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Lush’s King of Mods Hair Gel Review

Remember all my hoopla about King of Mods and Goth Juice? No? Click here to read up! My original blog post about King of Mods and Goth Juice was quite popular and many of you had bits to say so today I bring you a blog of review!

I got my package from Lush UK last week and inside was my new favorite product King of Mods! Lush introduced it’s hair gels in the Summer I believe or maybe it was the Spring but either way for some reason or another I never really got around to buying or trying any!

I’m happy to say that King of Mods is fantastic! What’s so fab about King of Mods? For one thing the smell is amazing! It’s this uber bright cocktail of lemon, lime and grapefruit (real deal here!). It’s tart and fresh and just beautiful! Words can’t really describe how yummy this smells and when it’s in your hair the scent just lasts and lasts all day long!

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If you happen to be a long time Lush user you’ll remember a lovely little product by the name of Back for Breakfast which is sadly gone. King of Mods smells almost identical to Back for Breakfast! I’m actually currently, with much sadness, using my last bottle of Back for Breakfast and the scent of both King of Mods and it in my hair is just too gorgeous!

King of Mods also quite reminds me of the smell of Ocean Salt but the lime is a bit more prominent in Ocean Salt while in King of Mods the lime takes a back seat to the tart sweetness of the lemon!

A little goes a long way. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. A tiny drop rubbed between the palms of your hairs and smoothed into wet hair is plenty to get you through the day! I personally wouldn’t attempt this on dry hair but from what I’ve read people have had great results using it like that. Lush promotes this as a soft hold hair gel but I get more of a strong hold from it. It eases the frizz that my heavy, wavy hair is quite known for and also makes my hair feel quite soft and of course nicely scented! The scent just lingers and lingers and lingers and believe you me I’ve had many compliments about how fresh smelling my hair is!

This is a very light gel contrary to it’s texture. The texture is a bit sticky and dense and it takes some work smoothing it between your hands for application but when it’s in your hair it’s very light so you won’t end up feeling like a helmet head or having a greased up look. I use it on my wet hair and I’m not one for blowing dry so when my hair finally dries it feels very fluffy while easing my frizzes!

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As you already know my uniform is placing my hair in a bun and smoothing my hair back with a headband. My hair is wavy and full of curl and placing it back keeps it away from my face while I’m working. By the end of the day my emaculate hair ends up spiraling out of it’s bun and I have a case of the frizz on the halo of my head! Lucky enough I now have King of Mods which pretty much holds it all together.

The price tag on King of Mods could make you wince. Stateside a small jar costs $15.95 but I’m here to tell you it’s cash well spent. This jar will last you ages because as I said before a tiny drop is all you need. I figure I could get at least 6 months or more from this jar so at $15.95 that’s not too bad a deal!

If you’re yearning for some Back for Breakfast now and you’re wondering what would go well with the fresh smell of King of Mods have no fear your Muse has several products that’ll go perfectly with the amazing scent of King of Mods that she’ll bring to you in her next blog post!

I can’t say enough good things about this cute little pot of gel especially can’t stop raving about it’s gorgeous smell.

King of Mods is most definately Muse Approved for purchase!

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Lush’s King of Mods and Goth Juice Hair Gel

Back in the Summer you might remember me babbling in excitement when Lush introduced it’s Hair Gel line. This is a first for Lush as they normally lean towards other haircare items but never styling agents!

If you happen to be British or an Anglophile then you’ll be familiar with The King of Mods and Goth Juice.

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You might wonder who this King of Mods is. Well, it’s now a Hair Gel from Lush but it’s also a reference to the one and only Vince Noir aka Noel Fielding from The Mighty Boosh as for Goth Juice that’s a whole other story! Goth Juice, according to Vince, just happens to be the strongest hair spray known to man which is made out of the tears of Robert Smith (if you don’t know who Robert Smith is we can’t be friends anymore! Serious.). In this case Lush made Goth Juice a hair gel and not a hairspray.

So after that rather long story (You’re lucky it isn’t longer as I can discuss the Mighty Boosh all day long) I want to give the King of Mods and Goth Juice a big go ahead for purchase!

