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Plastic Free! Lush Shampoo Bars

Hey!

How are you guys? Thanks for stopping by to read this latest post. For whatever reason you are here, whether it be because you are a regular or visiting for the first time, then I am personally sending you a huge welcome!

I’ve been thinking a lot more about how I can change my habits in my everyday routine, and therefore, how I can do my little bit for the planet. Some of you may know that I have been switching over to cruelty free (read about my switch and about my progress!). I also want to try to do better with cutting out plastic. That’s why in this post today, I am going to share my thoughts on the Lush shampoo and conditioner bars.

Shampoo Bar

Partly I was drawn to these because of cutting out plastic, but also because they just have so many wonderful fragrances! Who can resist Lush, I mean seriously!? I can’t even remember if I was specifically going in to buy the bars, but I definitely came out with them! They have at least a dozen different scents to try of their shampoo bars. In the end I went for the Honey I Washed My Hair one and I absolutely love it. The fragrance has actually filled my bathroom which makes me so happy! It’s a really nice deep, gorgeous smell… I can’t even do it justice by describing it, but if you get a chance, do have a sniff in the store.

Lush shampoo bar Honey I washed my hair

When I first used it, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I didn’t know how much you were meant to use, or even how to use it, but it all became clear. You just have to lather it up in your hands like a normal bar of soap, and then run that through your hair. It’s amazing how it works, it just feels like using normal shampoo because you can really scrunch it into your hair (and create a hair sculptures… everyone does that right?). My hair felt really soft after using this, I’m so happy with the results. I think it seems like it’s actually lasting pretty well too. Based on my experience, and from speaking with friends who have tried it, they last as long as, if not longer than a bottle of shampoo. That’s so great! So it’s not like you’re paying out loads unnecessarily. You can also buy a little tub from them so that you can take it with you when you travel. They really do think of all the details.

Overall, I think it’s a win and I will definitely be switching over to this. I’d like to try some of the other scents. Have you tried them? If so, which would you recommend?

Conditioner Bar

Moving on, it’s time to talk about the conditioner bar. This is a bit of a sore subject… I’m not sure there is a lot of praise I can give this unfortunately. I was so ready to love this, but it was a real let down. I think they need to fine tune the formula, because it is very difficult to use. It doesn’t ‘lather up’ in the same way the shampoo bar does, you barely get any product out despite rubbing it in your hands over and over. Eventually with a mixed effort of doing this and also frantically applying to my hair, I can manage to get enough product on to feel satisfied. And actually, when it’s on, it does feel really good. It’s just the stage before which is frustrating.

Lush conditioner bar review Jessica Cantell

If it’s me and that I’m doing it wrong, then I’d love to hear some tips. How have you found this if you’ve tried it?

One good thing to mention, as you would expect, is the fragrance. It’s not the same as the shampoo fragrance but a very nice different scent. I think it’s technically called the Big Solid Conditioner. They do some other ones too but there isn’t as much choice as with the shampoos. Who knows, maybe over time they will take on board people’s comments about this and find a way to improve it. I’ve seen but not tried other brands’ hair care bars. Perhaps it might be worth me testing those to see how they compare. I noticed while browsing on Holland & Barrett’s website that there is a brand called Ethique which looks good – have any of you got their shampoo/conditioner bars?

Lush shampoo and conditioner bars

To wrap it up…

So to conclude, you’d be correct if you were to say I’m happy with my purchases, yes. As mentioned above; there are things they could do to improve the conditioner product, but I guess this is all quite a new thing, so naturally there would be some adjusting to be done! For the sake of taking small steps to help the planet, I think it is worth it. My main thing to look out for was to find a cruelty free shampoo brand, because the main ones are usually tested on animals, and Lush is cruelty free. So that’s fantastic 🐰. I might keep on buying the shampoo bars and start using their normal conditioner. After all, they do encourage you to bring your empty pots back, I think they do some kind of reward thing if you bring a certain number in? Maybe that’s The Body Shop… oops!

I hope this has been helpful if you are considering trying these products. I would DEFFO recommend! It’s so good to make these changes toward a cleaner and plastic free society. The pull for me is for the animals, people do what they want but animals don’t have much choice about it, so I want to do what I can.

Anyway, I must be off now. Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried another brand that you would rate!

Jessica x

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