Product Type: Lush hair care products
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Big Goo-ey Goodness!
Lush Big Natural Shampoo
Member Name: sammy00
Lush Big Natural Shampoo
Advantages: Works as it promises, smells great, leaves hair in a great condition
Disadvantages: Price of £10.95 makes it a treat rather than everyday use
As I love the Lush, Jumping Juniper and Godiva Shampoo Bars I decided to try one of their other ones to see if this was as good and plumped for the 'Big' Shampoo. I went with this one as I wanted to try something other than the shampoo bars and I am always on the quest for more volume for my fine limp hair and this 'Big' shampoo promised to do just that.
The Big Shampoo comes in a standard Lush Black plastic tub with white writing on it. The writing states the name - Big - and what the shampoo is designed to do. These pots are strong and although simple still look good quality and not cheap at all. The idea of these pots are to be re-used so if you return 5 clean empty pots to a Lush shop they will not only recycle them but as a reward give you a free face mask which is a lovely touch.
On the back of the tub it gives you directions of use and there is also a sticker showing who potted up the shampoo for you, which in my case was a girl called Julie. I think these stickers are really great as they make the shampoo a personal experience. These stickers also show the date it was made and its use by date which in the case of the 'Big' is around a couple of months.
The tub for the 'Big' is in itself 'big'. It holds a decent 330 g which I hoped would last ages as this tub was setting me back £10.95. This price seemed excessively high, but I was so intrigued in trying some more Lush shampoo's and was on a nice shopping trip with the girls that I talked myself into it! I hoped for over £10 it would last me ages and be worth the money.
When you open the tub - which has a strong screw on lid - you see this mass of clumpy goo. I initially thought this looked a bit weird, but it smelt fantastic with a mixture of the sea and citrus tones. As with a lot of Lush products, their appearance can sometimes be off putting, which I have encountered with some of the face masks, but you have to not let appearances put you off!
The texture of the shampoo is odd. It's almost like a body scrub in consistency with is being a white full of lumps of salt. I was surprised at the amount of salt in the shampoo as it is crammed full of chunks. But as mentioned it smells great and each time I use it now I seem to pick up on different fragrances.
The Big Shampoo is packed full of natural ingredients such as:-
Coarse Sea Salt
Fresh Sea Water
Toothed Wrack Seaweed Infusion
Organic Lime Juice
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Orange Flower Absolute
You can instantly smell the sea with this shampoo which comes from the salt, seaweed and salt water, but then the Lemon and Lime scents also come through afterwards along with the occasional hint of coconut. The Sea Salt and salt water are to add volume. The Coconut and seaweed to soften and condition, whilst the lemon and limes are to add shine. The mandarin, orange flower, neroli and vanilla are simply to scent the shampoo
To use, you simply massage gently into wet hair, work up the lather and rinse. Lush also tell you to apply generously to give your hair and scalp an extra treat. The result - to have a very big hair day!
The shampoo is easy to apply and you simply take some of the 'goo' and massage it in to wet hair. This does feel odd to begin with but since using the shampoo a good number of times now I am used to how it feels. When you first apply it to your wet hair, it feels as though the chunks of sea salt will get tangled in your hair (especially if you have long hair like me). And the shampoo feels very gritty and unusually. As you massage this into lather these sea salt chunks to partly dissolve and the shampoo creates a creamy slick lather. The lather is not foamy but more like you have applied a treatment to your hair, thick and creamy. The shampoo does lather up quickly and then rinses out easily. The sea salt chunks that haven't dissolved also rinse out easily as well which I was surprised about. I though they might stick to my hair the first few times I used this and I would be combing them out for hours later.
After a couple of uses you do get used to the texture and lather the shampoo creates. As for results they are all very good!
When you hair is still damp after using the 'Big' it can feel tangled and not particularly moisturised. When using this shampoo I tend to spray in a little leave in conditioner afterwards just to combat this. But once you hair is fully dry the shampoo creates lots of volume all over, and not just at the roots. My hair looks overall thicker and fuller after using this which is just the result I wanted. My hair also feels very clean, almost as though you have used a clarifying shampoo which was great after using hairspray etc. It feels as though it's gently but thoroughly cleansed.
Although it really cleans hair it seems to do this gently and really treats your hair. My hair looks in a great condition after use, and even my blonde highlights look brighter which may be down to the lemon and lime ingredients. My hair is also then very manageable and styles easily and is not as flyaway. The shampoo also really makes your hair smell heavenly. The fragrance will easily last on your hair all day and I quite regularly found myself sniffing my hair for the fragrance. As the shampoo is quite expensive, I do only use the 'Big' once a week, using my other shampoo bars in-between. If it was a little cheaper I would probably convert to this over my Jumping Juniper and Godiva but these work out much better value. You do get a good amount for you £10 with 330 g in a tub and this does last months if only used once a week making it slightly better value. However, for results the shampoo is worth a slightly higher price but not quite £10.95!
Lush state that this Big Shampoo "is like having your hair lifted on a sea breeze" and this is literally spot on! Big volume, cleansing, conditioning and manageable hair here I come!
Summary: Well worth using, but for the price, just use once/twice a week