Not so long ago Lush expanded their Shampoo Bar range by adding six new variants, if you are a fan of solid shampoo there has never been a better time to be alive. Okay I am exaggerating slightly but it is good news if you have always liked the idea but found none of the previous options quite suited your needs. I was kindly sent all six to try out, one I already owned and have tested; the other five bars being completely new to me. I will state from the get go that this is by no means an in-depth review post but rather a break down...
"Solve the case with this citrus-y shampoo bar that promises serious shine. Green olives improve the tensile strength of hair whilst cleansing rosemary absolute, Sicilian lemon oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice make hair gleam from root to tip."
If you like bright, fresh and lemon based scents I can imagine you will find this bar difficult to pass up in-store. Two washes does not warrant a useful review but I can say that it seems to work well with my blonde hair. No it doesn't remove brassy tones but I would swear blindly that the lemon oil is brightening my locks without being harsh or stripping. Have I noticed an increase in shine? Not yet but like I said it has been two washes.
"The calming combination of chamomile, ground almonds and oat milk gently soothe the scalp. Raise the spirits with Tunisian sourced neroli oil, proven to aid the release of serotonin (the happy hormone)! Lavender oil and absolute relax and balance, ideal for children two years and up; pass over the hair once or work into a light lather in the hands first."
I go through phases of enjoying Lavender scented products and others in which I don't. At the moment I am closer to the latter so I am holding off testing this for now. This could be the perfect shampoo for those who wash their hair at night or of course children. I can also see this being a great option for easily irritated scalps. I will report back in due course.
This I have tried and can vouch that it does all it claims to. I couldn't get past the strong rose scent unfortunately. You can read my full review here - link.
Another scent I am too keen on, annoyingly I have a really strong sense of smell so some products can be overwhelming - especially if I dislike the fragrance. I can see those who enjoy honey based scents lapping this up, I do want to give this a whirl as my hair could more than benefit from being softer and shinier. I will pluck up the courage to take this into the shower sooner rather than later - I promise.
The fragrance alone is enough to warrant a purchase - fresh yet mellow which is not something you can say about orange scents everyday. My hair doesn't tend to favour products aimed at Afro Caribbean hair, on the flip side my sister has a much tighter curl pattern that and has reported that she is besotted with this shampoo. Again it is only early days for her but so far she has told me that her hair is softer, shinier and far more manageable. I will get her to check in with a full review before the month is over.
"Don’t be latte for work, invigorate with a double shot of coffee grounds and roasted cocoa extract. Persian red henna leaves hair feeling deeply conditioned and gloriously glossy. Escape the daily grind with Fair Trade vanilla absolute and vetiver oil for a rich, enticing aroma. Great for darker shades and those with red tones"
I have blonde, very porous hair - although this does not deposit ant colour into the hair I am taking no chances. My mother on the other hand has newly henna dyed red/brown hair and couldn't be a better tester for this shampoo. Fragrance wise this is a little more herbal and surprisingly not reminiscent of Coffee.
Do any of the above appeal to you? Or have you tried any of the six new additions?
All of the above Lush Shampoo Bars (and the others within the full line up) retail for £5.75 each.
This post contains press samples.