Lush Solid Shampoo Bars - Yay or Nay?

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Lush Solid Shampoo + Conditioner Bars Review

Before packing my bag for New Zealand, I was on the hunt for a decent travel size shampoo. Having used Lush products for hair washing purposes for some years now, I purchased two of their shampoo + conditioner bars to bring with me.

These guys are particularly handy as

a) they do not take up a lot of space
b) they arrive wrapped in paper, rather than single use plastics
and of course
c) they are completely vegan!

  Karma Komba Solid Shampoo Bar

Karma Komba Solid Shampoo Bar

... But how well do they actually work?

I was a bit unsure what to expect from these bars, as I have pretty grease prone heavy hair. To be fair, it took a few washes to get a good technique (I found that rubbing the bar straight onto damp hair creates a better lather than first rubbing it between your palms) but now, a washes in, my hair is just nice smelling and fluffy*. It also feels smooth and moisturised even when I forget to add conditioner in.

Scent wise, the Karma Komba Shampoo Bar is quite intense with tones of orange, pine and patchouli oil. However, this only slightly lingers in your hair once dry. The Jungle Conditioner Bar, which cocoa butter, bananas and avocado, is far more subtle in scent, which makes for a good combination with the shampoo to not be overwhelmed by aromatherapy.

*Fluffy mightn't be the word people want to hear in a shampoo context, but for my heavy locks it is indeed a good thing.

Reduce plastic use

The small size is just perfect for travelling. I purchased a reuseable tin box to store the Karma Komba Shampoo Bar between uses, but in fact these shampoo bars are self preservative so you do not actually need a container. For the conditioner I would say it is a different story though, as it does start to deteriorate after a few washes - which is fine at home, but can be quite messy when on the road.

If you purchase the bars straight from a Lush store, they are cut and handed to you naked. If you were to order online, they arrive wrapped in paper. I adore this concept on saving in on single use plastic bottles. Lush also states that you can get around 80 washes out of one bar, which makes them significantly more affordable than their regular shampoo bottles,

  Jungle Solid Conditioner

Jungle Solid Conditioner


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To conclude these bars are

  • price worthy - lasts about thrice as long as liquid shampoo
  • easy to browse vegan alternatives online
  • saves plastic packaging
  • perfect travel size
  • smells LUSH

Have you tried any solid soap bars for washing your hair - and how did you find it?


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