“ Brand: Lush / Type: Hair Shampoo „
I don't really shop at Lush anywhere near as much as I used to, but I do still place the odd order online, especially when buying presents. I recently treated myself to two Lush shampoos from the retro range online. I have to admit, I actually purchased Ibiza Party thinking it was a conditioner, due to the white colour of it. It was only when it arrived that I realised I had actually purchased two shampoos rather than a shampoo and a conditioner - oops!
==About Lush Retro==
Firstly I should explain that because this is part of the retro range, it is only available to purchase online. The retro range is a range of products which were previously available in store but discontinued. They were brought back due to popular demand and to be honest, having used a few of them now, I can see why a lot of them were discontinued the first time around! There are one or two gems in the range though, which is why I often take a risk on them.
==About Ibiza Party==
Ibiza Party is described as being for blondes to preserve highlights during the winter on the Lush website. I'm not a blonde (well I'm dark/ash blonde, but I dye my hair dark), but I don't think you necessarily have to be blonde to use this. The actual bottle doesn't mention hair colour at all, it just claims the shampoo will give swing, shine and fragrance, which is what I am looking for in a shampoo.
The shampoo contains lots of lovely ingredients such as lemon oil, jojoba oil, white wine vinegar, oatmilk, rose water, pimento berry oil and grapefruit oil amongst other things. Lush market themselves as being a company promoting natural ingredients, however this does contain parabens which have some controversy linked to them, as well as sodium lauryl sulphate. A lot of products market themselves as 'SLS free' these days as a lot of people believe sulphates are also not great for the body.
The product comes in a clear bottle with flip top cap. If you're familiar with Lush you will know they spend money on the product rather than the packaging, so it looks rather basic with just a plain paper label.
The bottles come in two sizes - 100g and 500g - and I have the smaller 100g bottle. Something I have found with this (and other 100g Lush bottles in the past) is that the bottle is really difficult to squeeze as the plastic is so hard. This doesn't tend to be the case with the bigger bottles, just the small ones, and I do find myself unscrewing the lid and pouring this out, rather than trying to squeeze it through the hole in the lid.
The shampoo is a sort of greyish white colour and when I first started using it I found that it had a marbled effect when I was dispensing it, so I now always give the bottle a good shake to mix it before use.
Other than the appearance, the first thing that strikes me about this product is the smell. It smells very fresh and summery and reminds me a lot of another Lush Retro product, the Slammer shower gel. It smells predominantly like lemon/lime and it reminds me of an alcoholic drink - but in a good way!
The shampoo lathers really well, so despite the fact I have long, thick hair, I don't find I need to use a huge amount each time. As the shampoo foams up the scent really envelopes me, it's such a happy scent and I love using such a fragrant shampoo.
Despite the good amount of froth it produces, I find that the shampoo rinses out of my hair really easily. One of the strangest things about this shampoo is that it makes my hair feel when I rinse it out. It leaves my hair feeling sort of squeaky clean and the first time I used it, it felt so strange I was really worried about how this would leave my hair.
I do follow up with a conditioner after this, due to my hair being so long, as it can tangle easily. I have used this with Dove Heat Therapy conditioner and L'Oreal Full Restore 5 conditioner.
Despite my worries about the squeaky clean feeling when I rinsed this out, I actually love the way it makes my hair feel. The first noticeable difference is that it feels really light and bouncy. Not only that, but to the touch it feels amazingly soft and smooth and a brush just runs through it with absolute ease. My hair has had more shine since I begun using this and yet unlike some shampoos which add shine, it does not feel greasy whatsoever.
There is one downside to the way this leaves my hair feeling and that is that because it's so soft after washing with this, I find my hair can be frizz prone. It's also quite difficult to put up as any hair bobble will slip a bit as my hair is so clean and soft feeling.
Unfortunately I have not noticed that amazing smell lingering on my hair, but perhaps that it because the scent of the conditioner is covering it up. I do suffer with eczema behind my ears and a tight, itchy scalp, but using this shampoo has not aggravated that at all.
