Beauty Reviews, Lush

Lush Shampoo Bars vs. Liquid Shampoo

I started using Lush Shampoo Bars back in June after a Winter bout with pneumonia. The medication I was on wrecked havoc with my hair and it was getting thin and brittle. Previous to that I was using Aveda Brilliant which I also love and still use. However I wanted to describe the difference between the shampoo bars and liquid shampoo for people who want to try the shampoo bars.

Lush Shampoo Bars

The Lush Shampoo Bars are about the size of a hockey puck and they are solid but not super tightly packed, they feel fairly light weight. They do for the most part keep their shape unless you leave them in water, then they tend to crumble.

To use a shampoo bar you simply rub it on your wet hair. They lather up pretty quickly and create a ton of soft lather. The more you scrub the more lather you get. The bars do contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate but that doesn’t bother me, I actually prefer shampoo that lathers.

I alway rinse my shampoo bar after I use it and let it dry out. You can buy a tin to store the bar in but I haven’t had much luck with it, my bar always sticks.

Lush Shampoo Bars currently comes in 12 different varieties. Each one has unique properties and scents. Here are the ones I’ve used. Jumping Juniper, Seanik, MontalbanoMontalbano, Brazilliant and Honey I Washed My Hair. I really want to try Karma Komba next.

My main reason for using the Lush Shampoo Bars is that I feel like they improve the condition of my hair. My hair was thinning after my bout with pneumonia and the thinning stopped once I started using the shampoo bars which could be a coincidence but I’ve been using them ever since.

After I lather with my shampoo bar I rinse my hair and condition with the Lush Big solid conditioner. The shampoo bar lather always rinses clean for me with no residue.

A Lush Shampoo Bars costs between $9.95 to $11.95 per bar and I get about 30-40 washes per bar. Lush says you can get 80 washes but maybe I use a bit more. Also once they bar gets small it tends to break into smaller pieces which are still usable, just a bit awkward.


Aveda Brilliant Liquid Shampoo

I’ve been using Aveda Brilliant for about a year now and I alternate it with the shampoo bars. I use a fairly generous amount and get about the same lather as a shampoo bar.

The main difference in the liquid shampoo is that it comes in a container. So if you want to reduce waste the shampoo bars definitely produce less trash. This isn’t a huge issue for me as I recycle when I can.

I like mixing in a liquid shampoo a few times per week because my hair is super thick and on the greasy side near the roots and the I feel like the Aveda Brilliant gives me a deep, deep clean.

The Aveda Brilliant shampoo costs me $21 per 8.5 oz. bottle and this bottle lasts about 6 months using it 2 days per week.


8 thoughts on “Lush Shampoo Bars vs. Liquid Shampoo”

  1. I liked the effect of this one shampoo bar I used from Lush, but not what happened to the bar itself – it got all weird and gummy, and stuck FIRMLY to the bottom of the soap dish after every use. It also had these quite large bits of rose petals in it, and I had an absolute freakout one time and nearly wiped out in the shower because a nasty bit of waterlogged rose fell onto my shoulder and I thought it was a spider. Whoops! I can see how they’d be fantastic for travelers and outdoor types, but I wasn’t hugely impressed.

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