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When it comes to shampoos and conditioners I just don't think that you can beat Alberto Balsam for sheer value for money. They cost the same as a supermarket own brand but the quality is that of something that is much more expensive. I buy the shampoos and conditioners a lot because they are such good value for money and they are something that everyone in the family can use instead of having to buy loads of different ones. We are currently using the juicy green apples shampoo but I literally have about 10 different bottles in my bathroom cabinet because I always buy them in bulk. The shampoo is a great daily shampoo that gently cleans and detangles without being too harsh so it is perfect for using everyday. I happen to think it smells amazing and my kids also really like the smell of this one and even my husband who is not known for being overly enthusiastic declared this to be a nice smelling shampoo. I like it because it really freshens my hair and takes away bad smells. It also seems to scent it all day long but it isn't overly sweet and fruity so it smells fresh rather than overly fragranced. I also love the way this leaves the bathroom smelling after using it in the shower. For an everyday shampoo this is perfectly suitable as it cleans hair of grease and grime without being too harsh. It is also very lightweight so it is good for greasy and flyaway hair. If you use a lot of product then you might need to use something that is more clarifying but for normal use this works well to clean hair and take off grease. I would say this is suitable for all hair types because it isn't harsh for fine hair and it doesn't weigh down greasy hair. I can't believe this only costs 99p because it is so much better than a lot of shampoos which cost more and works just as well as those shampoos and smells better than most of them too.
I have tried a most of the Alberto Balsam shampoos and conditioners range and have found that each product in the range has slight differences.
The Juicy Green Apple with Grape Seed Extract is specially designed for Normal / Greasy Hair. As I have waist length hair which is prone to be greasy at times it was ideal.
The shampoo has a thick consistancy which means it doesn't fall between your fingers and an excessive quantity is not needed so it lasts longer. It also lathers well and leaves your hair feeling and smelling really clean with a sweet apple orchard smell which lasts all day.
The packaging is a frosted bottle which allows you to see how much is left in the bottle at a glance (particularly useful when trying to decide if you need to get more). The shampoo itself is green and this can be seen in the bottle.
Alberto Balsam also have a conditioner which compliments this product.
The range of shampoo and conditioners are regularly on offer in supermarkets as a multibuy or at £1 a bottle.
I don't like to use overly flowery or fruity shampoos as I find that they are just too feminine for me. However saying that the apple shampoo from Alberto Balsam is really nice as although it smells strongly of apple it isn't feminine and suitable for both men and women.
I love the smell of this shampoo. It smells of apples obviously but it is really fresh and not too sweet and sickly. When I first saw it in the shop I thought it would be far too sweet like most apple products but there is a sharpness to it which takes away the worst of the sweetness.
This shampoo is a little bit thicker than the tea tree one and it is easy to squeeze some out of the bottle without wasting loads going through my fingers and down the drain.
It lathers really well and a little bit is enough to wash my hair. I have short hair but even for long hair you wouldn't need too much of the shampoo to get a good lather going.
I wear a lot of product in my hair and this cleans it all out of my hair leaving it soft and clean. When my hair dries it feels soft and when I run my fingers through it there is no residue left from wax or hairspray.
My hair can look really greasy thanks in part to the amount of wax I use in it but also because it is just naturally a little greasy. After washing my hair with this it no longer looks greasy but it doesn't look dry and frizzy either which is something that happens to my hair when I wash it with some other shampoos that are supposed to be especially designed for greasy hair.
I think this shampoo offers amazing value for money as it only costs £1 for a 400ml bottle which lasts for ages because you only need a small amount of it at a time.
This would be good for a big household as I think it is a gender neutral enough fragrance that it could be used by the whole family and also because it is such good value at £1 that even the tightest of budgets can afford to buy it and have a good shampoo instead of buying a inferior cheaper one.
I've got long hair. I've been growing it for years now and find it a total nightmare to control at times! You see, I've got red hair which is thick, unruly and can't decide whether it's curly or frizzy so it just mixes it up and decides to be both. I've been straightening my hair since kitty was a cat too so it also plays havoc with my hair, ironically making it frizzier than usual. I've splashed out on the most expensive products for my hair in form of serums, leave in conditioners, hair masks and blah blah blah, none of them actually making that much of a difference. Actually, some do more harm than good! I recently went through a stint of constantly using Tresemme which left my hair flakey and dry, so had to move onto head and shoulders.. expensive! I was staying at my sisters for a week and was horrified that she was using Alberto Balsam shampoo. She has the same hair type as me, and insisted that it was great..
