I bought the Lush Solid Conditioner soap style bar recently to try out on my daughter's hair which has started to grow quite fast but is rather thin and gets knotty and tangled.
This is a pale green and round soap bar that has a pattern in the top of some sort of lizard and a leaf as far as I can tell. Either that or it's an aztec design! I just can't tell and have washed off most of the pattern now in use. It promises to tame wild hair which fits in with the jungle theme
What's in it?
A solid conditioner packed with tropical fruit, oils and cocoa butter to calm your mane. Made from a cocoa butter base, this is full of fresh figs, kumquats and passion fruits to add shine and hydrate hair. It's also naked and self-preserving. We mash fresh bananas and avocados into this base to condition the hair. Just stroke the bar directly down wet hair a few times; a little goes a long way.
In use, this conditioner is a bit weird. I get that it needs to be solid and not disintegrate but I struggled to get it to transfer on to my daughter's hair but I perservered and managed to get a few bits on which I sort of stroked through.
This conditioner is hard to use and has quite a strange smell to it - I'm just not sure if I like it or not. But I have to say that it worked well on detangling knotty hair and her hair was straight, soft and smooth and knot free afterwards when we dried it there were no tears.
I thought this seemed a decent price at £3.50 for 55g.
I am not sure if I would rebuy this, it was hard work! But it did work and was priced quite cheaply so we will continue to use it over the coming weeks!
Jungle is a solid bar of conditioner made by Lush cosmetics. It is available to buy from their online store (www.lush.co.uk) or via one of their stores on the high street. If you are a bit dubious about trying a solid conditioner then you can always ask the store assistants in Lush for a free sample. They are happy to give customers samples of their products to try before they buy. Jungle is priced at £3.50 for a 55g bar.
Jungle is a green colour and it smells quite tropical and fruity. I use Jungle after shampooing and I gently run it through my hair, concentrating on my dry ends where my hair tends to split. Jungle doesn't lather, it just coats the hair with its magical butters and gorgeous scent. It can sometimes leave a residue of cocoa butter on your hair if you don't rinse it all out. To avoid this I simply run the shower head over my hair making sure to rinse all of the conditioner out.
After using Jungle my hair feels lovely and soft and my comb slides through my hair like a knife through butter. This is due to the conditioning properties of the cocoa butter that help to smooth the hair cuticle. Jungle definitely helps to calm down my thick unruly hair, leaving it smoother and straighter. I would recommend this conditioner to people with similar hair to mine as it really helps to keep it straighter and sleeker.
I have coloured hair and I am pleased to say that Jungle has never rinsed the colour from my hair.
Jungle is great value for money as a little goes a long way. Just be careful where you store it as it can melt easily. I keep my bar in a soap dish to keep it away from excess moisture.
Jungle contains bananas and avocados as well as fresh figs, kumquats and passion fruits. I told you it was tropical!
A great natural conditioner from Lush that's free from animal testing and is 100% vegan.
Once again a beautiful product from Lush. I purchased the Lush jungle conditioning bar from my Local lush store in preston for the price of £3.25 for a 55g bar/block which I got a lot of mileage from just a small bar lasting me around 3 weeks which I feel is great value for money and amazing usage, a normal bottle of conditioner would last me a week while this lasted me so much longer. The color of the block is a dark green, I have never used a conditioning bar until I first purchased this one in store and was demonstrated to me on how to use it - You are supposed to apply to wet hair and rub around your scalp and around your hair and then rinse off. I found this method to difficult and so I decided it was easier to cut small chunks off at a time and leave in a container to soften down and then applied to my wet hair like a normal conditioner and this worked an absolute treat for me as I have very dry straw like hair, very long, frizzy and damaged. The bar conditioned my hair to a smooth and silky state and made my hair far less frizzy and more tamed when it dried off. The conditioning bar itself lasts ages and costs so little from the Lush shop. I defiantly recommend the product to everyone who would consider buying, especially if you have difficult damaged hair like I do. I have since purchased this product numerous times along with other conditioning bars from the Lush shop. Great results and leaves your hair in brilliant condition and not difficult to get used to using either. Over all five dooyoo stars from me for this product so so pleased with my results!
