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Review: Lush Roots Scalp Cream – a minty scalp treatment

(Purchased product)

I have a ton of hair but it tends to fall flat. I don’t really like using hair products on my roots since they often irritate my scalp. I was pretty interested to try this product which claims to add body to fine hair.

This product is called “Genjitsu Tohi” (現実頭皮) in Japan.  This is a funny pun – the characters mean “Real Scalp”, and it is also a homonym for “現実逃避” (“Running away from reality”).

What it does: (from the Lush UK website)
A stimulating treatment for people with thin or fine hair. Fine hair needs careful looking after – and this treatment is packed full of ingredients to revitalise from root to tip. Starting with three kinds of mint to stimulate the scalp and hair follicles, olive oil to give condition and strength, honey to soften and soothe and nettle absolute for shine. We’ve topped this off with a delicate perfume containing sweet orange oil, neroli and grapefruit oil all known to be cheerful and uplifting. Together these are the foundations to build great hair.

How to use:
Apply the product to the scalp when the hair is dry, then leave it on for 20-30 minutes before shampooing it out.  The Lush website suggests using 1/4 of the pot for short hair and 1/2 of the pot for longer hair.  I used much less than that.

Price: 9.95 GBP/225g, $19.95/8.4oz, 1880JPY/225g.  This is in Lush’s big black pots. I really wish Lush would come out with small sizes of all of their products. It is hard to drop $20 for a product you have never tried!

Pros:

  • This product leaves a minty feel on your scalp and is quite refreshing
  • This product left my hair feeling very soft and clean

Cons:

  • This product is a really thick cream. It was really hard to apply it on to my scalp.  I like to dampen my hair before applying this product, which helps make the application smoother.
  • This product is relatively expensive, so I only used it on my scalp.  
Would I repurchase? Maybe.  At the UK price of 10GBP, I think this is a great product for the price. At the Japan/US price, it seems a little expensive for what it does.
I purchased this product in a haul from the Lush UK website. I strongly suggest that if you want to try out a bunch of Lush products, especially their products in black tubs, order them off of the Lush UK website. When I was in a Lush store in the US, the sales associate even told me that it is much cheaper to buy these products from the Lush UK website!
Hope you enjoyed my review!
xoxo, K
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Review: Lush Daddy-O Shampoo – the purple shampoo

(purchased product)

This is a review for the Lush Daddy-O shampoo. This is a purple-tinted shampoo which claims to keep away brassiness in blonde hair. Now, I don’t have blonde hair – so why did I purchase this shampoo?

The truth is that when I bought this, I didn’t know it was for blonde hair. I also didn’t know it was a tinted product!  The “purple tint to keep away brassiness in blondes” claim is clearly stated on the UK version of this product, but not on the Japanese version. I suppose it is because there are less blondes in Japan, but I think people need to know that this is a tinted product!

The Japanese product is called “Sexual Violet No.14”, probably after a popular 1970s song called “Sexual Violet No.1” by the Japanese singer Masahiro Kuwana.

What it does: (from the UK bottle)
A purple shampoo to keep blondes from going brassy. Violet and fresh lemons work beautifully together to keep grey and blonde hair bright and shiny (and it works just as well for brunettes too!)
The claim on the Japanese bottle basically omits the first sentence, mentioning that this shampoo will keep hair looking shiny and smelling fresh.

Price: 4.95GBP/100g in the UK, 900JPY/100g in Japan, and $9.95/3.3oz in the US

Where to purchase:  Lush products are available in Lush stores, and Lush Online.

Scent: This product smells like a mixture of floral scents, lemon, and herbs.

Pros:

  • On the bottle of the Japanese product, it mentions that this product is formulated for normal to oily hair. This product does a good job of removing oils from the scalp.
  • This product rinsed clean and did not make my scalp itch
  • A sparkly dark purple shampoo is fun!

Cons:

  • I think I have a pretty oily scalp, and I live in a humid country. Yet, I felt that this product stripped too many oils from my hair and scalp
  • The purple in this product will stain. After I got some on a towel, I could not rinse the color out until I washed it in the washing machine.

Would I repurchase?  No. I don’t know how well this product works to keep away brassiness, but it left my hair too dry.
Unfortunately, this product did not work well for me. I’m not sure that this product should have been released in Japan since the main claim does not work for a large population in Japan. Leaving the claim about the purpleness out felt like misleading to me.
Hope you enjoyed this review!
xoxo, K
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Review: Lush Cynthia Sylvia Stout Beer Shampoo – better than expected!

(Purchased product)

When I was in junior high school, I heard somewhere that beer could lighten my hair color. One night that my parents were away, I cracked open a can – not to drink, but to get a coveted lighter hair color. Unfortunately, not only did my hair color not change, but the combination of the steaming bathroom and the beer made me feel kind of sick!

Another story on beer –
I never liked beer when I was in college. I found it bitter and gross. Then one day, I went to a dinner party at a professor’s house.  One of the younger professors had a “beer tasting” going on – no, seriously. He had brought around 20 different types of beer, and offered me a little sip in cup. “Try all of them”, he said, “you’re bound to like one of them.”  I did find one that I liked, an imported berry-based beer which I don’t remember the name of.  And um, it started my love of beer.

