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I use Alberto balsam quite regularly and I've never found a reason to stop using it. I take good care of my hair, get regular cuts, use expensive conditioners, oils and leave in conditioners but have never really found a reason to stop using this cheap and cheerful shampoo!
Alberto balsam do a range of really nice smelling shampoos but I think this one is my favourites! It smells strongly of mandarin and is immediately noticeable when you pop the cap open. It also leaves your hair with that lovely fruity smell which is a huge plus. I've tried a lot of shampoos that have a lovely smell but that smell can never seem to be transferred to your hair!
One of the things that I like is that the bottle is really flexible which makes it really easy to squeeze the exact amount of shampoo out that you need. I also noticed that the consistency of the shampoo isn't too think and therefore you don't need to spend a long time in the shower shaking the bottle upside down to actually get what you need from the container!! (We've all been there at least once).
One of the negatives to it is that although the shampoo lathers up nicely with water, I do sometimes feel a second wash is necessary to get my hair completely clean before I use my conditioner. However this is not the only shampoo I have had this problem with in the past so I'm willing to overlook it!
The whole bottle tends to last me quite a long time. I think person to person it would depend on how often you wash your hair and how much shampoo you actually need to use but I'm happy with the frequency I have to buy it. Even if I wasn't, it's usually not £1 that I pay for it and that's certainly a price I can't complain at! I do feel it's excellent value for money.
I would definitely recommend this to people, if not on a regular basis, it's a great product to buy when you travel so you waist expensive products behind when your taking toiletries out of the suitcase for the weight allowance at the airport!
I love buying the Alberto Balsam range of shampoos and conditioners because they are so cheap and they are suitable for the entire family to use so it means that I don’t have to spend a fortune buying different shampoos for everyone.
The Mandarin shampoo smells fantastic and like nearly all the the Alberto Balsam shampoos the smell is so fresh and natural smelling without being unnatural and chemical smelling. I am a big fan of the smell of this shampoo and I like the fact that it really makes hair smell clean and fresh all day long.
I also like the fact that this shampoo is so mild that it is suitable for everyone. I wouldn’t use it for a deep clean but it is fantastic as a daily shampoo because it doesn’t stip hair of its natural moisture and it is mild enough for my kids to use too. My daughter particularly likes this one as she loves the smell and the way it makes her hair feel.
After using this you can feel how light that it is as it makes hair feel clean but it doesn’t make it feel dry or tuggy and just leaves hair feeling normal. If I had a build up of product in my hair then I would probably use something a little bit stronger but for normal everyday hair to freshen it up and take away grease then this is hard to beat I think.
Best of all this is so cheap as it only costs £1 in most places but can even be bought for less at some places. I always try and keep a few different bottles of Alberto Balsam shampoos and conditioners in the bathroom because I think they are great for the money and this one is no exception.
Price and Availability :
These are available widely from most supermarkets and chemists, they are usually around the £1 price for a 400ml bottle so really good value. Currently they are on offer in ASDA for 75p and Tesco and 4 bottles for £3. You can also get a matching conditioner for the same price and on the same offers.
All the Alberto Balsam bottles look similar they have a black plastic clip top lid, the plastic is clear slightly frosted. On the front you have a black panel that says Alberto Balsam and then a nice picture of some sliced Mandarins. Underneath it says Mandarin and Papaya, shampoo with mandarin and papaya extracts revitalising for normal / dry hair. 400ml. The packaging is simple but smart enough looking, it doesn't look like a value brand but doesn't look luxurious either. The bottle is strong as is the lid and I have never had any problems with them breaking. The bottle is also flexible enough that it is easy to get the shampoo out, even the last drops.
In Use :
The thing I love about the Alberto Balsam range is the scents, everyone I have tried so far has smelt lovely and this is no exception. It is a really fruity smell which is quite strong and fills the bathroom when you use it in the shower, I am not sure what Papaya smells like but you can definitely smell the mandarin. When using you only need a little bit as it creates a lot of lather which means a big 400ml bottle lasts ages. Even though it creates a lot of lather it is really easy to rinse of. Once used my hair is really shiny and light which I find with a lot of this range, it really does make my hair feel super clean. The only downside is that it doesn't detangle on it's own but combined with the conditioner it does so it's not a massive problem as the conditioner is only £1 as well.
Overall I am going to give this 4 stars I would have given it 4.5 if I could as it only loses a little bit because it doesn't detangle, most people probably wouldn't find this a problem but my hair is pretty damaged at the moment so it is an issue for me.
Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Carica Papaya Fruit Juice, Citrus Tangerina Peel Oil, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-7, Polyquaternium-39, Propylene Glycol, Magnesium Nitrate, Glycerin, Pantolactone, Parfum, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trideceth-9, Disodium EDTA, Magnesium Chloride, PPG-12, Benzophenone-4, Sodium Sulfate, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone,
*Note* All of my hair care reviews that I have written so far have been used in a soft water area I have recently moved to a hard water area and have noticed a huge difference in results, I haven't tried this one in a hard water area yet but will update when I do.
I would say that the best things about this shampoo is:
One, the price and
Two, the scent.
I have quite often bought Alberto Balsam products at times when I have been particularly budget conscious as they are always cheap and the containers are larger than many shampoo bottles so they do last well and work out very cheap. However, for me, Alberto Balsam shampoos do often tend to be a false economy.
This is because in my opinion they just aren’t a very good range of shampoos generally in terms of quality. I would say that for a budget conscious family thee Mandarin shampoo is an okay product to use for a while. I find that I can get away with using this particular e Alberto Balsam shampoo for a week or so on my hair but if I continue to use for much longer than that then my hair does start to suffer.
Granted this shampoos does clean well and I would also say that it lathers nicely and, as I already mentioned, it does also have a nice aroma but when it comes to caring for my hair then I would say that it isn’t that great a hair product.
The Alberto Balsam Mandarin shampoo is packaged in a plastic bottle holding 400ml of shampoo.
It is widely available and very conveniently so from supermarkets and bargain stores.
Most stores charge around one pound for a bottle but I only buy if they are on a multi buy offer when they work out even cheaper.
This shampoo can often be seen on sale for less than one pound in price.
WHAT IS IT?
This is shampoo that is made by Alberto Balsam, it is Mandarin shampoo and there is Papaya in it also.
This shampoo comes in a tall and thin bottle and even though the shampoo is very thin I think it was quite hard to get out when the bottle had less than half in it. You flip the top open to dispense the shampoo but this bottle falls over very easy so you must take care where you put it when you are washing your hair.
WHAT I THINK
I think the fragrance of this shampoo is very beautiful but it is a pity that is the best thing about it because I do not like to wash my hair with it and I do not like how my hair feels after it has been washed also.
This shampoo does not give me very many bubbles and I think it feels very thin while I am massaging the shampoo into my hair. It rinses out very easy in the shower but when all of the shampoo has been removed my hair feels like it is all knotted up together and I knew as soon as I started to rinse the shampoo that I would need to use conditioner. When I dry my hair the shampoo leaves no residue.
My hair is very limp when I use this shampoo and all of the Alberto Balsam shampoos do this to me even the ones that are designed for the type of hair I have. It is hard to style because it is so limp that I cannot get any volume in my hair and I know that when I use this shampoo I will have to put my hair into a very simple pony because a style will not look good because the shampoo does not make my hair look clean enough.
I used only half of this bottle even though I try to use up the full bottle of shampoo even if I do not like it very much, I do not think this Mandarin shampoo was very good for my hair though because after I had washed it a few times my hair started to feel very brittle so I had to stop using it.
This shampoo is very cheap and costs only £1 for a bottle that is 400ml. If it is good for your hair then that is value but I will not buy it again.
1 Dooyoo Star.
I've used a few hair care products in the Alberto Balsam range and to be honest, they have been a bit hitty-missy. I bought this mandarin shampoo as it was only 99p and I love anything that smells fresh and fruity on my hair. The first time I used this I noticed that it didn't lather up on my hair as well as I had been expecting it to. It rinsed out well but I had to use quite a lot of shampoo in order to achieve the amount of lather I normally would. The smell is perhaps the nicest thing I could mention about this shampoo
I have bought a few different fragrances from this range of shampoo and found they really nice ones. I do like a fruity shampoo so thought I would give this fragrance a go since it was really cheap to buy. I thought I would like it anyway because the other scents hadn't been a disappointment.
The shampoo comes in a tall, slim line transparent plastic bottle which has a flip back lid. The name clearly on the front, so can be easily spotted on a shelf. The liquid is a pale yellow colour and it has a fairly rich consistency and doesn't drip from the bottle. It has a soft and smooth texture to it, it flows well from the bottle onto the hands.
This shampoo has a really nice fruity fragrance and smells like a bowl of fresh Mandarins, it is quite a strong mandarin scent, very orangey and quite sweet. Does smell nice and refreshing. I did imagine the smell would be quite strong because the other fragrances I had bought have been strong scents, so I did imagine this one would be strong too, which it is and Alberto Balsam haven't disappointed me with this one.
