This is one of the newest of lush’s shampoos just released in the last few weeks and I couldn’t wait to try it. Whenever I hear of new products I have to restrain myself from rushing straight to Lush to get them.
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 bottle is full of the power of flowers, collected and concentrated for you by the bees. While they were collecting the pollen, we searched the meadows for beautiful flowers to fragrance their work.”
“With lashings of honey in here for its lovely effects on the hair – the natural properties of honey also means we didn’t need to put any preservative in this product.
A shampoo this good deserved the finest of perfumes. So Simon has created a geranium/honey perfume with beeswax absolute, geranium, rose, bergamot and neroli. This is a no expense spared shampoo.”
HOW MUCH AND WHAT DO YOU GET?
This shampoo is sold in the usual clear Lush plastic recyclable squeezy bottles , the same ones that their shower gels come in. It comes in three sizes 110g for £7.00, 300g for £14.00 and for the very wealthy you can buy 600g for £23.50.
This is not a really thick shampoo but I still prefer the shampoos in the black screw top pots as I find them easy to get the product out of. The squeezy bottles are quite stiff and I find i have to keep them upside down towards the end as the stuff is hard to squeeze out. The plastic tubs also contribute towards a free face pack which these don’t , and with the black pots there is no waste as you get every last bit out.
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.
What you get is a golden coloured reasonably thick shampoo that smells strangely not of honey which I found odd considering that it is 50% honey. It smells sweet and slightly slightly floral which must be the neroli and rose oils. It isn’t the best scent I have ever smelled in a shampoo but it is perfectly pleasant and not offensive in any way to me. It is a much nicer scent that the Blousey shampoo in my view.
I was really looking forward to using this one as I do 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 out only a very small amount of this shampoo into my fingers from the black pot mine came in as mine was a generous sample from the lovely people in my local Lush shop. I massaged it into my wet hair. My hair isn’t long and I really need the smallest amount to get a lovely creamy lather. The amount I used was two fingers dipped in the shampoo and I used what came out on my fingers.The scent is hard to describe and I really struggled to pick out any strong scents in this but is did give a really luxurious but light lather.
When I rinsed the shampoo out my hair felt almost squeaky clean which it doesn’t usually and I did feel that it needed conditioner. I did however not use conditioner some uses and found that in fact my hair was fine without.
Up date since writing that last bit and being the thorough reviewer that I am I decided to test the shampoo with no conditioner. It does feel a bit drier and slightly less silky than I would normally like having dried it but it actually smells really nice as the rose and neroli essential oils come through quite strongly. I don’t think I would use it without a conditioner but it didn’t feel too dry and unfed afterwards so it can be done, if you have greasy hair then you may well get away with it but my hair is quite dry.
WHAT HAVE THEY ADDED TO THIS AND WHY
Half of this product is honey, Fair trade honey and only the best and so why is honey so important for hair that they put 50% in this shampoo?
Honey’s natural sweeteners nourish the hair and honey retains water and moisture, allowing it to hydrate hair whilst at the same time also providing copper, iron, manganese, calcium, sodium, potassium, phosphorous and Vitamin B.
Honey is also supposed to help with hair loss and itchy scalps. It is said that if you rub a mix of honey and cinnamon on your scalp for two or three minutes daily it will stimulate hair growth. I am not sure how true this is but if you suffer from thinning hair it might be worth a try.
You can also use honey as a shine treatment for hair. If you coat your hair with honey and leave it for ten minutes before washing as usual you will find that the honey works as a clarifying and conditioning treatment, leaving you with healthy and shiny hair.
Linseed mucilage : this creates a gel-like texture in the shampoo as well as benefitting the hair by adding the seeds’ vitamin and mineral content to the hair.
Sunflower lecithin is good for healthy hair growth.
Geranium essential oil is thought to have a balancing effect on the nervous system, sebum production and circulation and is a natural antiseptic.
Beeswax absolute is there for its soothing, protective and antiseptic properties benefitting both the scalp and hair.
Neroli is here for its scent and also it is “one of the few essential oils to be scientifically proven to increase serotonin production in the brain.” So a feeling of good will is created when this oil is smelled.
Rose oil is great for its scent and it is perfect for dry rough skin so is here to feed and soothe the scalp as well as add scent.
Bergamot oil is here for its antibacterial qualities and its acidity encourages the hair to lie flat, giving great shine and gloss to the hair.
WHAT DO I THINK OF THIS
I found it was a lovely shampoo to wash my hair with. It felt great while massaging it into my hair. When i rinsed it out I thought my hair felt rather stripped but after conditioning it and then drying it my hair was left with a lovely light feeling. It was quick to dry and easy to style, i dry my rather curly, frizzy hair straightish and it lay nicely and almost even looked shiny. My hair really never look s shiny because it is wavy but it did have a bit of a sheen as I dried it straightish and I loved the way it felt smooth, light and not weighed down at all.
I only wash my hair every second day and even on day two it still looked and felt good. I can’t say the smell of the shampoo did much for me, it didn’t smell sweet and honey like, more herby with a slight citrus sweet aroma.
I really commend Lush for all the lovely things in this shampoo but I am disappointed to see that it does have Sodium Laureth Sulfate which I know you do need a surfactant but this has been considered controversial and there are other more natural ones that could be used.
Ii loved the shampoo but do think it is quite expensive for the amount you get. You do however only need a small amount so it may well work out as economical as a cheaper one in the long run.
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