At £1 a bottle in most shops, it's hard to pass up. It's often tucked away in the middle of the expensive stuff do easily missed! They're attractive bottles with pleasant colours and scents to choose from. Easy to use flip caps for easy pouring in the shower or bath and easy grip bottles for convenience. Putting my initial snobbery aside, the bottles actually look quite nice and their scents remind me of the shampoo I used to use years ago when I was a kid (juicy apple anyone?)
The consistency of the shampoo feels thick and lathers up easily, the scent really bursts out and I enjoyed this aspect the most! There were alot of bubbles through my hair as I was washing and felt really clean when I washed it out. As opposed to other products I've used, my hair felt clean and I was assured that the shampoo had properly washed out, as I've had to stand for a few extra minutes in the shower to be totally assured that my hair isn't going to be greasy when I dry it! Along with the conditioner my bathroom smelled amazing and my hair felt clean and thoroughly cared for when I stepped out of the shower. After towel drying my hair surprisingly only took a few minutes to dry with the hairdryer and felt bouncy and soft.
As irritating as this made me feel, this shampoo and conditioner was more effective and provided me with better results than any more expensive product I've tried previously. My hair feels soft, clean and smooth after using this for over a month and my scalp feels well looked after. As far as salon quality goes, I still have frizzy hair at times and my split ends need looking after but for an overall product I would rate it 5 stars. I would recommend this product as it's inexpensive, does the job and smells fantastic. There are alot of products out there with price tags that would make your eyes water, but I would stick to this brand. I would also recommend using aragan oil in your hair, much more effective and cheaper :)
I usually tend to use Alberto Balsam shampoo and conditioner when washing my hair as it's sold in all the supermarkets making it easy to get hold of and it's cheap. There are quite a few different varieties to choose from but I used to always stick to the Tea Tree version until recently when I was sent Green Apple Shampoo as a substitute from my online shop.
Alberto Balsam shampoo and conditioner come in 400ml bottles and can be picked up from the majority of supermarkets for just £1. Sometimes there's an offer on as well of four bottles for £3 but this isn't as common any more. Obviously at this price the shampoo is really good value, especially considering the different varieties available. This shampoo can also be bought in Home Bargains and B&M for a similar price.
The shampoo comes in a clear plastic bottle which is really handy as you can see how much shampoo is left in the bottle. The flip top lid is easy to use and allows you to get shampoo from the bottle easily but at the same time it doesn't give you too much. The bottle is quite simple and uses the colour from the shampoo as the background to really emphasise the 'green apple' scent. The shampoo is described as being for those with normal/ greasy hair.
The shampoo is nice and thick and I find it lathers quite well, I have long hair so I use quite a lot of shampoo anyway but the bottle doesn't seem to go down that quickly and lasts pretty well. I find mixing a bit of water with the shampoo on my hand makes it go a lot further and lather much better. If my hair feels like it needs a really good clean I wash it twice but this doesn't happen very often. The smell of the shampoo is really fruity and fresh and hits you as soon as you start squeezing it out of the bottle. I always use the corresponding conditioner after using the shampoo and I have to say I find the smell really lingers, both on my hair and in my bathroom. My hair always feels in really lovely condition when using this shampoo it's definitely just as good as more expensive brands.
I really would recommend Alberto Balsam Green Apple shampoo to anybody whose looking to try a new shampoo at a very low cost. The shampoo goes a long way making it £1 price tag really good value and the shampoo is really high quality as well making it just as good as the big brands at a fraction of the price.
I normally use Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner, but when I saw this shampoo on sale at 85p for a 400ml bottle in Pound Stretcher I thought I would give it a go, as I'm trying to watch the pennies at the moment. I've seen it in various shops and supermarkets for around £1, which I think is also pretty good value.
