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18 March 2014

Seanik Solid Shampoo


In all honesty, this review has taken me almost three months to write; partly because I like to use my shampoo over a few weeks to see whether my hair condition changes, and partly because, with Seanik in particular, I've had a love/hate relationship with it from the word go. 

Back when I made my first Lush order, I had no knowledge or guidance to help me choose which shampoo bar to choose. For this reason, I ended up picking three of them at random. Seanik just happened to be one of those three. 

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.

Next up, this bar has plenty of ingredients to soften and revitalise your hair. First up, there's a ton of nori seaweed packed into each bar, which is rich in protein and helps to strengthen hair and make it silky soft in both look and feel; lemon has been added to add to that natural shine, without making it look greasy or oily. Finally, mimosa, jasmine and orange flower are added to supposedly give the shampoo bar a little tropical lift in scent.

Unfortunately, I didn't think this shampoo had much scent at all; at most I could just catch the edge of the lemon when the bar was in use. On the positive side, this shampoo bar would be great for those of you who don't want an overpowering fragrance and would rather leave that job to the conditioner. 

Furthermore, fine sea salt is a key ingredient here, added to uplift and add volume to your hair. However, I found that this shampoo bar did the exact opposite for me. My hair is normally very frizzy and slightly untameable - prone to developing split ends rather quickly and drying out. Seanik actually helped to give my hair shape whilst making it look and feel calmer and healthier. 

This shampoo is actually amazing, although it took me a good few months to reach that conclusion. At first, it took my hair a few washes to get used to Seanik, but once it had, it made my hair look and feel beautiful - I was actually amazed at how quickly my hair went from dry and lifeless, to soft and shiny (without ever stepping into the 'greasy' bracket).

Although other reviewers have expressed their love of the smell, I can't say that I was able to pick up enough to comment on it. My bar was probably about six months old when I began using it, so perhaps the scent had faded before I had a chance to appreciate it. However, I don't think the lack of fragrance takes away from the bar at all - it just meant I was able to use different conditioners alongside this, and not worry that the different scents would clash.

Seanik solid shampoo is great value for money - one £5.50 bar lasts me between 4-6 months, and this is with me washing my hair on average five times a week. This probably works out a mere few pence per wash, which just makes me love it even more. A definite favourite Lush product for me!

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Irish Moss Gel, Perfume, Nori Seaweed, Fine Sea Salt, Lemon Oil, Mimosa Absolute, Orange Flower Absolute, Jasmine Absolute, Cocamide DEA, *Limonene, Colour 42090.

Vegan?: Yes.

2015 Price: £5.95 each.

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23 comments

  1. I have this shampoo bar and it dries my hair out any time I use it, which leads to my hair being oilier the next day. How long did it take to get better and did you have the same issue? I really want to like this shampoo bar.

    Sidenote: love your blog(:

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    1. Hi there - thank you for visiting my blog. It sounds as if you have the same issues I've had. I now wash my hair every day so I don't notice these effects but if I was to opt out of shampooing/conditioning one day, this bar would make my hair feel a little oily and flat.

      Perhaps I should edit this review and mention this point. As with all solid shampoo bars, I would always recommend testing it out for three weeks to see if it suits your hair type - the first week to remove any previous build up from other products, a second week to allow your hair to begin reacting to the new shampoo and then a final week to see what prolonged use does to your hair. If after three weeks, you don't see an improvement, I'd say that seanik is not for you.

      I hope this helps :)

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    2. Thank you for the advice! Keep up the amazing work on your blog by the way. I really enjoy it and I check daily!

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  2. Just commenting that after a few weeks' use, I also found Seanik made my hair super-oily! I love how it looks and behaves the day of washing, but then oily buildup occurs more quickly. I thought I might have started to use it incorrectly - although it was so nice initially that it couldn't possibly be my faulty application! I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who's found this problem, especially as so many Lush reviews are positive. :\

    I suspect my scalp doesn't like how clean (dry?) it ends up after Seanik - I'll have to pop by my "local" store on the weekend and pick up an alternate shampoo bar (and keep Seanik for a once-a-week/month super clean!) There seem to be a few options for stressed scalps, so hopefully my shop will have them in stock.

