Thursday, 3 April 2014

REVIEW: Lush Shine So Bright Hair Balm

Shine So Bright Hair Balm
The Details: Lush Shine So Bright Hair Balm
Price: AUD$7.50 for 10g
Packaging: Tiny metal screw tin - fairly sturdy, haven't had issues of unscrewing
Scent: very nice - floral, citrus
Ingredients: Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Candelilla Wax (Euphorbia cerifera), Fair Trade Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Perfume (Perfume), Neroli Oil (Citrus aurantium amara), Grapefruit Oil (Citrus paradisi), Rosewood Oil (Aniba rosaeodora), Fresh Free Range Eggs (Fresh Free Range Eggs), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), *Hydroxycitronellal (*Hydroxycitronellal), Geraniol (Geraniol), *Citral (*Citral), *Farnesol (*Farnesol), *Limonene (*Limonene), *Benzyl Benzoate (*Benzyl Benzoate), *Linalool (*Linalool) * Occurs naturally in essential oils

They say:
"A balm to transform split ends and make your hair shine so bright. This will repair split ends with a plethora of strengthening ingredients, such as Extra Virgin olive oil, fresh free-range eggs and fair trade coconut oil. Coconut oil also adds condition and shine. Fragranced with an uplifting blend of orange flower absolute, grapefruit, neroli and rosewood." - Lush

I say:
Application - I gently rub my fingers across the top of the product to melt some onto my fingers and then I apply it to my dry ends, approximately 10-15cm. I have used it the last 5 times I have washed my hair but it is a good product to use on the in-between days as well. A little bit goes a long way so it should last a little while, maybe a few months if you don't wash your hair everyday and use sparingly.

Pros - I really liked this product because I love the way it smells and I felt like it did add a bit of moisture to my hair to make it shine. I'm not so sure about the 'split end transforming' claims because I'm not sure how you would make your hair come back together once it's split.. I do believe moisturising and strengthening my hair will prevent split ends in the future though.

Cons - However.. This is a very small pot of product and while it won't break the bank at $7.50 a tin, when you look at the ingredients they're mostly things you can pick up at the grocery, health food store or easily accessible online.

*Warning - the following paragraph is a little bit of a rant about DIY beauty products and how you could potentially make this product at home* So 'Extra Virgin Coconut Oil' is something I have at home and is now easily accessible at your local grocery.. I get a 900g jar for about $10 from Costco (I think from memory, although my memory is horrible). Shea Butter, I get mine from, approximately 200mL for $8; Candelilla wax, available from soap ingredients suppliers $8 for 100g, although it's not a necessity if you don't have it; Olive oil, also another staple in our kitchen, fair trade might be a little harder to find though; Neroli, grapefruit, rosewood oil all available from or again soap making/aromatherapy shops; free range eggs.. I think that's obvious although how much egg/protein do you think they really got in that 10g tin? Having said all that.. you could probably get a pinch of Coconut Oil and Shea Butter and rub it in your hair for an instant shine.. *rant over*

Final words?
While I do really really like the product, and the concept of the product (great for travelling and a moisture boost/protector from dry airplane air!), I'm kind of torn about repurchasing. I'm going to try some DIY solutions to see if I can achieve the same results but I have a feeling I will always have some of this on hand for an instant hair shine pick-me-up that has a to die for scent.

Anyone have DIY hair balm recipes they'd care to share?

x peachsbeauty

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