This juicy green apple shampoo is for normal/greasy hair, and it has apple and grape seed extracts. The shampoo claims to gently cleanse, revive and refresh, and strengthen with pro-vitamin B5. It also claims to use 'most of the same ingredients you'll find in more expensive brands, but at a great price which means you can afford to look glamorous every day!'
The shampoo comes in a clear bottle, so that you can see the green shampoo through it. I really like this design, because it means you can clearly see how much of the product you've got left, so you know when you need to stock up on more shampoo. It has an easy to use flip lid, with a good size nozzle that easily dispenses of the product when you squeeze the bottle.
One thing I like my shampoo to have is a lovely smell, and this one doesn't disappoint when you open the bottle. It has a lovely apple smell when applying it, although I can't really comment on how well the smell lingers on my hair when I'm out of the shower, because I have been using Herbal Essences conditioner afterwards. My hair is below my shoulders and so I have to use a decent amount of shampoo. I have found that I have to use more of this shampoo than I do with Herbal Essences in order to get it to lather, and I was worried at first when I was having to use a generous dollop of it because I thought the shampoo might run out very quickly and maybe it wasn't such good value after all. However, I have been using the shampoo every day for weeks now and I'm still not even halfway through it, which means that it has still turned out to be excellent value in my opinion.
As previously mentioned, I need to emphasise that I have continued using Herbal Essences conditioner after using this shampoo, which may mean that I have different results to others who use it. However, I haven't really found much difference between this shampoo and my usual Herbal Essences brand. It cleans my hair, smells nice and leaves me with good results when combining it with my usual conditioner. I think when combined with a good conditioner, using a cheaper shampoo like this one is probably a smart move. Having said that, I may be tempted back to my Herbal Essences shampoo, but only if I see it on a good offer!
Therefore, a good subsitute for my favourite shampoo to save some pennies, and an absolute bargain at 85p
Alberto Balsam Juicy Green Apple Shampoo
I have over the years, used a number of different hair shampoos and conditioners, my current choices being mainly from the Alberto Balsam Range. The product I am reviewing here is the Alberto Balsam Juicy Green Apple Conditioner. Described as herbal shampoo with apple and grape seed. I loved the Green Apple bubble bath and shampoo that Avon used to offer years ago, so a couple of years ago when I noticed this product on a 4 for 3 offer in my local Morrison's store I decided to give it a go. I smelt the products in the store prior to purchase and immediately loved the fresh, clean smell of this product.
My hair is fine, but thick, wavy and heavy, prone to dryness at the ends given half a chance and frizzing. Yet it goes greasy by the end of the second day, thus requiring particularly difficult needs and a good shampoo. In other words troublesome!
The Juicy Green Apple is a nice shade of green reminiscent of Granny Smith apples. It is a fairly thick product that is globular and gel like.
I am really impressed how it leaves my hair, the lovely apple fragrance lasts and lingers enticingly in the bathroom too. I mainly leave my hair to dry naturally, but when I blow dry it is manageable and pliable after using this product
I open the lid and squeeze a blob out onto the palm of my hand, I share this between both hands and smooth and massage into my scalp, treating the scalp to a good finger massage. I then add a little water and wash the rest of the shampoo down the rest of my hair, ensuring I get some everywhere. Sometimes, I scoop the longer hair up onto my head and lather it all up together. Generally though, if I wash my hair every other day, it has gone a bit greasy, so I don't get much lather. The blob that comes out is about the size of quarter of an average apple. I continue to spritz my hair with my fingers as I rinse out with the shower. Very occasionally I apply a second dose, but that is not usually necessary.
I follow with an Alberto Balsam Conditioner.
Described as for normal/greasy hair, I think this product would suit these hair types, those with greasier heads or more product in their hair may need 2 applications.
PACKAGING AND CLAIMS:
Recyclable strong clear plastic cylindrical bottle with the product label on the front and further information and ingredients list on the back label.
There are icons on the back label to advise the user that the shelf life is 12 months once the product is opened and that the container is recyclable.
The information on the back of the bottle states: "This Juicy Green Apple Shampoo is super fruity and will leave you and your hair feeling fresh and healthy. It uses most of the same ingredients you'll find in the more expensive brands, but at a great price which means you can afford to look glamorous every day!