    I see you reviewed Dr Peppermint and had an itchy scalp - have you had a chance to try any others?

    P.S. Love the blog! I definitely check it out every time I'm about to pick up my favourites from Lush! :)

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    1. Thank you so much for reading my blog and taking the time to comment, it means a lot. I'm sorry you've had problems with Seanik - I was initially a little disappointed that Seanik responded to my hair in such a way as I too had read nothing but raving reviews. I have tried other solid shampoos but the reviews have been written yet :)

      I would avoid New solid shampoo as this is the one I've been using at the moment and my hair reacted in the same way, perhaps even more so. It looks and feels rather greasy almost all the time so I'm just about to switch to Godiva - I'll let you know how I get on.

      Unfortunately, the one I found works for me is the Irresistable bliss and gentle lentil bars, both of which have now been discontinued. Both of these made my hair look and feel incredible. I am absolutely gutted that these are no longer available.

      Let me know how you get on with your alternative as I'd be interested to know in advance what other solid shampoo bars do.

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    2. I'd love to know your thoughts on Godiva because that is going to be my next buy! and if not, trichomania (sp? the coconut solid shampoo) would be. Tell me how you feel about it!

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    3. I've very recently tried Godiva so I'm hoping my review will out within the next few months (I have such a backlog of products to review first!). I really liked it - it made my hair lovely and smooth (probably more so than Seanik) and left it feeling wonderfully light and smelling beautiful. It did make the front bits of my hair a little frizzy but they soon settled as they got used to it. However, I do think it's an acquired taste as my flatmate couldn't stand the smell - she said it was too 'brassy' and overpowering. I hope this helps :)

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    4. I've just started using Godiva - while I'm not a fan of the scent, it's AMAZING for my hair and scalp. I'm looking forward to your review Jen!

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  3. I ended up picking up Trichomania last week on my way home from parkrun - and have been using it exclusively this week. It's probably the opposite of Seanik - the coconut cream makes it very creamy and it doesn't lather up in your hands like Seanik does. It's fine once I put it through my hair and add a bit more water.

    While one lather was sufficient for clean hair with Seanik, I need two hits of Trichomania to get it feeling clean (especially if I've been on a long bike ride and have sweaty helmet hair), but it doesn't upset my scalp at all! I still needed to wash my hair everyday for first few days until my scalp realised that I wasn't going to stress it out so much. It doesn't weigh my chin-length hair down at all, and I still need to use conditioner (although not as much as it needed with Seanik - the scent of the shampoo lingers if you don't follow it with conditioner), but I don't think it leaves my hair as shiny as it did with Seanik!

    I'll be interested to see if I notice product build-up in my hair (from the coconut cream) and will likely resume a once-a-week super-clean with Seanik in a few weeks.

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    1. That's really interesting - thanks for sharing. I haven't gotten around to trying Trichomania yet but I always assumed it would be like Gentle Lentil. I'm a little dissappointed to hear that it's very stubborn at releasing lather as I remember back to my bad experience when using the Big Conditioner.

      I'll try it out myself over the next few months (once I've gotten through the other 5 solid shampoo bars I have lined up first!!) and I hope you'll let me know if there is any build up - If you haven't had any yet, I wouldn't assume you would, but you never know...

      Thank for you for sharing your experiences :)

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    2. I think Trichomania is only stubborn at releasing lather because rubbing it in your hands tends to smear the coconut cream onto them because it's a meltable... It definitely lathers up better if it's cold and non-steamy as I discovered when I did a late night/early morning wash over the bath-tub one evening - it was far better behaved than when I wash my hair in the steamy shower.

      I just thought I might get build up as it doesn't leave my hair as squeaky clean as Seanik! Anyway, over two weeks in using only Trichomania and my scalp has definitely settled down. :) I'm amused that now my hair feels dirty rather than oily - which is great as even tying it up wouldn't hide the oil-slick (I'd need to use dry shampoo), but it does hide that "clumpy" feel of dirty hair. So I'm back to washing my hair every second day (sometimes every three, lol) and that makes me super happy.

