“ Brand: Lush / Type: Conditioner „
I usually use Lynx 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner for my hair as it saves time, has a pleasant fragrance and is effective. However, when my 2 in 1 ran out a couple of months ago, I tried Lynx shampoo which left my scalp feeling tight. The tightness was quite alarming, but did find that if I used a separate conditioner that it eased somewhat. Fortunately there was a bottle in the bathroom cabinet, but there wasn't much left in it and so I needed to buy a new one. I was introduced to Lush products fairly recently through DooYoo and I noticed that they produce conditioners, so I thought I'd try one. I have very short hair that's thinning in places and it's not particularly greasy - sort of general run-of-the-mill hair and I wasn't quite sure which would be suitable, so it was a case of 'buy one and experiment'.
So off I went to the local Lush store in Doncaster and came away with a couple of pieces of soap (one of which I have reviewed already and which I think is brilliant) and a bottle of hair conditioner. I must admit that I didn't ask the assistant what would be suitable for my hair - I'd already had a look on their website and thought that I would try the American Cream conditioner because although it says that it's thick and heavy, it did appear to be for regular type hair. Lush describe the conditioner as 'a combination of honey, strawberries and fresh orange juice in a thick lanolin conditioner base' and that 'it will make the hair soft, manageable and easy to comb'. I only bought a 100g size because it is quite expensive - this size was £4.45 and I thought I didn't want to pay more if it wasn't going to be suitable.
Before Lush became a well-known high street brand, they supplied products to the Body Shop in the good old days of Anita Roddick and before it was sold to L'Oreal. They still embody their original ideals of not using animals to test products, buying from community projects and local farmers and they support various 'green' campaigns. Although they use natural ingredients, most of their products do include what they call 'safe synthetics', so they are definitely not 'all natural', however they do claim that all of their ingredients are vegetarian and a lot are vegan.
The conditioner comes in a clear plastic bottle with a black flip-top lid. 'Bring all the boys to the yard with this strawberry vanilla milkshake conditioner' it proclaims on the black label - a claim which, thankfully, has not materialized (I am very particular as to who comes to my yard). It adds 'double strength and extra creamy to leave your hairy gorgeously soft and smelling sweetly'. I think this would put many men off buying this product, but connecting with my feminine side, I decided to take the plunge. The label also has the list of ingredients, instructions as to how to use the conditioner and a sticker which states that Peter made this on 6th March this year. Apparently they make batches of their products specifically to their shops' orders, so they're all quite fresh. I don't know who Peter is, but if he reads this I'd just like to say "Job well done, mate". The products do not contain preservatives and so have quite a short shelf-life - this bottle has to be used by 6th May 2014.
I thought it would be useful to compare the ingredients of the Lush conditioner with those of another well-known brand (this could take some time to write):-
====Lush American Cream Conditioner====
Honey Water, Vanilla Pod Infusion, Fresh Organic Oranges, Fresh Strawberries, Lanolin, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, *Linalool (*occurs naturally in essential oils)
Cetearyl Alcohol & Sodium, Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, Cetrimonium Bromide, Coumarin,
Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol
====Popular Brand Raspberry Herbal Conditioner====
Aqua (water), Catyl Alcohol, Cycolmethicone, Juniperis Communis Fruit Extract, Camomile Recutila (Metricaria) Flower Extract, Panthenol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Steeralkonium Chloride, Cetrimonium Chloride, Glyceril Steerate, Benzophenone-4, Citric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Ethoxydiglycol, Lactic Acid, Glucose, Bisabolol, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat, Disodium EDTA, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Benzoate, Butyphenyl Methyl Propional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linanool, Parfum, CI 17200 (Red), CI 18050
I know some of the above ingredients in the popular brand conditioner appear to occur naturally, but there seems to be an awful lot of chemicals and synthetics in this compared to the Lush one. However, does the Lush conditioner work as well as the other? When you compare the prices, Lush is £4.45 for 100g, whereas the other works out at only around 25p for 100ml - a huge difference, especially if American Cream doesn't do the job as efficiently as the cheaper brand which I found did condition my hair reasonably well.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH AMERICAN CREAM:-
The first thing that you notice when you life the top up is the smell of the conditioner, quite a rich, sweet aroma but it has an overwhelming scent of vanilla and honey. This becomes more pronounced when you squeeze the conditioner onto your hand. I've tried to smell the oranges and strawberries that it's said to contain, but it's very difficult. With a bit of imagination I can smell strawberries but the orange scent eludes me. If you don't like the smell of vanilla then I don't think that you would enjoy this product. The conditioner is an off-white colour and a bit thinner than I've been used to - when I first tried it I did wonder if that meant that I would need to use more than normal. I've found, though, that I actually need to use less. It's easy to squeeze out of the bottle and for me a blob about the size of a 10p piece is enough (bear in mind though that I have very short hair, so longer hair would need more). When I spread it over my hair, it doesn't feel greasy or like I'm coating my hair with plastic as I've found with other conditioners. It doesn't lather much but I spend a little while rubbing it into my hair to give everything a good coating before rinsing it off with cooler water. At this stage, it doesn't seem to have done any good to my hair whatsoever as it feels no different to how it feels after I've just used shampoo. Usually I find that after I've used conditioner, my hair feels slippery and greasy when I rinse it, but I don't get that effect with the Lush product. It's after I've dried my hair that I notice the difference - it's incredibly soft and smooth (I don't use a hairdryer, I just towel dry). I've found with other conditioners that my hair has felt like it's been coated in something, but not with this one - it feels very natural.
The smell of the vanilla and honey lingers in your hair for a long time. It doesn't last 24 hours by any means, but that may be because I don't have to use much. I would say that in my experience the fragrance last about 6 hours at the most. Compared to other conditioners I've used, even 6 hours is much longer than normal. What I do find impressive is the fact that 24 hours later, my hair still feel soft and smooth and there's no greasiness - it even feels soft and conditioned after 48 hours. I therefore only use the conditoner every two or three days which does make it a lot more economical.
In my opinion, therefore, the Lush American Cream conditioner performs better than other branded ones that I've tried. I appreciate that I'm still putting some unnatural things on my hair when I use this, but when I compare it to the list of chemicals in other products I would choose the Lush one every time. The only thing that lets it down is the high cost. However, I've been using this for a month now and I'm only half way down the small 100g bottle, so in reality it's cost about 55p a week which I don't think is too bad for a quality product that works. I'll definitely buy a larger size next time and I'm going to try one of the Lush shampoos because I want to use as few chemicals on my hair as possible.
