Fairly Traded Honey is supplied in a clear, plastic bottle with a black plastic, flip top lid. The environmentally concious part of me is pleased to know that not only is recycled plastic used to make the bottles, but that the bottle itself can be recycled with the rest of my plastic and the lid can be returned to a Lush shop for recycling. There is no fancy labelling on the bottle, just the trademark black and white label that Lush is famous for. Containing all the information you might need to know about the shampoo, I rather like the simplicity of this label, especially when combined with the little green sticker telling me who made, when they made it and when I should use it by (it has a fourteen month shelf life).
As soon as I pour this in to my hand it's obvious that the main ingredient is Fair Trade Honey, not only does it look very much like runny honey in colour and consistency, but it feels slightly sticky and there is a sweetness to the scent that blends beautifully with florals from the plants the bees may have visited. While I find it hard to identify all of the floral elements, to my nose Rose is very evident alone with the honey. I love the scent of honey and adore the scent of rose, so I love the scent of this shampoo, but if you don't like either of those elements then it's unlikely you'll like this.
I'm not going to insult your intelligence by telling you how to wash your hair, but suffice to say you use this in the same way as any other shampoo. I find that with Fairly Traded Honey, less is definitely more and that with my short hair I only need a very small dollop to create a thick, luxurious, soothing lather. Even when my hair was longer, I could get away with using far less of this shampoo than other brands. As well as lathering easily Fairly Traded Honey rinses out easily, with the sweet combination of honey and florals intensifying as they mix with the hot water. As my scalp can be so easily affected I don't generally use a conditioner, and anyway why would I want to distract from the gorgeous scent.
Once my hair dries it is wonderfully clean, silky soft and delicately scented, with the scent still being evident the next morning. I always find that my scalp feels a lot calmer and soothed after using this shampoo, possibly because of the honey itself, which is soothing with antibacterial properties. In fact, if I'm having a particularly bad flare up of psoriasis then this is my first line of treatment. Due to how little I use at a time, a small bottle of this shampoo lasts me over a month, washing my hair every other day and longer when rotated with other shampoos.
Last summer, my favourite store, Lush, released a number of new haircare products. I was initially shocked at the prices - Lush isn't a cheap store, but these products were even more expensive than usual. However, when positive reviews started coming in, I took the plunge and decided to sample some of the products.
Fair Trade Honey Shampoo sounded lovely. As the name suggests, it is made mostly of honey (fair trade of course!), which helps hair to shine and increases volume. Honey also has natural preservative properties, meaning that artificial preservatives didn't need to be added to the product. The shampoo does, however, contain sodium laureth sulfate, which is the chemical that helps the shampoo to foam. Many people are fine with it, but it can sometimes irritate skin, so it's best to be aware of this if you have sensitive or eczema-prone skin.
Geranium, rose, bergamot and neroli help to scent the shampoo and assist with making the hair shine. Beeswax absolute and linseed mucilage help to protect and condition the hair. Naturally, the shampoo is not suitable for vegans as it contains honey and beeswax, but it is suitable for vegetarians, like all Lush products.
I bought a small bottle of shampoo to try at first. Like all Lush shampoos it comes in a clear plastic bottle with a flip-top lid, so you can easily see how much you have left and can get the shampoo out easily. The shampoo is a lovely rich honey-brown colour, a bit like the It's Raining Men shower gel. The bottle is made from recycled materials and is also recyclable. When I opened up the bottle and smelled the shampoo, I thought it smelled amazing - natural, like honey with a floral kick. The honey was sweet but the floral perfume ensured that it wasn't too sickly.
Using this shampoo is simple and just like any other. Just apply a blob to wet hair, massage and rinse. The shampoo is reasonably thick, so it won't run out of your fingers. I find that I need to use only a small amount of shampoo at a time - less than for other brands - so it's better value for money than the price would suggest. It doesn't lather as much as other shampoos, but that doesn't bother me.
The shampoo has a definite positive effect on my hair, which can be dry, frizzy and difficult to manage. Using this shampoo, my hair is smoother, less frizzy and more shiny. It feels more moisturised, and looks and feels in better condition.
My scalp, which can be itchy and prone to flaking, feels much better while using this product - soothed and not irritated in any way.
I always use conditioner with my shampoo, but decided to try it out without conditioner for the purposes of experimentation. Though my hair wasn't as shiny or as soft as I would like, it seemed in good condition and wasn't too difficult to manage, so if you don't have dry hair you may be able to get away with using this shampoo without conditioner.
The shampoo costs £7 for a 110g bottle, £14 for a 300g bottle and £23.50 for a 600g bottle (the bottles are the 100g, 250g and 500g sizes but the shampoo is heavier than most, hence the higher weights). This is certainly expensive, but you do get what you pay for.
I love this shampoo and I definitely want to use it again. I was lucky enough to pick up a half-price bottle in the Christmas sale and I am looking forward to making use of it. I highly recommend the shampoo - it's expensive but brilliant quality and has really made a difference to my hair.
