Hair, Shampoo, Shampoo Bars

Dear John Coffee Shampoo Bar

As someone who uses stimulating shampoos and hair products such as New, Wasabi Shan Kui and Roots, I’ve often wondered why Lush don’t have a coffee-based shampoo bar as apparently caffeine is one of the best ingredients to promote hair growth and you so often see it used by other brands in their products. Cue the arrival of Dear John, a limited edition coffee-based shampoo bar.

The Dear John scent is an excellent fragrance to choose for a coffee shampoo as Lush actually describe it as having notes of coffee itself, without actually containing the ingredient; it’s actually Cedarwood, Clove, Vetivert and Coriander that make up the scent.

Why coffee is so often used in hair products is because of its caffeine content. It’s widely known that caffeine is an effective stimulant on the brain, but it has the same effect on the hair follicles too, increasing the blood flow to the area and encouraging hair growth. Caffeine also blocks the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is a key player in causing male-pattern baldness. Lush have added both Caffeine Powder as well as Ground Coffee to this shampoo bar. The coffee grains actually act as an exfoliant on the scalp, removing buildup on the scalp and dead skin cells. Plus, every time you scrub away the dead skin, new cells will push out thicker, stronger hair.

As well as the coffee, the ingredients of the actual Dear John scent also have great effects on the hair. Cedarwood is antiseptic and balancing, helping control oil production whilst Coriander, Clove and Vetivert are all known to have stimulating effects too, boosting the overall desired effect of the product.

Other than its stimulating effects, Dear John is actually a great shampoo for adding shine  to the hair too. Coffee is more acidic than the hair’s natural oils which encourages the hair cuticles to remain flat, thereby reflecting more light than usual. Dear John also contains Molasses, which is very similar to honey in the way it helps to retain moisture into the hair and gives it a gorgeous glow and shine.  Lastly, Dear John Coffee Shampoo Bar contains Aloe Vera Extract, which is soothing and calming. Perfect for any irritation you may be coping with on your scalp.

After using this shampoo bar in the shower, I’ve definitely noticed it’s slightly more hydrating than New Shampoo Bar and smells so good when it’s in use. The ground coffee can take a while to totally wash out but it’s not hugely annoying. I notice my hair is a lot more sleek and shiny each time I wash with it. Sadly I can’t really say if it’s really helping with my hair growth as I’m using so many products that all have that same benefit, so it’s too difficult to say. I am loving using it though, that’s for sure.

Ingredients

Sodium Coco Sulfate, Fair Trade Organic Clove Infusion, Perfume, Ground Coffee, Cocoa Powder, Whole Coffee Beans, Cedarwood Oil, Vetivert Oil, Coriander Seed Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Molasses, Aloe Vera Extract, Caffeine Powder, Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool

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Hair, Shampoo

Wasabi Shan Kui Shampoo

Another product I was excited to get my hands on when I took a trip to see the exclusives at Lush Liverpool Spa was Wasabi Shan Kui Shampoo. This shampoo is designed to promote hair growth and thicken the hair and that’s exactly what I look for. As a big fan of New Shampoo Bar, I knew I’d love this. Wasabi Shan Kui’s name literally means ‘Wasabi Wasabi’ as shan kui is the direct translation of wasabi in Mandarin Chinese.

Wasabi isn’t usually an ingredient you’d find in a shampoo but much like the cinnamon in New Shampoo Bar, it has greatly stimulating effects on the hair follicles to promote growth. Anything that creates a warm or tingly sensation on the skin means it gets the blood flowing to the area and that encourages the hair follicles to get to work. Wasabi is no exception to that rule and if you’ve ever tasted it, you’ll understand why. Lush use both Fresh Wasabi and Wasabi Decoction in this shampoo. Wasabi belongs to the same family as Horseradish, so Lush have included it also for the same effects. Horseradish further produces a large amount of vitamin C which is beneficial to maintaining collagen production, an important protein found in the hair and skin.

Further boosting these stimulating effects, we have Caffeine Powder and Menthol Crystals. Just as caffeine is a stimulant for your brain, it’s stimulating for your hair too, whilst menthol has a unique effect on the scalp. It can disrupt the hair fall cycle, allowing the hair to be retained for longer. If all these ingredients don’t encourage your hair to grow then I don’t know what else will!

To thicken the texture and give volume, Wasabi Shan Kui contains both Sea Salt and Epsom Salts. When salt dries on the hair it swells, creating a volumised effect much like when you’ve been swimming in the sea.