- PRICE AND AVAILABILITY:-
The conditioner can only be bought from a Lush store or from their website (Lush have shops throughout the country and overseas now and you can find your nearest one by visiting https://www.lush.co.uk/shops). They do charge postage and packing of £3.95 when buying online, so if you're only buying a couple of things, it does make the products a lot more costly overall. The American Cream conditioner comes in 3 sizes, 100g, 250g and 500g, and costs £4.45, £8.90 and £14.25 respectively.
I'm very pleased with this conditioner. I've been using it for a month now and I can honestly say that my hair feels better than it has for a long time. It does the job better, in my opinion, than other branded products and with less chemicals. It smells good (although I don't think you'd like it if you don't like the smell of vanilla) and leaves my hair feeling naturally soft, smooth and conditioned. The only downside to this product is the high initial cost but because I don't have to use it every day it does work out a little more economical. I personally think that Lush American Cream conditioner is suitable for both men and women and I'll definitely buy it again. Highly recommended.
Thanks you for reading my review and I hope that you found it useful
I bought this American Cream Hair Conditioner from Lush for the quite expensive amount of £8.90. It is in the middle of two sizes, as you can also buy this in the 100g size (for £4.45) and the 500g size (for £14.25). This is quite expensive for a conditioner, especially seeing as the bottle is actually smaller than most regular sized conditioner bottles yet it costs many times more than that.
This conditioner is packaged in a clear plastic bottle, so that you can see the creamy off white substance inside it. It has a simple paper label on it, mainly black and white, with the basic details and instructions, with the name of the product in Lush's signature 'scrawly' font, so that you know where it is from. It has a black cap to flip open and closed (this can also be screwed on and off for added convenience) so that you can squeeze the conditioner out and apply it to your hair directly. Overall, the packaging of this product is rather simple but effective.
The instructions for this hair product states as follows:
"Use on clean wet hair. Apply plentifully, then rinse away."
This conditioner has a thick, creamy texture, and it feels quite slick and slippery when applying on your hair after you have shampooed it. It is quite a heavy mixture, probably because of its general creaminess. I like to leave in my conditioner for a minute or two to maximise its effects and it is quite easy to wash off though there may be some residue left over after a brief wash so its always best to rinse it off properly.
It works very well as a conditioner too, as it makes my hair much softer, shinier, and more manageable in terms of brushing and styling, more so than many other conditioners I have also tried, which makes the £8.90 price tag seem a little more worth it. It makes your hair look noticeably smooth as well.
This conditioner smells great, both whilst and after you apply it to your hair. It is supposedly meant to smell of strawberry vanilla milkshake, which it does, but more of vanilla than milkshake in my opinion. This is a very creamy and sweet smell, which I like, but not in a sickly way. I love this scent since, as well as the smell of the sweet strawberry vanilla milkshake scent, there is just the right balance of fragrant spiciness to make it not smell overpowering (from what I can deduce from what it says on the bottle, this is probably from the sage scent). This has a noticeable, though as I said, not overpowering smell, and as promised, it lingers in you hair hours after you have washed it out, which is nice. After using this shampoo, I can never resist the temptation to sniff my hair now and again as it smells so lovely and perfumed.
So is this product worth the £8.90 price tag. Well, it is a lot of money to spend on such a small amount of conditioner, undoubtedly, but it is cheaper than my previously reviewed honey shampoo (also made by Lush) which I like to use alongside this when considering the pound to gram ratio. It is, of course, never going to be a really frequent buy for me, since, although the smell is so lovely and it works so well, I still think that £8.90 is still too much to ask. However, this being such a lovely product and all, I will buy it occasionally, and, well, should anyone decide to gift it to me, I won't complain. This product gets 4 out of 5 stars from me
As somebody who very much enjoys hair care products I was very happy to be given another bottle of Lush's American Cream conditioner recently as a present. It's a thick and creamy hair conditioner which I feel is priced as a luxury hair product. I have long hair which is neither thick nor thin, I do however find that it can become quite dry from styling and greasy from putting it up and down throughout the day.
The conditioner comes in a plastic bottle with a black flip top lid. Although this is standard packaging for this type of product the bottle feels a little less substantial than others on the market, it's a little rigid and doesn't have a lot of give in it. However, it does it's job adequately. The conditioner is thick, white and creamy. It has quite a heavy consistency, but it's sticky or greasy to apply.
The bottle states that the conditioner is double strength, which leads me to think that I should have to use half the amount of any other shampoo but as somebody with long hair I find that I still have to use a measure of around a very heavily heaped teaspoon to have enough to cover my hair as American Cream's thicker consistency makes it slightly harder to work over your scalp, lengths, and tips of your hair.
The product has a delicious scent. It is described on it's packaging as a strawberry and vanilla milkshake scent, which is an excellent and accurate description. The scent is sweet, but not sickly or overpowering and I rather enjoy it's smell as I apply it to my hair. Although I have previously used this conditioner after every wash, I now use it only once or twice a week to ease my bank balance and to ensure my hair gets the benefits of varying products. I apply it after rinsing my shampoo out, and then leave it in for as long as possible. Usually around 5 minutes, before rinsing thoroughly. When rinsing American Cream from my hair is has a noticeable softness to it. Any knots come out freely and my hair feels very healthy and well looked after. After drying (either naturally, or with a blow-dryer) there is a noticeable shine and softness to my hair, more so than I get with most other conditioners. The scent also lingers on my hair for a good day, giving me a pleasant and noticeable sweet vanilla waft if my hair blows into my face.
American Cream is available in three sizes: 100g (£4.45), 250g (£8.90) and 500g (£14.25), and is available only from Lush stores or online shop/ mail order. I do find this conditioner very expensive compared to others available, however it does give a sense of luxury when used and definitely gives you the desired results. I find that a 250g bottle can last me a few months if I alternate it with other shampoos and conditioners, and use it once or twice a week instead of every wash.
Honey Water, Vanilla Pod Infusion, Propylene Glycol, Fresh Organic Oranges, Cetearyl Alcohol & Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Fresh Strawberries, Perfume, Lanolin, Cetrimonium Bromide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, *Linalool, Coumarin
*occurs naturally in essential oils
Would I recommend it? Yes. It's a great conditioner, albeit a highly priced one, and has a lovely scent which it beats most other conditioners on. I would recommend buying a bottle but using it sparingly, or occasionally as a treat for your hair. I feel it's too extravagant to use as a daily conditioner,
Lush do loads of different conditioners but my personal favourite one is the American Cream one as it is so rich and creamy and leaves my hair looking and feeling amazing and as an added bonus it has the most amazing smell to it too.
My hair goes through a lot of abuse what with dying it and styling it with heat products such as hairdryers and straighteners that I always try and use really conditioning products on it to make sure that it stays in good condition.
I usually chop and change what I use but this is an old tried and tested conditioner that I go back to time and time again.
It can be used every day but because it is so intensive and is quite a heavy conditioner I tend to use it more like a conditioning treatment and when I buy a bottle I tend to only use it twice a week instead of using it every day.
