July 24, 2014

Lush Zeste Hair Gelly Review

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

Lush Zeste Hair Gel

Lush Zeste Hair Gelly is a new hair gel that Lush recently introduced to its permanent collection! As a rather big fan of Lush King of Mods (and the long since gone Goth Juice, just because of the name alone mind you) I was quite excited that Lush Zeste Hair Gelly decided to make an appearance!

Let’s check it out!

Lush Zeste

Lush Zeste Hair Gelly is, well, exactly that. Just like Lush’s Shower Jelly Collection, Zeste, has that wibbly wobbly (time wimey) type texture that reminds me of this Jello mold that a friend of my mother’s used to make that was green and had Cheerios embedded in it, seriously, true story, it had Cheerios in it which in turn reminds me of that weird “It’s alive” blob from Better Off Dead. This is actually one reason I dislike it but more on that later!

Lush Zeste was inspired by 70’s punk hairstyles but lord knows the hold on this stuff is more along the lines of 80’s Aquanet hair spray! It’s a fairly water based gel created with orange juice and glycerine as well as sweet orange oil and other yummies which makes it smell like Orange Blossom but lord knows it has the hold of a real champ! It doesn’t give me that hard, sticky gel finish but does provide softer yet fairly excellent hold so it’ll crunch up curls and while smoothing frizz or smooth back hair without giving that greasy finish! A little goes a fairly long way and the natural sugars are what help to give it such a great hold so your hair stays in place!

The Orange Blossom fragrance is divine and it lasts well into use so application in the morning results in plenty of “Wow, what is that fragrance you’re wearing?” or “That’s so pretty, what did your wash your hair with?” It’s a scent that lingers and has a nice throw too!

My problem?

The texture!

Lush Zeste Hair Gelly

It actually has a Jello mold like texture so rather than a looser liquid gel you have more of a solid chunky jello formula. You’re basically removing chunks of the gel from the pot and you have to squish it up to get a good texture to use in your hair. Even after squishing it I find it’s still chunky and not the ideal texture for a gel! You’re liking going to see a good deal of build up fast due to the unusual texture. Although I will say so far, after nearly two weeks of using it, I haven’t noticed too much build up! I just find the texture a little odd and wish it was more of a traditional gel.

Outside of the unusual texture, Lush Zeste Hair Gelly is actually really a nice product if you’re a gel user as it provides a firm hold, excellent frizz control, a great way to refine and hold curls, plus the added benefit of a gorgeous fragrance!

It’s available now at Lush stores or online at lush.com.

Tried it?

Do share!

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • auntymaim

    The blob from Better off Dead, OMG I’m dyin over here! But does it have raisins?!

    Seriously, I’d love to find an all natural pomade/gel that did the job for shorter hair, but everything I’ve tried has been subpar. Kevin Murphy products are pretty good and natural-er (and have fantastic fragrance), but outrageously hard to find in the states. I remember friends using gelatin to hold up their mohawks back in college, and getting it all wrong and having chunks of jello everywhere – that’s what I think of when I read this description!

    • Isabella Muse

      lol thank f**k someone got the reference. LOL! were those raisins?! that’s the real question LOL! omg jello mohawk wtf haha! That’s kinda like this I guess ๐Ÿ˜€ the texture is super unusual and I can’t wrap my head around it. I wish it was more like the dense, creamier mod gel lush because this thing just looks weird and ready to get up and walk off my bathroom vanity on its own! just sayin’!

  • Emily

    Hey muse!

    I bought this off the UK’s kitchen section and their directions said to dump the whole blob into your hands, move it around a bit, and drop it back in the pot. That technique gives me the perfect amount to style with and avoids the chunk problems. Give it try!

    • Isabella Muse

      hey emily! I gotta admit the idea of doing that had the hairs on my arms standing up lol! It’s kinda gross! maybe I’ll take decant it into a smaller pot and give it a whirl with a tiny amount as I can’t see myself doing it with the entire thing ;-D

  • Kristin Williams

    I read you have to take the “blob” out of the jar, roll it in your hands and put it back in, then use the gel on your hands. I havent tried it yet but will soon!

    • Isabella Muse

      kinda scared to do that, it sounds, dare I say, gross?!

  • Diane

    Best part of this was the wibbly wobbly timey wimey that linked to david tennant! But i am interested in this gel. Goth juice was awesome!!

    • Isabella Muse

      lol ๐Ÿ™‚ glad you loved it. Can’t wait for the Doctor’s return! Goth Juice, just the name alone, was EPIC!

      • diane

        we only have a month of waiting left!! =D
        yes and goth juice was a beautiful purple color too!!

        are u going to NYCC this year?? there’s super week the week prior and a doctor who event going on in brooklyn! i want to go- come with!?

        • Isabella Muse

          ugh cannot wait ๐Ÿ˜€ hehe! yes! the color was gorgeous. Only Thursday tickets left ๐Ÿ™ I was going back and forth with myself about attending but when I finally decided the entire site crashed lol and was unable to order so I guess it was somehow fate I didn’t get in on tix ๐Ÿ™

  • Hez

    hehehe I have a book from the 70s or 80s all about jello molds .. why I don’t know. It entertains me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • zoe

    Hey Muse! Thanks for the review! I think you might have a defective pot, as it is meant to be a much looser consistency! Maybe pop by your local LUSH and have em check it out?