LUSH JUNGLE SOLID CONDITIONING BAR
Following Spiritwood's recent review of this product I was tempted to buy this product and on a recent trip to my local lush store it was added to my ever increasing collection of Lush products.
I am becoming more and more aware of what is actually listed on the ingredients of my beauty products, partially from reading and writing reviews on here and also my help on a beauty forum. I have always questioned why some companies feel it is alright to test their products on animals but I trusted these companies to use products that are safe. I am learning more and more that there are so many awful ingredients shoved into all of our everyday products but the most scary thing is that many of them do not even need to be there.
ABOUT THE PRODUCT ....
Jungle is a solid hair conditioning bar, before Spiritwood's I had never even heard of a solid conditioner bar, I will admit I had seen them in Lush but I had though they were bars of soap! I will note that the photo above must be out of date because the soap now comes in small circular shape rather than a bar that needs cutting to size, the soap is pale green in colour and has a cute pattern on the top that I think is meant to be jungle leaves. The soap is around 4cm in diameter.
So why a solid conditioner? I am not sure about this one! I can see the benefits of less packing but not much else other than that.
As with all Lush products it comes with a weird and wonderful name, this one made me giggle! The Lush website says "it's a jungle out there! Help tame wild, bushy hair! That could be taken so many ways!
The bar contains coco butter to give a deep moisturising condition to the hair whilst adding a nice shine, and the fruits have been designed to add fruit oils to the bar to condition without being too heavy on the hair.
The bar smells of light fruity smells although I can not pinpoint a single strong scent but it certainly does smell nice and fruity.
TO USE ....
The bars can be used in several different ways, the lady in Lush showed me two but I have since found a rather novel third method on youtube!
The first method is to simply soak the bar under or in the water for a few seconds and rub between your hands as you would a normal bar of soap, a nice lather of the product will transfer to your hands and you can then rub it through your hair and repeat as desired.
The second method is to again soak the bar for a few seconds under the water then holding the bar gently run the bar down the length of your hair, as if runs down a thin coating of the product is left on your hair.
The third method on you tube, which I feel is kind of pointless but I will still share it. Crumble some of your bar of Jungle into a bowl, add a small amount of boiled water and mix until the bar becomes a paste then you can use as usual.
DOES IT WORK? ....
I have found that although it is quite light for a conditioner Jungle really does leave my hair smelling really nice and leaves no residue on my hair at all.
The bar seems to be lasting a very long time, I have been using it every other day for just over a month and I am no where near finished it so it is very good value for money.
These soaps come without any packing, however Lush do sell small silver coloured storage tins that are priced £2.50 and can be used to safely store your conditioner away and be re used when you get your next conditioner. I have actually found these really handy for travel, no worrying that there are going to be any leaks in my bag so good.
These bars are such good value for money £3.25 for a 55g bar of soap, as I say mine is at current rate going to last me at least 4 months and my hair is very long so takes a fair amount of it.
I really do like this product not just for it's novelty but since using this and Cynthia stout shampoo I have noticed a huge difference in the quality of my hair. I have awful fluffy hair that will not curl and will not straighten and insists on being greasy by the roots within hours or washing but dry on the ends. Talk about opposites lol. I have found that my hair is still fresh the second day with this product and in reality I could be leaving it longer if necessary.
I would give this product 4 out of 5 stars, it looses a star because I do find that it takes a fair bit of rubbing in my hands to get a good lather so can not give it 5 but it's really so minor it would be 4.5 if I could.
Having recovered from the trauma of liking nay LOVING Lush's Karma solid shampoo, I have once again come on here to purge my spirit and cleanse my soul. LUSH are not my favourite company due to their reliance on chemicals and "greenwash" but I was sent a solid shampoo and this conditioner bar as a gift so I decided to give both a fair go. I have reviewed the solid Karma shampoo bar so now I give you the solid conditioner called "Jungle".
