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Lush Shampoo Bar Review | Packaging Free Products

Lush Shampoo Bar Review | Packaging Free Products

Like most people, I have slowly been trying to reduce my plastic usage to help the environment. Which can be quite hard at times as a lot of things come wrapped and packaged in plastic. So, in my search for finding ways to reduce my plastic consumption I stumbled across the Lush Shampoo and Conditioner Bars. These package free products seem like the perfect solution as they come completely plastic free. So here is my Lush shampoo bar and conditioner review!


I held off from getting the Lush bars for quite a while as they seemed messy and counterproductive when standard liquid shampoo and conditioner already works so perfectly. But I thought I would give it a go and I was pleasantly surprised.  To go with the bars I also purchased a tin for them to go into. This was to keep it safe when travelling and when the bars weren’t in use.

One thing to mention is to avoid putting the bar into the tin when wet as it will stick to the bottom. Making it nearly impossible to get out! The best thing to do it put it on a kitchen cloth or to dry it on a towel before putting it in the tin. It also stops the bar from getting mushy.

Lush Shampoo Bar | ‘Honey I Washed My Hair’ £7.50


I LOVE the smell of this shampoo bar, it makes the room have such a wonderful aroma to it. I would honestly love to have everything I own in this scent or even a conditioner with matching notes. On the website, Lush says this bar is syrupy sweet with toffee, topped off with wild orange and bergamot oils. Which is all things that I love, but if you don’t like anything too sweet this might not be for you.

The bar itself took a few uses for me to get used to it. But I was surprised by how well this works on my fairly long hair.

The way I used this bar was to lather it up between wet hands and then gently massage it into my scalp. If I felt like I needed a bit more product I would rub the bar directly onto my scalp but I tried to limit this as it can lead to more tangles. This product does contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), which is known to be quite drying. I tried to limit the amount I used on the ends of my hair as they are already damaged and dry from bleach.


At first, I thought the price of this was quite expensive at £7.50 for such a small item, I was a bit sceptical as to how long it would last. But after doing some research, these tiny bars can last anywhere between 80 to 100 washes. Which means you might be buying 3 to 4 of these each year.

In comparison, I might get through a standard bottle of shampoo every 2 to 3 months, with it being a more frequent for conditioner as I typically use more. Over the space of a year, the cost doesn’t vary too much, but you are helping the environment as there is nothing to throw away in the end.

Lush Conditioner Bar | ‘Jungle’ £6.96


On the other hand, the conditioner was not a win for me. Which is such a shame as I really wanted to love it. I spoke with a member of staff in Lush who directed me to this conditioner. They said it would be the best option for my hair type; long, colour damaged and prone to tangles. I wasn’t the hugest fan on the scent but it was meant to work best for my hair type, so I gave it a shot.

Typically I use a lot of conditioner in my hair and I coat the ends really well. The problem with the conditioner bar was the extra time and steps it required to get the product to work without the results being that amazing. The convenience and ease of using a standard liquid conditioner have made me lazy in my routine if I’m honest. I just want something to work fast and work well. The conditioner bar didn’t do that for me.

With the conditioner bar, I was finding myself trying to lather it up on my hands. But that didn’t work. I then tried to rub it against my hair. Which resulted in me missing sections towards the bottom of my head. I was only able to coat a tiny section in conditioner which doesn’t work too well if you have long hair. This conditioner led to more tangles, and knots and my hair felt a bit stringy once dry.

This was such a let down for me. But I am hoping to try their other conditioner bars at some point. I would like to see if they have one that is a bit more creamy and easier to apply as I would love to slowly transition to packaging-free products for more items.



For me, I love the shampoo bar! I have found myself saving it for when I travel. I now use it in my carry on suitcase which is really practical as it doesn’t fall under liquids. Meaning I don’t have to worry about going over my liquid allowance or not having room for products that I need when going on holiday.

If you don’t see yourself using this on a daily basis it might be worth looking into having this as a carry on item to get around liquid allowances. Either way Lush as a whole is making some great movements in reducing their packaging and hopefully, more brands follow suit.

I would love to know if you have tried out their shampoo or conditioner bars, if so which one do you like?! Also, which Lush product is your favourite, whether it is bath bombs or lip scrubs let me know in the comments. 

