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      01.07.2013 08:03
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      My favourite Lush shampoo

      I'm gradually trying to work my way through all of Lush's products, and one of the products I've tried recently is the Cynthia Sylvia Stout shampoo. Lush make a lot of solid shampoos, but this is one of their bottled efforts: it is available in a 100g bottle for £4.25, a 250g bottle for £8.50 and a 500g bottle for £13.50. The larger bottle is more cost effective, but the smaller is best for travel and for trying out products - and that's the one I went for.

      Cynthia Sylvia Stout is named after a poem by Shel Silverstein: "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout, would not take the garbage out!" It's a good name for the shampoo as it contains lots of stout - beer - to add volume and shine to the hair. The stout is vegan, as are all the other ingredients in the product. The shampoo also contains lemon juice and cognac oil, which further add weight and shine, as well as sea salt to soften and lemongrass oil to help mask the scent of beer (you don't want to walk around all day smelling like you spent last night in the pub!). It's worth noting that the shampoo does contain parabens, in case you prefer to avoid these ingredients. It also contains yeast, which helps to condition the hair.

      The shampoo smells quite strange - it is a bit like beer, not unpleasant exactly but not the nicest scent I've ever smelled. It does smell rather lemony, however, which makes it nicer and more refreshing. After washing my hair and using the conditioner I can't smell the shampoo at all, which is probably a good thing. The shampoo works like any other, and I find it lathers up very well with no problems at all. I don't have to use lots, either, so it's better value for money than the price would suggest.

      I have dry hair, so always use conditioner with my shampoo, and I've tried a number of different conditioners with this product so I can properly assess the effect on my hair. I've found that the shampoo makes my hair soft, and gives it volume without being frizzy. My hair is prone to frizz and in fact this shampoo has really helped to reduce it. It looks smooth and sleek without the use of product, and even in the rain it doesn't frizz up as much as usual.

      The shampoo doesn't strip my hair colour, and it doesn't irritate my scalp either. This is possibly because of the sea salt - every shampoo I've used containing sea salt has been good for my scalp. Either way, I've been very impressed with it.

      Overall, I think this is a fantastic shampoo, possibly my favourite Lush shampoo. Okay, so it doesn't smell the best, but it has really helped to control my frizzy hair and help keep it sleek, shiny and soft. It's quite pricey like all Lush shampoos but I don't have to use as much of it as I do with cheaper shampoos, so it works out less expensive than it looks. I think I might buy the larger bottle next!

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      29.04.2013 19:45
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      an average shampoo with a nice scent

      I love Lush products and despite them mostly being formulated for specific hair types I have to admit I buy them just because I like the smell!

      I bought a 100g bottle of Cynthia Sylvia Stout at my local store for £4.10 - it boasts giving weight and shine to frizzy hair, so since I have frizzy hair at times, I have for once bought some shampoo which is made for my hair type rather than just the fact that I like the smell!

      The shampoo contains beer, because Lush say it has been traditionally known that rinsing hair in beer will make it shine. I am not sure how true that is, but I know the strange concoction of beer, lemons and cognac oil makes for yummy scented hair! It is an unusual scent with slightly musky undertones, I was not sure if I liked it to start with but it is certainly growing on me.

      The shampoo lathers up nicely, it seems quite watery and the first time I used it I put a lot on thinking it was watery so I would need more however this made far too many bubbles so now I use less and find it still bubbles up well.

      I find this shampoo cleans the hair well but I am not so convinced about the shine, I felt my hair had a rough feel to it after use and I definitely needed to use a conditioner afterwards. The scent stayed on my hair initially but was then easily covered when I used my conditioner.

      This shampoo works well to make hair fresh and clean, but I do not think I would buy it again, often I feel Lush products are worth paying more for however in this case I do not feel it is any better than a supermarket brand, really its only advantage is the fact it smells nicer whilst its being used.

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      12.04.2013 10:01
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      A rare miss from Lush

      Lush is my favourite shop in the world and I could quite easily only ever shop there for the rest of my life. I absolutely love most of their products and they have such a large collection that I can always try something new when I want to treat myself.

      The Cynthia Sylvia shampoo is something which didn't really appeal to me when I first noticed it but as a couple of my friends had raved about it I thought I would buy it and see what all the fuss was about.
      Because I wasn't sure if I would like it I bought it in the smallest bottle available which was the 100g but this was still fairly expensive at £4.40. This is the thing about Lush they are quite expensive but it is a shop I don't mind paying more for things in as I know the ingredients are always such high quality.

