Saturday 5 January 2013

Review: Lush Solid Shampoo Bar - 'New'

Solid Shampoo Bar 'New' - £5.25 / 55g.
Available from Lush instore and online - link.
"Healthy hair needs a healthy scalp as its foundation. New shampoo bar has two tasks; to give amazing shine and stimulate hair follicles to promote hair growth"
What's in it and what do they do: Nettle and peppermint infusions too add shine, rosemary to soothe and clear the scalp, various oils such as clove bud and cinnamon leaf work together to stimulate hair follicles for healthy hair growth, peppermint oil stimulates blood flow which boosts these follicles and the peppermint also inhibits hair loss.
Wow, well it's a funny looking thing this bar isn't it? I'll admit that I only bought this out of curiousity about how you would use it, and how well it would work. I was also sucked in by the promise for shine and a growth boost! As with all Lush products there's a fancy looking concoction of natural ingredients and I think the idea of a nettle infusion being included intruiges me the most - don't worry it doesn't sting your scalp!

At first I wasn't sure about the scent, because it is really strong and a little bit overpowering - the smell filled the room as soon as I removed the plastic packaging - but it has since grown on me and it is a really warm, spicy scent, which I would assume comes from the cinnamon sticks that are in it. The smell doesn't linger in the hair after use but I am a cautious of ending up with bits of stick stuck in my hair?! Haha! This hasn't happened yet but I am keeping an eye out for stray cinnamon stick particles.
I wasn't too sure on the directions for use with this product and how exactly to apply it to my hair. On first use I tried applying directly to my head and stroking the bar a couple of times from root to tip and then massaging my head to create an absolute mountain of bubbles! I underestimated how easily this would lather up and it definitely doesn't take much, meaning that this bar is going to last a long time. It was a pretty weird concept using the bar in that way as it felt like I was holding a bar of soap and to rub it through my hair felt extremely unnatural!
After this first few uses, I hadn't seen my hair with so much volume in a long time - it was super squeaky clean at the roots and was bouncing around all over the place with it's natural wave in full force. It didn't feel too much softer or in any better condition with regards to strength, but that's what conditioner is for, this just gave my hair the clean of it's life. However, what I started to notice after a few washes was that it was making my scalp dry and flakey (noo!) and from reading advice on the Lush website it's because the ingredients could be too strong for my skin and it is better to rub the bar between your hands to create the lather and then rub your hands on your head, instead of just rubbing the bar directly onto the hair. Since trying this new method I've had no dryness on my scalp but the same cleanliness and bounce.
I don't think I've been using this long enough to consciously see any of the other benefits that this can provide, such as the growth boost and reduction in hair loss, but I can say that it's not made anything any worse and I'm going to keep on using this up until it's nothing but a tiny slither of product. I don't know whether I would repurchase this particular one as there's lots of other varieties of solid shampoo available from Lush and I'd like to try another, but these would be great for travel as you can buy a small tin from Lush to keep them in (I just put mine in a soap bar case) and they would take up hardly any space and there's no risk of a shampoo leakage either! At first they seem a little steep at £5.25 for a bar, but I've been using this regularly for 3 weeks and wouldn't say it's shrunk all that much in size so there's plenty more uses left in this, so cost per use it is very good value.

Have any of you ever tried out a solid shampoo from Lush before?


  1. Wow I haven't seen much of these before but it sounds really good! Might try one out if I see it :) xx

  2. I want to try this! Great review.

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  3. I really want to try this after I've read your post now! It looks so weird, but I feel like my hair keeps getting used to the shampoos I'm using, this might help!

  4. I have never tried these but they sound amazing :)x

  5. I use the Seanik one from Lush, makes my hair almost too big! <3.

  6. Looks interesting. Wonder if it really does increase hair growth. Think I might put this on my next Lush order. :) x

  7. I really want to try this! Great review! Might have to give this one a go!


  8. I love Lush shampoo bars, they last for ages! I've been using Seanik lately and I really like it so far xx

  9. This sounds much better than I thought it would be. I suppose it's one of those things that you just need to try to believe. The results sound good :)


  10. I really want to try this! Thanks for the review it was very helpful :)

  11. I've never tried out a solid shampoo before, so it will be great to try so great review!

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  12. That sounds intriguing!!! lol :P Pics of your hair would be good, perhaps a follow up post?! :)

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  13. I've never tried the Lush Soild Shampoos before, I am tempted to try them but they always seems odd! I like the sound of this one though!
    LaceyLoves x

  14. ooo i like the look and sound of this!
    i may have to stock up on lush products when i next visit one

  15. Oh I've not seen this before, looks interesting, keep us updating on how it goes x

  16. This is the first and only LUSH solid shampoo I've tried and I'm in love! It smells amazing, lathers so well - much better than the majority of "bottled" shampoos I've tried - and leaves my hair soooo shiny! Now that I've dyed my hair burgundy, I'm a bit afraid it would strip the color but I will have to give it a try anyway!

  17. Yes, I have tried some of them shampoo bars.
    I love this one too-it makes my hair full with volume!
    Girl's Temptations | LUSH: New Solid Shampoo (Review)

  18. A great post. I haven't tried 'New' yet but I'm in love with 'Godiva'
    at the moment. I'm a sucker for jasmine scents. Lush have really been working hard at the moment, and I love that they're doing more alternative hair products. Solid shampoos and conditioners are so great, and they work out to be more cost effective than your normal liquid type. What's not to love?

    Much love,

  19. i just got mine a few weeks back and I am excited to share my review :)


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