If you like Lush, you will surely already know BIG shampoo, one of their best-selling products.
The texture of this shampoo is totally different from any other I've ever tried. First of all, it's not liquid, it comes in a pot (obviously recycled - if you know anything about Lush, you'll be aware of their ecofriendly vibe) and it has a very rich texture.
it contains sea salt (yes, actual sea salt grains!) mixed in with extremely nourishing ingredients as coconut oil.
The sea salt and sea water help to purify the scalp and get rid of any build-up left from haircare products, like hairspray or gels, while the oils help to rebalance the natural ph.
It leaves your hair squicky clean, volumised at the roots and with a nice scent.
It is quite a strong shampoo though, so you might want to use it twice a week, not daily, to avoid it to be too aggressive on your scalp.
My sister purchased Big shampoo from Lush last year and was raving about how good it was. I'd just got a pay rise at work so I decided to treat myself and give it a go!
Big shampoo is £11.25 for 330g, which I consider to be quite expensive. However, you only need a tiny amount so it does tend to last a long time - I buy a pot every 2 months or so
The shampoo comes in one of the traditional Lush 'pots', circular black with a screw on lid. There are stickers with information on it such as ingredients and when it was made, as many Lush products come. The pot is good in that it's large and the consistency wouldn't work in a bottle. The pots are all 100% recycled material. However, I find the screw lid tricky when my hands are wet in the shower. I have a shower over the bath so I tend to step away from the shower to use it - I imagine that in a shower cubicle you might find yourself accidently spraying the shower in the pot and diluting it down!
One good thing about the pot is that you can wash them out and save them up to give back to Lush for recycling. They have an offer where if you return five clean pots you can get a free face mask!
I guarantee the consistency will be different to any shampoo you've tried before! It's basically rock salt with a shampoo base in it. I was worried that it would be a bit coarse and hurt my scalp but this hasn't been an issue at all. It foams up well with a small scoop and it feels like a 'proper' shampoo. The smell is kind of earthy and woody, with the salt mixing with coconut and lemon
Coarse Sea Salt, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fresh Organic Lemon Infusion, Fresh Sea Water, Toothed Wrack Seaweed Infusion, Cocamide DEA, Lauryl Betaine, Fresh Organic Lime Juice, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Neroli Oil, Mandarin Oil, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute, Orange Flower Absolute, Limonene, Methyl Ionone, Perfume
This item is Vegan friendly!
I do find that this product volumises my hair, and leaves it soft and shiny and very healthy looking. However, I usually wash my hair every other day, and I find that this shampoo leaves my hair looking greasy after a day. What I do now is use 'regular' shampoo, followed by Big, and then a regular conditioner. This gives me the positive effects of Big, but means my hair lasts a day longer.
I have shoulder length, very thick hair which is naturally quite coarse and wavy. It is normal but can veer towards greasy.
Overall this product is good but it is expensive to say I still have to buy shampoo to go along side it as well. As it costs £11.25 and lasts for about 2 months on me shampooing every other day, it's an expensive I'm willing to pay for the results of bigger, shinier hair. I imagine the scalp massage you get from the large grains of salt do your scalp good. The biggest downsides to me are the fact that it doesn't stand up as a shampoo on its own, and that the pot is difficult to use in the shower.
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THE PRODUCT
Does exactly what it says on the tub, gives you masses of volume and a gorgeous beachy texture without any chemicals ruining your hair. It lasts forever, smells gorgeous and deeply cleanses your hair. I have dry, curly hair and it works wonders for me without ruining my hair, even though I have bleached tips which are already very damaged! You don't need much AT ALL to get a really good lather going on.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE SO MUCH ABOUT THE PRODUCT
The texture is strange if you aren't used to LUSH's tendency to use weird ways of delivering their products like solid shampoo bars and tubs of shampoo. I can't say anything negative about it personally, just that people unfamiliar with LUSH might find the texture of the product to be too far from the usual bottled shampoos.
Would you recommend the product: YES and I only bought it for £11.25
Me and my friend decided to go halves on this because it sounded quite good and the Lush assistant was adamant that it was the best hair volumizing shampoo around. The first time I used it I was a little put off by the gloopy texture and rather weird appearence and my friend wasn't keen either and she ended up letting me keep the tub of it. I've sinced used it a few more times and while it's definitely great for cleansing, softening and adding a little bounce and shine to my hair I haven't noticed an increase in volume at all. I already have very thick hair though, so maybe the results will be better for people with thin hair. A 330 gram tub of this retails at £11.25, which is really overpriced in my opinion.
Most of the time I am happy to pay extra for Lush products because of the natural ingredients but this just seems ridiculously expensive considering that it doesn't actually do everything that Lush claim it does. Also, I think it's quite sneaky that they don't do smaller pot sizes like they do with most of their other products so if you want to try it you have to buy a big tub of it. Lush say that this is a rich shampoo base that has had lots of sea salt crammed into it. Sea salt is apparently great for giving volume and this stuff is full of big chunks of it. It also has seaweed and coconut in it which soften the hair while the fresh lemons and limes give it shine. Neroli, mandarin, orange flower absolute and vanilla create the pleasant, unique scent and the shampoo is free of synthetic preservatives.
