Lush You.

***I am posting this in conjunction with the weekly Spin Cycle at Sprite’s Keeper. Click here to see what other people can’t live without (or could, but would rather not have to).***

A Long-Overdue No ‘Poo Update:

I have not updated the No ‘Poo experiment since August. I’ve been getting lots of questions lately about what’s going on with that, and whether or not I’m still doing it. Here’s the truth:

I aborted the No ‘Poo movement after four months—I started on June 15th 2009 and quit on October 20th, 2009.

The reason I quit updating from August to October was simply because there was nothing to update.  No real changes.  And a whole lot of nothing makes for boring blog posts.

The reason I quit the experiment altogether was because I started getting mild dandruff.  I truly believe that the cause of the dandruff was induced by the cold weather and not my lack of shampooed hair, since I had not had a problem with it for three summertime months of being ‘pooless. Seriously, though, dandruff?  Gross. I can live with all the side effects of going No ‘Poo…all of them but dandruff. My shamlessness ends with dandruff.

Also, after four months, I wasn’t amazed with the results of forgoing shampoo.  My hair wasn’t as miraculously wonderful as the internet claimed it would be—it was certainly manageable, and workable (which might be the miracle in itself, after four months of not using shampoo), but the internet claimed I would be happier with my ‘pooless hair than I ever was before…and that SIMPLY WAS NOT TRUE. I missed it smelling like flowers, for one. And the internet promised me I would never need to use hairspray to hold curls, but I totally still needed it.

Will I ever go back to No ‘Poo?  Yes, I believe I will.  I can fully see myself skipping the ‘poo every week for the entire summer.  It made me feel like a hippie, it made me feel liberated, and it made travel a breeze (less stuff to pack).  I liked that a lot.  If I try it again next summer and I don’t get dandruff again?  I’ll stick with it.

But for now I’m using shampoo again.


…even though I decided to use shampoo again, I was still concerned about buying plastic bottles every month just for my hair—that was, after all, the main reason I started the experiment in the first place.

So I did a bit of research and discovered Solid Shampoo—shampoo in bar form, like a bar of soap—from Lush™, my most coveted handmade soap company (I’ve had a secret crush on Lush™ ever since I discovered it in London during the summer of 2004).

Intrigued by the thought of a bar of shampoo with absolutely no wasteful packaging, I ordered two bars.  I used one two times and liked it but ended up giving it away to a dear friend; the other one I’ve been using two to three times a week since October, AND IT STILL LOOKS PRACTICALLY BRAND  NEW.

Don’t believe me?  Below, the blue bar is the one I’ve been using for five months; the white bar is brand new:

In the side-view photo below, you can see that it has shrunk a little bit, but seriously, for five months’ usage? That’s amazing.  I have every reason to believe it will last me another five months:

I am so delighted with how long this bar has lasted.

On their website, Lush claims that one  “bar lasts between 60 – 80 washes, contains no preservatives or packaging and is full of fantastic essential oils for the hair and scalp”—a fact I can vouch for myself—and that “using just one of these fresh green bars will last long enough to save the environment from producing, shipping and recycling three plastic bottles of liquid shampoo.”

That solves my problem.

When I started using the shampoo bar, I didn’t want to get back into the habit of overwashing every other day; I only use it two or three times a week, and I still don’t use conditioner (if my hair feels overly dry, I use a tiny bit of BioSilk or coconut oil to tame it down after showering).

The bars range between $8-$10, which seems really high, but if it were to last even six months (and I expect mine will last eight or nine), that’s like paying $1.60/month for shampoo—just a little more than you would pay for a bottle of shampoo at a dollar store, and WAY better quality for your money.

They lather well, they smell fantastic, they leave my hair feeling much cleaner than it ever did during my No ‘Poo days, and best of all, they are plastic-less and preservative-free!

I’m a huge fan of these shampoo bars.

I’ve tried three different types total (I just bought a new one for kicks the other day), and have been delighted with each one.

