These shampoo bars from cruelty-free beauty company Lush have been all the rage lately in every travel discussion I follow. These bars claim that they last up to 80 washes and leave your hair clean and healthy. However, many people are curious to see if they are easy to travel with and if they damage your hair since they essentially appear to be glorified soap bars, so I figured I’d put my two cents in on them.
I’ve actually been using shampoo bars for quite some time now (about a couple years). For a while, I was exclusively using them instead of liquid shampoo and even stopped using conditioner for a while.
Personally I think they’re very useful, and anytime I find myself traveling I don’t even hesitate to pack one of these instead of travel-sized shampoo and conditioner. I just put the tin in a ziplock bag to prevent leaks, toss it in my suitcase, and I’m good to go!
My favorite is the Godiva bar; it has a lovely jasmine smell and is a two-in-one bar, meaning that it cleans and conditions your hair at the same time. I love this bar because:
- The scent is incredible
- It doesn’t dry my hair out and leaves it pretty smooth
Granted, your hair won’t look as shiny as it might look after you’ve given it a hydrating mask, but the Godiva bar has got your back if you’re going to be traveling around for a week or two.
I have also used the Soak and Float bar, and it was especially helpful when I was living in London and getting a dry, itchy scalp from not being used to the winter weather. (What can you expect from a girl who comes from a place where it’s perpetual summer?) The Soak and Float bar has a much smokier smell (I find it pleasant but not nearly as nice as the Godiva bar’s scent) and it helped soothe my scalp and reduce the insane amount of itching I was experiencing from the dry weather. I also noticed it provided enough moisture to my hair that I didn’t need a conditioner or detangler, which are normally must-haves of mine.
Even though I love the shampoo bars, I can’t say the same about LUSH’s conditioner bars. I’ve tried a couple of them and in my opinion they don’t seem to provide the moisture my hair needs. But hey, just because they don’t work on me doesn’t mean that everyone will have the same experience.
Bottom line, if you’re like me and are prone to running out of room in your tiny liquids bag, then I would definitely recommend saving yourself the space and waste that shampoo and conditioner bottles would cause and getting yourself a LUSH shampoo bar instead.
Bonus tip: If you decide to buy a tin to store your shampoo bar in, avoid buying the circular tins and opt for a square one instead, the reason being that the circular tin is the exact same size as the bar itself and it often gets stuck in the tin, which is a bit of an inconvenience for a traveler on the go.