I wandered into Lush this weekend and I sniffed both King of Mods and Goth Juice and promptly fell in love. Sadly, I didn’t get a sec to snatch some up for my very self as I was in a bit of a rush and the Christmas crowd was vast and Herald Square Lush happens to be the size of a closet in an old Victorian house so put together a small store and a crowd and you have an unhappy Muse that’s clamoring to get out as quickly as possible!

But fear not I ordered both Goth Juice and the King of Mods from Lush UK last night and I’ll do a much better review upon using both but at the moment I can give you the low down on the scent!

I fear the name sold me on both as I’m a big Noel Fielding fan (and old enough to actually get the references in The Mighty Boosh) but upon actually getting a chance to sniff these I’m quite more in love than before!

King of Mods reminds me of Ocean Salt a bit. It’s a crisp, citrus scent with lime and grapefruit! It’s quite lovely and fresh smelling!

As for Goth Juice, yes the name was a big seller for me, but the entire idea of a herbal, earthy hair gel wasn’t too appealing but I’m happy to say that Goth Juice is a big YAY for me! It’s purple (Seriously! What color did you expect Robert Smith’s tears to be!??!) and smells alot like Jungle to me. If you use Jungle you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s a bit more earthy than Jungle but it’s a very nice herbal, earthy green scent that really is quite pleasing to the nose (I’m surprised I like it since I’m more of a fruity/sweet lover! It may just be the name that’s blinding me!).

Overall, both are really gorgeous and I’m eager to see how well they work!

King of Mods and Goth Juice are available for purchase from Lush for $15.95 and $14.95 and UK side for £6.95 per pot!

King of Mods, Goth Juice, The Mighty Boosh, Noel Fielding, and Robert Smith are all VERY Muse Approved (I just happened to pop in a Mighty Boosh DVD here at work as I typed this to get into the spirit of the post!)

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Lush Cosmetic’s Newest Haircare Line Up

Lush has always had a good solid haircare line! You’ve heard me babble some about the shampoo bars already but Lush also carries other shampoos and conditioners that I swear by as well!

I was happy to hear that Lush will be expanding it’s haircare line and introducing not only new haircare but some styling items as well! This is a big step for Lush as they have had no prior styling products to boast of prior to these! I’m very curious how they will turn out!

First up is Curly Wurly! Hmmm good news for the Muse as her hair is wavy and full of curls!

Lush’s description of Curly Wurly Shampoo:

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This thick and rich marvel is so unlike any other shampoo that your hair will think itís discovered a parallel universe, one where curls soften, relax and shine on command. Amazingly enough, we make it all happen without preservatives! Coconut butter, cocoa butter, avocado butter and jojoba oil control curls, weigh the hair down and smooth hair follicles. Shredded coconut aids in application and synthetic polymers are replaced by free-range eggs while lemons and papaya add extra cleansing and shine. Available early October.

Next up a new conditioner of sorts entitled Jasmine & Henna Fluff Eaze! The name alone sold it for the Muse. Anything that contains the word “fluff” in it makes me want it all the more!

Lush description for this new Fluffy product:

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Jasmine & Henna Fluff Eaze makes really fluffy hair smooth and encourages normal hair to behave. Henna infusion adds loads of shine and moisture, but it wonít change your color (even if itís color-treated). Brazil nut oil and olive oil add even more shine, calm fluffiness and give control to the ends without taking all the life out of it. Youíll find this hair treatment detangles, stops static and helps prevent your hair from tying itself in knots. Whatís more, the effects last for weeks! Best of all, the lovely scent of jasmine wafts around you like moonlit evenings in a Moroccan garden. Available early October.

Now these have the Muse intrigued! All natural hair gels!

