Ever intrigued by the different products in LUSH the last time I ventured in there I picked up one of their solid shampoos. To be honest LUSH tends to annoy me sometimes, I know that the people in there are probably only trying to help (unless they are on comission for what is in your baskets) but in my local store they literally pounce on you as soon as you walk in. This is good I suppose but sometimes I just want to walk and nose on my own.
Anyways, on one day where an assistant practically showed me around the whole store she explained about their solid shampoos. Yes ladies, a bar of soap for your head...my face literally resembled the emoticon - :S, but soon we were talking about the benefits of them and before I knew it I had decided that Squeaky Green would be the one for me.
Squeaky Green has herbs and oils to balance the scalp with the basic solid shampoo base to clean out the dirt and grease on the hair. There is nettle in there to give shine to the hair but is also kind on the scalp, rosemary which is a great antiseptic hair and scalp tonic, peppermint to stimulate the scalp and increase blood flow to the roots and the tea tree to help with dandruf! Phew!
Once you have wet your hair you can either lather the bar up in your hands and then rub in your hair, or do what I do and just rub it on your head. There is an instant cooling feeling which is the peppermint in the bar and this kind of tingles on the scalp but isn't unpleasant, but the peppermint does leave a lovely smell in the bathroom. The bar leaves my hair feeling really refreshed, shiney and clean, there are no volumising claims so there is nothing to report there, but all in all it is a really nice shampoo.
The bar has a very natural look to it with its green colour and visible bits of herbs, which does "please" my eye, however these bits sometimes get left in your hair if you don't rinse enough! The bar does smell quite herbally which apparently is a fragrance that used to be in an old product range of LUSH but since I have only been using LUSH for a couple of months I have no idea what range this is.
The solid shampoos are super environmentally friendly because they are made and transported (and sold) with no packaging, so I purchased the shampoo bar tin for £2.50 so my shampoo bar doesn't get wasted away on the side of the bath. I think the tin is super cool, but using a cheap sandwich box will do. This also makes them fantastic to take away with you because they take up no room in a suitcase.
LUSH claim that the shampoo bars will last the same time as three bottles of shampoo (250g) which does make them really good value. However I have about 5 shampoos on the go (no exaggeration - it may even be more) so I haven't used this continuously.
Have you used any of the solid shampoos? Or were you unaware of them like me?