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Lush Solid Shampoo Review: Godiva 2-in-1

godiva solid shampoo 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 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.
  • LUSH says Godiva is a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioning bar. The less I need to pack, 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.

>> BUY the Godiva Solid Shampoo on Amazon

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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.

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.

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59 Responses to Lush Solid Shampoo Review: Godiva 2-in-1

  1. Katie December 6, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    Ah, such timely posts on this site lately! I just ditched my Lush shampoo bar in favor of going back to my regular Pantene shampoo & conditioner. Here’s why:

    1. I never felt like my hair was really clean. It lathered up really well, but my hair just didn’t feel clean.

    2. It didn’t last nearly as long as I was told it should. The girl in the store told me it should last 90 shampoos. I don’t think mine even made it 30 before it completely fell apart. I think this is due to the fact that I rarely could leave it out to fully dry before I had to store it.

    3. Considering the price, I think I actually get more for my money and my Pantene bottles last longer than the Lush bar.

  2. Heather December 6, 2011 at 6:34 pm #

    Katie, I’ve also found that several of their products don’t last as long as I’d like, but they smell so nice and feel great…alas! Thanks for the extra info you shared here!

  3. Nethwen December 6, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    I discovered Lush in 2004 in Belfast. Even though I don’t normally like bar soap, one smelled so good, I had to try it. I became hooked on Lush soap, but unfortunately, can’t afford their products.

    Thanks for the review. Your description of the scent is especially helpful; it’s exactly the scent I can’t stand, so now I know what to avoid whenever I can treat myself next. :)

    How long is your hair? I’m curious because I’ve read that women with hair above the shoulders have better success with bar shampoo.

    • Heather December 6, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

      I agree – I usually can’t afford it either O:-)

      My hair is medium/long — 5-6 inches past my shoulders.

  4. Jessalyn December 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    Thanks for the review, Heather! I first heard about LUSH in 2005, from a friend in my study abroad program who was completely addicted to their products. The first store I went to gave me a sample of the Godiva bar but I never used it because, like you, I didn’t like the smell. I bought two other shampoo bars (I can’t remember now what they were called – one was white-ish and sparkly, the other pink, and both had light fragrances that weren’t overpowering), which I used on and off for the next couple of years – they did last longer than 90 shampoos, so I wonder if that varies from bar to bar. I felt like they cleaned my hair really well but they did make my hair kind of stiff – I couldn’t run my fingers through it like I usually do without a lot of effort – and I still took my usual shampoo/conditioner with me, just a bit less, because the LUSH bar left my hair feeling dried out without a normal shampoo/condition every few days. I haven’t used LUSH shampoo in a couple of years, but I do love their soap, lip balm, bath balls and massage bars!

    • Heather December 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

      I suppose if I can’t run my fingers through my hair and it feels dry, there’s really no reason for me to buy it again :-) I do like some of their other products though!

      • Katie January 5, 2013 at 7:48 am #

        They also make solid conditioner bars. You should try them out!

  5. Melissa March 8, 2012 at 8:01 am #

    I took the green Lush shampoo bar as well as a chunk of the solid conditioner with me last year during my 4month stint in Australia and at first I loved it… but like you I didnt like the way my hair felt after washing. The conditioner was the first to leave my ‘beauty regimen’ when I felt that it left my hair looking and feeling very greasy. The conditioner from then on out was only used for leg shaving purposes. I liked the shampoo enough at first, but still had to use normal liquid conditioner because I didnt like the feel of my hair – it really seemed to dry it out without conditioner. Eventually I ran out and just couldnt be arsed to hunt down a new Lush store…

  6. kaitlyn March 22, 2012 at 2:05 am #

    hey i just wanted to ask has any one found a shampoo bar and conditioner bar they liked? And what is it called and where did you get it? I have been looking online like googleing things to try and find one and I have found many different kinds and now I dont know what ones I should buy? Also these posts about Luch are old and I went on there web site and they have many new bars. has any one used then and liked them? Thanks for all your help breat blog!

    • Heather March 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

      Hi Kaitlyn,

      I’ve looked at Lush’s bars but have only had an opportunity to try the Godiva bar — and it’s he only solid bar I’ve tried so far! If I try another one, I’ll be sure to write about it! Let us know if you decide to try another of the Lush bars!