I received a bottle of Fair Trade Honey Shampoo for Christmas and I was really pleased as it was something which I hadn't tried before and I always like to try different products from Lush so getting it as a present meant that if I didn't like it then I wasn't going to be out of pocket.
I was pretty certain when I looked at it that it was going to be lovely and it was. It is made with fair trade honey as well as loads of essential oils and it smells absolutely heavenly. Begamot, Rose, Geranium and Neroli are all included in this and together they make the most wonderful smelling shampoo that is probably the nicest I have ever smelt. I was absolutely crazy for the fragrance of this and would have bathed in it if I could. It scented my hair for hours afterwards and even being around smokers didn't take away from the smell.
This cleans really well and removed all the product from my hair. It lathered up nicely and was a pleasure to use. I did find that it wasn't quite as moisturising as I would have ideally liked and I did have to use a conditioner as well afterwards but I made sure to use one with only the slightest hint of fragrance so it wouldn't take away from the smell of the shampoo.
I really liked this shampoo and after using it a couple of times I decided this was probably going to be my new daily shampoo that I would use the most. That was until I went in to my local Lush store to buy it and seen how expensive it actually was. I had only received a small bottle along with a few other smaller products and although I assumed it wouldn't be cheap considering the quality of the ingredients I wasn't expecting it to be as expensive as it was either.
This costs £7 for the small 110g bottle and up to £23 for the 600g bottle. After seeing this I knew it wasn't going to be my regular shampoo as it was far too expensive for me to justify using it every day so even though I loved it unfortunately I shall only be buying the small bottle as an occasional treat.
I bought this Fair Trade Honey Shampoo from Lush for the quite astonishingly high price of £7.00 for a small 110g bottle; the smallest size this shampoo is available in to the best of my knowledge. It is a lot for a shampoo, undeniably, and normally I would only consider spending from one to two pounds on a regular sized shampoo bottle, but then again, this is from Lush which is not a cheap store, and a natural product like this is clearly not cheap to obtain.
It states that the natural properties of the shampoo meant that they did not need to put any preservatives in the shampoo, which is always a bonus; I don't like having additives in my product if they are not truly necessary.
The thing I love about Lush products is the yellow sticker they stick on to each of their products with the name of the person who made the product, the date it was made and the use by date. This is sort of a guarantee that your product is genuine and that it is fresh (and you know who to blame if it isn't!). This product is packaged in a small see through plastic bottle (said to be made from 100% recycled plastic) so that you can see the honey shampoo inside, with a black cap which can be flipped on and off so that you can squeeze the shampoo out. This cap can also be screwed on and off. Around the bottle is a paper label with simple details and instructions and details on it. It looks pretty typical of a Lush product.
This shampoo is quite small and therefore it could probably be taken on short trips when you do not want to be carrying full sized shampoos around.
The instructions state as follows:
"Work gently and thoroughly through hair to create lather, then rinse away. One light lather is enough."
This feels comfortable on your scalp, and it feels quite mild and gentle, lathering into foam easily. As the instructions dictate, you do not need a lot of shampoo per wash. It can be easily rinsed off, though the smell still lingers. As a shampoo, I feel that it is overall very effective. My hair felt softer and very clean after use, and it was effective at removing grease and making your hair feel better. The fact that it is such a natural product is a pleasant addition to this.
To be honest, the smell was not all that great when at first I lathered it in my hair- it wasn't vile but then it wasn't as amazing as I thought they'd be either. However, when my hair dried, the smell started to smell lovely, like the honey and flowers that it is supposed to smell like. The smell is not overpowering, but it is nice and it is a very nice difference from the ordinary chemical smelling shampoos that you usually find. It is a rather soothing smell and I find that it helps me to relax. The smell also lingers in your hair long after you shower which is nice.
I would recommend you to try this shampoo, despite its obviously large price tag for such a small bottle, as it is a lovely and natural product that makes your hair feel clean and refreshed, not to mention lovely smelling. However, because of the price, I am afraid that this will not be too much of a frequent buy for me, instead being an occasional indulgence. Though once you use the shampoo it makes it seem like it is all worth buying it, the £7.00 still is very steep for a shampoo and so I can only give this 4 out of 5 stars.
Lush -Fair Trade Honey Shampoo
This is one of the newest of lush's shampoos just released in the last few weeks and I couldn't wait to try it. Whenever I hear of new products I have to restrain myself from rushing straight to Lush to get them.
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 bottle is full of the power of flowers, collected and concentrated for you by the bees. While they were collecting the pollen, we searched the meadows for beautiful flowers to fragrance their work."
"With lashings of honey in here for its lovely effects on the hair - the natural properties of honey also means we didn't need to put any preservative in this product.
A shampoo this good deserved the finest of perfumes. So Simon has created a geranium/honey perfume with beeswax absolute, geranium, rose, bergamot and neroli. This is a no expense spared shampoo."
HOW MUCH AND WHAT DO YOU GET?
