My natural hair colour is a dark ashen blonde with a few natural, lighter blonde streaks. It's a colour I can both love and hate, as it darkens over the winter but redeems itself in summer.
Originally in an attempt to keep myself away from the dreaded boxes of high street hair dye, I purchased a pot of Lush's Marilyn hair treatment to see if the chamomile and citrus would help to brighten and clarify the blonde in my hair.
The product comes in one of Lush's standard black pots with a screw on lid. Marilyn has a very thin consistency, so you have to be careful when scooping some out as it is very easy to let slip through your fingers. Because of this I would never let the pot lie on its side, as I'd be worried some of the product would seep through. At 9.50 GBP per 225g pot I wasn't about to go wasting any of the product and so began by applying only a small amount to my hair.
Personally, I like the smell of the treatment, but I can appreciate why some people might not. It's quite a zingy, zesty smell at first thanks to the inclusion of organic lemon juice, but the chamomile lends a floral twang that, for me at least, isn't entirely harmonious with the scents of the other ingredients.
After smoothing the product from the mids to ends of my hair, I popped the whole lot up in a hairband so that I wouldn't be getting it all over my clothes. After about half an hour it started to dry onto my hair and the texture hardened a bit. I know I probably left it in my hair for longer than recommended, but I always like to give products the maximum amount of time to be absorbed.
My hair felt very soft as I washed it and also once I had dried it, though I couldn't smell any of the treatment on my blow dried hair and also couldn't see a visible difference to the colour. After subsequent uses, I still failed to see a significant change or lightening effect on my hair, so I was a little disappointed in this regard. Having read about the benefits of applying chamomile to your hair and then sitting in the sun I also tried this, but still Marilyn failed to make me a brighter blonde.
Despite this, I really like the softening effect that the treatment has on my hair, as it seems to impart moisture whilst leaving no cakey/plasticy feeling residue behind like some masks/treatments on the high street have done for me in the past.
I have been avidly using Lush's 'Big' shampoo for the past 6 months and absolutely adore it, along with some of there solid shampoo bars, so thought it was time to give their conditioning treatments a whirl too. As someone who has naturally fair hair that has a few highlights in it I opted for Marilyn.
The Marilyn Hair Treatment is specifically designed with blonde hair in mind, but can be used on all fair hair. It contains extra virgin olive oil, linseed mucilage and soya lecithin to improve your hair condition and several brightening and lightening ingredients which include lemon juice, lemon oil, and charmomile.
The treatment is supplied in one of Lush lovely sturdy black pots. These are strong plastics, black in colour with screw on lids. They have white bold writing making them look simple but stylish in your bathroom. As with all the pots, if you return 5 clean empty ones to your nearest Lush store you get a free face mask in return....which is always a good incentive to recycle those lovely tubs.
Inside the tub is the wonder treatment. To look at it is a slightly sickly yellow colour and if I'm honest doesn't smell that great to me. The fragrance does have lemon notes to it, which obviously are coming from the lemon extracts in the treatment but I think some of Marilyn's aroma comes from the extra virgin olive oil. Although I don't particularly like the smell or look of this treatment it isn't that bad to put you off using it. Texture wise the treatment is like an average shampoo or conditioner consistency. It is not as thick and gooey as other treatments I have used but when applied to the hair does hold its form and doesn't run off your hair but stays put.
As briefly mentioned early the Marilyn treatment is packed full of hair restoring and brightening ingredients which I will expand upon now. Predominantly the treatment is full of natural ingredients which make it a nice gentle treatment. Marilyn contains Extra Virgin Olive oil which is included to improve the strength of your hair, and known to improve condition. Lush add Linseed mucilage to increase the conditioning side of the treatment and soya lecithin which adds protein which your hair needs for health. Added to this is chamomile essential oil, and chamomile infusion which was renowned years ago for its gentle lightening properties on hair. Lush combine this with Saffron infusions, Lemon essential oils, and fresh organic lemon juice which are also used to lighten and brighten fair hair. With all these natural ingredients your hair is sure to look brighter and "ensure you stay true blonde, not brassy" (Lush.com).
