Sugar Daddy-O Solid Conditioner: Parma Violets with a hint of fish

The name of this little purple bar confused me somewhat. Then again, basically all Lush product names confuse me, so this is nothing new. I’m not a fan of 1950s American slang, as it brings to mind the excesses of an EXTREMELY problematic era, which was basically only great if you were a rich white dude – the ‘Sugar Daddy’ in this equation, I think.

Anyway, that has nothing to do with this product review, aside from the fact I implore Lush to change its name!

One snowy day last December, I was wandering around London Waterloo. My brother had just bailed on meeting me – which I thought was a bit cheeky – and I was a little at a loss for something to do. Thankfully, at the far end of the station there’s a teeny tiny Lush shop, so I went in there to gather my thoughts. Always a bad idea, as the sales assistants in that shop are *particularly* attentive and will almost always convince me to buy something.

I’m not really sure how I got onto the topic of hair conditioner. I think they said they liked my hair colour – it was a pleasant turquoise/grey at the time – and I mentioned I’d been using that violet shampoo stuff to get the silvery effect. My friend also recommended Daddy-O to me once, so I asked to have a look – big mistake. That’s when the amazing sales pitch came in.

Now, I only bought the conditioner because I already had some purple shampoo left, and didn’t want to spend too much. I lugged this little beauty home.


It’s basically a purple bar of what looks like soap, but is actually highly moisturising. Made from shea butter, cocoa butter and a combo of vegetable oils, it’s all rolled into one purple bar, and scented with violet. Well, violet is more of an after-smell, as when I first take it out of its container I get a strong whiff of something that smells a bit fishy. I have absolutely no idea why this is, but there you go. Maybe cocoa butter doesn’t smell as nice as it sounds? It does go away very quickly, however, leaving only the smell of parma violets.

A downside to Lush shampoos and conditioners is that they mostly seem to contain SLS (sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate), which I discussed in yesterday’s blog. The TL;DR of it is that I’m not really sure why it’s supposed to be bad, but some say it’s harmful to the environment and marine life in large quantities, so I guess use it sparingly?

The good thing about solid conditioners and shampoo is that they allow you to do that. You generally don’t use as much as you would a liquid shampoo or conditioner, as you keep going with the bar until you think you’ve got enough moisture. Essentially, it removes the guesswork, and prevents you from using more than you actually need.


This is the bar after a couple of months’ regular use – it does actually last very well!

You might be wondering how I actually used the damn thing. The sales assistant gave me a quick tutorial in how to use it, so I warmed it up under the shower first, then rubbed it on my head to start working it in. Then I’d stroke the bar right to the very tips of my hair, rubbing it at the same time to eke out maximum moisture. I’d run my fingers through my hair to judge how much more was needed, and repeat until my hair was slick.

Then, as you would any other conditioner, leave it to soak in for a few minutes. Make sure you wash it off thoroughly.

Here comes the punchline. I felt this was the best conditioner I’ve used in a very, very long time, and it really improved the condition of my hair. It felt silky and smooth, without feeling greasy. Far healthier and stronger than my straw barnet has ever felt in its life, probably.

The only drawback is that funny fishy smell.

Buy again? Yes

Recommend to a friend? Yaaaaaas.

Rating: 5/5

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