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