      Heather

    • sarah December 1, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

      I know I’m many months late in seeing this, but I’ve tried shampoo bars from http://www.chagrinvalleysoapandsalve.com They’re awesome about using natural ingredients and have a bunch of bars to choose from. Their coconut milk bar made my hair the softest out of the ones I tried. They definitely don’t lather much, but they still clean.

      • Brooke December 4, 2012 at 8:41 am #

        Checking them out now, thanks!

  7. kaitlyn March 22, 2012 at 2:06 am #

    I meant great blog! :P

  8. katie April 8, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    Hey sorry but I’m going to ask my question here because I didn’t know where to put it because there no section on her packing list about this kind of thing. I just wanted to ask about what do you ladies do on the road with hair removal? I’m talking about your legs and bikini line. I have being thinking about getting a women’s electric shaver. But have no idea what kind or model to get? There are very many different kinds and the price can go from under $20 to over $200! So does anyone have any ideas to what kinds are best to get? Thanks for your help!

    • Brooke April 11, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

      That’s a good topic to touch on in the future. Unfortunately, I have no experience with an electric razor. We’ve covered hair removal a couple of times in Female Travel Underground. Here are the newsletter links:

      http://us1.campaign-archive.com/?u=73c8b5ca248e7e2ee1bd7476b&id=e95f381a9c
      http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=73c8b5ca248e7e2ee1bd7476b&id=d8ee09a7b8

    • Kristina February 4, 2014 at 11:21 pm #

      Katie, I have 2, one is older and has more tweezers in, so it´s much more quick than with new one. But new one has smaller adapter so my bag is less heavy with more space. It is´t necessary have rechearchable if you can find electricity somewhere during your trip.
      For me it´s more comfortable than razors, they takes more space and/or somewhere is not possible find them in stores.

  9. Dina April 24, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    hi heather! did you try the conditioner as well? 3 years ago, i think the name is Karma, and it’s green. Smell so good, but it takes so much of it to actually condition my hair (well, not really still). Taking so much that it made really expensive to shampoo. Too bad, I love the smell.
    I try the shampoo as well, not remember which scent tho. really drying my hair, and the container ended up messy because when keep moving, i can’t dry them properly.

    Still, I’m attracted with the smell.

  10. Heather April 24, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

    Dina, I’ve only tried this 2-in-1 when it comes to haircare products (I’ve used 5-6 of their soaps, however). The smell on most of their products is nice, but if the shampoo dries it out and the conditioner doesn’t work well either, it sounds like we need another company’s products altogether! I’ve found a great combo for me and the shampoo and conditioner are completely different brands!

    • Lizzie September 27, 2012 at 3:26 am #

      The reason why your hair doesn’t feel the same is because it is a natural product and actually cleans your hair better. The smooth feeling is caused by chemicals coating the hairs. Some people cannot get used to their particular hair feel without the coating and others feel like their hair isn’t clean. It is clean it just may not feel the same as it used to. I tend to not use lush bars much when travelling because I dont have time to dry them and they get stuck in the tins. But they are awesome at home!

  11. Sarah October 18, 2012 at 2:00 am #

    I only use LUSH shampoo bars at home. I used to only use organic shampoos but I have a lot of thick hair and no matter how much I used it could never get my hair fully clean. The trick, I find, with the LUSH shampoo bars is to not wash your hair everyday. They keep my hair clean for at least two days, sometimes three, and I find my hair doesn’t dry out as long as I do that! I haven’t used them much for travel as you do need a drying rack or something of the sort to make sure they last.

  12. Savannah October 30, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    I am a huge Lush shampoo bar fan! Try the cinnamon one next time! It’s the best :)

    • Brooke October 31, 2012 at 11:11 am #

      Oooh cinnamon sounds nice! We’re always looking for reviews, so feel free to submit if you’d like to share more about Lush :)

  13. Hayley October 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    I have known about lush for ages since its a company from western canada, where I’m from. I used the Godiva bar when i traveled to Ottawa last year as well as my 4 Month stint in New Zealand and Australia and I loved it. I love the smell of it and the lather. The only time i don’t really love it is when I have to shower in softened water, because it just makes it feel like you never really wash the soap out. As for the conditioner situation, I used one of Lushes solid conditioners with the godiva bar and For me it worked awesome. It didn’t provide the same softness as my liquid conditioner (moroccanoil) but I was kind of expecting that in the first place. I would recommend trying the solid shampoos with the solid conditioners.

