You can really get stuck into such projects when you have no other purpose. So here's my product review.
Decided to go commando with shampoo. That is, no plastic bottle. Bought a cake of shampoo soap from The Australian Natural Soap Company that cost double what I pay for my usual litre of shampoo when it’s on special – Tresemme, don’t judge.
Solid shampoo soap sales person assured me that using this natural product I’d only need to shampoo once a week. Well, that’d be because I’d dread washing my hair. It washed effectively, but after rinsing, my hair felt like something you’d scrub your pots with and it took a further fifteen minutes to detangle afterwards. Truly, my biceps were throbbing by the time I’d finished, and not in a good way.
To ease the process, couple of days later, bought an expensive bar of conditioner: Lush, ‘Sugar-Daddy-o Solid Conditioner Rich, Smooth and Naughty’. Let the buyer beware? It was a palm sized tablet. Purple. $10.95. Expensive, I know, but my pension had just been paid into my account.
Lush sales person couldn’t have been more helpful. ‘You wet your hands,’ she demonstrated in their purpose built sink. How else would one know what to do with a cake of soap, sorry, solid conditioner? Obediently, I followed suit. ‘Apply the product to your hands.’ Ooh, really? ‘See how they develop a creaminess the longer you rub them together?’ I stood there nodding, wringing my hands, developing the creaminess. ‘Sorry, have to take my break now. She (other sales assistant) will take of you.’ I watched her retreating back, hoping the buzz cut she’d decided on had nothing to do with the conditioner.
Bought the cake of purple stuff anyway. It was creamy.
Turned out to be mildly effective as a conditioner, but after two goes with it I donated it to our local Good Karma Network where it was snapped up. Who doesn’t like a freebie?
I dispensed it with a warning. 'You might like to wear rubber gloves when using this product.' Wouldn't have minded a similar heads up from Lush. That purple conditioner stains like a mother. Despite scrubbing, my hands looked like I’d peeled a bucket of unwashed purple potatoes. The staining seemed to intensify overnight. It took over a week for the colour to wear off. Curiously, it didn’t affect my hair colour.
I'm still using the solid shampoo. Seems to be lasting, therefore good value. Once I’d suffered the detangling process my hair dried beautifully. Yeah, I’d buy it again. Pity Lush sales person didn’t offer me one of their less permeating solid conditioners. Might have become a loyal customer.