==Price and Availability==
Only available from www.lush.co.uk, the 100g Ibiza Party shampoo costs £4.20 whilst the 500g bottle is £12.75. I do think that is on the pricey side, which is why I save this shampoo for either special occasions or just for when I want a pick-me-up. As it is fresh it has an expiry date and my bottle shows it needs to be used within 14 months of the date it was used which should give you plenty of time.
I really like Ibiza Party and would buy it again. It leaves my hair feeling great and looking shiny and it smells heavenly. It's a shame it's no longer in the shops, but next time I place an order with Lush online I will definitely add another bottle to my order - recommended.
When it comes to Lush, I have a bit of an addiction. Whenever I go near the shop, its like something pulls me inside and forces me to buy - like a child in a sweet shop! The name of this shampoo is what attracted me most. Who wouldn't like the sound of an Ibiza party?
In Lush, most shampoo's come in three sizes: 100ml, 250ml and 500ml. I have to admit, I was quite shocked that the smallest cost £2.30 and the largest £7.50 - it seems a bit steep to me! Although compared to shampoos on the high street the price is similar.
I was slightly disappointed by the packaging. With a name like 'Ibiza Party', I'd expect it to be really colourful and fun - not the boring white label. It might be a natural product but they could of jazzed it up a little. The only thing slightly 'Ibiza-y' about the product is the description - Shiny, Happy and awake til the early hours! It reminds me of an energy drink but for your hair.
After trying this product for the first time, I was so happy! The only thing I didn't like is that the shampoo is runny, but then if a shampoo is too thick it can irritate me. I did squeeze the product onto my hands the first time, but now I just do it straight onto my head and massage. The product lathers well and smells really fresh.
Once conditioned and dried, my hair felt a lot lighter than usual. I liked that it was easier to handle and looked noticeably in better condition. My hair is always tangled due to the amount of damage, but the shampoo definitely helped! I'm not too sure about the energy effect, working in a bar I'm up till 2am and still knackered by the end of my shift.
I would recommend this product for its light and fresh feel, although nothing about the product really made me think 'wow'. It was quite average and did not have an extraordinary smell or effect - its a first time I haven't raved about Lush!
I am one of those women who likes to try a different shampoo now and again instead of sticking the old faithful it's always nice to try something new. I think most have gathered by now that I love Lush despite its larger price tag to most high street brands but I'm more than happy to spend my money on their superb range of products. One choice of products I quite like at Lush is their range of shampoos as they seem to offer something for everyone and they are by far more inventive with their ingredients than other shampoos available.
One shampoo which I have come to really like is Ibiza Party shampoo as it claims to get your hair looking incredibly shiny and healthy and I think everyone falls into this category now and again regardless of how many times you go to the hairdressers or apply treatments to your hair. At times our hair is always in need of having the shine brought back. Lush originally targeted this shampoo for blondes and for people who like to go clubbing and want their hair shiny. Surely after hours in a dark, hot, humid nightclub your hair certainly won't be shining! I think Lush may have got a bit carried away but before it could change Lush whipped from the shelves. Now I'm a very dark brunette who does enjoy the odd night out (bars rather than clubs) but even I found this shampoo worked a dream.
Lush finally put Ibiza Party Shampoo into its retro section for all its adorers to buy once more it is house in a clear plastic bottle with the retro white label. Its colour can range for a pale dull yellow to a mild peachy cream colour but it is all dependant on what batch you get but works the same whatever shade you get! For me I suffer with dryish hair due to colouring, blow drying and straightening however it isn't overly abused but could do a little more life. Ibiza Party managed to smooth out the shafts of my hair and softens those drying ends which are soon to be chopped off the next time I go to the hairdressers. I have a natural wave to my hair which can cause a problem when blow drying but I found having using Ibiza Party several times that it is calmed down slightly to it is easier to dry.