      Unlike the majority of other shampoos and conditioners from Lush which usually contain things like exotic fruits and other lovely smelling ingredients the main ingredient used in Cynthia Sylvia is actually stout.
      This is the main thing which put me off trying this shampoo earlier because I didn't want my hair smelling like beer even though I have heard that beer is good for hair.

      Other ingredients include salt, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, lemongrass oil and yeast. The ingredient list didn't appeal to me but I was curious to see what it would be like.
      The smell of the shampoo wasn't as bad as I was expecting but it still wasn't very nice. It has a really heavy almost masculine fragrance and I can definitely smell the stout and also the lemon mixed in with something else that I can't identify. It isn't disgusting but it's not something that I really would want to smell like.

      The shampoo is quite thin and doesn't feel as rich and luxurious as some of the other shampoos from Lush. It did lather well though and I felt like it cleaned my hair really well.
      The shampoo is supposed to give amazing shine to hair but I can honestly say that I didn't notice it was any more shiny than normal. There was a slight sheen to my hair but nothing that I can't get from a cheap shampoo and conditioner from pound land. I have frizzy hair and this is supposed to help with that but again although it didn't make my hair frizzy it didn't really do anything special to stop the frizz.

      I was glad I only bought the small bottle of this shampoo because although it was ok to use it was nothing special and I would have felt cheated had I paid the extra for the larger bottles. The main problem with this as far as I am concerned is the scent as it just isn't as nice as the other ones from Lush and I didn't feel like using this was a treat or in any way luxurious and when spending this kind of money on a shampoo that is something that I want to be able to feel.

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        21.04.2012 14:52
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        Four out of five stars

        Cynthia Sylvia Stout Lush shampoo


        As you might suspect from a Lush product the The Cynthia Sylvia Stout shampoo smells divine. It is slightly on the milder side of some of the fragranced shampoos available from Lush. But it does smell lovely.

        It has a very lemony scent, but a sweet sort of lemon and with a hint of something else that is hard to define. Even thou the smell isn't overly strong, it does smell yummy and I love the fragrance. In fact, the Cynthia Sylvia Stout shampoo might just be one of my all time favourite Lush fragrances.

        The look of this shampoo isn't as pretty as some of Lush's other products. But I still like it. The shampoo is a rich brown colour and maybe has a slightly more liquid feel about it than some of the other shampoos. This is one Lush item where the name completely suits the product and it really does resemble the colour of a good strong Stout.

        Lush say that The Cynthia Sylvia Stout shampoo is great for dry or flyaway hair. However, in my opinion the shampoo is fine for use with normal hair as well. However, I don't think it would be very effective on more greasy types of hair as it really is quite a conditioning and light shampoo.

        Personally I don't tend to use this shampoo every day, but instead I use it a few times a week. For no reason other than I like to use a variety of Lush products depending upon my mood in the morning. Therefore, a bottle of this tends to last me for ages.

        So far with all the Lush shampoos that I have tried a little of the product really does go a long way. A small amount will give you a really good lather. When I first started using these shampoos I was quite surprised by how little I actually needed to use, which means that for me this shampoo lasts a lot longer than some of the other brands I have tried. I tend to buy the 500g bottle for £13.50 and it usually lasts me well over two months.

        Would I recommend Cynthia Sylvia Stout Lush shampoo? Yes and no, depending upon your hair type. If you have normal to dry hair then this really is a nice fragranced shampoo that will leave your hair looking healthy and shiny. I will definitely be buying this shampoo again and again because I'm happy with the results and love the smell.

        Definitely a Lush product to try!

        Four out of five stars.


        Available in;
        100g for 4.25
        250g for £8.50
        500g for £13.50
        (Prices correct as of date of review)

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          15.02.2012 20:35
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          A nice enough shampoo but not sure it is worth the price tag

          Lush Cynthia Sylvia Stout 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 first 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.

          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
          "This shampoo is drunk with success
          Bottoms up, to taming fluffy frizzy hair"

          Apparently this shampoo was named after Shel Silverstein's poem "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout, would not take the garbage out!" 
          "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout
          Would not take the garbage out!
          She'd scour the pots and scrape the pans,
          Candy the yams and spice the hams,
          And though her daddy would scream and shout,
          She simply would not take the garbage out. "


          HOW MUCH AND WHAT DO YOU GET?

          This comes in one of the clear bottles with a black flip top. You can buy it in three sizes and I would suggest you buy the small one first in case it is not what you want. The smallest is £4.25 for 100g, £8.25 for 250g and finally £13.50 for 500g. As you can now see 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. I find it best to turn the bottle upside down and let gravity take its course with a little squeeze to help the product out.

          What you get is a shampoo that is a golden caramel colour and reasonably thick but not so thick that it won't come out of the bottle.

