Hello everyone and happy Saturday! I wanted to show you all the new shampoo bars from LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics. I've had these for awhile - over a month - and I wanted to take my time with this post because I wanted to try every single one of these shampoos for at least a week to give you the best possible review I can.
LUSH Shampoo Bars are very interesting inventions. I'd never seen a solid shampoo before until I stepped into LUSH and wondered aloud what the colorful hockey pucks might do. Solid shampoos are great because they're unpreserved, fresh, and free of packaging. They are very concentrated, so each bar lasts about 80-100 washes for me (even with my long hair), and I'm told they are the equivalent of about three bottles of LUSH shampoo.
Braziliant (orange shampoo bar, $9.95, found here) is reportedly great for curly hair with nourishing and conditioning andiroba oil. The oil is balancing and doesn't leave the hair with a greasy or oily feeling. In addition, Braziliant is made with whole oranges, which cleanses the hair and makes it shiny. I found that this one gave a nice amount of shine to my fine, wavy long hair. I absolutely love the way this one smells - like fresh orange juice! I did find that the andiroba oil wasn't too heavy on my fine locks, as well.
Montalbano (yellow shampoo bar, $9.95, found here) is great for giving hair shine and great strength. It has green olives to improve hair's tensile strength and rosemary to cleanse and balance. All of the lemon in it makes the hair unbelievably shiny by smoothing the hair's cuticle. This one has an interesting name and I did a little bit of extra research on it. The shampoo is named after Inspector Montalbano from a series of famous Italian detective novels. I really loved this one, and it was one of my favorites. It's got a bright juicy scent reminiscent of LUSH's The Sicilian bath bomb - heavy on the lemon with a little bit of a green undertone. This made my hair SO shiny and manageable. Highly recommend.
Honey I Washed My Hair (white shampoo bar, $9.95, found here) was one that I was looking forward to when I first heard rumors of this release. I absolutely love the LUSH Honey I Washed The Kids scent. The honey and toffee is so comforting and familiar for me and I always buy all of their products that have the scent, like the soap, the It's Raining Men shower gel, etc. So you can bet I was excited about this one! This one has honey in it to soften the hair - honey is a great humectant and keeps the hair and skin from drying out. It smells JUST like the Honey I Washed the Kids soap. I was a little hesitant to try it because super-moisturizing shampoos can weigh my hair down, but this left it feeling soft and balanced. The honey and toffee scent stayed with me all day. Yesssssss.
Lullaby (pink shampoo bar, $9.95, found here) has a beautiful, herbal lavender scent that is meant to calm and soothe sore scalps. This one is also reportedly good for younger scalps. This has a heavy amount of ground almonds in it, so when it gets wet it makes sort of an almond milk lather. This also has lavender to soothe and jojoba to balance. It's definitely different from any other shampoo bar - it's nowhere near as sudsy. I really loved the fragrance, but found that my hair didn't really care about this one, one way or the other. I did find that it was a really balancing sort of shampoo and I didn't feel too oily or dry after using it.
Copperhead (brown shampoo bar, $11.95, found here) is another one that I was really excited for because it has the Dear John fragrance, which is an old LUSH scent I've always loved - coffee and chocolate with a little bit of zest. Kind of smoky and masculine and so multifaceted. This has ground coffee in it to invigorate, as well as some henna to condition the hair. Don't worry, this henna won't dye your locks but this is great for darker and red tones. The henna and cocoa butter also give flyaways some weight and shine. This also has lemon for shine. I absolutely love this one, but be warned: the coffee grounds will collect in the bottom of your shower and your shower may appear "dirty" after using this shampoo. This gives me great shine and body, and it's been a daily shampoo for me!
I really love the formula of these new shampoo bars, and the fragrances are great. Bonuses for them being packaging-free, cruelty-free, and sustainably sourced. My clear favorites are Copperhead, Honey I Washed My Hair, and Montalbano. There's also a 6th shampoo bar called Jason and the Argan Oil (found here), which was released a little late. It has the Rose Jam scent. I haven't been in my local LUSH to try it yet, but I will provide you with a full report when I do!
What did you think of the new shampoo bars? Are any standing out that you'd like to try?
Note: The products in this post were sent by the company for review consideration. All opinions are my own.