products. It is in a clear cellophane wrapper with the yellow, green and white Lush logo and the shampoo ingredients and directions for use. It is described on the packaging as "gentle shampoo fr glossy hair".
==Look and Smell==
The Ultimate Shine Shampoo bar itself is a round disc and looks like a bar of soap. it is about an inch thick and around two inches long. It is a cream, yellow colour and you can clearly see glitter within the bar. There are also what looks like lumpy shreds within the bar. (I am not quite sure what this is but they do actually seem break up under water)
The smell of the shampoo is rather similar to a medicated vapour rub. It has quite a strong smell of what I think is the Ylang Ylang. It is gets stronger when you have the bar in your hand and under hot water and really gets up your nose. I do like the smell as it seems very re-freshening and clean smelling.
==General Use of the Product==
The instructions for use are written in on the packaging and they state "Lather by rubbing around in head in a circular motion." This is exactly what I did and lathered it up in the way I usually would.
I do like to give my hair a really good lather and tend to rub in the shampoo for as long as possible and usually use far too much when it is in a bottle. I could really feel the shampoo softening my hair and it felt nice and silky even before I had conditioned it. The smell of it was even stronger once you started to rub it into your hair, but as I don't mind the smell it is nice to be using it.
I have to say that I really like this product. It is simple to use and you only need a few rubs for it to lather up well. Once dry my hair it does feel smooth, silky and certainly has a good shine to it. I can not seen any of the glitter but maybe it shows when the light hits it. I will certainly continue to use this product until it runs out and after I have tried all the other shampoo bars on the Lush website I will definitely come back and use this one.
I would say top marks of 5 stars for Lush's Ultimate shine Shampoo bar as I does what it says and I can find no fault what so ever with it.
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I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
I purchased this shampoo bar as part of a deal at Lush, and I'm very glad I did as it's now become my normal shampoo. It costs £4.65 for a 55g bar.
Ultimate Shine is a circular bar, and is white in colour. It has a few small shiney speckles over it, but I haven't found any issues with these as they're so small. The bar smells nice and smells mainly of ylang ylang.
To use the bar you simply rub it all over your hair once you've wetted it. It froths up very well, and a small amount gives you enough lather to work through longer hair.
I have found that since using the bar, my hair is much shinier. It seems to make more of a difference when you first start using it, so it may be best to use it with another shampoo if you only want the ocassionally super shiny day. I'm very pleased with the results.
Lush claim that one of their shampoo bars will last as long as three shampoo bottles. Although they don't say the size of these bottles, and can see how this may just be possible, as one bar lasts me ages on my medium-long length hair.
Ultimate Shine contains:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, Elemi Oil (Canarium commune), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Violet Leaf Absolute (Viola odorata), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Golden Sparkles (Polyethylene terephthalate), *Benzyl Benzoate, *Limonene, *Linalool (*Occurs naturally in essential oils)
I love this shampoo bar and think it's well worth the price. If you'd like to try it Lush should provide a sample for you to see if it suits your hair.
Lush Ultimate Shine is a lovely little unassuming white hockey puck sized squiggly shampoo bar.
You should know about Lush solid shampoo bars by now perhaps, they are concentrated litte bars with patented shampoo squiggles, eliminating the need for of course bottles which end up in landfill sites, and making it very easy to take on holiday with you!!
They are displayed in small piles allowing you to help yourself to whichever one of the little whute bars takes your fancy. It will be popped in a very small thin plastic bag to take home with you
The usage of them is particularly easy. They just require a couple of swirls around the head for a great lather and personally I like to allow the shampoo to just run down the rest of my hair rather than rubbing it in, anf it cleans quite efficiently in this manner.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, Elemi Oil (Canarium commune), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Violet Leaf Absolute (Viola odorata), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Golden Sparkles (Polyethylene terephthalate), *Benzyl Benzoate, *Limonene, *Linalool}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
Elemi oil is wonderfully aromatic and stimulating, toning and antiseptic. It smells gorgeous, I had never experienced it before Lush and it is beautiful!!
