Herban Lifestyle Shampoo Bar Review

I’ll get to the point.

I HATE shampoo and conditioner bottles. They clutter my bathroom and they create so much plastic waste. So when I noticed people talking about shampoo bars on various forums and blogs, I was intrigued.

How great is using up something and there’s no waste left afterwards? I cringe every time I have to throw out those unrecycalable shampoo and conditioner bottles because I know they are going to my town’s incinerator and will be burned, spewing tons of toxins and polluting the air. And in some towns, they will end up in landfills….for hundreds of years, if not longer, or get washed away to the ocean, hundreds of miles away.

You get the picture.

So when I commented about it on facebook, Herban Lifestyle sent me a sample of its Deeply Herbal Shampoo Bar to try. The fact that it’s made with only organic herbs and essential oils and there is no waste packaging, were just the perfect reasons I needed try this new funky way of washing my hair.

Shampoo, not out of the bottle?

I admit. I was reluctant, at first, to rub the hard bar of soap against my scalp. Shampooing and washing my hair has always been a relaxing experience for me. I mean, the two minutes I get, to myself, is spent massaging my scalp in a soothing motion. So to rub this hard bar of soap against my scalp didn’t seem like a luxurious  to me.

But then, I tried Herban Lifestyle’s Deeply Herbal Shampoo Bar as soon as it came and I was pleasantly surprised. Yeah, I wouldn’t lie to you. Rubbing a hard bar of soap on my scalp, at first, was not sensuous or soothing. But, once I got the lather going with just a few stroke on my scalp, I used my finger tips to massage my scalp and wash my hair like I normally do. And I was very surprised at how sudsy the shampoo bar was. Like I said, I didn’t need to rub that much but it was enough for my thick hair to get all lather up. I had to look very closely at the ingredient list, on line, when I was done to make sure that it didn’t contain synthetic chemicals because it lathered up so nicely. And I was relieved to find out that it didn’t. It only has organic oils and herbs. Score!

And when I rinsed my hair, the hair was so squeaky clean but not dry. In fact, my coarse, straight as horse tail, hair was really soft, as if I used  conditioner. And  this was great because I am too lazy to use conditioner but now, I didn’t even need conditioner! Awesome!

So is it economical?

On thing I noticed about the shampoo bar is that since it’s hard, it doesn’t ‘melt’ on my soap dish. The sample size was a generous size – about twice the size of a hotel soap – and I still have almost the whole bar after ten washings. So I asked the owner, Mary, how long does a bar last. She said, the full size bar should last more than 48 single washes for average length hair. Sorry Mary, but I think you are wrong. I have shoulder length hair and I can see it lasting me about two months. It is definitely cheaper than my $8 organic shampoo that I usually buy. And there’s no waste of dripping shampoo onto the tub floor, that sometimes happens to me. OK, I’m human. So with this bar, I’ll be able to just use what I need without wasting it by dripping shampoo onto the tub floor.

What’s in it?

According to the website, Deeply Herbal Shampoo Bar contains:

Ingredients: Olea europaea (Olive) Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil**, Ricinus communis (Castor) Oil*, Aqua (Purified Water), Sodium Hydroxide, Essential Oil of Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)*, Essential oil of Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender)*, Rosemary Extract*
*USDA Certified Organic
**Fair Trade and organic

What makes it so sudsy? The Coconut and Castor Oil

No synthetic chemicals at all! How great is that?

The BEST Part!

I LOVED the shampoo bar from Herban Lifestyle. Can you tell? I don’t have to lug the empty plastic shampoo bottles to the garbage and feel guilty for adding trash to be incinerated. Now, all I do is, recycle the paper that the shampoo is wrapped in. Oh, and the fragrant scent was just enough for me NOT to gag. I hate those strong smelling shampoos that gets to my olfactory nerves. But this shampoo was just faintly fragrant enough for me to feel refreshed and pretty without the over powering scent.

There’s nothing not to like about this shampoo. No waste. Beautiful result. And safe ingredients for my skin and hair. (I am secretly wishing that it will turn my grey hair into my pre-middle aged black hair. A girl can wish, couldn’t she?)

Giveaway is CLOSED

I loved the shampoo so much that I asked Herban Lifestyle if she can offer a giveaway and she said, “Of course!” for my readers. She is offering 3 bars of soap – (1) Shampoo Bar and/or (2) Soaps of your choice – $8 each – $24 total in value. Yay!

Giveaway Rules

  • The give­away is open to those who are my subscribers only. If you are not my current subscriber, you must subscribe by using the subscription link for e-mail or RSS. Your e-mail address will NOT be shared with anyone or posted anywhere.
  • You must be over 18 years old who lives within US.
  • When you fill out the form, I can see your e-mail address; DO NOT leave your e-mail address with your comment unless you enjoy SPAM.
  • This giveaway will end at 11:59 PM EST on Friday February 25, 2011.
  • One win­ner will be cho­sen at ran­dom, gen­er­ated by a random.org, and will be announced on Saturday, February 26, 2011.
  • No pur­chase is nec­es­sary to enter the giveaway.
  • You must respond within three days after giveaway is closed to be eligible.
  • There is no limit as to how many times you can enter. Each com­ment is one entry.
  • If you don’t use one of the ways to enter as below, I will consider it to be SPAM and delete the entry.
  • SRP is $24.00