Hair smells as good as it feels!
We find it works best to leave it on for 1-2 minutes.
Revives and refreshes
Strengthens with pro-vitamin B5".
I certainly agree with the product statements above, Alberto Balsam seems to be a range punching way above its price bracket. I was using Pantene prior to this shampoo and not only is this better value, but it suits my hair really well too.
"Aqua (Water),Sodium Laureth Sulfate ,Sodium Chloride ,Cocamide MEA ,Cocamidopropyl Betaine ,Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract ,Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract ,Panthenol ,Polyquaternium - 39 ,Polyquaternium - 7 ,Glycerin ,Propylene Glycol ,Benzophenone-4 ,Tetrasodium EDTA ,Citric Acid ,Hexylene Glycol ,Triethanolamine ,Methylchloroisothiazolinone ,Methylisothiazolinone ,Hexyl Cinnamal ,Parfum (Fragrance) ,CI 42090 (Blue 1) ,CI 15985 (Yellow 6) ,CI 19140 (Yellow 5)".
PRICE and AVAILABILITY:
Usual price is only £1.00 at most stores, certainly not much more and for the £1.00 you get 400ml of product. I tend to buy mine from Superdrug, Morrison's or Sainsbury's. (points, convenience and points!). Also available from on-line outlets such as Amazon and eBay and I'm sure I've read that £ shops sell it as well.
Can only be 5/5
'Alberto Balsam Juicy Green Apple Shampoo'
I first purchased a bottle of 'Alberto Balsam Juicy Green Apple Shampoo' from my local 'Superdrug' store, the same product is also available from their official website (http://albertobalsam.com). I decided to purchase this shampoo for two reasons: the first being because it was cheap, at the time I only paid £1 for it and the second reason being because my hair looked drab and lifeless that I thought trying a new product might liven it up some what.
When first tried the shampoo I was surprised at the quality of the formula, it was thin, but not too thin that it resembled water. It lathers well and leaves your hair feeling soft, shiny and very clean. It also washes out very easily and does not leave your hair looking greasy or feeling weighed down by product. It smells amazing and leaves your hair smelling exactly like fresh green apples.
'Alberto Balsam' have a wide range of shampoos, conditioners and hair gels on offer. Which contain a variety of scents such as 'Tea Tree Tingle', 'Sun Kissed Raspberry' and 'Blueberry' which all smell so good and leave your hair looking stunning for days after washing.
The bottle looks good as well , it has a long circular design to it and is sturdy and the flip cap it very easy to open even when the bottle is wet. You get 400ml per bottle which is another aspect of this product which makes it such excellent value for money.
This shampoo works wonders on its own but when it is coupled with the 'Alberto Balsam Conditioner', the results will leave you speechless. Overall I would definitely purchase this product again, it is great value for money, it smells amazing and it gave my hair a new lease of life, I would defiantly recommend this product to anyone who want beautiful, soft hair.
WHAT IS IT?
Alberto Balsam is a range of shampoo and condioner. It is available in loads of different colours and each colour has it's own and different scent and purpose.
Today I am looking at the light green one which is apple. The bottle states it is for normal to greasy hair.
The shampoo comes in a clear plastic bottle so you can see the green shampoo through it. It has a black label with the Alberto Balsam logo on it, some silver writing and a picture of apples. I personally think the bottle appearence looks good and looks like a more expensive range of shampoo. It isn't.
It comes in a squeeze bottle with an easy to use black cap. Each bottle holds 400ml.
When squeezing out the shampoo, it comes out at just the right consistency. It isn't too thick and heavy that weighs hair down but it doesn't look cheap and runny either. Just right!
Ever since I was first pregnant, I don't know what happened but my hair seems to get greasy so so quickly.
To keep my hair properly clean I would have to wash it at least once a day, but this isn't easy so I look for a good quality shampoo that helps me keep to just washing my hair every other day.
I also refuse to pay a fortune for decent shampoo and won't pay the prices some of the other brands charge.
The Alberto Balsam apple shampoo ticks both these boxes for me. After using this shampoo my hair feels fresh and clean but still light and soft. Not heavily weighed down like some other brands make my hair feel.
