Five years ago, in 2013, I first tried out the Lush cosmetics range of solid cosmetics and bathroom products. As I'm still using them now in 2018, I figured it was high time I'd update this review of a Lush solid shampoo, a Lush solid conditioner, a Lush solid deodorant, and the Lush solid toothpaste.
The reason I tried Lush so many years ago was that I always struggled not to pack too many liquids in my carry-on. I usually travel carry-on only and at the time I was still wearing lenses so the liquids quickly added up.
Lush solid products are, well, solid, and so they don't count toward your carry-on liquid total. They were the perfect solution to my problem and still are when I want to pack things like shampoo, conditioner, and deodorant alongside my facial cream, makeup remover etc.
Lush solid cosmetics review: solid bathroom products
Lush solid shampoo review
Even though I often stay at hotels where toiletries are included in the room, I always have my Lush block shampoo with me just in case. As it's really a shampoo block and not a liquid, I don't need to think about taking it out when I travel with carry-on luggage only and it comes in handy when I'm staying at rental apartments.
I used to pack these refillable travel bottles that you can put shampoo and other bathroom products in but found them to be less practical as they're still liquids and they can run out in your toiletry bag.
Lush has a wide range of solid shampoos for different hair types and with different scents. You can buy them naked, without any packaging, or in a Lush shampoo tin. I have a container as it makes it easy to keep the block shampoo clean and pack it in my toiletry bag with everything else.
How to use Lush solid shampoo?
To use the Lush shampoo bar, you first have to make your hair wet like you would before using a normal shampoo. Then you just take the bar and slide it over your hair about three times, depending on the length and thickness of your hair. I have long but really fine hair and three times was sufficient for me.
I was really surprised at how the shampoo foamed nicely. Since it comes from a bar, I hadn't expected that, but the shampoo really has a nice texture once it’s in your hair and makes it easy to wash it.
Ah, nothing like a fresh head of hair!
After I’d washed out the shampoo there was no way of telling I’d used a solid shampoo instead of a liquid one. My hear felt clean and the days after it didn’t get greasy again any quicker than it would have with liquid shampoo. I've been using a Lush shampoo block every since this first test and am still a fan.
Lush solid conditioner review
The next time I had to wash my hair I decided to combine the Lush solid shampoo with the Lush solid conditioner called Big. When I first tried it, Big wasn't as solid as the Lush hard shampoo. It was a block and wouldn't “run” but it would get a bit sticky at room temperature.
Luckily, Lush has improved their Big solid conditioner since then and it's now more solid. You might still want to get a little box to put it in to keep the rest of your toiletries clean, though.
How to use Lush solid conditioner?
Just like the Lush Cosmetics shampoo bar, really. You just rub it over your hair and then disperse it evenly You can also rub the bar between your hair to get the conditioner off that way and then apply it to your hair.
I do have to say the Lush Big solid conditioner feels less creamy than a regular conditioner which makes it hard to know if you've applied enough and if it's really working. Trust me: it is. You'll see and feel the result when your hair is dry again. It's just a matter of trying how many rubs of the conditioner you need the first time, depending on the kind of hair you have.
The Lush big conditioner is easy to wash out and once your hair is dry, there's no way of telling you've used a hard conditioner instead of a liquid one.
As with the solid shampoos, there are different Lush solid conditioners for different hair types and in different scents.
They don't seem to sell the Lush conditioner bars on Amazon at the moment but you can find alternatives.
Lush solid deodorant review
Lush currently has several solid deodorants on offer but when I tried them first, I tried the Aromaco block. It worked so well that I've stuck with it ever since and more so, it's become Boyfriend's favorite deodorant as well – and that's saying something!
Boyfriend has a physically demanding job and sweats a lot. For years, he struggled to find a deodorant that would keep him feeling fresh without irritating his skin. Since I told him to try the Lush Cosmetics deodorant Aromaco, he doesn't want to use another one.
How to use Lush solid deodorant?
First, wet your armpits and then rub the Lush deodorant bar against them. If you don't wet your armpits first, not much deodorant will come off the block.
The first time I used the Lush Aromaco deodorant, I wasn't really sure if I’d used enough water or not and I was afraid it wouldn't work. Luckily, my fear turned out to be ungrounded. I put the solid deodorant through the most difficult test and it survived. I took it dancing.
And I don't mean I took it clubbing. I wore it for four straight hours of intense dance classes and you have to know: I get sweaty when I do any kind of exercise. The good thing with the Aromaco is that even though I get sweaty, my armpits don't get smelly.
The only thing I didn’t like about Lush's solid deodorant was that it sometimes left small pieces on my armpits when applying it. So make sure you check to see if you don’t have any white spots there.
Unfortunately, no Lush solid deodorant on Amazon either but this seems to be a good alternative.
Lush Toothy Tabs review
Lush Toothy Tabs are a solid alternative for toothpaste. They’re shaped like small tablets or pills, meaning you can easily take them with you in your carry-on. They're not considered a liquid.
So how to use Lush Toothy Tabs?
Simply put a tablet in your mouth and crunch it with your teeth. Once it's crunched, it mingles with your saliva and starts to foam a bit like normal toothpaste so that you can brush your teeth. Be sure to wet your toothbrush enough as well though. It makes it easier.
Lush offers several different flavors of Toothy Tabs and I suggest you try some of them out before deciding if you like Toothy Tabs or not. I tried the “ultrablast” taste the first time and while it was okay, I wasn’t blown away by the flavor. You do want them to taste good as you first need to chew on them before you can begin brushing.
Although brushing your teeth with Lush toothpaste tablets feels different from brushing with normal toothpaste, the result is pretty much the same: clean teeth and a fresh mouth. So if you’re looking to leave your tube of toothpaste at home, Lush teeth tablets are definitely a worthy alternative.
Storing Lush products
Because Lush sells its products naked, you might wonder how to store them. If you plan on traveling a lot with them like I do, you could get a tin container for the solid shampoo like I have, but you can also perfectly put all of your solid products in a ziplock bag or something similar.
These don't take up any extra space and weigh nothing.
If you're thinking about how to store your solid Lush products at home, you can just put them on a little dish or in a box in your bathroom, or put them on the shelf in the shower as you would do with regular shampoo and other bottles. The solid cosmetics won't run out unless you put them right under the shower head water ray.
Conclusion of this Lush cosmetics review
Well, as it's been five years since I first started using Lush solid products and am still using them, you probably have guessed that I'm a fan. I mostly use the solid shampoo, the Lush conditioner bar, and the solid deodorant as those last way longer than the solid toothpaste tabs.
I also don't mind taking some toothpaste in a small travel container as it barely counts to my liquid total when I travel carry-on but if you want to avoid liquids all-together, toothpaste tablets are the way to go.
Lush Cosmetics, the company
Lush Cosmetics was founded in 1995 by six people in the UK. It focuses on using fresh ingredients and is strictly against animal testing. All items are suitable for vegetarians and products suitable for vegans are clearly marked as such.
Adopting a “grocery store approach”, products are sold by weight and wrapped in packaging carrying a “use by” date. That packaging is often just a paper wrap or something similar as Lush tries to sell the bulk of its products “naked” to battle over-packaging in the shopping industry.
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