Here is how you can enter and please only leave me a comment related to this product and giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment here what other products you would like to try from Herban Lifestyle.
  2. Share this giveaway with a friend and Cc me -  karen[at]ecokaren[dot]com
  3. Follow @herbanlifestyle on Twitter and let me know by adding @ecokarenlee on your tweet.
  4. Be a fan of Herban Lifestyle on Facebook
  5. You can also enter by tweeting about the giveaway! Please use @ecokarenlee so that I know you tweeted
  6. Blog about this giveaway.
  7. “Share” the giveaway on your facebook wall and make sure to add @ecokaren to  your post so I know.
  8. Add me as a friend or like me on Facebook (ecokaren)
  9. Follow me on Twitter (ecokarenlee) and say you heard about the giveaway. Again, mention @ecokarenlee so I know.


  1. betz says

    I love this idea! Is there a bar of conditioner too? I’d love to try some of the lip balms, too.

    • says

      Hi Betz! With this shampoo bar, you don’t need conditioner. I have been using it exclusively for three months, and my hair is in amazing shape. I have long, thick, wavy hair, and used to go through two bottles of conditioner each month to keep it from being a frizzy mess. When I saw my hairstylist last month, she asked what products I have been using because my hair looked at felt so great. She was very impressed when I said I had been using just one – my shampoo bar :) I know this is not an unbiased opinion, but I have a few clients who can also vouch for this!

  2. says

    This sounds like something I would like to use for my daughter.

    For me, I’m trying the no-poo thing right now and haven’t washed my hair in three weeks – I’ve rinsed in twice with baking soda. My hair looks healthier, is less dry and is shinier. Honestly, I didn’t think not using shampoo would work but so far the experiment has been successful.

  3. says

    I’d love to try Herban Lifestyle’s shampoo bar-thanks for the opportunity to win! I have used shampoo bars for over a year now and LOVE it! Once a week I do an apple cider vinegar rinse and I don’t use nor need conditioner.

  4. SandyLH says

    I’d love to try the shampoo soap! I did that several years ago but then got out of the habit. I like using the bar shampoo, it was very convenient.

  5. says

    Karen, thank you so much for your glowing review! I’m so happy to hear that you love it as much as I do :)

    And a big thanks to all of you who have Liked and followed me. Best of luck in this giveaway!

  6. Maura says

    This stuff looks amazing! I think I would also try the skin detox facial soap because my face is either too oily or too dry, never just right.

  7. says

    I’ve been thinking along the same lines about hand soap pumps, the shampoo bar brings it to a whole new level! I’d love to try the herbal shampoo bar and also the Lime Lime soap! :o)

  8. says

    The Organic Solid Lotion Bar sounds yummy! Would love to try it and the Vanilla Chocolate Organic Lip Balm! All sounds delish!

  9. says

    What a fantabulous giveaway idea! I’ve been a fan since first doing a writeup on Herban Lifestyle almost a year ago!

    I’ve long since wanted to pick up pretty much the entire Men’s line for my hubby, it looks so soothing and easy to use and I know his face (and my hand touching it mind you!) would enjoy it! Not to mention I’ll be trying out the makeup remover as soon as my current bottle of very NOT natural stuff runs out! (Still can’t get behind throwing something away, it just seems too wasteful!)

    I already follow on twitter & FB, herbanlifestyle AND you!! I’ll be tweeting about this momentarily and will definitely share on my CSD FB page.

    I don’t know what that means for number of entries, I lost count at the first one lol. Good luck to everyone!

  10. Alexandra DiGiorgio says

    I would like to try to the Skin Detox Facial Soap!
    I am also a follower via RSS!

  11. Allison says

    I would love to try the Skin Detox Facial Soap! Sounds so nice…and it’d be nice not having facewash bleach out my towels!

    Following via email list!

  12. Brandi Newman says

    I would like to try the beer here soap…seems like such a cool idea!

  13. stacy hancock says

    i would love some bath bonbons! so many fabulous things to choose from… great review on the shampoo bar, too. i’ve been considering them for a while and feel more encouraged now.

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  15. Sara Levine says

    I never heard about a shampoo bar and love the idea! I have been having the hardest time finding a green shampoo and the bar has great ingredients plus suds! I’d love to try the lip balm too!!

  16. Bobbi says

    I would also like to try the solid lotion bar, I love trying natural body products with very little packaging.

  17. says

    I would like to try the Deeply Herbal Shampoo Bar, I actually just ran out of my last shampoo bar from a different retailer

  18. Crafty says

    I subscribed to your blog via email and confirmed
    mycraftingworld at gmail dot com

  19. Crafty says

    I would like to try the Glowing Green Facial Masque and Grapefruit Apricot Kernel Facial Scrub. They sound so good for your skin.

  20. says

    I subscribe via email and I would love to try the “Deeply Herbal Shampoo Bar.” I love handmade soap! It’s much much better for the skin.

  21. Lisa L says

    I’d love to try the It’s a Sunshiny Soap! Organic Calendula Tangerine Cold Process

  22. trixx says

    I’d love to try the Put the Lime in the Coconut soap. Sounds like a vacation in bar form!