Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Lush Shampoo Bars
I've known about Lush and their shampoo bars for over five and a half years. I've tried their makeup, conditioner, bubble bars, bath bombs, body butters, hand oils, hair creams, and jar shampoos. I have gushed thick and thin about some products and given my best "thanks but no thanks" to others. Why, then, has it taken so long for me to try out the very first product of theirs that I discovered in the depths of YouTube?
The answer may never be known, but now I've had some time to play with these three shampoo bars and can give my thoughts.
While using these shampoo bars, I used the same conditioner: Veganese, which I talk in depth about in this post. The conditioner still remains my holy grail conditioner, but my scalp itching has continued to be something I'm searching for relief from. I can say that the conditioner does not contribute to -and sometimes alleviates- my scalp itchiness, but there are still days where I experience extreme irritation.
After my showers, I towel dry my hair and scalp with a microfiber cloth. For testing these shampoos, I had days where I applied nothing post-shower and others where I applied Lush's R&B and/or Hair Custard.
Sad, irritated scalps rejoice! We've got just the thing to soothe your troubles. We pack cade oil into this one to treat dry or angry scalps, leaving them feeling calm and relaxed. Rose oil works to soothe the scalp too, and also lends its heady aroma to this bar's sweet and smoky perfume."
This is the main shampoo bar I use. I like how easily it bubbles up and it leaves my hair smelling fresh and ever so slightly sweet. If Lush has a generic scent, this is it.
Compared to the other two shampoos, this is the gentlest on my scalp. While it doesn't completely cure my irritated scalp, I have noticed that I have fewer scalp issues when using this shampoo in comparison to the Godiva and Seanik. Something I am super excited about is the discovery that this shampoo actually tames my frizz. It's not a cure all, but I notice a definite difference when using the Soak and Float. I will buy this again.
Our vegan, 2-in-1 shampoo bar cleans and conditions your hair with moisturizing nut oils and shea butter. It leaves all hair, even dry, processed locks, looking glossy, shiny, and soft. Long used as a tonic for the hair and scalp, jasmine oil also perfumes your locks with an ultra-sexy fragrance with serious staying power."
I do a coconut oil treatment every two weeks, so towards the end of those two weeks my hair tends to get a little dry. For those days, I use this shampoo. Unfortunately, this is a very finicky shampoo for my scalp. I cannot let it get too close to my scalp, otherwise I'll experience increased itchiness and irritation. It takes more work to lather up, perhaps due to its claims at being a 2-in-1 product, and I feel like I have to use more product to get the same level of cleanliness. Sometimes this product will leave my hair feeling extra greasy and weighed down, which probably contributes to the itchiness. I will continue using this shampoo, but it is not a repurchase.
Soften tangled locks and add oceans of shine with this mineral-rich, volumizing shampoo bar. Seanik is made with ingredients from the sea: softening Irish moss seaweed and Japanese nori seaweed make hair soft as silk from root to tip, and sea salt gives body and volume to hair that tends to fall flat. We've also added lemon oil for extra shine, and a sensual blend of floral oils to perfume your hair subtly all day long."
This is my powerhouse shampoo. For the first day or two after a coconut oil treatment, I need extra cleaning power to make sure I haven't left too much oil in my hair. I also use this shampoo after particularly vigorous exercise, when my Soak and Float just won't cut it. The tradeoff for the extra cleaning power and shiny hair is the frizz. Oh my, that frizz. I find I have to use a little more post-shower product to make sure my hair doesn't look like a static monster.
The day I bought these shampoo bars I also received these pins. After asking the employee about the pins and new reward system, it is my understanding that there are very specific days (certain holidays and your birthday) that you can bring in your pins and the number of pins you bring in dictates the percent discount you will receive. The employee didn't seem 100% positive, though, so I guess I'll find out some day whether that is true or not.
Have you tried Lush's shampoo bars? What have you thought of them?