When I picked up the Lush Lhune shampoo, as it is called in Japan, I didn’t realize the primary ingredient was beer. I only realized it when I started doing some research online to prepare for this review!

This is a review of the Lush Cynthia Sylvia Stout Beer Shampoo.  No wonder Lush Japan decided to name it something different! Lhune is the Gaelic word for beer.

What it does: (from Lush Online)
This shampoo is drunk with success.  Bottoms up, to taming fluffy frizzy hair.  It’s been known for hundreds of years that rinsing hair with beer will give it shine and volume. So half of this bottle is filled with beer, whilst the other half has lots of other clever ingredients to help the process.

Where to purchase: This product is available in Lush online and in Lush stores

Price:
4.40 GBP/100g in the UK, $9.95/3.3oz in the US, 680 JPY/100g in Japan.  Wow, this is expensive in the US!

Scent:
Lush says that they added lemongrass and cognac oil to mask the scent of beer. The product smells faintly of stout, and is very herbally without being sweet. For me, it was a nice change from the typical floral scents in Japanese shampoos.

Pros:

  • This product did make my hair very smooth, without being full of silicone like most Japanese shampoos
  • This product did not make my scalp itchy
  • I personally liked the scent, especially since it didn’t linger in my hair

Cons:

  • Personally, I feel this is a no-frills shampoo. I liked it a lot, but you may want more from your shampoo
Would I repurchase?  Yes. I really liked this shampoo! This will probably be the shampoo that I go back to from time to time.
Writing this review made me want a good stout! Local beers in southern Asia tend to be very light.  They fit well to the hot and humid climate here, but I think I want to go find a good stout now…
Hope you enjoyed this review!
xoxo, K
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Review: Lush Fair Trade Honey shampoo – smells strongly of honey

This is a review of the Lush Fair Trade Honey shampoo. I bought this in my Lush UK haul. This product is available in Japan, but only in the largest (310g) size. As I’ve written before, I always buy the smallest size at Lush and other stores because I always want to try different products!

What it does: (from the Lush UK website)
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.

Price: 7 GBP/110g in the UK, 2300 JPY/310g in Japan. I could not find this product on the Lush US website

Scent: To me, this product has a floral scent, but without the sweetness of flowers. It has the herbal, slightly bitter smell of honey. If Lush released a perfume with this scent, I would buy it!

Pros:

  • This product left my hair feeling moisturized, and cleansed well without stripping my hair
  • As I mentioned above, I like the smell
  • This product is neither too thin nor too thick, and very easy to use

Cons:

  • Unfortunately, this product left my scalp itching. The itching subsided within a few hours, but I think my scalp reacted to something in the product

Would I repurchase? No. Unfortunately, the itching makes this a definite no! I really liked the scent and wish Lush would release a shower gel instead!

I’m so sad that this product didn’t work for me! I hope it works for you.

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Lush Big Shampoo – one of Lush’s most talked about products

This is a review of the Lush Big Shampoo. This is probably one of the most talked about Lush products on the internet.  Because of all the Youtube and blog hype, I included this in my previous haul from Lush UK.  Because Lush’s black pots are not watertight, this product leaked slightly in the box.

This product is called Big in Japan. Oh wow, finally a product with the same name in the UK and in Japan!

What it does: (from the Lush UK website)

Have a big hair day! This is like having your hair lifted on a sea breeze. We love salt on the hair because it’s great for giving volume. We experimented with it for a very long time before coming up with this, our ultimate salt shampoo. Work gently and thoroughly through wet hair to create lather, then rinse away. 

Price: 11.25 GBP (about $18 USD)/330g, $26.95/11.4 fl oz, 1880JPY (around $24)/310g. 
Why in the world is the Japanese container slightly smaller, according to the website? 

Scent: This product smells of lemon and herbs. The scent is quite subtle, which is rare in a Lush product.

Pros:

  • This did a very good job at removing residue from my hair

Cons:

  • This is a very thick shampoo. When I dipped some out of the pot and tried to spread it on my scalp, I kept having to dip for more. When I washed it out, I realized I had a lot more lather than I needed.
  • The bits of salt in this shampoo are HUGE. Since I have a lot of hair, the bits of salt drop to the floor of my shampoo without reaching my scalp.
  • This is not an every day shampoo. My hair feels stripped afterwards.
  • The container is huge. Considering you need a tiny bit of this (see below), I wish they had a smaller size

Would I repurchase? No (see my rant below)

I really, really don’t get the hype about this product. First of all, I don’t understand how this product is supposed to work. Salt does indeed give my hair volume, but only when it is in my hair.  Since shampoo is supposed to be rinsed out, how can it continue to give my hair volume?

Like I said above, it is VERY easy to get too much product on your scalp, which may lead to shampoo left on the scalp. I took a very small bit of this product, put it in a cup with some warm water to dilute it before using it. I figured out that for my hair, I needed less than a teaspoon worth of product.

I also mentioned that the salt crystals were huge and do not reach my scalp. At first, I tried to wash my hair in sections. Failing in that, I ground up the product before using it, but it was such a huge pain! I finally ended up diluting it as I mentioned above since the salt should work on my hair regardless of how large the crystals are.

Do I regret buying this product? No, especially because I’m a beauty blogger (ha!). I will use this product up eventually!

What were your thoughts on the Lush Big shampoo? Hope you enjoyed my review!

xoxo, K

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