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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.

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If Lucius Malfoy Shopped At Lush…

Around Halloween Harry Potter is on constant loop around my house and I can’t help but think that Lush would be an amazing addition to Diagon Alley or Hogsmeade. So just for fun I got to thinking about which Harry Potter character would most likely be lurking in the aisles of Lush and while Severus Snape is one of my favorite characters I doubt his ego would allow him a trip to a bath store…Lucius Malfoy on the other hand…oh yeah.

Lucius has the Galleons and the gall to pull off a major Lush haul that would make most of us green with envy. So here goes…

Jumping Juniper Shampoo Bar


I’m pretty sure that Lucius has a secret weapon for keeping those blond locks looking amazing so he must be using the Jumping Juniper Shampoo Bar. This lavender and rosemary duo is surely what gives those famous blonde locks their shine. Clearly Azkaban didn’t supply him with any Lush products because his hair took a major turn for the worse after his imprisonment. The dangers of being a Death Eater…bad hair.

Dark Angels Face and Body Cleanser


After a day at Hogwarts berating Harry Potter ones skin is sure to get a bit grungy. The castle is dark, dirty and fueled by fireplaces so there’s got to be a lot of soot in the air. However that’s not a problem if you’ve got a supply of Dark Angels Face and Body Cleanser to blast off that castle grim. This black as night coal cleanser is sure to clean up Mr. Malfoy’s delicate skin and it gets bonus points for matching his wizard robes.

Guardian of the Forest Bath Bomb


When you’re a former Slytherin green is in your DNA. Lucius probably has a closet full of Guardian of the Forest Bath Bombs hidden away at Malfoy Manor and a bath tub the size of a swimming pool to use them in. And if I’m going to guess I image that Lucius smells of Cypress Oil which coincidentally is the main ingredient in this bath bomb. Oh and yes I’m pretty sure Lucius is a bath kind of guy.

Magic Wand Soap


Would Lucius go the obvious route and use a soap called Magic Wand? Does an owl fly? Any man that conceals his wand in a cane is going to go ga ga over a soap that leaves him “bewitchingly bright”. Not that we’d mind smelling him after a shower with Magic Wand in the mix.

So there you have it. Four products that I’m pretty sure Lucius Malfoy would stock up on at Lush and you can bet your sweet Cauldron Cake’s that he’d even buy some Charity Pot at the register.


Image Credit: Harry Potter Wiki

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Lush Honey I Washed My Hair Shampoo Bar Review

Honey always makes me think of Fall, maybe because everywhere I go there are bees buzzing around! The good news is that the Lush Honey I Washed My Hair Shampoo Bar gives you the honey without the bees.


What’s to love?

If you’re looking to try a Lush Shampoo Bar this might be the one you try first. It’s a win for the whole family and has a very mild scent.

This Shampoo Bar is made with Fair Trade Honey and Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia) and the lather is incredible and big, it’s super smooth and smells like honey and toffee. I use this bar about once a week to get soft and shiny hair.

Lush says you can get 80 washes out of each bar and maybe I’m using too much but I get about 50-60 washes which isn’t too bad. I do notice that the bars tend to dry out when they get really small so I think I am going to get the covered tin to see if that helps.

What’s your favorite Lush Shampoo Bar?

Price: $9.95


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Lush Brazilliant Shampoo Bar Review

The Lush Brazilliant Shampoo Bar tames my wild hair and leaves it shiny.


What’s to love?

I have crazy, wild thick hair. I make Hermione Granger’s hair look tame so I need to be careful which shampoo I choose otherwise I’ll end up looking like I stuck my finger in an electrical outlet. Not only is my hair thick it also gets frizzy so humidity is my worst hair enemy.

Luckily I found Brazilliant which is about the orangiest (not sure if that’s a word) shampoos I have ever used but my gosh it works. Brazilliant is pure orange in color and smell and it creates huge lather that rinses totally clean.

After using Brazilliant my hair is noticeably shinier and tamer. I use Brazilliant about 4 days a week and mix it up with other Lush Shampoo Bars for variety.

Brazilliant also has andiroba oil which is supposed to strengthen hair which I think is true because my hair condition has improved so much since using Brazilliant.

Also check out my Lush Brazilliant review and demo on YouTube!