Like everything else at Lush this has the most amazing list of ingredients and has things like honey, vanilla pods, fresh strawberries, fresh organic strawberries and loads more in it. I always like to think that whatever I am putting on my hair or skin is going to do it good and there is no doubting that this is full of nourishing high quality ingredients.
The conditioner is lovely and thick and it feels so creamy and luxurious when I comb it through my hair. It doesn't take loads to coat my hair and after washing it off I can already tell my hair is softer and better conditioned before I even dry it as the comb goes through it so smoothly with no tangles or tugs.
When my hair is dry and I blow dry it my hair is really bouncy and shiny and is looks smoother and less straw like even after the first use. When my hair is particularly bad I sometimes put this on and then sit with a shower cap on my head for 20 minutes and this intensifies the conditioning aspect of it but even if I only have it on for a few minutes my hair is left looking so much softer and nicer than before.
My favourite thing about this though is the smell. It is one of those products that smells good enough to eat and smells sort of like a milkshake and is really delicious. The scent stays on my hair for hours afterwards too so I can still smell it even having been out all day.
This is a really lovely conditioner but it is expensive. It costs £14.25 for the larger 500g bottle but I usually plump for the medium sized one at £8.90 which is for a 250g bottle. I find that this lasts me for quite a while and it feels less of shock paying under £10 for it as opposed to nearly £15.
American Cream is definitely one of my all time favourite Lush products! It's a double strength hair conditioner which smells delicious and leaves my hair feeling absolutely amazing.
It is suitable for all hair types but works especially well with dry and damaged hair. It's quite expensive but in my opinion the price reflects the quality and it's worth every penny. A 100 gram bottle retails at £4.45 and a 250 gram bottle retail at £9.90. The largest size available is 500 grams and I buy this size as at £14.25 it works out to be slightly better value for money. The conditioner is described by Lush as a 'beautiful fruit and vanilla conditioner that really does the job.' They claim that it will leave the hair soft, manageable and easy to comb and the smell is described as being like strawberry and vanilla milkshake.
Like all Lush products, a majority of the ingredients in the conditioner are completely natural and very nourishing. These include honey water, vanilla pod infusion, fresh oranges & strawberries, lanolin, lavendar oil and benzoin resinoid. None of the ingredients have been tested on animals, which is always a huge advantage. The conditioner comes in a sturdy, transparent plastic bottle with a black label wrapped around the middle of it. The label has the Lush logo, product name and a brief product description written on the front as well as the ingredients and advice on how to use it on the back.
The bottle has a black flip top lid with a small dispenser hole, which is handy because the consistency of the product is a little on the runny side so it prevents too much from coming out at once. The conditioner itself is white. Considering that Lush describe it as a thick and heavy conditioner I was a little dissapointed upon discovering that it's actually quite an average consistency for a conditioner, if a little of the runny side. The smell however wasn't a let down - it smells delicious and just as described, although it's a little more vanilla smelling than strawberry. Nevertheless it smells lovely - really fresh and girly and it lingers for ages, leaving my hair smelling clean, fresh and fruity for at least two days. I've had countless compliments on the smell from people thinking that it's perfume! The smell is not at all artificial or sickly, either.
I have long, very thick hair. I wouldn't say that it's damaged, but I get split ends quite easily and it's on the dry side as I straighten it daily. It's also pretty wild and gets knotted ridiculously easily, but the conditioner sorts all of that out. Using it is simple and I use this around once a week. I apply it onto wet hair after I've washed my shampoo out and I do need quite a lot - around four large blobs to cover all of my hair. It glides through my hair well - no stickiness or greasiness. Once I've put it on my hair I comb it through making sure that it covers the ends. I leave it on for around five minutes while I relax and enjoy the smell and I then rinse it out. My hair really does feel instantly different, even when it's still wet - it feels hydrated (without looking or feeling greasy) softer, silkier and easier to control and once dry it looks noticeably better. The conditioner makes my hair look well cared for, glossy and healthy and it feels soft and silky. It also doesn't tangle as much and the results last for a good few days.
Overall, I highly recommend American Dream - don't let the price put you off!!
Lush - American Cream
Well anyone who has read my reviews over time must realise that I cannot walk passed a Lush shop without being mysteriously drawn in. The other day I went in to check out their new make up range 'Emotional Brilliance' and while there I picked up a pot of 'Hair Doctor' as I had five pots to exchange and I thought it was about time I tried a couple more of the hair products. This time I got sample portions of American Cream and also R&B which are both conditioning treatments.
If you have been living on a secluded island and not read any reviews on Dooyoo or Ciao for years then you may not have heard of the wonderful cosmetic company called Lush. Lush make their products with as many fresh natural products as possible using little or no preservatives. They source their ingredients from countries where the environment is not damaged by the production of the ingredients. The ingredients used are vegetarian and none are tested on animals. There is always a date on all their products telling when they were made and often who made them as well.
Lush started as a mail order company called Cosmetics to Go but sound became Lush and spread into a number of actual shops. You can now buy Lush products in other countries of the world as well as in the UK so the word is spreading quickly.
I am not sure whether everyone knows that if you save five black pots from Lush and take them back washed and clean to any Lush shop you can choose a fresh face mask or the fresh hair mask to take away free so hang on to your pots they are worth about £1 each in product..
As usual with Lush products this comes in the recyclable bottle but sadly not one of the 'take 5 empty clean pots back and you get a free fresh face pack' black pots . At the moment Lush do not accept these clear bottles back so you have to recycle them as you do other plastic bottles. The bottles come in three sizes , the smaller size of 100g for £4.45 the 250g size is £8.90 and finally if you are really rich you can buy a bottle that is 500g for £14.25. The bottles all have good screw top lids so they are air tight and liquid tight so things don't dry out nor do they leak in travel. I always use old Lush bottles with a decant of clothes washing liquid and fabric conditioner as it is a perfect amount when travelling and they don't break and they are light and don't leak either.
Lush always describe their products in a light hearted way and this one they say;
" Bring all the boys to the yard with this strawberry vanilla milkshake conditioner, Double strength and extra creamy to leave your hair gorgeously soft and smelling sweetly."
On the front of the bottle you can clearly see the product name and on the back the ingredients are listed. As well as this you also get a date sticker and 'who made it' sticker on the bottles as well.
WHY BUY THIS?
This is designed to be a thick conditioning cream for thick wavy hair so just my type of hair really. It is supposed to condition hair without weighing it down leaving your hair soft manageable and easy to style.
The conditioner is full of the usual lovely luscious or 'Lushious' ingredients which in this case include honey, strawberries, fresh orange juice, vanilla and lanolin which becomes a lovely sweet smelling fruity yet, creamy hair conditioner.
