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! (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.)
»»Recommended for: anyone looking for a gentle, moisturizing shampoo that will add a bit of body and a touch of shine
»»Overall Rating: A-
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