Thinking of converting to a Shampoo bar? Check out our Beauty_not_cruelty review of the @lush Montalbano.... First things first. It’s not as generous or as quick or as easy as your normal, standard liquid shampoo. For those lucky lasses with thick tresses it may take a few applications but once you’ve accepted that after all it’s NOT a bottle of shampoo but actually a bloody brilliant little bar that just runs and runs, you’ll get the hang of it. It just takes a little bit of patience and perseverance to massage into the hair and scalp - something that you will not regret.
That saying, I was pleasantly surprised at how easily the bar became seriously soapy and I found it was ideal for travelling. I kept the shampoo safe and sound in a perfectly formed, reusable little tin also from Lush for only £2.50. I washed my hair about every three days or so, sometimes more if we were beaching and it still lasted me a whopping 6 months (!!), so it really packs its punch.
The Montalbano bar smelt zingy and zesty, a fragrance that I am always drawn to. The natural ingredients sound good enough to eat: 🍋 fresh lemon juice (refreshes and rejuvenates), 🍸green olives (packing nutrients) and 🌿 rosemary absolute (soothes and calms). Considering that I really put my hair to the test, moving from hot to cold weather, in salt and chlorinated water, often strangling it with hairbands and at times feeling like I was pulling my hair out, the shampoo bar worked it’s little butt off at keeping it in good condition.
My hair maintained its strength and looked satisfactorily shiny and voluminous and I suffered no itchiness, lankness or brittle ends. However, I did notice it could look greasy if the product was not washed out properly - something which is quite difficult to do when you have to wash using a bucket. As I had no access to luxuries like hair dryers and straighteners I was worried my hair would be flat as a pancake or else really flyaway, but I was really impressed by how clean and light it felt.