Having just finished up my favourite shampoo, Irresistible Bliss, the shampoo to follow had big shoes to fill. After spending the last three months proclaiming how amazing my hair looked and felt, and realising it has never looked better, I was rather anxious to see how New Solid Shampoo would perform.
Looking almost identical to my favourite bar, albeit a little darker, this shampoo claims to be a 'self-preserving, naked bar with many ingredients that will stimulate the blood flow, helping maintain a healthy scalp.' In all honesty, I brought this merely because it was one of the last shampoo bars I had still to try, and now I wish I had bought it earlier.
For starters, this shampoo bar is like every other solid shampoo that I've tried so far; it's very easy to use. You can either massage it through wet hair, or rub it between your hands and create a lather, which can then be applied to your locks. Either way, you can really tell how much shampoo is compacted into a single bar as it lathers up really easily and it'll take weeks before you notice the bar shrinking in size.
Secondly, and one of the main aspects that I enjoy with all of Lush's solid bars, is that it possesses a very gentle smell. While this is definitely stronger than a lot of the other solid shampoo bars on offer, it's still not something that's going to saturate your hair and stay with you for days on end. This one is made up of different cloves, cinnamon and peppermint, so the smell you can pick up smells exactly like a combination of these three main ingredients.
As I mentioned above, New Solid Shampoo has been specifically designed to target the scalp and features a combination of ingredients to do just that. Cinnamon leaf, bay and clove bud essential oils have been added here, and they are at the forefront of the fragrance. Combined with menthol-rich peppermint and nettle, these ingredients supposedly boost blood flow in the scalp, which in turn stimulates the hair follicles. As a finishing touch, rosemary has been added to calm and protect your scalp and adds a glorious shine to your hair.
Within two to three uses, I could really the condition of my hair was almost on par with how it was when I was using Irresistible Bliss. My locks felt really moisturised and healthy, whilst retaining a light, well-conditioned consistency overall. When used daily, New Shampoo didn't dry my hair out or cause my dyed hair to fade, which I appreciated.
However, after a couple of weeks, I did notice that my hair started to get a little greasy and I had to temporarily stop using it. I found that this shampoo doesn't work well when being used every single day so you might have to alternate between this and another shampoo.
As with all other solid products, these bars are really handy for when you're travelling and need to take the bare minimum. They're compact and light and sit perfectly in one of Lush's clearly designed tins, so can be carted anywhere without fear of spillage or leakages. I would recommend though, that if you wish to store your shampoo in one of these tins, make sure the bar is 100% dry before you do; you may have problems trying to get it out the next time as it's a close fit when the bar is full sized.
Overall, New Solid Shampoo is another solid hair care product that I'll add to my favourite's list. It's one that I'll use again and one that I recommend that you try, even if like me, you don't have any issues with a dry or flaky scalp. My hair was definitely given a 'new' lease of life after using this bar, and I can see why it is one of Lush's best sellers.
Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Nettle and Peppermint Infusion, Perfume, Glycerine, Nettle Absolute, Rosemary Absolute, Bay Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, *Cinnamal, *Eugenol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 73360, Cinnamon Stick.
2016 Prices: £5.95 for 55g.