“ Brand: Lush / Type: Conditioner „
'Constant dripping wears the stone.' It's next to impossible not to read reviews on Lush products. Even the bestest of online friends occasionally write them. So when I saw the first Lush shop in Germany, I was kind of worn down. I simply had to have a look. Fortunately (for the shop), I was also in a buying mood. I'd read that one should change one's hair care products every now and then. I felt that the time had come to try something new.
A shop-assistant asked me what kind of hair I have. I told her that I have normal hair but that I have it dyed regularly. Because of this it's a bit dry. It's also not as shiny after washing it as I'd like to have it. I also mentioned my itchy scalp. She took three products from the shelves: CYNTHIA SYLVIA STOUT Shampoo, RETREAD Conditioner and R&B Moisturizer. Quite a shock price-wise, but I was in a splashing-out mood on that day and bought them.
I'm going to tell you about my experience with RETREAD. The stuff looks and feels a bit like yogurt. This is not surprising because it contains yogurt. Other ingredients are seaweed, lanolin base, soya milk, olive, jojoba and avocado oil. It's nice to the touch when you put your fingers in. The text on the container encourages you to dip in deeply and take out a generous amount. Indeedy. 245g cost 9.95 GBP!
The scent of Lush products is something which is mentioned in all reviews. Some people seem to buy them only to sniff them. Yet, not all scents make all people high. I've found a description on the net I can't top, so I'm going to quote it here. The scent of RETREAD "is reminiscent of a fresh construction site or newly laid cement. It can also be described as a combination of cantaloupe skin, plastic and baby powder." This is true when you put your nose in the pot, but when the stuff is applied to your hair, the scent becomes less off-putting.
RETREAD is advertised for very dry and badly damaged hair. I've read several reviews and found that all the people suffering from such problems are overjoyed to have discovered it. It's the thickest conditioner Lush has on offer. It's so rich and nutritious that your hair can't but regenerate. Be careful, though, if your hair is lifeless and limp. If you put RETREAD on it, it'll squash it flat (or so warneth Lush).
What is my verdict? After using up the whole pot I can say that my hair looked healthy and shiny but I had the distinct impression that it wasn't as dry and damaged in the beginning as the shop-assistant had assumed and as hair thirsting for this conditioner should be. Obviously I have normal, healthy hair which doesn't mind being dyed regularly. It just needs some extra shine occasionally, especially in winter when I wear a cap and am mostly indoors. I felt that in my case RETREAD was a kind of - rather expensive - overkill.
Luck would have it that just when I'd used it up, I found a valuable piece of advice on the net on how to get hair soft and shiny for next to nothing. The answer is APPLE VINEGAR! Buy the cheapest stuff you can find in a supermarket and then experiment how much you need to reach the result you want. Different users give different ratios of apple vinegar/water. I started with two spoonfuls of apple vinegar for one litre of warm water, then tried five and later even ten spoonfuls. Now I know that seven spoonfuls are just right for me. I pour the liquid from a jug over my hair after washing it. (I've found a video on the net showing how to pour water mixed with APPLE VINEGAR from a jug over one's head! I'm considering suing the video maker for insulting my intelligence.) The smell doesn't last long, it's gone in no time. What remains is soft and shiny hair. I could bite my back bottom (as the Germans say) that I didn't get to know this side of APPLE VINEGAR earlier. Well, better late than never.
I still use CYNTHIA SYLVIA STOUT Shampoo and R&B Moisturizer but blow the money I save by not using RETREAD any more on other things.
Lush Retread Conditioner
I am a huge Lush fan and every time I go into the Westfield Centre in derby I HAVE to pay a visit and have a tray of some of the products. I always end up buy one or two and then getting a couple of samples as well. I am gradually working my way through the various shampoos and conditioners and this is the latest one I have tried.
If you have been living on a secluded island and not read any reviews on Dooyoo or Ciao for years then you may not have heard of the wonderful cosmetic company called Lush. Lush make their products with as many fresh natural products as possible using little or no preservatives. They source their ingredients from countries where the environment is not damaged by the production of the ingredients. The ingredients used are vegetarian and none are tested on animals. There is always a date on all their products telling when they were made and often who made them as well.
Lush started as a mail order company called Cosmetics to Go but some time later it became Lush and spread into a number of actual shops. You can now buy Lush products in other countries of the world as well as in the UK so the word is spreading quickly.
After trying several different creams on my hands and arms and playing with the bath bombs and chatting with the lovely member of staff who was sharing her excitement for the perfumes with me I asked about hair products and she recommended this conditioner and hair moisturizer. She sorted me out a sample that filled one of Lush's 100g pots so I was well pleased.
As usual with Lush products it comes in the recyclable (take 5 empty clean pots back and you get a free fresh face pack) black pot in the larger size of 245g and is the rather whopping price of £9.50. The pots have good screw top lids so they are air tight and liquid tight so things don't dry out nor do they leak in travel.
The name and ingredients are on labels on the pot as well as the use by date and a picture of the person who made the product.
WHAT LUSH SAY
"Drive your hair in for some serious breakdown recovery
This is a pit stop for your hair.
Just like tyres, the outer layer of your hair shaft gets worn and damaged. Retread is full of ingredients to fuel you hair up again and get it back out on the road."
They also say this is aimed at damaged hair which mine is not really but I do blow dry my hair and dye it so I always think I should condition it to keep it in good condition. As Lush say "There are far too many ways in which you can ruin your hair: perming, bleaching, blow-drying, colouring, curling and straightening to name but a few"
I have found that Lush conditioners seem far less 'greasy or oily' that others and I often feel as I am using them that I need to use more than I do with other brands. I am not sure if I do need to use more but I have found that I get better results by not rinsing them out so thoroughly, almost like a leave -in conditioner. My hair is very dry and this may not be the case for everyone though so it is worth trying the conditioners before you buy and test my theory out.
