I've used so many shampoos from so many different brands and while there have been shampoos I've not particularly enjoyed I've never been left with any problems until this one. After using this I had an itchy scalp, which is not a problem I've ever had, and left me feeling incredibly self concious. And the itchiness remained even after I'd re shampooed my hair a couple of times.
The texture to apply was awkward (especially in the bath as you get lumps of salt falling down behind you and digging in to you) but I was aware of that before buying it and was still interested in trying it out. However after using it I didn't notice any difference in the volume of my hair and actually the only difference I did notice was that my hair was more frizzy and flyaway than usual. Definitely not something I'd repurchase and most probably won't even finish the tub of it I have, I'd have to get pretty desperate to let it near my hair again unfortunately =/
This BIG product, which is a ‘liquid’ shampoo but a very thick gloopy one. It comes in the traditional black recyclable pot. If you take five of these clean ones back then you can choose a free fresh face mask from the shop so wash it carefully and save it until you have five. This shampoo is named after its inventor. his nickname is BIG so the shampoo was named after him . The shampoo is designed to be volumising and give your hair shine with its sea salt, seaweed, lemon and lime. It is not cheap at the cost of
£10.45 for a 330g tub.
On the website Lush say “Sea salt shampoo for shine, softness and big endowments. This pot of oceanic goodness is 50% sea salt to give limp hair the volume it deserves, with seaweed infusion to soften hair and citrus juices for shine. After using Big, your hair will be bouncing back to life.”
What does it look like? Well my husband said it looked like wall paper paste, my daughter said it looked like gloppy watery porridge and the girl who served me in Lush described it as lumpy semolina..So we have a gritty, creamy coloured gloopy paste like wallpaper paste or lumpy porridge. The lumps are huge grains of salt so now I have your attention with regards to the luscious looks of this shampoo let’s see what it is made of. I know lots of people don’t like ingredients lists but as Lush make claims about the naturalness of their products I think it is important to take a look.
Ingredients: Sea Salt , Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fresh Lemon Infusion Toothed Wrack Seaweed Infusion ,Scottish Sea Water, Cocamide DEA, Lauryl Betaine, Fresh Lime Juice, Coconut Oil , Neroli Oil , Mandarin Oil , Vanilla Absolute , Orris Absolute , Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
The nice ingredients are sea salt, fresh lemon infusion, tooth wracked seaweed infusion, Scottish se water, fresh lime juice,coconut oil, neroli and mandarine oil,vanilla absolute and orris absolute.
Not so great ingredients:
These include Cocamide DEA which is made by reacting the mixture of fatty acids from coconut oils with diethanolamine this becomes a viscous liquid and is used as a foaming agent as needed in shampoo. Unfortunately it also is an allergen that may cause skin problems and dermatitis in people who are susceptible to skin allergies.
Methylparaben. As I have said in previous reviews these seem to be equally undesirable and can cause skin problems as well as possible links to male infertility and breast cancer! To find out about Methylparbens: see this site http://www.ehow.com/about_5453218_dangers-methylpa raben.html
Propylparaben which is one of the paraben family of chemicals. It does occur naturally in some plants and insects but it is most commonly found as a synthetic chemical in cosmetics, foods, and pharmaceuticals. There is a database associated with the Environmental Working Group has listed t 14,319 products currently contain propylparaben. It is used as a preservative, an antimicrobial, and for flavouring. It has been linked to cancer but the jury is still out on the as to whether it is carcinogenic or not. If you are concerned then I suggest you do more research for yourself on this.
Lauryl Betaine is there as it is an antistatic, surfactant, also good for hair conditioning, skin conditioning and cleansing. It can cause skin and eye irritation and there is some eveidence for nerve and organ effects when tested on animals. See http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/ingredient.php?ingred06=703442
This is interesting as Lush and body shop both claim not to use products tested on animals yet this has been tested on animals and both shops use this is some of their products.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate which is a detergent and once again it has been linked to health problems take a look at http://www.health-report.co.uk/sodium_lauryl_sulphate.html.
Despite my studies I still buy this stuff as it is actually very hard to buy shampoos and soaps that don’t have some of these ingredients. It is possible if you really look hard for natural stuff but you pay the price. It is interesting that both Lush and Body shop have products with at least one sometimes two of these questionable ingredients. It might be worth looking at this series of questions and answers from people in the industry about parabens both pros and cons. As I said it is a personal matter and I am not sure who is correct as the arguments are quite convincing from both sides and I really don’t know enough to know who is more correct but I am just making people aware.
What about using it?
It is very strange to use as you have to scoop a little out of the pot and rub it into wet hair. I found I needed a lot of water to dissolve the salt and get the shampoo to foam. It foamed in very fine foam similar to the Pantene Aqualight shampoo. I am not sure about using shampoo from a tub as every time you take any out you would probably add a bit of water and in the end it could be rather more sloppy.
Anyway I used about a teaspoon full (I guess you could keep a small plastic teaspoon in the pot to get it out) for my hair which is fairly thick but shortish. Once I had enough water, and you need plenty of water, much more than usual I found, the shampoo foamed up nicely and the salt dissolved very quickly without any scratchy feeling on my scalp. According to the tub you only need to wash your hair once with this and as I only ever do wash mine once that is what I did .It felt nice and my hair felt clean after I rinsed it out. As my hair is really thick I really have no need for volumising at all but I am keen on shine.
On the pot it says that the shampoo will;
'Dull hair turns into traffic stopping shiny, silky hair featuring raw salt, seaweed and lime juice. Shampoo once, rinse out thoroughly that’s all it takes!'
When I opened my pot and sniffed I could smell coconut and sweet lemon. As I used it though the smell was not as apparent, it was pleasant, sweet and lightly coconut. Once I had rinsed it all out I couldn’t really smell it on my hair. I used a natural conditioner with lavender and geranium and that really knocked the previous shampoo smell right out of my nose. It is quite a fresh smell and certainly not unpleasant but not in my view a very remarkable smell.
I would suggest that this is probably not a shampoo to use on a daily basis as the salt could strip your hair if coloured. It is nice to use a couple of times a week I would say. I used conditioner after I used it and I would say that you do need to use one but I always do anyway.
So was my hair big and shiny after using it? Well it certainly seemed a bit bigger which I really didn’t need and shiny? Well, not so sure, as my hair is quite curly it never really looks shiny unless I straighten it so I did. Yes it was nice and shiny and looked really healthy too.
Would I buy it again?
Probably not as I am not so keen on getting my shampoo out of a pot nor am I keen on the volumising effect as I really do NOT need this. I would suggest it is possible best suited to someone with thin lank hair and someone who doesn’t colour their hair darker as the salt and lemon do lighten your hair. It does give shine and I am sure the lemon juice and salt are really good for your hair and stop it getting too greasy while the coconut oil keeps the good oils in your hair and help it to shine.
I would suggest you visit your local Lush shop and ask for a sample to see if it does anything for you before you purchase a large quite expensive pot. It wasn’t the odd look of the product that put me off but the fact that you have to scoop it out of a pot and also really I do not need any volumising and that is what this shampoo is designed to give. So no, I won’t be buying this one but did enjoy giving it a try and I still have about 3 more shampoos left in my sample pot which Ii will use so that means that I will have had 5 shampoos from that little pot which holds about 20g I believe.
Thanks for reading and hope this has bee of some help to you and maybe given you food for thought.
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