Ylang ylang is a heavy smelling and unusual scent, not for everyone, but definitely for me. It resembles a mixture of jasmine and almond, and is very sweet. Soothing, calming and antiseptic on the skin.
Violet leaf is relaxing and soothing, all the ingredients in Ultimate Shine are designed to have a positive impact on your mood which is nice!!
To use, U.S. lathers up a treat just with a couple of swipes to the hair, and rinses out leaving you with clean hair ready to be conditioned.
Personally I like the smell of this a lot, it is one that you will keep going back to. The hair is left fragrant for a fair amount of time after which is nice. The golden sparkles are nowhere to be seen and they mayaswell get rid of them as they add no benefit to the product, then again they don't claim to actually DO anything rather just look pretty in the bar.
I found my hair felt lighter and had more body than usual.
I would recommend this is you have 'normal' hair type, it is not as moisturising as I with dry hair could have done with and I do not think it will clean greasy oily hair very well either, it is a middle of the road bar if you have nice hair already, you lucky thing.
A 50g disc will cost you £4.65 at the moment and will last a absolute age, I dare you to try one and see how long it lasts for you, I had one that lasted a year once but I only use a couple of swipes at a time, it barely went down at all!!!
Also keep it dry when not in use or else they can get a little gloopy.
Ultimate shine is my shampoo for choice. What's even better is that it comes as a solid bar so it is more long lasting and more easily stored than a bottle. Of course it is also more environmentally friendly than a bottle as there is no packaging to recycle.
You just wet the bar and rub it on wet hair three or four times to have a hair full of soft lather which does not dry your hair or scalp. It creates just the right amount of foam without being too soapy. The shampoo bar has a lovely scent which is fresh and clean without being too strong or acidic. I follow it up with Veganese conditioner for soft and glossy hair.
I keep my shampoo bar in an old Lush face pack pot to keep it dry which makes it easily transportable for weekends away and holidays etc. Its beauty is that it will never leak in your overnight bag and if it does get on your clothes it easily washes out. A must pack.
As I mentioned in one of my recent reviews, I received a few full sized samples from Lush on a splurge the other day. Thankfully I had never used most of them, so it was great to get to try them out before buying them as I was looking to buy some of them anyway! One of the samples that fell into this category was the Ultimate Shine shampoo bar, something I'd been longing to try for months now.
The Ultimate Shine shampoo bar is a bar of solid shampoo invented to reduce the use of plastic shampoo bottles. Shampoo bars have become increasingly popular over the past few years due to their small size and the fact that you can travel with them through and airport without being stopped for having too much liquid in your bags. Not only this, but they are extremely easy to use and good for the environment, so if they work, then why not convert?
This particular shampoo bar is an off white colour with miniscule gold flakes in it. It's around 1.5cm tall and just under two inches wide. Being round in size makes this bar of shampoo alot easier to use as it fits into your hand perfectly! If you look at it closely, you can see tiny little particles which look like rice, I assume this is what rice pudding would look like if you mized in tiny bits of gold glitter then froze it in a round dish.
I can't really pick out any particular scent, but it's definitely one of those that you have t get used to. When I first gave it a sniff, I thought it was awful, but now I rather like it, let's just say it's growing on me. Although I can't pick out any particular scents, I can tell you that it smells extremely clean and slightly herbal. It also reminds me of going into the shower in hospital right after it's been cleaned.
There are two ways to use these that I know of. The first one is to run your hair under the water then rub the shampoo bar over your scalp three times then lather it up all throughout your hair and use like a normal shampoo from there on.
The second way I know of using this is to lather it up in your hands then work it into your hair.
Both of these methods work equally as well, but if you have long hair, I'd advise the second method so that you can avoid unnecessary tugs in your hair.