Directions of use
To use you simply apply a generous amount of Marilyn to dry hair. You are then told to leave this on for around 20 minutes to get to work. Marilyn is easy to apply to your dry hair but you do need a good handful to cover your head of hair adequately. I found it was easier and less messy to then wrap my hair in a towel while waiting the 20 minutes, as although Marilyn doesn't drip out of your hair it isn't thick enough to hold you hair wrapped up. After 20 minutes Lush instruct you to then wash out the treatment while shampooing and conditioning as usual. Marilyn washes out easily but I found it best to wash, lather and rinse twice to ensure Marilyn is removed and your hair is washed thoroughly. The fragrance of the treatment does not seem to stop in your hair, once it is shampooed out, which I was thankful for!
After use, even with wet hair my hair felt like it had had a good rich treatment to it. Whilst drying my hair did not tangle at all and was easier to style and more manageable. When it was fully dry I noticed my hair did like in better condition, but not really any brighter. I was impressed with Marilyn for it conditioning results however. I decided to continue using Marilyn regularly as Lush recommend but was choosing to use it as it made my hair feel so nice, and I continued to use it twice a week.
After a fortnight of using the treatment I did start to notice that my blonde hair was slightly looking brighter, and my highlights had retained there just 'done' appearance, rather than beginning to fade as they normally did. I have now been using Marilyn for 2 months; still twice a week and I can defiantly say that Marilyn does brighten blonde hair. It has continued to condition my hair after use and seems to keep my hair in tiptop condition in-between uses.
The Marilyn Treatment is supplied in 225g pots which are priced at £8.95 each. I do think this is quite expensive as the 225 g will not last you very long if you have long hair like me as you have to use a lot with each use. I found the 225 g pot lasted around 8 treatments so does work out expensive. When I purchased my second pot I did try using less each time but found it didn't seem to work as well unless you applied generously. Perhaps people with shorter hair may find the Marilyn more value for money as they need to use less, but in my case Marilyn is defiantly a treat not only for my hair but in money terms too. However, I would still recommend the hair treatment for blondes who need an extra little treat for their weary blonde locks.
A couple of years ago (well, back in 2009) I made the mistake of bleaching my hair bright blonde!!!!
Looking back, it looked awful but I kept it that way for six months!
I used this product back then to add a little moisture to my bleached hair, unfortunately it was a lot cheaper back in 2009. It is now priced at £8.50 per 225g pot. When I bought it is was just over £6. Anyway, the product smells pleasant. It has a slightly sweet citrus scent to it that leaves your hair smelling fab. I applied this to DRY hair as a pre wash product. It was easy to apply thanks to it's creamy consistency and it rinsed out well too. It didn't irritate my scalp and the smell was stronger once the product was on my hair, which was a good thing as this smells DIVINE.
After rinsing this off and drying my hair I noticed that my hair looked much brighter. This didn't really do anything to lighten my hair but it certainly made it appear brighter and fuller. My dry bleached hair felt softer and smoother and my hair was less prone to breakage. I managed to get three treatments out of this 225g pot, which worked out as just over £2 per treatment when I bought it.
The product helps to moisturise dry hair and it brightens up dull blonde hair. If your hair is dry from bleaching then this product will help to transform your hair, leaving it sleeker and less frizzy.
I would recommend this product but why do Lush keeping putting the prices up? :(
Lush product Marilyn is absolutely gorgeous! My best friend first introduced it to me as a birthday present and I just loved it! It makes blonde hair shine beautifully and makes it look healthy and full of life! Its a lovely product that seems to lighten up blonde hair without the use of chemicals and harsh ingredients, it's got lots of chamomile in it which smells lush! I run myself a nice hot bath, get some music on the go and have a pamper session which Marilyn is always a part of! Anyone who is Blonde that is feeling their hair could do with a little lift should definitely try Marilyn, it'll become one of your favourite pamper treats. I just shampoo my hair as usual to get rid of any grease etc then I lather my hair in Marilyn then sit back and relax for a while then rinse it off and towel dry, then I leave my hair to dry naturally! My hair looks and smells beautiful! I would recommend this product to any blondey, Natural or out of a bottle this product will make your hair flawlessly dazzling!
