14 December 2018

Something About Rosemary Naked Hair Gel

Good old Lush and their clever puns, their clever inventions and their very clever marketing techniques. I could barely make it in the front door and up the stairs before I was routing through my endless bags of Lush, trying to find Something About Rosemary Naked Hair Gel so that I could reenact the famous scene that this product is based on. 

In all fairness, being the world's first solid hair gel is probably an achievement that should really be celebrated, so Lush have every right to make a big fuss over something so creative. And I think it was this very thinking that sucked me into the concept of this Showcase exclusive very quickly, and why I have been using it ever since.

Something About Rosemary Naked Hair Gel doesn't really need much of an explanation. Presented as a solid green disc, with absolutely zero packaging, it's safe to say that not many people will have experienced a product like this before - hence the world's first and all that...

Created by Lush product inventor Ale Commy, this brand new naked design is as much a novelty as it is an original concept. That's not to say that the naked hair gel doesn't have an abundance of merits to rave about. However, the name suggests something a little more playful and comical about this limited edition as well. 

Containing a generous helping of fresh rosemary, alongside a wonderful spritz of lime oil, this naked gel offers a fresh, herbal and slightly fruity aroma to indulge in. Having said that, the fragrance of this product isn't particularly strong to begin with, and only slightly strengthens once it is on your hair. If you're looking for a gel that will double up as a hair perfume as well, you'll be sorely disappointed. What's important though is how well this naked product actually works as a hair gel.

Lush's directions simply states that you should add water to use, which is probably about as useful as trying to explain to a baby how to pilot a plane. As per usual, I used my initiative to figure out the best way to make the most out of this naked disc, and here is what I found.

To prolong the disc for as long as possible, I chose to add water to my fingers by holding them under the running tap, and then massaging Something About Rosemary Naked Hair Gel to transfer the product onto my fingers. When I did it this way, I found that I was able to control how much of the gel came off, which helped me to preserve the bar as a whole.

When massaging the bar, you'll find that the gel feels slightly slimy between your fingertips, which makes it super easy to apply it to your hair afterwards, without any stickiness or rigidity. I chose to smooth my hands across the outside of my hair, before stimulating a little more 'gel' and running my fingers through my locks for maximum results. As someone who has rather long hair, I found that I needed very little to hold my hair in place. For this reason, I can foresee this disc easily outlasting that of a 250g pot of regular gel, making it much better value for money. 

As Lush have already stated, this naked hair gel gives your locks the 'wet look' so I wasn't at all surprised when I found that my hair did appear a little wet after applying this, as well as being instantly shinier as well. Having said that, my hair did not look at all greasy or oily, and the shine only served to make my hair look in much better condition than it currently is.

As if this wasn't enough, my hair felt instantly softer and velvety smooth for the first time in a good while. For the little amount of product I used, the benefits were massive. Furthermore, I couldn't honestly feel this gel on my hair after I had applied it, so you don't have to worry about your locks feeling heavy or coated in gel. 

While this naked gel has quite a relaxed hold overall, and certainly wouldn't actually be able to recreated Cameron Diaz's quiff in the movie Something About Mary, my hair seemed so much calmer and less frizzier than it had done so before, and the shiny and silkiness was a much welcome bonus. 

This definitely needs to be released to the general public as I feel it's a big step in the right direction for cosmetics. Although Lush are usually at the forefront of these groundbreaking creations, Something About Rosemary Naked Hair Gel is easily one of their best inventions in a good many years. I cannot wait to see what other naked gels make it onto the shelves in the future.

Quantitative Ingredients: Isomalt, Glycerine, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Xanthan Gum, Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia), Fresh Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, *Citral, *Limonene, Colour 77491, Colour 42090:2, Colour 19140:1.

Vegan?: Yes. 

2018 Price: £8 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.


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