I'm not the biggest fan of Lush's black tub packaging, both from a functional and an aesthetic point of view. Having said that, I do appreciate that the focus is upon "green" packaging to minimise the environmental impact and of course, I like that you can return five empty pots in exchange for a free fresh face mask. What's more, as Big Sea Salt Shampoo contains salt- a natural preservative- the formula is paraben free.
The texture of Lush Big Sea Salt Shampoo is unlike any other I've tried. It has a gel texture which, in keeping with the name, contains a high concentration of course sea salt granules. I had hoped for a fresh or tropical, beachy fragrance so I was disappointed to find that the scent wasn't to my liking. To me, it had an old-fashioned, musty soap-like fragrance. It lingered delicately in the hair once dried and styled but not to the extent that it bothered me.
I wasn't sure how the unusual texture would lend itself to functionality when it came to use but I was pleasantly surprised. Thanks to the inclusion of SLS, it creates a generous lather meaning that a little goes a long way. What's more, I found it to be easy to rinse out (including the grains of sea salt). It left my hair feeling squeaky clean.
Whilst I can't say that I noticed a difference in terms of volume, my hair had slightly more movement and texture following use. I noticed a few more tangles than usual but nothing that my trusty Tangle Teezer couldn't tackle. My hair felt soft and I was pleased to note that my sensitive scalp wasn't irritated, although I found it a little harsh for daily use.
Lush Big Sea Salt Shampoo costs £12.25 for 330g and whilst I'm pleased to have tried it, I wish that it was available in a smaller, more affordable trial size as I'll probably only reach for this on an occasional basis.