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THIS?
Well I used this after using my latest solid shampoo from Lush to wash my hair. After rinsing I put the usual amount of cream that I put on when conditioning my hair and used my special scalp brush to massage my scalp and spread the conditioner through my hair.
As I put the conditioner through my hair I could smell the lovely sweet scent of the product. It reminded me of Creaming Soda or 'Ice cream soda' as we used to call it. It was very sweet and vanillary with a fruity addition. It was very nice and I enjoyed lying back in the bath waiting for it to do its work.
After leaving this on my head for the time I felt I wanted it there I then rinsed it off with luke warm water which is much better for your hair than hot water which damages your hair.
I loved the feel of this in my hair. It wasn't very thick and slimy like some conditioners. It almost felt like it soaked in. I have read a few people saying that it isn't strong enough but I felt that it did a good job despite not being as slippery as some conditioners. The smell was lovely, not so fruity that you would not fancy you hair smelling of it. It was sweet but subtle and I found it did stay in my hair. My husband thought it smelled nice anyway after my hair was dry.
It rinsed out really easily and my hair felt nice and normal after using this. I can't say my hair was soft or especially shiny as my hair is NEVER soft or really shiny unless I use a shine serum or similar and even then it isn't really shiny.
WHAT IS IN THIS CONDITIONER?
The honey water is made by Lush and combines honey with tincture of benzoin and rose oil diluted in water. According to the Lush website "A prized 19th century beauty tonic called 'Virgin's milk' was also traditionally made with tincture of benzoin and rose water."
Honey is known to be great for lightening skin and hair as it contains an enzyme that produces small amounts of hydrogen peroxide when diluted.This s also a great natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent so will help any scalp soreness too.
Vanilla pod infusion not only creates the lovely creamy scent but it is also helps to retain moisture on hair, skin and lips and is also known to have anti oxidant properties.
Strawberries are not only delicious and good for you to eat but in this hair conditioner they are calming on the scalp and also help strengthen hair and add shine.
The fresh orange juice helps to condition your hair, leaving it tangle-free and full of shine
Lanolin comes from the wool fat from sheep and is close to the sebum produced by our skin. It is added to this conditioner as it coats and protects the hair follicles.
Cetrimonium bromide helps prevent static so is put in this it also helps to keep hair flatter and less fly away and gives it a silky shine.
Propylene Glycol some internet sites say it is toxic and dangerous while other say it is safe in food so not sure who is right here. Apparently it can be used in are used in applications ranging from cosmetics, household detergents, paints and automotive brake fluids which is slightly worrying. It is added to toiletries as a penetration enhancer so apparently it "alters the structure of the skin by allowing chemicals to penetrate deep beneath it while increasing their ability to reach the blood stream ". I'll leave you to decide on that but according to many websites this is in so many products we buy regularly.
Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate are there as humectants and emulsifiers and so allow water and oil to mix together. Not sure about their harmfulness as once again some sites say yes while others claim they are okay.
While some ingredients are somewhat questionable there are some really good ingredients in the mixture. I really loved the smell of this and also the fact that it was actually quite a light feel on my hair. Would I buy this again? Well, probably not if I had to pay the full RRP as although it is lovely it is also expensive and there are many other conditioners around that will do as good a job and also smell really nice for a lot less money. I will continue to ask for samples of these different products as I do like trying them and my samples usually give me two or three uses.
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Lush is a store that I visit regularly and one where I am always looking to try new and interesting products. I like to have a good browse around their little stores before making my selections and generally about 50% + of all the products I use at home come from Lush.
I paid around the £4.00 mark for a 100g bottle of this conditioner and they also stock this in 250g and 500g sizes each saving you a little more money per gram than the previous one. I only went for the small one because this was my first time purchasing this and I figured that if I would like it I could buy the larger size next time which is something that I normally do with shower gels in Lush too. This is quite an expensive price for conditioner but Lush products generally are expensive and I do feel that you get what you pay for with Lush.
I actually bought this conditioner after a recommendation in store. I said I wanted something that was not over the top in smell and that was going to sort my slightly dry yet greasy hair out. This is the conditioner that was recommended to me and the packaging says that it brings all the boys to the yard with this vanilla strawberry milkshake conditioner. I was sold on it and put some in my basket!
This is simple to use. Just flip open the lid, shake and squeeze some on to your hand and then rub through already shampooed clean hair. This bottle, like all Lush ones, is strong and so you do need to be quite firm to get some conditioner to come out. I found that I only needed a small dollop in the palm of my hand to apply to my hair. This was easy to apply to my hair and it rubbed in simply. I found that a little went a long way and I worked this in to my hair and down to my tips easily. I then left this on a for a few minutes, while I applied my face mask, and then laid back in the bath to carefully rinse this off. There was no strong scent to this conditioner as I was rinsing it off and that was exactly what I wanted so I was pleased with the recommendation.
After I finished in the bath I wrapped my hair up in a towel for 15 or 20 minutes before starting to blow dry it. My hair was easy to comb through, as I expected, and then I blow dried it using a straight paddle hair brush to give me as straight a look as possible so I had minimal straightening to do the next day. My hair was only lightly frizzy and it was lovely and soft. It also had a nice shine to it and I went a good 48 hours before I wanted/needed to wash my hair again. My hair really looked nice when catching the light and I got lots of compliments at work about my hair too which is always nice!
The smell to this really wasn't something that was very strong. I didn't want strong anyway as I wanted to smell a new perfumed body lotion that I was using instead throughout the day, topped up with perfume, and so this really was ideal for me. There was a light vanilla smell to this but it was not overpowering and the light fruitiness I detected was enjoyable without being too strong. The smell was just about noticeable, when I actively sniffed my hair, after a full day but after that it disappeared.
Because I have only needed to use a small amount of this every time I have managed to make this last a full month. This is about 10 or 15 shampoo and condition sessions for me and so I have been quite pleased, particularly as this was £4.00. The price of this is now around the £4.25 mark but I would still purchase this again, especially if I had tried all of the other Lush conditioners on offer in store.
In all I have been very pleased with this conditioner and I would rate it 5 out of 5. Fantastic!
I've used Lush American Cream Hair Conditioner several times. I was enticed by its aroma when I was in my local Lush shop - and since then I've returned to it several times. The Lush American Cream Hair Conditioner comes in three different sizes, namely 100g, 250g and 500g bottles. I usually buy the 500g bottle because my whole family uses the conditioner and as there is five of us, we need the bigger bottle for it to last. A 500g bottle costs £13.50 from the Lush shop - and I find that a 500g bottle lasts about 30 washes, and so that equates to about 45p per wash.