Until I read about it on here, I was a solid conditioner virgin. I believe that this is the only solid conditioner bar that Lush currently sell but they have an array of other products for hair. I have long hair which needs a lot of conditioning or it splits so usually use good quality hair products and a variety of pure organic oils such as coconut or jojoba on the ends. This little thing is a light green puck shaped bar, slightly fatter and stockier than the Lush shampoo bars. It fits in your hand well and it is another case of "Oh my God, the smell".... this is a cornucopia of fruity delight. There is no one smell that stands out more than the others but it really smells good enough to munch on.
HOW TO USE IT aka What the hell do I DO with it?
A solid conditioner is probably contrary to most people's experiences of conditioning their hair. To use the Jungle bar you can either get it wet and rub it in your hands and apply it but I found the best way was just wet it and firmly run it though damp washed hair downwards. I started at around the brow-line level and then down to the tips. I concentrated more on the ends of my hair due to its length and really worked it in. There is no lather as such and you will feel like it is doing nothing. I guess that we are all used to the heaviness of a liquid conditioner however this is deceiving. What has happened is that the solid conditioner has just coated your hair in fresh fruits and cocoa butter. And yet it does not feel greasy...
Once rinsed you will probably not be impressed by anything other than the smell. You will think that it has not really worked and perhaps feel a bit let down by the hype that you may have read. The real magic comes when your hair is dry and combed out. The softness in my hair when dry was incredible. And my silly coloured hair is hard to get a shine from but boy did it shine after this. I was incredibly impressed and raved about it to my mother who listened politely and said "yes dear" a few times. Not that interested in hair stuff is my mum. I used it on my four year old who has beautiful curly hair that knots as soon as you look at it and it both shined her hair and defined the curls.
This conditioner smooths and de-tangles hair. If it can do that to my daughter's hair then it must be good. I think that there is a certain amount of guesswork involved in how much to actually use but we got it right fir us after two uses. The conditioner is very good indeed and I am very impressed with the results on my hair and my daughter's. Apparently this also works as a shaving cream as well but I will wait until warmer weather to get the strimmer out and tackle my legs.....
How to store it:
Well the shampoo bars fit snugly in little tins but there is no tin that fits these (unless you use a tin with no lid), they are too deep. Therefore we leave it on a clean flannel to drain off and dry and then it lives on the side of the bath, filling the bathroom with a delicious aroma. It could also be stored in a soap dish with drain holes.
The scent lasts until the next wash, I wash my hair every 2 days usually (more in the summer). The bar itself has lost the cute gecko design but does not seem to have shrunk as such. We have used it 8 times now and see it lasting a very long time.
TIP: If a solid conditioner turns out not to be for you, then it is easy to get this into the form of a thick liquid conditioner. You just need an old conditioner or shampoo bottle/ jam jar to store it in etc and some boiling water. You will need a glass bowl which you place the jungle bar in. The boiling water is poured over the little round of conditioner and after melting and mixing it will stay as a liquid conditioner. You can adjust to your preferred consistency by adding more or less water. I really like it in the solid form though and it will last longer if left as it is meant to be too.
As with most lush products (bar a couple) there are some nasties which do let it down. However the majority is good stuff and to be fair it is a massive improvement on the junk that is in mainstream conditioners. It is also animal friendly.
Cocoa Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol & Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Fresh Organic Avocado, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Perfume, Soya Lecithin, Fresh Figs, Fresh Organic Bananas, Fresh Passion Fruit, Fresh Kumquat, Cetrimonium Bromide, Ylang Ylang Oil, Vetivert Oil, Cypress Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Chlorophyllin, *Limonene, *Cinnamal
*occurs naturally in essential oils
AND THE BIG WIN ABOUT THIS:
Jungle solid conditioner is priced at just £2.95 for 55g (Approx the size of a flattened satsuma), amazing value because most Lush products are very pricey. I consider this to be top value as the conditioner will last us a very long time (far longer than a bottle would).
Another case of backtracking by me....(the shame)... I love it. It works. Buy it. Bah!
I brought this conditioner to go with the Lush Karma Komba shampoo bar.
I have long hair, and my major issue is with tangling. I also have quite naturally greasy hair - so it was important for me to find a conditioner that is not too heavy.
It took me a long time to get used to the application. At first, I found that my hair was difficult to comb through, and I felt that not enough product was being applied to my hair when I was trying to rub the bar in my hands. My hair was getting difficult to manage and I was forced to use a separate de-tangling product.