  14. Maddie November 1, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    I find the lush shampoo bar that is white and slightly sparkly fantastic. Lasted forever and my hair was literally squeaky clean! You definitely need a conditioner though as my hair doesn’t feel soft at all. I agree about the scent of Godiva though, I don’t like it either but some of the others are much better. I am also a MASSIVE fan of their henna hair dye, which is fantastic and makes my hair gleam and feel so much healthier. A lot of their products are very pricy but I think the henna is quite good value. The block is enough for 2 to three uses and each of those last up to 6 weeks. Don’t give up on lush yet!

  15. Karen November 2, 2012 at 1:53 am #

    I traveled around Armenia for three weeks with a solid shampoo bar (by Chagrin Valley…AWESOME shampoo bar options) and it was great. I have found though that after I rinse the main suds out, I rub the bar between my fingers again and get a little lather and work it back through my hair leaves my hair soft all day…kind of like a leave-in conditioner. Based on my experiences, I’ve given up commercial shampoo altogether and make my own solid shampoo bars now. Makes travel so much easier!

  16. Alexandra December 2, 2012 at 3:57 am #

    My sister went on a kayaking trip for a week on Lake Superior before her freshman year of college and as they were bathing in the lake they had to use vegan products. I discovered Lush and bought her one of the solid shampoos and conditioners and she loved them. She came back after the week and the bars barely looked used even though she used them everyday. Her rating… a 11 out of 10. She now uses them all the time.

    • Brooke December 4, 2012 at 8:40 am #

      An 11/10 is not a bad review! Which ones did you buy her, if you remember by chance?

  17. steph December 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    I’m not a fan. I’ve used the green one with the flower, I think the Karma Komba. The scent was overwhelming (I could smell it all through my small apartment, all the time, like overdoing the air freshener) and the shampoo was extremely drying, giving my hair that unpleasantly squeaky quality. Plus it’s ridiculously expensive for perfectly standard commercial shampoo ingredients (SLS, etc.).

    • Brooke December 11, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

      I think with Lush solid shampoo, you either love it or you hate it. Thanks for the feedback!

  18. donnaoh December 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    I find godiva runs out quicker than the other bars as it is a 2 in 1. I like the white one, ultimate shine. The harder they are, the longer they last, as long as you keep them dry. I put a piece of greaseproof paper in the tin and change it every so often when im travelling, i will even pop into lush if i pass one and ask for a little piece of greaseproof paper to line the tin. I don’t really like the solid conditioner as my hair is very fine and bone dry curly hair which tangles and breaks very easily so i stick to normal conditioner.

    I have seen similarly made bars of solid shampoo on etsy, you could try them to see if you can find some cheaper than Lush. I found a mint one i would love to try.

    If you are ever in the UK, there are loads of Lush shops (As it was started in Poole, Dorset) and i find the staff are really helpful in suggesting multitasking products suitible for use when travelling.

  19. Serena January 5, 2013 at 12:26 am #

    My favourite bar-style shampoo is actually not specifically shampoo at all! It’s an extremely natural and basic soap bar from Alberta Natural Soaps (http://www.albertanaturalproducts.com/). They make the best soaps I have ever used, by far. If you aren’t in Alberta, you could also try the basic unscented soap from Rocky Mountain Soap http://www.rockymountainsoap.com/productDetails/1017187/1019833/1000144.

    I use this soap on my hair by building up a lather in my palms, then setting the bar aside and washing my hair with the suds in my hands. My hair feels and looks clean and soft! Benefit for travellers: you can use it to wash your entire body! Alberta Natural Soap is less than $2/bar here in Canada, and like Lush, they don’t use any packaging. You can buy it in bulk at most natural/whole food stores, like Community Natural Foods.