This is about the fifth of their conditioners that I have tried, three were the intensive the pre-condition type and one was 'jungle' the solid conditioner that I always take on my travels. This therefore is only the second on the put in and rinse out types, the other being Coolaulin which I will review at a later date.
This is a creamy white thickish liquid but not as thick and viscous as most conditioners. It smells a little like 'Big' shampoo with a vanillary sort of milky aroma combined with a slightly heady note of violet and orange flower to add freshness too. It isn't a really strong smell but it is there and I quite like it. I keep sniffing it trying to work out what the smell is but that is the best I can do.
Basically use it as you would any other conditioner except you scoop out what you need rather than squeezing it out as this is in a tub not a squeezy bottle. This could be a problem in a shower but I have mine on the side of the bath so it doesn't bother me. You would also have to make sure you screwed the top back on incase it got knocked off as nearly £10 of conditioner spilling from a tub could be very annoying to say the least.
Scoop out a small amount and massage this into your hair and scalp. I use my like massage brush which I comb through my hair and this spread the conditioner and massages my scalp. I often apply a face mask too and then lie back and relax for five minutes while conditioner and face mask work their magic.
Rinse off with warm, not hot water as hot water will open the pores and leave you with a greasy feel to your hair. I then wrap my hair in a towel whilst I dry myself off then blow dry and style as normal. Recently I have experimented and have just run my wet hands through my conditioned hair rather than rinsing it out under the tap or shower. I have found this leaves my hair feeling really nice and soft and not at all heavy or greasy. I can leave my hair for two days between washes at least and this method seems to work well for me. It also means I can smell the lovely aroma as I turn my head too.
WHY IS THIS SO GOOD FOR HAIR?
Lush try to use as many natural and beneficial ingredients as possible in their products and this one is no exception
Soya Milk which may be what I can smell as it does smell milky and this is there to help rebuild your hair.
Avocado Oil which is full of vitamin E which is great for skin is included as a nourishing ingredient for hair and it is also good for your scalp. As well as avocado oils Lush have added both Jojoba and olive oils also help to feed both hair and scalp and also help with tensile strength so that the hair will give rather break like it does when it becomes dry and brittle. They also helps to add shine to hair once dry too.
Seaweed is there to help to soften the hair and this is added to lanolin and soya milk for protein building of the hair.
Finally this is mixed up with fresh melon juice which is both conditioning and cleansing and fresh organic yoghurt which it is very soothing and moisturizing as well as conditioning and adding extra shine.
So there you have it a pot full of rather interesting ingredients which do work well as a healthy and balanced conditioner which leaves my hair feeling lovely and smelling good too. I can't say mine is shiny but my hair never is that is just its way.
WOULD I RECOMMEND
Yes it is lovely but it isn't cheap and unless you feel particularly strongly about natural ingredients and product not being tested on animals as well as reducing unnecessary packaging then I feel you can find cheaper options that will do the job.
Thanks for reading. This review may be posted in other sites under my same user name.
My hair is constantly being subjected to heated styling appliances because if left to its own devices, my hair goes straight up in a Marge Simpson-esque style. While my hair dryer and straightening keep my hair tame for a few hours, they do unfortunately leave my hair is a dry and damaged condition so I am always looking for products that will help to get my hair healthy and fighting fit again. My latest product that I bought to help me with this task is Retread by Lush.
What does the product do?
The product is essentially a super intensive conditioner which works on the assumption the outer part of our hair strands will become worn and damaged with time, just like the tyres on our cars do. The product contains plenty of natural ingredients, including Seaweed, Avocado, Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, Melon Juice and Yoghurt, which all promise to nourish the hair and improve its overall condition. The product has been designed for hair that is dry, damaged and in a generally bad condition.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be applied to damp hair that has been shampooed. You are to scoop out a generous amount of the product and to massage it into the both the length of the hair and the scalp for a few minutes. I usually leave the product to get to work for a couple more minutes and then you need to rinse out the product thoroughly with warm water.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within the typical black tub that most of Lush's product comes in. It is handy because you can easily control the amount of product that you want to use so there will no wastage. The tub is plain apart from some white writing which tells you a little more about the product. Retread will cost you around £10 for 245 grams and it can be bought from your local Lush store or from its online website.
Aroma and consistency
This product is doesn't smell nice at all to me and a lot of my friends agree. It has the aroma of bitter yoghurt mixed with a zingy tang and a heavy musk. Obviously the product hasn't been designed to smell nice and the fragrance is a combination of the nutritious ingredients but it's still not pleasant to use on your hair. The aroma is fairly long lasting in the hair too so that's a shame! The product has a thick and gloopy consistency, similar to that of custard and it is pale in colour.
Even though the product is thick, you still need to use a generous amount in order to coat the hair. Other than the smell, the experience is an enjoyable because you know your putting lots of lovely natural ingredients on your hair. The product feels completely comfortable on the hair and I can brush my hair through with the product still on it. The product is easily rinsed out it comes to the time to do so.
The product does seem to make my hair thicker and silkier. It feels stronger and looks to be in a better condition from the first use. It tames my frizziness and does get my hair under as much control as it is ever going to be. Whether it's actually repairing my hair or not, I can't really tell but I do like how it looks after using the product. My hair is easy to brush and feels nice and clean.