The Lush American Cream Hair Conditioner comes in a clear plastic bottle and the packaging and design of the packaging is minimal. The conditioner is a creamy white colour with brown flecks within it which is little flecks of vanilla pod. To use the conditioner is standard to using most conditioners in as much as it's just a matter of putting it onto my hair after shampooing and then combing it through my hair and leaving it on my head for about five minutes. I find that the shampoo is really thick and creamy, but it does spread well and I manage to comb it through my hair with no problem. The smell of the conditioner is gorgeous and this is why I like it so much because it smells very strongly of vanilla. I do love the smell of vanilla but I can sometimes find it a little sickly sweet and overpowering, but what I like about this conditioner is that although being vanilla it is not overly sweet smelling. There is an undertone of strawberry to it as well, although the strawberry is quite subtle, but it does add another element to the conditioner. Obviously, once the conditioner has been on my head for about five minutes, I rinse it off. It rinses off well and it feels like there is no residue left afterwards.
The main reason I love this conditioner is because of how it leaves my hair feeling afterwards. My hair always feels so soft and silky afterwards and my hair actually feels thicker and in better condition. I find that I don't have to use the conditioner every time that I wash my hair because if I do so then my hair can become a little greasy. However, if I use it once a week it keeps my hair in really good condition.
I really love the Lush American Cream Hair Conditioner and I would recommend it to anyone who wants their hair to be in better condition.
Making a trip every blue moon to the hairdressers to get my ends trimmed is always a nightmare for me. I dread the inevitable telling off I'm going to receive as soon as I've parked my behind in the chair. My hair is pretty darn damaged through overuse of blow-drying and straighteners. I have naturally wild and frizzy hair, which means I have to style my hair using heat if I want to leave the house with hair that looks anything other than the untamed orphan street urchin character it truly is! After my last scolding in the salon chair over my hair being so brittle and fine from damage, I hot footed it over to my favourite bath and body store to see what they could do for me. Since that day, I've never looked back!
If you are not aware of who Lush are (where have you been?), they are a company that produce a vast range of bath and body products that are as eco-friendly and natural as possible. Lush have a strict 'no animal testing' policy, meaning that they do not test their products on animals, nor do they use ingredients which have been tested on animals. Lush are dedicated to using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients in their products. They also work hard to source ingredients that are either fair trade from overseas growers, or locally grown and organic to pack into their luxurious, world and body friendly products. Lush do their bit in being eco-friendly by using as little packaging as possible, and the necessary packaging that they do use is all recycled and recyclable! If you want to find out more about Lush and their mission to keep the world happy, you can visit their website at www.lush.co.uk.
The "American Cream" conditioner is made by Lush, therefore can only be purchased from Lush direct. No other shops stock this product, so please don't go looking for it elsewhere. There are three ways in which you can make a purchase from Lush: in store, online or via mail order. If you are lucky enough to live near a Lush store, you can simply pay a visit to the helpful folks there and pick up this product in store. You will find this "American Cream" conditioner sitting amongst the other conditioners that Lush has to offer in its 'Hair Care' section. If you aren't as fortunate as some of us and don't have a Lush store nearby, do not fear! Lush also have an online web store at which you can purchase all their current available products: www.lush.co.uk. Lush also offer a mail order service, by which you can place an order over the telephone with one of their friendly mail order staff. To speak with one of the mail order team about their products and placing an order, simply call: 01202 668 545.
As far as price goes, I think that a lot of people will be put off initially by how much this product costs, but I can assure you it is worth every penny. "American Cream" comes in three different sized bottles, with three prices to suit (almost) every pocket. The 100g bottle is priced at £4.25, the 250g bottle costs £8.50 and the 500g bottle is £13.50. Obviously, the bigger the bottle you purchase, the more you save. I first purchased the 100g bottle to try this product out, and it lasted me around two months with almost daily use. I then moved onto the 500g bottle as I loved this product so much, and so far it has been in use for over 6 months and I still have around a third of the bottle left. A little of this product really does go a long way!
When I first used the "American Cream" conditioner, I expected it to be a thick and heavy product due to it being a double strength formula, so was greatly surprised when it came out of the bottle with ease. The conditioner is light and creamy, making it pleasant to work with in comparison to other super strength conditioners that I have tried that have had a greasy, thick consistency. The conditioner is a creamy-white in colour and has a smooth texture between the fingers. The product is thin enough to spread and works over the hair with ease, but thick enough to cling to the hair and remain in place without dripping all over the show once applied. I love the consistency of this product as a little goes a long way, meaning that I generally only have to use a blob the size of a twenty pence piece to produce decent coverage for two thirds of my past-the-shoulder length hair.
I'm a little fussy when it comes to how hair care products smell, especially conditioners. As conditioner products cling to the hair and are absorbed, the scent usually sticks around for quite some time after being applied. Nobody wants to endure foul smelling hair, so I'm usually swayed into trying out a conditioner that I wouldn't mind catching a whiff of with every swish of my locks. Imagine, if you will, Lush whipped up the most delicious vanilla cake batter you could ever imagine, and just before putting the batter into the cake cases, they sucked out all the heavenly batter scent and bottled it up. That is exactly how "American Cream" smells. The label on the bottle states that this is a strawberries and cream scented product, but I'm not entirely convinced. The cream part, oh yes, it's all there. The strawberries however, they seem to be lacking. Perhaps the strawberries are just hanging around in the background, being shy and retiring, possibly unwilling to share their sweet berry scent with me. Perhaps my nose just isn't willing to accept anything other than the smell of delicious cake batter. Whatever it is, I don't pick up the strawberry part of the advertised scent at all. Am I disappointed? Hell no! Creamy, deep, rich, divine vanilla scent is enough to make me hand over my dosh and sniff my hair every five seconds after using this product. The best thing about the scent of this product is that it is long lasting and will linger on your locks for at least 24 hours, so go ahead and give your hair a good swish as you pass people by to make heads turn at how delicious you smell. This is the closest you are ever going to get to using a New York cheesecake as a hair product without actually rubbing one on your head, and I'm absolutely fine with that.
Looking through the ingredients list for this product is like reading a shopping list for whipping up a batch of heaven. Vanilla, honey, strawberries, oranges? Yes please! The honey water used in "American Cream" conditioner helps to lock moisture into the hair and also acts as a mild, slow-release antiseptic to treat and heal the scalp. The vanilla in this product comes in two forms - vanilla pod infusion and vanilla absolute. Vanilla not only smells wonderful, but is also a humectant - a substance that helps to retain moisture. The vanilla in "American Cream" will keep your hair smelling delicious, feeling super soft and looking wonderfully glossy. Oranges and strawberries are used in "American Cream" as they are packed full of vitamin C and nutrients which help to cleanse and condition the hair, soothe the scalp and leave your locks tangle free and glossy. Both claryl sage oil and lavender are included in "American Cream" as they are well known for their antibacterial and soothing properties, which will help to calm your scalp and heal any dry or angry spots. All in all, "American Cream" is jam packed full of wonderful ingredients which work together in harmony to nurse your scalp back to health and leave your hair feeling and looking as healthy as can be.