Adell x


Find out what is typically in my carry on suitcase > here.

All items have been purchased with my own money.


  1. Avatar 3rd March 2019 / 8:44 PM

    I am so intrigued by these shampoo bar! I love your honest opinion on them x

    • adell
      3rd March 2019 / 9:09 PM

      No worries I’m glad you appreciate the honest post! Let me know if you ever try them I would love to know what you think x

  2. Avatar 4th March 2019 / 9:53 AM

    Thanks for your review, I always wanted to try the conditioner but I feel like good solid conditioners are hard to find. Generally, I do love the Lush products but they are not particularly ‘cheap’ so it depends on how long they will last. I currently use a soap bar that works as shampoo, conditioner and body wash by a German star-up called “Duschbrocken” and I’m really happy so far since it makes even the ends of my hair super soft but I still occasionally wash my hair with usual shampoo (2-3 times per month) since I have the impression that I still need to ‘deep-clean’ my hair occasionally 🙂
    Anyways, thanks for sharing this and I love the pictures!!
    Xx, Sophie

    • adell
      6th March 2019 / 1:21 PM

      Oh wow that soap bar sounds amazing! Who doesn’t love an all in one, where abouts can you buy them in Germany ?

      Thanks for taking the time to read my post I appreciate that xx

      • Avatar 6th March 2019 / 2:56 PM

        You can order it online, but I think the website is only available in German:
        I really hope they will become more international at some point since the product ist really good (it actually is, I don’t get sponsored by them 😅) 😊

        You’re very welcome, I love your blog!!!

  3. Avatar 6th March 2019 / 2:28 AM

    I feel like my biggest letdown with all Lush products I’ve tried has been the price. Sometimes I find things I LOVE, but end up only buying once because they’re so overpriced. These shampoo & conditioner bars are really cool, but I would never be able to use them with my hair 🙈

  4. Avatar 10th March 2019 / 6:14 PM

    The shampoo sounds great! It’s a shame the conditioner didn’t really work for you xx

  5. Avatar 20th March 2019 / 11:31 AM

    LOVE THIS! We just started using Lush shampoo, body wash and conditioner bars in January, and have them with us while backpacking Europe (right now). We use Seanik shampoo bar and it washes great and leaves my hair clean for days. I also have an issue with the conditioner bar, Big, and it just doesn’t work very well but I apply it directly to my hair and it’s helping! Highly recommend this for all travellers and people looking to reduce plastics.

    • adell
      20th March 2019 / 2:47 PM

      It is perfect for travelling, especially with liquid restrictions on planes. I really want to try some body washes, have you got any you recommend?

      I’m also glad I’m not the only one who had problems with the conditioner it can be a bit of a pain to use. But it makes sense to stick with it especially if you want to reduce liquids you travel with as well as plastic consumption.

      • Avatar 20th March 2019 / 3:11 PM

        We’re currently backpacking Europe for 10 weeks with hand luggage only, so these have been a huge help! Can’t recall the name of our body wash bar, but it’s pink and shaped like an actual shampoo bottle. The whole thing was too big to take so we cut it to fit the Lush oval tin. Haven’t tried others yet, as this has already lasted 2 months.

  6. Avatar 20th March 2019 / 4:46 PM

    The shampoo definitely sounds like a win. Do they do refillable conditioners? That’d be another way to save on packaging!

  7. Avatar
    11th April 2019 / 2:30 PM

    Great post – I have been on a journey towards zero waste since May of last year, so I have been exploring lots of shampoo bars. I tried the Jumping Juniper bar from Lush and loved it! It even lasted me 98 washes instead of the 80 they advertise 🙂 I am now trying out a bar from Ethique (which is also great), so maybe I will try the Honey I Washed my Hair bar next. Thanks for sharing – your blog is excellent!
    -Jenna ♥
    Stay in touch? The Chic Cupcake

    • adell
      11th April 2019 / 5:15 PM

      Oh that’s amazing! It’s definitely a challenge going zero waste as brands don’t make that part very easy on consumers. I’m glad to hear that it’s lasted more than the advertised amounts for you, I’m hoping it does the same for me too!

      What does the Ethique bar smell like? I’m curious to try out more brands and options? I hope you like the Lush honey one if you get change to buy it x

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