30 May 2013

Dr. Peppermint Solid Shampoo Bar

I ordered this from the Lush site when I was compiling one of my crazy and expensive purges, and it wasn't until it arrived that I felt a little silly in doing so. I had initially placed it in my basket as it was part of their retro range, and I was unsure how much longer it would be available to buy. When it arrived, I was immediately put off by the smell - mint. Now you may be thinking - why would you buy a product that has mint in it's name when you don't like mint smelling things? Truth be told, I don't dislike mint at all, I'm just a little indifferent towards it. However, I'm not very keen on strong smelling mint products, and this shampoo bar has a very potent smell.

Despite this, I was actually pleasantly surprised when using it for the first time, to discover that it doesn't smell very strong when applied to your head. For those who bought it for the scent, this may be a detrimental aspect of the bar, but for me it's a definite positive. 

This shampoo bar claims to wake up dull and boring hair, as well as possess properties that may help to stimulate new growth. Thinning hair is natural as we get older but, while we’ll never be able to stop the inevitable, there are a few things we can do to try and hold back the hands of time a little longer. Dr Peppermint uses the special properties of stimulating menthol to wake up those lazy hair follicles and get them back to work.

That tingling sensation you feel with Dr Peppermint is actually an increase in blood flow to all the little capillaries that supply your hair follicles with the fuel they need to make new hair. 

In it's favour, my head of hair did feel fractionally fuller after using this bar a few times, but as with all of the solid hair care products I have used so far, this bar did not agree with my locks. It dried out my hair and left me with patches of flaky scalp that I have never experienced in my life before. In spite of this, I can definitely see it as a bargain product as you need very little of it with each use.
Rub the bar between your hands with water, work the lather gently and thoroughly into wet hair, then rinse away. One light lather is enough, and you only need to work up the tiniest amount of 'froth' and it'll coat your entire head with a soft, foamy creme. I can see this bar lasting 2-4 months, depending on how often you wash your hair. And for a measly £6.25, this is great value for money.  

Unfortunately, yet again the solid hair care product has done nothing to improve my stubborn locks and this will not be a product I buy again. However, this will not put me off trying other solid shampoos and conditioners. Please don't forget that everyone's hair type is different, and what doesn't work for me, may work wonders for you.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Water, Peppermint Oil, Spearmint Oil, Neroli Oil, Black Pepper Oil, Ground Black Pepper, *Eugenol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume.

Vegan?: Yes

2014 Price: £5.95 each.
2015 Price: £5.75 each. 
2017 Price: £6.25 each. 


  1. I simply loved it. When i first tried it the very first thing that impressed me was the foam. It reminded me of something “vintage” like the Johnson’s baby shampoo my mother used to wash my hair with when i was a child and the result on my my hair is quite the same, it dries it a little more than i need, but my hair is a bit oily so i don’t mind. The perfume is lovely! I smell neroli more than mint.

  2. My first impressions of this product (after buying it in the kitchen last week) are quite good. It seemed to brighten up my hair and I was able to brush it out while I was drying it, my hair tangles very badly. I do have a bit of a flaky scalp but to be honest that's always been a problem for me so I wouldn't put it down to the bar itself, right now I'd see this as a product I would use if my hair was feeling really dull that day so I do see it lasting a while now that I have the tin for it to go inside.