          It has a strange sort of smell a bit like shandy I suppose which makes sense as it has beer in it. Apparently the shampoo is half beer and the rest is a combination of vinegar, lemon juice (that's the shandy then!) as well as the inevitable surfactant.

          For the vegans amongst you the beer in this shampoo is from a small independent brewery that is committed to not using anything nasty and makes vegan friendly beer so no worries with regard to that.

          MY EXPERIENCE
          I was a little put off by the smell initially but after a while I got used to it. I do know that the old fashioned idea of washing or rinsing your hair in beer did make your hair shiny and also adds volume. Now I'd like the shine but do NOT need the volume.

          Also in this shampoo is yeast, yes you did read that right. I was half expecting my hair to rinse when washed in warm water! However the yeast is there not to make it rise but as a protein conditioner to tame and feed the hair. The lemon juice and balsamic also help to close the hair cuticle and make the hair shiny. I remember as a teenager asking my Mum for vinegar to rinse my hair with as it was meant to make it shiny, it made it smelly as far as I can remember but can't remember it shining much.
          Also in the shampoo is lemongrass for added lemony scent and then the cognac oil helps smooth the hair and makes it smell more sophisticated according to Lush!

          I find that it lathers quite 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 which I can't say I am sorry about as I don't really want my hair smelling of shandy or beer as it could be a bit like a pub the day after a party, not so nice.

          Afterward I conditioned and dried my hair it 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 hairs 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, methylparaben and propylparaben. 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.

          SUMMARY

          This was a pleasant enough shampoo but for the price I would have hoped it would not have the chemical ingredients. The other 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.

          Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same username.
          ©Catsholiday

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            31.10.2011 10:51
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            A truly awesome shampoo- highly recommended.

            I have very fine, frizzy hair, that is neither straight nor curly, and tends to have kinks and random waves in the most annoying and rebellious of places! It is truly gravity defying at times, and I find it incredibly frustrating trying to tame it. I have lost count of the number of anti-frizz products I have tried that have been utterly useless. At best they have no effect, and at worse they have made my hair lank and greasy, or even more fly away and frizzy than it was to start with.

            A lovely assistant at my local Lush store recommended that I try their Cynthia Sylvia Stout shampoo. I decided to give it a go because the anti-frizz products I have previously tried have all contained silicones and all manner of chemicals. The assistant explained that silicones create a layer of chemicals over the shaft of the hair that can actually be damaging over time, and I was left wondering whether this was a contributing factor to my frizz.

            The quirky name comes from a poem by Shel Silverstein, called Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout. Sarah is a very lazy girl who can't be bothered to take out the rubbish. As a result her house fills up with so much rubbish that the walls begin to buldge until finally the house explodes! I should clarify that this shampoo is not designed for lazy dirty girls like Sarah; and rather the only similairity is the stout!

            Stout (or beer) has been used for yonks to wash hair with, to bring shine and volume. The website tells me that stout comprises half of this shampoo, and that they have sourced vegan stout from an independent brewery, meaning that Cynthia Stout is vegan-friendly.

            Other ingredients include yeast, which is a form of protein and conditions the hair, and lemon juice and balsamic vinegar which help to seal the hair cuticles, and as well as adding shine they also encourage the hair to lie smooth and flat. In addition, they have added lemongrass oil and cognac oils to compliment the stout scent. I am not a fan of beer scents at all, but this shampoo does not have an overpowering beer scent. It is a very different scent to any other kind of shampoo I've tried before, and is quite hard to describe, but I will do my best! It is quite a heavy, earthy scent, and I think if I had sniffed it without knowing it contained stout, I wouldn't have associated the scent with beer. You can definitely smell the lemon juice/ lemongrass oil in the background, and this lightens the fragrance and stops it from being too heavy or too masculine. The scent does linger on the hair lightly after using the shampoo, and I have grown to quite like the smell. However I would recommend giving the product a sniff in store to check it is something you like or can at least tolerate!

            You use the shampoo like any other shampoo. I simply apply a small amount to my wet hair, and massage it in. You only need a small amount, and I was surprised at what a great lather this produced. For some reason I was expecting it not to produce a very substantial lather with it being a natural shampoo, so this was a pleasant surprise. When changing from a silicone-based shampoo to a natural shampoo, it can take a while for your hair to adjust, and the assistant did warn me that it might take a couple of weeks of fluffiness for my hair to get used to the shampoo. There was no signicant difference to my hair at first, but after a few washes it was definitely less fly away and less frizzy. The shine is unbelievable- I never knew my hair could be so so shiny. That alone is a huge reason for me to stick with this shampoo!

