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Lush The Blonde
Description: Brand: Lush / Hair Care Type: Hair Colour / Chamomile and marigold shampoo to make light hair blonder. Chamomile has many powerful properties, one of which is to lighten hair colour.
In case you haven't shopped with Lush before or are unfamiliar with the brand, allow me to tell you a little about them. It is probably fair to say that Lush isn't the cheapest place to shop, but this is because they make hand made cosmetics from only natural ingredients. They are also committed to reducing packaging and do a wide range of charity work so it is worth looking at their website to get an idea of the projects they support etc. You can also use the website to check out products (including ingredients) and locate your closest store. The work that they do is really ethical and it means that while treating yourself, you are also supporting some valuable and quite far reaching work.
You can also use the Lush website to buy products from their Retro range. This is a selection of old favourites which Lush had previously discontinued. Due to popular demand, they have brought a selection back again which are only available to buy online. If like me, you have mourned the loss of some of your favourite items in the past them this is the place to look for them!
All Lush products are never tested on animals. They also ensure that they never use suppliers who test on animals. I have quite sensitive skin but rarely have an issue with products from Lush which are usually very gentle to use.
These shampoo bars are a little bit different from other shampoos, for a start, they are solid! This may seem a little weird at first but can be really handy as it is easy to use and also great for travelling. You can buy a special shampoo tin from Lush to hold your solid shampoos if you choose to, but I am a little bit stingy so just keep them in an old plastic soap box which works just as well.
A 100g shampoo bar will cost you £4.65 and is suitable for vegans. It is best to keep the bar dry between uses so that it lasts as long as possible. The yellow colour is not as bright as it looks on the Lush website but has loads of little chamomile flowers through it which looks quite funky.
To use this shampoo bar, all you to do is to wipe it across wet hair where is transfers the right amount for each use. This bar creates a surprisingly good lather too which feels quite creamy.
The fragrance is milder than some Lush products and has a gentle chamomile scent with hints of citrus. Chamomile is a natural way to lighten blond hair, and when used regularly, this shampoo bar genuinely does leave my hair feeling lighter and brighter. I have blond highlights and like to use this shampoo bar to help prolong the time between trips to the salon. You do have to use it regularly though which is a shame as I tend to get bored after a week or so and go back to something with a more enticing aroma!
This shampoo bar always leaves my hair feeling soft and manageable and though the fragrance isn't very strong, it does leave my hair shiny and clean looking. I do have other favourites from the Lush solid shampoo range which I prefer to this one, but this is definitely a great product to try if you have blond hair. 4 out of 5 Dooyoo stars from me, simply because I would like the fragrance to be a little stronger.
Ingredients are as follows (taken from the Lush website);
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Stearic Acid, Chamomile Infusion (Anthemis nobilis), Marigold Infusion (Calendula officinalis), Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Cocamide DEA, Perfume, Soya Lecithin, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice (Citrus limonum), Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Tangerine Oil (Citrus reticulata), Mandarin Oil (Citrus reticulata), Orange Oil (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Orange Flower Absolute (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Roman Chamomile Flower (Anthemis nobilis), Lemon Slices (Citrus limonum), *Limonene, *Linalool}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
My hair always looks fabulous in the summer when the sun helps to bring out its natural highlights but during the cold months it gets a bit darker and looks a bit lackluster. I was in Lush one day and The Blonde solid shampoo bar looked like it might be just what I needed to give my hair a bit of the boost and shine. The blend of chamomile and lemon juice promises that it will lighten and restore the shine to mousey hair and keep it looking sunkissed during the dark winter.
The Blonde costs £4.33 for a 100g chunk. This might sound pricey but I started to use my 150g block in March and have only come close to finishing it in August. This means that my shampoo has cost just £1 a month and I wash my hair every couple of days on average. You would be hard pressed to find a cheap bottle of shampoo that worked out so economical let alone another brand with the high quality natural ingredients that Lush is so well known for using. The shampoo also comes wrapped in paper so over the life of the shampoo bar you are helping to save the planet because over the same period of time using normal shampoos there would have been several plastic bottles to dispose of.
My bar is much paler than the one in the picture, it was a cream colour with loads of little chamomile flowers dotted through it. It has a very mild smell of chamomile, I couldn't detect the lemon or marigold. To use the bar is easy, just rub it across your wet hair and it produces a lovely creamy lather and the smell intensifies. If I used the bar without conditioner my hair became tangled but that is the same as any shampoo.