    • Brooke January 6, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

      Thanks for the tips, Serena! We love multipurpose items here at Her Packing List :)

  20. Stephanie January 7, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    I’m currently travelling in thailand for about 6-7 months, i’ve gone through my first 4 so far and my lush KARMA bar is still more than half intact. now it’s become a bit jello-ey and gooey but it’s still holding strong, smells delicious, and is perfect for my thin/oily hair!

  21. Rachel B January 9, 2013 at 3:09 am #

    I’ve actually used a number of the solid shampoos and loved them. I first bought them when I moved to Africa a few years ago. I travelled frequently and they pack well. I’m back in the States now but still use a few different varieties of Lush’s solid shampoos regularly. I typically use their liquid conditioner but have never had an issue with my hair feeling unclean or greasy. I actually find that I only have to wash my hair every three to four days with their products. Most of my bars last several months, if you make sure they are completely dry before stowing they tend to last longer.

    Another great Lush product is their solid toothpaste which is great for travel as well. I’m not a big fan of all of the flavored but there are some decent options.

  22. Anna January 9, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

    I’ve used LUSH bar shampoo and really liked it for the body it gave my fine hair. I’ve never taken one on the road though because they have to dry out before packing, which is a hassle.

    For travel that doesn’t involve airports, I prefer 8.5 oz squeeze bottles (like Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths, photo here: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31xUN19lDeL._SY300_.jpg). They’re pretty compact and they’re easy to slide into packed bags.

  23. Kathleen January 16, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    I’ve traveled with Lush shampoo bars for a few years now, and I love them. Since my hair is thick, however, I have to take the green conditioner bar as well; shampoo alone would kill my hair! I’ll admit that I don’t like either the shampoo or conditioner as well as my normal products, but the size and portability win out on the road. Lush also sells small traveling tins that you can put the bars in, so it doesn’t matter whether or not they’re dry when you need to leave.

    For my last trip I also traveled with Lush toothpaste tabs! They’re little tabs that look like a mint or something, and you crush it up with your teeth and it turns into this super lather-y toothpaste! Pretty amazing. The taste wasn’t as refreshing as normal toothpaste, but again, you can’t beat the portability. If packing light is your goal, I highly recommend them!

  24. Heike January 23, 2013 at 12:51 am #

    Please don’t get me wrong – I love Lush – but I had a very bad experience with the solid toothpaste this summer. A friend gave it to me as a gift before I left and I didn’t bother to try the product at home. So when I used it at the hostel in Hamburg the first evening, I ended up having a horrible night. My skin started to itch and come morning I had one huge, embarassing rash all over my body. Being summer I hardly had a chance to hide it under my clothes, I felt so uncomfortable and had to go and see a doctor which kind of baffled my plans. Even though I used an ointment the following days, the rash took quite some time to disappear thoroughly. So keep in mind: Since Lush products are all natural and are not tested on animals they can trigger allergic reactions. I usually don’t get rashes and was not prepared for this. Please make sure you TRY THE PRODUCTS AT HOME!

  25. Margaret April 14, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    What about the dry conditioners? Would you recommend those?

  26. Adventurous Andrea April 22, 2013 at 12:06 am #

    Great review! I’ve really liked Lush’s solid shampoo so far.

  27. Shelby July 3, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

    I use lush, as I am head over heels for all of their products. I currently use a combination of both: Karma Komba Shampoo bar, and the Seanik shampoo bar.

    It leave my hair clean. Obviously I use a conditioner after, but I find that the combination of these two bars keeps the oily scalp away for longer than my regular pantene routine.

    As well, I love that it will never leave a film on your hair. Big high five to the LUSH team.

  28. Lisa Powell August 6, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

    If you are looking for chemical free hair care products that are “dry”, check out Salonsolids! My new go-to shampoo and conditioner that I use everyday and then easily slip tea bag like packets into my suitcase to travel with. The granules mix with hot water to make a shampoo and conditioner that is creamy and sudsy- no sulfates, parabens, chemicals! And the scent of Frankincense- Amazing! No mixed reviews on these products!