The other day I was at a new mall and found, to my great delight, a Lush™ store.  I dragged my mother-in-law inside and spent ten minutes hemming and hawing over which new shampoo bars to buy (she didn’t believe me that they were amazing; she never believes anything I preach about). I finally settled on these three:

1. Godiva

The Lush™ website says this of the Godiva bar:

“Godiva is famous for riding through the streets naked on a horse, her long locks flowing behind her. We imagine her hair smelled of sensual jasmine, and made this bar as homage to those beautiful tresses. We pack it with nutritious cocoa and Shea butters to soften, condition and loads of shine, making it a two-in-one (but really the jasmine perfumes your hair too, making it more of a three-in-one). We don’t necessarily endorse riding naked through the streets to celebrate your new shampoo; but if you do, be sure to tell them it’s Godiva.”

2. The Ultimate Shine

I have used this kind before, and I can vouch for its shine-factor.  My hair looked like it came from a Pantene Pro-V commercial after I used this bar. The shine was ridiculous.  In a good way. The Lush™ website says this of The Ultimate Shine bar:

“If you’ve got a sparkly personality, and you wish your hair reflected that, wash with The Ultimate Shine. Subtle gold glitter and ylang ylang oils keep your hair looking extra shiny and violet leaf oil decongests your scalp and alleviates anger, so you can radiate on the inside and on the outside. Three swipes across the scalp for a shiny white lather, a rub and a rinse and you’re ready to gleam!”

3. Karma Komba

(The saleslady at Lush™ said this bar is best for almost all normal hair types.)  The Lush™ website says this of the Karma Komba bar:

“If you can’t get enough of our signature Karma fragrance, wash with this solid shampoo bar to perfume your locks so you can smell it all day long. Along with scalp-pleasing patchouli and elemi, we add orange and lemon oils to cleanse hair and increase shine. This one is great for detangling messy hair, so use it if you are the type that gets your hair all caught up in knots (use Jungle afterwards for extra detangling and conditioning action).”

4. Free sample of Jungle solid conditioner.

As a bonus (I’ve never bought anything at Lush™ when I didn’t get a free bonus at the checkout counter), I got a large sample of the solid conditioner, which I had never used before today. The Lush™ website says this of their Jungle solid conditioner:

“One sniff of our tropical solid conditioner (invented by our Helen Ambrosen) and you’ll think you’re in a fruity jungle, flying on a vine from tree to tree. Made without packaging (so there’s no litter in the jungle) or preservatives (it dissolves into the earth without harm), and a base of cocoa butter that melts into hair leaving it glossy and smooth. Fresh organic avocado extract nourishes and bananas moisturize and soften. Make sure your hair and the bar are wet, slide along from root to tip and rinse.”

I broke off a little chunk of the conditioner and used it in the shower today, just to see how it worked.  It smells delicious (eight hours later and my hair STILL smells like heaven), but I’m not totally sold on it—for one, my hair has been fine without conditioner for the past eight months; and moreover, the conditioner bar is not as easy to use as the shampoo bars.  It kind of crumbles, and it doesn’t feel like it’s getting worked through all of my hair.  I will admit, though, that it did work well as a detangler—my hair combed out much nicer after my shower than it normally does—but I just didn’t like its weirdness during application.


Today, because I really like this product and I want to spread the gospel of it to the world so that Lush™ doesn’t go out of business like all my favourite places seem to, I am giving to one lucky reader:

-one shampoo bar
-one travel tin, and
-the chunk of the conditioner sample {which should last for at least five uses})

[A $15.00 value total (hey, it’s not much, but I’m unemployed.)]

To enter, simply comment on this post, and answer either (or both) of the following questions:

1. Why do you want to win this Lush™ shampoo bar?

2. Which bar would you pick if you won?

The contest will be open until midnight on Saturday, February 20th, and winners will be announced Monday, February 22nd at whatever time I feel like it (I hate Mondays, so it will probably be late-ish).

***Disclaimer: I am giving away these products because I like these products. Lush™ did not sponsor me in any way (but Lush™, if you’re reading this, I totally take sponsorships).  I paid for these products with Poor Kyle’s own money.  I will pay for shipping with Poor Kyle’s own money.  Why? Because Poor Kyle loves me, and I love you, and love and Lush™ are what make this world go ’round.***

About Camille

I'm Camille. I have a butt-chin. I live in Canada. I was born in Arizona. I like Diet Dr. Pepper. Hello. You can find me on Twitter @archiveslives, Facebook at, instagram at ArchivesLives, and elsewhere.
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39 Responses to Lush You.