The Big Tease

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The Big Tease can stand your hair straight up without feeling brittle — all with a texture a bit like glue (but in a good way). Itís loaded with natural, good-for-your-hair ingredients like glycerin for softer texture and cupuaÁu butter (pronounced: coo-poo-a-soo) from the Amazon rainforest. This acts a bit like lanolin, which means excellent conditioning thatís all vegan! Youíll be delighted when you sniff this gel too. It has the same refreshing (and very popular) fragrance as The Olive Branch shower gel, with orange flower, lemon and bergamot. Tease it high! Available early October

Goth Juice

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Fans of The Mighty Boosh (a British cult comedy TV show) will be aware that real Goth Juice is made with the tears of Robert Smith. (Thatís why itís purple.) If you have no idea what weíre talking about, thatís cool, just take it from us that our Goth Juice is a medium-strength gel to hold and style your hair without drying it out. Glycerin, hemp and flaxseed oils nurture, strengthen and in general, take good care of your hair — even when they join forces to double the size of your head. It has a beautiful, dark green-forest scent of oakmoss and olibanum. Available early October.

Holy cow the Muse definately wants this! She loves the Mighty Boosh and dare ye all who question her about it and know not of it’s origins! Off with your bloody heads for not being exposed to bloody brilliant britcom! Sadly this is also an earthy blend which means maybe the name and concept sounds brilliant but the general idea of oakmoss and other green bits aren’t what the Muse prefers her hair to smell like! Le sigh! How very depressing that Goth Juice doesn’t smell fruity!

And lastly in the hair management department….

King of Mods

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This soft-hold gel takes soft, fluffy hair, controls it and makes it look cool. It shines hair, moisturizes it and holds it softly in place no matter the adventure. Like Mods themselves, itís controlled but not hard. Itís also good for your scalp with eight percent almond oil and camellia oil (the one that Sumo wrestlers use to keep their long, black hair shiny). King of the Mods is perfumed with grapefruit and lime essential oils to wake you up in the morning and revive you for an after-work party (think Swinging London of the Ď60s). Party on! Available early October.

Overall looks like a nice little line up of additions to Lush’s already supremely awesome haircare line! I want to try the gels for sure and Curly Wurly is definately going to end up in my cart!

Reviews to come when I buy some of these bits and pieces!

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Simplifying Your Haircare

Are you not a morning person? Do you find general haircare a pain in the neck? Do you seek to simplify something as mundane as shampooing your hair? Do you travel alot?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above than I have quite a simple solution for you!

Look no further your wish is my command!

A shampoo puck.

Yes, yes I am already hearing you say to yourself, “What’s she on about now?”
Well..occasionally…the Muse is a bit lazy in the morning or just wants to keep things a bit on the simple side so she uses a nifty little shampoo puck to get her locks cleansed, shining, and happy in the shower!

Lush Cosmetics offers several kinds of these multitasking demons!

I generally use shampoo pucks when I’m being a bit lazy but they are also quite a nice little bit to have when you are traveling! Reason being with airline security being so tight these are a simple little treat to stow in your train case without the drama of large bottles! They also double as a bar of soap! Wash your hair and your body with one puck! Cool eh?

You’re probably curious how these work aren’t you? Easy as pie! Wet your hair, swipe the bar across your head a few times, lather, rinse, repeat, and smile! Simple as 1-2-3!

Not only are these easy to use and easy to travel with but they last for ages! If you’re currently being frugal with your money and don’t want to shell out for expensive shampoos this is a good way to go! One puck will last as long as 3-4 months!

If you aren’t happy enough at the idea of a cute little shampoo puck you will be at the fact that they have cute little tins to hold ‘em in too! Excited yet? I knew you would be! And since Lush likes it’s customers so much, if you buy two bars you’ll get a free tin! Yay!

At the moment their are 9 different bars to choose from! I’ve tried most of them so I can give you a brief review of each! As I said above I generally use these when I travel or when I am feeling a bit on the lazy side in the morning! My hair is dry and tangles easily so I can use only some of these without conditioner! You may very well be able to get away with using the puck alone but I can’t with most of them. I’d recommend a good condition afterwards! Lush also offers solid conditioners (I recommend trying Jungle) to compliment it’s solid shampoo bars so that’s something you might like to try as well!

Sadly Lush has discounted a few of my favorite shampoo bars such as Doctor Peppermint! But they have since replaced it with another of my favorites which is called New!