You don't need a lot of the shampoo to create a good lather, I have quite long hair at the moment and it is quite thick and I just use around a 50p sized amount and this amount is well enough to create lather and foam. If you have short hair, using less would be fine because it does lather up really well and using too much would be a waste of the shampoo.
It cleans my hair really well, it removes the dirt really well and I find just one wash is well enough because I do tend to wash my hair most days and I find this shampoo is a gentle one. I can detect the scent on my hair while I am washing it, can even detect the scent in my bathroom a good while after using this shampoo. It has staying power and a nice pleasant aroma in the air etc.
It is very easy to rinse from the hair in no time at all, I find I do need to use a hair conditioner on my hair because my hair feels too dry and not well nourished if I don't use one. I have used this shampoo and not used a conditioner and found my hair feels too dry and because my hair is quite long I find my hair is tangled when I don't use a conditioner. But my hubby has short hair and this shampoo has been a good one for him to use and his short hair hasn't felt tangled and he can easily comb it with no problems at all but for my long hair I do need to use a conditioner. I have washed my grandchildren's hair with it just a couple of times to see how it works for washing a child's hair, it has left their hair feeling soft and smooth and quite shining and also easy to brush after towel drying. Their hair did look glossy and shiny too, so I would say this shampoo is good enough to buy as a family shampoo.
It contains Mandarin and Papaya extract which claim to help strengthen the hair and give it shine, I haven't found my hair isn't any stronger and it doesn't look any glossier than normal because I do think my conditioners do this work on the whole. It also contains Vitamin B5.
It is a shampoo for normal to dry hair, I have dry hair and it is a good enough shampoo for washing my kind of hair. Although my hair is long, I do have it trimmed regularly to help keep it in a good condition and to remove any split ends. This shampoo has left my hair in a good condition and hasn't left my hair feeling too heavy or lanky.
It is really cheap to buy and I paid just a £1 for a 400ml bottle some time ago but I have spotted it in Asda for 4 bottles for just £3, so I think it is well worth the price. It is excellent value for money and of a super quality. Simply cannot go wrong for the price.
I highly do recommend this shampoo, it is a nice scent,washes well and a gentle shampoo. I will buy it again in the future because it gives me all the results I expect from this brand of shampoo.
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I give it 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
Alberto Balsam make an attractively priced and effective range of shampoos and conditioners and I am currently tyring out their range which mainly has a fruity theme. One of their selling points is that their products contain ingredients that you can find in more costly brands but for a better price which is always appealing as you can definitely spend a lot of money for a top end product.
A little while ago I reviewed a pleasant mandarin and papaya conditioner in the Alberto Balsam range so it is only fair that I now review the equally nice matching shampoo in this good value hair care range.
Competitively priced at 1,25pence for 400ml the shampoo is designed for normal to dry hair and contains, as the name suggests extracts of mandarin and papaya.It promise to gently cleanse, restore shine and strengthens with pro-vitamin B5. As I have wiry,dry hair this is just right for me and I do like that their mantra is "Hair smells as good as it feels!" as the mandarin/orange scent which reminds me of freshly made jellies, is one that I like a lot!
Like the rest of the Alberto Balsam range which I have used, the bottle is of a simple, frosted plastic, tubular design through which you can see the clear orange coloured shampoo. It is topped by a black flip up top which closes securely to avoid spilling. The design on the bottle is simple too with a photo of juicy ripe oranges on the front which sits nicely with the black, silver and orange of the rest of the label. On the reverse are the ingredients, and a little information about how this limited collection was so popular that now it is part of their standard range. Directions for use also appear on the reverse, basically, wet your hair apply shampoo, have a good lather and rinse. Try to avoid getting it in your eyes.
One other point that I like about this packaging is that once empty, the hole in the top off the lid is just wide enough so that after cleaning thoroughly you can reuse the bottle for home made potions and lotions as long as you are careful about pouring it in. The labels also peel off easily so that you can add your own.
Meet the Mandarin.
After wetting my hair I pour a good amount of the clear orange shampoo into the palm of my hand. It is a fairly runny gel in consistency and the lovely citrus scent is soon wafting around. The shampoo lathers up well and after a thorough wash it also rinses out easily leaving me with clean scented hair to which I then apply the matching conditioner. I find that I use a normal amount of this shampoo compared to other brands.
