I cannot claim that I feigned a lot of interest when Lush decided to bring this out in the Lush Kitchen. No matter how fantastic a product may be, mint-scented cosmetics just don't 'float my boat' as much as other items do. However, I am always looking for new shampoos to spoil my hair with, and I was keen to see if this would become one of my new favourites.
Ice Blue Shampoo has been a regular staple in the US retro selection for quite a while, but has not shown it's face in the UK for a number of years. First created during Mark Constantine's dabbling with The Body Shop, this is one of the oldest Lush products ever.
Packed full of mint - both peppermint and spearmint, this is a refreshing and highly fragrant hair care product, intent on ridding the hair of excess oil whilst giving your locks a new lease of life.
Original descriptions state that this shampoo actually has two different types of peppermint present in the ingredients - a combination of oils that not only has a strong, refreshing, mint aroma, but supposedly stimulate blood circulation and helps to boost the look and feel of your hair.
In the bottle, this shampoo has a distinct mint scent - very similar to the likes of Dirty Springwash but perhaps a little more subtle and less 'sharp'. It shares it's smell with the popular Ice Blue Soap and Freeze Shower Gel, and whereas I was expecting the mint to shoot up my nose upon first sniff, it's actually quite a gentle mint fragrance. However, that's not to say that it's in any way weak - this shampoo still packs a punch and offers users a cool, crisp and highly refreshing bathroom companion. The addition of peppermint also brings a gentle underlying herbal aroma, although this does not make itself known until the product is being used. Most noticeably is its colour - a gorgeous navy that makes you envisage clear blue skies and vast oceans - a perfect accompaniment for the summer months. A second aspect that I noticed upon using this for the first time, is that it's the runniest shampoo I have ever tried from Lush. In fact, Ice Blue is almost identical in consistency to the The Olive Branch. For this reason, you have to be really careful when dispensing it from the bottle as it would be very easy to lose a lot of this down the plughole.
Despite its thinness, it still lathers up wonderfully and you don't have to work at it to produce a thick, creamy foam that coats your entire head. It washes out easily and leaves a very gentle minty fragrance on your hair - not enough to overpower any perfume you're wearing, but enough that you still get occasional whiffs of the spearmint throughout the day.
Menthol has an amazing effect on your scalp (it even helps to combat hair loss apparently!). And although I'm lucky enough to have a healthy head of hair, it's great to know that my shampoo is stimulating that extra hair growth whilst cleaning my locks at the same time.
Ice Blue is a great shampoo for when you want to improve the condition of your locks, whilst also looking for something to perk you up in the mornings. It was one of Lush's first ever best selling, brilliant smelling products, and I can see why. Even though mint is one of my least favourite scents, I enjoy using this on my hair whilst mixing it up a citrus shower gel. I would definitely buy this again.
Quantitative Ingredient: Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Lactic Acid, Spearmint Oil, Peppermint Oil, Fine Sea Salt, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700.
2015 Price: £11.50 for 250g.
2016 Price: £11.75 for 250g.
Scent Family:Freeze Shower Gel
Ice Blue Shampoo
Ice Blue Soap