Lush Big Shampoo Review

I have been twittering and blogging away about my new-found obsession with Lush, since I have spent my life savings (slight exaggeration) on bits and bobs from the aforementioned fragrant shop, I thought it was about time I shared my thoughts on one of the products with you.

I initially got a tiny sample of the Lush Big Shampoo when I was in store pre-Xmas and after only trying it out once I knew I had to go back and buy it. I even raved about it so much to my friend that she had to try it too.

Big shampoo is like no other shampoo I have ever tried in the past. It contains salt, so feels more like an exfoliator than a shampoo. Very bizarre on first use, it kinda feels like it might clog your hair up and leave it with bits in – but when you apply just a really tiny amount it creates an amazing, thick, creamy lather and most of the salty bits seem to vanish. Those bits that don’t rinse out really easily and after around 7 uses I have never been left feeling like there has been anything left behind.

In fact, one of the best things about the shampoo is how clean it leaves hair – squeaky clean in fact. The name Big shampoo isn’t just for show either and this is my favorite bit of it – the salt manages to leave my hair with a significant amount of ‘oomph’ that it was lacking before. Since my main hair complaint is that my hair is always ‘blah’ adding some ‘oomph’ is the perfect result. I found the results (volume-wise) to be best when I managed to let my hair air dry, rather than blow drying it. Even with no styling products, backcombing or anything my hair had about twice as much volume as it normally does. SOLD!

The only down side is that because the shampoo contains salt and is super cleansing it would be best not to use this every day. Darn it, I finally find a shampoo that makes my hair all oomphy as I want, and I cant use it every time.

Oh also, since I always whinge about my sensitive scalp I thought I should give it a mention. I haven’t found this at all irritating, perhaps the salt helps slough away dead skin? It might be helped by the fact that I also picked up the Snake Oil Scalp Bar from Lush too – will give this a full review when I have had a bit longer to test it out.

But anyway, back to Big Shampoo. I love it – the pot is huge and I find I only need to use the smallest amount so think it will last for ages. I just have to tear myself away from it so I don’t use it every day.

I bought this myself and it cost around £9 for a big pot. I will definitely buy this again when the pot runs out, but as I said – I doubt this will be for a long time as each wash only uses a dollop about the size of a 20p and if I’m being good and not using it every day…. this will last months.


  1. January 5, 2010 / 12:13 pm

    I can’t get enough of this shampoo. I only picked it up at the weekend and it’s already a definate repurchase!

  2. Victoria Adora
    January 5, 2010 / 12:26 pm

    I actually love Lush products and this shampoo is awesome!
    Have you tried Lush Dream Cream?? Im constantly bying more and more 😛

  3. lindsay
    January 5, 2010 / 1:03 pm


    That’s interesting because here in Brazil a recent trend are shampoos advertising that they don’t contain salt!!

    Great blog!

  4. Ashwini
    January 5, 2010 / 5:24 pm

    Thanks for the post–this sounds so tempting! I nominated you for two awards. 🙂

  5. January 6, 2010 / 9:29 am

    ive never tried lush shampoos, i hate going in there because the shop assistants always jump on you, i had all 5 ask me if i needed help last time i was in croydon, in the end i just ran away =0/ x

  6. Lil
    January 7, 2010 / 11:05 am

    Sounds wicked.
    This has been on my “must-buy” list for months and I think this post might have finally spurred me into action! Thanks 🙂

  7. January 7, 2010 / 7:52 pm

    I do love this shampoo – I don’t think I’ve ever come across one that contains salt – so would be interested if anyone knows of any others that do??

    @Aswini – thank you so much for nominating me for the awards. Checking them out now 🙂

    @BeautyJunkie I know what you mean, I get totally off-put when SA in shops are over-attentive and tend to run away. The Lush stores I went into though (Westfield, Cambridge and Piccadilly Circus) were all fine- helpfull but not too keen!

  8. charming day
    January 9, 2010 / 8:42 am

    I don’t use it before,but i think it’s one of the best prevention for hair.So why late?I ordered this now.Thanks for this info.discounted cosmetics

  9. Claire Janssen
    September 27, 2012 / 10:03 pm

    I think this is definitely going on my things to try list!
    Great blog – found you when I googled this product. You have a new follower my lovely! 🙂
    Claire x

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