“ Brand: Lush / Type: Hair Shampoo „
I'm gradually working my way through all the different Lush products and as well as the permanent store range I've tried several items from the Retro range. This is a selection of products which have been discontinued from store, but were deemed too popular to remove from sale completely. They are now available only online.
Recently, Lush had a massive cull of Retro products and left only the 21 most popular products in the permanent Retro range. Gentle Lentil was one of these, which shows that people are continuing to buy it and therefore - hopefully - that it is a good product.
Gentle Lentil is solid shampoo. Unlike the round shampoo bars, which are made individually and fit in the little round tins, this one comes as a large block from which a piece is cut - rather like soap. I received a rectangular piece when I ordered online.
Gentle Lentil is described as a very soft, gentle shampoo (as the name would suggest). Lush recommend it for use on dry hair and children's hair. It contains lentils, inspired by Indian women who soak lentils overnight and wash their hair with them. Lentils contain lots of protein which nourishes hair and adds shine.
I normally wouldn't copy long lists of ingredients into my reviews, but the list here is so small I thought I might as well:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Stearic Acid, Lentil Decoction, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Cocamide DEA, Lecithin, Perfume.
It can be seen that the shampoo does contain lentil decoction, but unfortunately it also contains some less good ingredients including sodium lauryl sulfate. This is a foaming agent and is included in the majority of shampoos and shower gels available, but it has been known to cause skin problems in some people so it's best to be aware of this if you have sensitive or problem skin. The shampoo is suitable for vegans.
The shampoo is creamy white in colour with the odd lentil dotted about. I thought it smelled absolutely gorgeous - like white chocolate with a hint of floral. It looked like a slice of cake too, and I wanted to eat it (I didn't though!).
To use the shampoo, you wet your hair in the shower and then either rub the wet shampoo bar between your hands and apply the resulting lather to your hair, or rub the shampoo bar straight onto your wet hair. I prefer the latter method, and I've also found that if the shampoo bar is dry when you use it, you will still get enough lather (so long as your hair is wet enough). This makes the shampoo bar last longer. It should be kept as dry as possible when not in use - I keep it in a soap dish and stand it on its side so there is only a small part of it that has the potential to get soggy and stick to the soap dish.
The shampoo washes out like any other shampoo. I apply conditioner afterwards and dry and style my hair as normal.
My hair is coloured dark brown and tends towards dryness, though it's been in better condition lately because I've stopped straightening it so much and washing it every day. I've found this shampoo to be very gentle, and it doesn't strip the colour from my hair like several Lush shampoos have been known to do. The shampoo doesn't seem to irritate my scalp or exacerbate my occasional dandruff problem. My hair has felt a lot softer since I started using this. I would never use any shampoo without conditioner, as my dry hair really needs it, but this shampoo does seem to help take care of my hair.
Unfortunately, the scent of the shampoo doesn't last on my hair - perhaps because of the conditioner I use. Maybe if you used the shampoo by itself the lovely scent might hang around.
When I first got this shampoo I was worried that it wouldn't last very long, as it seemed very soft and creamy to the touch. However I needn't have worried - it is lasting a surprisingly long time. I've been using it for over a month and it's only halfway down, if that. This makes the price (for 100g) of £4.75 a lot better value for money than it first appears.
Overall I am very impressed with this shampoo and I would like to buy it again. It is good for my hair, lasts ages and doesn't strip the colour. It's a shame it doesn't fit in the shampoo bar tin which is handy for travelling, but there's no reason why you couldn't cut off a chunk and put it in a different container. The only thing to watch out for is the SLS which doesn't agree with some people. Personally though I am very happy with this product.
I bought this shampoo as it was said to be one of the most mild shampoos on the market. I bought it online from the Lush website.
The shampoo arrived wrapped in paper and it looked quite bland and boring. The colour of the shampoo is a sort of "off white" colour with black lentils mixed into it. The shampoo doesn't smell all that brilliant either. You can smell the lentils and i'm not a huge fan of lentils so I wasn't too impressed.
The shampoo lathers up okay, although it doesn't lather up as easily as some of the other Lush shampoos. I felt that I could rub the bar around my scalp easily and the shampoo was easy to rinse. However, the results weren't that great.
The shampoo left my hair feeling really dry and brittle, which was a HUGE disappointment as this shampoo is said to be very moisturising. My hair also felt a little sticky, even though the shampoo rinsed out well. My hair was also greasy again 48 hours after using the shampoo and for some reason my hair just didn't feel clean. I washed it again (in something different) soon after.
The shampoo isn't cheap either (it's priced per 100g) and it isn't as good as Lush make it out to be. It's natural, not tested on animals and free from harsh chemicals, so it does have it's good points. It's just not for me i'm afraid.
I bought this on the basis that it has good reviews on the Lush Website, and is supposed to smell of creamy vanilla. The bar was discontinued a while ago, but can be bought from the Retro section of the website and costs £4.05 for 100g.
My first view is that it didn't smell how I thought it would. It has the vanilla scent to it, but the lentils give it a slighty spicy hint, almost like a liquorish smell, so I wasn't amazed by it but thought i'd give it a go anyway.
I suffer from oily hair, but wanted to try this as it is supposed to be very gentle and good for those that chemically dye/henna their hair as it doesn't strip the colour. Upon using it, I found it a little more solid than the circular shampoo bars, and didn't 'glide' around my head as well when I was massaging it in to create a foam. The foam was nice, but didn't feel as light as my normal shampoo choice (Soft/Squeaky Green). The block felt quite rough on my hair and made it tangle up a bit, but at the same time the foam felt very heavy and moisturising which I was not used to. I proceeded to use this along with my normal conditioner, Jungle, and dried my hair as usual. The block didn't go down a lot, which is a plus, so I could see it lasting a long time.
I have to disagree with the other reviewer as I found this shampoo way too moisturising for my greasy hair, and it left it quite lank and lifeless. The smell was nice once on, it left a subtle hint of a vanilla scent on my hair but nothing too amazing. I didn't really see it have any brilliant effects on the condition of my hair (didn't make it feel softer, easier to maintain etc.) and my hair was greasier than usual the next day.
Overall I would say that this is an average shampoo that would be good for drier hair types on a day-to-day basis, but a little too moisturising for oilier hair types. I used quite a light conditioner with this but it would probably work a lot better in conjunction with a heavier, more nourishing one to leave the hair felling softer, and easier to handle. I would personally not buy it again, especially as it can't be bought in shops, but wouldn't rule it out for somebody else.
Ooh the first person to write a review!
A shame though as I didnt really get on well at all with this shampoo bar. It's pretty much a soap designed for use on the hair and it left my hair feeling very dry and tangly as if I had used a bog standard bar of soap.
Lush claim this bar contains lentils because they are gently cleansing and were used by Indian women in times past to wash their hair leaving it gleaming. That may be so but soap is soap and no matter what you put in it, it will still be drying. I had to use tonnes of conditioner after using this bar which defeated the point really as this bar is meant to be moisturising enough to not need any extras.
I've been put off using shampoo bars now after trying this, mainly because of the drying nature of them but also because of how akward they seem to be, they're sold in blocks of whatever size you like and are wrapped in greaseproof paper, you lather them up like soap to wash your hair with then have to try and find and somewhere to dry it out before using again to ensure it doesnt go soggy and mouldy.
Not one for me I'm afraid though I'm sure they suit some people, perhaps those with greasy or fine hair?