The product does seem to weigh my hair down a bit because of the stodgy greasy ingredients and after using this conditioner, I do find it quite hard to get volume in my hair. I have dry hair and usually I wash my hair every other day but after using this, I wanted to wash it the next day as it made my hair feel quite greasy. The effects of the product last for quite a few days so I use it when my hair needs a pick me up rather than using it all the time.
The product makes the hair stronger and healthier. It leaves it soft and silky, and it is great when used as an intensive conditioner. It won't be suitable for any hair type other than dry and you'll need to check out whether you like the smell or not first too, as it does linger in the hair. Other than that, this is a very good conditioner.
I was given a sample of this in Lush. I loved it that much I went ahead and bought the full sized pot!
The full sized pot gives you 245g of product and it will cost you £9.50, which isn't cheap. However, this is something that I would only use when my hair actually NEEDS it. The conditioner itself smells okay. I would say that it smells a little like yoghurt with a hint of citrus. It resembles cream in colour and consistency - perhaps single cream as opposed to double cream. The conditioner is to be used after shampoo and left on the hair for a few minutes before rinsing.
I tend to leave it on for around twenty minutes to give it time to thoroughly soak in. The conditioner is easy to work with. I apply it to my scalp first and then comb it through to the ends of my hair. The conditioner also helps to detangle your hair, leaving it knot free. The conditioner rinses easily from the hair and it leaves the hair in great condition. It helps to mend spilt ends and it sorts out frizz - making your hair appear much sleeker and shinier.
The conditioner also puts a little moisture back into your hair and it's great used on coloured hair as it helps to lock in colour whilst preventing colour build-up. The conditioner is made with 100% natural ingredients and you can rest assured that it HASN'T been tested on animals.
A little therapy for over processed hair!
Retread is a hair conditioner from Lush, a company who make their products from natural and Vegan friendly ingredients. Retread isn't any old conditioner- it's a heavy weight, triple strength conditioner with some very intresting, yummy sounding ingredients. It is suitable for all hair types, however from the Lush product description it is obvious that it's aimed mainly at dry and damaged hair.
Lush state that this is a product that revives dull hair, they say it will 'fuel you hair up again and get it back out on the road.' They describe the conditoner as nutritious, super smoothing, deep conditioning and rich and state that it's a good product to restore hair to its best condition. They also say that due to the oils that it contains it will give dull hair its shine back and they describe the product's scent as sensual.
The product description can be found on the Lush pot that the conditioner comes in. It reads: Deluxe, specially enchanced, triple strength conditioner. Seaminglessly combines soya milk, yoghurt and fresh melon. It's tempting to use a handful, so do it! Shampoo as normal, apply to damp hair then rinse out thoroughly.
Retread is packed full of lovely ingredients. One that stands out to me is soya milk, which softens, smoothes and conditions the hair. Another unusual ingredient is fresh cantaloupe melon. This is packed with vitamin c which has great effects on the hair and scalp, and it also has conditioning and cleansing properties. An ingredient that I have never heard of before is agar agar gel, which is apparently a type of seaweed. The product is a natural anti bacterial and it helps tame frizzy, thick and curly hair. There are heaps more lovely ingredients, and the full list can be found on the Lush website.
**Price and Value for Money**
This is quite reasonably priced, you get 245 grams of product for £9.50. I know this may seem expensive but considering how effective it is and that the ingredients are all natural/good quality, I think it's quite a decent price and a tub lasts for ages if you don't over use it.
**Smell and Texture**
The texture is bizzare, it's like a thick body butter but I soon got used to it. It is smooth and easy to apply. The smell is gorgeous and very refreshing. The smell is very summery and fruity however it's not girly or too sweet so men will likely enjoy the smell too. The smell isn't overpowering at all and I really like it.
Retread comes in the usual black Lush pot. This has white font all over it stating the ingredients as well as the product description and Lush logo. The pot is easy to open and to get the product out I simply scoop a bit out with my fingers. There is no bottle/pump option which I am aware some people will see as a disadvantage, I don't particullary like the pot packaging as it means that I have to dip my fingers in all the time (not excactly hygienic, especially seeing as my friends and boyfriend are always borrowing it!) however, it isn't a huge issue and it doesn't effect my overall opinion of the product. The packaging is unisex which is an advantage.
Well, firstly, I just want to say don't buy this via the Lush website unless you're a risk taker (!) I made the mistake of making a large online order and one of the items that I purchased was this conditioner, when my order arrived the tub had pretty much exploded all over the other products in the box and it had well and truly made a complete and utter (nice smelling) mess! I took pictures as evidence and as a result I got a huge apology as well as a re-order and a gift card, I decided not to purchase the retread conditioner on my re-order and instead used the gift card to buy it in my local store just to be on the safe side. After the whole hoolah with actually getting this conditioner, I was quite excited to try it despite the issues that it created. I have very thick, long hair which I straight regulary, and the idea of a triple strength conditioner which claimed to deep cleanse the hair as well as give it nutrients was very appealing, as I often worry that due to how much I straighten it, it may become heat damaged or appear dry and dull.
I used this conditioner a couple of days after I purchased it, as although I was excited about using it, I kept putting it off - the idea of putting thick, body butter type cream in my hair was a little daunting, however once I did the deed it was fine, it did feel very heavy in my hair but it washed out fine (although it did take a while to get it all out) and it didn't goo up or stick in my hair like I feared it might. I have a routine of washing my hair, shampooing it, washing it again and then applying conditioner and leaving it on for a minute or so. With this though, I leave it on for 3 or 4 minutes to get the best results possible and then wash it out. I've found that it's best to use it in the shower as that way it's easier and quicker to get it all out, however it isn't a huge issue getting it out in the bath.
