LUSH shampoo bar review

LUSH shampoo bar review

November 6, 2019

I was going to do a whole post on reducing plastic in your bathroom (and maybe that will still come) but decided that this LUSH Cosmetics shampoo bar needed its own review post.

My mum and I popped into a LUSH store a few months ago (when I had temporarily relocated to Florida) and got a couple of shampoo bars each to give a go. She then later found out that LUSH made these cork containers so that the bars don’t disintegrate in the shower & ordered them online for us. I believe she ordered them from the online UK LUSH store, but LUSH recently changed their policy so they no longer sell UK products to the US. So, sorry in advance if you go searching for this and are unable to find them. They do, however, have these metal tins you can get (I have one for their conditioner bar which I haven’t tried yet – so TBC!).

Right, to the actual review now. This all started with my goal of trying to reduce my plastic use throughout the house, but particularly in the bathroom. I reviewed and trialed the Seed Phytonutrients shampoo/conditioner combo (here) that I really did love but was not a fan of the price tag. Whilst it reduced the amount of plastic by up to 70% and the rest was compostable, it still had some plastic to the container. On my hunt for a shampoo bar, LUSH was right up there with it’s commitment to fighting animal testing and dedication to vegetarian/vegan ingredients.

After finally unpacking the house (fast forward to 3 weeks ago where we are now in Denver), I pulled this baby out and gave it a go. I wet the bar under the water, rubbed it on my head and it INSTANTLY sudsed. I even remember yelling for Eddie to come into the bathroom and look at how lathered my head was! I was completely blown away by just how effective the bar was – my hopes were not high and on use #1 I was already put in my place. The next test was to see if it actually cleaned my head. I’d say my head felt 100% clean in the shower but that I tended to need to wash my hair again 1 day earlier than I usually do.


  • LUSH told us upon purchasing that the bar is supposed to last up to 100 washes! I don’t think I’ve ever had a regular shampoo bottle (even the jumbo ones from Costco) last me even 50!
  • 0 plastic
  • Cruelty-free and vegetarian ingredients. This bar I use has honey in it which is technically not vegan. If you read this blog post, you’ll see why I still use honey sparingly.
  • Works way better than expected and smells delicious!


  • Price point is $10.95 for one bar. But if you do the math compared to other shampoo bottles and for how long this bar will last (I’ve been using it for 3 weeks straight now and haven’t noticed it diminish in size at all yet) you’ve more than got your money’s worth. So, I suppose this is technically a pro but I could see how someone would get a shock after seeing the price tag beside this itty bitty bar.
  • Whilst my hair feels properly clean after each wash, I find that it doesn’t last as long (by about a day) as my recent go-to shampoos (Dove or Love, Beauty & Planet)

Overall, I’d say that I’m very happy with this LUSH shampoo bar but would consider giving other bars a shot (like this one or this one) if I can guarantee they’ll have similar results as this one. I guess I’ll find out after 100 washes!

Anyone else use shampoo bars already? If so, which ones are your faves?




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