So, with Summer imminent I took a little trip to my local Lush to find some products to brighten and lighten my dull winter blonde hair and give me a sunkissed and shiny look for the holidays.
As always the very helpful sales assistant pointed out a few products for me to try. I came home with Marilyn hair moisturiser as one of them and couldn't wait to try it out.
Marilyn itself (quite aptly named after Ms Monroe) is a creamy almost custardy yellow conditioner and comes in one of Lush's big black tubs (collect 5 to return for a free fresh face mask!). The smell is heavenly chamomile with a hint of lemon, a really 'soft' scent yet one which is strong enough to linger.
So, remembering the sales assistant's direction that this is PRE-WASH conditioner I rubbed it in all over my hair making sure it was all covered. It really did feel like rubbing cold custard into my hair but not in an entirely unpleasant way as it smelled so soothing and nice. For an extra-moisturising treatment I wrapped my hair up in clingfilm before going to bed. In the morning I unwrapped in (still smelling gorgeous) and gave it a good rinse out before shampooing with I Love Juicy (review to come on that next).
I towel dried and then used the hairdryer to get my hair dried nice and straight. The first thing I noticed was just how easy it was to brush through my hair, no tangles at all! It took a little longer than usual to blow dry though which makes me think there was still some product residue remaining.
My hair felt super-soft to the touch and smelled really really great but my hair didn't look any lighter or shinier. According to Lush it 'lightens hair gradually' so I wasn't surprised that I didn't see immediate results. But there's the major downside! If like me you have hair past your shoulders it'll take about a third of the tub to coat your locks. So that's 3 treatments for £7.60 which is pretty pricey for my student budget and I don't think I could afford to keep using it enough times to really see a lightening result. (It contains saffron which could be part of the price issue here)
This is really unfortunate because my soft and lightly fragranced hair looked and smelled fantastic all day but the effects just weren't enough for me to justify buying another tub. I also noticed by the time I used it the third time the smell from the tub wasn't quite as strong even though it was well in date and kept in a cool dark cupboard. I think this would be good as a once-a-week intense treatment if you have very dry hair but it wouldn't be economical for anything other than a treat.
Overall a nice idea of a product but a tad too expensive to use enough to really see the desired results so only a 3 from me.
If, like me, you spend a lot of time battering your hair with chemicals, bleaches, scalding hot straightening irons and tongs, you might find that your hair eventually gives up and lacks life and lustre. There are lots of shampoos and conditioners on the market which will claim to bring life back to damaged hair but I haven't found anything which works quite as well as Marilyn hair moisturiser from Lush.
I use a lot of Lush products and have never had any complaints about any of them and I think Marilyn has to be my favourite. So, what is it?
Marilyn is a moisturiser for your hair (whatever will they think of next?!) which, when applied liberally to dry hair (oh it feels soooooo goooooood!!!) softens and moisturises your hair before washing, leaving it amazingly soft and silky with a beautiful shine. It also keeps your blonde locks staying blonde; as the name Marilyn would suggest, it is for blondes both natural and, ahem, chemically enhanced.
The product comes in a 225g tub costing around £7.50 and contains all kinds of lovely goodies for your hair. Chamomile to help maintain your golden tresses and apparantly, make your hair fairer over time, linseed mucilage to make your hair silky soft, lemon oil to make your hair shiny and olive oil to act as a moisturiser among other ingredients. When you unscrew the lid, you are faced with a golden yellow thick gloopy mixture which soaks your hair as you massage it in. The smell of the product is lovely; you are hit with the chamomile scent and you can just sense the lemon coming through. What is really nice is that the smell stays in your hair for a long while, reminds me of the summer.