New! smells like red hot candies and feels quite refreshing and tingly when lathering up my hair! I actually use it once a week as a clarifying shampoo to cleanse my hair! It clarifies really well, maybe too well as it does seem to dry my hair out a bit more than I’d like! But it does a great job of making my hair shiny clean!

New! Shampoo Bar

Godiva is a very popular shampoo bar and ends up on the bestseller list quite alot! It’s not not my favorite but I do like it! I can easily use it as a multitasking shampoo bar and don’t need conditioner very much afterwards as the bar is loaded with chunks of cocoa butter which my hair seems to really like thus causing it to behave and remain tangle free! Godiva has the strong scent of jasmines and after one use I guarantee your hair will smell delightfully floral all day long!

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Lush offers two distinct shampoo bars which are used according to your water! If you’re in an area where your water is soft they present the Soft Shampoo bar and if you live in an area where the water is hard they offer the Hard Shampoo bar. I personally do not like either! They tangle my hair up badly, aren’t the best smelling, and dry my locks out to a straw like texture! These you can pass up in my humble opinion! If you by some chance live in the UK or are traveling there you may want to pick up a Hard Shampoo bar because in cases of harsh water as England’s this works a treat even though I’m not a huge fan of it!

Soft Shampoo Bar

Hard Shampoo Bar

Karma Komba a Shampoo Bar that is most loathed for this girl! To my nose this smells like oranges and dirt! Yes, oranges and dirt. You heard me right. Patchouli is a very hardcore note in this Shampoo Bar so if you enjoy a deep green, herbal scent this be for you! As for me I can’t stand it!

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Soak and Float is a bar for problem scalps! If you suffer from dandruff or oily locks this be the bar for you! The scent is quite overpowering and just terrible. I’ve never actually used this on my hair as I suffer from neither dandruff or oily bits but from what I’ve heard it’s a miracle cure all for a troubled scalp! I guess if you can get pass the scent you’ll be on squeaky clean scalp street with this bar!

Soak and Float Shampoo Bar

Seanick is the type of bar that will give your hair that just out of the ocean look! I’m serious, tis true! If you like the way windblown, full hair looks this be the bar for you! Seanick gives great volume and bounce and it simply makes your hair shine! It has quite a nice scent, like fresh ocean air! This is an overall lovely Shampoo bar that comes with a healthy recommendation!

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Now Hybrid is a friend of the Muse’s hair! When my hair begins to grow down my back once again (I cut it, shoulder length, not so long ago) this is the bar I reach for! If you have long hair you realize how much weight that is and how it feels so heavy on your back and product just seems to stay “glued” in it! Hybrid makes your long locks feel airy and light, it clarifies and cleans too! It has a strong smell of black licorice that’s quite appealing to my little nose! And best of all I don’t have to worry overmuch about conditioning afterwards because my hair behaves very well after a lather up with Hybrid!

Hybrid Shampoo Bar

The Ultimate Shine promises shine, bounce and condition. It does none of the above. It smells quite strong of Ylang Ylang which makes my nose wrinkle up in dismay! It tangles my hair awfully and causes generally havoc with my locks! This one I’d avoid at all costs!

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Remember prior to putting your puck in your tin, dry it out fully otherwise you’ll end up with a mushy shampoo bar when next you use it!

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These are great little multitasking tools when traveling abroad or just for those really quick Monday morning showers!

The Muse likes to simplify life sometimes and these shampoo bars help that along! And if you happen to be a guy these might just be an offering from the Gods (Think we didn’t know you’ve been washing your hair with a bar of soap? We girls know everything! Now you can use a bar of soap to wash your hair and guilt free too!)

Some of my Shampoo Bars
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Customizing Your Haircare

The sense of scent is a unusual and unique mystery! Different scents are appealing to different people. Some people find the smell of a baking pie very comforting, some enjoy the sweet scent of a ripe peach, others enjoy the smell of wet glass after a rainfall. The good news about your choice of scent is that you can have it and customize it to suit your haircare! Yes, indeed, I did say haircare! The internet offers wonderful shopping options and some very posh brands of haircare are available, believe me I know, as I’ve tried them all! But for the last few years I’ve turned to smaller companies that create a wonderful utopia of haircare products that suit my need for not only a good volumizing shampoo and a deep quenching condition but also a sweet smelling one or a foody scented one!