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Lush Jumping Juniper Shampoo Bar Review

Jumping Juniper is now my favorite Lush Shampoo Bar which means that I have a serious addiction to these shampoo bars because I am always discovering a new favorite!


What’s to love?

Jumping Juniper is so fresh. It’s a combination of lavender and rosemary with some citrus and juniperberry oil mixed in. I was attracted to this bar because it says it’s for oily hair which I defiantly have.

The lather on this bar is super thick, smells amazing and made my hair feel really clean. I did notice afterwards that my hair was softer and shinier and then next day I had less oil so I’m thinking it works.

So I’m adding this one to my Lush Shampoo Bar rotation and I’m sure I’ll find a new one to add to the mix soon!

Here’s my YouTube Demo of the Lush Jumping Juniper Shampoo Bar.

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Lush Seanik Shampoo Bar Review

Happy Monday everyone!

About I month ago I recommend the Lush Seanik Shampoo Bar as part of my 3 Must Have Lush Shampoo Bars For Summer post but I wanted to post an update a month later.

I had pneumonia back in February and my hair was in awful shape, however now that I’ve been using Seanik 3-4 times a week mixed with the other Lush Shampoo Bars I’ve noticed a huge improvement. It’s much shinier and thicker! I’m trying to let it grow out again and I’m also hoping that now that it’s in better condition it will grow faster.

Why I love Seanick!

In addition to saving my hair I just can’t say enough about the Lush Shampoo Bars. I love how Seanick smells, it’s a fresh ocean smell but not perfumey at all. Just rub it on your head for a super thick and creamy lather that rinses out super clean.

I’m kind of a Shampoo Bar addict now and want to try every Lush variety at some point.


PS – In case anyone was wondering I don’t work for Lush! I just really, really love their products.

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Lush Montalbano Shampoo Bar Review

Happy Father’s Day all!

I picked up a new Lush Shampoo bar this weekend and I think it’s my new favorite. Montalbano is all about the citrus and shine AND my husband loves it too so you may want to consider this for the dad in your life.


Why I love the Lush Montalbano Shampoo Bar.

Montabano is a deep cleansing bar that really gets your hair squeaky clean. The bar lathers into a huge pile of lemon scented bubbles that get way down to your scalp. There is also a touch of Rosemary (to soothe irritation) and Popping Candy (which is Isomalt, Lycasin and Carbon Dioxide) for fun? My hair is super shiny after using Montabano.

I feel like this is the big brother to Brazilliant which is an orange scented shampoo bar.

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3 Must Have Lush Shampoo Bars For Summer

Ahhh…Summer is upon us which means sun, chlorine and dry hair. Luckily Lush has 3 amazing shampoo bars to beat the Summer heat. Here are 3 “must have Lush Shampoo Bars for Summer.

What is a Lush Shampoo Bar you ask? They are solid bars of shampoo that lather up and clean your hair in the most beautiful way possible! Really, I’m not exaggerating. These concentrated bars last for about 80 washes and according to Lush to the job of 2-3 bottles of shampoo.


Here’s my “3 for Summer” Lush Shampoo Bar Recommendations

Seanik – Up first is one of my all time favorite shampoo bars. Seanik is seaweed (Irish moss seaweed and Japanese nori seaweed) and lemon and leaves your hair soft and shiny. One of the things I love most about these bars is the volumes of soft lather you get. I’m one of those people who needs lather in order to get my hair clean and these deliver. I’ve got super thick wavy hair and Seanik gets through all the layers without reside and the smell is amazing and it reminds me of a rainforest. This is my go-to bar for tamed tresses. Price: $11.95.


Honey I Washed My Hair – My kid loves this scent, which is honey-toffee and made from Fair Trade honey. It gets the icky pool smell washed away in one fell swoop and keeps their hair soft and conditioned. Kids love using these bars too. Much easier than having shampoo run in their eyes and down their face. Price: $9.95


Brazilliant – My final Summer Shampoo Bar recommendation is Brazilliant, which looks and smells like the Florida sun. This bar is bright orange (because it’s made out of oranges) and turns your shower experience into a citrusy spa. Brazilliant does two things to your hair. It tames frizzy hair into big soft waves which somehow makes your hair really large if that makes sense. I use this bar if I want more soft volume. Price: $10.95


So there you have it! 3 amazing shampoo bars that will probably last you the entire Summer for about $30.