Friday, 21 February 2014

First Impression: Lush Big Shampoo

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about Lush's Big Shampoo! This is such a cult Lush item, but I was unsure if it would be suitable for my hair because my ends tend to be very dry while my roots and scalp can get very oily. I talked to the lovely Lush ladies, and they filled a tester pot for me to take home and try! (The tester actually lasted me a whole month!)

What Does It Do?
"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 and fresh lime juice for shine. After using Big, your hair will be bouncing back to life." (1) "Over half the base of Big shampoo is made with sea salt, giving massive volume to hair in need of a boost. Sea salt is also full of minerals and de-greases hair, removing dead skin cells and dirt without stripping natural oils for a fresh, squeaky clean feeling. We balance the sea salt with seaweed infusion, extra virgin coconut oil and avocado butter for soft, nourished locks. Finally, fresh citrus juices are squeezed in for incredible shine. It's no wonder this one is a best-seller!

Size matters: Suitable for all hair types, but especially for limp locks. Once you go BIG you never go back.
Shine on: Fresh lime juice delivers instant shine and leaves your hair feeling extra clean.
One of your five a day: Full of vitamins, minerals and trace elements, Tooth Wracked Seaweed strengthens damaged hair." (2)
Big contains sizeable chunks of sea salt contained in a thick gel like base, just like a regular shampoo. The scent of Big is absolutely divine, it smells very fresh and summery! Apparently it supposed to smell like Mandarin, Neroli, Orange Blossom and Vanilla, and since I'm terrible at describing scents I'll just go with that!
Using Big proved to be slightly challenging for me the first time (not sure how much that says about my intelligence!) because the majority of the sea salt just fell straight off my head when I tried to shampoo my hair like normal. I also over-estimated the amount I would need to use, and ended up with a lot of foam on top of my head and salt all over the shower floor. -.- You only need a very small amount to cleanse your hair thoroughly, but you have to be slightly mindful that the sea salt won't really dissolve on top of your head without the help of hot water, so it's inevitable that some will just fall off your head.

Big made my hair feel super clean! You know that clean feeling after you have your hair washed and cut at the hairdressers? Exactly like that. Big removed all of the product build up in my hair (gross, I know!) and left my scalp feeling oil-free, soft, and voluminous. It didn't dry out my ends excessively, but I would recommend using a conditioner on your ends afterwards.

I found that Big helped my hair stay grease and shine free for 2 days, (normal shampoo stays grease free for 1 day) and it just smells so yummy! The smell stayed in my hair for one day (including sleeping on the wet hair, and making my pillow and the entire bathroom smell like big) so if you don't like the smell, that may be a negative deciding factor for you!

Would I Purchase This Product?
Absolutely, positively yes. Big costs around $30NZD so it is on the pricier side of shampoo's, but trust me, it is so worth it! The pots are quite sizable, and it does last a while since you can use less of it. If you are looking for the perfect summer shampoo to keep your hair grease and shine free while smelling amazing, I would definitely recommend investing in a tub of Big!


  1. I really want to try Lush hair products but they're so expensive! I got a shampoo and conditioner bar recently but IMO the conditioner is terrible. I think it's interesting how Lush makes so many claims about sea salt in their products...It's great that it kept your scalp clean for longer but salt always dries my skin out, I can't imagine why they recommend it so much. Does it smell salty at all when you wash it out?

    1. Yeah Lush is really pricey, that's why I asked for testers hehe! (I got 2 conditioner samples too and am not really a fan of either of them :S) It doesn't smell extremely salty, the salt never really dissolves in my hair anyway, most of it falls to the ground or comes out intact when I was my hair. I get a slightly massage from the salt but that's really it! I think it's really nice for summertime because my hair gets oily pretty dam fast, but I wouldn't use it in winter I don't think. If you could get testers I'd recommend trying it out before buying, I could definitely see it making dry hair a lot drier!

  2. I saw this at Lush and I really wanted to try it. But alas, I didn't have enough money at the time since I also really wanted the Porridge soap~
    I'll see if I can get thing next time I go. *A* <3 Thank you for reviewing!

  3. I have been wanting to try Lush products for years now and I can't wait until I go to uni, where the Lush store is a few minutes away! Thanks for the review~ ^^

  4. Wow, I really want to try this now! Thanks for the review x

    1. Oooh let me know what you think if you do grab some! ^.^

  5. Great review! I love this shampoo, I do agree that you need to use a good conditioner and treatment afterwards for the ends because mine are dry to. I have a LUSH weakness as you can see from my post on my bath bomb collection!


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