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#1 Judydoll

Posted 07 October 2019 - 12:04 PM

Do you use one?  What are the good and bad points about them.  Wondering if you would mind sharing  your experience.  Thank you.

#2 peckingbird

Posted 07 October 2019 - 12:27 PM

I’ve used shampoo bars from Lush. I have extremely thick and wiry, frizzy hair and I found the shampoo bars to be really effective on my hair, and they lasted a long time. I kept using my usual heavy duty conditioner.

The only reason I’m not using one anymore is I found the Lush bar fragrances really overwhelming and I haven’t found an alternative yet.

I would encourage you to try one!

#3 cinnamonnutmeg

Posted 07 October 2019 - 12:30 PM

I just binned my lush shampoo and conditioner bars.

The shampoo dried my hair to straw and the conditioner gave me nothing. And I even did it properly. I use gobs of conditioner though (my hair is super long and bleached). Was incredibly disappointed.

#4 hotsonfornowhere

Posted 07 October 2019 - 12:38 PM

I love shampoo bars! The biggest point for me was reducing the amount of plastic!

The bad point for me was the price, the ones I were buying were $25 a pop.

I have now started making my own 2-in-1 soap and shampoo bar at home. It's brilliant! Just coconut oil, olive oil and sunflower oil with lye and a small amount of essential oil for fragrance.

#5 wilding

Posted 07 October 2019 - 01:15 PM

View Postcinnamonnutmeg, on 07 October 2019 - 12:30 PM, said:

I just binned my lush shampoo and conditioner bars.

The shampoo dried my hair to straw and the conditioner gave me nothing. And I even did it properly. I use gobs of conditioner though (my hair is super long and bleached). Was incredibly disappointed.

Tried a variety of the lush ones and they all made my hair fall out. So don't blame you for binning them!

#6 hellsmail

Posted 07 October 2019 - 01:21 PM

I buy lush shampoo and conditioners.  Up to my third bar and it is great  still using my first conditioner bar as a bar should last several bars.

there is trick to them,  the shampoo bars are to be kept dry and the conditioner bars work best if they are moist,ie keep them in a sealed container wit a bit of water they need to be mushy then when you rub them in your hands you get enough to condition hair.

I have very dry hair in fact I can go a week without washing and my hair doesnt look greasy and I have no problems with the lush bars and I am going to try hemp bars from my dry food shop.


my bars dont cost that much in fact they cost the same as shampoo in a bottle but last so much longer

Edited by hellsmail, 07 October 2019 - 01:22 PM.


#7 mayahlb

Posted 07 October 2019 - 01:27 PM

I use shampoo and conditioner bars from a small cottage business in NZ. It’s called Meraki Studio NZ. Does a lovely job on my hair (thick, heavy, prone to frizz and a very very sensitive scalp), they last well, lather well and you can get a range of fragrances as well as one that are unscented. Which is great because I’m very sensitive to scents. I think it cost me around $30 for a bar of each and postage.

#8 kitkatswing

Posted 07 October 2019 - 01:53 PM

Its something I have been interested in, but I have a very itchy scalp if I use normal shampoo/conditioner. I have to use Head & Shoulders..

#9 rowd

Posted 07 October 2019 - 02:38 PM

I use ethique bars for shampoo, conditioner and body wash, and love them! The main thing is that you need to use a container of some sort to store them in. I like the ethique brand in shower containers, because they drain so help the bars last longer, but even a sistema or Tupperware type thing works.

#10 littlepickle

Posted 07 October 2019 - 02:44 PM

I also use the ethique shampoo bar (oily hair) and find it fantastic. I use a conditioner bar made by my local wastless pantry but find I also need to add some leave in conditioner on the ends (trialling a few recipes)
Trying to reduce our plastic use..

#11 PhillipaCrawford

Posted 07 October 2019 - 03:25 PM

Another vote for Ethique. DD's friend who makes a lot of her own beauty product advised against lush as according to her they contain too many chemicals.

Ethique is available in Priceline as well as online.

#12 cookiegurl

Posted 07 October 2019 - 03:26 PM

I use a sensitive scalp bar from the Australian Natural Soap Company. It works well for me but my mum used it and while she likes how her hair feels, she says it washes out the colour (dye) from her hair quicker.

#13 IamtheMumma

Posted 07 October 2019 - 03:42 PM

I've used Lush and Beauty and the Bees shampoo bars.

I'm glad I only bought a sample pack of the Bees bars. While they all lathered nicely and cleaned my hair, none of them smelled nice. One of them reminded me of a tick bath.

Lush worked ok. I had to keep the shampoo bar in the fridge during summer otherwise it would melt into a soggy mess in the bathroom. Winter was fine to leave in the bathroom. If you have a store near you, I would recommend visiting it to get to know the scents. I've tried Honey, I washed the kids (which was ok and worked well for DS's hair), NEW (odd smell but I got used to it) and Godiva (which smells delicious but sometimes smelt like old socks. It was really weird). The Godiva was the worst one for falling apart.

I really like shampoo bars and would love to use them but I've not had overall success with them.

#14 Wot*A*Lot*Of_____

Posted 07 October 2019 - 03:45 PM

View Postpeckingbird, on 07 October 2019 - 12:27 PM, said:

I’ve used shampoo bars from Lush. I have extremely thick and wiry, frizzy hair and I found the shampoo bars to be really effective on my hair, and they lasted a long time. I kept using my usual heavy duty conditioner.