            The frizz has by no means completely disappeared, but after a month it has considerably approved. My hair is easier to manage and style, and I am no longer at the end of my tether trying to scrape it back into a pony tail for work with lots of short tufts sticking straight like a frizzy halo all around my head!

            The downside to this shampoo is the price tag. I purchased a 100g bottle for the princely sum of £4.25, but larger sizes are available which work out better value for money if you know the shampoo is well suited to you (250g for £8.50, or 500g for £13.50). I would suggest starting with a small bottle to see how you get on as £13.50 is a hefty amount to pay out if you don't get on with the shampoo. However, having tried the small bottle I will now be investing in a 500g bottle of this gorgeous stuff.

            In summary, I really recommend this shampoo for anyone who has frizzy, rebellious hair. It is not a miracle product and I can't promise it will completely rid you of frizz on the first wash. However after a couple of weeks my frizz was considerably reduced, my hair is soft and smooth, and incredibly shiny. A little goes a long way, and so the price is not too horrific when you realise that even the small 100g bottle will last for at least a month even with daily use as you only need a very small dollop! I have come to really like the scent, and I also love that it doesn't contain any nasty chemicals or silicones. I really highly recommend Cynthia Stout shampoo, and it has easily achieved the most impressive results of any of the anti-frizz shampoos, lotions and potions I have ever tried- this is simply a beautiful natural product.

            Thank you for reading :)

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              20.08.2011 21:30
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              A shampoo to cleanse the hair and to make it more managable

              Lush is the type of store that you will smell before you see. It makes gorgeous and inspiring beauty products that take care of our hair and skin using natural ingredients while protecting the environment. Their products are often colourful with intriguing names and usually come with a gorgeous aroma. I have frizzy hair which I spend hours blow drying and straightening only for it to shoot upwards like Marge Simpson's locks as soon as a rain drop touches it. On explaining this to a Lush representative, they suggested that I should give the Cynthia Sylvia Stout liquid shampoo a whirl.

              What does the product do?
              The product promises to clean your hair thoroughly and to leave it full of volume and body while conditioning it and also coating it with a dazzling shine. It has been specifically designed for people with rebellious locks like mine which becomes frizzy at the first sign of dampness. And how does it manage all this? With it's main ingredient of... Beer!

              How does the product work?
              This main ingredient of beer adds volume and body to the hair because of the protein which it contains. It is also responsible for smoothing the hair and for coating it with a glossy shine. The proteins also help to strengthen the hair to prevent breakages and to nourish it with vitamins which improves its condition. The ingredient also weighs down the hair which helps to prevent dampness causing it to become frizzy. Whoever thought Beer was so good for you? Fine Sea Salt is present is order to give the hair a healthy shine and as it absorbs water so readily, it absorbs any excess moisture that comes into contact with the hair and prevents it becoming frizzy.

              Fresh Organic Lemon Juice also helps to brighten the hair and as it is an antioxidant, it helps to remove dulling pollutants from the strands. The juice also adds volume to your locks. Cognac Oil increases the circulation of the blood and improves the health of the scalp which prevents hair loss. Lemongrass Oil also prevents hair loss which allows your hair to look thicker over time. Yeast is included to strengthen the hair further, improves hair growth and gives it a lovely shine. The addition of Balsamic Vinegar should make your hair so shiny that all who look upon it will need sun glasses.

              How do use the product?
              The product is to be used in the same way as a normal shampoo. It is to be applied to damp hair and massaged in thoroughly, paying particular attention to the scalp. I have long hair so I use quite a lot of the product each time. Once you have finished massaging in the product, you need to follow it up with a good conditioner and then you dry and style your hair as you normally would.

              Packaging and Price
              The shampoo comes contained within a sturdy plastic bottle through which you can see some of the dark liquid. Along with its black lid and black label, this packaging is pretty uninspiring but then you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. Some white writing on the label gives us a little more information about the product.

              The shampoo is available in three different sizes. I bought the middle sized 250 gram bottle which cost me around £8. Also available is a travel sized 100 gram tub which costs around £4. If you find that you really like the product, the most economical choice is to purchase the 500 gram bottle for around £13. You can purchase the product from your local Lush store or from its online website.

              Extra Thoughts
              The first thing I look for in a hair product is a lovely aroma because nothing makes me feeling happier than someone complimenting me on the aroma of my locks. I knew a product advertised as containing Beer and Cognac wasn't going to be sweet or delicious but I was hoping that it would be bearable. It doesn't smell too much like alcohol which I was relieved about because I didn't want people thinking I'd popped into a bar on my way to work in the morning. It does smell very strong though and it is very pungent. It has a bitter and heady warmth which is quite frankly disgusting and it is also long lasting on the hair. I try to mask it with a lovely smelling conditioner but this can make it even worse when those aromas mix together.

