Are LUSH Shampoo Bars Worth the Hype?

LUSH Shampoo Bars Blog Review


Two weeks ago, I took my friend into LUSH to buy a shampoo bar. You know, the shampoo that looks like a soap bar that went viral? (See video below.)

At first what got my attention was the idea of one less bottle in my liquids carry-on, and that they are package and plastic free. But the jury was out on whether it would be good enough to replace my old shampoo.



Shampoo bars have five major advantages…


Since they are not liquid, they won’t take up any space in your liquids carry-on allowance. If you use a lot of liquid products like me, it’s literally a godsend. They are also lighter and smaller than liquid bottles, so they won’t add any kilos to your suitcase either! 


The bars are plastic and package free, which is so important in contributing to the fight against plastic pollution. It is estimated that we throw out 552 million shampoo bottles a year, and while many say they are recyclable, most still end up in landfills or oceans. 


A single bar is roughly equivalent to 80 washes or 3 medium-sized shampoo bottles, depending on the length of your hair. At around £6.50 a bar, they are great value for money. 


Another important benefit is that because of their tiny size relative to a shampoo bottle, they take up much less space in a lorry, thus reducing your carbon footprint. 


Like regular shampoos, there are several different bars to choose from, each suited to different hair types. All LUSH products are organic, using natural ingredients, safe synthetics and no detergents. Their shampoo bars should help get your hair back to its original shiny condition by washing away the chemicals left over by some other brands.


Sounds great, but what is it like to use?


While these are definitely more than enough reasons to give it a try, I still wanted to know what it’s like washing my hair with a bar, and if I would miss my old shampoo? 

Firstly, it’s super easy to use, you just rub it over your head and give it a rinse before setting aside to dry. You have to let them dry out between washes, so it’s worth buying a soap dish to leave it on if you don’t already have one in your shower.

The washing experience was far better than expected. My Seanik shampoo bar lathered up far better and quicker than my previous shampoos. I have very long hair and so I’m used to washing it twice, but quickly discovered that this was no longer necessary with the bar. 

I also bought a conditioning bar, which I struggled with at first. Initially, it wasn’t as conditioning as I had hoped, but once a few layers went off the bar, it became much better.


Lush Shampoo Bar Review


The Verdict…


Two weeks later, I’m now entirely sold on the bar over the bottle. I love all the benefits it brings to the environment, my hair, and my lifestyle. I’m making a conscious effort to live a more minimal, mindful life and that applies to all my consumer decisions, whether that’s groceries, cosmetics or fashion. 

There is nothing that a liquid shampoo does for my hair that the bar cannot. It leaves my hair feeling super clean, fresh and healthy. I don’t think I’ll be buying a bottle ever again. (And no, this is not a sponsored post!)


LUSH Shampoo Bar Blog Review


Have you tried a shampoo bar?


Lara Olivia
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  1. 14 June 2021 / 7:15 pm

    So many have no clue that shampoos that grow your hair fast (obviously with no sulfates, no parabens or DEA) are even a thing. Folks now may possess longer hair and attain more possibilities. Definitely worth investigating.

    If you’re looking into alopecia, damaged hair, avoiding hair disorders, fast hair growth, hair care generally, almost the same ideas become relevant.

    In most cases, you have to avoid hair treatments and products that include chemicals like parabens, DEA and sulfates.

    What is beneficial for your hair is beneficial for your skin also.

    Clearly your content above hits the nail in the head for various reasons. It stays away from the usual pitfalls and pitfalls so many fall into: using defective alternatives. Thank you so much!

  2. 23 August 2018 / 10:59 am

    Oh thats amazing, have been thinking since long to give it a try, and a genuine review from a blogger is all it takes to make the switch, will definitely try it now

    • 23 August 2018 / 11:01 pm

      Let me know what you think!

  3. 22 August 2018 / 9:24 pm

    I absolutely love this! What an eco-conscious choice and it would be so nice for traveling when you’ve got hand luggage only. Thanks for the rec!!

    • 23 August 2018 / 10:21 am

      It’s a pretty cool product! I hope more companies will follow suit with eco-innovations like this.

  4. Jasmin
    22 August 2018 / 4:59 pm

    I really love Lush, but their shampoo bars aren’t for me unfortunately. I find them so unconvenient to use haha.

    • 22 August 2018 / 5:03 pm

      What don’t you like about them? The only inconvenience I can think of is leaving them to dry 😛

  5. 22 August 2018 / 1:10 pm

    I love the sound of this! I love lush but haven’t tried these yet, I’ll definitely be adding it to my list, I would assume they don’t lather up but its great to know they do.

    • 22 August 2018 / 1:20 pm

      The lathering was my main concern too! I was using Moroccan Oil shampoo which needs a lot of product to lather up well, so this was indeed a pleasant surprise. #converted

  6. 22 August 2018 / 11:49 am

    Yaass hun I’ve been wondering about these bars because they’d save me so much space and head ache while travelling. Thanks for this!
    Katja xxx

    • 22 August 2018 / 1:19 pm

      They are fantastic! Saves having to buy those travel sized shampoos after security – waste of money and plastic!

  7. 21 August 2018 / 9:02 pm

    I’m really glad you’ve sampled these. I wash my hair once a week and I’m tho king I won’t need to buy a new bar for well over a year! On a serious note I love the eco friendliness and travel benefits of this. I probably used one about 10 years ago but it seems a lot has changed. I’m considering.a purchase! I shall report back!

    • 22 August 2018 / 10:23 am

      There is no harm in giving them a go! Package free is the future 😉

  8. 21 August 2018 / 3:04 pm

    I have heard a lot about this and what a great idea. I do need to see if they have a volume one because that is what I like and as you said it is perfect for that travel companion

    • 21 August 2018 / 3:08 pm

      Let me know what you think! I was recommended Seanik for volume (I have long fine hair) and I love it. At first, I used some macadamia nut hair oil for extra nourishment but now after a few washes I don’t need it anymore, I just use the shampoo and conditioner bar and I’m all done 🙂

  9. 21 August 2018 / 1:41 pm

    I keep meaning to try these!! I was recommended them in my ‘how to travel with carry-on’ post since they don’t take up your liquids allowance (or explode in your bag) and I love, love, love the fact that they help reduce your plastic too! I can’t wait to get my hands on one! Charlie xo

    • 21 August 2018 / 1:47 pm

      Haha me too, it took me a while but now there’s no going back 😛

  10. 21 August 2018 / 1:24 pm

    I love LUSH products in general but I love their shampoo bars even more! Anything to save space when travelling! Not to mention they smell amazing!

    • 21 August 2018 / 1:26 pm

      Yes! My hair also stays clean for longer with the shampoo bar. I’m completely converted 😛

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