Now, the claim for this shampoo is to give your hair the 'Ultimate Shine'. It's always easy to claim things like this, but whether it meets the claim or not is usually the problem. For me, this doesn't meet it's claim. My hair wasn't any shinier than normal, but I'll give it it's dues, it lathered amazingly and my hair felt squeaky clean afterwards - you could tell there was no residue left on your hair so you knew you were getting a great clean.
To buy this, it will cost you £4.40 (it does last around the same length of time as 750mls of liquid shampoo by the way). It's only available in Lush stores and on lush.co.uk, or of course, you could try ebay but I wouldn't recommend that. You can also buy a shampoo bar tin to put this in which will cost you £2.69 (or you can get this free if you buy two shampoo bars).
- no packaging
- small, easy to travel with
- nice smell
- cleans exceptionally
- cheap/good value for money
- no extra shine
Overall, this is a good product, so I'm not going to give it only 1 star because of the no extra shine thing, but I am going to knock one star off because of that. I know that if there was the added bonus of extra shine, I'd happily give this maximum stars. I'm probably going to keep this for traveling and going to the gym though, it's good to use different shampoos every now and again for the sake of your hair.
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When I opened my box of Lush goodies for my birthday, I was not too happy to see the ultimate shine shampoo bar nestled amongst my goodies. It seemed a bit boring for a present and I also have an abiding hatred (bordering on phobia) of bars of soap. Who knows where my hatred of soap started, perhaps it was Mrs A in primary 4 who threatened to wash our mouths out with the stuff or perhaps it is the fact it makes my skin dry and I hate the smell and squeaky noise it makes but I have not voluntarily touched a bar of soap for very many years.
The ultimate shine bar languished unloved in my bathroom cabinet for several weeks until one day I realised I had run out of normal shampoo. I decided to give it a try fully expecting to hate it but have since gone out and bought myself two different shampoo bars from the range.
The best thing about the solid shampoo bar is the lack of plastic packaging. I decided when we went onto fortnightly bin collections to start recycling my plastic and was amazed at how much I was using. I decided to try and cut down on my plastic comsumption (not very successfully I may add) and the fact that Ultimate shine comes wrapped only in a paper bag means one less plastic bottle for me to throw out.
Using Ultimate Shine is easy, you just wet your hair and rub the shampoo bar over the top of your scalp and it produces masses of soft white foam. You can then have fun like you did when you were a kid by sculpting your hair into a foamy white mohiccan.
Like all Lush products, Ultimat Shine is produced in an environmentally friendly and cruelty free way and is packed with a range of essential oils to with proven benefits. The essential oils in Ultimate Shine are ylang ylang oil to make your hair shiny and violet oil for decongestingn your scalp. I can't say I would have picked out either of those fragrances but overall the bar has a nice clean smell.
The most important thing to tell you is how the bar performed. I've got to say it was pretty good but not outstanding. My hair was left clean and shiny but it didn't perform any better than any other decent shampoo. The only criticism is that when my hair was very long then it could sometimes feel a bit flyaway.
The shampoo bar is meant to last for up to 70 washes and it certainly lasted at least that long for me. At a cost of £4.40 this actually means that for once Lush ends up cheaper than using bottles of mid priced shampoo. Lush and cheaper than the alternative are not phrases you often hear in the same sentence so it makes sense to buy it. Just to put the usage into context for someone like me who washes their hair every second day then this shampoo bar will last for 20 weeks. I've been going out of my way to use this bar up for several weeks now as part of my ban on buying new beauty products and it was frustrating using it shower after shower and hardly seeing it disappear at all until finally it disolved away to a tiny sliver.
Ultimate Shine is a great product from an environmental and moneysaving point of view. I wasn't wowed by it's performance but have invested in different shampoo bars to try the whole range out.
I recently had to pack all the clothes and toiletries I would need for a week into a small bag, which meant that I had to be really minimalistic when it came to packing ( I needed to be able to carry my luggage)! I therefore decided to head to Lush to see if there were any space saving toiletries I could pack, and came away with the ultimate shine shampoo bar.