The smell is lovely and actually smells like apples but is not over powering. After washing my hair I can smell the lovely fresh smell all day long.
It is also available at a very reasonable price. In most shops and supermarkets it sells for £1 a bottle and is often on offer for 4 for £3! Bargain!!
The shampoo and conditioner comes in different colours and scents, some of them are;
*Light green - Apple scent
*Dark green - Tea tree oil scent
*White - Coconut scent
*Pink - raspberry scent
*Blue - blueberry scent
*orange - mandarin scent.
There are others available too but these are the main ones which are more widely available. Each has different purposes too such as for dry hair, greasy hair, coloured hair......would recommend them all!
Overall, as you can tell from my review, I love this shampoo! It's brilliant in every way and is everything I need from a shampoo. Definitely recommend!
We've been buying Alberto Balsam shampoo and conditioner for a few years now as I am not personally interested in brand names if I can find a cheaper alternative that does the same job. Each bottle normally costs about £1 but you can buy four in Asda for £3 so we always take advantage of this as I feel this is a really good deal.
The shampoo comes in 400ml simple clear rounded bottle with a black flip lid. The shampoo name is printed on the front and also states that it is for normal or greasy hair. It also displays that it is a herbal shampoo made with apple and grape seed extracts. Alberto Balsam claims to use the majority of the same ingredients used in the more expensive brands, but at a cheaper price. It also claims to;
*revive and refresh
*strengthen with pro-vitamin B5
I tend to use a good sized amount of this, about the size of a 50p piece but I do have quite long hair. The shampoo lathers up as much as you need it to and it rinses out very easily. The smell is my favourite part of this shampoo, brilliant strong apple smell that fills the whole of upstairs in my house after I've used it! It's so fresh and makes my hair feel very clean. My hair is shiny after I've used it but I put this down to the matching conditioner more than the shampoo. Overall though it does give my hair a clean feeling which is after all what shampoo is supposed to do. I do dye my hair regularly and do feel this shampoo strips the colour out more than more expensive shampoos do but this is my only negative which obviously is not applicable to everyone.
4 out of 5 for a simple bargain shampoo.
Alberto Balsam is one of my favourite range of cheap and cheerful shampoos. It's mantra is that they contain many of the same ingredients as more expensive brands but at a more reasonable price and I have always found them to be good value and an efficient product as well. I have been working my way through the range which is mainly fruit based and I like them all except for the one that contains coconut but that is just my preference as I do not like a coconut scent. Juicy Green Apple is my shampoo of choice at the moment and very nice it is too.
I chose this variety as in Spain, where I live it is very hot and clammy and you feel like you need three showers a day, Juicy green apple is designed for normal/greasy hair and although my hair is a bit dry, and very thick, I felt I needed something to help keep me from feeling so hot and sweaty!
Like others in the range the packaging is a slightly frosted plastic bottle with a black flip up top. This allows you to be able to see the clear, bright green shampoo contained inside and gauge the level left. The front label is very simple in black, green and silver with a photo of a mouthwatering green apple sitting underneath the Alberto Balsam name. It also states that this is a herbal shampoo with apple and grape seed extracts and encourages you to get fresh with this shampoo for normal/greasy hair, which is exactly what I have done.
Use and Opinion.
On the reverse of the bottle we are told that this shampoo gently cleanses, revives and refreshes and strengthens with pro-vitamin B5. We are directed to wet our hair and then add a good dollop shampoo and lather. I follow these instructions and on flippng up the top I can smell the sharp scent of green apples. It really does smell of Granny smith apples! The shampoo is a good consistency neither too runny nor too thick and gives a good lather when massaged into my hair. It is easy to rinse out too and I follow up with whatever conditioner is in favour this week. Once dried my hair feels clean and soft but most of all I feel human again! I haven't tried the conditioner yet but I will do and all in all I am impressed again with this inexpensive range. The sharp scent makes it a good shampoo for men and women as it is not too flowery and although my husbands favourite is the Tea Tree and Mint shampoo this comes a close second. The apple scent does fade quite quckly but I think this would be more effective if used with the matching conditioner.
I paid 1.25pounds for my bottle containing 400ml and think that this is good value.
5 out of 5 stars from me.