However, a change of technique helped. Rubbing the bar directly onto my hair makes a huge difference. Now, my hair feels much softer, and I have far fewer issues with de-tangling. The conditioner is not too heavy either, so many conditioners leave a greasy residue - but this is not one of them!
These bars are great value for money - they last at least a month. I have saved all the little bits left at the end of the bar to grind up into a conditioning paste which makes a great hair mask - no wastage! They are also very useful on the go - especially for the gym!
This conditioner is not going to leave hair feeling as super soft and glossy as some other makes, but considering that it is vegetarian, I think it gives other hair products a very decent run for its money!
When I go away, I often just take a small suitcase with me as my hand luggage because this saves having to pay for an expensive suitcase. Obviously this poses some space and liquid problems. One thing which solves this problems are the solid creations by Lush and this is why I bought the Jungle Solid Conditioner.
What does the product do?
The product has been designed to condition the hair and to help tame wild hair like mine, stopping it from becoming bushy and out of control. It contains Cocoa butter to hydrate and nourish the hair leaving it soft and healthy looking. Fruit oils are also added, included fresh figs, bananas and passion fruit and the job of these are to condition and hydrate the hair, leaving it free from tangles and easy to brush through. The product makes travelling easier because of its compact size and as it's not a liquid then it can be carried in your hand liquid. It is also good for the environment because it doesn't have bulky plastic packaging.
How do you use the product?
The product is to used after you have washed your hair with shampoo. You need to smooth the product over wet hair from root to tip and then massage the product into the hair for a few minutes. Once the time is up then you need to rinse the product thoroughly from the hair and then dry and style the hair in the usual way. The product needs to be stored somewhere dark and cool when it is not in use so that it doesn't melt away. Lush sells tins for this purpose.
The product costs around £3 for 55 grams and it can be bought from your local Lush store and also from its online website.
Aroma and Appearance
This product is green is colour and it has some raised designs on the front which looks like a leaf and a jungle animal. It is small in size and shaped like a puck. Even though it contains lots of fruity ingredients, it doesn't smell very fruity to me and has more of an earthy and herbal aroma in my opinion.
Application and Performance
I have used plenty of solid products in the past that have been created by Lush but this was one of the more difficult. It doesn't melt as easily as the others that I have used and I have needed to warm this one up with my hands before I could smooth it over my hair. Not much of the product is left coating my hair which wasn't very reassuring at all and my hair gets very dry very repeating using heated styling appliances on it. I tried to massage the product into my hair but I didn't really feel like there was anything on there. The product didn't irritate my scalp or cause me any discomfort. The smell is evident through the whole process.
Once the product had been washed out, my hair wasn't tangled and it was easy to brush through. However it did feel dry too and I could tell that it wasn't properly moisturised. After it was dry, my hair look in an ok condition but it looked a little more wild and a little more bushy than usual. It has a nice smell too it however and the aroma of the product does linger on the hair for a while after use. Once I had straightened my hair it looked ok with a little bit of a shine but nothing amazing. My hair didn't feel particularly soft to the touch either. It didn't make my hair greasy or leave it looking flat or weighed down. I was able to go the usual 48 hours without washing my hair which I would expect from a product.
All in all, this is an average product which just wasn't hydrating enough for my dry and damaged hair. It smells quite nice and gave my hair a bit of a shine. It also stopped my hair being tangled but I almost felt like I hadn't used much conditioner on my hair at all. The idea behind this product was good but it didn't live up to my expectations. I've given mine to my other half who has short, healthy hair and he is happy with it but I won't be repurchasing as it doesn't suit my hair.
I'm a huge fan of the shop Lush and am trying to work my way through all of their products. Lush are famed for their solid products such as shampoo and massage bars, as they aim to be environmentally friendly and cut down the amount of packaging used.
As well as a range of solid shampoo, Lush also make a solid conditioner, Jungle. This used to come in a block from which you could have a chunk cut, but now it comes in individual patterned blocks. The pattern is quite abstract but to me it resembles a chameleon.