None of the ingredients have been tested on animals, either. The shampoo comes in a tub rather than a bottle as rather than squeezing a blob out I have to scoop a blob out and I'm not very keen on the texture. The pot is black with the Lush logo, product name, a brief product description, information on how to use it and a few tips. It also states on the back of the pot that the shampoo is approved by the Vegan society, is against animal testing and it is also made clear that the pot is recycable. The shampoo itself is pretty... unique. It's very off-putting in appearence, it's basically an off white colour and looks a little like lumpy wall paper paste. The lumps are big bits of sea salt and I was quite worried when I saw the size of them as I thought that they might be sharp and scratch my scalp, but they're not and they don't hurt when I rub the shampoo onto my hair and scalp.
I apply this to wet hair and only use a small amount - it contains oil so it's important not to over-do it unless you want greasy hair! I find a medium sized blob of it is enough to thoroughly cover all of my hair, which is nearly bum length and very thick. I need to add water as I rub it in to ensure that it latehrs up and it does lather really easily. Although this isn't a hair mask, I ususally leave it on for a few minutes so that my hair can absorb the nutrients and goodness and so that I get my money's worth. While I relax and let my hair soak it up I am able to enjoy the scent, which I love. It's fruity with a nice hint of coconut with a slight woody tone.
Unfortunately, I have quite a strong smelling conditioner which I use after using this, which completely overpowers the scent - I really need to get a new, less fragranced conditioner so that the scent of this lingers for longer. Once I wash the shampoo out of my hair it feels silky soft and moisturised as well as clean and fresh. I always blow dry my hair after using it and once it's dry the benefits that it has on my hair are really noticeable - it literally glistens and looks silky and well cared for. It doesn't look any bigger, but it has a nice bouncy feel to it. Overall, recommended. I have knocked two stars off though because it's not volumising (on my hair, anyway) and is overpriced in my opinion!
I am a big fan of Lush and the products they do, and this shampoo definitely lived up to me expectations.
The shampoo comes in a big black plastic pot with the name of the product written on the top and the side, and the usual list of ingredients and a recommendation on how to use it. What is great about Lush products is that they come with a useby date, and a little sticker that shows you who it was made by - which makes it that little bit personal which is nice.
The shampoo itself isnt too pleasant to look at or touch though I have to say. It is a creamy white in colour, and the consistantly is quite sloppy yet full of salty grains at the same time. What I like about this this is the fact that it is in a big pot which means that you can get exactly the amount you need out. It doesnt really lather up much which is a bit of a disappointment, but other than that I think this shampoo is really good. The big chunks of salt really exfoliate your scalp and get rid of any dry skin around the roots of your hair, which helps to give if lift and volume from the roots when its dry. Its easy to rinse out of your hair afterwards, and leaves your hair literally feeling squeeky clean.
This shampoo is full of natural lovely ingredients as are all lush products, these include:
Coarse Sea Salt
Fresh Organic Lemon Infusion
Fresh Sea Water
Toothed Wrack Seaweed Infusion
The only thing I can really complain about is the price of this shampoo - it costs around £11 for a pot, which for a shampoo is VERY expensive, no matter how good it is. I do love this product, and I think it works wonders for my hair but it is not something I would buy again and this is solely down to the high price tag.
As I love the Lush, Jumping Juniper and Godiva Shampoo Bars I decided to try one of their other ones to see if this was as good and plumped for the 'Big' Shampoo. I went with this one as I wanted to try something other than the shampoo bars and I am always on the quest for more volume for my fine limp hair and this 'Big' shampoo promised to do just that.
The Big Shampoo comes in a standard Lush Black plastic tub with white writing on it. The writing states the name - Big - and what the shampoo is designed to do. These pots are strong and although simple still look good quality and not cheap at all. The idea of these pots are to be re-used so if you return 5 clean empty pots to a Lush shop they will not only recycle them but as a reward give you a free face mask which is a lovely touch.
On the back of the tub it gives you directions of use and there is also a sticker showing who potted up the shampoo for you, which in my case was a girl called Julie. I think these stickers are really great as they make the shampoo a personal experience. These stickers also show the date it was made and its use by date which in the case of the 'Big' is around a couple of months.
The tub for the 'Big' is in itself 'big'. It holds a decent 330 g which I hoped would last ages as this tub was setting me back £10.95. This price seemed excessively high, but I was so intrigued in trying some more Lush shampoo's and was on a nice shopping trip with the girls that I talked myself into it! I hoped for over £10 it would last me ages and be worth the money.
When you open the tub - which has a strong screw on lid - you see this mass of clumpy goo. I initially thought this looked a bit weird, but it smelt fantastic with a mixture of the sea and citrus tones. As with a lot of Lush products, their appearance can sometimes be off putting, which I have encountered with some of the face masks, but you have to not let appearances put you off!
The texture of the shampoo is odd. It's almost like a body scrub in consistency with is being a white full of lumps of salt. I was surprised at the amount of salt in the shampoo as it is crammed full of chunks. But as mentioned it smells great and each time I use it now I seem to pick up on different fragrances.
The Big Shampoo is packed full of natural ingredients such as:-
Coarse Sea Salt
Fresh Sea Water
Toothed Wrack Seaweed Infusion
Organic Lime Juice
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Orange Flower Absolute
You can instantly smell the sea with this shampoo which comes from the salt, seaweed and salt water, but then the Lemon and Lime scents also come through afterwards along with the occasional hint of coconut. The Sea Salt and salt water are to add volume. The Coconut and seaweed to soften and condition, whilst the lemon and limes are to add shine. The mandarin, orange flower, neroli and vanilla are simply to scent the shampoo
To use, you simply massage gently into wet hair, work up the lather and rinse. Lush also tell you to apply generously to give your hair and scalp an extra treat. The result - to have a very big hair day!
