Ok so these mangled remains is what is left of my LUSH Jungle Solid conditioner and that alone should tell you how I’ve used and abused this conditioner. I carried it along for my 15 days of wanderings in the wilderness( hence the picture quality),along with LUSH Trichomania Shampoo Bar, assuming that a solid shampoo and conditioner would be way easier travel companions. More on that later but for now suffice it to say that solid shampoo and conditioner bars are not as travel friendly as one would like to believe.
Like so many of LUSH’s innovations, solid henna, solid oil bar, solid toothbrush ( all of which I’ve talked about), this solid conditioner too is a novelty from them. The original product, unlike what you see, was a very pretty sea green round bar with something engraved on it, which, for the life of me till date I can’t decipher. It came in a plastic kind of transparent bowl/container with the bar sitting in it prettily. It’s better to store it in this snug fitting container as, given the high Cocoa Butter content, it’s quite prone to melting and losing its shape in a bigger container.
About the conditioner
LUSH says – “Tame your mane with our solid fruity conditioner filled with an abundance of fresh fruit and conditioning cocoa butter. LUSH co-founder and inventor Helen Ambrosen was the first person to make a solid conditioner work. She discovered that cocoa butter will slide onto your hair to make it softer, and then dissolve in water to leave it smooth, shiny and de-tangled. Jungle feels rich and hydrating on the hair and leaves you with a fresh, fruity fragrance after washing it off.”
The conditioner contains Cocoa Butter, Fresh Avocado Extract, Fresh figs, Fresh Bananas, Fresh Kiwi Fruit, Fresh Passion Fruit, Ylang Ylang oil, Sandalwood Oil, Cypress Oil. It does have other ingredients like Cetearyl Alcohol and SLS for which LUSH has often been criticised but LUSH products have way fewer nasties than the conventional brands do.
What else LUSH says-
- Vitamin K: Kumquats are rich in calcium and vitamins, including vitamin C, which has antioxidant properties.
- Made by hand: Fresh bananas and avocados are mashed into every batch to condition the hair.
- Dual purpose: Our preservative and packaging-free solid conditioner also doubles as a shaving cream for your legs
LUSH tells you to – Moisten the bar under warm water, and then slide it gently along the length of your wet hair in long, top-to-bottom strokes. Massage it in with your fingertips as you would a conventional conditioner. Rinse thoroughly and revel in the results. Given the weather in most of India for better part of the year, you won’t need to moisten it under warm water except in the winter months when you’ll be using warm water for a shower anyways. The conditioner is fairly easy to apply and it glides easily along the length of the hair. At times you may find that a few pieces are left sticking to your hair but as you massage it, it easily melts down. Leave it on for few minutes and rinse off as usual. And yes it does leave my dry hair very well conditioned- smooth with a lovely scent that faintly lingers on. Interestingly this scent revives when you wet your hair as I discovered after using it on my 7 year old’s hair. Every time thereafter he would wet his hair, without shampoo or conditioner, this smell would revive and linger on yet again.
Personally I love this conditioner bar. Given the price tag. Rs 370/- or so for a piece, it is one of the cheapest conditioners from LUSH and I like it more than their Retread Conditioner. About it doubling up as a shaving cream for the legs, can’t say as I haven’t used for that purpose.
- Rich in Cocoa Butter and other natural ingredients
- Gets the job done and beautifully at that.
- The fresh fruity smell lingers on. But as with all LUSH products, it’s better to try it out before buying lest you get stuck with a product you can’t stand the smell of.
- Way cheaper than LUSH’s other conditioners but works as well and for me even better than Retread.
- LUSH is a cruelty free brand- easier on the conscience.
- Solid shampoos and conditioners are not as travel friendly as one may think. The only pro is that they won’t spill. But they are likely to melt during travel specially in the summer months. This happened with both my Snake Oil Bar and Jungle Conditioner and I had to devote considerable time in salvaging them. Moreover you can’t immediately pack them up and get going. You have to let them dry out a bit at least or they’ll just keep melting in their container. Bottles are easier as in you just wipe them and move. The storage, even at home, requires extra care or they will just melt with the moisture like any soap does in its soap dish.
- As the bar wears out, it becomes difficult to use. The remnants that I’ve posted are proving to be quite a challenge to use.
- Some people may find rubbing it on the hair not suitable as it can tug on long hair.
- People with oily hair and scalp and those with very fine hair may not like it.
Priced at Rs 370/- a piece but LUSH jacks up its prices so very often !!