The shampoo is a pleasant green in colour and has a lovely smell. It's hard to identify precisely, but the scent is fresh without being too fruity or particularly sweet. It is quite exotic and refreshing. The bar is suitable for vegans and is made of cocoa butter and fruit oils and fats, which condition and add shine to the hair.
As with the shampoo bars, to use this conditioner you should rub it over wet hair (after shampooing) and rinse off. I found this quite tricky at first, much more so than the shampoo bars. With shampoo, it's easy enough to tell how much you should use because it lathers up on your hair. With Jungle, however, it's really hard to judge the correct amount. I find that you can't really tell it's on your hair while it's wet, and it's easy to apply too much. I did this a couple of times at first, and ended up with slightly greasy hair. I got the hang of it eventually, though - you really don't have to use a lot. As mentioned, you can't really tell that your hair has been conditioned while it's still wet. It's only when it's dry that you can tell the difference.
I find that this conditioner makes my hair easier to comb after using, as claimed. I have fairly dry hair but this conditioner works very well on it. My hair is soft and shiny, and appears healthy and in good condition. It is easier to manage, whether I straighten it or not, and is actually less frizzy. The lovely fresh scent is quite subtle, but does last all day, and is very nice to smell on a cold day in the office!
I've been trying to wash my hair only every two days instead of every day, and this conditioner doesn't make my hair look particularly greasy on the second day. I do have to use a dry shampoo but I would have to do this with any conditioner.
The bar costs £2.95 which is cheaper than the solid shampoos and reasonable value considering that it lasts 6-8 weeks. It might last longer if used by someone with short hair or someone who only needs to use a very tiny bit. I use a bit more because my hair is dry.
Overall, I think this is a great conditioner and a novel idea. It is much better for the environment than normal conditioner and would be ideal for taking on holiday as it takes up less space and doesn't count towards your liquid allowance. I've taken a star off for the price and for the fact that it can be tricky to use at first, but I do recommend it and intend to repurchase.
I only bought this product at the end of a post Christmas sale spree as I had a voucher to use up and it was reduced to £1.50. The current product is sold as a deep disk solid conditioner with a cute iguana stamped on. It lurked unused at the bottom of my lush stash until I forgot to grab any normal conditiner on my weekly shop.
I wasn't expecting much as I have long wavey hair which I'm a bit too fond of higlighting. I was also unconvinced by the initial application as it is really hard to tell you have anything on your hair when it's wet, even when you've been rubbing the bar straight onto it, which is the recommended application technique. I was convinced I'd find something even worse than my usual messy tangle at by the time my hair had dried. I was pleasently surprised at the outcome: my hair was easy to brush (a small miracle for me) and although it wasn't super-neat or glossy, there was more smoothness and control.
For some reason the second time I used the product I seemed to get even better results and am now a complete convert. I think the improvement might be due to getting used to the application technqiue and knowing to stop when I've applied the product, even if it's not very noticable. My hair can actually look pretty smooth these days and is so much easier to manage.
Other than needing a little practice to get right, the other problem with this product is that if you use it too rigourously or not on the side of the raised iguana design it has a habit of breaking up, just like soap. However I still think It's a complete bargain. I am on my second bar and I reckon for just under £3 I have a month's worth of conditioner. If you have short hair this could last for ages. Definitely one of my top Lush products!
After finding the Lush Shampoo Bars so great I decided I also wanted to give their conditioner a try as well. I have always been a fan of the Aussie range especially for my conditioning needs so I knew Lush would have to really pull it out of the bag to impress me. I particularly wanted to dry one of the dry shampoo bars to see if they were as good as the shampoos and I have found these solid shampoo's so easy to take when I am travelling or for the gym. I picked the Lush Jungle bar for this reason.
It is a lime green bar, which is deeper than the shampoo bars but roughly the same diameter. It costs £2.95 and has a pattern on the top. It smells great, really fruity and exotic. It is a solid bar which Lush.co.uk say is based upon "fruits and cocoa butter.... (which give) a rich condition and shine to the hair and help protect it. Fruit oils and fats add condition and feed the hair, without making it too heavy or oily." The smell of the bar is very strong, but this fragrance stays on your hair in a much lighter fragrance which slowly wears off throughout the day.
