The Sample: NEW Lush Fair Trade Honey Shampoo (Review & Photos)

17 Jan

««Press Sample»»

I’m not usually one to get excited about haircare. In fact, it downright bores me most of the time. Shampoo is shampoo and I’ve always been content to use the $7 stuff that I can buy at any CVS or Target in the entire country. But I will tell you that when I heard about Lush’s new Fair Trade Honey Shampoo, I was super stoked. I love honey. I love using copious amounts in my morning tea, using it in face masks, I love buying lotions and skincare products and lip balms with honey in it…you get the idea. Add to that the fact that my hair and scalp have not been happy lately and I was pretty sure this new shampoo would be the answer to all my problems.

Fair Trade Honey Shampoo is part of Lush’s new 8-piece haircare collection. The collection includes 2 shampoos (Fair Trade Honey and Blousey), 2 conditioners (Big Solid and Happy Happy Joy Joy), and 4 hair treatments (Roots Healthy Scalp Cream, Seaspray Hair Mist, Shine so Bright, and Superbalm for Scalps). Here is what Lush has to say about their Fair Trade Honey Shampoo:

“This bottle is full of flower power, collected and concentrated for you by the bees. The base is over 50% fair trade honey and 20% linseed mucilage, both of which will moisturize and add lustre to your locks. Using this amount of honey means that we can make it preservative free, as honey is a concentrated form of sugar, bacteria will not stand a chance.” 

Sounds impressive, right? I’ve never seen a shampoo or any kind of beauty product that contained this much honey before–I absolutely love the idea and I salute the bees whose hard work brought us this lovely shampoo! :D (in all seriousness though, I’m sure you’ve heard that honeybees are disappearing and their populations are on the decline. Click here to read more and find out what you can do to help)

Fair Trade Honey Shampoo looks just like honey; it’s a lovely golden amber color and has a fluid, gel consistency. If you look really closely at it under the light, you can actually see the linseed mucilage that makes up 20% of the shampoo (and gives it that nice gel consistency). Though it contains honey, don’t worry–it doesn’t feel tacky and/or sticky to the touch.

This shampoo has a very warm, rich, sweet scent to it–again, very honey-like, but also with a hint of floral. It’s a gorgeous scent and I’m so happy to have my hair smelling like that! I am extremely picky when it comes to how my hair smells (which is part of the reason why I don’t mess with hair styling products–most of them smell downright icky to me!). But I think anyone would be pleased to have their hair smell like bright sunshiney honey!

Lately, my scalp has been very irritated and dry and though a few flakies are normal this time of year (gross I know–but hey, it happens to the best of us), I’ve been having a harder time than usual, with dry patches popping up left and right. I was hoping that the Fair Trade Honey Shampoo might soothe my scalp issues a bit (after all, honey does have antibacterial properties and is a natural humectant–two really great tools for fighting flakes!) and maybe add just a bit of luster back to my hair.

The shampoo does lather up quite nicely in the shower. I know sulfates aren’t really good for your hair but I personally like a really good lather from my shampoo. It rinsed out easily and left no residue behind. My hair felt really squeaky-clean after rinsing, a bit more than I usually like to be honest, but it wasn’t a problem once my hair was actually dry.

After a week of regular use, I did notice my hair was shinier, more moisturized and less frizzy. My scalp felt less irritated and I definitely felt there was a reduction in the dry patches. My hair felt bouncy and soft–my scalp was left comfortable and felt neither dry nor greasy (though I will say that my roots did get oilier just a tiny bit faster than usual). I think this is just what my hair has been craving–it’s really an awesome shampoo. I am so excited to try more from Lush–who knew that haircare could be this fun?! Do you have a favorite Lush shampoo?

»»Pricing: $9.95/3.3 fl. oz. (100 ml.) (other available sizes: $19.95/8.8 fl. oz. -or- $29.95/16.9 fl. oz.)

»»Availability:, and all Lush stores (click here to find your nearest location)

»»Recommended for: anyone looking for a gentle, moisturizing shampoo that will add a bit of body and a touch of shine

»»Overall Rating: A-


Disclaimer: the product(s) featured in this post were provided to The Beauty Sample free of charge by the manufacturer/PR for review purposes only. Regardless of how the product was obtained, my priority is to you, my readers, and I will always give you my honest opinion.

20 Responses to “The Sample: NEW Lush Fair Trade Honey Shampoo (Review & Photos)”

  1. Shivani January 17, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    sounds so lovely – i’m a big lush fan girl and definitely want to check this out. Even I love honey a lot and since you do too – you must try Flying Fox shower gel which is basically honey and jasmine. You’ll love it!! I cant wait to catch a whiff in the store.