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  4. Hey, I've been wanting to try this shampoo bar for a while but I have dyed hair and I've heard this will strip the dye. However, my hair hasn't been dyed since April, and I'm actually trying not to dye my hair because the dyed part has looked so unhealthy lately. I just want to get my hair back to looking more healthy. Do you think this shampoo bar, used alternately with Rehab shampoo and used with Retread conditioner will help my hair??? I've never used any of these before but I've heard Rehab and Retread help really damaged hair. Thanks for any info you can give :)

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    1. It sounds like a good combination to me! I've never used retread because it's not vegan but I've heard very good things about it! As for Rehab, I didn't have the best experience with it but then I coupled it with Veganese, which is perhaps not a very conditioning combination! I certainly wouldn't tell you not to try it!

      When I used Seanik, I definitley didn't notice my hair-dye fading and it did leave my hair rather soft. The only problem I found with this shampoo was that I had to use it every day to keep it soft - give it more than a day and it would make my hair greasy. That's not to say this won't work well for you :)

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  5. Thank you for that info. I have tried Veganese and I LOVED it! The smell was amazing... but it paired with Squeaky Green solid shampoo didn't do anything for my hair. I want to try it again but maybe with Cynthia Sylvia Stout, but not right now haha!! I've been eyeing Seanik for months now but I was afraid to use it on my dyed hair. Now that I'm planning on not dying it for a while, I'm ready to try it. I just like to alternate the shampoo bars with a liquid shampoo sometimes [I guess I'm just weird lol]. Anyways, I'll be buying those soon [Seanik, Rehab, Retread] and trying them out :)

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    1. It's not weird at all! I always alternate between solid and liquid shampoos! Luckily, I've managed to stock up on my all time favourite (Irresistible Bliss and Gentle Lentil Solid, and Washday Greens liquid) so I just switch these up once every bi-monthly to give me something different and keep my hair on it's toes!

      Out of interest, have you tried Daddy-O? That's actually probably my favourite liquid shampoo that's readily available? It leaves my hair feeling super conditioned and smelling wonderful!

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  6. Oh ok, I definitely understand, that's why I like to switch my shampoos and conditioners around as well. My hair gets bored of the same ole thing lol.

    I want to try Daddy-O... it's on my [long] list of products I want to try but just haven't gotten to yet haha. The color got my interest :)

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  7. Update :)
    I've been using Rehab and Retread and finally finished them up... those two as a pair have made my hair feel and loom amazing. I'd probably use them again but I'd pour Retread into a bottle bc the tub is a pain ha. I'm about to start a trio of Cynthia Sylvia Stout/Daddy O/Seanik with Veganese and see how those work out. I am on a mission of trying all the shampoos and conditioners to find the best ones for my hair lol.

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    1. I'm so glad that combination has worked for you but even more excited by your new venture. Cynthia Sylvia Stout/Daddy O/ Seanik and Veganese? All 4 firm favourites of mine so I hope you have as positive an experience as I have. I too am working my way through all of the shampoos - I'm currently on Brazilliant, which is wonderful and gets full marks from me. Have you tried any of the new ones yet?

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  8. HA yes, I'm putting 3 shampoos with one conditioner, only bc they all have lemon in them and I wanted to try them all, and Veganese just seemed like the perfect conditioner to pair with them. Hopefully they work out lol. I haven't tried the new ones yet but I hope to get to them eventually, probably not until after Christmas though (I'm trying to be good, other than ordering from the boxing day sale If it's a good one).

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  9. my first lush product! my first love!

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  10. I was disappointed with this bar!! It lasted me about a month and probably 15 washes! And the seaweed goes yucky and crumbly

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  11. I've just started using Godiva - while I'm not a fan of the scent, it's AMAZING for my hair and scalpoily<. I'm looking forward to your review Jen!

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