The shampoo is easy to apply and you simply take some of the 'goo' and massage it in to wet hair. This does feel odd to begin with but since using the shampoo a good number of times now I am used to how it feels. When you first apply it to your wet hair, it feels as though the chunks of sea salt will get tangled in your hair (especially if you have long hair like me). And the shampoo feels very gritty and unusually. As you massage this into lather these sea salt chunks to partly dissolve and the shampoo creates a creamy slick lather. The lather is not foamy but more like you have applied a treatment to your hair, thick and creamy. The shampoo does lather up quickly and then rinses out easily. The sea salt chunks that haven't dissolved also rinse out easily as well which I was surprised about. I though they might stick to my hair the first few times I used this and I would be combing them out for hours later.
After a couple of uses you do get used to the texture and lather the shampoo creates. As for results they are all very good!
When you hair is still damp after using the 'Big' it can feel tangled and not particularly moisturised. When using this shampoo I tend to spray in a little leave in conditioner afterwards just to combat this. But once you hair is fully dry the shampoo creates lots of volume all over, and not just at the roots. My hair looks overall thicker and fuller after using this which is just the result I wanted. My hair also feels very clean, almost as though you have used a clarifying shampoo which was great after using hairspray etc. It feels as though it's gently but thoroughly cleansed.
Although it really cleans hair it seems to do this gently and really treats your hair. My hair looks in a great condition after use, and even my blonde highlights look brighter which may be down to the lemon and lime ingredients. My hair is also then very manageable and styles easily and is not as flyaway. The shampoo also really makes your hair smell heavenly. The fragrance will easily last on your hair all day and I quite regularly found myself sniffing my hair for the fragrance. As the shampoo is quite expensive, I do only use the 'Big' once a week, using my other shampoo bars in-between. If it was a little cheaper I would probably convert to this over my Jumping Juniper and Godiva but these work out much better value. You do get a good amount for you £10 with 330 g in a tub and this does last months if only used once a week making it slightly better value. However, for results the shampoo is worth a slightly higher price but not quite £10.95!
Lush state that this Big Shampoo "is like having your hair lifted on a sea breeze" and this is literally spot on! Big volume, cleansing, conditioning and manageable hair here I come!
I am generally a really big fan of Lush products, but I don't believe that they always get it right - and I believe that this is one of those products that really doesn't quite hit the mark for me. As most Lush products, it is a fairly expensive product and, as such, I would expect it to be above the average - and it's just not. A 330g tub costs £10.95 which, as I've said, it really very expensive for a shampoo. This tub would last me about 8 washes - and so it equates to about £1.40 per wash.
This shampoo comes in a tub rather than a bottle, which I quite like because I feel like I have more control over how much I use at any one time, and also it's easy to see how much is left in the tub. The whole idea about this shampoo is that it is intended to boost volume by packing the shampoo full of sea salt which aims to then lift the hair and give it more body.
The shampoo is an off-white creamy colour which isn't particularly attractive as it reminds me of (and please forgive me for this!) snot. It feels very mucousy and slimy, although it also has a very gritty texture which isn't unlike exfoliator - just slightly runnier and slimier. The idea of the salty graininess is not only to boost volume but it also is intended to exfoliate the scalp and keep that free of debris and dead skin build up. It is used just like the majority of other shampoos, although it makes sense that you're supposed to massage this into the scalp more than you normally might with non-exfoliating shampoos.
When the shampoo goes on my hair I don't actually like the sensation. It reminds me of when I've been to the beach and I get sand in my hair and it's all gritty and generally irritating. The shampoo doesn't lather terribly well either and so it doesn't feel very rich or luxurious. It also takes a fair amount of rinsing out to get the shampoo out of the hair - and I do find it difficult to judge when the shampoo is completely removed. However, what I dislike the most is the fact that it leaves my hair feeling heavy and sticky and just like I want to wash it again. .Yes, it does add volume, but as this is accompanied by the sticky heaviness, it's not a really pleasant feeling at all.
I bought one tub of this and I did use it to the end to give it a chance, but I just don't like it and certainly won't be buying it again.
Before I start talking about the shampoo, I want to say that I use to have very frizzy, greasy, unruly hair. I virtually never ever got compliments about it and it was a huge hassle to wash. My hair/scalp didn't seem to like some shampoos at all. I have naturally wavy hair and really wanted the waves to be soft and gentle, but when my hair was down it was just frizzzzz...
I guess what followed was really how I started using Lush products and ended repurchasing many time and time again. I looked for different shampoos, hoping that there would be something that worked. I'd already tried a lot of brands before from supermarkets/Boots and decided to try Curly Wurly shampoo from Lush. This one I really liked, but after a while the coconut bits in the shampoo annoyed me and I switched to Big shampoo.
When I first purchased Big shampoo, I'm pretty sure it was less than £10 but currently Lush sell it at a rather pricey £10.95/330g. It lasts me half a year at least, and I have mid-long length thick, thick heavy hair. You don't need much, but after soaping your hair up, you can build it into a nice lather. The smell is fresh like the seaside/early mornings. It's not an overpowering smell and subtly attractive. When you look inside the pot, it looks like a load of course sea salt in a white liquid, but it does work! If you're feeling on the shelf a little, it might be worth asking for a small sample from the staff members...who seem to be EVERYWHERE...It might not be right for your hair e.g. too drying...
