Product Type: Lush hair care products
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For my Curly Wurly hair - some yummy coconut
Member Name: catsholiday
Advantages: Lots of good ingredients and makes my hair feel nice after use
Disadvantages: Some not so great ingredients and the price
Lush Curly Wurly Shampoo
This is one of Lush's liquid shampoos. They have a large range of shampoo bars as well as liquid shampoos. This is the third of their liquid shampoos that I have tried. The only other vaguely liquid one I have used previously is 'Big' which is sort of liquid but in a tub rather than one of the bottles as it is not exactly liquid. This one is also not very liquid, it is a fairly stiff gloopy cream, so stiff that it doesn't even move when you tip the pot sideways.
A BIT ABOUT LUSH'S PHILOSOPHY
Lush only buy ingredients from companies that do not test on animals.
They invent their own products and fragrances and make everything fresh by hand. They use as little preservative and packing as possible. They put the date made on the product so you can see how fresh they are and they use vegetarian ingredients
Taken from their website:
"We believe in happy people making happy soap, putting our faces on our products and making our mums proud.
We believe in long candlelit baths, sharing showers, massage, filling the world with perfume and in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again.
We believe our products are good value, that we should make a profit and that the customer is always right.
*We also believe words like 'Fresh' and 'Organic' have an honest meaning beyond marketing."
WHAT LUSH SAY
"We've got a lovely bunch of coconuts... and great bounce"
"This product was named after someone on our customer chat forum, with the online name of Curly Wurly Girly. Her hair was the inspiration for this shampoo - so it was only right to name it after her too."
HOW MUCH AND WHAT DO YOU GET?
This comes in one of the little black pots that you can take back five and get a free fresh face or hair mask. You can only buy this in one sizes so I would suggest you ask for a sample to rty first as this is not a cheap shampoo you pay £9.50 for a pot containing . As I said this is not a cheap shampoo so you must really want this to pay that amount for a shampoo.
I find the bottles are quite stiff plastic and difficult to squeeze the stuff out so I was happy to have this one in a pot and to scoop it out with my fingers.
What you get is a shampoo that is a dull sort of creamy colour, very thick with lots of bits of real fresh, grated coconut in it. It is so thick that you would need a spoon or as I said use your fingers to scoop it out.
It has a strong coconut scent a bit like a 'Bounty' inside sort of smell without the chocolate around it if course. Now anyone who has curly hair and especially thick heavy curly hair knows that curly hair needs a lot of moisturising but at the same time you don't want your hair weighed down with a heavy moisturiser.
Lush wanted to create a shampoo that would 'feed' curly hair but not weigh it down. They also wanted to use real coconut not just coconut scent so they made :
" a rich shampoo base that we have crammed full of real coconut, then topped this off with cocoa butter, shea butter, jojoba oil, avocado butter and olive oil - all to add a deep condition to the hair and a definition to the curl. We have then included linseed infusion and egg for softness, fresh papaya and freshly squeezed lemon juice to give shine."
I was a little put off by the look of this one as it isn't the most lovely looking concoction, rather a yukky colour with lumpy bits in it, a bit like porrridge I suppose.
I loved the strong real coconut smell but it did feel a bit weird too as I scooped it out, very strange lumpy bits in it. This one is also strange in that like 'Big' shampoo, you need to use lots of water to create any lather and it did feel very odd rubbing in something with lumps in it into my hair. You need quite a big lump of shampoo and lots of water to create any lather at all.
Also in this shampoo with the coconut bits we have lots of really rich ingredients such as shea butter, cocao butter, jojoba oil, avocado butter and olive oil. All of these you would be more likely to find in a body moisturiser than a hair shampoo I would have thought and I was slightly concerned that I would end up with lanky heavy greasy hair.
I was also slightly off put by seeing that egg is included along with a linseed infusion. I know egg is supposed to be good for you hair but I hate eggs especially raw ones so I tried not to think of that too much.
Fresh papaya and lemon juice are in there as they help to make hair shine. Also there are essential oils such as vetiver oil vanilla absolute and benzoin resinoid all of which combine with the coconut to create the scent of this shampoo which I love.
I find that it lathers reasonably well, a bit slowly to start with but once I work it in then it brings out a pretty good lather. It isn't a really thick lather but feels like my hair is nice and clean after I use it. I can smell the shampoo a lot as I use the shampoo but once I have rinsed it out and conditioned my hair the smell doesn't linger as it tends to smell more of whatever conditioner I use.
After using this shampoo I condition and dry my hair as always and it does feels nice and clean but also not in any way heavy. Sometimes if I use a very rich shampoo or conditioner my hair can feel quite heavy; one way to make it less frizzy I suppose is to weigh the hair down but I am not keen on that feeling.
My hair usually lasts at least two days without washing, it would probably last longer if I didn't sleep on it and make it stick up in funny directions. Rather than fighting it with a straightener I wash it and this lightens it in weight as well as it seems to get stiffer after a day or so. My hair is really very think and quite course so it needs very careful handling to look reasonable. This shampoo is one I buy again if it was a reasonable cost but it isn't cheap and there are many others that do the job just as well.
HAS THIS ANY NASTY INGREDIENTS?
Sadly yes once again Lush has included the 'safe' ingredients Sodium Laurel Sulfate and Laurel Betaine. These are marketed as safe and used in many toiletries that lather but more and more ethical and products created for people with sensitive or eczematic skin are avoiding these as they are chemicals. They are used in factories for cleaning grease and are really harsh on skin and the environment. I think that if companies like 'L'Oreal can create a product with SLS or parabens then Lush need to try a bit harder.
This was a pleasant enough shampoo with an unusual texture and lots of lovely fresh ingredients but for the price I would have hoped it would not have the chemical ingredients. The natural ingredients are great and very good for your hair but still having these nasty ingredients to me goes against Lush's philosophy and I really hope they look into finding alternatives soon.
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Summary: A nice enough shampoo for curly hair but expensive