man, i would buy this again if only for the smell. if lush has anything else that smells remotely similar to marilyn, i want to buy it. and i wouldn't describe it as lemon cream or any such thing. to me this smells exactly like the sweet tea you get in the south, maybe with lemon. kind of like how firefly sweet tea vodka smells! or an ARNOLD PALMER!!! consistency is a bit runny and it's a bit too expensive imo to use as anything other than a deep treatment. plan on leaving it on for another hour or two (it's on my head at the moment) and reporting the results.
fwiw i have dark brown hair that has been darkened with henna. i have heard good things about lemon & chamomile being some of the only things that will "remove" henna.
will update soon!
update! removed this stuff from my head and had a great shower w/ "the blonde" shampoo (also purported to lighten) and i have to say my hair feels AMAZINGLY soft. i'm really much more impressed w/ this stuff than the other deep treatments i've used from LUSH. i doubt i'll be buying it very often because of the exorbitant price. i imagine i'll only get one more treatment out of the pot, and i have barely shoulder-length thick hair.
as a natural brunette, i would caution anyone that this won't lighten your hair significantly, but it will give some nice brightening tones!
I don't really know why I bothered to spend the extra $3 on this, over LUSH's H'Suan Wen Hua treatment for instance. Hell, I don't know why I bought this when you can buy 5 packages of V05 hot oil and have an equally average, barely noticeable conditioning effect.
This does absolutely nothing to condition my hair. I didn't notice any significant difference when shampooing it out in the shower after the 20-30 mins it was in, or when combing my hair out afterwards. My hair still felt the exact same.
The smell isn't god-awful, but it's not very pleasing. It smells like a combo of egg whites, lemon, tea, and diluted cinnamon oil. Maybe all these things are fine seperately, but all together it was a very odd smell. It wasn't noticeable once on my actual hair.
As for getting it into my hair, that proved to be difficult as the product is rather runny. As for the photos on the website that suggest dumping it on one's head, that created unnessecary waste. Using a spoon and ladeling it out onto my head, then using a large fine tooth comb, distributed the product pretty evenly.
I have naturally medium blonde, dyed (single processed) light golden-blonde hair. My hair is quite fine and about shoulder blade length, straight. The pot got me 5 uses. I wasn't expecting any dramatic difference to my hair colour, and also wasn't looking to suddenly to go platinum or anything. It didn't alter my hair colour for the better or worse - no keeping the colour truer, between salon visits, though.
The idea is cute, but beyond that, this product is an overpriced hair mask.
I suffer from VERY dry hair and I've used an uncountable number of products over the years. I discovered Marylin completely by chance, I got a sample at a Lush counter but at first I was extremely doubful. As a matter of fact, Iíve red highlights and natural brown hair so I really didnít think this product was for me (a yellow treatment for blonde gals = what the hell?). But once tried, Iíve fallen hopelessly in love with it.
Marilyn is one of the best hair treatments I've ever come across: not only leaves my hair soft, but also moisturizes and revitalizes it with a gorgeous hi-gloss finish.
Iíve just finished my fourth tub - pretty self explanatory, isnít it?
defintely moisturizes and helps to add some gold tones to blonde hair. Great for people who highlight thier hair and want to tone it down a bit by adding some natural golden tones. This will not really alter darker colored hair, as it is not a lightening product.
People always ask if this will ligthen thier hair. It enhances the golden tones in blonds, and will slightly change lighter brown tones. It is not going to make your hair look like Marilyn if your hair is darker. Get real.
I have found that the Chamomile line from Aveda works better though.
This is a great treatment for me. It really makes my hair softer. It also feels softer when it's dry and not just when it's wet, and I feel many products lack in that area.
But when it comes to lightning up my blonde hair, this just doesn't do anything. Maybe because I should use it on a more regular base, but so far it didn't do anything noticable.
I might buy again but am not sure. Also because there's jus tnot much of this in one package.
I would say my hair colour is more of a dirty blonde with blonde highlights. I thought I'd try this to see if it made nay difference.
The application was messy. I expected it to be runny, but not this runny. I also expected to use a lot, and used about a third of a tub for one application. The pot is about £7, so 2-3 applications per tub is quite expensive.
I left this on overnight and I cant really comment on the lightening properties as I used this with The Blonde shampoo which also claims to lighten hair. I can say that my hair does seem a little lighter and it is very soft. I'll update when I use this product again and dont rinse it off with The Blonde.
I have bleached platinum hair that's really dry after all the harsh chemical treatments I put it through. The Marilyn hair moisturizer is supposed to be put in dry hair, unlike many other hair treatments. The lady at Lush who sold this to me claimed that dry hair takes in a lot more moisture from the treatment. Don't know if that's true or not but this is working fairly well for me. The cream itself is super runny and I wish they'd put it in a bottle instead of a tub. A lot of the products get wasted and end up in the zink. There aren't too many uses to begin with - which is keeping me from giving this a 4 because it IS a good product. I leave this on for about half an hour before showering and washing my hair. Afterwards my hair is definitely a lot more shiny and not as dry as before.
I love Marilyn!! I'm a natural blonde, but without exposure to the sun in the winter, I start to get dirty roots. Marilyn is absolutely the best product to fix this. It doesn't over-greasify my hair like so many other brighteners can, and it leaves my hair lighter, softer, and silkier. However, I wouldn't follow the instructions given to you by LUSH to a tee - I usually leave the stuff on my shoulder-length hair for at least 2 hours to let it do its work. I use it every 2-3 weeks, using about 1/3 of the tub on my head. My only complaints are that it would be nice if you didn't have to use quite so much, and if the application were by bottle rather than by tub - it's certainly not a mess-free application. For all its benefits, though, I'll suffer the mess.
I have golden brown hair which people sometimes describe as blonde, sometimes brown, and wouldn't ever use packet dye again after too much use in the past, so I was curious to use this when I saw it in Lush.
I tried this several times, and was dubious about the results, but somehow kept coming back to it - I think the idea of natural lightening really appealed and I kept thinking 'just one more try...'
However recently I decided to give this a last ditch attempt, and put on less than normal, combed it through, left it on overnight and washed it out in the morning.
It left my hair in an amazing state, tangle free and super shiny! The blondening effects were slight, however I would definitely repurchase this as an overnight treatment. If you put it on early in the evening, it dries out, and an advantage of doing it this way is that you get more uses out of the tub.
Hmmm...not convinced about this product myself. Yes, it moisturised my hair quite nicely, and yes, it smells rather nice, but at no point in the experience did I look any blonder. As an intensive conditioner, it worked just fine, but it's far too expensive for what it actually did for me, and, as others have mentioned, I only got three treatments out of the pot (I have chin-length, thickish hair).