What on earth is a shampoo bar?
I have tried and loved lots of weird and wonderful things from Lush, for example strange shower jellies,and products that require me to rub seaweed or coal onto my face! In light of this, I wasn't really surprised at finding some shampoo that looked like a bar of soap, and picked up the shampoo bar and headed out of the shop.
Ultimate shine is a small solid disc (you get 55 grams for £4.50). It works like normal shampoo - it just doesn't come in a bottle! It features ingredients that come in many Lush shampoos, but it just comes in a solid format. This seemed like a terrific idea to me, as it is really a lot smaller than packing an entire shampoo bottle.
Is it easy to use?
The first time I used this, I stepped into the shower, stood under the stream of water until my hair was soaked, and rubbed the shampoo bar in a circular motion around my head several times. I'm always quite silly with products in the shower, and as this shampoo bar produced copious amounts of whippy, lathery bubbles, I had the usual fun styling my hair into various ridiculous Mohawks and bunches (you'll be happy to know this product makes it easy to create random hairstyles and they stay in place too)! This shampoo bar really couldn't be any easier to use, it's just like using a bar of soap on your hands, apart from you use it on your hair.
So what's the verdict?
This product is brilliantly compact, which, as I said, makes it the ideal size for taking with you on holiday. I liked the appearance of it, the colour being off-white, with tiny sparkly flecks in it, so it looks very pretty. I couldn't define what the smell of this product was, but it was okay. I prefer the smell of other, more bolder smelling shampoos like Herbal Essences, but this scent was subtle and I didn't notice it too much. The appearance, scent and application of the product were great overall, but it is the state this bar leaves my hair in that I have a problem with.
After washing, my hair was clean, with all dirt removed. However, it was so tangled that it looked like a bird's nest. I tried washing it again on later occasions by varying the amount of times I rubbed it round my head, and I also didn't try my crazy shower Mohawks in case this somehow made a difference. Sadly it didn't, and on each occasion after washing my hair was left feeling wrecked and incredibly dry. I tried to balance this out by putting copious amounts of conditioner on my hair afterwards, but my hair was never as soft and shiny as when I used normal shampoo. This has such a bad effect on my hair that it negates the good points of this product, and I wouldn't recommend that you buy it as a result.
However, the concept of the product is brilliant as it saves space, seems to last for ages (after about fives washes I could see no difference in size to my bar), and will cut down on the amount of plastic bottles I buy and throw away, which would be incredible. I hope Lush have another shampoo bar for me, but this one isn't it.
Ultimate Shine is Lush's "most wanted" shampoo bar. From the title alone you can tell why. Who doesn't want ultimate shine for their hair? Shiny hair is something every girl wants, and for this reason it is the shampoo bar I had always been most interested in trying out from Lush.
After using Hybrid in France, I was happy enough with the results, but had used most of it up, and become a little averse to the scent, those of you who have read my review of it will know why, but for most people the scent would be lovely. I decided from using Hybrid, that the solid shampoos work really well, so I decided to opt for the Ultimate Shine one for my holiday to Mexico.
As the shampoos come in solid form, it means they're not going to leak all over your clothes, and they are also more compact and lighter for taking traveling, but out last several bottles of shampoo. They seriously just last and last and last. Also if you compare the ingredients of a shampoo bar, with a regular bottle of shampoo, they will win hands down. The thing I like behind Lush products is it doesn't just say "will make hair shiny" with nothing but a bit of marketing to back it up, there's actual reasoning behind every ingredient, if Lush say it will make your hair shiny, you best believe there will be a load of shine inducing ingredients working hard to do this.
Here the shampoo is working on two things - making your hair shine, and making you and your personality shine too. Elemi Oil tones, eases any irritations or cuts and rejuvenates the scalp. At the same time it also eases nervous tension and exhaustion, allowing you to feel at peace and stress free and therefore allowing your personality to shine through.