The bottle is recyclable and the contents have 12months life once opened.
Thanks for reading my review which may also be posted on Ciao under splishsplash.
I'm trying to stop buying excess products mainly to save some pennies. I would rather buy multi purpose products and products that the whole family can use. This Alberto Balsam shampoo is one of them. I have tried a few versions of this and was keen to try the apple one.
== Packaging ==
The packaging is almost identical to the picture above apart from the flip top lid at the top is black plastic, not silver. The 400 ml plastic bottle is semi see through so you can see the green liquid through it. On the front of the bottle it has the brand logo in white lettering on a black background which makes it stand out with an image of a juicy looking apple. It is a herbal shampoo with apple and grape seed extract. It is for normal/greasy hair.
On the back of the bottle it has the directions for use, ingredients and a few key points about the shampoo which are as follows: - Gently cleanses - Revives and refreshes - Strengthens with Pro Vitamin B5. It also tells you it is a Unilever Brand and lists contact information for the company.
== The Shampoo itself ==
The shampoo is easy to pour out of the bottle. It smells lovely and fruity. It lathers well in my hair and leaves it feeling really clean. My hair is quite thick, shoulder length and sometimes I find with cheaper hair products I need double the amount, but this time I didn't. After testing it on myself and my husband I used it on my daughters hair (4 years old and 18 months) and found it cleaned their hair well as well, with no irritation.
== Ingredients ==
Aqua (Water), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamide MEA, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Panthenol, Polyquaternium - 39 ,Polyquaternium - 7, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Benzophenone-4, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Hexylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Hexyl Cinnamal, Parfum (Fragrance), CI 42090 (Blue 1), CI 15985 (Yellow 6), CI 19140 (Yellow 5)
== Price and Availability ==
This brand seems to be widely available. In Tesco and Poundland it is £1. You can usually buy the matching conditioner too.
== Overall Summary ==
I like this shampoo, it leaves my hair feeling clean and it is suitable for our whole family. It leaves your hair with a pleasant apple-y scent too. I would recommend this.
Thanks for reading.
I love Alberto Balsam shampoos and conditioners as they are really cheap but effective and they all smell delicious.
The juicy green apples shampoo is so refreshing to use especially when the weather outside is hot as it has a really fresh fragrance and it soothes my scalp by effectively cleaning all the products and sweat from my hair.
The shampoo itself is a green colour to match the fragrance and isn't thin and runny like most cheaper shampoos and is instead is thick and gooey . I find that it is easy to pour some into my palm and not have loads of it fall between my fingers and go down the drain.
It lathers up immediately when I start to massage it into my hair and it doesn't feel harsh on my hair though it does clean really well. Most of the time I only need to wash with the shampoo once but occasionally I need to give it a couple of washes to get rid of all the gunk that is on my hair. The shampoo is non drying and it helps me to keep grease at bay without stripping my hair of all life and oils as when it is dry my hair has good shine and doesn't look dry.
The smell is the great thing for me about this shampoo. As most of my body products tend to be fruity I like the fact that I can use the Alberto Balsam range and match them to my body products but even just this on its own scents my hair all day long. It is quite a strong smelling shampoo and I can smell it on my hair even a day later. If you don't like fruity smells then I would go for something else but I personally love the smell of apples and this smells very natural.
This could be used by the whole family and even children because it isn't harsh on hair and the smell is quite unisex though it might be a bit strong smelling for most men.
I also think it is unbelievable value as I can pick this up in the pound shop for £1 obviously.
This is a lovely shampoo to use especially during the summer months as it keeps my hair clean and smelling lovely for ages and it is also really refreshing to use in the shower when it is hot outside.
My Go-to Shampoo
For the most part, my shampoo requirements are fairly simple. I want something that smells fantastic, cleans my hair, doesn't make my hair feel weighed down, greasy or dry and costs less than a fiver for a decently sized bottle. It might sound a lot to ask for but this shampoo, for me, ticks all the boxes. Whilst I may occasionally wander off to more expensive brands in search of claims of greatness, or wander onto equally priced brands out of curiosity, I always seem to end up back with Alberto Balsam. Especially their apple shampoo.
