There are a few reasons why I was keen to try out Lush’s solid shampoo and solid conditioner bars. The first being from an environmental point of view, to try and cut down on the amount of plastic that I’m using.
Shampoo and conditioner tend to be beauty products that I romp through regularly and so I wanted to make a conscious decision to try and be more mindful when it comes to plastic bottles.
The second reason is that I was genuinely intrigued to see how they worked and if they worked for me and my hair. Finally, with my family based back in my homeland of beautiful Yorkshire, I regularly cross back over the Pennines to see them.
As I’m usually visiting for a few days at a time, I only really need my weekend bag and want to keep it as light as possible. I figured the Lush solid haircare bars would be handy as they are easily portable, light in weight and far less bulky to travel with.
Are Lush’s solid shampoo and conditioner bars value for money?
From a financial point of view, I was a little bit surprised at how much it costs to buy the bars and the tins to keep them in. I chose to try the Jumping Juniper Shampoo Bar and the ‘Big’ Conditioner Bar which were £8.00 for 55g and £7.00 for 55g respectively.
I also bought a round tin for the shampoo which was £2.50 and a square tin for the conditioner which was £2.95. So in total, the whole haircare routine cost me the best part of £20 to get set up. Eek! For me, we’re talking about professional salon product prices at that cost!
Though, the real factor is in the value for money based on how long each bar lasts. I usually wash my hair around 3 times a week (unless I have somewhere fancy to go) and I’ve had my solid bars around a month with plenty of product still left to go. Out of the two, the conditioner is going down the quickest (When doesn’t it?) But I think this is because I’m overusing it as I can’t accurately judge how much product is being distributed through my hair.
I’ll be honest, I bought this particular bar because it smelt absolutely divine. If like me, you love herbally scents, the Jumping Juniper Shampoo Bar is a great choice. Jumping Juniper is a deep cleansing shampoo – Be mindful of this if you have coloured hair, though I haven’t noticed any more colour leakage than normal.
Containing lavender, rosemary, essential oils and lemon, and lime oils, when you lather this baby up, the aromas in your shower are other-worldly, not to mention that they linger in your freshly washed hair for hours. And on the note of lathering, I was really surprised (and impressed) with how well it does lather to a super soapy sud with only the smallest amount of water. 10/10 for this one.
My hair naturally lacks volume so the ‘Big’ Conditioner seemed like the best option for me. The conditioner contains fine sea salt for softness and body as well as glycerine to help to retain moisture. Toothed wrack seaweed (GREAT name) and lime and lemon juice complete the ingredient roster.
I have found the conditioner bar to be the most difficult to work with as it doesn’t lather well. Honestly, it is a strange one because my hair feels drier than the desert while I’m using it however when my hair has dried, it is soft and manageable which is quite surprising really. I like the smell of this one too, though this time it is more of a sweet/ creamy /vanilla scent.
I am 100% sold on the solid shampoos and will be keen to re-purchase one again. The conditioner, I’m still on the fence about but would be interested in trying another one to see if I can work up a better lather. I would definitely say give them a go if you’re curious and if you’re travelling around a lot, they are an absolute God send!