First up LUSH Curly Wurly Coconut (£9.95) shampoo which has been specially formulated to put the curl back into coarse frizzy hair. This has actual bits of coconut in it! It’s like putting something Gwyneth Paltro would have for breakfast onto your head. I’d forgot to comb my hair before I got into the shower and was worried I’d end up with a mass of tangled goop but it lathered up fine and untangled my hair quite a bit. After rinsing it off, my hair didn’t feel like straw which happens with most brands.
Lush Retread Conditioner (£10.25) is for hair that’s been dyed, dried and styled to death and needs rescuing. I’m gentle with my hair but it’s so naturally coarse and frizzy it still needs that level of conditioning. Retread made my hair feel so silky the second I applied it, I could run my fingers right through it. I usually wrap my hair up and leave conditioner on for over 5 minutes but I deliberately skipped this step and rinsed it off with warm water rather than cold, to put the conditioner to the test.
I towel dried my hair, skipped the hair oil I normally use and refrained from flattening my usual halo of frizz with straighteners. This is the result.
At this point my hair would normally be a coarse, wiry mass of fluff, I was amazed by the result! My hair felt so soft and fell into defined curls around my shoulders. In fact, my hair is still so silky 3 days later my hair bobble keeps sliding off. The. Best. Hair. Products. Ever!
Actually this is my blokes LUSH beauty haul. I created a LUSH wish list with the intention of him surprising me with some of the items for Christmas. Armed with my wish list he ventured forth into the ‘overwhelmingly scented’ shop and was apparently asked by a canny and very helpful assistant “Is that someone’s wish list you need help with?” “Yes it is! Yes please, thank you!” was his gracious reply. He only went and bought me everything on my list!
Clockwise from left to Right: Retread Hair Conditioner (for deep conditioning of frazzled weary hair), Curly Wurly (conditioning shampoo for wavy or curly girlies), fluff ease (leave on hair treatment), Breath of God Gorilla Perfume (for on-the-go application), Moisturising Lotion Bar (for use on wet skin), Lust (Gorilla Perfume *swoon*), Dirty Styling Cream (to precisely style unruly hair), Eyes Right (mascara), Deodorant bar (well duh), Feeling Secure (eyeliner) Confident (lip stain), there is also a spot treatment & shaving cream (for my legs).
I’m chuffed to bits! I requested the smaller sizes of all of the products, as I’m trying them for the first time and also, they have a use by date on them as they are freshly made in the shop. I’ll be reviewing them all soon to, so keep an eye out…
Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Shampoo
The first thing I noticed when using this is that it doesn’t foam up at all so I had difficulty spreading it through my hair. The second thing I noticed was the feel of peppermint oil on my eyeballs, or rather how it would feel if my eyeballs were mounted on top of an alpine ridge in an ice storm. Then I realised my hair had turned to the texture of raffia and had become a matted impenetrable mass. At this point I was nearly in tears, wether it was because I was painfully rinsing the shampoo out of the knots or because of the peppermint fumes, I’m not sure. Major product fail!
Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Conditioner
As soon as I opened the lid I could smell the peppermint oil. “No, not again!” my eyes pleaded. I decided just to put a tiny amount of this on a small bottom section of my hair to test it. I can report it was really moisturising but left that section smelling of extra strong mints – very attractive. To counter the effects of the shampoo (and to even be able to get my fingers through the massive tangled knot that was now my hair) I used a thick creamy hair mask instead of this conditioner.
I really love the ethics of Intelligent Nutrients, they are BUAV approved and Soil Association approved which tells me they genuinely care about our planet. This makes me want to give them another chance and try some different products in the future.