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10 September 2013

Jungle Solid Conditioner


I am completely baffled. Time and time again, I use Lush's solid products in the hope that I'll find something that works for me, and yet time and time again I am left frustrated and defeated. I wholeheartedly support Lush's attempt to reduce packaging waste and make their products environmentally friendly. However, if they are going to do this, surely they should be making products that can justify this switch?

Lush's Jungle Conditioner is yet another example of how me and solid hair care just do not gel. A solid bar based on fruits and cocoa butter, Jungle contains cocoa butter to give a rich condition and shine to the hair and help protect it.  It also contains fruit oils and fats to add condition and feed the hair, without making it too heavy or oily. In theory, it should leave hair nicely conditioned and easier to comb through.

On paper, it sounds as if Lush have once again created a cosmetic wonder. Yet in reality, it's a nightmarish experience. First I tried rubbing the conditioner throughout my wet hair. It pulled and ripped my hair and left clumps of stray hairs embedded in the bar, not to mention the waxy bits that decorated my scalp. Then I tried lathering it between my hands, but with little success. The stuff simply would not lather-and after five minutes of trying, I managed to lather up enough to cover about a tenth of my head. 
I've read reviews online that suggest grating it down, microwaving it with water and so on. But seriously, who wants to go through all of that just to condition your hair? And if 

Despite the fact that this product smells gorgeous; a tropical concoction of passion fruit, kumquat and fig, this conditioner is not practical, and will not making another appearance on my Lush shopping list. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Cocoa Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol & Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Fresh Organic Avocado, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Perfume, Soya Lecithin, Fresh Figs, Fresh Organic Bananas, Fresh Passion Fruit, Fresh Kumquat, Cetrimonium Bromide, Ylang Ylang Oil, Vetivert Oil, Cypress Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Chlorophyllin, *Limonene, *Cinnamal.

Vegan?: Yes

2015 Price: £3.50 each.

Scent Family:
Jungle FUN Bar (2014)
Jungle Solid Conditioner
Jungle Liquid Perfume
Jungle Shower Jelly
Jungle Soap
Jungle Solid Perfume
Jungle/Tropical Jungle Body Lotion
Mr Dandy's Hair Candy Dressing 

11 comments

  1. Thier is a trick to it once you put it on let it sit on the hair 4-10 minutes before rinsing

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    1. Hi there. As it was such a struggle to get it on my hair, I ended up leaving it on for a good 10 - 15 minutes :)

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  2. I use very little(just rub it between my hands, and then apply the tiniest cream), and that way it works beautifully. I needed a lot of experimentation until I figured it out. But have to tell, that I prefer Big. Not smell-wise, but effect-wise.

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  3. Jen, do you think this would work for short hair?

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    1. I definitely think it would work better on short hair than longer hair - you'd probably have less of a struggle to build enough lather to cover your whole head :)

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  4. not liking how their 'new formula' version is now 5.95 when it used to be 3.50 for the same amount of product - boo to you lush :(

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  5. I love my jungle conditioner, I find it the best one to be honest. But the downside of the solid conditioners is that the first 10 uses it is really hard to get enough product, once it has soften up a bit i works amazing. Now, whenever i get a new one i leave it to soak for a few hours, dry it overnight and then it works wonders.

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  6. Always interesting seeing how other people use their lush. I'm going to try microwaving it . Hot oil treatment ! ;)

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  7. Always interesting seeing how other people use their lush. I'm going to try microwaving it . Hot oil treatment ! ;)

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  8. I have very short hair and I use thisproduct everyday. Best conditioner I've ever tried. Haven't bought the new one yet but the ingredients read the same. I've never had trouble getting mine started and it leaves my hair smelling awesome.

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  9. I think a rating of 3 Snow Fairy's was generous. This crap pulls out hair - who would want to use ANY product that causes hair loss?!

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