Lush American Cream Hair Conditioner was the worthy winner of the Best Conditioner category in the Skin Deep Beauty Awards 2012, however, it's not a product that I've reviewed before so for today's post I thought I'd share my thoughts.
I'm not the biggest fan of Lush packaging from an aesthetics point of view but from a branding perspective, that's not their aim. Nonetheless, the plastic bottle is functional with a flip top lid and I particularly appreciate that it's transparent so that I can easily see when I'm running low.
American Cream Hair Conditioner has an ingredients list which reads like a breakfast menu and sounds good enough to eat, combining fresh oranges, fresh strawberries, vanilla and honey, over a lanolin base. It was inspired by a recipe in a cocktail book and this appealed to me.
According to Lush, the scent (which they describe as strawberry vanilla milkshake) is one of the most requested to be added to other products but they reserve it solely for American Cream Hair Conditioner. It's a combination of vanilla pod infusion, vanilla absolute and clary sage which hits you as soon as you open the bottle and lingers in the hair for hours after it's dry. I like it but the strong scent certainly wouldn't be to everyone's taste.
Lush describe American Cream Hair Conditioner as having a thick and heavy texture, however, I'd disagree. It's by no means as lightweight as Veganese conditioner, which is the lightest conditioner available at Lush (I decided not to buy this as I couldn't stand the lemon fragrance) but whilst the texture is creamy, it's not as thick as some I've tried from other brands, nor do I find it heavy. The conditioner rinses out easily and doesn't weigh down my fine hair.
I've been highly impressed with Lush American Cream Hair Conditioner. It leaves my hair very shiny, soft yet manageable and doesn't irritate my sensitive scalp. I have noticed an improvement in the condition of my hair, which my hairdresser has also commented on.
I've already repurchased a couple of back-up bottles as I plan to continue using Lush American Cream Hair Conditioner, which speaks for itself as I tend to chop & change conditioner whenever the bottle runs out. At £4.45 for 100g it is on the pricier side, however, the bottle lasts me for a reasonable amount of time despite washing my hair (which falls beneath my shoulders) every day.