  1. Alyssa says:

    I would love to win because 1. I actually hate my current shampoo 2. I like winning and 3. The 20th is my birthday and I usually buy myself birthday presents, but this year I said no spending money. WINNING isn’t spending money.

    Anddd I’d have to go with the shiney one.

  2. Jordan says:

    well shoot. I learned about no poo here from you, and then I gave it a try. And am still going strong! Haven’t shampooed since August 27th- that’s almost 6 months of no poo….crazy! My hair is ok- though I do notice it is less frizzy. I do have dander, but mostly take care of it and now that it’s warming up(I’m in the South, ya know) I think the dander is subsiding.
    But now you went and showed me this stuff. And now I want this stuff. But I also don’t want to give up on no poo cause I’m stubborn like that. My family thought I was crazy, and I don’t want to show them that they were right! sigh.

    Well, I’m entering this contest. If I win, it will be my sign to quit no poo. How’s that pressure feel on your shoulders?

    I want the shiny one; my hair has always been pretty shine-less.

  3. I’ve been toying with joining the no ‘poo movement, but I’m just not brave enough. The shampoo bar seems like a nice compromise. And, free always makes me want to try something.

  4. Casey says:

    I did the no ‘poo thing from the middle of April ’09 through July or so. I have super straight, fine hair that I have to wash every day if I want to wear it down. My hair felt fine and manageable during the no ‘poo days, but it got extremely dried out. Even when I went back to conditioning, it was super dry and breaking all over the place. So, I went back to shampoo.

    I, too hate that I am wasting plastic bottles… even if I don’t win, I am totally going to buy a shampoo bar from Lush! I think I’d go with the shiny one.

  5. Liz says:

    Hi Camille!

    Those shampoos look awesome, I’d love to try one! I’ve actually never ever heard of Lush, so I’ll definitely have to look into it if I don’t win… But it sure would be nice if I got hooked for free!

    I’m most interested in the Godiva scent.

  6. This sounds awesome to try. I actually do buy my shampoo at the dollar store but have never considered the ‘non-eco-friendliness’ of it, only that because its cheap it also doesn’t do much for my hair. Maybe you can convert me! The Ultimate Shine sounds wonderful! Can you send international??

  7. Ooh! I’m intrigued! I am pro-environmentally friendly packaging and am tired of my old bottle ways. I must have this! You really sold this product, you’re linked!

  8. Tisha says:

    Why I would like to win… I am (cough cough) years old and have yet to find a shampoo/conditioner that actually works well for my stupid hair and I have wasted not only countless empty bottles, but countless mostly full bottles because my super sensitive scalp has reacted to the product. In my quest to find something that works, I’m willing to try pretty darn near anything and this stuff sounds yummy!

    Which one I would like most… I’d have to smell them and see. I’m pretty picky.

  9. Cristin Lassen says:

    I want to win because this sounds like a good idea. I would pick the Godiva one – I like the cocoa butter smell. Anyway, this is such a good idea. Even if I don’t win, I’m buying one anyway!

  10. Kathryn says:

    I want to win because, first, I think that it is a novel idea to have shampoo in bar form. Second, I tried the “no-poo” movement and only lasted a week. I already look like a hagard mom and my hair was beyond greasy by the end of the week. So then in order to be different and save the world, I tried making my own shampoo and was left smelling and looking like the old ladies who never wash their hair. And third, because who doesn’t want to win a contest?

    If I could choose, I would go with #2 or #3. Can’t decide, so when I win, you can decide for me.

  11. chelsie says:

    I don’t need to win one, I got a special one for christmas! From a special friend!!! I love the bar. I will admit that I do not use it on a regular basis but it has saved me on many occasions… example I snuck it into the temple when I was doing baptisms and then didn’t have to double shower that day. also, at the gym after swimming I take advantage of their showers but haven’t liked the shampoo they offer, so I now take the bar with me to the gym and it makes my life so much better!! Thanks, you changed my life!

  12. anna says:

    1. I want to win b/c I was in Lush a few weeks ago and decided I love their products. I’m just too cheap to buy them. Oh, and I am not big into saving plastic (I recycle) but I do love natural products. They make me happy. So obviously winning the bar would make me happy.