Even though the "American Cream" is a double strength conditioner, you simply use it the way you would any other conditioner product. No extra faffing around is necessary. Once your hair has been washed with the shampoo of your choice and rinsed clean, simply smooth a small blob of this product over your hair and leave it to work its magic for at least 5 minutes before rinsing out thoroughly. In terms of my own personal conditioning routine, I generally only apply conditioner to the underneath and ends of my hair, as those are the driest areas that need targeting the most. I leave the conditioner in my hair whilst doing the rest of my shower routine (generally 10 - 15 minutes), then rinse out as the final act before exiting the shower. I occasionally apply conditioner the top and roots of my hair, around once a week, as I find that conditioning those areas frequently (with any conditioning product) only works against the natural balance of my hair and causes it to become greasy rather quickly after washing.
Once all surface traces of the "American Cream" conditioner has been rinsed out thoroughly, my hair always feels smooth to the touch when still wet and a comb can be passed through with great ease. No tangles here! Even tangles that occur during blow drying are combed out easily and pain free. "American Cream" leaves my hair feeling soft and silky after both natural air drying or with the aid of the hair dryer. The condition of my hair has greatly improved since I started using this product, and my hair is always left manageable and looking glossy after use. Sometimes I find that my hair feels greasy when left to dry naturally after using other conditioning products, but "American Cream" simply leaves my hair feeling light and soft. I did worry that this product would leave my hair feeling heavy and lank due to its double strength properties, but the results were completely the opposite.
Overall, this "American Cream" conditioner is an absolute God send. This is one of my favourite products from Lush, not only because of its delicious scent, but because of how well it works. My hair has been severely damaged over time from hair dye and heated styling which has left it completely wild, brittle, angry and dry. "American Cream" works to soothe and repair my tired, battered locks and nurse them back to health. As I stated earlier, I was seriously surprised to find that this product didn't weigh my hair down or leave it feeling unclean or lank. I have tried many different super strength conditioning products in the past that have left residue behind and made my hair instantly greasy or left it feeling unclean, but "American Cream" avoids this completely. The conditioner softens my hair, leaving it tangle free and strokable. The scent of "American Cream" is another reason behind my recommendation for everyone to give it a go - it is absolutely divine. I'd heard many a great thing about the smell of "American Cream" from various Lush users, and so decided that I would have to pop into my local store and give this product a sniff. As soon as my nostrils were graced with the scent of this product, I was at the till and skipping out of the store door with a paper bag in hand before I could even register what was happening. As mentioned earlier, the "American Cream" conditioner is marketed as a strawberries and cream scented product, but there is a serious lack of strawberry in the actual scent and I am sure some people will be disappointed with this, but it doesn't bother me in the slightest. I use a rather strong smelling Lush shampoo that is hated by most people that catch a whiff of it (it stinks like bonfire, which I rather enjoy) but this cake batter scented conditioner completely masks the stench of my shampoo and leaves my hair smelling edible. My hair is left in a soft and manageable state and smells like cake batter - what more could I ask for?
Honey Water, Vanilla Pod Infusion, Propylene Glycol, Fresh Organic Oranges, Cetearyl Alcohol & Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Fresh Strawberries, Perfume, Lanolin, Cetrimonium Bromide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, *Linalool, Coumarin (*occurs naturally in essential oils)
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This conditioner smells absolutely AMAZING - It really is a smell to die for!!!!
I paid around £4.00 for a small 100g bottle of this. Yes, this conditioner isn't cheap, however I was hooked by it's wonderful smell and I just couldn't resist it!
The conditioner itself is rather runny so be extra careful not to use too much of it and keep the bottle upright at all times as it can leak due to it's thin consistency. The bottle is pretty durable though, mine has never cracked or dented and the bottle is made from 100% recycled materials too.
The conditioner smells amazing, like a vanilla and strawberry milkshake, yum! The conditioner is easy to work with and it's easy to distribute through the hair too. I would suggest using a comb to comb the conditoner through as it needs to get right to the very ends of your hair to work. This conditioner is great for dry hair as it adds moisture and shine, however it doesn't give the salon result that I longer for. The conditioner doesn't seem to add any volume to my hair either, which is a shame. It does work well on dry, damaged and coloured hair though. My hair is 100% coloured and this conditioner never rinses the colour out of my hair as it's a more natural conditioner compared to other conditioners that I have used in the past. This one is very gentle but if you require salon results with more "ooomph" I wouldn't suggest this.
You can use this on all hair types though and the amazing scent lingers on your hair after use, which is great!
Even though I have only purchased a handful of things from the shop I knew this was one Lush product that was regarded as amazing and one browsing session in a different town led to me purchasing this product. I was in two minds as although I wanted to buy something from the shop it was hideously expensive. But I had just been paid so I thought I'd treat myself. I can now say this was a treat indeed!
It cost me £3.99 for a 100g bottle. I wish it was in ml like every other shampoo and conditioner as it is difficult to compare but the bottle is the same sort of size as one that you would decant into to take away on holiday. It also comes in 250g costing £7.99 and 500g for £12.99.
I smelt it before buying and decided it was pleasant but not as strong as I was expecting. I couldn't really tell what the scent was supposed to be.
The website says how they were inspired by teenagers meeting in 1950s milk bars for frothy, creamy milkshake and using a product like theirs to get their hair soft. I love this image and the smell and creamy texture reminds you of a vanilla a milkshake which is what this look and smells like.
The directions are simply to rub in and rinse off but I knew from other conditioners that it would be best to leave this on a couple of minutes. Dispensing it from the bottle is not as easy as some as you have to shake the bottle upside down and then squeeze hard as the plastic is very sturdy. I settled for approximately two 50 pence pieces on my shoulder-length hair. The white, creamy conditioner distributed well and I left it on for a couple of minutes. I couldn't smell much at this point unless holding it to my nose. Rinsing it out was easy and didn't take long at all leaving me with really soft hair.
My hair when left to dry naturally and even when styled is thick and frizzy so I left my hair without any products on to see the effect of this conditioner. Now my hair was not frizzless (I'd doubt a product could, not because my hair is so bad but I have jut never found one) but the frizz was soft if that makes sense, more of a relaxed frizz. I noticed hair was incredibly soft and shiny and it brought out various colours in my hair other shampoos and even my brunette/red one couldn't. These colours are particularly prevalent under lights.
Now the smell was still quite subtle, unable to smell it unless the hair was swished. It is vanilla but not a strong one, not like anything you would find in a spray or perfume, but it smells amazing! I would say a creamy vanilla and it would be one of the natural ingredients which gives it this smell. I cannot detect any of the fruits though. Two days later I could still smell this on my hair which is very impressive however the next time I used it I used a smaller amount and it only lasted until the next day.