I have short hair now but when it was long it was part way down my back and I would use a good handful for one application. A pot would last me perhaps 10 uses and I used it every day. Once applied to dry hair you can either shower straight away and wash your hair as normal or you can leave it on your hair for as long as you please for a deeply moisturising treatment.
Once washed and dried, my hair was so silky and soft I couldn't stop running my hands through it and the shine was brilliant and glossy without being greasy.
I'm not sure that my hair was lightened noticeably by the product but I was so blown away by the glossiness, look and feel of my hair, I didn't mind! It's also nice to know that if you have chemically processed or heat damaged hair, Marilyn is making sure it stays nourished and in tip top condition.
This product is one of Lush's vegan products so, although I am not vegan or vegetarian, it is good to know that there are brilliant products out there to cater for vegan needs. Also, Lush operates a recycling system where if you bring in 5 empty, clean black pots, you will receive one of their fresh face masks free of charge. A great incentive to do something for the environment and as this product is so fantastic and it doesn't last too long because the more often you use it, the more you want to use each time, it'll be easy to get 5 pots to recycle and get a freebie in the process!
A wonderful product which may take time to lighten your hair colour (blondes only mind you!) but the softness and shine it gives hair is second to none.
After I coloured my hair, I found that no matter how many lovely LUSH conditioners I used, my hair still felt very dry after being washed. After a lot of debate I settled on Marilyn as the most interesting-sounding of the available Hair Moisturisers. Marilyn definitely does everything it says on the lable; what I like best about it is that it is a very versatile product. My hair has bleached-blond highlights, and I really do find that the lemon-juice and chamomile bring out the shine and even out the colour of the bleached segments, although I did not really find that they lightened them significantly, even after a few weeks of use. The smell is absolutely lovely - it is a little bit unusual at first, but once you get used to it, it is one of the yummiest LUSH scents available.
I have found that there are a number of ways in which it is possible to use this product. In the first place, when my hair is feeling very dry, a huge dollop massaged in and left for an hour or so before washing really does the trick - it leaves your hair feeling much softer, silkier, and shinier, and it takes away the frizz. I have also found, however, that it works very well as a leave-in-conditioner for daily use - a little bit goes a long way, and it smooths and defines my almost-curls without weighing my hair down like gel or some other products. With the added-bonus, of course, that when you wash it off again, your hair feels incredibly pampered and nourished. Finally, I find that when I am travelling, if I don't want to carry too much around with me, Marilyn can take the place of my conditioner altogether - and this is useful if you find your LUSH budget slightly constricted - it works just as well as American Cream or Coolaulin, which are the two conditioners I usually use.
On the whole, if you do not have hair as short as mine (very close-cropped bob), I would not recommend using this as a leave-in conditioner, as the amount needed to treat a lot of hair would make it a bit expensive for daily use. If, however, you do have quite short hair, then this prodcut is a must- especially if your hair is prone to frizz and needs to be calmed down a bit.
Like any other woman (or man) I like my hair to look good. But with so many choices of shampoos and conditioners and styling products on the market it is confusing knowing which one will be best for your hair, your lifestyle and your own individual needs. Ive tried many different shampoos and conditioners over the years and have no real firm favourites as I like to change them often so as not to get too used to one product. But recently I have found one product which I keep coming back to.
The product in question isnt a shampoo and not even a conditioner though it is a hair moisturiser! What I hear you ask. Moisturiser for your hair? Yes I know this sounds mad, moisturiser is surely for your skin isnt it? But if we can moisturise our skin to make it soft and smooth then why not our hair too?
This is where Lush have come up trumps, in giving us a little treasure in a black plastic tub they simply call Marilyn hair moisturiser. It only comes in 225g tubs and costs a rather hefty £5.95. This is really quite expensive for a product which in reality doesnt really last a long time but is it worth it?