I'm not excactly sure how much Lush actually reccomend to use, but I use a medium dollop of it; more than I would my usual conditioner, anyway, but I only use this conditioner twice a week as I want my pot of it to last for a decent amount of time. It is easy to use this conditioner and despite its thickness it is easy to smooth onto my hair. I usually rub the conditioner in, however one of my friends who uses it said that the results are supposedly better if you smooth it on to create a film of it over your hair, leave it on for a few minutes without rubbing it in, as you would a hair mask, then rinse, however I have got good results from it and I rub it in so it really depends on what you would prefer!
The conditioner doesn't foam up or anything like that, it has a similar texture to a normal conditioner yet obviously thicker and heavier, I didn't find the tiny extra bit of weight uncomfortable at all and even though I left it on my hair for a while it didn't dry or go stiff. The first time that I used it I actually left it on for 10 minutes as the scent was so gorgeous and relaxing! As soon as I washed it out, the results were noticeable. My hair is thick, naturally wavy with a slight natural frizz to it and it knots easily. When I normally get out of the bath, after using normal conditioner, my hair feels smooth but that's about it. With this though, it felt gorgeous! It felt moisturised and soft, and it wasn't anywhere near as curly as usual, and it also, suprisingly, minimalised tangling and frizzing, resulting in it being easier and less painful to brush through my hair after my bath. My hair wasn't straight after using it, but much more tamed. The smell didn't noticeably linger however I noticed a subtle hint of the smell on my hair while laying in bed a couple of times.
The results are not only impressive and hugely noticeable, but they're long lasting too. My hair felt soft, smooth, healthy and moisturised for around 5 days after initially using the conditioner. Even after 5 days, it felt clean, soft and it didn't appear greasy, however as I am a bit of a hygiene freak, despite how clean and healthy it appeared I did wash it again. I only use this conditioner a couple of times a week as I think that the results are so impressive that there's no need to over use it as the improvement in my hair looks and feels so noticeable even after just a few uses. I have used this conditioner around six times now, and I wouldn't be without it! The smell is gorgeous, and the feel and appearence of my hair after each use is amazing! My hair looks shiny and well cared for, and the results are long lasting.
This is a great conditioner - it cleanses, tames, smoothens and adds shine to my hair, it's a decent price and it smells lovely. The results are noticeable straight away and I can't fault Retread - 5/5 stars!
Whenever I use my 'Rehab' shampoo, i.e on special occasions or my once weekly treat I always follow it up by using 'Retread' triple strength conditioner. The combination of the two helps to keep my hair in tip top condition, keeping away split ends, which makes visits to the hairdresser less frequent.
Packaging : The conditioner comes in the familiar black tub, that seems to be the trade mark of the 'Lush' range, with a black screw top lid. The black label shows the familiar 'Lush' green and yellow logo and underneath which is written 'Fresh Handmade Cosmetics' for which 'Lush' are famous. Then 'Retread' in big, bold, white lettering and the description "Deluxe, specially enhanced, triple strength conditioner", followed then by the ingredients. This tub contains 245g of the conditioner.
Contents : Lush describe this conditioner as resembling a "cholesterol-laden pudding" as when you dig your fingers into the thick, gooey cream, that's exactly what it feels like. The scent is just wonderful with a mixture of violets and oranges, a really strong and powerful smell that lingers for hours.
Effects : Like their liquid shampoos, this conditioner leaves the hair light, fresh, clean and super soft with the most fantastic smell that stays on your hair for hours after.
Opinion : I adore this conditioner as with most of Lush's range, even though, as I have stated previously it is on the expensive side, especially when you run out of both at the same time and have to replace them, but when used after Lush's Rehab shampoo it works wonders and is worth every penny in my opinion. I would deffinatley buy this again and again for my weekly treats or whenever I need to look a little bit special.
Cost : 245g will cost £8.60 from Lush though I have seen it on Ebay for less than that.
For more info visit : www.lush.co.uk
This is Lush's thickest, heaviest conditioner. It is designed to restore sad, wrecked hair to healthiness. This conditioner is not designed for dry but flat hair, it'll probably just weigh it down and make it very greasy.
Price and packaging:
This is £8.60 for 245g of product as of January 2010. I'd say that's about average for a Lush conditioner. The packaging is a standard Lush pot. A pot, as opposed to a bottle because this is such a thick conditioner you wouldn't be able to squeeze it out if it were in a bottle. Some people might consider this a bit awkward/unhygienic to keep dipping your hand in to get out a load of this. The bonus is that when you get five black Lush pots you can take them back to the shop and they will give you a free face mask (normally £4.95!) So it's worth hanging onto that pot. An advantage of the pot is that it's really easy to get the last little bit of stuff out, whereas with a bottle there's usually some left.
Scent and looks:
Now, Lush describe this as smelling of violets and oranges, with a bit of (cruelty free) musk, but I couldn't really smell anything. I am not sure if I just had a stuffed up nose, or whether it's just a very subtle scent. It is a creamy white colour and very thick and rich.
How to use and my opinion:
After shampooing (Rehab works quite well for this if you're hair is extremely dry) just scoop a bit out and smoooth it through your hair. Let it sit in and work (not very long, perhaps 5 mins at the most) and then rinse out, making sure to get every bit of it.
I didn't really like this product if I'm honest. I got a sample to see if it was better than my American Cream, but it was too good really. Weighed my hair down and made it rather greasy. However, for someone with very dry, fragile hair this would work wonderfully.
So I went on a major shopping binge at a lush store a few weeks ago.. and without even asking I was given a bunch of samples to try and this was one those samples I got. I have seriously damaged hair which has been chemically straightened and coloured :-S...so the lovely girl girl who worked at the shop told me re-tread was their strongest triple- strength conditioner for deep conditioning...