It's another good shampoo from the Alberto Balsam range. It cleans my hair well and leaves it fairly soft considering how tough it is.The mandarin and papaya provides a pleasant scent which I enjoy although it does fade away faster than I would like. It is not going to change my life or radically change my tough wiry hair but I shall continue to but this range which I think is suitable for the whole family and is a good value range.
5 stars from me for a good value shampoo.
The bottle is recyclable and the shampoo has a 12 month life after opening. It is readily available in supermarket and is produced by Unilever.
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=Alberto Balsam Mandarin Shampoo=
I try to change the brands of shampoo and conditioner used, as I like to give my hair a change of product.
I didn't buy this, my daughter won it on a Tombola at a local school fayre, so we decided to give it at go.
=Price and availability=
Alberto Balsam is available from most retailers and can be purchased for anything from £1 upwards. This was a 400ml bottle.
The bottle is a plastic bottle, see through, with a black plastic lid that you flip up and there is a small hole in the centre, so when you squeeze the bottle the shampoo comes out.
The shampoo contains mandarin and papaya extract, for me the overall smell feels like a posh orange feel, but the papaya doesn't smell as a separate extract.
The shampoo states that it gently cleanses, restores the shine and vitality, whilst strengthen with Vitamin B5
The shampoo is not thick, but not to runny either, so you get a good control over the amount being dispensed, as soon as you open the bottle, the smell is sweet and nice, it reminds me of a tropical milkshake. On my hair it lathered easily, and as I was lathering up, I noticed the smell became more apparent,
The shampoo rinsed out easily, and the same when I used it on my daughters hair, she has longer hair than me, and whilst lathering hers (it takes longer) I found the sweet smell that I had experienced earlier becoming less sweet and more sickly sweet feel. It wasn't just my daughters hair or my hands that I could smell the shampoo on it was over taking the bathroom. At this point I was glad it was not mint based - otherwise it would be hello toilet...
I had to use a conditioner with my daughters hair, as the shampoo just did not seem strong enough to control her hair, even after shampooing it twice.
I was impressed with the price of the shampoo as it was £1 for a 400ml bottle, and on my hair I could manage the sweet smell, but on my daughters the time taken the smell became a bit over powering, and I felt I used more shampoo than with other brands,
=Would I buy again=
For me, sorry, I just felt it wasn't strong enough and over powering with the smell, but if you don't try you don't know, and it was one of the better tombola prizes.
When it comes to shampoos I usually pick up whatever is on the £1 shelve in our local chemist. I think it is good for your hair to have a change every so often. When I was looking for a new shampoo because mine had ran out I saw the Alberto Balsam mandarin shampoo and thought I would give it a try.
The shampoo came in a 250ml plastic bottle with a fairly plain label on the front which tells you what the product is and has the company logo on it. The design of the packaging is fairly simple but because the bottle is slightly see through (which is great for knowing how much is left) the colour of the shampoo colours the bottle and makes the packaging very bright and eye catching. It also had a label on the back containing the relevant information such as directions of use and ingredients.
The product itself is a great consistency, not too thick but not too runny. It is bright orange in colour and it smells amazing. The smell was one of the reasons that I picked this shampoo; the rich, refreshing smell of mandarins smells good enough to eat!
When using the product I squeezed a reasonable amount into my hand and rubbed it into my hair. I soon realised that I didn't need to use half as much as I had used. The shampoo lathers up really well without having to use much of it. After I rinsed it out of my hair and dried my hair off I could smell that beautiful smell of mandarins. The smell lasted all day. Unlike some shampoos I have used in the past this one left my hair feeling smooth and looking shiny without leaving any sticky residues on my hair.
Overall I loved this shampoo and paired with the conditioner it made my hair feel great and smell fresh all day. I would recommend this shampoo to anyone.
Alberto Balsam shampoos and conditioners are something that appear in my bathroom on quite a regular basis. When I have found that I am suffering from build up from a different shampoo or conditioner, usually something more expensive, I revert back to using these for one or two bottles to try and sort my hair out before inevitably going back t something more expensive again. Its a bit of a vicious circle really, but with these costing just £1 per bottle I am able to save a little money on my shopping bill when I buy these Alberto Balsam products.
When I was browsing the shelves in Tesco recently I spotted lots of different Alberto Balsam products but this one, mandarin and papaya shampoo, was the one that stood out to me as it has a nice spring colour to it. A light orange /peach colour and when I had a quick smell I really liked the light orange scent that I could detect.
This shampoo is for normal/dry hair and this is probably the category that I am in most of the time, providing I was my hair every 1-2 days. The bottle contains 400ml which is an ample amount to last my husband and I about a month or so. Not bad for £1!
