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Conditioner - LUSH - Retread

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rated 3.5(148 reviews)

  • Average Rating: 3.5
  • 60% would buy again
  • Package Quality: 3.1
  • Price: $$$

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rated 1 of 5 on 1/29/2007 11:15:00 AM More reviews by cbranden

Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Other, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

******************* UPDATE: I spoke to an SA at the LUSH store the other day, and (without any provocation from me) she said that the Retread smells "like a ZOO!" So I guess I was close in my review, considering even the workers think it smells like elephant crap (or similar)!************

Disclaimer: This is the first review that I have felt compelled to write on MUA, and sadly, it is a negative one :( As penance for speaking negatively about this product, I promise to write positive reviews about a few of my HGs very soon!

I will also preface this by stating that my negative reaction is partly my fault for not patiently getting a sample of this conditioner before buying, as LUSH always offers generous samples. However, I did not expect my reaction to be so adverse, as most conditioners are not this horrible.******

Before I get into my real gripe, I will point out that Retread did not do ANYTHING to condition/moisturize my hair at all! If anything, it actually made it MORE dry and brittle. However, I think that even if this product moisturized my hair better than anything, and even if it made my hair look like one of those annoying models in the commercials (the ones always swinging their fabulous shiny hair around), I would not touch this again with a 10-foot pole!*******

But what makes Retread so awful is that it stinks like MOLDY ASS! That was harsh... so maybe it stinks like dead flowers and rotten fruit, covered in a mixture of sour milk and raw sewage. I'm really shocked because I smelled it in the tub before I purchased it, and it smelled... slightly odd, but not necessarily bad. I also have curly hair and use a lot of product, so I figured any scent would be drowned out by that, as is usual with me. But the second I put it on my hair - WOW, I had to rinse it off after 15 seconds because I felt like I might throw up (seriously!) Please do yourself and everyone else around you a favor - ask for a sample before buying this stanky stuff!*******

Unlike others, I would not necessarily care about the poor packaging or high price if the product inside were of good quality. But I have to say that I would not even use this again if it were in a convenient bottle and they were giving it away for free... Wait, actually, I would not even take it if LUSH paid ME to take it!!*******

This morning, I couldn't shampoo my hair again right away because my hair becomes too dry if I shampoo twice in the same day, so I just put my other conditioner on, hoping to cover up the smell. But even after that, and after all of the styling products I used, it still stinks SO badly - you can't even imagine! I even pulled my hair back today to help ignore the smell (which caused my hair to SNAP OFF because it is so brittle from using Retread), but I still get whiffs of it every now and then, and EW...ew ew ew! I am completely nauseous if I smell it - or even think about the scent again!*******

On second thought, I don't care if my hair becomes super-dry as a result... I am shampooing again as soon as I get home tonight! I just hope I don't throw up before I get there!******

Okay, I am done with the rant... many apologies for the negativity, but I really do feel very strongly about this product - it is simply awful! I honestly hope I never have to smell this again EVER - but it will be my luck that someone will sit down next to me on the train (or a long flight) who has just used this, and I will get queasy all over again... that always happens :)*******

IN SUMMARY, all Retread did was activate my gag reflex... repeatedly! Stay away if you don't want to stink and have your hair break off - I would give it ZERO lippies if I could! That said, I still think LUSH is a great company with innovative products, many of which I have used and enjoyed... but this is just not one of them :(

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rated 2 of 5 on 1/14/2007 6:25:00 AM More reviews by Djamilla

Age: 18 & Under Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure Hair: Other, Other, Other Eyes: Other

I didn't like the smell, and the packaging it terrible. Every time you get some products there will get water in it. It didn't do much for my hair. Wouldn't buy it again.

