Leesha Loves: Fortune Cookie Soap Shampoo Bar

This product is one I really should have included in my “Top Products in 2010″ Video, but to be perfectly honest I really didn’t plan that video out much, just thought of categories of products I thought people might want to hear about, and then mentioned the standout products I used constantly.

This particular product is one that I have been using almost every time I wash my hair, but I use it in addition to other products so it really didn’t come to mind when I was putting the list together for my top products. When I first tried Fortune Cookie soap in spring of 2010, this was a product I was sent that I immediately vetoed using, because my hair was bright red and I wasn’t going to put anything in my hair that wasn’t meant to keep color, as red already fades insanely fast. I gave it to my boyfriend, who said he liked it, and that was that. Later on, in the fall, FCS contacted me again to try out their new products for fall, and since my hair was now blonde (and blonde doesnt fade, because it’s bleached) they asked if I would try the product again, because they were sure I would really like it.


For those of you who don’t know, a shampoo bar looks like a normal bar of soap, but you (obviously) use it to clean your hair. To use it, you completely soak your hair in the shower, then rub the bar all over your scalp, and lather and rinse like normal. It’s a little strange to get used to at first if you are like most people and used to liquid shampoo, but it’s quick to get used to.

The shampoo bar I was sent is Ikebana. It smells AMAZING, and works really well at getting your hair nice and clean and shiny. After I got my Keratin treatment done on my hair, I noticed my hair got oilier a lot quicker than it used to, which I think is due to the volume of hair being reduced (I used to be able to go without washing my hair for over a week and it wouldn’t get oily, so now, because my hair texture is more like everyone else, it needs to be washed more, like everyone else!) This shampoo bar really makes my hair feel clean. I also like that it pretty much cuts packaging down to almost non existent, because it doesn’t need a plastic bottle.

If you’re in the market for a new shampoo, I’d definitely recommend this. I actually used to today and realized that I was running out and had a tiny freak out, haha. I just ordered two more (Ikebana and Hawaiian Ice!) and a reusable tin a few hours ago, and got a shipping notice just over an hour later, which is awesome!

These are sold for $8 from Fortune Cookie Soap, and you can get it with a reusable tin for an extra $3.75.

Have you ever used a shampoo bar? What were your thoughts?

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  1. Abbie says:

    I love FCS’s shampoo bars! I have tried the Cheers bar. It’s really nice and smells like lemon drops. :) I have been planning to purchase more. Maybe I will try the Ikebana bar.

    • Leesha says:

      hmm. well, ive had this shampoo bar I believe since september, and I have about 1/3 left of it, and it’s been used by both me and my boyfriend regularly, so quite a while haha

  2. Miss Arlene says:

    I LOVE THIS STUFF. I have short hair so I just pass the bar once over my head and it’s enough to really lather and clean. I don’t even need conditioner. (just do weekly treatments)

  3. Vijaya says:

    I’ve used Lush’s shampoo bars and love them. I’m a little skeptical about trying a new brand, but I may just go for it.

  4. Louise says:

    i have never used one of these before but i am willing to try it out, leesha how long does one of these usually last??

  5. justine says:

    i actually really like that it’s without packaging – i never thought about it, but i go through conditioner like there’s no tomorrow and that adds up when i’m throwing away little bottles all the time… love the reusable container idea too!

  6. Sam says:

    I love shampoo bars – but I love LUSH’s shampoo bars. I work there so I guess I’m a little biased but I’ve shopped there for years before I ended up working there. I’m pretty sure LUSH has a patent on their shampoo bars since they were the original creators (they were also the original creator of the bath bomb but they didn’t think to make a patent quick enough before the idea was stolen by other companies…) so I’m not sure how FCS made theirs without any legal trouble, or maybe LUSH just doesn’t know about it.

    In any event, I love shampoo bars. I rarely use liquid shampoo anymore.

    • Abbie says:

      That’s really crazy if there is a patent on shampoo bars…that’s like putting a patent on soap. Maybe, Lush has a patent on their shampoo bar recipe? That sounds more likely.

