19 June 2013

Big Shampoo

I initially got a tub of this from my dad and his wife last Christmas. I gave him a list of Lush items I wanted to try but couldn't afford, and this is one of the items he chose to purchase. As I had recently discovered Cynthia Sylvia Stout, I was hesitant to try anything else and popped it on my shelf of things to 'try at a later date'. 

After multiple disastrous experiences with solid shampoos and conditioners, I remembered that I had a tub of Big waiting to be used and thought it was time I gave it a shot. After losing my Big virginity, the only thoughts I could muster were; 'Oh my goodness, where have you been all of my life?'. To say I was bowled over, is an understatement. 

Lush have created a rich shampoo base, then crammed in as much sea salt as they could. But they have carefully partnered it with seaweed and coconut to give softness to the hair and fresh lemons and limes to give shine. Lush have also added a lovely bright and uplifting fragrance of neroli, mandarin, orange flower absolute and vanilla. It smells out of this world.
Big Shampoo is like no other shampoo I have ever tried. Initially I was concerned by it's salt content, as I remember how damaged my hair gets after being exposed to the sea. However, in this instance, the salt works as more of an exfoliator. Although I don't suffer from dandruff, my flatmate, who sometimes gets a small build up of dry skin on the crown of her head, said this shampoo works wonders at removing dead skin without being too harsh on her scalp.

Not only this, but you only need to use a minimal amount to create an amazing, thick, creamy lather that coats your head like a silk jacket. It leaves your hair feeling squeaky clean and smelling gorgeous. 

The shampoo is named Big as it's supposed to give volume to naturally thin, lifeless hair. I cannot comment on whether or not it does this job, as I tend to use Veganese afterwards, which by it's nature, flattens my hair. However, what I can say is that this shampoo works complete miracles on my locks.  My hair is silky-soft and beautifully nourished, with a shine that brings out the natural colours in my hair. I have not had hair this good since before I started dying it nearly 12 years ago.
This has cemented itself as one of my all time favourite Lush products, and I cannot recommend it more highly enough. Get yourself a tub of this wonder shampoo and have hair as good as the women in TV adverts, without all of the synthetic nasties and preservatives.

Quantitative Ingredients: 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, Vanilla Absolute, Orange Flower Absolute, Limonene, Methyl Lonone, Perfume.

Vegan?: Yes.

2015 Price: £12.25 for 330g.

Scent Family:
Big Perfume
Big Shampoo
Seaweed Giant Bombshell


  1. I tried this for the first time tonight. I got a small sample of this from LUSH UK. at first I was concerned that the sample was in one of those small sample pots that it wouldn't be enough shampoo since my hair is so extremely thick. It was more then enough! I was surprised. I love love how my hair feels and smells afterwards. The LUSH shampoo pucks always seem to dry out my hair as much as I love the concept of them, but big shampoo did not. Don't think my hair has felt this soft in such a long time. Definitely going to purchase!
    Love your reviews like always!! Keep them coming!

  2. I've been wanting to try this but I dye my hair a lot and I was wondering if this would strip the dye from my hair, because of all the salt in it?

    1. This is what I thought when I first began to use it as I've been dying my hair since I was 16. While I was expecting the salt to dry my hair out and fade my colour, I didn't notice either :)

  3. I had no idea Veganese flattened hair! it's been my go-to because its light but I may have to look into a new one now..