Shampoo bars from Lush: A review

I don’t know if you read my last blog, if you didn’t, you should. I’m quite proud of it. But I mention in it that I’m trying to tackle my plastic usage. As part of that I bought a Lush Shampoo bar. These are sold in little rounds and are packaging free. I also bought a little tin to keep mine in (the tin cost £2.50, but is clearly reusable!). I was a bit dubious about shampoo bars, I didn’t think it would clean my hair, lather up the same or even last very long. Was I wrong…? 

The bar I bought is called Jason and the Argan Oil. Advertised as being for stronger, shinier and softer hair, it also smelled the best out of all the bars my local Lush had to offer. That’ll be the rose jam in it. Argan oil is a bit of a buzz word when it comes to hair care, so I guess I bought into the hype. Say the right words and I’ll believe you.  

So how did it perform? Well I’ve been using it for about four weeks now and yep, I really like it. It foams quite nicely, although the lather feels thinner than my normal shampoo. What is annoying is that it is stuck in my little tin… I’ve had to break up the bar to get bits out, but hey, that’s not a deal breaker for me.  The girl who served me in the shop told me that it’d last 80 washes and I’m sure that will be the case for me. I wash my hair pretty much every day (due to excessive gym-going) so for four weeks that’s about… *quick maths*… 28 washes and I’ve probably used less than a third of it.  

Okay, what about my hair, right? Have I noticed an improvement in the condition of my hair? Not really, but I think that’s a good thing. I wouldn’t’ say it’s better than my normal shampoo, but it’s certainly no worse. I’m still using my normal conditioner (I haven’t heard good things about conditioning bars) so my hair still feels nice and soft. I use Tresemme conditioner and buy the really big bottles so it lasts me a long time. So yes, it is plastic, but I only buy two bottles of conditioner a year, really. That’s better than buying smaller bottles every couple of weeks… right?  

Shampoo bars from Lush are £7.50 and the tin is £2.50, so £10 for both makes it a more expensive purchase. 80 washes is nearly 3 months, so when comparing it to Tresemme (that I can buy in Wilkos for about £2.50) it is the more expensive option. I’m lucky enough to be in a position where I can pay a little more for the sake of the environment, but I realise that not everybody is. If you have the money, I’d highly recommend using Lush’s shampoo bars. AND since they’re not liquid you can fly with them in your hand luggage, just in case you needed more of an incentive… 


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