Lush direct you to stroke the bar through long hair from the top to the tips. I never use conditioner on my roots as it gets too greasy so I apply on the longer lengths of my hair - ear level down. Then you can either rinse out or as a leave in conditioner. It takes a bit of getting used to as did the shampoo bars and unlike the shampoo it doesn't lather up at all. It doesn't even feel like you have applied any at all. My hair felt tangled and dry once it was rinsed out and not conditioned at all. I would say that at this point my hair felt in a worse condition than if I hadn't used any conditioner at all.
I dry my hair with a hairdryer as it is so long, to let it dry naturally would take hours. The bar is supposed to leave your hair conditioned without feeling heavy or oily, and detangle your hair but my hair felt dry, and knotted. After I have fully dried my hair it does feel better. My hair feels soft and felt conditioned but without weighed down so Lush had been true to their word in some respects. It is very light and not greasy when used on the lengths of my hair. It also seems to stop the static and flyaway hair which is a bonus. With prolonged use the results don't really improve. When I use it my hair still feels awful until it's fully dried.
Although my hair feels and smells nice (once dry) after using it, it doesn't seem to be helping my hair. As it seems to tangle my hair until dry I am having to spend ages brushing out the knots which is damaging my hair no matter how careful I am. I personally can't cope with how horrible my hair feels while wet. I have saved the rest of my Jungle bar just for weekends away and holidays for the convenience of how little it is in my luggage, for my day to day hair care it defiantly does not live up to the Lush quality!
I love this conditioner.
I used to buy this when it was in block form but it can now be purchased in small "shampoo bar shaped bars", which cost £2.95 each. You can then keep this conditioner in a shampoo bar tin. It's a funky green colour and the smell is amazing.
Jungle smells lovely - quite fresh and tropical. It's made of natural butters which make it a suitable conditoner for all hair types. The best thing about Jungle is that it's easy to work with. It doesn't lather up much, as it is a conditioner, however it's easy to glide through the hair. I would suggest sliding the bar down the length of your hair and then rubbing it around your scalp to finish off. I leave the conditioner on my hair for around five minutes to give it some time to soak in. The conditioner soaks into the hair well and it absorbs easily too. It starts to work straight away, detangling the hair and mending split ends. The smell of the conditioner lingers on your hair after use too.
Jungle rinses out of the hair easily and it makes styling your hair a piece of cake. Jungle detangles the hair better than anything else I have ever tried and it's great for all hair types as it helps to add moisture to the hair. The butters are great for dry hair and this conditioner keeps my hair in tip top condition. It's a simple conditioner and one that can be used daily. It lasts ages too, making it great value, and Jungle has been around for years. It's one of the best products that Lush have ever produced.
A fantastic conditioner for all hair types.
INTRO - HOW WE MET....
After avoiding Lush for years due to the overpowering smell I was tempted into my local branch by avid promises of sleek, shiny, locks with the aid of something called a 'Jungle Bar'. 'One sniff and you'll fall in love - I did!' Promised the earnest looking lady at the door - how could I not be intrigued by such a proposition? To cut a long story I steeled myself and ventured in. Once my nose had adjusted to the higher state of consciousness it needed to survive I sniffed the very unassuming looking block of soap like stuff , and three years down the line, I'm now a Lush convert - I've never looked back!
WHAT THE HECK IS IT?
Jungle is solid conditioner - and one of the more well known of products by Lush. In my first encounter it was sold by weight - vaguely soap like shapes would be cut off the main block and packaged up. however my local store has started selling it in uniform moulded blocks, which though taking away some of the boutiquey character of the ragtag chunks does make it easier to purchase - ie you'll always know how much your getting and for what price. In usual Lush fashion it's packed in cute little sweetshop style bags. TO USE : You rub it onto already wet hair and smooth it through with your fingers - not much is needed but you'll find you own perfect amount through use! When you rinse it off your hair will feel instantly smoother and silkier.