              If you can get past the aroma however, then I have to say that the fragrance is the only negative opinion that I have with regard to this product. The consistency is thick enough to coat the hair well and although it doesn't produce much of a lather, that is simply because it is lacking in the artificial ingredients which would normally produce the bubbles. The product feels completely comfortable whilst it is on my hair and it is simple to wash out of the hair.

              When my hair is dry, the first thing I notice is the lovely body and volume which it gives my hair. For some people this new volume may be too much but I love it. It almost transforms my frizzy locks into some form of controlled waves, although nothing can make this happen completely as my hair is very unruly. Some of Lush's shampoos are not moisturising enough and so they can often leave my hair feeling dry. This shampoo makes my hair really, really soft so it must be very hydrating although, of course, some of that credit has to go to my conditioner.

              My hair is coated with a gorgeous and glossy shine and my hair does look lovely and healthy, even after the very first use. It also seems stronger and when I am straightening and brushing my hair, there seems to be less of it falling out so it appears fuller and thicker with continued use. As for fighting against the effects of dampness, I would say it is marginally better. It still goes frizzy in the drizzle but it is a nicer kind of frizzy than I am used to in that it goes wavier rather than rising upwards like it normally does.

              All in all, I am very impressed with the effect this shampoo has had on my hair. It is much more manageable, softer, shinier and in a better condition. I still haven't decided if I can get past the smell of the shampoo as it is so strong, it can give me a headache and make me feel sick. It is definitely not a product to use when you have a hangover. If you can get past the smell though, this is a brilliant (if slightly pricey!!) shampoo that I can highly recommend to all my frizzy haired friends out there.

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                I love it.....but the price tag is too high for a family shampoo.

                Lush Cynthia Sylvia Stout Shampoo was something that jumped out at me as I remember my mum telling me that when she was a teenager she used to wash her hair in beer because she believed that it made her hair extra shiny. I have to say that I actually thought she was pulling my leg (I thought she'd be more likely to be drinking the stuff than putting it on her hair!), but when I saw this I was intrigued and so went ahead and bought a bottle. The shampoo came in a standard Lush product bottle (black with a label stuck on it with white writing on it and the Lush logo). There were three sizes to choose from which were 100ml, 250ml and 500ml. I opted for the 250ml bottle as I have long hair and I wanted enough shampoo to at least try this product for a couple of weeks. The 250ml bottle cost £7.75 (3.1p per ml) which, like most Lush products is quite expensive, but I am a sucker for Lush products nonetheless and so I was willing to pay out for it. Incidentally the 500ml bottle was £12.50 (2.5p per ml) and so it worked out cheaper over the long term to buy the bigger size.

                When I opened the top and took a sniff I actually thought the smell was lovely. It did smell unmistakingly and overwhelmingly of stout with a hint of fresh lemon juice running through it as well. It was a strong smell and if you don't like the smell of ale then you're not going to like this, but I did. To me it didn't smell like a pub or a brewery as some have said, because it smelled a lot fresher and cleaner than that. Luckily after I had washed the shampoo off of my hair and conditioned it, the smell of the stout was no longer there and instead my hair smelt pleasantly rich and sweet instead.

                The shampoo was a dark brown and had the consistency of treacle. It did pour okay initially from the bottle, but once I was about halfway through the bottle, it became harder to get out and I ended up having to really shake it in order to get enough out. Right at the end I actually had to add water to the bottle and shake it up in order to get the shampoo to pour out. However, once the shampoo was on my wet hair, it did lather up well and afterwards it did rinse easily out of my hair.

                I was actually impressed by how nice my hair looked and felt afterwards. My hair felt really clean in a kind of squeaky clean kind of way. As I said earlier, my hair didn't smell of stout but instead smelt something non-descript but clean with a hint of sweet. Once my hair had dried, my hair felt thicker and shinier than usual - and impressively it stayed this way until the next time I washed my hair. I usually have to wash my hair at least every two days because it starts to get greasy after this time, but when using this I did find that I was able to stretch this to three days (although habit generally made me stick to my two day routine!).

                Overall, I really liked this shampoo - although I think it is too highly priced to be using all the time. I have since bought a 500ml bottle and it lasted me and my family just ten days - and I think that £37.50 is too much to be spending on shampoo over a month! Shame though.

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                Get tipsy and start smiling!