    • becca January 17, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

      Oh I KNOW–I remember your review on Flying Fox and was planning on picking up a bottle but it must have slipped my mind. Thank you for reminding me! It sounds like THE perfect shower gel for me, as I am obsessed with honey and even MORE obsessed with jasmine anything!! :P

  2. Meryl @ Memoiselle January 17, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    Hey Becca,
    I love honey and this sounds soo sweet for my hair :) I love anything that’s sweet :)

    • becca January 17, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

      It smells divine and really has helped me with my dry scalp/hair issues! Try it!! :D

  3. svetlana January 17, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    you know, i think what sets your blog/site aside from everyone else is that you give a damn about the environment and it’s awesome you included that link to help the bees. i think it’s very important we take action and it’s a scary thought that we are losing them. (think: NO hagen dazs- *gasp*). good job! ;)

    • becca January 17, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

      Aw thanks Svetlana!! And I know–a world without Haagen Dazs is a world I do NOT want to live in!! :P

  4. Libby January 17, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

    I’ve been looking for a new shampoo! I’m currently using one by Living Proof and while I like it, it’s also $24…lol, I can’t justify that price. Also, who can resist the smell of honey?!

    I’m totally checking this out soon whenever I get myself to a Lush store! Thanks for the review!

    • becca January 17, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

      Eek–yeah I would not want to spend $24 on a shampoo, either. I am VERY cheap when it comes to shampoo/conditioner/body wash :P BUT, I will say that the few extra $ that this honey shampoo costs is worth it to me! :D

  5. Chris El January 17, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

    The first thing I thought was, it looks sticky! But after reading, I’m curious to try this out as my skin AND scalp tend to be dry in the winter. I just wish I had a Lush that was close by and easy to get to.

    • becca January 17, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

      Haha yeah not sticky at all–I was a little nervous at first too! But it’s a really nice, super light gel. And the smell is heavenly! You HAVE to try it! :D

  6. Sunny January 18, 2013 at 1:16 am #

    This sounds yum! I like your honey bottle too :)

    • becca January 18, 2013 at 1:51 am #

      Haha thanks Sunny :D I had a lot of fun photographing this one, as you can probably tell :P

  7. fairytalesandcoffee January 18, 2013 at 7:08 am #

    I picked this up a few weeks ago and it adds a lot of volume to my hair. Of course, I was double cleansing with that coconut shampoo bar – trich something – can’t remember name – like ever. I hate lush skincare, but I am pleasantly surprised with the haircare – its just REALLY expensive.

    • becca January 18, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

      Ooh glad to hear you like it! :D I am very curious about their shampoo bars–the one I have is the super popular Karma Komba–so I can’t wait to see how that works out for me! The coconut one sounds nice though…wonder why I didn’t pick that one :P

  8. Taylor January 18, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    This sounds lovely. I love honey too! I put on toast wih butter in the morning, and on my face :-) I find a lot of natural shampoos leave my scalp oiler but I just give it a good wash every now and then. But generally natural is better, I find, with hair. Glad you love it

    • becca January 18, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

      Mmm…have you tried raw honey on toast with goat cheese? That is one of my new favorite morning treats! *drools* :P

  9. Jasmine January 20, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    I’ve never tried anything from Lush! The closet one to me is 6 hours away. I want to experience the Lush experience! Is that strange? lol

    • becca January 20, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

      Haha no, definitely NOT strange, Jasmine! :P To be honest, I have yet to have the full “Lush experience” as well. There is a store about 25 minutes away from me but I still have yet to stop in there. I hear that shopping at an actual Lush store is a lot of fun so when I run out of my Dream Cream, I definitely plan on stopping in there! :D

  10. Liz January 23, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    I have this weird reluctance to believe all the good stuff about the natural properties of honey. NO CLUE WHY. I mean, it sounds nice and all, but maybe in the end, I can’t stand the overly sweet smell of honey-infused products. :s

    This one sounds great for the dry scalp reason, though. Maybe I’ll swing by LUSH for some of it when I finish the gazillion other shampoos in my shower queue!

    • becca January 23, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

      Haha see I’m the exact opposite–whenever I see a beauty product that is infused with honey, I immediately jump on it! I just see the stuff as being some kind of magical elixer…not sure why. I love the taste, I love the smell, and I use it in my homemade face masks and it makes my skin feel AWESOME! :D I suppose it’s not for everyone though and the smell really is quite sweet so not sure you’d like it :/

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