MY EXPERIENCE AND THE GOODS/BADS
My personal experience of this product has mainly very positive. I have very wavy hair - I try to work with its natural shape colour etc, and I've found the Jungle not only emphasizes my natural waves but gives them a shiney look, and (hallelujah!!!!) takes away the annoying inclination my hair has towards fluffiness!! On top of that It smells AMAZING (the earnest lady didn't lie), and the smell will stay on your hair for a good couple of days (if your like me a twice a week washer). Jungle remains to this day my favourite smell from Lush.
I don't have many negatives to say about this product, HOWEVER, you have to remember this is not like a normal conditioner from a bottle, and as such I've found that this product works a lot better once you understand its nature. So rather than listing goods and bads, Here are some quick tips based on what I've found helps make this product work better and go further and turns the overall Jungle experience from a wavering 8 to a 10:-
- chop it up as soon as you get home! - Seriously, makes it last a lot longer and keeps it in a much better condition. I find cutting it into quarters works best.
- Ditch the bag - Yes,it's undeniably one of Lush's uber cute-factors but the bags are impractical in a potentially soggy environment. I have a bunch of old Lush black boxes that I use to store Jungle in (particularly easy once chopped up.)
- rinse rinse rinse!! - My personal experience with this product is that I have to rinse for a lot longer than with any other conditioners - not doing so brings on a wee bit of greasiness. Obviously this will vary depending on your hair type, but it's something I've observed!
- If you live with other people .... - Make sure they know it's not soap. One time I was in a rush to get to work and left it out by the side of our shower...when i got home it had not only been relocated to the communal soap dish but hand muddy finger prints on it. Needless to say I threw that particular chunk away.
- Dry it off - finally, I find it not only lasts a lot longer, but keeps its lovely smell if you pat it dry after use. Yes, I know that sounds weird, but it's worth doing. Try it and see!
OVERALL - IS IT WORTH IT?
Yes - this product is great - I couldn't recommend it enough, and hopefully by following the Jungle safety tips above you should have a trouble free experience!
It smells great, but I do not find it does what it should with my frizzy type of hair, if I use it wet and smooth it on as reccommended its rubbish...so I use it for moisturising my skin, or for shaving my legs,and I use it dry on my hair to keep my frizzy ends from sticking up, and it keeps them moisturised until the next wash. It makes your hands really soft and makes the bathroom smell lovely too.
I had what I'd call 'blah' haif for a long time, it wasn't particularly shiny, it had some frizz but not enough for me to bother putting serum in it each day and it looked effectively drab. I started using Jungle mainly out of curiosity as I'd not seen a conditioner like it before and I have not been let down. The conditioner is easy peasy to use, you just rub it in your wet hands and then over your hair, a bit like you'd rub soap in your hands and then rub it though, alteranatively I leave the bottom of it slightly damp which makes it easier to rub when I come back to it. When rubbing through it doesn't feel like normal conditioner feels but when you start rinsing it out, your hair feels silky soft and then when you come to dry it, it's so well conditioned and silky and shiny with a light scent. My hair is tamed, in much better condition and I find that I save money because a bar of this lasts for ages and not only that, it doubles as a great shave cream when I shave my legs!
I've been using solid shampoos from Lush for a few years now, but it's only been in the last few months that I've supplemented them with Lush's solid conditioner, Jungle. I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to give it a try, especially as it smells so divine.
What Lush Says
Jungle feels different on your hair from liquid conditioner, until you wash it off, you hardly notice it's there. It smoothes and detangles, leaving a fruitily scented coat of shininess. Smooth it along the length of your hair from root to tip, then rinse out.
As with all Lush toiletries Jungle contains as many natural ingredients as possible as is suitable for vegetarians (and in this case vegans) with nothing being tested on animals. It does, however, contain a number of synthetic ingredients that Lush describe as safe. Included in these are Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, a detergent that can induce skin and eye irritation, so if you're allergic to this then you will want to avoid Jungle. Among the 'natural' ingredients you'll find cocoa butter, which is widely used for it's softening and moisturising properties. Lush also uses a number of fruits in Jungle including kumquats, bananas, avocados, passion fruit and figs, as well as being packed with goodness these fruits give Jungle the tropical side to it's scent. Along with the fruits, Jungle contains a number of essential oils, including Ylang Ylang and Vetivert which give it a slightly earthy scent. These are only some of the ingredients for a full list please consult the Lush website especially if you have any sensitivities as Jungle also contains Soya Lecithin.