Having just checked the website i see the main ingredients are cantaloupe, orange and violet.. i was suprised to see sodium laureth sulphate in a conditioner, however I guess your only applying to the ends so its unlikely you will suffer any irritation as a result of the SLS content. The conditioner comes in a black tub with the lush logo and white sribbly writing descrubing the product and another sticker which will tell you who it is made by (all handmade products at lush) and the expiry date... I checked a few of the tubs out and saw they lasted mostly a year or so from now..and you will likely be able to use this over a long period of time. The sample itself lasted me 4 washes...
The conditoner itself is a thick creamy off white colour.. reminded me of mayonaisse but luckily smelt nothing like mayonaisse! It has a light fruit scent and not too strong or overwhelming at all. I was reccomended to use it on the ends of my hair as they were the dryest and leave it on for 2-5 minutes. The longer you leave it on the more it conditions but they were not kidding when they said it was a triple strength conditioner!!
After rinsing clean my hair felt immediatley detangled and moisturised and hung pretty straight (even though my hair has gone back to being naturally wavy). As it a heavy conditioner its reccomended for people with really dry damaged hair and even then only really applied to the ends.. while some conditioners can be applied right upto the scalp i would reccomend you do that with this conditioner as it will make even the dryest scalps feel greasy afterwards...
I really did enjoy using the sample, but as Im even happier with the conditioners i already have I doubt I will actually purchase this.. if i got it as a gift, i would use as a weekly deep conditioning treatment rather than as a regular conditioner. Im not knocking the product, it worked incredibly well and it'll be the best thing for you when your hair is dry.. it added moisture and shine to hair and a subtle smell of fruit flavoured yoghurt!! The packaging is however pretty much on preference, some like the kitch and funky design of this conditiner, but i personally dont like the idea of dunking my fingers in as it might be unhygenic and hard to do in the shower.. wen if your not careful water can into the product quite easily :-S
I would reccomended those with dry damaged hair use this is a weekly or twice weekly treatment for the ends of the hair. It is priced at 8.37 for 245g, so its not cheap but not overwhelmingly expensive for a once in a while treat!
Whilst in Edinburgh with Dave recently I went into Lush in Princes Street. This is always a big treat for me as our nearest branch from home in Llandudno is Chester, which is quite a distance so whenever I am near to a branch I pop in and treat myself - well why not?
This time I wanted to get some hair care items; I had an Ultimate Shine Bar some time ago and although I only use it occasionally it has lasted ages and has always left my hair looking wonderful. I wanted another one of these plus another shampoo bar so that I could get my free tin to store them in.
I also decided to try some conditioner and I started by looking on Dooyoo to see what everyone else thought of the various products on offer. The one that is most popular is Retread so that was the one I decided to try.
The Product and the Cost
The product is Lush Retread Conditioner and it cost me (well, actually Dave treated me, bless him!) £8.37 for a plastic pot containing 245g of the product.
This comes in a black pot, similar in size to a yoghurt pot, and it has a screw top which seals well so no spillages there then. The pot and the lid both have the Lush logo, address and website address together with a brief description of what the product claims to do, how to use it and a full ingredients list which is far too long to put into a review.
The other thing to note about the black pots from Lush is that, if you collect five of them and return them to the shop suitably cleaned you will be eligible for a free fresh race mask. It isn't much but it is something for nothing and it encourages recycling which can't be bad!
On the pot the claim is that this is 'deluxe, specially enhanced, triple strength conditioner'. I took a look at the website when I got home where the information told me that it would give 'seriously sad hair its shine back' and that it should be used 'when your hair is feeling rough, harsh and wrecked and Retread will restore its sanity'.
It also says that this should not be used if your hair is lifeless and limp as it will just squash it flat. I do think that this sort of information should be printed on the pot or shown in the shop at the point of sale so that the customer has all the information to make an informed decision as to whether or not to buy the product. I was a bit concerned when I read this on the site as my hair was feeling a bit lifeless at the time.
The Look and Smell
I twisted the lid off the pot, after first trying to flip it off and it was full to the brim with conditioner. The smell wafting out of the pot was lovely as the conditioner is perfumed with violets and oranges and contains seaweed, jojoba and cantaloupe melon. The conditioner is white, thick and creamy and looks very much like yoghurt (which is another of its ingredients). In fact it is so thick that, if you turn the open pot upside down nothing comes out!
It is worth mentioning at this point that this product must be kept out of the reach of children as it looks like a dessert and smells so sweet they may just be tempted to eat it.
To use this conditioner you just have to apply it to damp hair and then rinse out thoroughly. The information on the website says to use a spoon if you like or just get a handful and plaster it all over your hair. Now, remember that I had already read the reviews on Dooyoo so I knew that I didn't need to use too much to get the desired effect! We all like to help one another save money here don't we?
Anyway I got some conditioner out of the pot with my fingers and the base of the blob that I used would have probably covered a 50p piece, although to be fair I do have relatively short hair. I massaged the conditioner into my hair and worked it well from the roots to the tips.
It didn't feel as though it was doing much good at this point, unlike some conditioners that I have used, it didn't seem very creamy in my hair but that lovely smell was filling the bathroom. I washed my body in the shower and then returned to my hair to rinse out the conditioner. As soon as I began to rinse the conditioner frothed up and became quite soapy so I gave it another good rub through my hair before rinsing it out completely.
When I blow dried my hair the first thing I noticed was a lovely shine and the fact that the fragrance was still there. My hair blow dried well and had the sort of bounce that I want - I can't stand my hair being flat to my head which is why I was a bit worried when I read the information on the Lush site after the conditioner had been purchased.
