I’ve not had the best week so far with products. After my easy-read review of Diesel Bad, I was hoping that would be the only blip. However, this ‘hot oil treatment’ from LUSH Ltd deserves a very special mention for being spectacularly awful.
The principle behind it is cool, very cool (or hot) and sporting longer hair at the moment (it’s about down to my chin which I wear slicked back) I needed something to restore lost moisture and revive my scalp from all the products and heat I’ve been using.
I loved the process of mixing it. Designed not to waste packaging, transport and a host of other things that comes with manufacturing and producing larger, water-filled products – this is good fun to make. Slowly add boiling water into whatever you want to mix it in (I used an old LUSH pot) and then keep stirring until it’s melted. You’re left with a thick, rich cream.
So in principle, it looks and smells absolutely gorgeous. I was really excited to use it. Just work it into the hair and scalp and leave it on for 20 minutes. I used only around half a pot as it comes with enough product for long-long hair.
Once the 20 minutes was up, it was time to jump in the shower and rinse it out…. or so I thought.
I had to shampoo my hair 4 or 5 times, using obscene amounts to get this to shift. It turned into a sort of sticky, stringy gloop that clung to me, my hair and the shower. My whole back and face was left absolutely coated and I had to get every scrub brush I owned out and strip it from my skin with so much shower gel and face wash. I eventually got it all out, and used what felt like half a bottle of conditioner.
Afterwards, my hair and scalp felt drier and hugely more damaged than it did before I used it. Yes, it left a lovely smell but that’s about it. So what’s the point in going through all this fuss to make what is clearly a subpar product that at £6.50 for single use is certainly not cheap.
All I can say is that this is yet another ‘innovation’ from the brand that doesn’t seem thought through or worth its hefty price tag – but at least for once it’s not full of glitter!