I was a little bit hesitant to buy this shampoo as the name of the shampoo is 'Big'. I didn't need any more volume than I had already. But there were other things that I liked, such as enhancing shine and softness of the hair. I have to say that I don't regret it at all. This shampoo is as good as Curly Wurly...I actually prefer it because there isn't the mess of the coconut bits! In my experience it didn't add volume to my hair but did do the other things (soft, shine) - amazing! It does make my hair feel beautiful clean, strong and very healthy. I don't get the frizz or the mess that I use to and I can honestly say that unless I'm forced to use a normal supermarket brand like Loreal or Hand&Shoulders when staying away from home, I will only use Lush - I like it that much!!
Most of the time I just use it by itself without any conditioner. I really love Big shampoo, but unfortunately due to the price I sometimes use the solid Lush shampoo bars as well which last quite a long time and cost much less. There are so many pluses about this shampoo so it's a real shame that the price seems to have increased even more than what it was before!
Lush is the type of shop that you smell before you see it. Most of its products are heavily fragranced in a good way and they put the focus on fun and colour. The products are handmade and packed full of natural ingredients. Their products are never tested on animals.
There are plenty of hair products out there that promise to give you big hair with plenty of volume but none quite like this one by Lush. Big Shampoo is specifically designed to put volume and bounce back into lifeless hair. It promises to coat your hair with a beautiful shine and leave it silky soft to the touch. I liked the sounds of that, so I gave it a try.
It costs around £10 for 330 grams of this peculiar shampoo. It comes in a black cylindrical tub which resembles a pot of ice cream. It can be bought from your nearest Lush store or online. The product itself looks like no other shampoo that I've ever seen before. It strongly resembles rice pudding to look at and it seems like a weird substance to wash you hair with. The aroma is citrus fresh and lingers on your hair for hours after use.
The formula itself is incredibly unusual and can sound off putting. It is full of the goodness of the ocean and the shampoo is actually 50% salt. A confusing concept to me, as I was always taught that salt absorbs water and would therefore have a drying effect on my hair. Actually the salt works by drawing the impurities out of the hair and therefore, giving it a wonderful glossy shine. It is also full of minerals which helps to maintain the moisture balance of your hair, meaning no more frizziness!
The shampoo is also enriched by an infusion of Tooth Wracked Seaweed with is full of nutrients, vitamins and minerals that will strengthen your hair from root to tip. The coconut oil mixed into the formula is who you can thank for your new soft hair and it is the fresh lime juice that will give that feeling of being squeaky clean.
You use this weird concoction as you would use any other shampoo. Simply wet your hair and then massage it in. You can feel the lumps of salt in the product and again this is a peculiar sensation but don't panic, all the salt washes away with you rinse your hair. You don't get the normal lather with this little wonder; it's more of a creamy lather. The smell is beautiful but may not be too everyone's taste. It is quite a sharp citrus fragrance.
This shampoo is too strong to for every day use as the salt will be too harsh on your hair. It's better if this is used once a week to pamper your hair or for a special occasion. It also needs to be followed by an intensive conditioner. Also if you have coloured hair, it may strip the colour so use with caution.
All in all, this product really does make your hair soft and shiny. It makes my hair marginally bigger but the best part of the shampoo for me is the fact that it makes my hair less frizzy. It smells so fresh and the fragrance is long lasting. If you use this sporadically, it acts as a lovely treatment for the hair. If you can get past the unusual appearance and texture of this, you won't be disappointed with the results.
Coarse Sea Salt, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fresh Organic Lemon Infusion (Citrus limonum), Fresh Sea Water, Toothed Wrack Seaweed Infusion (Fucus serratus), Cocamide DEA, Lauryl Betaine, Fresh Organic Lime Juice (Citrus aurantifolia), Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara), Mandarin Oil (Citrus reticulata), Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Orange Flower Absolute (Citrus Aurantium amara), *Limonene, Perfume
This was one of the samples that I received on my last visit to my favourite Lush shop in the Westfield centre in Derby. There was a large black plastic pot on display on the counter and this had the name BIG on the front. This was not a product I had come across before but it has been around for a while I have since found out. I haven't really inspected the shampoos in Lush before as they are quite expensive I find. The only ones I have used before have been the solid shampoos as these are great to take when travelling as you are not carting great bottles around with you.
Anyway back to this BIG product, which is a 'liquid' shampoo but a very thick gloopy one. It comes in the traditional black recyclable pot. If you take five of these clean ones back then you can choose a free fresh face mask from the shop so wash it carefully and save it until you have five. This shampoo is named after its inventor. his nickname is BIG so the shampoo was named after him . The shampoo is designed to be volumising and give your hair shine with its sea salt, seaweed, lemon and lime. It is not cheap at the cost of
£10.45 for a 330g tub.
On the website Lush say "Sea salt shampoo for shine, softness and big endowments. This pot of oceanic goodness is 50% sea salt to give limp hair the volume it deserves, with seaweed infusion to soften hair and citrus juices for shine. After using Big, your hair will be bouncing back to life."
What does it look like? Well my husband said it looked like wall paper paste, my daughter said it looked like gloppy watery porridge and the girl who served me in Lush described it as lumpy semolina..So we have a gritty, creamy coloured gloopy paste like wallpaper paste or lumpy porridge. The lumps are huge grains of salt so now I have your attention with regards to the luscious looks of this shampoo let's see what it is made of. I know lots of people don't like ingredients lists but as Lush make claims about the naturalness of their products I think it is important to take a look.
