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Review: Lush Cynthia Sylvia Stout

Today I will be talking to you about a Lush product that you don’t often hear from, Cynthia Sylvia Stout. This is a shampoo with lots of beer. Yes, you read that correctly, beer (stout to be specific). Apparently beer works great to add shine and strength to you hair. Who knew? Cynthia Sylvia Stout also contains a ton of lemon juice to give your hair and scalp a good cleanse and to mask the freaky beer scent. The weirdness of the scent was what convinced me to buy it. I find it strangely addicting.

Cynthia Sylvia Stout is a dark brown shampoo. When I first used it, I was surprised at how thin the liquid is. This makes it easy to distribute over the hair, but also makes it easy to accidentally squirt out too much product and waste it. Cynthia Sylvia Stout contains Ammonium Laureth Sulphate instead of the usual SLS as a foaming agent, so lathers a little less than your regular shampoo. It is still easy to work with though.

When I first washed my hair with Cynthia Sylvia Stout, I immediately noticed that it had dried out my hair. It felt like straw, even before I had dried it. When it was dry, I did notice that the shampoo had added some shine to my hair and made it look quite vibrant. The next time, I decided to use a conditioner after using the shampoo. I used Veganese by Lush. This made my hair less dry, but didn’t completely cancel out the drying effect that Cynthia Sylvia Stout has on my hair. This left me very unimpressed.

After some experimentation, I did find some good uses for Cynthia Sylvia Stout. If I use it about once a month, it removes product build up in my hair and cleanses my scalp like never before. It removes all of the dry build up skin and oil from my scalp and my hair looks very shiny afterwards. Another good use for this shampoo is to use it to wash out an oil mask/treatment from the hair. It tends to get all of the oil out in one go.

Even though I like the scent and the shine and radiance that it gives, the drying effect that Cynthia Sylvia Stout has on my hair has put me off of ever buying it again. I would not recommend this product to people who have dry hair. I can imagine that it could be amazing for people with greasy hair that are looking for a thoroughly cleansing shampoo, or people who like the feeling of squeaky clean hair.

You can buy Cynthia Sylvia Stout in your local Lush counter or online here for €7,60 / 100g, € 14,70 / 250g, € 21,30 / 500g
The product featured in this post is vegan and cruelty free.

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  • I’m really surprised that it dried your hair out so badly, I don’t find that at all, but then I have naturally dry hair so maybe it’s more suited to me. Until I started using Brazilliant this was the only shampoo I used for well over a year. Great review.


    • Thanks Kelly! Yeah, I guess it just wasn’t a good match with my hair type. Happy to hear that it worked for you. I really want to try the Brazilliant shampoo after reading your review now!