    2. The Ultimate Shine


  13. Chloe says:

    I would like to win, because I NEVER win. And that’s not fair… :(
    Besides, I’ve never heard about Lush or shampoo bars, so it would be good to try them.
    I’d pick the Ultimate Shine.
    Thank youu!

  14. Rachel says:

    I’m glad you posted about this because I have been wondering whether you were still doing the no ‘poo.

    What kind of ingredients go into the bars? When it says no preservatives does that mean no SlS & parabens too? I’d be really interested in switching if not because as you say – normal shampoo bottles produce a lot of plastic waste.

    1. I would like to win because I MISS the smell of Lush products as we don’t have a store where I live.

    2. I’d pick the Godiva bar :)

  15. Beth says:

    so many reason to want to win – true reason, I want that bar – I want to try it. I don’t even know which one I would pick I would rather you just do it for me. They all sound fabulous and I’ve never even heard of such – a bar of shampoo, well that’s just FANTASTIC now isn’t it!

  16. Amy says:

    This post just made my day! Ever since learning about Lush a few months back, I have been dying to try some of their products– especially their shampoo bars. But, I dont have a store near me and do not have any friends who can vouch for its amazing-ness. :( Thats where you come in!! You totally pushed me over the edge to order some of these…better yet WIN some!

    Please pick me!
    I’d love to give “The Ulimate Shine” a whirl… the cold weather has left my hair dry and dull.


  17. Julie P. says:

    Thanks for the update!! I have been thinking about which shampoo to use next (I’m running out) and this sounds fabulous! :) I really want to try these! The fact that they don’t waste packaging and they are, in my opinion not THAT expensive (yes, I’ve been known to spend $8.00 on ONE bottle of shampoo. Maybe that’s why my hubs jumped at the idea that I do no-shampoo for a while… hmmm) Anyhoo, I can’t get myself to start that YET.
    That’s why this appeals to me. There’s something so organic about it, I love it!

    I would try the Shiny one. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway camille! :)

  18. I’ve never heard of shampoo bars. I love the idea and really want to try one. If I had my choice I would try the Ultimate Shine.

  19. Geevz says:

    I would probably go for ultimate shine bar and I want to win because I absolutely love trying new things. Especially cool new hippy things. And if I win, I will totally write a post about you.

  20. amber says:

    Wow, thank you so much for this awesome giveaway! Very generous of you. I’ve actually been really curious about the solid shampoo bars from LUSH, so it’s a happy coincidence that you’re giving one away! I think I would love to try the Godiva bar if I win. It’s supposed to be really moisturizing! My dry locks could totally use that. My birthday is coming up in a few weeks, so if I win, I might try it in time for my birthday dinner, so my hair looks fab! :)

    Thank you again Camille, you’re lovely. xoxox.

  21. Alex says:

    i would love to win! i’m intrigued by the idea of bar shampoo – i’ve seen one or two other types, but never tried any because i am too cheap (what if i didn’t like it? there goes $12). i’d pick the shiny one.

  22. kristy says:

    i’m not commenting to win, i think someone else should get it. but i do got to say that i use the shampoo bars from lush (i LOVE lush too). I mostly use the shampoo bars for when I go to the gym as it’s SO handy to leave in a bag and not worry about it leaking etc, and it works awesome. too bad the conditioner wasn’t in the same form as the shampoo, i would totally get it too. the shine one sounds neat, i’d probably get that next time.

  23. Mary-Rose says:

    You should be in sales!! I want to try all of these bars! But I would really like to win the conditioner for my 11-year-old granddaughter who has superfine, super-tangly hair and doesn’t like to condition her hair! I hope it will help avoid those mother-daughter disagreements over hair — the same kind that we all had! Love reading your blog!

  24. Really, even if I don’t win this giveaway, I am so going to buy some of these.

    I hate the thought of all the plastic that goes into my shampoo and conditioner.

    This seems like the perfect solution. I’m sold.

  25. Jenny says:

    What a fab giveaway! I would love to win this contest, because I’m about out of the shampoo sitting in my shower now, and have yet to buy some more!

