You may be well acquainted with LUSH, a popular bath, shower, and skincare company, but I only first learned of LUSH in 2007 when a friend from London gave me several of their products as a gift. It didn’t take long (just a use or two of a gentle exfoliating bar, followed the next day by a great smelling bath bar that left me feeling silky smooth) to convert me to a LUSH fan.
LUSH prides itself on using only vegetarian ingredients, essential oils, and “safe synthetics”. All items are made by hand and never tested on animals. Very few items include packaging or preservatives.
Of the many products LUSH has to offer, I’ve always been interested in trying their solid shampoos. Two weeks ago, I finally ordered the popular Godiva Shampoo Bar out of curiosity and am eager to share my thoughts.
Why did I want to try the Godiva bar?
- Tired of trying to squeeze all of your 3oz/100ml bottles into a plastic quart-sized bag for carry on? Solid shampoo = no liquid = no problem!
- No liquid = no worries about leaks or spills in the carry-on bag, checked bag, or otherwise in transit. (Learn how to pack liquid toiletries just in case you still need some.)
- LUSH says Godiva is a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioning bar. The less I need on my packing list, the better!
How to use:
LUSH suggests wetting both your hair and the bar before sliding the bar three times down the right, middle, and left of your head. The directions also recommend following up with your favorite LUSH conditioner. I opted to skip conditioner altogether on my first use as the Godiva is supposed to be a 2-in-1 product.
What I loved:
- I was skeptical that a few slides of the bar from root to tip would provide enough lather to clean my hair, but the solid shampoo produced more lather than I usually have from my regular liquid shampoo! It was easy to cover my scalp and hair, and I felt I was washing my hair thoroughly.
- The suds rinsed out easily.
- Packability – no liquid AND it’s small and lightweight.
- Better for me and the environment – no preservatives and no packaging.
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What I didn’t like:
- According to LUSH’s website, I am in the minority, but I intensely dislike the smell. When it’s dry, it smells floral – the kind of strong floral smell that some older women use as perfume. When it’s wet, the smell is only more intense.
- A few suds made their way into my eye and it stung badly for a solid 30 minutes after the shower, even though I rinsed my eye with water. I was surprised due the lack of preservatives and chemicals found in many shampoos.
- Later in the day my hair did not feel like it typically does after I shampoo and condition it. It was not soft and I could not easily run my fingers through it.
The next time I used the shampoo I followed up with my favorite conditioner (not a LUSH product). As I hoped, my hair smelled like the conditioner for the rest of the day and felt super soft. Unfortunately, that kind of defeats the purpose of having and using the solid shampoo and conditioner 2-in-1 product.
Would I buy it again?
I think I will use the Godiva bar until it runs out – after all, it does lather well – but I will not buy it again. If I find myself at a store in the future, I will smell their other solid shampoos to see there is a scent that works for me.
Has a solid shampoo worked for you? Have you used it on the road? Any travel friendly hair care products you swear by? I’m on a mission to test a few things out and welcome your suggestions.
Photo credit: woman in web.
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