  29. Rachelle August 13, 2013 at 3:27 am #

    I have not used this LUSH bar but I have used a solid shampoo and conditioner from BASIN. I love it!!! It lasts forever too. They have so many different kinds of the solid shampoo as well. They have a 2 in 1 but when I tried it I didn’t like it as much because my hair felt like sticky almost but I have really really curly hair that’s really picky about what shampoo it likes.My friend who also has really curly hair like me really likes it though so it may just be a hair thing because her hair is drier than mine. Their conditioner is really good too. I have also found that swishing the bar in your hands so it suds makes it easier to use, at least for me.

  30. Rachel Vagabong Baker August 14, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    I’ve used Lush solid shampoo bars for years now, I rarely buy liquid {I do treat myself every now and again to Dead Sea Spa Shampoo}. I love Lush’s purple shampoo bar, great smell and leaves my hair super clean and lasts for ages. I store it upside-down after using it to let it dry. I do find it can turn jellyish {after many uses} if its very humid and I don’t let it dry out The Godiva bar, the shampoo and conditioner bar never lasts a long, I think the chunks of conditioner break it down to quickly.
    I don’t like the solid Jungle conditioner they do and I can’t afford the other one, which looks much better.
    For portability you can’t beat the solid shampoos and they are great for hand washing too.

  31. Lorraine November 10, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    We spend our holidays on diving liveeaboards boats and I find the Lush karma shampoo and green conditioner bars fantastic

    I have long, fine hair, which is trashed by continual dunking in the sea, so I rinse it in clean water – when I come out of the sea, wash and condition it at night (using Lush) and let it dry naturally, and then braid it into 2 braids in the morning. I find the Lush products perfect, easier to use in the bathroom of a rocking boat and make my hair smell and feel nice :)

  32. Anna January 8, 2014 at 11:35 pm #

    I realize this was posted 2 years ago, but I figure that it is still an interesting topic and I would put my 2cents in.

    It seems that people’s experience with lush bars depends on what bar they bought, their type of hair, and potentially their type of water (hard or soft).

    I live in an area with soft water and my hair reacts to hard water in a bad way regardless of the type of shampoo or conditioner I use. LUSH used to have a solid shampoo bar called HARD specifically for hard water, so when I travelled around the UK a couple summers ago aI bought HARD and the solid conditioner called JUNGLE.

    I found that HARD didn’t quite do as promised, but was no worse than other shampoos I had tried. JUNGLE conditioner is not quite as conditioning as liquid, but the convenience factor far out ways this. Also, I was gone for 4 months and I think I went through half of each bar.

    For every day use at home I use the LUSH Trichomania with a liquid conditioner and I’m very happy with it. I have long, thick hair which I only wash every 3 days or so and my hair does not appear greasy and stays soft.

    I’m planning a trip to SE Asia soon and am planning to take the Trichomania and my leftover Jungle conditioner from my UK trip.

    • Brooke January 9, 2014 at 6:43 am #

      Great feedback – thanks for letting us know! This post is still very popular so your comments are appreciated! Happy travels.

  33. Becca February 10, 2014 at 2:33 am #

    Your experience with the bar depends entirely on what bar you use. I’ve been converted to Lush solid shampoos regardless of whether I’m traveling or not. I have very oily hair that used to need to be washed every day or it’d just look disgusting… but with Lush bars I only wash every 5 days and could probably go a 6th if I wanted to. I’ve used the Karma Komba bar and am currently using Juniper and I’ve totally loved both.

    Their solid conditioner though, Juniper, I was disappointed with. I use the Veganese conditioner and it is phenomenal.

  34. Harmony March 7, 2014 at 8:47 pm #

    I have been traveling with Lush solid shampoo bars for several years now and I have almost tried them all. The worse for me was Squeaky Green which left bits of twigs in my hair. Godiva smelled great but fell apart the fastest due to the chunks of conditioner. Karma Komba was okay but I wasn’t a huge fan of smelling like a hippy. The cinnamon one smells like cinnamon hearts but left my hair dry even after conditioning. seanik has been my favorite so far not only for the scent but also the shine (made from sea salt and seaweed). Trichomania ( the coconut scented one) left my hair the softest but didn’t lather as much as the others. I was addicted to the smell of the solid Jungle conditioner for awhile but it was hard not to use too much and it didn’t last as long as the shampoos. These are just my experiences on how these shampoos react on my stick straight Asian hair. Hope it helps.

