I've tried a lot of shine shampoos in the past and one thing the majority of them have in common is they give your hair that stripped squeaky 'too clean' feeling. While this had that a bit it was much better than the majority of shine shampoos I've used in the past and it didn't bother me too much.
The lather isn't amazing, but it's definitely enough to get the job done and leaves hair feeling clean and it's easy to rinse out.
When my hair was dry I did notice an increase in shine(which was the main reason I purchased it) probably no difference in terms of frizz and flyaways and definitely no added volume.
It's probably the best shine shampoo I've ever used and the fact that it didn't give me as much of my oh-so-hated squeaky clean feeling was a huge plus for me. However when I take in to consideration the price, I'm honestly not sure if this product is worth it when there are other products out there that can also give shine. I doubt I'll repurchase it, though out of the four Lush shampoos I've tried this has definitely been my favourite.
As for recommending the product I'm slightly torn on this one, if you want the extra shine, hate that squeaky clean feeling (seriously one of my major pet peeves, jsut the thought of it makes me shudder) and don't mind paying a little more then I say go for it. Otherwise, you're probably better off going for a cheaper alternative.
This is one of Lush’s liquid shampoos. They have a large range of shampoo bars as well as liquid shampoos. This is the first of their liquid shampoos that I have tried. The only other vaguely liquid one I have used previously is ‘Big’ which is sort of liquid but in a tub rather than one of the bottles as it is not exactly liquid.
A BIT ABOUT LUSH’S PHILOSOPHY
Lush only buy ingredients from companies that do not test on animals.
They invent their own products and fragrances and make everything fresh by hand. They use as little preservative and packing as possible. They put the date made on the product so you can see how fresh they are and they use vegetarian ingredients
Taken from their website:
“We believe in happy people making happy soap, putting our faces on our products and making our mums proud.
We believe in long candlelit baths, sharing showers, massage, filling the world with perfume and in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again.
We believe our products are good value, that we should make a profit and that the customer is always right.
*We also believe words like 'Fresh' and 'Organic' have an honest meaning beyond marketing.”
WHAT LUSH SAY
“This shampoo is drunk with success
Bottoms up, to taming fluffy frizzy hair”
Apparently this shampoo was named after Shel Silverstein’s poem “Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout, would not take the garbage out!”?
“Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout
Would not take the garbage out!
She'd scour the pots and scrape the pans,
Candy the yams and spice the hams,
And though her daddy would scream and shout,
She simply would not take the garbage out. “
HOW MUCH AND WHAT DO YOU GET?
This comes in one of the clear bottles with a black flip top. You can buy it in three sizes and I would suggest you buy the small one first in case it is not what you want. The smallest is £4.25 for 100g, £8.25 for 250g and finally £13.50 for 500g. 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 bottles are quite stiff plastic and difficult to squeeze the stuff out. I find it best to turn the bottle upside down and let gravity take its course with a little squeeze to help the product out.
What you get is a shampoo that is a golden caramel colour and reasonably thick but not so thick that it won’t come out of the bottle.
It has a strange sort of smell a bit like shandy I suppose which makes sense as it has beer in it. Apparently the shampoo is half beer and the rest is a combination of vinegar, lemon juice (that’s the shandy then!) as well as the inevitable surfactant.
For the vegans amongst you the beer in this shampoo is from a small independent brewery that is committed to not using anything nasty and makes vegan friendly beer so no worries with regard to that.
I was a little put off by the smell initially but after a while I got used to it. I do know that the old fashioned idea of washing or rinsing your hair in beer did make your hair shiny and also adds volume. Now I’d like the shine but do NOT need the volume.
Also in this shampoo is yeast, yes you did read that right. I was half expecting my hair to rinse when washed in warm water! However the yeast is there not to make it rise but as a protein conditioner to tame and feed the hair. The lemon juice and balsamic also help to close the hair cuticle and make the hair shiny. I remember as a teenager asking my Mum for vinegar to rinse my hair with as it was meant to make it shiny, it made it smelly as far as I can remember but can’t remember it shining much.
Also in the shampoo is lemongrass for added lemony scent and then the cognac oil helps smooth the hair and makes it smell more sophisticated according to Lush!
I find that it lathers quite well, a bit slowly to start with but once I work it in then it brings out a pretty good lather. It isn’t a really thick lather but feels like my hair is nice and clean after I use it. I can smell the shampoo a lot as I use the shampoo but once I have rinsed it out and conditioned my hair the smell doesn’t linger which I can’t say I am sorry about as I don’t really want my hair smelling of shandy or beer as it could be a bit like a pub the day after a party, not so nice.
Afterward I conditioned and dried my hair it feels nice and clean but also not in any way heavy. Sometimes if I use a very rich shampoo or conditioner my hair can feel quite heavy; one way to make it less frizzy I suppose is to weigh the hair down but I am not keen on that feeling.
My hairs lasts at least two days without washing , it would probably last longer if I didn’t sleep on it and make it stick up in funny directions. Rather than fighting it with a straightener I wash it and this lightens it in weight as well as it seems to get stiffer after a day or so. My hair is really very think and quite course so it needs very careful handling to look reasonable. This shampoo is one I buy again if it was a reasonable cost but it isn’t cheap and there are many others that do the job just as well.
HAS THIS ANY NASTY INGREDIENTS?
Sadly yes once again Lush has included the ‘safe’ ingredients Sodium Laurel Sulfate and Laurel Betaine, methylparaben and propylparaben. These are marketed as safe and used in many toiletries that lather but more and more ethical and products created for people with sensitive or eczematic skin are avoiding these as they are chemicals. They are used in factories for cleaning grease and are really harsh on skin and the environment. I think that if companies like ‘L’Oreal can create a product with SLS or parabens then Lush need to try a bit harder.
This was a pleasant enough shampoo but for the price I would have hoped it would not have the chemical ingredients. The other ingredients are great and very good for your hair but still having these nasty ingredients to me goes against Lush’s philosophy and I really hope they look into finding alternatives soon.
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