Up until quite recently, LUSH was a brand that I had often dismissed on my trips into town, naively thinking they only really sold their incredibly popular bath bombs and treats. How wrong was I? So in the last couple of weeks, I’ve been trying out some of their non-bath related goodies, including D’Fluff (review here), and the LUSH Solid Shampoo Bar in ‘Jumping Juniper’ which I’ll review for you today.
LUSH offer 14 different solid shampoo bars (£5.75 each), so there really is one for every hair type or individual need, but this time around, I only picked up one – Jumping Juniper. The assistant in store advised me on this one, as my roots get greasy very quickly and I always feel like a proper clean is in order.
“Perfect for when hair needs a really deep clean. Juniperberry gets to work regulating sebum production, clearing the scalp. We’ve also used calming lavender and antibacterial rosemary essential oils to soothe and cleanse the scalp. Lemon and lime oils give shine, as they help the cuticles on your hair lie flat, enabling them to reflect more light.”
The Lush Solid Shampoo Bars are highly concentrated 50g discs, packed with natural ingredients and essential oils that can do the job of two/three 250ml bottles of liquid shampoo. They’re around five times lighter and slimmer than a regular shampoo bottle, and can be used up to 80 times, which makes them perfect for travelling.
I was initially quite sceptical about using this bar, as I didn’t think it would lather up properly in my hair, but I was definitely pleasantly surprised. I simply rubbed the LUSH Shampoo Bar onto my roots, and a lovely lather was produced, easily enough to clean all my hair properly. You can use the bars the same way you use normal shampoo, whether this is massaging them in between your hands to create a lather, then applying this to your hair, or rubbing it over your wet hair, creating the lather, like I do. After using Jumping Juniper, my hair was left feeling thoroughly cleaned and fresh, and I didn’t have that awful tacky feeling I often get on my roots (anyone get this too?). Once dried, my roots felt incredibly clean, light and lifted instead of the dreaded stuck to my scalp look.
I was slightly worried that after using this a couple of times it would begin to crumble and become unusable, however that is really not the case. The pictures on this post were taken after around 4 uses, it’s just gradually getting smaller, like a regular bar of soap, so I don’t think I have anything to worry about for the mean time.
Although this Shampoo Bar is described as containing Lavender and Rosemary, I’m not sure really sure if it has that kind of scent. To me it just smells fresh and clean, something I really love from a hair product.
The only slight problem I have with the LUSH Solid Shampoo bar is that it’s quite awkward to store, it should be put away once it’s completely dry but where do you put it in the mean time without it sticking to your bathroom cabinets? LUSH do sell a tin specifically for these bars, separately for £2.50, so I will be picking one up next time I’m in a store – I just thought it was something to mention.
As with everything from LUSH, this hasn’t been tested on animals, and is made from fresh, organic ingredients with essential oils and safe synthetics. I have definitely enjoyed using this LUSH Solid Shampoo bar, and I’m looking forward to picking up a couple of the others. If you’re looking to switch up your hair routine a bit, try something new or are travelling, I would definitely recommend picking one of these little beauties up – they’re online at LUSH here or you should be able to get your hands on one, in most stores.
Have you tried any of LUSH’s Solid Shampoo Bars? What’s your favourite LUSH product?