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I tried my first ever Lush Shampoo Bar with the Fresher's Kit that came out last autumn. I always thought the concept was rather odd, but seeing as it came with the kit anyway, I thought why not. The shop assistant, who was helping me choose the right products for me, suggested either Godiva or Seanik for my dry hair. I chose Godiva this time. It is supposed to be a shampoo and conditioner in one, and though I normally prefer to use separate shampoo and conditioner, I decided to try this as I thought it would save space in my suitcase when I went on holiday!
This particular shampoo bar is a bright yellow-orange in colour and has a lovely smell of jasmine (it's the same scent as the Flying Fox shower gel). I found the smell lasted on my hair through the day which was lovely. Jasmine is supposed to improve the mood and I've noticed I do feel in a better mood after using this shampoo bar - it may be all in my head or it may be the scent of this shampoo bar doing its work! There are a few jasmine leaves enclosed within the bar which don't serve a great deal of purpose but don't really get in the way either.
I took this bar on holiday with me and that's when I realised how good shampoo bars are for this purpose: I was able to take it in hand luggage without putting it in a clear plastic bag, it took up hardly any space (normally you need a larger shampoo bottle when you're going away for a week, this lasts loads of washes) and there was no risk of it leaking all over my bag.
Using the shampoo bar takes some getting used to, but once you do it's easy. Just wet your hair under the shower and then either rub the bar between your hands like soap to create a lather which you then apply to your hair, or (my preferred method) rub the bar once or twice down your hair and then work it into a lather. The bar lathers surprisingly easily. After use leave the bar to dry thoroughly (you might want to consider patting it dry with a towel) or else it will disintegrate and go gloopy and henceforth useless.
My hair is normally quite dry, which isn't helped by the fact that I colour my hair and straighten it every day. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the results after using this bar. My hair was soft and shiny and pretty manageable. I did find that after using it for a few days or a week my hair seemed less soft and a bit dry, but for short-term usage it's great.
I definitely recommend shampoo bars in general, but probably wouldn't buy this one again simply because my hair is a bit dry and I do prefer separate shampoo and conditioner. This particular bar was fine for my hair for a few washes but isn't ideal to use longer term. I do think it would suit someone with 'normal', or perhaps even slightly 'oily', hair. It does make hair smell lovely and conditions well considering it's a two-in-one.
At £5.50 Godiva is one of the more expensive shampoo bars, but it still lasts longer than most ordinary shampoos, and if it's suitable for your hair type you won't need to buy separate conditioner either. The bar seems to last ages - I've used it 25 times so far and still have half the bar left!
I do recommend this shampoo bar, if your hair type is suitable this could be perfect. It saves space, lasts loads of washes, works well and smells lovely. Nice one Lush!