The bottle lasted over a couple of months with use about every other time I washed my hair. One reason this tiny bottle lasted so long is because of the price. I was being a little more careful with how much I used compared to using others.
What I love is the ingredients list. Look at any shop bought conditioner and it has a million chemical sounding ingredients but this list is short and the majority you recognise. The few that are chemical sounding are explained on the Lush website (I found the Canadian one to be the best for explaining how ingredients are used.).
Honey Water (Aqua), Vanilla Pod Infusion, Propylene Glycol, Fresh Organic Oranges, Cetearyl Alcohol; Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Fresh Strawberries, Perfume, Lanolin, Cetrimonium Bromide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax tonkinensis pierre), *Linalool, Coumarin * Occurs naturally in essential oils
Cetearyl Alcohol - used to thicken and stabilize.
Propylene Glycol - helps to soften the hair.
Cetrimonium Bromide - an emulsifier, surfactant (helping dirt and oil to be trapped and rinsed away), acts as a preservative and stops fly away hair by making it lie flat.
Cetearyl Alcohol - stops oil and water from separating and creates thickness.
Benzoin Resinoid - from the styraceae plant family and extracted from the bark it is a natural preservative and antiseptic helping ease irritation. It is used in this product as it leaves a film on skin and hair which gives shine. It also has relaxing properties which is why it is used in one of their glitter bars.
Courmarin - found in plants and give strength to fragrance. I did find some information about how it has been banned from some food products but am unsure how this relates to its use in a cosmetic product.
Strawberries are calming on the scalp, strengthen hair and add shine. Oranges packed with vitamins and nutrients help leave it tangle-free and shiny.
So all the ingredients are there for a purpose and are mostly naturally sourced. I am not saying another hair products contain unnecessary ingredients but this list does seem to be a lot shorter which in my opinion can only be a good thing!
To sum up this is a really lovely conditioner that works brilliantly, smells gorgeous and contains few ingredients. I do wonder why there is not a matching shampoo available but that is not something I am too worried about as this is the final product you will use and so the smell will stay rather than if it was the other way round. The one bad point is the price. Whilst I appreciate it may cost more to produce, the price is still extortionate. If they brought it down to £3 then that would be ok. Due to this fact and fact that there is not a store near me I shall not be repurchasing in the near future. Should I find myself near a store and wanting to treat myself then I may buy again.
I have tried almost all the leading hair conditioners which have been produced - some cheap & nasty, others expensive - still nasty. My favourite is the Bodyshop Rainforest one but now another product has become a close second favourite namely Lush American Cream.
I have tried a few Lush products and recently my younger daughter took me to the Mother's Day Special at Manchester's Arndale centre where they were offering hand massages and retro food plus cups of tea in china cups. The staff were dressed in 60s gear and it was a fun few hours being pampered or being left to browse.
It wasn't too busy that day so I had a really good look around (never been inside a Lush store). I really wanted to win a trolleydash so I could try loads of products but settled on a few samples and choosing the hair conditioner because it smelled divine and is double strength.It should have cost around the £4 mark but we had 10% off vouchers and I chose the 100g bottle.
I tried it as soon as I got home but the first time I used it I used too little, the 2nd time too much (sound like Goldilocks here lol) but now i've worked out exactly how much to use on my shoulder length hair. If you buy it and have shorter hair I think a 50p piece size is plenty.
The bottle is made from a good solid plastic and a has flip-top lid. However, I find the more I use the product, the harder it is to release the conditioner. A little tip which works for me is pop the bottle in the shower or bathwater to allow the container to soften a little - much easier to pour out.
I have some reviews that state this is a watery conditioner but, although I have used thicker, this doesn't seem to be a problem to me - in fact in my opinion it works better as you can gently rub it into the hair much easier than a thicker conditioner.
I notice a difference in my hair literally as I am rising it off with warm water ! Once towel dried I can run a brush through with no problem as there a barely any tangles. Once dried it feels softer, lighter and very clean and fresh.
Once straightened my hair looks healthy and shiny so I can tell a real difference if I use any other conditioner.
Finally I have to tell you how good it smells - it is light, fresh, slightlyy musky with an overall fragrance of vanilla which may seem an odd combination but, in my opinion,works really well. I would also point out that the lovely smell lingers quite some time after use which is a bonus.
It contains the following -
- strawberries & fresh organic oranges (which apparently cleanse the hair as they contains vitamin C)
- vanilla (in several forms, which is slightly moisturising)
- natural oils and honey (containing vitamins and minerals which nourish and moisturise the hair)
- there is also sage oil and lavender which are proved to be beneficial to the hair and scalp.
The product is suitable for vegetarians. I'm 58 and my daughter is 20 and we both love it so I'm suggesting this is something all ages may like? It is possibly a good product for males too because it doesn't have a floral/feminine smell - rather one of joi de vivre.
I think it is a little expensive but for the results I have achieved I think it is worth every penny.
Lush is a brand that makes hand made products which smell delicious and looks beautiful. Walking into Lush is like walking into a sweet and you are enveloped with a fruity aroma and bright colours surround you. Their products are highly fragranced and made from a variety of natural ingredients. Their products are never tested on animals.
As part of their conditioner collection, Lush have a deliciously sweet variety called American Cream. The inspiration comes from a cocktail book, where the creator saw milky, frothy, creamy milkshakes that were sold in the 1950's milk bars and she wanted to make the same sort of product for your hair.
American Cream can be found in a transparent bottle and you can see the creamy conditioner inside. It has a black lid that you click open and shut to access the product. It is available in a range of sizes and you will be looking to pay around £12.99 for 500g of this lushious liquid. If you want to check it out for cheaper first, you can buy a smaller bottle of 100g for £3.99.
The purpose of this conditioner is to detangle your hair and make it super soft and smooth. It is tantalizingly fragranced with the sweet aroma of honey, vanilla, strawberries and oranges.
So how does it work? The fresh strawberries included in this conditioning cocktail are enriched with Vitamin C will helps to cleanse the hair. The vanilla has a highly moisturizing action, meaning your hair will no longer be dull and dry. The conditioner also contains natural oils to make your hair soft to the touch. The honey contains vitamins and minerals which nourish and moisturize the hair.
This conditioner really does make my hair noticeably softer and it smells delicious long after I've used it. The smell to me is like strawberries and vanilla with a very subtle hint of musk.
It doesn't make my hair shine as much as other conditioners have but this is because unlike brands such as Pantene which coat your hair with manmade substances, giving it the appearance of being healthy, this conditioner contains natural ingredients which penetrate the hair making it actually healthy instead of just looking it.
