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LUSH New! Solid Shampoo -- I bought this shampoo after reading good reviews about it on makeupalley.com. While I am not new to the concept of LUSH solid shampoo bar (and I think they are the coolest thing ever, especially for travel!), this is my first time purchasing New! solid shampoo.
This red colored shampoo with two cinnamon sticks that are oddly embedded into the bar smells, you guessed it right, just like cinnamon gum. What I like about this shampoo is that it leaves my hair very soft and bouncy, after my hair air dries, it feels more volumized and very clean. Also, LUSH claims that the essential oil in this shampoo bar will stimulate the scalp and encourage hair growth. Not sure if my hair grew out faster or more while using this shampoo, but I'd like to believe that it did, hence the very volumized feel :p I did notice that when I brush my hair, there are less fall outs.
A lot of you have been curious about how I use a solid shampoo bar. I have to admit, the first time I picked up one of those from the store was to satisfy my curiosity, since I've never heard of SOLID shampoo before either. This little bar fits nicely in the middle of my palm. For $9.95 a piece, I thought it was a bit too pricey for the size, but this little bar actually lasted me a very long time (I want to say more than 2 months, almost 3 months with daily usage, and I have long hair). You only really need a very little bit every time. I'd wet my hair and then wet the shampoo bar, then rub it between my hands a few times to lather up, or sometimes I just rub the bar on my hair directly, and you'd instantly get a lot of nice lathers enough for washing your whole hair. It also rinses very easily and makes my hair feel squeaky clean. After shampoo I'd follow up with whatever conditioner I'm using.
When you purchase 2 shampoo bars, LUSH would give you a free aluminum tin to store your bar in. I like to use the tin to carry my shampoo bar when I travel. But at home, I store my shampoo bar on a wired soap dish in the shower, away from direct water contact, so it dries out quicker and therefore help to preserve the lifetime of the shampoo bar longer.
What I like about those shampoo bars is that, they are very travel friendly, yet does the job perfectly -- they lather up super well, just like the traditional bottled shampoos. New! shampoo in particular has a very invigorating cinnamon scent that totally helps me to wake up and clear my mind to help me to get ready for the day. Also, without the bulky packaging of liquid shampoos, these solid bars also eliminate waste.
LUSH also offers a ton of other solid shampoo choices. I'd suggest you to go to the store, sniff a few and find the scent and formula that you like. Actually, find 2 so you can get a nifty little shampoo bar tin for free so you can travel with them too!