My hair feels lovely and clean when I use my The Blonde bar. I did not notice a change in my hair colour straight away but over a period of a month or so my hair did lighten a bit and the natural highlights it has were intensified. The effect over a longer period of time was more noticable, so noticable that more than one person asked if I had dyed my hair. I have intensified the effects of the bar slightly by allowing my hair to dry in the sun sometimes although that is more laziness than anything to be honest!
I am really happy with The Blonde bar. It has lived up to it's claims and my mousey hair looks shiny and lighter and I am happy that the look is a natural one. It is also really economical which is fantastic for such a brilliant product and it is a shampoo I will definitely buy again.
i bought this about 2 weeks ago as i was amazed that someone has come up with a shampoo that is in a block. Well worth my £4.65 its still going strong now when i would have used over one bottle of big shampoo. My hair smells lovely and i have got my bright shiny blonde back. People have even commented on my hair colour and smell. Im very pleased with this product and wont be going back to my normal shampoo for a while. I was slightly unsure about the bits in the block itself but you cant even tell they are there when you put onto your hair. Makes your hair feel really clean after and you can tell that it sets it up good for the conditioner to soak in. Very please with it and i have recommened it to my family and friends and work colleges
As a fan of Lush products normaly and having tried many products which are all good, this was a big dissappointment. Because it is now the summer I thought I would try this to lighten my hair naturally for the summer. It costs around£3.95 for quite a large chunk of it, but you can get different sizes in store. This product is aimed at blond hair that juts wants to be naturally lightened and left feeling soft.
The bar is quite solid and looks crumbly but when it gets wet it statys together and you can either rub the shampoo onto the ahir or lather it in your hands and rub into hair which is what I did. You dont get a very good lather with it though, it doesnt feel like a normal shampoo, howvere when rinsing it out, my hari felt amazingly clean.
When drying my hair, it was so tangly and my hair looked a bit dull, but I gave it a few chances as was not sure how long it took to work, after using it for a few days my hair did look lighter but the condition of my hair has seriosuly deteriorated. The ends were dry and bits were snapping off, the colour although lightened, just looked like straw. I was shcked at what it had done to be honest as normally Lush products are really good. My hair is normally quite shiny and soft but this ruined it, and I had to use hot oil treatements for the next cuple of weeks to bring back the shine. I wouldnt recommend this at all, it ruins your hair.
I have naturally blonde hair which has got darker with age, so I wanted something to lighten it a bit without harming my hair, so this solid shampoo from Lush sounded perfect. It cost £3.95 for a 100g piece from the Lush website, but I think in store you can get different size pieces.
It's made with chamomile and marigold to make blonde hair lighter, and as with all Lush products it's made from natural ingredients. It comes in a kind of block which is quite solid, but at the same time quite soft. It's yellow and has bits of chamomile flowers in it, but exactly what it looks like and how many flowers are in it will vary from piece to piece. It smells nice, of chamomile as far as I can tell, though I don't really know what marigold smells like so I wouldn't know if you can smell that in the scent.
With these solid shampoos you just wet it and lather it up in your hands then use the lather to wash your hair, or just rub it on your wet hair to form a lather, then rinse it out. When I first used it I expected it to crumble when it got wet because it looks quite crumbly, but it didn't at all. I tried using it both ways and it doesn't create much lather either way, but I preferred to rub it on my hair and use it that way. Because there's not much lather it doesn't feel like it's cleaning particularly well, but when you rinse it out the hair feels squeaky clean.
My hair normally is really soft, smooth, shiny and manageable, I never have any problems with it whatsoever, but after drying my hair after using this it was really tangled and it looked quite dull and almost dirty. After using it a few times my hair did go quite a bit lighter, but it was like straw. It had become really dry and course, it felt like it was ready to snap off when I touched it, and it looked all dry and matted. If that's what it can do to my hair, which was in really good condition before using this, I'd hate to think what it would do to hair that wasn't in great shape to start with.
I really couldn't believe the effect it had on my hair, it was terrible, it was the first time in my life I've ever had problems with my hair, and it took months of intensive conditioners and treatments to get it back in any kind of reasonable shape. For something that's supposed to be all natural and gentle, and which Lush claim will keep your hair feeling soft, I was disgusted at what it did to my hair. Needless to say I will not be buying this again, and it completely put me off trying anything else from Lush.