The negative of this thin and runny conditioner is that, as your hair seems to absorb the conditioner, you need to use quite a lot of it and as this product isn't cheap, you don't want to buying another too soon. And if you don't rinse the product out of your hair extremely thoroughly then it may leave you with a greasy feeling in your hair.
If you have normal hair that isn't too long and you want it to smell good, then you'll love this conditioner. If you have really dry hair or very long hair, you may need to look elsewhere for a conditioner to better meet your needs.
Honey Water (Aqua), Vanilla Pod Infusion (Vanilla planifolia), Propylene Glycol, Fresh Organic Oranges (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Cetearyl Alcohol & Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Fresh Strawberries (Fragaria vesca), Perfume, Lanolin, Cetrimonium Bromide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Clary Sage Oil (Salvia sclarea), Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax tonkinensis pierre), *Linalool, Coumarin * Occurs naturally in essential oils Vegetarian
I bought this after recommendations from dooyoo commenters, Lush staff, and reading reviews on the internet. Everybody said the smell is amazing and its worth buying for that alone, so I decided to give it a try.
I bought a small 100ml bottle for £3.99. In the bottle I thought the scent was okay, a bit vanillary, but nothing outstanding. I couldn't wait to try it out so I washed my hair that evening. On applying the American Cream conditioner I found it didn't feel much different to stroking water through my hair - it didn't feel creamy or luxurious or anything amazing at all. Granted, I tried not to use too much. After all, at £1 per 25ml I wanted to try and use it as sparingly as possible, so maybe that's why it didn't feel amazing on.
After I'd rinsed off I sat down to relax and let my hair dry - I like it to dry naturally. This is when I realised I really don't like the smell! I must be in the minority here, but to me it smelled like car air fresheners and it actually made me feel a bit travel sick! Yes, that sounds weird, but it did. It didn't smell fresh and clean, it smelled like a musty old taxi with a cheap air freshener stuck inside.
Once dry, my fair felt surprisingly okay. It did feel a bit different to having just used a shampoo, but nothing super-special. It was quite sleek looking though, and less fly-away, so would probably be good for those with fine hair who want a straight sleek look.
Overall this product just isn't for me. I'd probably use it again if I could stand the smell, on days when I was after smooth hair. Now just wondering what to do with the rest of the bottle!
Feels ages since I wrote my last review but obviously the first review after bit of a break would be about Lush! I'm currently using one of Lush's all time best selling conditioners. American Cream is a conditioner which has a huge following both in the UK and pretty much anywhere it is sold. I have been using American Cream on and off for years and have never really had any complaints whatsoever.
Lush market this conditioner as a double strength conditioner and is created for those with dry hair but as I have personally found with Lush's conditioners is that for people like me with generally normal hair you can get away with any of their conditioners so I tend to ignore their strength scale and would advise people with a similar hair type to do the same!
American Cream is a potently perfumed conditioner which is sweet thanks to the honey, benzoin resinoid (vanilla scent) and strawberries. It will no doubt overpower any perfume you want to put on so just be careful when you use it and as to how much you use! For those that are utterly addicted there is a solid perfume created with the same scent. For me the fragrance is a cross between a vanilla and a strawberry milkshake which depending on the batch you get can sometimes be a bit sickly sweet.
So what goes into American Cream to give it a gorgeous fragrance which people can't seem to get enough of? Lavender oil is an ingredient used due to its versatility. It's great for the skin and soothes the mind as well as being antibacterial ensuring that your scalp is cleansed and toned. Benzoin resinoid is the ingredient which helps give the main vanilla aroma, it comes from a plant and is great for use on dry skin conditions as well as being incredibly relaxing. In the conditioner it is used for its perfumed scent. Lush use vanilla absolute mainly for its ability of giving an intense fragrance. Clary Sage oil is added to give this conditioner a bit more of a complex fragrance, it adds a warming, musky note to the sweet vanilla but it's also used in this conditioner to tone the scalp. Fresh strawberries are added as they cleanse the scalp, strengthen the hair and help add shine. Honey water helps lock in moisture the hair whilst softening both hair and skin. To add even more vanilla fragrance to the mix Lush use vanilla pod infusion which apart from giving a soft, sweet scent it also provides humectant properties for the hair. Lastly for the list is fresh organic oranges (freshly squeezed at the Lush factory). They are (as we know) packed full of vitamins which help condition the hair and provide an incredible shine.
American Cream has a medium to thick consistency and will need a good shake before you use it. Obviously sometimes the consistency can change depending on the handmade batch you pick up and buy. By having a medium to thick consistency is definitely a good thing as you will end up getting more on your hair than down the plughole which can be an expensive waste. I found that you actually don't need to use a huge amount as a little can go a long way if you manage to massage it through your hair properly (I use a comb when applying conditioner to get it straight to the roots and evenly throughout my hair). If you have incredibly thick and/ or long hair then you will need to use a little more.
As soon as American Cream touches your hair it is instantly softened and once evenly through your hair it is tangle free. Best to leave it on for a few minutes especially for those that want to use this as more of a conditioning treatment rather than just your normal conditioner. However, after a few minutes your hair is silky smooth and washing it off is easy. It washes out easily and your hair remains tangle free and beautifully soft.
The next test is blow drying your hair. For me my hair is naturally wavy but it isn't troublesome so I don't really have any issues as its straightened anyway. The main reasons I use American Cream is the scent and how soft it makes my hair. Blow drying for me is great as my hair manages to stay tangle free throughout the whole process which is great as it is quite long. It also stays silky soft which is incredibly hard to stop touching and it has a lovely shine to it which with winter fast approaching it seems that my hair needs all the extra help to give it a healthy shine. Because my hair is so soft my straighteners have no problem gliding down my hair making the whole process take half as long and the lovely shine still remains.
What Lush say:
"Double-strength conditioning cocktail
Helen took inspiration for American Cream from a very quirky cocktail book. Our fruity, creamy conditioner is what the girls would have used to make their hair soft and strokeable before going out on a date, dressed up in their bobby socks and circular skirts.
Sweet, fruity shake.
The scent of honey, vanilla, strawberries and oranges is so sexy and sweet that dates can't stay away. If your hair gets a bit messed up, American Cream makes it easy to brush through and smooth out again."
£3.80 - 100g
£7.60 - 250g
£12.25 - 500g
VEGETARIAN, Honey Water (Aqua), Vanilla Pod Infusion (Vanilla planifolia), Propylene Glycol, Fresh Organic Oranges (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Cetearyl Alcohol & Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Fresh Strawberries (Fragaria vesca), Perfume, Lanolin, Cetrimonium Bromide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Clary Sage Oil (Salvia sclarea), Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax benzoin), *Linalool, Coumarin
Smells like a vanilla milk shake /