Ingredients: Sea Salt , Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fresh Lemon Infusion Toothed Wrack Seaweed Infusion ,Scottish Sea Water, Cocamide DEA, Lauryl Betaine, Fresh Lime Juice, Coconut Oil , Neroli Oil , Mandarin Oil , Vanilla Absolute , Orris Absolute , Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
The nice ingredients are sea salt, fresh lemon infusion, tooth wracked seaweed infusion, Scottish se water, fresh lime juice,coconut oil, neroli and mandarine oil,vanilla absolute and orris absolute.
Not so great ingredients:
These include Cocamide DEA which is made by reacting the mixture of fatty acids from coconut oils with diethanolamine this becomes a viscous liquid and is used as a foaming agent as needed in shampoo. Unfortunately it also is an allergen that may cause skin problems and dermatitis in people who are susceptible to skin allergies.
Methylparaben. As I have said in previous reviews these seem to be equally undesirable and can cause skin problems as well as possible links to male infertility and breast cancer! To find out about Methylparbens: see this site http://www.ehow.com/about_5453218_dangers-methylpa raben.html
Propylparaben which is one of the paraben family of chemicals. It does occur naturally in some plants and insects but it is most commonly found as a synthetic chemical in cosmetics, foods, and pharmaceuticals. There is a database associated with the Environmental Working Group has listed t 14,319 products currently contain propylparaben. It is used as a preservative, an antimicrobial, and for flavouring. It has been linked to cancer but the jury is still out on the as to whether it is carcinogenic or not. If you are concerned then I suggest you do more research for yourself on this.
Lauryl Betaine is there as it is an antistatic, surfactant, also good for hair conditioning, skin conditioning and cleansing. It can cause skin and eye irritation and there is some eveidence for nerve and organ effects when tested on animals. See http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/ingredient.php?ingred06=703442
This is interesting as Lush and body shop both claim not to use products tested on animals yet this has been tested on animals and both shops use this is some of their products.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate which is a detergent and once again it has been linked to health problems take a look at http://www.health-report.co.uk/sodium_lauryl_sulphate.html.
Despite my studies I still buy this stuff as it is actually very hard to buy shampoos and soaps that don't have some of these ingredients. It is possible if you really look hard for natural stuff but you pay the price. It is interesting that both Lush and Body shop have products with at least one sometimes two of these questionable ingredients. It might be worth looking at this series of questions and answers from people in the industry about parabens both pros and cons. As I said it is a personal matter and I am not sure who is correct as the arguments are quite convincing from both sides and I really don't know enough to know who is more correct but I am just making people aware.
What about using it?
It is very strange to use as you have to scoop a little out of the pot and rub it into wet hair. I found I needed a lot of water to dissolve the salt and get the shampoo to foam. It foamed in very fine foam similar to the Pantene Aqualight shampoo. I am not sure about using shampoo from a tub as every time you take any out you would probably add a bit of water and in the end it could be rather more sloppy.
Anyway I used about a teaspoon full (I guess you could keep a small plastic teaspoon in the pot to get it out) for my hair which is fairly thick but shortish. Once I had enough water, and you need plenty of water, much more than usual I found, the shampoo foamed up nicely and the salt dissolved very quickly without any scratchy feeling on my scalp. According to the tub you only need to wash your hair once with this and as I only ever do wash mine once that is what I did .It felt nice and my hair felt clean after I rinsed it out. As my hair is really thick I really have no need for volumising at all but I am keen on shine. On the pot it says that the shampoo will;
'Dull hair turns into traffic stopping shiny, silky hair featuring raw salt, seaweed and lime juice. Shampoo once, rinse out thoroughly that's all it takes!'-
When I opened my pot and sniffed I could smell coconut and sweet lemon. As I used it though the smell was not as apparent, it was pleasant, sweet and lightly coconut. Once I had rinsed it all out I couldn't really smell it on my hair. I used a natural conditioner with lavender and geranium and that really knocked the previous shampoo smell right out of my nose. It is quite a fresh smell and certainly not unpleasant but not in my view a very remarkable smell.
I would suggest that this is probably not a shampoo to use on a daily basis as the salt could strip your hair if coloured. It is nice to use a couple of times a week I would say. I used conditioner after I used it and I would say that you do need to use one but I always do anyway.
So was my hair big and shiny after using it? Well it certainly seemed a bit bigger which I really didn't need and shiny? Well, not so sure, as my hair is quite curly it never really looks shiny unless I straighten it so I did. Yes it was nice and shiny and looked really healthy too. Would I buy it again? Probably not as I am not so keen on getting my shampoo out of a pot nor am I keen on the volumising effect as I really do NOT need this. I would suggest it is possible best suited to someone with thin lank hair and someone who doesn't colour their hair darker as the salt and lemon do lighten your hair. It does give shine and I am sure the lemon juice and salt are really good for your hair and stop it getting too greasy while the coconut oil keeps the good oils in your hair and help it to shine.
I would suggest you visit your local Lush shop and ask for a sample to see if it does anything for you before you purchase a large quite expensive pot. It wasn't the odd look of the product that put me off but the fact that you have to scoop it out of a pot and also really I do not need any volumising and that is what this shampoo is designed to give. So no, I won't be buying this one but did enjoy giving it a try and I still have about 3 more shampoos left in my sample pot which Ii will use so that means that I will have had 5 shampoos from that little pot which holds about 20g I believe.
Thanks for reading and hope this has bee of some help to you and maybe given you food for thought. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name.