This is one of the things I want in life - luscious, frizz free tresses, not much to ask for you wouldnt think, everyday there seems to be a new shampoo out in every high street shop promising you the earth, so what is it that so far I was finding it increasingly difficult to find something that I felt worked?
Now my hair is lovely and blonde but at the same time there is a lot of it on my head which as I have found to my disadvantage can lead to a dry itchy scalp making me look like one of those snowstorm ornament that you buy on your holiday. Actually that is probably an over exaggeration, but I have a dry scalp which becomes irritating and once my hair becomes used to using a certain product it seems to stop working, so I needed something to combat the dry scalp and my self styled bouffant, again slight exaggeration but I want my hair to look like those shampoo advertisement women, soft, sleek and very shiny.
So off I went to Lush only to find that they had run out of my favourite shampoo so I was left with one other option The Blonde. As everyone knows Lush products come in all shapes, colours, sizes and with different smells. So I am in Lush and I needed something for a dry scalp but also for medium length blonde hair, which does get greasy after a day or so shouldnt be too difficult and thankfully it wasnt within a few seconds I am ready to buy The Blonde which again is a bar of Shampoo . Yes that is right, a bar of Shampoo, not soap . Shampoo!
The Blonde is a bright yellow solidified bar of shampoo which smells divine and as with all Lush products there is a plethora of ingredients used to make you look fantastic at a very reasonable price and this product is no exception. Firstly we have Tangerine Oil, Lemon Oil and Mandarin oil both of which help to soothe and distress the skin, Lemon Juice which helps bring life and lustre back to dull damaged hair, Orange Blossom Absolute is a soft oil which aids massaging and lather, Gardenia Extract which is an exotic Tiare flower of Tahiti and is used by the people of Tahiti to nourish and moisturize their hair and finally we have some lemon to tone and refresh a greasy scalp of which all the details of the ingredients can be found on the Lush website.
So having found a perfect shampoo which is shaped like a bar of soap, I am intrigued enough to buy it. You can buy Shampoo Bars from Lush in all kinds of different colours for around £3 or £4; this particular Shampoo Bar retails at £3.75 and weighs 55kg. It comes packaged in the usual Lush see through packaging with the Logo clearly marked.
To use your shampoo Bar you pretty much have to mimic the actions of using a bar of soap wet it with water whilst in the bath or shower and rub it between your hands to form a lather and then as you would be shampoo put it in your hair and mimic those actions. If you have never used a solid shampoo bar before then it is a bit of an odd feeling at first to use but it does work really well.
The Shampoo Bar produces a lot of lather and left my hair not only smelling wonderful by producing a Citrus type of smell which did linger for a good few hours after use. My hair was also much softer than I expected it to be and also very shiny looking when dry. Now the question is did it work? Well yes it did, since using this product my hair is much shinier and easy to manage than it has been in a long time and instead of washing my hair every other day I can now wash it every two days and my scalp is no longer as dry as it had been previously.
Overall this product has proved to be very cost worthy because I bought it well over a month ago now and I use it possibly every other day on average, living and working in London your hair is never going to be clean for long with all the pollutants so I tend to wash it every other day, and I would estimate that it has the life expectancy of a life of soap, which in my house would last perhaps two or three months maximum and for £3.50 per 100g I am not going to complain.
Do I recommend this product? Well if your hair is like mine then absolutely without a doubt and this shampoo is also really good for those people who have got highlights in their hair because it also brings them back to life too. However, if you hair isnt like mine and you would still like to try a similar product then log onto the Lush website and have a look around, there are a lot of options to choose from.
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.
Chamomile and marigold shampoo to make light hair blonder / Chamomile has many powerful properties, one of which is to lighten hair colour / Washing with The Blonde will not turn you blonde overnight (no big shocks) but it will help to restore mousy hair to its childhood blonde, to keep sun-bleached highlights looking bright through winter and give undecided light-coloured hair a definite blonde colour / The chamomile in The Blonde (masses of it) is excellent for calming irritated scalps and will keep your hair feeling soft too / Go blonde naturally' / (It's slower but patience is a virtue and virtue will be rewarded / )