This shampoo contains mandarin and papaya extract, when smelling this or using it on my hair I can notice the mandarin more than the papaya but there is a tropical fruit type smell to this, similar to that which comes from a tropical juice drink. This is a really nice smell and that is definitely the reason I chose this one, well that and the nice light colour of the shampoo. The shampoo bottle states that this shampoo gently cleanses, restores shine & vitality and strengthens with pro-vitamin B5.
When it comes to actually using this shampoo it is simple to use for me. The bottle has a black plastic flip top lid that is simple to open, even with wet fingers if I am in the shower, and there is a reasonable sized hole to allow enough shampoo out without being wasteful. The shampoo is not too thick so it doesn't matter if I don't store the bottle upside down. The scent is nice and fragrant, without being overpowering, and this is quite a nice scent for rubbing in to my hair whether bathing or showering. When I start rubbing this through my hair and on my scalp I find that this lathers up really well. I find that the smell becomes more prominent once this is being rubbed all around my hair and particularly when I am in the shower I find that this fills up the bathroom with its wonderful orange scent that is sweet and delicious without being heady or too strong.
When it comes to rinsing this off it rinses with ease and my hair felt squeaky clean after using this shampoo. The smell is refreshing and relaxing and there is nothing that I dislike about it at all. The scent doesn't really hang around on my hair after I rinse it and dry it but my hair feels great, which happened from the first use, so I can overlook this, plus I want my perfume to be the most noticeable scent about me really.
A little really goes a long way with this shampoo and when I combine it with the conditioner I get fantastic results for my hair. My hair looks healthy and shiny after using this and the addition of the conditioner means that my hair is simple to brush afterwards too. My hair feels clean all the way through, which doesn't always happen with some products as I have very long thick hair. My hair looks and smells clean although the scent of this shampoo and the matching conditioner doesn't linger.
I would say that overall this shampoo is worthy of 4/5. The price is low, at just £1 for 400ml, and a little goes a long way because this lathers up so well. The smell is lovely and enjoyable when I am in the shower but I would probably prefer it to be at least a little more noticeable. I am impressed with how shiny and healthy my hair is though and that is why I am rating this so high.
I recently ran out of my usual shampoo and as I am currently on a tight budget decided to try something a bit cheaper. I noticed the bottle on the shelf in Sainsbury's and decided to give it a try.
The product comes in a clear plastic bottle (400ml) which is handy as you can easily see when the bottle is nearly empty. It has a black plastic lid which flips open and a gentle squeeze easily distributes the product into your hand. The product name is clearly written on the front of the bottle with the fragrance underneath it. On the back of the bottle it gives you the directions, it also says that they are adding this particular scent to their permanent range as it was initially a limited addition fragrance.
The product is orange in colour and has a fairly thick consistency to it which makes it non messy to distribute. It lathers up really nice and easy and it smells gorgeous too! It is so nice and fruity, not too strong but strong enough to leave a hint of mandarin on my hair once it has been dried. The product claims to restore shine and vitality, strengthen with pro vitamin B5 and gently cleanse.
The product is easily available from supermarkets, online and beauty stores with prices at around £1. I got mine from Sainsbury's for £1. Sainsbury's website says they currently have an offer on at 4 bottles for the price of 3, it doesn't say online exclusive so should be in store also. The alberto balsam shampoo range offers a variety of fragrances including juicy green apple, raspberry, strawberry and coconut along with many others.
I am definitely impressed with this shampoo and have yet to try the conditioner. It is really good value
for money and I will be definitely be purchasing it again and trying others from the same range.
The shampoo comes in a transparent plastic bottle, the design is fairly simple and does not necessarily help advertise and persuade people to purchase the shampoo based on the design. I myself do not mind the design being some what boring, its what's inside that counts! The name 'Alberto Balsam Mandarin' is clearly printed on a black label located at the front of the Shampoo bottle, which is accompanied with pictures of half cut & whole oranges. The bottle has a black lid that has a flip open cap, which is used on most shampoo bottles.
I purchased a 400ml bottle from my local Home Bargains store for £1, which is a good price for the amount of shampoo you get in a bottle.
The shampoo itself is nice a thick, which is great as it means it does not drip out of the hand when trying pour it out of the bottle. The shampoo liquid is a nice bright orangey colour, which unlike the packaging makes it look very appealing and more expensive.