                I received the smaller size bottle of Cynthia Sylvia Stout Shampoo in a Lush goody bag and was quite intrigued. I must admit, I am addicted to 'I Lush Juicy' so I was a bit reluctant to try this. However, I've used a lot of it now so feel I can review it fairly.

                What is Cynthia Sylvia Stout? It is a shampoo designed to give weight and shine to fluffy hair. It contains protein from the Stout to give your hair weight, lemons to give smoothness and gloss. Yeast helps to improve the condition of your scalp and the condition of your hair. It's perfect for hair types that tends to go frizzy in damp or humid environments.

                It smells like beer, but that's what the name suggests so don't be shocked! It's a dark brown liquid and a little runny, I'd prefer it thicker but understand this may be due to all the natural ingredients. I've actually grown to liking the smell!

                I have very fine fly away hair and find it does give some weight to it and my hair had retained it's glossiness that 'I Love Juicy' gave it, due to the lemons. My hair feels and looks fab which I'm pleased with. I don;t really have any complaints, but I still prefer the gorgeous fresh smell of 'I Love Juicy' and the fact it contains my greasy roots.

                100g costs £3.70, 250g costs £7.35 and 500g costs £11.95. The more you buy the cheaper it is. Now I realise it's more expensive than your usual shampoo but considering its all fresh, natural ingredients and not synthetic chemicals your paying for quality. It's suitable for vegans, not tested on animals and comes with minimal recycled and recyclable packaging. I really would recommend using these products as they will improve the health and condition of your hair and give it the wow factor it's been lacking.

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                23.06.2010 13:28
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                Great shine, calms hair, easy on the purse and brings out the best from your hair

                I have been using this shampoo for many years now and it's still one of the best I've ever used.
                I have very long, brown, fly- away hair and a lot of it and this shampoo keeps it calm, really shiny and managable.
                It not only contains beer, but also cognac, lemon juice and balsamic vinegar.
                I know what you're thinking 'Won't it make my hair smell like beer?'... No it doesn't! You don't really notice a smell at all on your hair leaving a blank canvas for your favourite conditioner- if you need it that is. This shampoo is in itself very conditioning.
                It comes in 3 bottle sizes 100g £3.70, 250g £7.35 and 500g £11.95. I use the 500g as I use it all the time and this can last me up to a year, using it nearly every day.
                I'm someone allergic to nearly all cosmetics that use synthetic ingredients but I am absolutely fine with this. It's gentle on the scalp and skin, gets your hair squeeky clean and Lush use the minimum amount of synthetic ingredients possible but still keeping a long shelf life.
                If you're not sure Lush also offer free samples, just ask the staff and you will get enough for 1 or 2 uses so you can see if you react to it if you're sensitive to cosmetics.

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                  A very distinctive conditioning shampoo that you'll either love or hate

                  I love Lush for bath and body products, so when I wanted to try out a different shampoo, I thought I'd give this a go.

                  My hair had been looking quite dull and lifeless for some time, and I hadn't found moisturising shampoos that I normally use to have much effect. I longed for glossier hair and more body. I remembered my mum telling me that, back in her day, washing your hair with stout would give it an excellent shine. I do like to drink the occasional pint of Guinness, but didn't quite fancy going to work smelling like I'd spent a week in the pub! So when I saw Stout shampoo in Lush, I had to give it a try.

                  I bought the smallest sized bottle (£3.70 for 100g) in case I decided I didn't like it. I needn't have worried as it has been fantastic.

                  Ingredients in this shampoo include Stout, lemon and cognac oil. Personally I've found the citrus to be the dominant smell, not the stout, but there is an alcoholic element to the scent. It is quite strong and admittedly a bit unusual, but I really do like the smell. It wont be everybody's cup of tea however, so I'd recommend smelling it before purchase.

                  The label claims that it is a "supreme conditioning shampoo, to give weight and shine to fluffy hair". I really do feel that it has lived up to its claims. After the first wash, my hair felt fuller and heavier. It was lovely and shiny and didn't feel fluffy or frizzy. I've used it several times since and it has remained really effective.

                  The shampoo itself is has a syrup-like consistency. I've found that I don't need to use very much of it so my 100g bottle has lasted nearly three weeks (I have long hair which I wash every 2-3 days).

                  The shampoo comes in 3 different sizes: 100g at £3.70, 250g at £7.35 and 500g at £11.95 (prices as of 1 June 2010). The product is quite pricey for a high street shampoo, but there are lots of quality ingredients.

                  The packaging is standard "Lush"packaging - translucent brown bottle with black lid, black label and white writing. It's quite masculine looking and not particularly attractive, but distinctive.

                  Lush is known for its ethical approach, and this shampoo is suitable for vegans. Lush's website also states that the ingredients are purchased from suppliers who do not test on animals.