My hair feels soft and in good condition and the lovely smell greets me again and again every time I move my head! Dave straightaway commented on how nice my hair smells and he keeps smelling my hair every time I use this product!
I have to say that I am very impressed with this conditioner even at the price that was paid for it. As I don't need to use very much each time I wash my hair it will last for ages.
The added bonus is that whenever I sue this product the fragrance lingers in the air for ages after I have finished washing my hair, which I love.
Having been a fan of dyeing, bleaching, henna-ing and generally ravaging my poor hair over the years, I felt it was about time I started looking after it. So on my weekly trip to Lush, I found this little lovely, and thought it looked like just the thing I needed...
Lush is a company created by a lovely man called Mark Constantine, the man responsible for many Body Shop products, and also a herbal trichologist (meaning he makes lovely haircare out of natural products, including essential oils and many other lovelies). So who can you trust more than this haircare expert?? Evidently noone, as Lush procuts are the only ones that have improved the strength, shine and overall condition and appearance of my locks.
Retread is marketed as a 'triple strength conditioner', and it really does live up to this. With gorgeous natural ingredients such as natural yoghurt for softness and condition, olive oil for strength, agar agar gel to soften and add shine, and good old jojoba oil which is an all round miracle for any hair type, this little bad boy definitely makes a significant difference to frazzled hair when used once or twice weekly along with your normal conditioner.
Retread is excellent when used with Lush Rehab shampoo, which contains a few of the same ingredients, as well as pineapple papaya and kiwi to help get rid of any nasty oils and shine up your locks real good.
Retread is a mega bargain at £8.07, this may seem a bit steep, but you only need a small bit to cover your whole head and deeply condition it. I have very thick, just past shoulder length hair, and one tub of Retread lasts me generally 4 months if I use it once or twice a week. I would recommend leaving it on for around 10 minutes aswell for an even more profound effect.
So get down to Lush and grab a couple of pots of this lovely smoothing creamy conditioner, that really works!!
I was utterly skeptical about Lush's Retread conditioner before I tried it. After all, I'm a low maintenance girl - I tend not to spend £8 on conditioner!
But I am a recreational scuba diver, and was, at one point, spending 10 hours or so a week either in the chlorinated pool, or in the North Sea! By the end of this, no matter how much conditioner I put on my hair, no matter how many times I washed it, it was really dry and brittle (my hair is normally greasy at the scalp and dry at the ends).
Then my mum bought me some Retread. Thank you mum!
Retread is almost the consistency of moisturiser, but with a really strong melon-y smell. I noticed a difference after my first application - it made my hair really soft and very shiny. It also had a lingering smell, that meant people kept asking me if I had a new perfume! The smell is lovely, although I recommend having a smell in the shop before you buy it, as I see some people don't like the scent.
I really would recommend using it sparingly, however, almost as if it was an intensive treatment, rather than a conditioner. Once my hair was back in tip top condition, it actually started to make it quite greasy. I'd say it's probably too heavy to use normally, unless you have really coarse, damaged hair.
However, if your hair is absolutely ruined, this will turn things around. I can certainly recommend it for salt and chlorine damage!
Like all Lush products, this isn't tested on animals, and is vegetarian (note: not vegan). The ingredients are below for those who have allergies:
Agar Agar Gel (Gelidium cartilagineum), Propylene Glycol, Soya Milk (Glycine soja), Cetearyl Alcohol & Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Fresh Cantaloupe Melon (Cucumis Cantalupensis), Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Perfume, Organic Yoghurt, Avocado Oil (Persea gratissima), Lanolin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Bromide, Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Synthetic Musk, Violet Leaf Absolute (Viola odorata), Orange Blossom Absolute (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara), Benzyl Benzoate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
I bought 'Retread' after asking the LUSH straff which of their conditioners was the strongest / most effective. My hair was over processed, dry, coarse and in need of some serious TLC! As per usual, the best place to look for it was LUSH.
'Retread' claims to be a 'triple strength conditioner for added softness.' It uses seaweed, yogurt, cantaloupe melon and jojoba oil to moisturise the hair deep down. It supposedly smells of cantaloupe, orange and violet, though personally I find it has an almost unpleasant, though very bland 'old salad dressing' scent (though don't ask me what I mean by that!) The scent lingers forever after using it, though luckily by then it has faded into a much more acceptable smell. Other people seem to love the scent though and it is by no means unbearable or too offputting - especially once you see how good it makes your hair look / see.
For £8.25 per 245g, it's quite expensive compared to other conditioners I have tried, but it's also 10x better than them so don't let the price tag put you off. As with most of LUSH's products a little goes a long way too - I only have to repurchase 'Retread' every 2-3 months (my hair is thick and below halfway down my back) so it really is greay value in my opinion.
It comes packaged in your standard LUSH tub. Black, plain and 100% recycled. Nothing fancy, but it does it's job (whilst you do yours - helping the environment!)
After shampooing I apply a handful to the lengths of my hair before addinf only a tiny amount to the root / scalp area. I leave it on for as long as possible - the longer you can do so, the softer it leaves your hair. That said however, it still does a fantastic job if you can only afford 2 minutes :-)
'Retread' leaves my hair unbelievably soft and smooth, so much so infact that it requires much less straightening as it is already so smooth and shiny. I can even leave my hair to dry naturally after using this product (something that would normally result in a large, unmanageable mess!)
LUSH do not recommend that you use this if you have fine or limp hair and I can definately see why. If it leaves my extremely thick, coarse hair this fine and smooth, it could leave finer hair completely flat and stringy so bare this in mind and perhaps ask for a sample to try out first if you're unsure.