My answer to that is a big nod of the head and a resounding YES!
Since the local water board changed the pipes around my area about 2 years ago I have had problematic hair. Whenever I wash my hair it resembles a tangled straw like mess, and even with ample amounts of conditioner afterwards I still have to work hard at combing those tangles out of my hair afterwards and Im having the same problem with my daughters hair, and my neighbours have reported the same problems. No matter which shampoo I use this problem is always the same and makes washing my hair a chore! I needed something which would help ease this problem before my hair and my daughters got ruined!
On a visit to Lush I explained my problem and came away with this tub of moisturiser, still quite sceptical and not really believing its claims that it would also help lighten my already highlighted hair (my daughters hair is a dark blonde/light brown which brightens in the summer) The part which I wanted to believe was its claims that it would leave hair silky soft.
So onto using the product, I made the mistake of not reading the instructions the first time and simply used it like a conditioner, applying it after shampoo/condition routine, I left it on for about 5mins then rinsed. Whilst my hair was a lot easier to brush through I felt it left a build up of product on my hair and it looked rather limp when I had dried and straightened it.
So the second time I used the product I made sure I followed the instructions. Ive found the best way to use this product is to apply to dry hair before washing. I have to use a fair amount - I dip four fingers into the tub and scoop out about a palm full. (As a guideline I have hair which reaches to the middle of my back and a tub usually lasts me about 5-6 washes I only use this once a week) I smother my hair in the moisturiser making sure I massage it all over my roots and ends. I usually do this as a deep treatment once a week and leave it in my hair for about half an hour at least more if I can. (Ive been known to wrap my hair in a towel and leave it on overnight once in a while for a really deep treatment) You must rinse it all off afterwards and then wash and condition with whatever shampoo and conditioner you would normally use. My hair feels very soft even when doing the final rinse, and I can actually run my fingers through it with no snags at this stage.
When it comes to combing my hair and drying it I find it a total breeze now, no knots and tangles to get the comb caught up in and so less likely to cause more split ends. When my hair is dry it feels very soft to the touch, looks very shiny and smells heavenly (you can still smell Marilyn despite using shampoo and conditioner which I thought would have masked it)
So what does it smell like? Well when you open the tub your nostrils are assaulted by a quite strong chamomile aroma, this is not unpleasant however and has the underlying scent of freshly squeezed lemons both of which are known to lighten hair, having a sort of natural bleaching effect. I dont know if my hair appears any lighter after using this product but that isnt my main aim and I wouldnt advise using it to give yourself highlights as quite frankly it doesnt! It can however make your appear shinier and brighter giving the illusion that it is lighter perhaps. Once youve gone through the process of moisturising, washing and conditioning your hair, and dried it you are left with a very noticeable but wonderful scent of a lemony chamomile aroma on your hair and you cant help but take little sniffs of it or if you have a special fella in your life he will want to drown in your hair!
I use my GHD straightness after drying my hair and find my hair really is as silky smooth as Lush had promised and it stays that way all day/night and even into the next day and night too. The smell lingers and as long as you arent near pollutants such as car exhausts, smoke etc then you should find the need to wash your hair a little less. I find Im only washing mine twice a week rather than the 3 times I used to. So Im actually saving money on shampoo and conditioner in the long run.
The only thing I can say is that the price sometimes puts me off buying it, as I have no Lush in my town I have to travel 25-30 miles to my nearest one, and dont usually travel just to buy this so I tend to buy 2 at a time when I go shopping. If they offered some sort of refilling service for the tubs too this would be better as it would recycle the tubs and perhaps be less costly for them to produce hence giving the customer a better value for money?
I have emailed Lush about this and await a reply.
So would I recommend this to the great public?
