“ Brand: Lush / Type: Hair Shampoo „
I love trying new hair and body products to use in the bath and shower, I bleach and dye my hair all the time ever since I was 10/11 years of age, so as you can imagine my hairs pretty beaten up I shouldn't neglect it so much, my attitude towards it is 'as long as it looks good it does not matter what it feels like' which for a large part of my life I didn't care, as long as It was kept clean and it looked nice I didn't care the condition of it. Although I couldn't have it bleached for to long in between changing colours because whenever I tried to straighten it, it just snapped, so decided I needed to take some serious action.
Lush specialize in products for the hair bath and body mainly but also do creams, moisturizers and perfumes. They strive to let all customers know who 'green' the company is as they promote recycling and all their products come from recycled materials, some of their items mainly the products in jars such as lip scrubs, if you collect so many and take them back in store you get money off your next purchase. Lush makes bath time fun and more interesting and could be good for problem children who don't enjoy it, they have many weird animal shaped bath bombs that children would love to be in a bath with.
This is only available in the retro range on the Lush website only, the retro range is discontinued Lush products that have been asked back for sale because people love them, however these will no longer be on the shelves in Lush shops but direct from the website only, you can also order this over the phone from a Lush employee by telephoning 01202 668545 You can also get this by mail order but I will always recommend using the website as you then don't have the charge of a phone bill on top of the product and postage.
Lush 'dr peppermint' shampoo bar and other shampoo bars remind me of those macaroon biscuit treat things which makes them look appetizing but of course please don't try to eat this, or like a clam shell only this doesn't open like either, this is a creamy white colour. This is quite an expensive shampoo bar from Lush at £5.50 for 55g so this is actually really small and you might find yourself trying to convince yourself by reading reviews before buying.
The smell is as titled so that is really self explanatory, this is really refreshing in the morning, especially if you are not a morning person this really wakes you up and gives you a joyous burst of energy and really gets you ready for the day, Lush say: Here's a great alternative to the excellent New Shampoo Bar if you fancy a bit of a change. The invigorating minty tingle will stimulate your scalp and give those lazy hair follicles a good prod. If you're going a bit thin on top, let Dr Peppermint come and help you hold back the hands of time a little longer. I however noticed no long term effects from using this. I have to wash my hair every day and One lasted me about three weeks which is really good and I bought two, so over the course of size weeks I noticed no long term effects of repair but it was nice and soft. You don't need to use conditioner with this though so you only have to pay the expensive price once!
I made an order from the Lush Retro section recently and decided to sample a number of products from the Haircare range. One of these was the Dr Peppermint Shampoo Bar.
***What is Lush?***
Lush is a store that makes toiletries and cosmetics, using natural and organic ingredients where possible and minimising packaging where they can. It started out as a mail order company called Cosmetics to Go, but this failed and the new store, Lush, opened in Poole, Dorset. Later branches of the shop opened in London and beyond, and there are now Lush stores all over the world. As well as in store, you can also buy products from the website, www.lush.co.uk. There are similar websites for many different countries including the USA, Japan and Germany.
Lush buy ingredients only from companies that do not test on animals. All of their products are suitable for vegetarians and many are suitable for vegans.
Lush say: "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."
***What is Retro?***
The Retro range is only available online or via mail order, as it is made up of products that have been discontinued from stores, but were deemed popular enough not to be discontinued completely. Retro products are often more expensive than the normal range of products, as they are made in smaller quantities, but there is some interesting stuff to be found among the products!
***What's a shampoo bar?***
Lush shampoo bars are round, solid blocks of shampoo that resemble soap in appearance but are actually designed for washing your hair. As they are smaller and last longer, they are ideal for taking away on holiday but can also be used on an everyday basis. To use a shampoo bar, you simply wet your hair and either rub the bar between your hands and rub the lather over your hair, or just rub the bar directly onto your hair (my preferred method). If you buy two shampoo bars, you receive a free shampoo bar tin, which is ideal for transporting the bar when you're travelling although for everyday use I prefer to pop the bar in my soap dish.
***My experience of the Dr Peppermint Shampoo Bar***
This particular shampoo bar is priced at £5.50, which is the standard for a Lush bar. It is also suitable for vegans. The bar isn't much to look at, being white in colour, and smells strongly of peppermint which is quite a pleasant scent. The texture is smooth with no 'bits' to get in your hair and become tangled. Ingredients include peppermint oil, spearmint oil, neroli oil and ground black pepper, which you can see dotted around the bar. It is claimed that the product's minty tingle will stimulate your scalp and assist with hair growth. I don't have a problem with this myself - in fact my hair is so thick and plentiful I wish I had rather less of it - I just wanted to give the bar a try!
I found the shampoo bar very simple to use. It lathered up really easily and my hair felt very clean after use. The peppermint scent was refreshing and stimulating although I didn't find it as strong as the scent of the Ice Blue shampoo which I tried recently. The scent doesn't seem to linger on my hair, perhaps because I use conditioner afterwards. It's lasted well, too. I estimate an entire bar lasts around six weeks, after being used once a day. It's not as long lasting as some of the other shampoo bars, including Squeaky Green, but it does a decent job.
I haven't noticed that the shampoo bar stimulates my scalp to produce more hair - but then I have plenty of hair anyway! Someone who is thinning a bit on top may well find that the bar does work, although I haven't noticed any particular increase in volume. The bar doesn't seem to be actively moisturising, but neither does my hair feel dry after use, and when I use a decent conditioner I am happy with the condition of my hair.
Overall, this is a fairly decent shampoo bar that cleans hair well, would probably suit most hair types (considering that it doesn't actively either moisturise or dry hair) and can be used by either men or women. I probably wouldn't buy it again, just because there are shampoos and shampoo bars I prefer. I've taken off a star because I didn't notice any difference in my hair's volume or thickness, but I don't want to take any more off because it might have a better effect on thinning hair.