In all honesty, this review has taken me almost three months to write; partly because I like to use my shampoo over a few weeks to see whether my hair condition changes, and partly because, with Seanik in particular, I've had a love/hate relationship with it from the word go.
Back when I made my first Lush order, I had no knowledge or guidance to help me choose which shampoo bar to choose. For this reason, I ended up picking three of them at random. Seanik just happened to be one of those three.
For starters, this shampoo bar is like every other solid shampoo that I've tried so far; it's very easy to use. You can either massage it through wet hair, or rub it between your hands and create a lather, which can then be applied to your locks. Either way, you can really tell how much shampoo is compacted into a single bar as it lathers up really easily.
Next up, this bar has plenty of ingredients to soften and revitalise your hair. First up, there's a ton of nori seaweed packed into each bar, which is rich in protein and helps to strengthen hair and make it silky soft in both look and feel; lemon has been added to add to that natural shine, without making it look greasy or oily. Finally, mimosa, jasmine and orange flower are added to supposedly give the shampoo bar a little tropical lift in scent.
Unfortunately, I didn't think this shampoo had much scent at all; at most I could just catch the edge of the lemon when the bar was in use. On the positive side, this shampoo bar would be great for those of you who don't want an overpowering fragrance and would rather leave that job to the conditioner.
Furthermore, fine sea salt is a key ingredient here, added to uplift and add volume to your hair. However, I found that this shampoo bar did the exact opposite for me. My hair is normally very frizzy and slightly untameable - prone to developing split ends rather quickly and drying out. Seanik actually helped to give my hair shape whilst making it look and feel calmer and healthier.
This shampoo is actually amazing, although it took me a good few months to reach that conclusion. At first, it took my hair a few washes to get used to Seanik, but once it had, it made my hair look and feel beautiful - I was actually amazed at how quickly my hair went from dry and lifeless, to soft and shiny (without ever stepping into the 'greasy' bracket).
Although other reviewers have expressed their love of the smell, I can't say that I was able to pick up enough to comment on it. My bar was probably about six months old when I began using it, so perhaps the scent had faded before I had a chance to appreciate it. However, I don't think the lack of fragrance takes away from the bar at all - it just meant I was able to use different conditioners alongside this, and not worry that the different scents would clash.
Seanik solid shampoo is great value for money - one £5.50 bar lasts me between 4-6 months, and this is with me washing my hair on average five times a week. This probably works out a mere few pence per wash, which just makes me love it even more. A definite favourite Lush product for me!
Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Irish Moss Gel, Perfume, Nori Seaweed, Fine Sea Salt, Lemon Oil, Mimosa Absolute, Orange Flower Absolute, Jasmine Absolute, Cocamide DEA, *Limonene, Colour 42090.
2015 Price: £5.95 each.
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