Hell yes of course I would it may not actually give you golden highlights but doesnt harm the ones you have and really does make your hair so soft and silky that you may want to run your fingers through it (although I wouldnt advise this as that makes your hair greasy)
I have given the product 4 out of 5 stars because for almost £6 I get about 6 washes so works out quite expensive.
When I was a child, I had very blond hair, and my mum was determined it was going to stay that way, which is why our garden always had a little patch of camomile and an infusion of the flowers was used for rinsing my hair. It worked to an extent and I remained fairly blond. That is until I moved to Britain and the sun to rain exposure ratio was reversed... Now being blonde is not something I obsess over and I certainly wouldn't mind nice brown or black hair, but my hair was starting to turn a sort of off-blonde non-descript colour. I hated it and in desperation I turned to the bottle... The chemical bottle my hairdresser uses for highlights that is.
At first I wasn't keen, but my hairdresser wore me down and eventually I went with it, but not before the spatula method for highlighting hair was invented. For those of you not familiar with the subtleties of hair colouring, it used to be done using what is called the hook and cap method. And yes, that is as awful as it sounds. They used to put a kind of rubber cap over your head that is pierced with a multitude of small holes, and using a little metal hook, they would tease out small strands of hair prior to applying the colouring lotion. Painful, yes, and it made you look like some kind of weird alien. Without going into detail, the other method is much gentler, although I know the old caps are still in use in some salons.
I loved my new colour, as it was subtle and natural looking, but eventually, my hair became lighter and lighter until it was baby blond, and I found I wasn't disciplined enough to have the highlights done regularly which resulted in a sort of stripy effect at times. So I gave that up and it took about two years for the last of the colour to grow out.
These days I don't really worry too much about hair colour, but I enjoy using this product from Lush. The Lush experience has been described at length on this site and others, so I won't go into great details about it. If you have ever entered a Lush shop, you would have been hit by a multi-sensory experience unlike any other, piles of soaps and other goodies evocative of giant sweeties and a smell that can knock your socks off! Some people don't like it, and I can see why, as it is very strong; in fact I have been known to find Lush shops by smell alone... I enjoy the whole Lush shopping experience I have to say. They take all your money, but they do it in such a nice helpful way... For those who like the products but hate the shop, you can get this stuff online.
So to the product itself then. It comes in a plain black tub, the same that is used for a lot of other Lush products. The top label gives a list of ingredients (more on those later) and informs me that I own 225g of the product. The front label tells me what wonders the product will do for me (give me chamomile highlights and hair that's soft like silk) and how to use it (soak your hair with the product before washing, shampoo, condition normally). There is also a little yellow sticker with a drawing of Kris on it, who apparently made this on the 14/07/06. Now I have a question about Kris. From the drawing, he seems a nice looking young man, and my question is this: would they put him on the pot if he was ugly, and is this indeed a picture of the real Kris? Is there even such a person? I think we should be told!
Lush prides itself on its environmental credentials, use of natural products, against animal testing (you can sign a petition on their website), encourage you to re-use your little paper lush bag, etc. And so it has always been a puzzle to me why they don't take those sturdy little tubs back with a view to re-using them. I have asked about this in my favourite Lush shop, and was told that I could recycle them through my local council. Well, actually I can't, as they only take plastic bottles. And reusing is always a better option to recycling, as it uses a lot less energy. Having just looked on the forum on the Lush website, I see that two other people have asked this very question but didn't receive an answer. Come on Lush, I really think you should look into that. I think I will send them a link to this review, so if anyone agrees with me, please say so in a comment. In the meantime, the tubs can be put to good use to keep seeds, buttons, etc.
The list of ingredients shows that the lightening of the hair is obtained through the use of chamomile infusion, chamomile oil, lemon juice and lemon oil. The use of essential oils is something I really like with Lush products. Any one oil can have a number of effects not least on your mood and well-being. So chamomille oil for instance, whilst it highlights and conditions blond hair, is also soothing and calming. So you can be blond and Zen at the same time... Add to this the lemon oil, which is good for confusion, indecisiveness and irritability and increases concentration and you see just what a miracle little product this is. Well, we blondes need all the help we can get!