Unless I discover a better, more moisturising hair conditioner in the future (which is especially unlikely as I have no reason to look!) I will continue to purchase 'Retread' as soon as I run out. Definately recommended to anyone with hair in need of some serious moisture.
Amongst the goodies I got for my birthday was a pot of Retread from Lush. I had wanted this for quite sometime having had various success with the Lush range but not yet finding a conditioner that quite suited my hair. I had tried Lush's pre wash treatment - H'suan Wen Hua and absolutely hated it as it did nothing for my hair other than make it stink to high heaven. I had tried American Cream and had the opposite experience, I absolutely loved it because it made my hair stink to high heaven in a GOOD way, it smelt absolutely delicious. However, it still didn't quite do enough for my hair.
American Cream is advertised as a Double Strength conditioner yet it didn't feel strong enough for me. Retread, is advertised as a triple strength conditioner, and Lush pretty much warn you to stay away from it unless your hair really needs it as it could leave some hair flat as a pancake.
My hair is very long, and whilst the hair itself is fine, I have absolutely mounds of it - so it does seem thick-ish - confusing I know! It's not in terrible condition since I've started using Lush shampoos but it has been known to take quite a battering from all the heat styling and back combing I subject it to, not to mention I get my hair cut once year (as opposed to the recommended every six weeks!) Needless to say, it could do with a good conditioner!
That's exactly what I've found in Retread. The beneficial ingredients alone should give you an idea of exactly how much this can do for your hair. It has; Agar Agar Gel, Soya Milk, Fresh Cantaloupe Melon, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Yoghurt, Avocado Oil, Lanolin, Organic Jojoba Oil and Neroli Oil!
Agar Agar Gel holds an unbelievable amount of moisture within it and comes from a special species of seaweed, which due to the huge levels of elements found in it makes it healing, protective, nourishing and moisturizing and due to this it is great at softening the hair.
Soya Milk can help detangle hair and reduce frizz whilst also providing shine, softness and moisture.
Fresh Cantaloupe Melon is hydrating, nourishing and healing due to it containing Vitamins A, B and C as well as natural sugars.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil nourishes and conditions, whilst improving the strength and elasticity of your hair.
Organic Yoghurt leaves dry frizzy hair silky and manageable by restoring the moisture levels in the hair.
Avocado Oil is high in vitamins A, D and E and proteins, lecithin and potassium and penetrates better than other similar oils. It can stimulate hair growth and soothe scaly scalps. It is great for dry unmanageable hair as it is rich, nourishing, and softening. It also strengthens and conditions the hair and leaves it looking shiny and healthy.
Lanolin resembles the natural sebum produced by your body and is moisturizing, nourishing and protective especially against the effects of weather. It can also strengthen the hair.
Organic Jojoba Oil gives hair glow, shine and smoothness, even to the most dull and dry hair by coating the hair shaft and making the hair manageable.
Neroli Oil is rejuvenating and can also help lift moods too.
I've had my tub of Retread since by birthday (August) now and there is still around a third of it left. At first I was using it just for special occasions (nights out etc) as it is quite expensive, but I soon became addicted to how good my hair looks when this is used, and have since used it roughly twice a week and it has still lasted well.
When I am actually applying Retread, I'm not all that keen on the scent. It smells a bit herby, almost like the H'Suan Wen Hua smell but not nearly as bad, mixed with a scent that's a bit like a mix of banana and melon. In all honesty it doesn't smell great, but it doesn't smell awful either. I'd rather it smell as delicious as American Cream of course, but I'm happy it doesn't smell as bad as H'Suan Wen Hua. When my hair is dry however, it's a different story and the smell it leaves behind is actually quite nice, it's definitely a melon-ish smell it leaves behind, and it's quite faint unless you specifically go to sniff the hair, in which case it smells nice.
Since I've had this I've used it in many different ways. I've left it on for a full hour while I've had a bath, I've left it on for a few minutes at most whilst having a shower. I've blow dried and straightened my hair, I've left it to dry naturally. Every way that I have tried, my hair has looked and felt fantastic. It really does just nourish the hair so much, that it doesn't look at all dry or damaged. It looks so smooth and healthy.
Whilst Lush warn people of how heavy this is, I don't find it to be at all, I find it's just right for my hair, although if you have very fine or greasy hair it may be too much. When I style my hair straight with it, the extra weight does keep it straighter longer which is great, but when I leave my hair to dry naturally, it still goes wavy.
This is the perfect conditioner performance wise for my hair. It leaves it both looking and feeling in brilliant condition and due to all the great ingredients it isn't just faking it - it actually is helping your hair out. The only thing that could make this better is if it smelt like American Cream - then I would be well and truly head over heels in love!
At £8.25 for a 245g pot it's not exactly cheap but comparable to other high-end conditioners that hairdressers try to sell you that are full of chemicals - for the price you're getting about as good quality as it possible out there! It has lasted quite well too, and whilst I won't be able to afford to keep this up as an every day conditioner, I would love to and for those who can you definitely should - as there'll be no more bad hair days whilst this is around!
Retread currently costs £8.25 for 245g, which I consider to be quite a lot for a conditioner. I am someone who does not like to spend much on toiletries (I'm pretty low maintenance!) so the fact that I have just bought my fourth pot should tell you that I rate it very highly!
I have fairly normal hair (besides being quite bright red, that is, see my Caca Rouge review!) - it tends to get a bit greasy at the roots and it gets dry at the ends, it also curls a bit and can get get a little frizzled. I use Retread, which is described by Lush as "deluxe, specially enhanced, triple strength conditioner" once or twice a month as a deep conditioning treat for my hair. It is so moisturising and conditioning that if I used it more regularly I think my hair would be lank. In between I use a less heavy duty (and cheaper) conditioner, which makes this one quite economical.
