These days you can buy cosmetics from literally everywhere, even supermarkets and gas stations! However, while I think that trying out a product first is paramount and that beauty shops with brand counters are incredibly useful, I buy most of my cosmetics from online beauty stores. This is because online stores often have discounts and offers that turn out to be much cheaper than in-store. With that being said though, only buy from legit only beauty stores as there are many cosmetic duplicates out there!
One of the online stores I like is the Klip Shop. The Klip Shop is a place not only for discounts but also for products that you wouldn’t find anywhere else, at least not as easily. This online beauty shop often has products that I haven’t seen before or wouldn’t know where else to buy from and I love that uniqueness. They add new products all the time and even have a 10% off all products at the moment.
Grab a coffee and check out the Klip Shop e-shop at https://klipshop.co.uk/
Speaking of products I couldn’t get otherwise, the Klip Shop was very kind to send me the SOLIDU Balance Oily Hair Shampoo with rosemary and mint.
This is a solid piece of shampoo that you can use in the shower, like any other soap bar, but on your hair!
So without further ado, is the SOLIDU shampoo a gimmick or is it worth your time and money?
Let’s find out.
The Rosemary and Mint SOLIDU has a green colour but there are also others with different ingredients for different purposes with of course, different colours like pink, blue and black.
The colouring is added but at least it makes the products very easy to distinguish between them and it also gives them some character.
The best way I can describe these solid shampoos is like a less slippery soap. It’s a solid piece of shampoo but it doesn’t slide everywhere like hand or body soap does.
It’s not your traditional texture for shampoo but it has some similar attributes, like for example it foams up a little bit when you rub it with water.
The rosemary and mint SOLIDU smells like, you guessed it, rosemary and mint but also has a lemony hint, and of course the other SOLIDU shampoos/colours smell differently. It’s not so much about the scents though but rather more about the application. Each different colour and scent SOLIDU represents a different type of shampoo. See the skin and hair compatibility section below.
Overall, the smell is pleasant and this specific one even gives it a slight medicinal or herbal feel.
One SOLIDU retails somewhere between £8-13 depending on which one you get.
The rosemary and mint is one of the cheapest and retails for £8.88 at the Klip Shop.
To check out the range, which includes conditioners too, or buy the products click here to be directed to the Klip Shop.
Although the price might be higher than some of the mainstream drugstore type shampoos, it is in general not very steep.
The SOLIDU solid shampoos come in cardboard, slide open, type of packaging and sit in a hexagonal carved out pocket that matches their shape and size perfectly.
The packaging looks nice, both inside and outside, and although it doesn’t feel or look particulaly expensive, it really doesn’t need to.
Skin and hair compatibility
As mentioned above, each colour SOLIDU shampoo or conditioner have different ingredients and are therefore best for different type of applications.
This rosemary and mint, green one, is best for oily hair, the pink one with peony is best for normal hair, the darker green with nettle and tamanu is best for older or damaged hair, the blue exotic one is best for both normal and oily hair and finally the black charcoal and tea tree can be used as a body soap too!
Choose the one that fits your hair type best or even rotate between them depending on need!
You might be thinking, why buy SOLIDU over your traditional super nourishing shampoo? Well, for me SOLIDU has one clear application and that is travelling. No more being nervous about your shampoo spilling all over your other cosmetics or clothes, SOLIDU just solves that problem instantly!
SOLIDU worked well for me, it cleaned my hair nicely to give a literal squeecky-clean feel. I didn’t get to try the conditioner so I can’t comment on the entire hair quality after use but as a shampoo alone it did what it should.
The act of using a solid piece of shampoo on your head is a little strange at first but that is something that you can quickly get used to. The only drawback for me was the fact that it doesn’t foam as much as a typical liquid shampoo which means that you don’t immediately know where you’ve placed the shampoo and where you need to add more product. This is only a drawback because I felt like I had to spend more time making sure that I shampooed everything and in the process I’m sure I used more product than I actually needed.