When the weather changes my hair and skin tend to change also. In the winter my hair becomes a tad limp and my skin gets drier. Generally my hair needs a good boost to give it a healthy shine and put some bounce back into it. Now I know we are only in September but as it has become cooler my hair has changed over the last few weeks as it does every year without fail despite using hair products, shampoos and conditioners my hair has always gone through a change.
Now I'm not the sort of person who spends hours doing the hair in the morning my hair routine is quite simple. I do however like it to look nice! I like to use quality products on my hair but I don't get obsessive once my hair is washed, its blow dried and straightened and pretty much left to its own devices as it doesn't cause me many problems.
The shampoo I have turned to over the past few years would be Lush's Big shampoo as it gives the promise of shiny, voluminous hair which lets face it we all tend to want! It's created for those with limp hair which needs a much needed boost to revitalize and getting your mane looking its best! Unlike Lush's bottled shampoos Big comes in a black tub and isn't very liquid like, its quite gooey and thick but it makes it easy to apply as it doesn't run through your fingers and straight down the plug hole! Due to its high content of sea salt it has quite a grainy texture which when you first use it is a slightly odd feeling as your applying salt to your hair but fear not it does wash out and absorb. As soon as you come to use Big for the first time it is best to give it a good stir to mix it through properly giving a much more creamy consistency.
Coarse sea salt makes up Big shampoo and it is full of minerals making it great for cleansing both hair and scalp without stripping your natural oils. It's also great for your skin as it gently exfoliates should you get any drips from your hair! Coconut oil is added for its wonderful moisturising properties both to the hair and skin, it is also suitable for those with the utmost delicate skin. Hair is smoothed and softened within one wash it seems with Big. Joining this duo is toothed wrack seaweed infusion (please do not be put off by its name!). It is a type of seaweed native to UK coasts and contains a large amount of minerals and vitamins which are great for helping to strengthen hair. Lush say that "we use it in our Big shampoo to deliver all the nutrients of the seaweed directly to the hair. This works to soften the hair in combination with the sea salt, which improves the condition of the hair and gives greater volume and life."
To give that promised shine Lush go on about they use fresh organic lime juice which is the ingredient which gives your hair the shine back. It is also an antibacterial agent which is great for cleansing both hair and scalp. It also does a great job of refreshing your scalp and it has a lovely cooling sensation. Another citrus fruit used in this concoction is fresh organic lemon infusion which is made at Lush. Lemon juice is full of vitamins C, B1 and B2 and is ideal for cleansing and degreasing both skin and hair giving limp hair the boost and shine it needs.
Big has a gorgeous fragrance which is made up from a variety of fruity and floral oils which make using this shampoo simply divine. They won't just linger around your bathroom for hours after use but also on your hair and skin.
Orange flower absolute is used mainly for its notorious intense floral aroma which although intense is great for calming the mind. Mandarin oil is added for its sweet, zest aroma which refreshes hair and skin and helps relieve stress. Next is neroli oil which I personally think is a 'wonder' oil as it increases serotonin production in the brain (scientifically prove), so it is ideal for those suffering with stress as it calms the mind and eases tension. Neroli oil is also great at improving the texture and tone of the skin - great for stretchmarks apparently! It has a lovely light, refreshing scent which fits quite comfortably within the other oils used. Vanilla absolute is the main fragrance you can smell with Big as it is quite a strong aroma which is why it is used as it doesn't really offer any other properties other than its fragrance.
Using Big is incredibly easy as you simply scoop a little bit out of the pot and apply direct to wet hair. I have found that its best to use a little to begin with to ensure your whole hair is covered. Using too much and you will have a very grainy texture on the hair. Big lathers up quite easily and you will get a silky, white lather on your hair which is lovely and fragrant. Within seconds your hair is soft to the touch and tangle free. When I first used Big I was concerned about washing the sea salt out but it really is hardly noticeable once on your hair, most of it is absorbed and when you come to wash your hair simply take a minute longer to ensure it is all washed out, I use a fine toothed comb which I find helps as well.
The result of using Big I find is wonderfully soft hair which of course is helped by using a conditioner but after using it several times my hair gets back to its shiny self in no time. It has a lovely added bounce which isn't too much. Once I have the healthy shine back in my hair and it no longer looks limp I use Big regularly throughout the cooler months alongside another shampoo and this seems to work well for me and my hair appreciates that added help. It may be expensive but if you use only a small amount which is advised then a pot will actually last quite sometime making it slightly more feasible.
What Lush say:
"Sea salt shampoo for shine, softness and big endowments. This pot of oceanic goodness is 50% sea salt to give limp hair the volume it deserves, with seaweed infusion to soften hair and citrus juices for shine. After using Big, your hair will be bouncing back to life."
£9.90 - 330g
Coarse Sea Salt, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fresh Organic Lemon Infusion (Citrus limonum), Fresh Sea Water, Toothed Wrack Seaweed Infusion (Fucus serratus), Cocamide DEA, Lauryl Betaine, Fresh Organic Lime Juice (Citrus aurantifolia), Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara), Mandarin Oil (Citrus reticulata), Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Orange Blossom Absolute (Citrus aurantium amara), *Limonene, Perfume
I have been a fan of Lush for a couple of years now, but have only recently tried their hair care range. Admittedly, I was a little dubious at first as I found it hard to believe that a company who are mainly known for their bath and shower products can produce an effective hair care range. Thankfully, I was wrong.
BIG shampoo comes in a black, recycled plastic pot with the familiar Lush font describing the shampoo, its ingredients and the usual sticker of who made your product and when. The lid screws on and is very secure and easy to open and close, even in the shower with wet hands.