Retread contains soya milk, yoghurt and melon, but these ingredients reflect the texture more (creamy, gloopy) than the smell, which I think owes more to the additional ingredients of synthetic musk, violet leaf absolute and orange blossom absolute. It is a difficult smell to describe, quite wholesome and a bit exotic, it makes me think of India and hessian and spices and elaborate rugs. (None of these are in the ingredients list.) I tend to use it after using Lush caca rouge henna because the smells compliment each other.
If you like 'salon' smelling shampoo, or really floral/fruity ones like Herbal Essences you might not be so keen on this one. I personally think it is fantastic, both in terms of how incredibly conditioning it is and the lovely smell that wafts around afterwards - I have never used this without someone saying "What is that lovely smell?!". The smell is so distinctive that there is the added bonus of instantly being able to tell if someone has sneakily swiped a handful - their fragrant hair will give them away! (My daughter did this, and when I walked in the front door I accused her straight away, even though she was at the top of the stairs!)
Don't forget to take the pot back to Lush to recycle! If you take 4 pots you get a free gift - currently a face pack I think.
After the success I had with Lush Jumping Juniper a shampoo bar, I thought I would try one of their many conditioners to see if I could create the type of effect I had always been promised by brands such as Pantene and Tresemme, which would make my hair shiny, manageable and sleek, and had never quite reached it.
After looking at Conditioner Bars and Liquid Conditions I decided that I did like the look of Lush Retread, which comes in a black pot, which is very similar to the type of tub Lush Dream Cream comes in and for the bargain price of £6.95 for 245g I thought it was a very worthwhile purchase, especially if it is as good as the shampoo.
Lush Retread conditioner claims to be one of triple strength and is a specially enhanced deluxe formula. The Lush websites states There are far too many ways in which you can ruin your hair: perming, bleaching, blow-drying, colouring, curling and straightening to name but a few And with that in mind it promises to rebuild wrecked hair and uses many different ingredients to target different areas of damaged hair.
Now I dont think my hair is particularly ruined but I do blow-dry, straighten and sometimes have it highlighted and I use no end of lotions and potions in an effort to have poker straight hair instead of my unruly wavy hair and most straightening balms, creams and lotions will contain chemicals to enhance the straightening effect, so I was hoping that this conditioning treatment would replenish my hair and leave me with sleek and shiny locks.
At first glance this Retread conditioner as I have said before is very similar to my Lush Dream Cream, so I have to take extra care in not using that instead of the conditioner and you do need to take care when opening the pot because it is quite difficult the first time you try to remove the lid, I found it easier to open using something I could grip the lid with, such as a flannel or tea towel. Once you have the lid off the pot you will see inside that the conditioner doesn't look any different from other conditioners appearance wise, the only difference is that it is in a Lush pot and not in a bottle. It is just a white creamy substance, which is definitely thicker than my traditional conditioner, and you will notice that it has a lovely fresh scent, which isn't overpowering and it reminds me of flowers.
The ingredients of Retread are quite wide and varied and the one thing I found very odd was that it contained Soya Milk which is apparently used to help rebuild your hair and then there is Avocado Oil which is used as a nourishing ingredient and it is also good for your scalp, seaweed to soften and oils to increase tensile strength, Jojoba Oil which is sued in a lot of hair products to leave your hair looking shiny and manageable and there are also many other ingredients that can be found on the Lush website.
To use Lush Retread all you need to use is a very small amount, probably no bigger than the size of a 50p because it is quite a thick cream and then as you would do with any other conditioner you just massage the conditioner into your hair and then rinse out using warm water, never use hot water to rinse your hair because hot water will open the pores and leave you with a greasy feel to your hair and especially if you tend to have slightly greasy hair you should use warm and not hot water anyway.
So, after massaging Retread into your hair you just wash it out straight away or you can leave it on your hair to soak in for a few extra minutes to make sure it's got chance to work. As you wash it out you will be able to notice and feel the results instantly. My hair had a very soft feel to it after using Retread and it shone much more than it ever has done before and when I had finished drying it my hair was much more manageable than I have ever known it to be and I didnt have to use any straightening products to get that poker straight look either than using my GHD straightening irons.
For me this is the best conditioner I have certainly ever used and it is one that I will continue to use, even though it is slightly more expensive than your high street brand. But as I see it, why pay money for something that does not work on your hair. Also when I buy something new I work out the price per use (it often helps me justify buying that next pink handbag) and so far I have used this conditioner 15 times and I am not even a quarter of the way down the tub and I do use it quite liberally.
Do I recommend this product? Without a shadow of a doubt, it does exactly what it says it is going to do and although it is slightly more expensive than your average conditioner it works.
Lush packaging on single objects is relatively simple, they are wrapped tightly in some see-through packaging and upon opening, the first thing you notice is the smell
If anyone wants to investigate Lush further to see what ingredients are used for this or any other products then you simply go to www.lush.co.uk which will give you the UK version of their website.
Lush products are not tested on animals, in fact they are vehemently against products being tested on animals and to test their own products they do tests on humans to ensure they are safe for general sale to the public and they will not buy ingredients from companies who use testing on animals as one of their protocols.
Lush first officially launched their products in 1995, although they had been around for many years previous and their name was decided upon in a competition after many years of working under the name 'Cosmetics to go' as a mail order company and so to Poole in Dorset the firm grew and became globally known.
The one thing that I found really interesting when I read up about Lush as a company is that in most of their products they use real Jasmine Absolute Perfume, which I am told it is more expensive than gold, yet Lush products are sold at affordable prices so that the everyday person can treat themselves to such luxuries.