Hair care products are not like skin care products, they are mostly made of functional ingredients and there aren’t often many extraordinary or special compounds inside them. They are mostly made of standard hair conditioners and compounds that are used to make and preserve the formulation.
There are definetely some good skin and hair ingredients such as the conditioners (see ingredient positives list below) but overall this is not the most nourishing shampoo or the shampoo that will change the quality or texture of your hair. This is a shampoo I would use on specific ocassions, like when travelling, but not really on a daily basis.
To keep this article shorter, I will only be listing the hair or skin positive or negative ingredients and ignoring the ones that play mainly or just a formulation purpose. Also note that I am also only analysis the SOLIDU rosemary and mint.
This shampoo contains sulfates but please note that despite common belief that sulfates can be drying and damaging to hair, there is not enough scientific research to support that.
- Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate – Derived from coconut, a good cleansing agent and hair conditioner.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate – A cleansing agent.
- Disodium Laureth Suldosuccinate – A cleansing agent found in a lot of shampoos.
- Cocamidopropyl Betaine – A hair and skin conditioner.
- Behentrimonium Methosulfate – An anti-static hair conditioner.
- Cetyl Alcohol – Conditions and softens skin and hair. A fatty alcohol so not considered damaging to the skin.
- Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil – An anti-oxidant and fragrance.
- Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter – A skin conditioner and soother.
- Panthenol– Form of vitamin B5. A moisturiser, hair conditioner, anti-static agent and eben potential acne treatment.
- Coco-Caprylate – A skin conditioner.
- Hydrolysed Rice Protein – A skin and hair conditioner. Also an anti-static agent.
- Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) – A fragrance ingredient that can also balance sebum production between oily and dry skin. It is also said to have therapeutic properties, calm irritated skin, clear acne, heal bruises, burns, cuts and eczema.
- Mentha Arvensis (Mint) – A fragrance that is said to have cooling, toning and cleansing properties.
- Caprylyl Glycol – A skin conditioner and humectant (=locks water in).
- Citrus Limonum (Lemon) – A fragrance and skin conditioner.
- Lactic Acid – A humectant and skin conditioner.
- Cetearyl Alcohol – Some studies show that alcohol can be damaging to the skin.
- CI 77288 – Although the green colouring makes the product stand out and easy to identify between the other SOLIDU shampoos, it doesn’t bring anything nourishing to your hair or skin.
- Fragrance ingredients – There are a lot of fragrance ingredients meaning that the chances of irritation, if you have sensitive skin, might be high. These fragrance ingredients might make the shampoo smell nice but do not add a hair or skincare benefit.
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
The following compounds present in the SOLIDU rosemary and mint shampoo have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Disodium Laureth Suldosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood), Limonene, Citronellol, Phenoxyethanol, Geraniol, Menthol, Linalool, Citral.
Full list of ingredients of the SOLIDU rosemary and mint shampoo:
Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Disodium Laureth Suldosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood), Mica, Panthenol, Coco-Caprylate, Hydrolysed Rice Protein, Limonene, Citronellol, CI 77288, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium), Mentha Arvensis (Mint), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Citrus Limonum (Lemon), Cotrus Sinensis (Orange) Peel Oil, Geraniol, Menthol, Linalool, Lactic Acid, Citral.
I like the SOLIDU shampoo and I love how different it is. I would use it for convinience and avoiding travel stress and potential leakages but this is not my go to, every day shampoo only due to the fact that there are others out there that are a lot more hair and skin nourishing.
However, this product definetely peaked my interest and it’s a testiment to the interesting products that the Klip Shop is bringing out.
Interestingly, I found one of my favourite shampoos from the Klip Shop before, if you missed that post check out: The Klip Shop and the Revlon Professional Daily Normal to Thick Hair Care Line – In Depth Review and Ingredient Analyses
I’d like to thank the Klip Shop for sending me this product for free to review. If you want to try these products or more, check out their affordable e-shop at https://klipshop.co.uk/
Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you?
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