Price, Packaging and Looks
Originally Jungle came in a block and you could buy as much (or as little) as your needs and budget allowed. But just recently it's been reformulated and is now sold as a small 55g puck for £2.75. When it was sold in a block, Jungle was a gorgeous multi-tonal pale green, but now it's just the one shade of green. The puck itself is a good size, it fits nicely into the palm of my hand and it's decorated by what I can only imagine are meant to be leaves.
When buying Jungle in store, you have the choice of no packaging or a recycled paper bag, I love how Lush tries to reduce unnecessary packaging. I would, however, suggest that you put this in a bag, as the scent is quite strong and does transfer quite easily. As I bought this online, my Jungle was wrapped in what looks like cellophane, but is actually made from vegetable starch.
Before I go any further, perhaps I should tell you a little about my hair, seeing as how effective any conditioner is depends a lot on hair type and how much it's abused. My hair has never been dry, tends to get greasy a day or so after washing and I generally have to wash it every other day. I regularly blow dry my hair and straighten it at least once a week, and up until the last few weeks I also regularly bleached it. All in all, while my hair isn't in the worst condition it could be, it's not in the best either. Whilst wet my hair is curly (ringlets when long), but unless I load it with styling products then as it dries it becomes wavy and very prone to frizziness (hence I straighten it). Really, my hair can't actually decide whether it wants to be straight or curly and although there is lots of it, it is still fly away.
Get the best out of Jungle is something that takes practise, and if you've never used solid products on your hair before, I would imagine that it feels quite strange too. As I already use a solid shampoo, using Jungle wasn't too much of a culture shock for me, but it still took me a few uses to work out how much to use. I shampoo my hair as normal and then hold the Jungle under a hot tap for a few seconds, to allow the cocoa butter to start melting, before gently stroking it over my hair. It's really easy to overdo this, because it really doesn't feel like it's doing anything at this stage (and if I do overdo it, then my hair becomes lank overnight). Seriously, you do only need to stroke it over a couple of times. I then comb through my hair before rinsing it and even then it doesn't feel like I used conditioner.
After towel drying my hair, I can normally catch a waft of Jungle, which is a fruity yet slightly woody aroma, that I really love. It's when blow drying that I can really see, feel and smell the Jungle at work. The heat from the blow dryer intensifies the fruity, woody scent, and although I think this is a love it or hate it moment, I genuinely fall into the Love it camp. Once my hair is dry, it's glossy, bouncy and smells divine, with the smell lasting throughout the day and the bounce and shine lasting into the next. Although if I've used too much, then my hair does become lank and greasy quite quickly.
As well as using Jungle as a solid bar of conditioner, I have read where people have used it in other ways. One of these ways is to break a piece off, dissolve it in water and then use it as a hair mask. To be honest, I did try this once, but it just didn't work for my hair, perhaps using it this way would be good if you have really dry hair. Another use for Jungle, is one that I do think is really good, and that is for shaving. After a bath, I simply stroke the bar of Jungle over my legs and as it melts it leaves a layer of cocoa butter over my legs. This does a brilliant job of softening the hair while lubricating the blade. I always get a really close shave, find I barely ever nick myself (even on the knee) and as a bonus after rinsing my legs don't even need moisturising. The razor blade does need rinsing a little more often, but that's something I can easily forgive.
I've been using my puck of Jungle for almost a month now, both for conditioning my hair and shaving my legs, and it barely looks touched. This is what I love about Lush's solid hair care products, yes they can be quite an expensive outlay, but they last so long. Jungle is also convenient for taking travelling, there's no bottle to leak and it can replace both conditioner and shaving foam. It is, however, quit difficult to get the hang of, hard to know if you've put enough (or too much) on and not the most intensive of conditioners. But it does smell lovely and when you get the hang of it, it makes an excellent everyday conditioner, and so I'm giving it four stars out of five.
Cocoa butter bar that slides onto your hair strands and gives hair a smoothing, detangling, fruitily scented coat of shininess /