Unfortunately, not every ingredient on the list is as natural as those oils. You will also find Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Methylparaben and Propylparaben. I don't have a degree in chemistry (I'm blonde you know) but even I can tell that these are not all that natural. Indeed, some of these ingredients have attracted controversy in recent times. After a bit of research, I have found this to be far too controversial to be able to provide a definite answer on this. It seems the negative effects of some of these have been greatly exaggerated, but if this is a concern for you, there are lots of websites where you can source (contradictory) information. All I can say is that they seem to pop up on the ingredient list for many beauty products and it is difficult to avoid them altogether. If anyone knows more about this, I would be interested in hearing from you.
Opening the tub has the same effect on me as the 'petite madeleine' had on Proust. Like this author on eating his favourite cake, I find myself transported back to my early childhood, when my mother rinsed my hair with the camomile infusion. The smell is really lovely, a real camomile hit. The colour isn't quite as natural looking, a sort of custardy yellow. To me, it is a good sign that the colour is never exactly the same, as it seems to go well with the idea that Kris made it this time, and someone else had made it last time.
I don't follow the instructions exactly, for a start I don't soak my hair with it. I apply a fairly liberal amount, and make sure it is well spread over my hair using a comb to help it go further, but to soak it would require huge amounts of the stuff. The instructions used to recommend you leave it on for 20 minutes, but they don't anymore. However, it would be a complete waste to put the hair moisturiser on only to rinse it off immediately. I tend to leave it even longer, as I usually have a face mask on at the same time.
Then it's in the shower to rinse the moisturiser off. This will probably require two washes to get every last bit off. As I do this, I can already feel a difference in the texture of my hair. It feels soft and not tangled. I am not one to use conditioners or blow my hair dry, so it's a quick rub with a towel. When combing I notice the absence of tangles, not that this is a huge problem usually anyway. As the hair dry, it feels beautifully conditioned and smooth. As for the colour, it does help to keep my hair lighter, in conjunction with the solid shampoo from Lush called The Blonde (how do they think up these names I wonder). I am not a very regular user, as the price makes it feel a bit of a luxury, but I think if you used this once a week the results would be quite dramatic. The smell remains in your hair even after it is dry, and my husband has often commented on it.
The tub costs £5.95 from the website and I get between 5 and 6 uses out of it (my hair is quite short), so it costs between a pound and £1.20 per use. For this reason, it remains more of a treat than part of my usual routine, but what a treat it is!
The product loses one star because of the packaging thing.
I'd only gone in Lush to buy a few bubble bar slices, but while I was in there Marilyn was introduced to me. The Lush shop in my hometown is very new... as such, the staff all seem ultra-enthusiastic... perhaps this is why as I was browsing the shelves before making my purchases a member of staff decided to take up conversation with me and tell me all about everything that was on the shelf in front of me. I wasn't particularly paying attention to her to be fair, but one product she picked up and mentioned caught my eye... Marilyn.
Marilyn is a hair moisturiser rather than a conditioner. It has similar properties to a conditioner, but you don't use it after shampooing... you use it before. Although it's not specified on the tub, Marilyn is intended for people with mid to light brown or blonde hair (as advised by Lush assistant). The idea is that you cover your dry hair in the product and then wash your hair as normal. As to how long you leave the product on your hair there seems to be differing opinions - the tub doesn't specifiy, it says simply to apply to your dry hair then wash as normal, though other reviews and info I've read on the web suggest it's worthwhile leaving in for a while. As such, I conducted my own experiment to find out whether leaving it in makes much difference. Incidentally the Lush shop assistant didn't mention anything about how long to leave it on, so perhaps you can also use it just by putting it on then rinsing out almost immediately?)