Ibiza Party has a medium-ish consistency which for me is great as if a shampoo is too runny it slips straight through your fingers and down the plug hole but it if is too thick you have a job getting it out the bottle, just make sure you do give the bottle a good shake before use. You only need a small amount to get it foaming up quite a bit and I've found that a little certainly does go a long way so your bottle of Ibiza Party actually lasts quite considerable time (and so it should for its price!). First thing you notice about the shampoo is that it has quite a strong citrus scent but this is mild and sweet in comparison to some acidic citrus scents you can get it certainly isn't quite so toxic as Back for Breakfast! Now citrus oils can actually strip hair of colour so this may not be the best shampoo to use on newly coloured hair but to date I have not had my colour fade yet.
So what is in this shampoo which makes it so great? Oat Milk is known for its soothing and moisturising properties for both skin and hair. They are also known for its itch relieving properties ideal for itchy scalps and skin - so it de-itches then soothes, brilliant! Next is the rose water generally used for its delicate perfume which has relaxing qualities to it. The gorgeous sweet citrus scent comes from two main oils, grapefruit and lemon. Grapefruit oil is antibacterial and astringent which apart from making it great for the skin it is known to help clear the mind and help relieve stress which when you use it as a shampoo you are smelling all the grapefruit goodness (ideal to use on a bad day!). Apart from that grapefruits have strong detoxifying properties so it will easily detox your hair, scalp and skin, it can also stimulate growth. And as for lemon oil it has the same great qualities as grapefruit but obviously quite different in terms of scent, think strong lemon zest! Lemon oil is a great cleanser and is incredibly antibacterial but it is also ideal for boosting the immune system. Lemon oil is known for lightening blonde hair, hence why it was used in this shampoo originally.
Does it include anything else? Oh indeed it does! Jojoba oil is used as it is an excellent softener, cleanser and moisturiser for both skin and scalp. Jojoba oil coats the hair shafts which add shine to the hair as well as revitalising the roots of the hair improving the overall condition of the hair. Pimento berry is used in this shampoo for its antiseptic quality, it also gives Ibiza Party a warmness to the citrusy based aroma. Lastly, is the white wine vinegar. Lush use this in their shampoo to regulate the pH - due to its acidic nature it manages to smooth the cuticles of the hair shaft which creates a gorgeous shine to the hair.
I have quite long hair and I use two small applications which seem to work really well and even before I use a conditioner my hair feels tangle free and silky soft. This shampoo really does seem to care for your hair. Post shower and blow drying my hair I've noticed it is not quite so fly away and it's easier to actually blow dry straight which means I don't have to use the straightners for quite so long. The result? My hair does seem to have a wonderful shine to it after I've used the shampoo several times and it looks like it has a bit more bounce to it rather than looking a bit flat.
What Lush say:
" To preserve their summer highlights throughout winter, natural blondes should use Ibiza Party Shampoo, our stimulating citrus shampoo, inspired by Pammy, the party girl, from our Glasgow shop. With grapefruit, lemon, rose and carnation essential oils, it smells gorgeous all night (not guaranteed past 4am) As for the pimento berries, they 'warm the emotions when feeling tired and dejected'. So get the stuff on your head and get out dancing"
Oat Milk (Avena sativa), Rose Water (Rosa centifolia), Sodium Alkyl Sulfate, Water (Aqua), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Lauramide MIPA, Cocamide MEA, Glycol Cetearate, Propylene Glycol, White Wine Vinegar, Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Pimento Berry Oil (Pimenta officinalis), Grapefruit Oil (Citrus paradisi), Carnation Absolute (Dianthus caryophyllus), *Citral, *Eugenol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
Price: £12.00 per 500g bottle
The downside is that this shampoo is only available in the larger bottle which makes it quite expensive as Lush have stopped doing the other two sizes which were far more affordable. However, you don't need to use a lot of Ibiza Party (unless you're way too heavy handed) so your bottle does last some considerable time which makes the initial expense actually quite reasonable when compared to other "designer" shampoos on the market.