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Lush American Cream Hair Conditioner Review

Effie XuReviewed By: Rating: ★★★★½ (4.4) Updated On: Oct 27, 2014

Like the best of their handmade cosmetic products, the American Cream Hair Conditioner from Lush finds its inspiration in natural substances. A medium strength conditioner it is a customer favorite for shiny, soft locks with a heavenly fragrance.

The inspiration for American Cream came from 1950s milk bars – popular dating spots for teenagers over a serving of creamy, frothy milk-shakes. The best-selling conditioner translates the same vision, evoking fond memories of jukeboxes, bobby socks and circular skirts.

Lush American Cream Hair Conditioner Review


$19.90 – 8.4 oz,$32.95 – 16.0oz
At nearly $20 for a small eight ounces, and $33 for twice that size, this is definitely priced on the higher side. Even regular ‘Lushaholics’ agree that the conditioner seems to have a steep price tag, despite factoring in the specialty natural ingredients product value which Lush promotes. Given that it is a bit lighter than average conditioner and most consumers need more quantity to be applied, makes it even more expensive as a product. Besides, storing up the big size doesn’t work favorably since it is prone to going bad if it is stored or left unused after opening for too long.

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Typical Lush packaging with their signature chalkboard style font and labeling on the side of the bottle. The squeezable plastic bottle helps in pouring the thick conditioner even when you run low. The ingredients are clearly listed on the front of the label. The bottle comes with air-tight plastic cap making it easy to carry for travel.

Lush American Cream Hair Conditioner Review


The first thing you notice is the amazing fragrance. The sexy, sweet scent of vanilla, oranges, strawberries and honey is bound to work its charm. The top notes of oranges, lavender and honey lend a fresh, natural scent which has a great ‘pick-me-up’ appeal. Gradually it gives way to a delectable vanilla cream aroma with a splash of strawberries. The sweet aroma is not cloying but lingers on for hours, and makes for a perfect conditioner to use just before the big date.
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True to its name, the conditioner feels like a thick, creamy gel. You need to take a reasonable amount and slowly massage through the scalp. Since the conditioner is targeted for all hair types, it isn’t excessively rich. As a result, some of you with dry hair types may need to use it a little more generously while those with oily hair can test it out with a small amount at first. Leave it on for 3-5 minutes, if possible a little bit longer. It gives the natural ingredients time to work with the oils, and lets your hair roots get hydrated thoroughly.

Lush American Cream Hair Conditioner Review


Given that all Lush products use natural ingredients and safe synthetics, instead of harmful chemicals, they immediately feel better on your skin and scalp. The smell and texture is from natural ingredients and they feel fresh. However, a word of caution: store it in a cool, dry place and use it up within a few weeks once open. The organic ingredients can quickly go rancid after a few weeks in open.

Vanilla Absolute,Honey Water, and Vanilla Pod Infusion with Propylene Glycol form the base. It helps in keeping your hair soft, gives the sweet milk-shake smell and hydrates your hair. Coumarin lends the nutty vanilla scent once your rinse your hair, which lingers on.

Cetearyl Alcohol, Oranges, Strawberries, and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate with some Perfume give you that burst of freshness. The Vitamin C helps in soaking up excess oil from oily hair types, without making it excessively dry. The faintly spicy, floral smell comes from Linalool.

Lavender Oil, , Lanolin, Clary Sage Oil  and Benzoin Resinoidconditions and moisturizes the dry, damaged or thin hair types. Includes traces of other essential oils.

Lush American Cream Hair Conditioner Review


With the winter months coming up, the hair is seldom hydrated throughout the day. The harsh weather dries up our skin and scalp easily. On the contrary, when you are wearing the caps or hats to cover your head, the sweat and pollutants often settle as greasy deposits.

The American Dream Conditioner helps in both cases. For dry, thin hair or those which are prone to splitting, the oils, honey and safe synthetics like Cetrimonium Bromide helps proper hydration. It keeps the hair clean, soft and calm.

On the other hand, the Vitamin C and fruit extract absorb excess oil; lavender helps cleanse your scalp and anti-oxidants gets rid of free radicals from your hair roots. This helps in leaving your hair light, not weighed down like other rich conditioners. Best of all, even if it gets a little messy in humid conditions, a simple stroking or brushing restores the shape and smoothness.

Review Overall

Summary: A word of caution: it doesn’t react favorably to hair color and tends to lighten the color significantly for many users. You may want to apply to a small area or with a dime-sized quantity first to check it out.
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