Please don't be put off by how the shampoo looks. It is easy to bypass it because of it's strange appearance and how it looks more like a body scrub than a shampoo. It isn't smooth liquid like normal shampoo, it is cream in colour and very thick, with large pieces of salt throughout. Because of the thick texture of BIG, you have to scoop it out with your fingers. Although, at only 330g, it doesn't look like a lot of product, you only need a small amount (Lush recommends half a teaspoon for shoulder length hair).
As with all Lush products, BIG is full of natural ingredients (the full list can be viewed on their site) such as sea salt, fresh sea water, coconut oil and lime juice to name but a few. The smell is unique and fresh, personally it reminds me of the sea air and seaside visits. It is very hard to describe but makes a refreshing change from the usual unnatural fruity smells normally found on the high street.
This shampoo is a pleasure to use. It lathers easily and the chunks of salt feel nice against the scalp, like a small head massage every time you shower. It is easy to rinse out and leaves hair feeling very clean. The main use of this shampoo is for volume and shine, and whilst the shine is definitely there, it is hard to detect much change in volume. However, it does make hair feel lighter and 'swishy', which is a big improvement on limp hair.
At £9.90 for 330g, it is quite expensive. But keep in mind that a little goes a long way and you will be hard pressed to find a unique, natural and effective shampoo elsewhere on the high street.
I would love to give it 5 stars, but if I am being honest, it isn't suitable for coloured hair. The sea salt strips coloured hair quicker than most shampoos and because of this, I use it occasionally as a treat when my hair is due to be dyed.
I've been shopping in the body cosmetic store LUSH quite a lot recently. I have tended to buy the cheaper items in store, sticking to the bath bars or butter bars. I had looked at their shampoo range many times without purchasing, simply because I think that at almost £10 for a 330 gram tub, the price is ridiculously high. I would honestly never have bought this but I was given it as a gift from a relative who knew I was partial to LUSH products.
The product comes in a small black plastic tub with a lid which screws on. It is very secure and easy to twist open and shut, even with wet soapy hands. LUSH actually reuse these pots to lessen the environmental impact and on the side of my tub is a sticker advertising an incentive - return five of these tubs to the store and get a Fresh Face Mask free, so it's worth hanging on to if you intend to buy this regularly.
Product information is printed on the lid and side of the pot. This includes full ingredients. Everything in the shampoo is suitable for use by vegans as it has no animal derived ingredients nor has it been tested on animals. Although it is not stated on the tub this shampoo is actually 50% sea salt (you have to go to the website to find out these finer details). Coarse sea salt is the ingredient listed first, obviously. Other intruiging ingredients include: Fresh Organic Lemon Infusion, Fresh Sea Water, Toothed Wrack Seaweed Infusion, Fresh Organic Lime Juice, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Neroli Oil , Mandarin Oil, Vanilla Absolute and Orange Blossom Absolute.
The seaweed ingredient is said to contain vast amounts of minerals and vitamins which will soak into the hair. The oils in the ingredients soften and also perfume.
I was quite surprised that a hair shampoo could be based on an ocean theme seeing as days out at the beach usually leave all types of hair a dry and frazzled mess. Infact there are products available like Fudge Salt Spray that will actually re-create this messy holiday-hair look. It's what I'd call a surfer bum style so I was thinking this shampoo might have the same effect. This would not have been my ideal look!
When you open the tub the fragrance of the shampoo is very odd. It's a totally unique aroma that no other shampoo on the supermarket shelf could re-create. Is it a nice smell, though? Well it conjurs up visions of beaches when the tide has just retreated. It smells like rock pools and ocean breezes. The fragrance is mild and fresh though and I wouldn't say it was too horrible to endure but neither is it a fragrance that I love.
The appearance of the shampoo is quite horrible and gooey, making me think of Fungus the Boogeyman. It's a light lime green colour with chunks of salt poking through a slimy film that rests on the surface.
The first time I used this shampoo I made the mistake of scooping out a large handful. With this shampoo less is definately more. Infact I'd advise appying it pinch by pinch to areas on the head until a desired foam is produced. It's VERY bubbly and the foam is thick and hard to rinse. I was overcome by neverending bubbles the first time I used it.
One of the problems about the texture of the shampoo is the sea salt lumps. If you are a bath user the sharp lumps will slip down your back and under your bum and legs and it's actually quite painful to feel. It's also a little uncomfortable if your scalp is in anyway damaged. I would advise not using this if you have a sensitive scalp as the sea salt can rub and rip at the skin's surface.
As the shampoo produces a very thick foam I find it's difficult to rinse out. It'd be easier with a shower, I think, but in a bath it's extremely difficult and the bubbles also remain on the surface of the water like a bubble bath effect for a long time. With one application my hair actually squeaks when I am rinsing it! I was worried this meant it would be drying but this is not the case.
I use a leave-in conditioner after using this so I have to comb my wet hair after use. My hair tends to be more tatty and knotted than if I was using other shampoos and I think this is because it is so difficult to rinse that time after time dunking my head trying to get rid of the soap my hair gets more entwined.
When my hair is dry I am really surprised by the results. I would say that it looks and feels cleaner than ever before. It's shiny and soft too. There is no hint of the tousled beach-bum look in my locks! There is no dryness. This shampoo is called BIG and I wondered if this referred to the volume of the hair after use. I would not say my hair looks instantly big and bouffant but it definately is more curly and swinging. I have naturally curly hair and this shampoo emphasises what's great about those spirals, making them bounce and flow.