The only reason I’m not using one anymore is I found the Lush bar fragrances really overwhelming and I haven’t found an alternative yet.

I would encourage you to try one!
DD20 likes the Ethique ones from Priceline, but is using some Arian Oil stuff at the moment.
DD15 tried them, but on her length of hair they are just too difficult.

#15 EmmDasher

Posted 07 October 2019 - 06:20 PM

View Postrowd, on 07 October 2019 - 02:38 PM, said:

I use ethique bars for shampoo, conditioner and body wash, and love them! The main thing is that you need to use a container of some sort to store them in. I like the ethique brand in shower containers, because they drain so help the bars last longer, but even a sistema or Tupperware type thing works.

Exactly this for us. A conditioner bar is a must for us too. I LOVE the Ethique Bliss Bar face wash.

Although, I’ve recently switched back to bottled products to give the curly girl method a red hot crack after all the recs in here. Doing that has really highlighted to me that it is incredibly difficult to get enough hydration from the bar products. I popped one of my curly girl conditioners on the girls’ hair the other night and it was just lush in a way that their hair never is with bar products. I love the idea of the bars and they’re a decent product but the shampoos all seem quite drying (even ‘gentle’ ones) and the conditioner bars probably aren’t enough to counteract that. They’d might be ideal for oiled hair.

Edited by EmmDasher, 07 October 2019 - 06:32 PM.


#16 kimasa

Posted 11 October 2019 - 07:04 AM

Yes, I will never go back to liquid shampoo.

I use the beer bar from Beauty and the Bees.

#17 Ozquoll

Posted 11 October 2019 - 07:16 AM

View Postkitkatswing, on 07 October 2019 - 01:53 PM, said:

Its something I have been interested in, but I have a very itchy scalp if I use normal shampoo/conditioner. I have to use Head & Shoulders..
I have the same problem. I'm thinking of trying these bars:
https://www.etsy.com...one-zinc-znp-by

#18 Montro

Posted 11 October 2019 - 07:27 AM

View Postkimasa, on 11 October 2019 - 07:04 AM, said:

Yes, I will never go back to liquid shampoo.

I use the beer bar from Beauty and the Bees.

I love the beer bar!  I have fine, naturally wavy hair, and it truly does gives my hair the appearance of being thicker.  Love the scent too.https://www.beebeaut...-all-hair-types

Edited by Montro, 11 October 2019 - 07:28 AM.


#19 wannabe30

Posted 11 October 2019 - 08:17 AM

View PostEmmDasher, on 07 October 2019 - 06:20 PM, said:

Although, I’ve recently switched back to bottled products to give the curly girl method a red hot crack after all the recs in here. Doing that has really highlighted to me that it is incredibly difficult to get enough hydration from the bar products. I popped one of my curly girl conditioners on the girls’ hair the other night and it was just lush in a way that their hair never is with bar products. I love the idea of the bars and they’re a decent product but the shampoos all seem quite drying (even ‘gentle’ ones) and the conditioner bars probably aren’t enough to counteract that. They’d might be ideal for oiled hair.
I’m torn between plastic free and curly girl too! I find that a lot of the shampoo bars contain beeswax which makes my curls a bit meh. I’ve found a vegan version (ie no beeswax) which I’ll try once the current one runs out.

But my hair really does look much better with Deva Curl products in bottles imported from overseas ... not good for the environment though!</p>

#20 IamtheMumma

Posted 11 October 2019 - 08:19 AM

View PostOzquoll, on 11 October 2019 - 07:16 AM, said:

I have the same problem. I'm thinking of trying these bars:
https://www.etsy.com...one-zinc-znp-by

Those look great but the postage!

#21 Ozquoll

Posted 11 October 2019 - 09:38 AM

View PostIamtheMumma, on 11 October 2019 - 08:19 AM, said:



Those look great but the postage!
I know 😧🤯! If a few of us got together to order them we might get it to a reasonable level. But I'm in Melb and I believe you are in NSW?

#22 sassya

Posted 11 October 2019 - 10:24 AM

I have just started using Hemp Collective shampoo bar, and it really works for my short, thick hair. Their conditioner bar is great too (and I've not had luck with conditioner bars in the past). Subtle scent. Lasts well. Lots of people I know use and love them. They are made in northern NSW.

https://www.hempcoll...e.com.au/about/

#23 hellsmail

Posted 11 October 2019 - 10:36 AM

View Postsassya, on 11 October 2019 - 10:24 AM, said:

I have just started using Hemp Collective shampoo bar, and it really works for my short, thick hair. Their conditioner bar is great too (and I've not had luck with conditioner bars in the past). Subtle scent. Lasts well. Lots of people I know use and love them. They are made in northern NSW.

https://www.hempcoll...e.com.au/about/

These are at my local dry food store so will try them when my lush products run out

#24 IamtheMumma

Posted 11 October 2019 - 11:19 AM

View PostOzquoll, on 11 October 2019 - 09:38 AM, said:

I know ! If a few of us got together to order them we might get it to a reasonable level. But I'm in Melb and I believe you are in NSW?

QLD. So many things on Etsy look great but the postage kills it.

#25 IamOzgirl

Posted 11 October 2019 - 11:49 AM

I liked what it did with my hair. But I got a rash on my scalp :-(




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