  35. Temika March 27, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    I’ve been using Godiva for 5 months and am still on the same bar, it has only halved in size so talk about value!
    I suffer from oily scalp and dry ends. I find that by using Godiva I can go an extra 2-3days than when using normal shampoo and conditioner, before I need to wash my hair again and I can comb my hair easily, the ends being nice and soft. My hairdresser has said that since I’ve been using it, my hair is the healthiest it has ever been, which I agree with.
    While ever Lush make Godiva, it is all I will use, for the health of my hair and the ease when traveling.

    • Judy May 8, 2014 at 9:44 pm #

      Just for the record, LUSH products are not “all natural” and I find them incredibly overly-scented (with a mix of essential oils and synthetic aromachemicals). That isn’t to say that they don’t work. But the main ingredient of their shampoo bars is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, a synthetic detergent found in many liquid shampoos. They just use the solid form and press it into solid pucks.

      Lush conditioner bars work really well for shaving your legs, BTW.

      However, if you want a superior alternative (IMO) that won’t smell up the entire room, try the solid shampoos and conditioners sold by Get Lathered on etsy.

      Chagrin Valley soaps are traditional lye-based soaps which may not work for every hair type (unfortunately they didn’t work for me!) Lye-based soap is alkaline by nature, not pH balanced, and if you do use them in the long term, following up with some sort of acidic rinse will leave your hair in better condition. They also work better for short hair than long.

      Happy travels! Love this site.

  36. Lauren July 21, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    Sounds like I’m in the minority, which is why I just had to leave a post.

    I LOVE this product. Totally obsessed. I absolutely love the scent – I love leaving it out to dry in my bathroom because I catch whiffs of it so often! The scent makes my cold bucket showers pleasant. To each their own, I guess!

    I also have been very impressed by how it has held up – I shampoo daily and use this product liberally. It looks barely used after 2 months and has not broken apart or anything like that.

    I do not use an additional conditioner.

    If you buy online, the shipping makes it pretty expensive – I purchased at a LUSH store.

    Plan on continuing to use it after my travels end, as well!

  37. Gaby August 1, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

    I’ve actually had really good luck with the solid shampoo bars and really like the fact that I don’t have to worry about bottles leaking. My first bar was the lavender scent and it lasted for months and never fell apart. The godiva bar did fall apart on my travels, but I think it just has to do with the fact that the bar isn’t solid shampoo- it has pockets of conditioner that are softer and make it mushy. My advice is to pack any of their other bars!

    I also recommend the lotion bars. I’ve been traveling for 2.5 months and one bar has served me well throughout the journey!

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    [...] bar is solid and similar to the size of a bar of soap used to wash your hands or your body. I tried Lush’s natural Godiva shampoo + conditioner bar, and Caroline loves Dr. Bronner’s products, one of which is a solid shampoo [...]

  3. 10 Gift Ideas for the Female Traveler | Her Packing List - December 11, 2012

    [...] can resist something that smells pretty? Combine that with some travel friendly packaging (like solid shampoos, solid perfumes, and body balm), and you have a perfect travel [...]

  4. The Ultimate Female Travel Packing List to India | Her Packing List - December 19, 2012

    [...] – Make sure it’s under 3 ounces if it goes into your carry on. (Read about: solid shampoo and dry [...]

  5. Ultimate Female Travel Packing List for New Orleans - Her Packing List - January 24, 2013

    [...] sized shampoo and conditioner: Whether you prefer solid shampoo or two-in-one, just make sure you don’t forget [...]

  6. Lush's Liquid Alternative Travel Products - Her Packing List - August 23, 2013

    […] found their Godiva shampoo bar to leave her hair too dry, but I needed to test it out on a different hair type. Lush sent me their […]

  7. DIY Solid Conditioner: Spill-Proof for Your Travels - Her Packing List - July 12, 2014

    […] love my Lush Seanik solid shampoo, so much so that I also use it as a shower gel when I’m travelling. However, when I tried out […]

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