My shampoo bar exploits continue this week and this time I’m back with two variations of an excellent shampoo bar (and their conditioner bar counterparts) from a small-batch Canadian beauty brand Lavami who specializes in bar soaps of all varieties.
Lavami generously reached out to gift me with some bars of my choosing to try after seeing my first Abhati Suisse shampoo bar review and I eagerly obliged as I’ve been following and admiring the brand from afar on Instagram over the last few years. I had planned to wait and review these bars when I fully finished using them, but I’ve been so blown away by the results that I already knew they’d land HG status, and thus could not wait to share!
Lavami RESTORE SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER BARS
» for oily hair; gently cleans + softens
» green clay & tea tree draw out excess oil
» quinoa protein strengthens
» scent: lavender, rosemary, peppermint
» $18.50CA each | 60g/40g
Since my main hair issue is oiliness, I decided to start with testing the Restore Shampoo & Conditioner duo first, and thus far have used about a quarter of each.
In general, shampoo bars are easy to use once you get the hang of the lather + massage process, but Lavami makes it so much easier and quicker with how generously this shampoo bar lathers. They use an ingredient called Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate which lends this bar its gentle baby-foam lather that distributes + massages super well without the need to constantly wet it lest it dries out like some natural shampoos tend to do.
My favorite quality about this shampoo – after rinsing it out, my hair does NOT feel rubbery while wet nor crunchy while dry! I’ve begun to assume that the rubbery feeling is the status quo for all shampoo bars, because it’s a natural result even with bar soaps for the body. Lavami, however, has somehow re-created the traditional liquid shampoo experience with their bars, leaving your hair feeling as soft, clean and shiny as you would expect with the liquid kind. I think that this is a really important quality to hone in on with their bars, as the strange rubbery/crunchy feeling tends to be what keeps people from using or trying them.
Lavami also kindly gifted me their new Stimulating Scalp Massager which I have been loving and have found it super effective in combination with the shampoo at reducing scalp buildup and flakes. I love that Restore also keeps my scalp’s oil production under control – these days I don’t feel that I have to wash it as often as I normally do. Lastly, to touch on the issue of scalp odor (my oily hair just smells sometimes?!) I find that the Lavami shampoo bars are way more effective at keeping my scalp/hair odor-free in comparison to the last Abhati Suisse shampoo bar I tried. The lavender/rosemary/peppermint scent of this bar is incredible and makes for a spa-like experience in the shower, while also keeping my hair smelling great.
Now, this is a big claim to make, but it’s one that I stand behind (and I even let Lavami know this!) – dare I say that their conditioner bars might be THE best conditioner that I have ever used?! I had never tried a conditioner bar prior to using theirs, so I didn’t know what to expect but figured that conditioner is conditioner and hopefully this one will do its job – but WOW, were my assumptions wrong!
Lavami’s conditioner bars are on par with high-end hair masks, melting into THE most luxurious and silky cream as you work + rinse it out of your hair. I’m astounded by how silky my hair feels, both while wet and dry – it is SO soft, shiny, and so moisturized without feeling weighed down in the slightest. Even if it weren’t for the shampoo bars being awesome and effective, I think that Lavami’s conditioner bars are the only conditioner I want to use going forward. Again, this is a big claim to say that they are *the* best ever, but I wouldn’t say it if it weren’t true!
LAVAMI REVITALIZE SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER BARS
» for fine/normal hair types
» fortifying and strengthening
» pink clay, jojoba, argan, cocoa butter
» scent: lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus, peppermint
» $18.50CA each | 60g/40g
As I mentioned at the top of the review, I’ve been so excited about my results with the Restore bars that I’m sharing this review early into testing, and thus have only used the Revitalize bars a couple of times so far. However, the experience so far has been identical to my results that I’ve achieved with Restore, even though the bars are technically for different hair types.
Like Restore, the Revitalize Shampoo Bar creates this amazing, generous lather that distributes well and easily, leaving my hair feeling legitimately clean and soft (not rubbery!) and it’s been treating my scalp well in reducing buildup and flakes. And the same goes for the Revitalize Conditioner Bar in the sense of my glowing words I shared above – this bar is absolutely phenomenal and leaves my hair feeling like the silkiest of silks, soft, shiny, and frizz-free.
See my results for yourself!
In conclusion, I want to make a few comparisons between Lavami’s bars and the Abhati Suisse Surya shampoo bar which was kind of the beginning of my shampoo bar testing. I initially thought that the Abhati Suisse shampoo bar was great, but Lavami has improved upon the shampoo bar in so many ways that they’ve won my heart over the former.
The Abhati Suisse shampoo bar left my hair feeling rubbery while still wet in the shower and while I don’t exactly mind it, I will still choose any bar that leaves my hair with a more regular feeling like Lavami’s does. My hair was more prone to tangling with the Abhati bar, while tangling is no issue whatsoever with the Lavami bars. My oily scalp/hair tends to be naturally smelly because of excess oil, and Lavami’s bars completely quell this issue, while Abhati Suisse’s bar didn’t and my scalp odor was quite bad on second day hair. Lastly, Lavami has conditioner bars to pair with their shampoos and they’re just phenomenal in every sense.
Lavami’s products also cost less than Abhati Suisse, so with all points considered, I would consider repurchasing Lavami’s hair care products over the Abhati Suisse bars going forward.
While I’m working through the Lavami bars, I haven’t yet decided if I’m going to repurchase these (because they are SO good) or if I’m going to shop for a new shampoo bar just for the sake of testing and reviewing. Ayuna just released a new bar, and Odacite launched one within the last year as well that I’ve had my eye on.
Do you use and love shampoo bars? Do you have trouble with them or are you a shampoo bar convert? Let me know in the comments below!