Lush Big Sea Salt Shampoo Review

by Sub Editor Akanksha on December 9, 2013

in A- Grade, Reviews

LUSH_BIG_11 Lush Big Sea Salt Shampoo Review

A great smell, the promise of magic for your skin or hair, good intentions towards the environment – tell me this and I’m hooked. In the wonderful smelling Lush store when I held a tub with a cute little cartoon on the side, saying that “this product was handmade by Kris” – I just had to buy. After more than a year of using the LUSH BIG, Sea Salt Shampoo, I am here to tell you how my Dry, Naturally Curly Hair likes this product.

The LUSH “BIG” Shampoo is clearly has sea salt as its main ingredient. There are big chunks of it in the shampoo and it actually even tastes salty, apart from being soapy bitter. (Why in the world were you tasting your shampoo Ranita? Umm.……. curiosity…)

While this shampoo is quite clarifying, it doesn’t over-dry my hair. Also, when I work this shampoo into my hair it lathers up beautifully.

It comes filled almost to the brim of a big, thick, black plastic tub with a screw-on cap that is thankfully leak-proof. We need to scoop out the amount we required for each wash. I found this very convenient because if I took out more product than I needed, I could simply slide some back into the tub.

This shampoo works brilliantly in removing product build-up or excess oil from scalp that has had a good champy. It contains organic lemon infusions and lime juice and I use it once a week to give my hair a good cleanse. The wonderful part is that it doesn’t strip hair of all moisture since it has several moisture-infusing oils such as Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Neroli Oil and Mandarin Oil. Since salt is a natural preservative, it does not have any added harmful synthetic preservatives.

The product label says that this shampoo will make you have “A Big hair day. This is like having your hair lifted on a sea breeze”. It does add volume to the hair. The effect slightly resembles using a sea salt texturizing hair-spray. So it is a very good product for people with thinning or limp hair. My curly hair tends to be a little frizzy. So I recommend using a good conditioner after this shampoo.

The price is quite steep. For someone used to buying a big bottle of shampoo for under 300 bucks like me, spending 1720 on a tub definitely pinches. But a little bit lathers-up to a strong foam and one tub lasted for several months for me. I usually take a tiny bit and rub it between my palms to get the foam going and then I massage it onto my scalp. Be warned though, that the fallout from this shampoo is insane. I always find that my bathroom floor is just full of salt chunks every time I wash my hair. Considering how expensive this product is, all this fallout seems just wasteful. Also, since fresh natural products are used to hand-make this product, it has a very limited shelf life.



  • Clarifying but not over-drying. Brilliantly removes product build-up and excess oil.
  • Lathers up brilliantly. Washing hair becomes much easier.
  • Very little product goes a long way. One tub last a really long time.
  • Adds a good amount of volume and bounce to the hair. Very good for limp or thinning hair.
  • Very convenient packaging.


  • Insanely Expensive!
  • The sea salt chunks fall out.
  • Very limited shelf life. Be sure to purchase tubs made only a month or so ago.

Rating: A-

Price: Rs. 1120

Recommendation: If your hair is flat or thin, or if you use lots of oils, mousse or sprays in your hair – the Lush Big Sea Salt Shampoo is the product for you!

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Embellished December 9, 2013 at 12:57 am

The price IS steep, but this is something I’ve always wanted to try. Volume and I are friends :)


Swati December 9, 2013 at 3:49 am

It does come with a good price tag..but it looks so intersting! I want to try it someday


Supria December 9, 2013 at 5:16 am

This is a famous one from Lush… Intrigued to try it out as i could do with big hair!


Chris December 9, 2013 at 5:25 am

I agree with everyone about the price. But Big is..well…..big on results! :P


Meghana December 9, 2013 at 5:30 am

the price is eye rolling. I have never tried anything from lush so far.


Kayennat December 9, 2013 at 7:03 am

I love this shampoo! It was one of my favourite shampoos when I used to use sulphate shampoos. Now that I’m sulphate free I make my own version.
and yes this one does taste bitter. I have tasted it too……
I really like the taste of Lush’s Ocean Salt face scrub :D


Sangeeta December 9, 2013 at 9:25 am

This is insanely expensive. But lush products are expensive. I don’t even mind the expensive part, the shelf life bothers me. I usually end up wasting product because I can’t use so much up before its expiry.


Shivi@COSMOCHICS December 9, 2013 at 9:30 am

I love Lush products! This one too sounds amazing! I am definitely going to try from one of the shampoos soon :)


Xuvious December 9, 2013 at 9:32 am

A chunky shampoo, not tried that before! :)


Anams December 9, 2013 at 10:28 am

Anything which can remove the oil after a good champi would definitely be something I would have loved to try out. But I read about the sea salt technique on Kayennat’s blog sometime back and it works for me. Someday when I am all flush with moolah shall check this out. Wonder if smaller sizes are available?


Lisha December 9, 2013 at 10:42 am

The price is an ouchie!! I can never get myself to spend this much on a shampoo but very nicely reviewed sweetie :)


Tanmayee December 9, 2013 at 11:15 am

great product and a big rescue for product build up… nice review…


Manasi December 9, 2013 at 12:32 pm

It is expensive but gives good results….I may try this :)


Vineetha December 9, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Shelf life is one issue with all these fresh products from Lush. Not that it is stopping me ;-)


Sumathi December 9, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Sounds like it was made for me.
But why so expensive Lush :(


Mayuri December 9, 2013 at 2:42 pm

this is a really good shampoo but very heavy on the pocket , nice review :)


Arzoo December 9, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Looks a great product, never tried it but would love to give it a try.


Appu December 9, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Very nicely reviewed :)
price is really a con :/


Amani Zaara December 9, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Good product but price can dig a huge hole into pockets.. :(


krithi May 3, 2014 at 12:16 pm


Now that the Lush outlet is closed in Chennai, Where to buy this product. I’m badly in need of Big shampoo.


krithi May 3, 2014 at 12:17 pm

from Amazon and Junglee, either stocks are not available or I could not buy it from India. Plssssssssssssssss helpppppppppp


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