I am torn with this product. I like the results, but getting there is a bit of a challenge. Typically I can only use this conditioner on the weekend because it takes so long for me to get a good amount in my hair. I've worked a pretty good system by smooshing small pieces into my palm and then rubbing my palms together to smooth out the pieces into a paste. But this takes at least 5 minutes to complete. On the plus side it does not weigh my hair down and all, smells very nice and has no harmful chemicals. Perhaps if the product was softer, I would rate this a 5.
I LOVE this conditioner! I love the concept of a solid conditioner with no packaging and no preservatives. I also love the smell. And finally, it makes my dry, curly hair super soft and it feels moisturized. I take a couple of chunks, put them in a small pot, and add hot water to make a liquid conditioner. It's important you make Jungle into a liquid conditioner a couple of chunks at a time; because it has no preservatives, once it becomes liquid it has a much shorter shelf life, about 3 weeks, so don't waste your Jungle! I love this conditioner and strongly recommend to people with hair types like mine!
First, my hair is long (about the middle of my back), kind of fine, and there's lots of it. I don't dye it or anything, but it does tend to get oily fast.
Okay, I'd been wanting to try this for a while and received a sample with my last UK order. After reading various things, I decided to go with a How-To I found on the Lush forum (written by a Lush SA, I might add).
I took a small chunk of Jungle, put it in an empty face mask pot and added a small amount of hot water. I let it sit while I showered and when it came time for conditioner, I took the chunk out and mashed it up in my hands (which was much easier to do b/c it sat in hot water) until it became a paste. I ran it through my hair & rinsed. At first, I didn't think much of it. However, once my hair dried a bit and I detangled it, I was shocked to find that my hair was tangle-less and smelled AMAZING. Thus, I will be purchasing this conditioner.
Minus one lippie because I can't just USE it - it's a process.
So I tried this after I made a mess of my hair with BIG. I first tried rubbing it on my hair, and that just pulled out more hair. So then I tried to smush it into a paste type thing. It kind of worked, and then it just crumbled and got all greasy and and gross and very unconditioning. I had to shampoo again to get the gunk out of it. I retreated to my Aussie Moist, which rode in as the glorious, haloed calvary and saved the wreck that was my hair.
I cannot stand the smell of this. I wanted to. I literally made me gag. It seems really good in theory, what with the avocados and bananas. But wow. Not what I'm looking for first thing in the morning.
i'm not a fan of this for my hair. but, it works wonders for my daughter's hair. she has very thick, wavey hair and this conditioner smooths her hair and makes combing a breeze. i'm not too crazy about the smell and it does feel waxy when applying. luckily, it rinses clean and the smell goes away.
The only reason I tried this was because I got it as a freebie at one point. The first issue with it was the scent. Some days I found it quite nice, on others I couldn't stand it but that's probably more to do with me.
Using it was quite a performance. It was either rock solid so I could hardly get any on to my hair or it'd go completely the other way & I'd end up using so much that I couldn't rinse it out and my hair would look lank.
Storing it was another issue. I didn't have a spare tin to keep it in & wasn't about to buy one because I wasn't sure if I'd keep using it. I'm glad I didn't because I ended up throwing this away about halfway through the block. It was too much effort & messing about for lacklustre results. I'll stay with my bottled conditioner that does a better job & requires much less effort for a good result.
This does softens and de-tangles my long hair but it's a mess to use - it chunks off easily and it feels too heavy as a conditioner - I end up washing my hair all over again because it makes my hair feel heavy and greasy...I honestly don't like the smell of it either and regret buying so much of it.
i wish i could pick a 'maybe' for buying again... this is a tricky one. At first i hated the smell. To me, its an obnoxious mix of herbs and tortillas. Yep - i said it- it makes my hair smell like tortillas. haha. anyways, i was having trouble getting this to work for me. I would rub it straight on my hair, that didnt work. I was then taking a tiny piece off and rubbing it between my fingers and hands until i had a paste, but then it wasnt enough and just sucked all together. So then, i found the best way to use it was to take the chunk, put it in a tupperware, mash it up with a fork and add a little water, and then i was left with a paste i could work with. This works for me. BUT it defeats the purpose of a container free product. So yeah, no. It was fun while it lasted, but when its gone i think i will stick to my other normal conditioners. It doesnt really do a super job on conditioning either, it just does well enough to where it gets me by.
I read the reviews before grabbing a sample of this with my usual purchase of Karma Komba. At first I found it a little tricky to use, but I instantly fell in love with it. I love the smell (unlike most people), and I find that it really softens my hair without that silicone-y feel.
I'm totally conflicted about this product. The idea of a solid conditioner for hair is amazing. Pair this with any of the Lush solid shampoos and you'll breeze through airport security with no problem. Plus you'll be helping to save the earth what with the lack of packaging, etc etc.
This product works well enough as a conditioner. It also lasts a long time and doesn't just melt away. Just put it on the edge of the sink or tub when you're done so that it can dry, and it will last a long time. I haven't made it into a paste as so many others have mentioned, but swiping it through my hair a couple of times, and then focusing on the ends seems to work just fine. It has no silicone in it, so don't expect that slippery just-conditioned feel that you might be used to. Still, it does soften and condition your hair.
But here's where the conflict is for me. The smell is the one thing I'm having a hard time with. I do like the smell, but I do NOT like how long it lingers in my hair. Days after using it, I can still smell it in my hair. It's not a bad scent, but it is very distinctive, and it will certainly not layer well with other scents. Unless you like herbal/patchouli kind of scents, this will not work for you.
Please, Lush, could you make another solid conditioner? Maybe one that goes with the Godiva solid shampoo bar? Please? Please?