  26. afton says:

    i was totally sold on this product before i even realized it was a giveaway! bonus!! and really i want to try it because i love to travel with only a carry on but having to transfer shampoo and such items into travel size containers is the worst (so i usually don’t do it and just steal someone’s) …point being, let me win! i totally want to try the godiva. AND i just looked up the store locator and they have one at fashion square! (which of course it’s in fashion square cause lush seems fancy and that mall is nothing if not fancy)

  27. Heidi says:

    My first! First, if I won, I’d pick the Godiva simply because the back story sounds so romantic. Why? The simplicity of it seems almost to good to be true. Save the environment and have healthy, clean hair? What more could a girl want?

  28. Tracy says:

    a bar intrigues me. I must try.

  29. melissa says:

    I’ve been wondering about your no poo status for a while. Thanks for updating! I want to win because as I was reading your post I kept thinking to myself that I was going to look up that company to see if I could order it online. It sounds great! So winning would allow me to try before I buy and I’m sure I would like it even better if I won it! I would want to try the Karma Komba.

  30. Lisa says:

    I would love to win! Because: 1. I love trying any and all new cosmetic products, 2. I love winning, and 3. I travel 20+ weeks a year and this would save me sooo much hassle. I would want to try Karma Komba. I think I might try it even if I don’t win.. but winning would be so much more fun! :)

  31. Madison says:

    I would love to win because a) I hate my shampoo – it makes my hair crackly b) I never win anything, even though I enter everything and that makes me sad c) i live in a dorm and anything smaller is always better. I would try Godiva because I liked the description. :)

  32. Megan Walter says:

    I would love to win because my hair is really I go through shampoo bottles like crazy! This way would last a long time and be better for the environment!!
    Oh and the Karma Komba sounds awesome!

  33. Jamie says:

    Thanks for stopping by. If I won I would give to the hubs as I am pretty sure I am allergic to SLS. But, he would love the bar thing. Anything but the green patchouli one, he has some not yet ferreted out reason to not like that particular smell.

  34. Merissa says:

    Isn’t funny how we all come out of the woodwork for give aways? :) I feel like such a cheater. I don’t know which bar I would choose, they all look heavenly. I live in Eugene, Oregon, which is hippie central. So I’d probably fit in much better if I started using the Karma Komba.

  35. TeamHaynes says:

    Dandruff sucks. Big time. My mom, sister, and I have all dealt with it. Surprisingly its gotten better since I’ve moved to the cold. I’ve tried so many different shampoos but what I have discovered is that if I only wash my hair twice a week (or less, let’s be honest here) it gets a lot better. Don’t know why, but that’s the way it works.
    These lush bars look great! You are way more tree hugger than I am when it comes to the environment, but I am not totally turned off by the thought of being kind to my planet. AAAAhahahahaha. Do these people smoke much? Wow, riding naked. Poor horsey! Fruity jungle? AWESOME!
    I love how people just SHOW UP when you give away something. Anyway, the questions you need answering…
    1. I want to win the Lush shampoo bar because natural ingredients are healthy ingredients. All of what they said about their products mean they stand by the product, and that means a lot to me. And who doesn’t want to smell like a fruity jungle? LOL, I’ll still be laughing about that tomorrow!
    2. For sure the Ultimate shine. I do like my hair smelling good, but looking good means more to me.
    Thank God I’m feeling better today so I could enter!
    I’m still sad I didn’t win the Tom’s…but maybe with my new job I can save a little more to splurge on them! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

  36. Patty says:

    I found your link on the Spin Cycle and I am so glad I checked out your site. These shampoo bars sound terrific. I would love to spare the environment of more plastic and I like the idea of using fewer chemicals on my hair and body, not to mention my kids.

    I am definitely going to check out their website!

    And if I were to win, I wouldn’t mind trying any of those bars, but the Godiva does sound delightful!

  37. Heather says:

    Thanks for dropping by my site and commenting.

    What an interesting Spin. I have never heard of someone not washing their hair on purpose.

  38. dunno says:

    no comment. just wanted to see my green yoda khermit thingnail. dandruff, ech.
    i’ve come to just the bar of soap, for shower, for skin, hair, and beard. i imagine i smell like a hippie, but who can tell their own smell?

  39. Hi! Haven’t been over here in a while, sorry.

    So, I just got a 50% raise. Wish they would backdate it for the 8 months they severely underpaid me. But anyway, I super want to try these, and bet Mike’ll be okay with the expense, since I’m his sugar momma. I always feel so bad for how much gets spent on my girl things versus his guy things.

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