I've always suffered from a really dry scalp and it drives me mad! Thankfully it's not itchy or painful but it is very annoying. Since Lush is practically my home, I had a nose around to see what they could offer and discovered Superbalm Scalp Treatment.
Superbalm comes in a 45g tin with a twist top which is really good for travelling as it's compact and leak-free. It's not part of the recycled pots programme but it's a very nice, old-fashioned tin so I intend to use it as storage when I've finished. Alternatively, you can probably take it into Lush and they'll recycle it for you like they do with shower gel lids.
CONSISTENCY & FRAGRANCE
The balm is of a very thick, waxy consistency in a moss green shade. Made from coconut oil, candelilla wax and rose wax, I find it's best stored at room temperature as it becomes hard to use if too cold and melts into a watery liquid in hot weather. Unfortunately, I find the scent very overpowering. At first, the fragrance of lavender and chamomile is quite pleasant but it's extremely strong and almost alcoholic. After a few minutes, it becomes overpowering and can make me feel a bit ill.
APPLICATION & RESULTS
I use Superbalm every time I wash my hair. I melt a little product between my fingers and massage it into my scalp. A little goes a long way, although I have to use quite a lot since so much of my scalp is dry. It does make your hair feel really greasy and horrible and, of course, the fragrance makes the experience more and more uncomfortable, but I try to leave the oils to sink into my scalp for around 20 minutes before washing it out. Thankfully the smell doesn't linger after washing! For a fairly unpleasant experience, I anticipated mega results but, unfortunately, they weren't as great as I'd expected. It does remove some of the flakes but my scalp returns to normal after 24 hours or so. Obviously I wasn't expecting it to cure my problem but a longer lasting result would have been preferable!
It goes without saying that I probably won't be repurchasing Superbalm. I have just bought a scalp treatment from the Kitchen called Snake Oil, which I'm hoping will be more effective. Keep your eyes peeled and wish me luck!