                  This shampoo can be purchased in one of Lush's high street stores, online from www.Lush.co.uk or via mail order from their "Lush Times" catalogue.

                  Overall, this product has been really effective on my hair, keeping it shiny and adding volume whilst taming frizz. I love the smell, but I think a lot of people would really dislike it as it is a little strange. It is also slightly expensive, but seems to last quite well.

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                  12.04.2010 15:53
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                  Better suited to some hair types than others and only if you can stand the scent!

                  This is one of those Lush products that you either love or hate. Or in my case both but on different days!
                  I'll start with the love...
                  If your hair is frizzy or very wavy/curly then this shampoo will do wonders for you. It's incredibly conditioning and leaves your hair easy to detangle and very soft and shiny. It also seems to give your hair some added weight which is good if you have flyaway hair. When my hair is feeling a bit dry this is perfect.

                  Now the hate! The added weight it gives tends to make me think my hair looks a bit flat and lank and even a bit greasy - it does nothing for volume. I alternate my shampoos now and only use this on days when my hair is a bit frizzy or it tends to 'build up' and look very boring after a couple of days using this in a row, I also think it makes my blonde hair look darker and duller. I also can't stand the smell! It's a very strong alcoholic scent (the stout!) with a hint of sharp lemon in it. I liked the smell in the store but when it's on your hair all day (and it is a VERY long-lasting scent) it gets a bit overpowering. The first couple of days I used this my mum asked why I smelled like a brewery.. so that put me right off!

                  The product itself costs £3.70 for a 100ml bottle which I feel is rather expensive for this. The shampoo is a yellowy brown liquid that's very runny and it's very much like pouring beer in your hair! I just don't think the positive aspects of this product (it does make your hair lovely and soft) outweigh the negatives and the smell is at the top of the negatives for me.

                  I think this shampoo may be better suited to a different hair type than mine and it would probably get a much better response from other people (I have friends who swear by it for keeping their frizz under control especially in the wind and rain). My recommendation would be to consult the Lush sales assistants first about whether or not this shampoo would suit your hair type - it's definitely not for those who have oil prone hair or flat or thin hair because this will make you feel like it's stuck to your head.

                  This is actually one of the cheaper shampoos from Lush but I still don't think it warrants the price. Unfortunately this only gets 2 stars from me and I hate giving low ratings to Lush products!

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                    A great shampoo and definitely worth the price!

                    Having never tried any of Lush's shampoos before, I decided to give one a go while making up my New Year order on the Lush website (www.lush.co.uk). I went with Lush Cynthia Sylvia Stout Liquid Shampoo for a couple of reasons... One being that it was made with stout and I'm quite partial to a bottle of Guinness every now and then, and the second is that it promises to condition and give body and shine to wavy, fluffy and frizzy hair (and all 3 describe mine!). The website also says this shampoo is excellent for hair that goes frizzy in the damp... My hair goes frizzy at the drop of a hat, so I thought this would be perfect. Although, I must admit that having ordered a bottle of this I was hoping that I wouldn't smell like a brewery after using it!

                    At £3.70 for a 100g bottle, £7.35 for a 250g bottle and £11.95 for a 500g bottle, this Lush Cynthia Sylvia Stout Liquid Shampoo is by no means cheap. In fact, I think it's probably the most expensive shampoo I've ever bought! However, I've found Lush products are some of the best out there for that feel-good factor and at doing what they promise to do, so I thought I would give it a go. Not wanting the break the bank on buying shampoo, I went with the 100g bottle for £3.70. After all, if I didn't like it then I didn't want to be stuck with a big bottle of expensive shampoo.

                    The bottle appears to be black with a black label on, but a closer inspection and having used some of the shampoo shows that the bottle is actually see-through. It is the shampoo itself that is a very dark brown, pretty much like you would expect a stout to be! The black label states (along with the Lush logo and the name of the shampoo) that "Stout, lemons and cognac oil make this supreme conditioning shampoo to give weight and shine to fluffy hair." and advises the usual routine of "Wet hair, shampoo once, rinse clean for smooth hair." which is what I would fully expect to do when using a shampoo. The label also contains the list of ingredients, which I will add at the end of this review. I bought this at New Year and a handy circular sticker informs me that my shampoo was made by Ben (whoever Ben maybe!) on 17/12/2009 and is to be used by 17/02/11. So this shampoo has a healthy shelf-life, however I think it will be long gone by its "use by" date and quite possibly another bottle of this shampoo in its place!

                    Opening the bottle reveals a scent which could be described as a cross between stout, lemons and cognac, but I think it's best described as smelling like lemon tea!