There is a little bit of fragrance left in the hair when the hair is dry but it doesn't smell fishy or like seaweed gunge. It's more like a mix of citrus fruit and a cool, salty wind so don't worry!
I would say the end result of the hair after using this shampoo is excellent and for it's properties I'd give five stars but for it's over-bubbly formula and those excessive chunks of salt I'd have to deduct a couple of stars! It's an expensive shampoo but one I appreciate very much and I may even save up to buy another pot!
'Big' is one of the popular liquid shampoos that Lush Cosmetics offer. It costs £9.90 for 330g of shampoo which is in one of Lush's black pots. As usual, if you have five empty black pots, you can take them back and receive a fresh face mask free. The product itself doesn't look like a normal shampoo would as it is not entirely 100% liquid.
Big is made up of 50% sea salt. I found this very strange at first, but the lady in store explained to me this was so you can rub right into your scalp which will help to volumise the hair. I have fairly limp, flat hair and I have been seeking a shampoo that can help to give it that extra bounce without me having to add copious amounts of other products to it. I was hoping Big could do this.
I wasn't particularly happy with spending up to £10 on a shampoo at any one time, however it has an expiration date of a year but I would estimate this product would last me about four to six months. (I have shoulder length hair).
The smell of this is to die for. Listed in the ingredients are lemon and seaweed extracts, as well as fresh sea water. It smells like the sea on holiday, and really reminds me of being abroad somewhere hot. The citrus kick adds to it making it a lovely, fresh scent which lingers on your hair the whole day.
When applying this on to your hair, you really have to rub it in as 50% of the product is sea salt. To begin with it is a very strange feeling as I wasn't used to it, but the shampoo lathers up incredibly, considering the small amount I apply to my hair. When washing it off, the whole smell fills up the shower and it was all I could smell all day. I would compare the smell to a Margherita cocktail, very yummy!
For £9.90 I was hoping this could be the shampoo that would give me a little more volume, but did it? After blow-drying my hair straight after, my hair did feel bigger. There wasn't a considerable difference, however it felt thicker and looked in a much healthier condition. I was really pleased with the results.
Unfortunately, after using it for a couple of weeks, I started to know that the colour of my hair was changing. I home dye my hair once every six weeks to a dark brown colour. Within two weeks my hair was stripping of this colour and started to look more bronzey. I hadn't been using any other products that could have made this happen other than Big shampoo. I had read that this had happened to other people, therefore I'd try out another shampoo if you use highlights or hair dye! (This is just my experience, it could be my hair dye that has affected this).
Overall, I am giving this shampoo four stars because it did make my hair thicker and healthier which is what it claimed to do. One star is going to be knocked off because of the price which is far too high in my opinion. Thanks for reading.
I got a sample of Big shampoo when I got my Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes kit earlier this year. I was glad I got it as I had wanted to try it for a while but thought it looked rather odd!
Lush say on their website:
"Sea salt shampoo for shine, softness and big endowments. This pot of oceanic goodness is 50% sea salt to give limp hair the volume it deserves, with seaweed infusion to soften hair and citrus juices for shine. After using Big, your hair will be bouncing back to life."
Well, my hair is quite thick anyway and certainly can do very well without extra volume, however it is quite processed (dyed, blow-dried and straightened frequently) so could certainly do with softness and shine. I was quite excited therefore about using this shampoo.
When I opened the pot I could smell a really strong scent of sea salt with a citrus tang. It was really refreshing and I found that this shampoo was really good at waking me up in the morning, especially with a hangover! Even when I wasn't using it I sometimes opened the tub to get a sniff if I was feeling a bit hazy!
The shampoo was creamy white in colour and lumpy because of the large chunks of salt. I found it quite difficult to apply at first but soon got the hang of it - I wet my hair, took a small bit of shampoo (you really don't need to use too much) and put it on the top of my head - despite the salt chunks, I found I was able to get plenty of lather to cover the rest of my hair (which is just above shoulder-length, though thick).
The first time I used the shampoo I used it without conditioner, purely for experimental purposes. I found my hair was quite shiny and soft but I definitely preferred it with conditioner. This isn't a black mark against the shampoo as I would never expect to be able to use ANY shampoo regularly without conditioner. I did worry that the salt chunks would suck the moisture out of my hair (thinking of what the salt does that they put on the roads in the snow!) but this certainly didn't happen.
Thereafter I used Big with conditioners including L'Oreal, American Cream and Veganese (the last two are also from Lush). I found it went especially well with Veganese which also has a citrus scent.
I was really impressed with this shampoo. I found my hair was shiny and soft without being flyaway or hard to style. In fact, it held its style better than it does with other shampoos even though I wasn't wearing any other hair products (apart from heat defence spray). I usually have a nightmare trying to keep my hair in its freshly-straightened condition so I was extremely pleased.
Unfortunately the shampoo normally costs £9.90 for 330g which is just too expensive for using every day. I would certainly consider buying this shampoo again for use on special occasions or if I ever receive a sudden windfall!
Coarse Sea Salt, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Fresh Organic Lemon Infusion (Citrus limonum), Fresh Sea Water, Toothed Wrack Seaweed Infusion (Fucus serratus), Cocamide DEA, Lauryl Betaine, Fresh Organic Lime Juice (Citrus aurantifolia), Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara), Mandarin Oil (Citrus nobilis), Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Orange Flower Absolute (Citrus Aurantium amara), *Limonene, Perfume