Ylang Yland Oil is particularly good for keeping the hair shiny and along with the Elemi Oil is also great at easing any stress or nervous tension and has a euphoric effect on you. It also has aphrodisiac qualities, so is great for hooking in that guy you're after, not only through you looking amazing, your personality have been given a boost, your nerves eased, but also through it working it's own magic spell on him when he gets close enough to smell it! It has a soothing effect on the scalp and is perfect at balancing sebum production, meaning you will end up with shiny hair yes, but not greasy hair, which is the last thing you want, but often the thing you are given with many shine promising products. It also has a stimulating effect on the scalp which encourages hair growth and leaves the hair looking and feeling luxurious, healthy, and yes, shiny.
Violet Leaf Oil works on decongesting the scalp, which in itself helps keep hair shiny. It also stimulates circulation in the scalp, which again can help promote healthy hair growth. On your personality it relieves anger and anxiety, again helping the more positive side of your personality shine away.
Gardenia Extract is also calming and mood uplifting, and can ease irritability and restlessness. So whilst initially you may have just been thinking this would make your hair shine, you also get the added benefit of a bit of a mood and personality boost whilst you're washing your hair, which will set you up nicely for whichever situation it is that you want your hair and personality to shine in!
The use of Ammonium Lauryl Suflate instead of soap cleanses the hair but without roughening the cuticles in the way that soap can, which leads toa dull appearance. If the cuticles are encouraged to lie flat, then the hair appears more shiny so this works well at creating that shiny look on the surface and keeping hair controlled.
Now in all honesty, Ultimate Shine is quite a boring choice when looking at the wide range of selection of goodies available in Lush. It's a small round block, the same as all the shampoo bars, that is cream in colour. It's said to have golden sparkles in, but they are very subtle, to the point where you wouldn't really notice any unless you are looking for them. Looks wise it's a bit boring.
Picking it up to smell it won't really make you anymore excited, as it smells of, well pretty much nothing. It's a very subtle smell, not nice, not offensive, almost a non smell. This was fine for me as I was using it in conjunction with American Cream Conditioner, and that meant the smell of that could have full power over my hair, without battling it out with another strong scent. On it's own though, it is a little disappointing, but I suppose no smell is better than a bad smell.
So we've established it's boring looking, and boring smelling, so the only reason we are going for this is for the "shine" benefits.
Even when using in the shower (these are really so easy to use just rub them over your head and them shampoo/massage as normal) there isn't really a detectable smell filling the air. This is strange for Lush things. There is a mild, non scent about it. I mean you can smell something, but it smells like it doesn't smell of anything, if that makes even the slightest bit of sense!
So the big question is did this make my hair shiny. Well, it didn't make it not shiny. I have to say I'm not astounded by the results. Even with American Cream, the results were good yes, but not completely amazing, I had expected more from using the two together. My hair looked fine, good even, but not completely "wow"!
After my American Cream running out (very quickly) my Ultimate Shine looks barely touched, in fact it will probably last a very long time, months I would say. You really just need to swish it around your head a few times, even with my long hair, so you are using hardly any of it each time, and it doesn't seem to even go down in size!
The hair is definitely well cleaned, and it doesn't tend to tangle up much after shampooing. I always find a good way of recognizing how good a shampoo is is how it is after shampooing but before conditioning. With rubbish shampoos, my long hair, get's really tangled and very hard to apply conditioner too. With great shampoos there are no tangles. This is somewhere in the middle, there are some tangles but nothing to bad.
The golden sparkles, which I struggle to see even in the bar, don't adorn your hair, which I think is a good thing. I like sparkles sometime, but not in my shampoo, if I want to add glitter to my hair I will do it another way. So it's a good thing that they don't end up in your hair.
All in all I felt this was okay. I mean my hair was cleaned, it was quite a good shampoo, it certainly wasn't a bad one. It didn't leave my hair dull, lank or flat. It in fact probably did what it promised - made it shiny. I guess Lush have spoilt me before with products such as Big shampoo, and now I expect to be utterly wowed, which I wasn't by this product. I can't really say any negatives about it, but I don't feel a need to rave about it either. It did do what it said, just not to an extreme oh my gosh my hair looks amazing extent.