The bottles are 400ml. This is enough to keep even the thickest hair going for quite some time, and I use a lot of product every time I use this shampoo.
The bottle is a clear plastic bottle with a clip lid. The label tells me that it's for normal/greasy hair. I am not sure what it is but I have always found the packaging quite appealing. When I first tried this shampoo at my parent's house on a visit, I thought it would be a far more expensive shampoo than it actually is.
The smell is delicious. I am a big fan of apple smells and this shampoo does not disappoint. It is probably the strength of the smell that has me buying this shampoo again and again. I usually wash my hair every other day, and the apple smell only seems to wear off a few hours before it's next washed again.
This product works into a lather well and doesn't leave my hair feeling weighted when I wash it off. Although I have 'problem hair' as a general rule, this shampoo never seems to make my hair any worse and in fact improves the general condition of my hair, leaving it feeling soft for at least a day after use. I rarely leave the shower after using this product to feel my hair is too static or dry, which to me is an achievement in itself!
This shampoo retails on average for about £1 a bottle, which I usually pick up from home bargains or boots. It is not the best shampoo I have ever used, but in the budget shampoo bracket I certainly consider it great value for money. These shampoos come in a variety of smells and also have matching conditioners for the same price. The bottle does last for ages (even longer if you use sparing amounts, which can still work into a very decent lather!) and is definitely my go-to shampoo. I still get tempted by the bigger brands and their impressive claims, and in fact have found more impressive shampoos amongst them, but if you're looking for a shampoo that is cheap, smells fantastic and will leave your hair soft, this is a great one to pick up.
I'm currently using the Alberto Balsam Juicy Apple Shampoo and Conditioner. I'm not brand loyal when it comes to shampoos and conditioners, I'm happy to use whichever products happen to be on offer or seem to be the best value.
The Alberto Balsam range of shampoos and conditioners are available in most supermarkets, Boots, Superdrug, Poundland etc. And they normally retail at just £1 each. I bought mine from Sainsbury's where they are currently on a 4 for 3 offer.
The Alberto Balsam Juicy Apple Shampoo comes in a 400ml bottle. The shampoo itself is quite a thick shampoo, and it's a bright 'appley' green colour. The shampoo states that it's for normal / greasy hair, my hair is probably normal and maybe just a little on the dry side. I didn't realise that the shampoo was not really for my hair type until I'd got home, I bought the shampoo and conditioner based purely on a quick sniff inside the bottle whilst doing my weekly shop. I have to say though that after using them both for a week or so now they seem perfectly fine for my hair.
As with all shampoos the directions for use are; wet hair, use a good size dollop of shampoo, lather, then rinse thoroughly. I don't find that I need to use 'a good size dollop' of this shampoo, I find that just a small amount of this works adequately. I do always follow this with the matching juicy apple conditioner, and I do always use an absolutely HUGE dollop of the conditioner, and so I always get through two bottles of conditioner to one bottle of shampoo.
I find that this shampoo lathers up well on my hair in the shower, and that I don't need to use a lot of it to create a rich and foamy lather. It rinses out well and it leaves my hair feeling squeaky clean in the shower, before then following it with the matching conditioner. Once my hair is dry it definitely feels and looks very healthy and clean, and it is lovely and soft and shiny after using this along with the matching conditioner. I normally wash my hair around 3 times a week and this has stayed the same whilst using this shampoo, so it hasn't caused my hair to go greasy or to need washing any sooner. It also hasn't stripped my 'slightly dry' hair of any moisture, which I was worried that it may do, with it being formulated for greasy hair. I also find my hair to be just as easy to style whilst using this shampoo.
This smells gorgeous, really fruity and fresh and intensely appley. I do find that the gorgeous fruity and fresh apple fragrance lingers in my hair for the rest of the day after I've used this shampoo. The lingering apple fragrance isn't too overpowering in my hair, but it's just subtle enough to be noticeable if I've wafted my hair. I do always use this along with the matching conditioner, so I am layering the apple fragrance so to speak, it may not last quite as long if you are just using the shampoo alone.
Overall I'm more than happy with this shampoo for the low price. I think that like most shampoos it works best with the matching conditioner, and I'll more than happily buy this again.
Leaves your hair feeling fresh and healthy /