Obviously a good shampoo needs cleansing ingredients too, so Wasabi Shan Kui contains Fresh Lemon Juice and Agave Syrup, both of which have cleansing and antibacterial qualities. Agave Syrup is very much like honey in the way it adds moisture and soothes whilst Fresh Lemon Juice helps to enzymically break down excess oils, whist adding shine.

Furthermore, this new shampoo also contains Aquafaba and Olive Oil. Otherwise known as chickpea water, Aquafaba is full of proteins and other nutrients that strengthen and protect the hair. Olive Oil is mostly the same, but hydrates the hair too.

Although I don’t think I’ve been using this shampoo long enough to really notice a difference in the growth of my hair, especially seeing as I use other products to help with this issue too, I will say that it leaves my hair feeling soft and silky and looking healthy and thick. It kinda has a strange texture, the salt makes it slightly gritty, but that just helps get rid of buildup on the scalp and it doesn’t bother me too much.

I know everyone’s probably concerned about the scent of Wasabi Shan Kui but honestly it doesn’t actually smell that much of wasabi. Thanks to a mix of Orange, Lemon and Rose Oils it has a fairly uplifting fruity fragrance with just a hint of warmth in the background. So don’t let that put you off!

Wasabi Shan Kui is currently available online as part of this months Lush Labs release, so now’s a great chance to try it out for yourself! I’m really enjoying using it so I definitely recommend!

Ingredients

Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Wasabi Decoction, Epsom Salt, Hand Harvested Sea Salt, Propylene Glycol, Fresh Horseradish, Agave Syrup, Aquafaba , Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Fresh Wasabi, Caffeine Powder, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Rose Oil, Organic Sweet Orange Oil, Fresh Lemon Juice, Menthol Crystals, Gardenia Extract, Water, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Bicarbonate, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Chlorophyllin, Colour 19140

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Body Masks, Face, Face Masks

Cup O’ Coffee Face and Body Mask

I’m one of those people who cannot survive without coffee. I have to have a cup as soon as I wake up otherwise I won’t make it through the morning, or rather everyone around me won’t. I love the taste, I love the smell, so it comes as no surprise that Cup O’ Coffee is one of my favourite products from Lush and my all-time favourite face mask.

As soon as you crack open the lid, you’re hit with a strong coffee aroma which can put you off if that’s not your cup of tea, or coffee rather. Coffee contains a high amount of caffeine, which is a stimulant to the brain, waking you up and giving you energy if you consume it. Likewise, it is also a stimulant for the skin. Cup O’ Coffee contains an infusion made from coffee beans which boosts circulation to the skin, reviving and brightening the complexion. Lush have also included Caffeine Powder to boost that effect.

Although Cup O’ Coffee is a mask, it contains Ground Coffee which acts as an effective exfoliant when you’re washing it off. It’s actually fairly scrubby on the skin which is perfect for deeply cleansing pores and removing dirt. Ground Coffee is one of the best eco-friendly alternatives to plastic microbeads. I will never understand why companies still continue to use highly damaging ingredients in their products when nature provides an alternative.

This mask actually has a fairly moist and sticky texture due to the addition of Agave Syrup. Like honey, this syrup is highly antibacterial and anti-inflammatory as well was being moisturising for the skin. This definitely makes the scrub a little less harsh and leaves the skin feeling soft and nourished once removed. Also added for their cleansing benefits are Kaolin, which draws out the impurities in the skin, and Bentone Gel which is great for absorbing excess sebum.

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Lastly a few other ingredients have been included mostly to enhance the mask’s scent, but each have their own individual properties too. Vanilla Absolute is soothing and antibacterial when applied to the skin. Vanilin, its main aromatic compound, is antioxidant and contributes to restoring skin’s brightness and softness. Coriander Oil and Vetivert Oil are warming and stimulating, contributing to the mask’s main benefits and lastly Roasted Cocoa Extract gives a rich aroma to the product whilst also being soothing.

I love the feeling after using this mask. My skin always feels so smooth and honestly looks noticeably brighter and healthier. Dull skin no more! Furthermore, I often get bored of products and I love changing up my routine but Cup O Coffee is definitely one of my desert island products that I doubt I’ll ever stop using. Do not stop making this product Lush!!

Ingredients

Organic Agave Syrup, Kaolin, Glycerine, Coffee Infusion, Talc, Ground Coffee, Bentone Gel, Perfume, Vetivert Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Roasted Cocoa Extract, Coriander Oil, Caffeine Powder, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool

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