At £4.50 for a 55g bar it is good value. It's slightly more than your average, do no good for your hair, bottles of shampoo, but not an extreme amount more. It's a lot cheaper than salon brands that are full of chemicals and again do more bad than good for your hair. Also worth remembering is that one bar of this will outlast I would say two or three bottles of shampoo, so in the long run it works out great value. I'm happy with the results of this shampoo bar, and as an every day shampoo I would continue to use it. It keeps my hair grease I would go for something that had more "wow" factor, there are some amazing shampoos out there, but this is definitely more than satisfactory for every day use.
Im not a Lush addict, as so many other people seem to be. I always thought the main reason for this was that the nearest Lush store to me is over 50 miles away. But after trying one of their products, I have to say that the illusion of grandeur that other reviewers had given me has been shattered. I am unimpressed with my item; however I wont let this deter me from purchasing again.
So what is the product that failed to live up to its reputation? It was the Ultimate-shine shampoo bar.
On visiting a Lush store I was like a child in a candy store. Sniffing things, trying things and generally doing all the things that girls like to do when faced with a store filled with such beautiful smells. Unfortunately I only had a couple of pounds in my pocket (Im still looking for a job- if you can help me!) so I had to choose just one product to take home with me. There was something eye-catching about the display of Shampoo bars, and the very concept attracted me, so I looked at the various names and settled on the Ultimate shine bar. My hair is quite dull at the moment and after the wonderful Lush reports Id heard I had great hopes for the shampoo bar.
It smelled absolutely gorgeous. Ive since found out that the scent is elemi and ylang ylang oils, and violet oil which is supposed to calm stressed people. I have no complaints about the scent. It is almost edible. Appearance wise, the bar is a cream colour with little gold sparkly bits dotted throughout. It is small, about seven centimeters in diameter and retails at £3.60 which is very reasonable in my opinion. Leaving the store I was happy with my purchase and could not wait to try it.
The instructions to using the Shampoo bar are very simple- you wet your hair and rub the bar around your head around three times, this creates the lather, and from there you just rinse as normal. This works for me, although I find three sweeps of the shampoo bar leaves a massive amound of bubbly lather on my head. People may like the feeling of this, but my hair dresser once told me that the more lather a shampoo makes, the more damaging it may be for your hair as it contains a lot of detergent. Im confused about this, as Lush products are so natural. Surely they should not damage my hair? Anyway, the point is, Im not keen on loads of bubbles, so when I use this bar now I tend to keep to one circular sweep as that is more than enough lather for me.
As I mentioned before the bar smells delicious, and it really comes into its own when you use it in the shower. The small glittery particles within the bar seem to disappear when you lather, but that is to be expected. Rinsing out the lather from your hair leads to that squeaky sound, you know, when youre hair is literally Squeaky clean But there is no matching conditioner for this product so what you are left with (if you have fine hair like mine) is a load of tangles.
I tried using this without a conditioner, and although my hair looked super-clean it was a nightmare to comb. I pulled half of the hair from my head trying to comb this out. When I did get it styled and dry it looked a little shinier than normal, but I wasnt worth the pain! Now when I use the bar, I use my Tigi conditioner afterwards. The shiny effect of the shampoo is not as visible, but at least I can get the comb through it!
Ive used this quite a few times now, as Im determined to get the use from it, however I wont be rushing out and buying it again (although it seems to last forever too!) . Instead I will purchase a liquid shampoo the next time that I am in Lush. I adore the small of this product and it is so compact it is very travel friendly, but no shampoo is worth going without conditioner for. Oh, and my final piece of advice- dont let your dad confuse it with his bar of soap for his shower... he wont appreciate being covered in shampoo suds from top to toe like the marshmallow man. Well my dad didnt anyway!