WHAT LUSH SAY
This shampoo is preservative free and made from "bananas, cocoa butter and cupuacu butter to give a gentle wash that's deeply moisturising for damaged or fragile hair, without stripping colour. "
"A rich moisturising wash that lets true colours shine through. For damaged, bleached or naturally fragile hair. Colours of the world! Spice up your life! Yellow hair and purple too. Colour for both me and you. Bottle blonde or afro queen. Natural to damaged and all that's in between."
HOW MUCH AND WHAT DO YOU GET?
This comes in one of the recyclable black pots so carefully ash it out after you have finished . bring five clean empty pots back and you will earn a free fresh face mask or hair mask for your efforts.
The pot is only sold in one size and that is £18.00 for 240g. As you can now see this is not a cheap shampoo so you must really want this to pay that amount for a shampoo.
I find the shampoos in the black pots really easy to use as I just scoop a very small amount out at a time and the pots are sealed with a screw top lid so water proof and spill proof. I think the only disadvantage might be that you need a shelf or two hands when having a shower but I don't find this a big problem. I prefer the black pots for thick shampoos like this as you would have trouble getting the product out of the clear squeezy bottles as the bottles are quite stiff plastic and difficult to squeeze the stuff out.
What you get is a rather strangely gloopy brownish shampoo that is pretty thick and the consistency of mashed bananas but doesn't really smell of bananas to me.
For the vegans amongst you this has no animal products at all and is vegan friendly carrying the Vegan friendly symbol on its bottle label.
I was really looking forward to using this one as I dye my hair and am constantly aware that I must feed it with moisturising goodies in order to keep it in good condition because of using these rather harsh dyes.
I scooped only a small amount in my fingers and massaged it into my wet hair. My hair isn't long and I didn't need a lot to get a lovely creamy lather. I would say that about a full teaspoon is ehat i used.The scent is hard to describe and I certainly wouldn't pick banana form the scent unless I knew that it was there as it really isn't obvious.
I think the smell is slightly spicy then sweet and floral but also a bit earthy, the spicy aroma comes from the cloves and star anise. The cloves, star anise and pimento berries help to add shine to the hair and make the scalp healthy.
Also in this shampoo you will smell a hint of rose and more than a hint of blackcurrant, rosemary and juniper berries.
WHAT HAVE THEY ADDED TO THIS AND WHY
The fresh Bananas are a major ingredient because they are an emolilient and highly moisturising for the hair so really helpful for hair that has been treated or coloured.
Cloves, Star anise and pimento infusion is added to bring shine to the hair and make for a healthy scalp.
Cupuacu butter is from a fruit grown in the Amazonian rainforest and is a soft and nourishing emollient and easily absorbs water. The plant polyphenols in cupuacu butter are antioxidants, which help destroy the atoms, or groups of atoms commonly referred to as free radicals which can damage skin and hair.
Rose oil is great for skin as it helps calm any irritation so probably helps the scalp and of course gives a great scent though I can't say I can smell it in this shampoo.
Rosemary essential oil is supposed to help shine in hair and is soothing for irritated scalps as well as adding another pleasant aroma.
Juniper berry oil is known to help with balancing oil so is of benefit for those with greasy hair and also dry hair conditions.
I found the consistency rather gloopy but got over that very quickly once I felt the lather on my hair. It was thick and creamy and really felt nice while I was shampooing and massaging my hair. I can't say I am thrilled by the smell and if I was choosing a shampoo on scent alone this one would be near the bottom of the pile. It is not that pleasant and I am rather pleased that it isn't a smell that lingers in my hair.
My hair felt really nice and clean, light and soft and as my hair is thick and quite coarse I was pleased to feel it soft and light. It dried quickly and was easy to style. I didn't use conditioner as I was testing it for this review but usually I do use conditioner and have used it previously with this shampoo.
My hair felt fine just as though I had used a conditioner but that could be that my hair is in good condition as I frequently give it treatments, hair masks and pre treatments as well as using conditioner but it is good to know that I can use this shampoo without needing a conditioner and still get soft clean silky hair.
I would use this again but I am not sure I am willing to pay £18 for any shampoo even if it is the most wonderful one. Perhaps they need to think of a half size package as that might be a bit more reasonable. I can't see many buying this at £18 a pot.
So in short this is a good, quality shampoo with lots of lovely ingredients but it is expensive and not one I will be buying in the near future. I will hopefully get some more samples though.
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