It’s nothing new that many companies test their products on animals. You’d have to live under a rock not to know this. But it’s still shocking when you find products you use on the lists of brands tested on animals. I 100% disagree with animal testing for makeup and hair care etc. I hope to eventually switch out all of the products I use which were tested on animals for cruelty free brands, but for now I’m starting with hair.
For the past couple of years I’ve been using Aussie’s shampoos and conditioners. Recently I found this was on the no go list. And so I’ve decided to go back to using Lush hair care products. I decided to buy two shampoo bars to try out and an old faithful bottle of conditioner. And typical me couldn’t resist buying my two favourite shower gels whilst on the Lush website. I thought I’d give my first impressions of the products I bought and maybe do a full review of the ones I love the most and am going to keep as a constant part of my routine another time.
Lush solid shampoo bars apparently last for around 80 washes and I love that there’s no waste, plastic packaging. The shampoos I used in the past foamed up well and left my hair feeling squeaky clean. This time though I was after something more moisturising. I’m yet to try these out but thought I’d still give my first impressions.
First of all I chose Brazilliant as according to the Lush website this shampoo is said to be really moisturising to curly and Afro-Caribbean hair – perfff. It’s scented with ylang ylang oil and orange oil which gives a tropical scent which I am so ready for. True to the scent, the bar is bright orange! I’m most excited to use this bar as I’m interested to see just how soft it makes my hair.
I also decided to try out Honey I Washed My Hair as the tagline ‘Bee in your Bonnet?’ is so me. And yeah I have a bee in my bonnet about animal testing haha. The honey adds shine and softness to your hair whilst also giving the shampoo a syrupy sweet scent. Like Brazilliant this bar also has sweet orange oil in it but this time paired with bergamot oil. This scent seems to be a lot stronger and sweeter which suggests to me it’s also really long lasting.
As mentioned above, I decided to go for a conditioner I’d used before. This was American Cream. Unlike the solid shampoo bars this is a ‘normal’ type of conditioner which comes in a recycled plastic bottle. This is a thick, strawberries and cream, milkshake scented conditioner and is said to bring all the boys to the yard 😉 I’d be lying if that wasn’t what first attracted me to this conditioner all those years ago haha. This conditioner is thick and moisturising and always left my hair smelling sweet. I can’t think why I ever stopped using it.
I don’t know what it is about Lush shower gels – the fact they seem to last forever, they always smell amazing, they’re not tested on animals etc. etc. – they’re simply my favourite kind. My two favourites I’ve ever used are The Olive Branch and Dirty Springwash.
The Olive Branch is a really runny shower gel which you need to shake before using as the olive oil tends to separate out. The olive oil used in this is fairtrade and from an Israeli/Palestinian collective. The gel is scented with fresh mandarins, bergamot oil and vine leaves. But to me it doesn’t smell remotely citrusy. It has a beautiful hard to describe scent kind of like a subtle aftershave…? Don’t let this put you off though, as it always leaves my skin amazingly soft! I highly recommend you go into a store to smell this for yourself and you’ll know what I mean.
Dirty Springwash is a bright blue minty fresh shower gel. I love to use this shower gel in the mornings as it contains spearmint and menthol to help wake you up a bit. I think the Dirty range was originally made for men (?) but it’s one of my favourite Lush scents. It’s one I’ve used for so many years and it always brings back memories when I use it. I loooove it.
I guess I have a thing for men scents haha.
If you’d like to read the list of companies who’ve tested their products on animals that I read, you can do so here.
Thank you for reading,