  7. Angela says:

    I love solid shampoo bars! They last forever and they really clean your hair. They’re so easy to take on holiday with you and no risk of them leaking all over your suitcase. I use the ones from Lush though, but these ones seem to be about the same size, and mine last me a good three months or so.
    I love the idea of no packaging because I hate all the plastic bottles you can end up with!

  8. Mina says:

    I have thin hair and it just didn’t work for me. It seemed like it cleaned my hair TOO well, and it ended up being really dry. Even with conditioner, it was a little harsh on my hair. I still use it, but only on an occasional basis if my hair really needs to be cleaned. It just doesn’t work very well for me on a daily basis…probably because my hair doesn’t get very oily? *shrugs* I think they would work great for most people, just not people like myself with picky hair! lol They sure smell great, though!

  9. Denise says:

    bought them both :D it was convenient that I am running out of shampoo & conditioner. The main appeal was that they have zero packaging (w/ the exception of the tin, but that’s reusable).

    How conditioning are they?

  10. leesha hater says:

    You SUCK leesha you should wash ur hair every hour it looks sooooooo greasy in ALL da videos and you should try going on a diet coz seriously your weight isnt average you are well sooo FAT that its completely OTT!!!!!!!


    • Kacee says:

      your a jerk. you need to get a life and stop complaining. LEESHA IS BEAUTIFUL THE WAY SHE IS. soo…shut up.
      no one wants to hear it. :)

    • Dani says:

      Wow it’s amazing how some people have nothing better to do with their life than sit at a computer and make stupid untrue comments about people. You need to learn how to spell and use proper grammar, and find something better to do with your time. kthksbye.

  11. Laura says:

    I used a shampoo bar when I was in water polo and I loved it! I bough the tin but it got kinda rusty so I was disappointed with that. It was good to carry around though! And def. a must for traveling!

  12. Clln says:

    I’ve always wanted to try this. I have a sensitive head with really long and thick hair and combing after showering is always a pain. Would you still recommend the soap?

    • Kel says:

      I LOVE the shampoo bars. But i find the way you rub it into your scalp and the fact that conditioning Kokum butter is in chunks in the bar and not part of the actual formula causes my hair to get tangled after my shower and it is a little tougher to comb out. So that may be a problem. However my hair is super soft and shiny after it drys so it is a toss up. I would definetly think about it, especially if your hair is REALLY long, it will probably be tougher to use. I would recommend it though :)

  13. Dani says:

    I am totally going to try this now! Thank you for the review :D After watching your FCS video, I bought my mom a bunch of things from them for Mothers Day, and she LOVED them! Now I think it’s time to get a few things for myself, and this shampoo looks awesome.

  14. Tori says:

    I’ve read other reviews about these as well and they all sound great, but is the shampoo bar great for use alone (like, does it also help keep your hair moisturized) or would you recommend to use a conditioner after it as well?

  15. Elisabeth says:

    I use Lush’s shampoo bars myself, and love them. I like the one with cinnamon best, because it smells nice, and makes my hair really shiny.
    I also like the purple one with lavender (I think), that’s to combat oily hair. I usually use that if I know I will have to go extra long without washing my hair, or after I have had to go for extra long without washing my hair.
    I can’t remember what they are called right now, but I love them.
    The angel something… The white one for shiny hair is really nice, and my mom swears by the one for sensitive scalp. She has had a lot of problems finding something that work for her. Most “professional” shampoos only made the problem worse, but this one helps a lot.
    Also I feel that my hair gets a lot cleaner with the shampoo bars that liquid soap. My hair feels really waxy when I use liquid soaps now.

  16. Sarah says:

    So after reading this post I went on fortunecookiesoap’s website and promptly bought two shampoo bars as I am a HUGE fan of LUSH shampoo bars but I don’t really like the way they smell (so hippie-ish). Although the Hawaiian Ice and Gin Gimlet smelled great and cleaned my hair really well, after a couple hours my hair was dull and lifeless. Nothing beats the shine and healthy look I get from using LUSH bar shampoos. Sorry fortunecookiesoap I’m sticking with LUSH.

  17. Joanna says:

    omg i love fcs shampoo bar! ii bought three (Hawaiian ice, gin gimlet and something tropical) iv only used one of them so far but i love how soft it leaves my hair(i still use conditioner) and i love the smell even more!

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