Wednesday, March 21, 2012
LUSH Seanik shampoo bar review
This is my third bar of LUSH Seanik shampoo bar. Seanik shampoo is a sold shampoo designed to volumize hair, which my hair desperately needs. It's the closest solid counterpart to LUSH's famous BIG shampoo. At first I was skeptical about how well a solid bar could wash my hair. However, the shampoo bars actually are more sudsy than normal shampoo. Only a few swipes are required. Volume is added by removing oil and also adding in sea salt which will help follicles stand up (like the beachy hair effect). Irish moss seaweed and Japanese Nori seaweed soften, while lemon oil adds shine. It really leaves my hair squeaky clean and soft with a little extra volume. I have an incredibly oily scalp so a stripping shampoo helps me a lot. With Seanik, my hair is less weighed down by oil or products and therefore has more volume. I think if you have a similar type of hair, this might work for you. However, if your scalp is on the dry end, I would steer clear of this aggressively cleaning bar. Seanik smells beachy; it has some mimosa and jasmine mixed in.
Here's the inside of my local LUSH. There's something magical and irresistible about all those bright colors and good smells. It makes me want to scoop everything up and put it in my little wicker shopping basket! While I was shopping for Seanik, I ended up checking out with the the H'Suan Wen Hua hair mask as well.
Much of the attention at LUSH stores is drawn towards their bath and body products, however my favorite items are the haircare products. My LUSH routine leaves my hair feeling soft and healthy, as opposed to the synthetic slippery feel which can come from the dimethicone/silcone build-up from regular haircare products. Other LUSH shampoo bars I've tried in the past include New (red, cinnamon scented) and Karma Komba (the green one; citrus, pine, patchouli scented). Both were milder shampoos than Seanik. In the future I'm hoping to try Jumping Juniper (the purple one) which is supposed to be for oily hair as well. A plus side of solid shampoo bars is that they're is eco-friendly and save on packaging and shipping (it's smaller and lighter without the liquid). A bar will last me 1.5-2 months. In addition to my Seanik shampoo bar, I use LUSH America Cream conditioner (smells like pudding) and Jungle conditioner for deeper conditioning.
In summary, I love my Seanik shampoo bar! I have a little LUSH tin so I can easily carry it around with me on my travels to keep my hair fluffy. Have you ever tried LUSH shampoo or haircare? What are some of your favorite hair products?
Posted by Dovey at Wednesday, March 21, 2012
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Great review! I've never tried anything from Lush (except for one bath bomb a long time ago) because we don't have one nearby and I hate paying for shipping. I've also never tried a bar shampoo, but this is making me think it may be worth a shot...I have fine curly hair and a somewhat oily scalp, so I absolutely cannot do a no/low 'poo regimen, but bar shampoo may be a good middle road! Of course, the shampoo and conditioner I use now are dirt-cheap and work pretty well, so I just have to convince myself that spending more on my hair is a worthwhile decision...ReplyDelete
Lovely photos, as always!
Hi Amy, Thanks for your comment! I agree about the shipping; I try to avoid it if possible. Fortunately there are a couple LUSH stores near where I live. I'd say if you have a brand that works for you, and it's cost effective, that's great!Delete
I've never tried anything from Lush! You all make me want to try the solid shampoos, but I hate lathering things up. And I don't like soap dishes either, haha! They kind of gross me out. Still, I'm really curious! Hmmmm.ReplyDelete
Hi Larie! I'm so surprised to hear that! I'm not much of a latherer either, but somehow it's quite easy to soap up. I'd have to agree with you about the soap dishes though; I have to make sure it's not a pool of water :)Delete
This sounds really great, especially for travelling! Thanks for the review :)ReplyDelete
Hi M, you're right, the solid does come in handy especially when flying!Delete
I love love love Lush!! I currently use (or used, until I got my hair dyed yesterday) the Jumping Juniper bar shampoo and LOVE it. I have sort of oily hair and it makes my hair look a lot less oily on that second day! I've been dying to try the Seanik - maybe that'll be my next one? Perhaps not when my hair is red, as it does contain sea salt.ReplyDelete
Hi Annick, that's awesome! I hope you're liking your new color :) It's really good to hear from someone who's tried JJ. I'm more tempted now to try a bar before Seanik runs out!Delete
Great review! I love lush bath products, but I have never tried the skin or hair care products. But THIS - sounds just like what I need!ReplyDelete
Question - Do you find it drying at all? My hair is very limp, but I still like it to feel smooth.
Hi Lindsey, Thanks! I'm glad this was helpful. Seanik does make hair seem a little dry since it has some salt. However, I usually focus on the crown of my head and make sure to condition the ends! The other bars also give the squeaky clean feeling too, but aren't as harsh :)Delete
I haven't tried these but I think they'd be amazing for air travel (no liquid :D)ReplyDelete
Hi Sarah, I agree; the travel part is definitely a plus--- no worrying about spills!Delete
This is the shampoo I've been using for months! It's a great one and I haven't noticed my hair any dryer than usual. But whenever I do wash my hair I always go in with hair serums when it's damp and after its blow dried. My hair stylist says to keep doing what I'm doing, so I will!ReplyDelete
Hi spiffykerms, how awesome!! It's fun to hear from a fellow user :) I think your routine seems to make sense--- I think a complete cleanse followed by serums would make for healthy hair without unnecessary buildup!Delete
Too bad this is not recommended for dyed hair. I'm currenly using NEW! and loving it, now I want to try them all! I really want to go no-poo but I allow myself to use LUSH shampoos since they don't contain too much nasty things like other commercial (and liquid) shampoos.ReplyDelete
I haven't tried any of LUSH's products, but I want to try the shampoo bar! My hair is straight, flat and gets oily fast. Seanik sounds like the perfect solution. Time to visit my local LUSH store... thanks for the review! You've convinced me :)ReplyDelete
Hi C, sounds like my hair :) I hope it works out for you! Don't forget to condition :)Delete
what a cool shampoo for travel. Never tired it but now I want to.ReplyDelete
Thank you! The travel aspect is something I like a lot!Delete
I have straight, thin hair with very oily roots and am always looking for new shampoos to deal with it. I also colour my hair though, and my current colour seems to be a bit hard to keep, so I'm wondering how these would work with coloured hair? Do you think it would strip the colour too much?ReplyDelete
Hi Emily, it sounds perfect for your hair... except the color! I think I have heard that it can be stripping since it has sulfates. (Though, LUSH would probably know more about it!)Delete
Ok thanks! I'll ask next time I go in :)Delete