This shampoo is sold in the usual clear Lush plastic recyclable squeezy bottles , the same ones that their shower gels come in. It comes in three sizes 110g for £7.00, 300g for £14.00 and for the very wealthy you can buy 600g for £23.50.
This is not a really thick shampoo but I still prefer the shampoos in the black screw top pots as I find them easy to get the product out of. The squeezy bottles are quite stiff and I find i have to keep them upside down towards the end as the stuff is hard to squeeze out. The plastic tubs also contribute towards a free face pack which these don't , and with the black pots there is no waste as you get every last bit out.
For the vegans amongst you this has no animal products at all and is vegan friendly carrying the Vegan friendly symbol on its bottle label.
What you get is a golden coloured reasonably thick shampoo that smells strangely not of honey which I found odd considering that it is 50% honey. It smells sweet and slightly slightly floral which must be the neroli and rose oils. It isn't the best scent I have ever smelled in a shampoo but it is perfectly pleasant and not offensive in any way to me. It is a much nicer scent that the Blousey shampoo in my view.
I was really looking forward to using this one as I do dye my hair and am constantly aware that I must feed it with moisturising goodies in order to keep it in good condition because of using these rather harsh dyes.
I scooped out only a very small amount of this shampoo into my fingers from the black pot mine came in as mine was a generous sample from the lovely people in my local Lush shop. I massaged it into my wet hair. My hair isn't long and I really need the smallest amount to get a lovely creamy lather. The amount I used was two fingers dipped in the shampoo and I used what came out on my fingers.The scent is hard to describe and I really struggled to pick out any strong scents in this but is did give a really luxurious but light lather.
When I rinsed the shampoo out my hair felt almost squeaky clean which it doesn't usually and I did feel that it needed conditioner. I wasn't about to test drying my hair without having conditioned it so I can't say what it would be like but it did feel very stripped clean when rinsed.
Up date since writing that last bit and being the thorough reviewer that I am I decided to test the shampoo with no conditioner. It does feel a bit drier and slightly less silky than I would normally like having dried it but it actually smells really nice as the rose and neroli essential oils come through quite strongly. I don't think I would use it without a conditioner but it didn't feel too dry and unfed afterwards so it can be done, if you have greasy hair then you may well get away with it but my hair is quite dry.
WHAT HAVE THEY ADDED TO THIS AND WHY
Half of this product is honey, Fair trade honey and only the best and so why is honey so important for hair that they put 50% in this shampoo?
Honey's natural sweeteners nourish the hair and honey retains water and moisture, allowing it to hydrate hair whilst at the same time also providing copper, iron, manganese, calcium, sodium, potassium, phosphorous and Vitamin B.
Honey is also supposed to help with hair loss and itchy scalps. It is said that if you rub a mix of honey and cinnamon on your scalp for two or three minutes daily it will stimulate hair growth. I am not sure how true this is but if you suffer from thinning hair it might be worth a try.
You can also use honey as a shine treatment for hair. If you coat your hair with honey and leave it for ten minutes before washing as usual you will find that the honey works as a clarifying and conditioning treatment, leaving you with healthy and shiny hair.
Linseed mucilage : this creates a gel-like texture in the shampoo as well as benefitting the hair by adding the seeds' vitamin and mineral content to the hair.
Sunflower lecithin is good for healthy hair growth.
Geranium essential oil is thought to have a balancing effect on the nervous system, sebum production and circulation and is a natural antiseptic.
Beeswax absolute is there for its soothing, protective and antiseptic properties benefitting both the scalp and hair.
Neroli is here for its scent and also it is "one of the few essential oils to be scientifically proven to increase serotonin production in the brain." So a feeling of good will is created when this oil is smelled.
Rose oil is great for its scent and it is perfect for dry rough skin so is here to feed and soothe the scalp as well as add scent.
Bergamot oil is here for its antibacterial qualities and its acidity encourages the hair to lie flat, giving great shine and gloss to the hair.
WHAT DO I THINK OF THIS
I found it was a lovely shampoo to wash my hair with. It felt great while massaging it into my hair. When i rinsed it out I thought my hair felt rather stripped but after conditioning it and then drying it my hair was left with a lovely light feeling. It was quick to dry and easy to style, I dry my rather curly, frizzy hair straightish and it lay nicely and almost even looked shiny. My hair really never look s shiny because it is wavy but it did have a bit of a sheen as I dried it straightish and I loved the way it felt smooth, light and not weighed down at all.
I only wash my hair every second day and even on day two it still looked and felt good. I can't say the smell of the shampoo did much for me, it didn't smell sweet and honey like, more herby with a slight citrus sweet aroma.
I really commend Lush for all the lovely things in this shampoo but I am disappointed to see that it does have Sodium Laureth Sulfate which I know you do need a surfactant but this has been considered controversial and there are other more natural ones that could be used.
Ii loved the shampoo but do think it is quite expensive for the amount you get. You do however only need a small amount so it may well work out as economical as a cheaper one in the long run.
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Gorgeous new shampoo from Lush full of honey and great for those with dry hair