Product Type: Lush hair care products
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Lush Veganese Conditioner
Member Name: catsholiday
Lush Veganese Conditioner
Advantages: Does condition hair,not tested on animals and vegan friendly
Disadvantages: The smell is too strongly lemon
Lush Veganese 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 try 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 said I wanted to try this conditioner as I had tried the others and wanted to make sure I had tried every one in the shop. She laughed and said she would sort me out a smaple of this and a shampoo as well. I do very well with samples and often they give me the samples in the recyclable pots so I get a fifth of a fresh face mask as well as my sample.
As usual with many Lush hair products it comes in the recyclable plastic bottles which Lush do not take back but just recycle them wherever you recycle other plastic bottles . It comes in three sizes the larger size of 500g which costs £13.50, the 250g size which costs £8.15 and finally the more affordable 100g bottle at £4.15. I have a couple of the 100g bottles that I have kept to put laundry liquid and fabric conditioner in when we travel as they are well sealed flip top lids and such a neat size and you can easily see what is inside the bottle and how much you have left too.
The name and ingredients are on labels on the bottles as well as the use by date and a picture of the person who made the product.
WHAT LUSH SAY
"I'm turning Veganese
I think I'm turning Veganese
I really think so!
Our lightest conditioner, suitable for use on all hair types.
This is a light moisturiser for the hair; made with a seaweed gel base, we have added lavender and rosemary infusions and fresh lemon juice to give shine. A fresh lemon fragrance lingers in the hair afterwards."
They also say that this is "great for use when you want a light conditioner that doesn't weigh the hair down, but still want lots of shine. Makes hair more manageable and less static."
This product was invented for two main sets of people. Some people were asking for a conditioner that didn't have lanolin as they were wanting a Vegan friendly conditioner . Veganese has no lanolin which makes it vegan friendly and much lighter than other conditioners.
The Japanese staff of Lush also requested a lighter conditioner as normal conditioners were too heavy for the Japanese hair so they combine vegan with Japanese and so Veganese was created.
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 of 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 powerfully of lemon, rather too powerfully for my liking. It is quite a harsh lemon smell a bit like a Jif lemon concentrate type.
Initially I was not keen on the smell at all and found it rather too 'cleaning product' sort of lemon smelling but I got over the scent to judge the effect it had on my hair.
Basically use it as you would any other conditioner just squeezing it out of the bottle. I do find the bottles quite hard work to squeeze and find that at the end I have to either patiently wait while the contents come to the lid end once I turn it upside down or I keep them balance d on the lids beside the bath to make it quicker.
You do also have to make sure you push down the lid to seal the cap otherwise you might waste a lot keeping it upside down or in case it got knocked off as nearly £10 of conditioner spilling from a bottle could be very annoying to say the least.
Squeeze out a small amount and massage this into your hair and scalp. I use my little massage brush which I comb through my hair and this spreads 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 also tried just rubbing conditioner in my hands and then running these through my hair and again not rinsing it off and that also gives a pretty good result.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. I have to say the scent of this isn't one that I really want my hair smelling of as the lemon is far too intense.
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.
Agar gel comes from seaweed and this is used instead of lanolin in this conditioner as it is softening and moisturising for both skin and hair. The agar agar gel holds together the other ingredients and thickens this product while it also revitalises damaged, coloured, frizzy and thick curly hair and softens hair follicles.
Seaweeds apparently contain up to twenty times the elements of land plants so are full of lots of goodness.
Lavender is there for its scent but sadly that is overpowered by the lemon but it is also good for calming the scalp and is an natural anti bacterial.
Rosemary infusion is included for its care of the scalp as it is gentle for both hair and scalp and helps give hair a shine too.
Lemon oil is antiseptic, cleansing and fungicidal while the uplifting aroma is a refreshing addition and also lemon oil is a great cleanser as well as naturally lightening blonde hair.
So there you have it a pot full of rather interesting ingredients which do work well as a healthy and balanced conditioner. It isn't my favourite of Lush's conditioners by a very long way as it has such a strong lemon pungent scent and it is pretty light so I find I need to use a stronger conditioner every second wash. I can't say mine is shiny but my hair never is that is just its way.
ANY NOT SO GREAT INGREDIENTS?
You would think not but Lush do use some ingredients which are not so great. In this we find;
Cetrimonium bromide which is a surfactant and put there as it helps the hair to lie flat and gives it a silky shine. Cetrimonium bromide is an ammonium salt often used in hair and skincare products as it prevents static build-up that causes flyaway hair. I am not sure about this so if you have allergies or concerns then investigate this for yourself.
Cetearyl alcohol which is an emulsifier and it allows ingredient to combine without separating and in this conditioners it is there to thicken. It is created from coconut oil and once again I leave it to you to decide for yourself.
Cetearyl alcohol and sodium lauryl sulphate combine to make an emulsifying wax. In this conditioner the wax softens and coats the hair, making it controllable.
All these are perfectly safe unless you have a specific allergy or have a specific desire to avoid them so I only mention them in case this is a problem to you.
I have eczema and have no problem while my step daughter has to be very careful of many of these ingredients as they cause her eczema to flare up.
WOULD I RECOMMEND
Not sure about this one at all as it smells so pungently of lemon and is actually rather lighter than I like my conditioners to be too. It isn't cheap and there are lots of other conditioners that I prefer so I won't be rushing to buy this one again. Sorry Lush this one is not for me at all
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Summary: A very strongly scented lemon conditioner from Lush