Thursday, August 25, 2011

Lush H'Suan Wen Hua review

Where did they get the name of this from?  I had to correct the spelling in the title 4 times before starting this post and it is now safely in my Ctrl+V option ready at a moment's notice, otherwise I'd be here for the day.

I picked this up in Belfast a few weeks ago after vaguely remembering that I'd read about it somewhere.  I'm a big fan of Marilyn from Lush so thought I'd give this one a go for a change.

Lush says "Mega-moisturiser for super-conditioning care to feed your hungry hair. It's Lush salad dressing for the head; a nutritious treat to make hair more healthy and pleased to be alive! Avocados are nutritious and softening, balsamic vinegar gives amazing shine, and watercress infusion is exceptionally high in vitamins and increases the tensile strength of the hair. H'Suan Wen Hua means The God of Hair in Cantonese (we think), and our intention is to give you the hair of a deity. Use it on days when you'd like your hair to be worshipped."

The instructions say to apply loads to dry hair.  It's best to do this over a sink because it's so runny.  I ended up splatting some of it into the skin as I tried to scoop it out of the tub and slather it into my hair.  Don't you love the word slather?  It's got the same consistency as Lush's Marilyn, too runny for a tub I think.

As soon as the treatment made contact with my hair, I was nearly knocked unconscious by the smell of it.  It went from being a mildly scented tub of goo to a full on weapon that would take down a small village with the fumes.  I do like to exaggerate if you haven't noticed but what I'm basically saying is that the scent is strong.  Really strong.  Would burn the nose hairs off you strong.  Had me gag a little bit when applying it strong.

But in the interest of the blog, the fact that it cost me £8.50 and I used half the tub to fully saturate my hair, so £4 a pop, I persevered, held my breath and hoped for the best.  The tub advises to leave it on for 20 minutes and I did just that.  It says to wash it out, shampooing and conditioning your hair as normal.  I did just that.  But girls, my hair still positively reeked of the stuff.  I thought the scent would evaporate overnight, but no.  So I sat in work with my hair down, trying to "air the scent out of my hair".

I also did a survey with some of the girls at work to see what they thought of the scent.  Yeah, I made my work colleagues smell my hair... Seeing that in print makes it seem like a much weirder thing to do but everyone was happy to do it...  When they asked me what treatment I'd used, my answer was "emmm, I don't know how to pronounce it" at which point they looked at me with a raised eyebrow.  I needed a verbal Ctrl+V...  I think it smells very cinnamony, clovey, herbal and just weird.  Girls at work said it smelled like chewing gum, cinnamon and two girls liked it and I know it's just a subjective thing when it comes to scents but it was not for me so the other half of the tub is going to a new home tomorrow.

It didn't leave my hair particularly soft or shiny.  Marilyn will always win for this and I have some left in my bathroom which I will now have to use to try and apologize and make it up to my hair.  I had high hopes for H'Suan Wen Hua but it left me disappointed and smelly.

Has anyone tried this?  How did you get on with it?


  1. I love you Karen. You have me laughing out loud again. Hope the stink's worn off ;)

  2. Ah thanks Emma, love you too!! And no, my hair still reeks of this stuff, I smell like an absolute Christmas cake, not pleasant, can't wait to wash my hair tonight!

  3. Great post Karen. That overpowering and long lasting smell doesn't sound good at all so I think I'll give this one a miss esp as it doesn't sound like it did much for your hair anyway.

  4. never heard of this or Marlyin either but am totally intrigued now!! never dabbled with LUSH conditioners.....are they worth a go??

  5. LMAO, oh poor baby, it's terrible isn't it? And it's quite expensive too! Seriously Karen, you're so funny, love it :D :D :D!!! xo


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