To Look At:
Marilyn comes in a simple black tub, like a small plastic flower pot with a screw top lid (I blame the blonde in me for spending a good few minutes trying to prise the top off before realising it was screw top). All that adorns the tub is very simple labelling with the Lush logo, product name, description and details for Lush.
The label states:
"Hair Moisturiser. Want to be a natural 'blonde'? Give yourself chamomile highlights and hair that's soft like silk. How to use: soak your hair with Marilyn (use plenty) before washing, shampoo, condition normally."
There's also the usual Lush sticker advising who made the product as all their products are hand made (thanks Justin for this one), though these labels now show a cartoonish picture of the creator too - Justin has blonde highlights, maybe he uses this?!
On opening the 225g pot my first thought was custard. That's just what it resembled. It's kind of gloopy and fairly runny though not watery, and it's a pale yellow colour. I'm not overly sure I like the smell, but it's not overpowering and it's not nasty, it's just nothing special. The main smell is (I think) the chamomile with a hint of lemon, though I'm not sure what linseed smells of so maybe it does smell like that too?
This was slightly more difficult that I imagined it would be. It's harder than I thought to cover dry hair in custard! It's a case of scooping up a handful of the moisturiser, plonking it on your head and rubbing it in to your hair - I have fairly long hair, but I found about 1/3 of the tub was sufficient to cover my hair. The sensation made me think of what it must be like to be gunged (you know, like you see on kids programs), kind of cool and slimy.
After I'd coated my hair I waited. On my first go with the product I left it on about 20 minutes, on my second go I left it just over an hour.
It didn't state on the tub how long to leave it on for, so before my third go I decided to email Lush to ask what the recommended time was for leaving this on. Apparantly about 20 - 30 minutes is usually long enough with regards to leaving it on before rinsing it off, though a little longer may have a little more effect. Apparantly leaving it on much longer though won't necessarily have any additional effect as once it's done its job its done, so I guess there's no real point in leaving it on hours or overnight.
Washing it Off:
This was easy enough - a case of jumping in the shower and rinsing it out, then shampoo and condition as usual. I didn't use Lush shampoo and conditioner, just the stuff I had in my bathroom.
1st time (20 minutes) - maybe it was because I wanted to see a result, but I was certain I could see a result even when my hair was still wet from the shower. My hair is highlighted already, though always looks quite brown when wet, though I could distinctly see lighter highlights. After I had dried my hair it felt really smooth and soft and I'm certain it looked fresher, more like I'd just had it highlighted maybe?
2nd time (just over one hour) - I left it on longer before washing it off this time just to see how much difference this made. Again there was a noticeable difference to my hair - nothing outrageous - I wasn't bleached blonde or anything, but the highlights in my hair appeared more prominent and fresh, my hair looked healthy and shiny and brighter.
At £5.80 a tub for about 3 applications it's fairly expensive, but this isn't a product you'd use every time you wash your hair. More of an occasional treat / treatment. The results are noticeable and it does leave your hair in better condition, and this lasts a good few days. For naturally blond hair I would imagine this would last even longer - mine is highlighted and tends to get dryer quicker unless I regularly give it a good condition. If your hair is looking a bit dull, or in need of a bit of TLC this product is ideal!
The product is intended for people with blonde/light brown hair so there would be little use in darker haired people using it as it wouldn't have much effect. Lush do offer similar products for other hair types (H'Suan Wen Hua - for all hair types / Arabian Bright - for softer, brighter, redder hair / The Strokes - helps give weight and body to fluffy hair).
I will definitely be buying this again, and will probably end up using it every other week or slightly more often if my hair feels dry. I would definitely recommend it.
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We do keep going on about how itÒs best to use natural hair colours / Chamomile is a wonderful herb, perfect for calming sore skin; it also happens to be a wonderful, natural hair lightener / Hence it is absolutely magnificent for putting in a hair moisturiser to make your hair go blonde / Not content with mere blondness, we give you softness, thanks to the linseed gel and soya lecithin and shine, courtesy of the organic lemon juice /