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rated 4 of 5 on 1/13/2007 8:27:00 PM More reviews by Shanmac

Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Other, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Green

I like this a lot -- very nice scent (fruity but not overpowering), and scent is a big deal to me when it comes to hair products. What's really nice about this is it doesn't weigh my hair down. I have long, dark, thick, coarse hair, and I usually go for ultra-moisturizing stuff to keep it from getting dry or frizzy -- and most of that ends up being really heavy conditioners. Retread did the job of conditioning my hair nicely, and it's smooth and doesn't feel heavy. It kind of reminds me of the way it felt when I was a kid -- shiny and smooth, but also light. Good stuff, LUSH.I know a lot of people complain about LUSH's packaging, but I don't mind the container this comes in. It's easy and neat enough and it's more attractive than most LUSH containers. If I traveled with this, I'd probably wrap it tightly, though, because I'd be afraid it might leak.

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rated 4 of 5 on 1/2/2007 5:13:00 PM More reviews by sammybee

Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

Leaves my hair soft and lovely. I don't notice much of a scent, which is fine. I use it about 3 times a week on my fine, color-treaeted hair, alternating with American Cream.

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rated 4 of 5 top reviewer on 11/6/2006 12:49:00 PM More reviews by harls321

Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Brown

I really like this conditioner for my thick, color treated hair. It helps keep it soft and shiney. The packaging could be better but I am happy with the results. I would repurchase. This is the only conditioner they make that works on my hair.

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rated 1 of 5 on 10/29/2006 2:27:00 PM More reviews by naturalsenses

Age: 36-43 Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure Hair: Other, Other, Other Eyes: Other

I love LUSH in general, and in fact I drove 200 miles to attend the Holiday forum only party and this was part of my goody bag. The smell is akin to laundry detergent and lasts ALL DAY. I have very short hair, and I could still smell this 24 hours after using it. It seems to be an alright conditioner, but I was so distracted by my smelly hair I couldn't tell.

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rated 4 of 5 on 9/8/2006 12:05:00 AM More reviews by teenbear

Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Green

Fantastic on my fine, flyaway hair! I didn't even need to use any product afterwards. I don't use much at all and only apply to my ends so hopefully it should last for ages. Usual complaint about LUSH's ridiculously crappy packaging - not shower-friendly at all, but otherwise I will continue to purchase!

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rated 1 of 5 on 8/25/2006 9:15:00 PM More reviews by Rainbow_Phoenix

Age: Unknown Skin: Acne-prone, Other, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

This could have been really nice conditioner if it didn't smell so unbearably awful, and the smell stays with you all day (and into the next). I also had to use SO much of it to condition my thin, fine, fragile hair that I've already used almost half the tub and it's only been a week. To be honest, it's not a great detangler, and it doesn't seem to stregthen my hair at all. I really love Veganese and American Cream, so I'll stick to those and go back to Kerastase for my deep conditioning.

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rated 4 of 5 on 7/28/2006 6:29:00 PM More reviews by highendheaven

Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

Well, I love LUSH's BIG shampoo, and this really is the conditioner counterpart for it. I love the combination of using both of these together-my hair came out wonderfully silky, full, and clean, and was easy to comb though and style. But-and this is why it loses a star-I have to use a big handful of it to get that result. The first time I tried it, I used the smaller amount that I generally use with Terax Crema, Kerastase Masquintense, etc...and it didn't do the job.I can see me going through this container very quickly, considering the quantity that was effective. The pricey part doesn't bother me, but I send away to Canada for LUSH, so I'll be buying 2 at a time, I can see.
It smells like BIG-which is not a good thing. These smell awful to me, a little too vin-ey and strong. Generally I like the earthy, funky LUSH scents, but this one is not my kind of smell. Still, the results of these products on my hair makes me keep buying them. I like the ingredients....not a lot of crap in them.

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rated 5 of 5 on 6/16/2006 4:55:00 PM More reviews by AnneMadrid

Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

I love Retread! It is very moisturising and smells like melon and yoghurt. It is the first conditioner that made my curly hair soft and manageable.

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