I’ve come across some wonderful small shops that offer wonderful customization for shampoos, conditioners, hair sprays, hair gels, hair refreshers, and more! These small shops offer a wide range of scents that will suit any need! Scents range from fresh baked goods like cookies, cakes, and cupcakes, different fruits, and of course wonderful sweet scents to ease your need for sugar!

I guess some people would wonder why I have a need to smell like a cupcake or a peach but hey that’s another mystery that’s unique…it all comes down to being a girl!

Some scents I’ve come across in haircare that I’ve tried, fallen in love with, and stash in my washroom would be the following:

Bunny Hugs-A dreamy and creamy blend of sliced fruit, with oranges, marshmallows and whipped cream.

Cherry Cupcakes-Sweet, frosted vanilla & cherry cupcakes with light notes of almond & toasted coconut.

Island Girl-A cocktail inspired fragrance blending of lemon and lime with cherry and pineapple.

Violet Fairy Cakes-These little vanilla frosted, violet topped petit four cakes are perfect for a fairy tea party.

White Cake-Scrumptious white cake with sweet almond notes!

Banana Split Cupcakes-Chocolate banana cupcakes topped with strawberry cream and a cherry!

Sweetheart Cake-Fluffy mini cream puffs stuffed with a soft strawberry buttercream with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Pretty in Paris-Sweet summer strawberries, oodles of marshmallow cream frosting, cotton candy and vanilla cream makes this one sweet treat.

These are just some of the scents that line my bathroom cabinets. The companies I shop from offer a wide range of scents to suit every need, truly when I said wide range I mean it! Scent lists available from most sites go from 100-500 blends or more! Some companies are even willing to blend a custom scent to suit your needs if you happen to not locate one from the huge list they already have!

I find that many of the haircare products linger very long in my hair and give off an amazing throw which means I am constantly asked, “Wow what is that wonderful smell”…! I always love to smell sweet and gorgeous I guess it comes with the girl territory and when someone remarks on how wonderful my hair smells I just glow and feel very tickled they noticed!

These companies offer a wide range of items that can be customized but this blog entry is solely dedicated to the haircare line of items!

Some shops to check out:

Cherriflip An absolute favorite of mine hands down! Wonderful Shampoos, Conditioners, and Other great haircare products! Truly Uniquely blended scents available that cannot be located anywhere else! Cherriflip currently has a sale going on, 20% off your entire order! Take advantage of this great deal!

Skindazzles Another favorite and the home of my very favorite, signature scent, Bunny Hugs! Skindazzles has 10% off select items at the moment!


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A wide range of different haircare needs with tons of scents to choose from! Ongoing sales change week to week!

The Little Shop of Beauty Little Shop of Beauty is one of the few shops that offers hair gels and hair sprays in custom scents! Free Deluxe Samples with orders!

These are just some of the dozens of shops that offer customized haircare! Have a search and you’ll find a million more!

If you aren’t familiar with these forms of shops please keep in mind prior to ordering that they make your order upon your submitting it! This means that certain items do take a longer wait time! Some companies have wait times up to one month while others get products out faster! Basically your items are not sitting on a shelf and placed in a box for shipment, they are freshly made and then shipped to you! They are immensely popular as well which causes the wait time to go up accordingly, especially around the Holidays! Prices are affordable but some companies are Canadian which means costly shipping options! On the plus side some companies do run specials with 10%-20% off orders!

Personally I love the option of clicking on a bottle of Shampoo and asking for it in any one of 500 scents! Many of these small shops revolve the scent lists as the seasons change and the holidays come up! I love smelling like sweet, juicy fruits in the summer and gorgeous pies, cakes, and cupcakes in the winter! I like the scent of cool mints or warm cakes and baked goods in my hair during Christmas and possibly the smell of caramel apple or candy corn during Halloween! If that isn’t customized haircare I don’t know what is!

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Some of the many haircare products that overflow from my washroom cabinets!

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