                    I don't think this shampoo is a particularly thick shampoo, but then again it isn't what I'd call thin & runny either (like "cheap" shampoos), it's more of a nice even consistency. When using this shampoo I didn't find that it lathered particularly well, but it certainly did it's job and I find that you don't have to use a great deal of it either (which is good, considering the price you have to pay for it!).

                    Having rinsed the shampoo out and towel-dried my hair, I found that I could still smell the shampoo with what I like to call it's lemon tea smell. I'm not a big fan of tea at all (in fact, I don't drink the stuff!), but I didn't mind this smell... and if I think about it I can still smell the stout too (I just think all 3 flavours together - stout, lemon and cognac - smell like lemon tea!).

                    So, does it do what it says it does? Yes! I find that after using Lush Cynthia Sylvia Stout Liquid Shampoo my hair feels nice & soft, rather than frizzy. Also, my hair tends to look greasy after a short while, but I found that this shampoo seemed to combat that with it not going greasy at all in-between washes.

                    Would I recommend this shampoo? Definitely! I'm very pleased with the results and I'll be buying one of the bigger bottles when I make my next order with Lush (or happen to be going by a Lush shop, which isn't very often).

                    Quantitative Ingredients
                    Stout (Beer), Water (Aqua), Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Fine Sea Salt, Lauryl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice (Citrus limonum), Cognac Oil (Vitis vinifera), Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogon schoenanthus), Yeast, Balsamic Vinegar, *Citral, *Geraniol, Perfume, Methylparaben}

                    *Occurs naturally in essential oils.

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                      one of the first lush products I brought for myself and have found this works really well on my dry scalp and hair leaving it soft easy to comb and shiny. The smell is very nice as though it contains a beer (stout) it has none of the beery after smell that could have been an issue.This is usually the first shampoo picked up by anyone in my household when washing hair and needs replacing on a very regular basis.My only down side to any bottled Lush product is that they don't refill and you have to recycle the bottle but one negative should not deter others from trying a good natural product

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                      23.08.2009 12:43
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                      Makes my hair smell great, shine nicely and behave!

                      Like many people, I'm often on the hunt for a shampoo that provides something different to my hair and helping to keep it in great condition. I often call into Lush to find such products as I have yet to be disappointed with any of their products. A good few years ago I came across this shampoo: Cynthia Sylvia Stout, a dark brown shampoo that has a deep rich smell of stout, citrus and lovely herbal notes. I was aware that beer can give a lovely shine to hair so figured I'd give this a go.

                      I bought a 500g bottle in my local Lush store for £11.57, expensive for a shampoo, yes, but the ingredients are completely worth it. It can be bought in 100g, 250g or 500g bottles. This size of bottle is the biggest and lasts well considering I wash my hair daily. A bottle this size usually lasts me a month as I have shorter hair.

                      The name comes from a poem written in 1974 by Shel Silverstein which begins:
                      Sarah Cynthia stout
                      Would not take the garbage out!

                      The poem continues to relate a cautionary tale about what happened as a resuilt of Sarah Cynthia Stout not taking the garbage out. You can read it on the Lush website.

                      The shampoo contains stout, organic lemon juice, Cognac oil, balsamic vinegar, fine sea salt and a range of essential oils. The smell is divine, I can't explain how delicious it smells when it's in the bottle and the smell continues long after you've washed and dried your hair.

                      The shampoo has quite a runny consistency so take care it doesn't run out of your hand as you put the bottle down in the shower! It lathers really well and the scents are released making your shower a wonderful experience.

                      After shampooing, I find that my hair is quite tangled so using a conditioner is a must for me, that may be just my hair type.

                      The shampoo is designed to give weight to fluffy or frizzy hair and this is done with the proteins found in the stout. As soon as I start to dry my hair after using this shampoo I can feel that I have more control over it as it behaves itself more than usual and is much less fly-away. The shine is fantastic and doesn't make my hair feel heavy or greasy even though I can tell that the shampoo has given my hair more weight. The shampoo makes your hair smell divine (I keep going on about it I know but it is so nice!) and it keeps its scent throughout the day which is great. I also have trouble with frizz once my straightened hair gets in contact with any kind of dampness; this shampoo really helps keep the frizz at bay so it gets a thumbs up from me.

                      Don't be put off by the stout factor, you won't end up smelling like a brewery. Give it a try and see what you think!

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                      Condition, body and shine for wavy, fluffy and frizzy hair / A shampoo made with stout / Stout contains protein and gives hair weight, smoothness and gloss / It is excellent for hair which goes frizzy in the damp /