Upon pouring the shampoo onto the hands, the most noticeable thing for me was the scent. The fragrance is a nice beautiful juicy orange smell that reminds me a little bit of a nice inviting sweet orange desert or orange flavoured sweets. The sweetness makes the shampoo smell very fruity and more natural.
When applying the shampoo into my hair I was very happy with the instant transformation of the shampoo liquid texture into a nice foamy lather. This is great, as it meant I did not need to use huge amounts of shampoo to apply onto my long hair, instead just a small amount managed to do the job and lather up to cover the hair very well. The combination of the great fruity sweet aroma and the great foamy texture made applying this shampoo quite pleasant. The other advantage of this shampoo is that I found it very easy to wash out, and not so time consuming like other shampoos that can make your hair still feel soapy even after lots of rinsing.
==THE END RESULT==
The good point about the end result is that it definitely cleaned my hair, making it look clean and fresh. However on the downside it made my hair feel slightly more dryer and frizzier than I am used to. It made it harder to untangle my hair, and took me a while to get my hair looking sleek and less frizzy and untangle the knots in my hair.
On the upside my hair still smelt nice and fresh after drying, just a shame that my hair felt dry and missing that element of softness that I love.
Overall I would say that I was not that happy with the end result, apart from the fragrance and the lathering of the shampoo, it really did not have many positive results on my hair. Therefore I would not recommend this shampoo, especially to those already prone to dry frizzy hair.
I picked this 400ml bottle of shampoo up in my local Morrison supermarket as while ago when it was on offer 3 for £3. The shampoo comes in a tall plastic bottle, with a flip top lid that is easy to use, dispenses the product well and does not leak.
The shampoo is designed for normal to dry hair and is infused with mandarin and papaya that are supposed to provide your hair with nourishment, added shine and strength. In addition it is designed to restore the vitality of your hair.
The shampoo is an orange colour, and quite thin in consistency, but it cleanses well and leaves my hair feeling clean and refreshed, I find that although you do not need much the dispensing nozzle is quiet wide so a lot of shampoo will come out if you are not careful. Too much and you end up with loads of lather, though it does rinse out easily. The smell of the shampoo is very strong, I can only detect mandarin and I find this to be very pleasant, the scent lingers for ages and as I use it with the Alberto Balsam Mandarin Conditioner as well, my hair smell great for hours. My hair is very dry and after use I find it to be manageable and a bit shiner than usual.
The ingredients are as follows:
Aqua (Water, Eau),Sodium Laureth Sulfate ,Sodium Chloride ,Cocamide MEA ,Cocamidopropyl Betaine ,Glycerin ,Parfum (Fragrance) ,Tetrasodium EDTA ,Limonene ,Polyquaternium-7 ,Linalool ,Citric Acid ,Hexyl Cinnamal ,Polyquaternium-39 ,Panthenol ,Propylene Glycol ,Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Fruit Extract ,Methylchloroisothiazolinone ,Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract ,CI 15985 (Yellow 6) ,Methylisothiazolinone ,CI 19140 (Yellow 5) ,Benzophenone-4 ,Triethanolamine ,Hexylene Glycol
Overall I would recommend this to others who like fruity smelling shampoo, it cleans well, smells great, adds shine and is very well priced.
I'd never tried any shampoos from the Alberto Balsam range before, but when I was looking for a cheap shampoo to use with the several bottles of half-used conditioner I seem to have acquired, I spotted this in Morrisons costing a mere £1. I did quite well just coming away with the one bottle, as they were running a promotion at the time where you could buy 4 bottles for £3.
I chose this particular one from the range because it was labelled as being suitable for hair that is normal to dry. Mine is dry at the ends, but can get greasy at the roots, so I find "normal to dry" is the best kind of shampoo for my hair type. I am also quite keen on fruity scents, so the fact it was advertised as mandarin fragranced did help my decision somewhat.
From the label on the bottle, I can see that this has clearly been a limited edition at some point, but it must have been proven popular enough to make it into Alberto Balsam's current range. I noticed the "Limited Edition" label first, but then spotted the "Here to Stay" label, meaning that if it was any good, I would be able to get hold of it again. I hate it when I fall in love with a product and it gets taken off the shelf!
The shampoo claims to contain mandarin and papaya extract, to strengthen hair and add a deep shine. It strengthens with pro vitamin B5, and I like their advertising slogan where they say it's "at a price which means you can afford to look glamorous every day". This is quite apt because it's rare to pick up a decent shampoo in the lower price range such as this one.
The bottle is transparent apart from the label wrapped round the middle, and the product inside is orange in colour, to match the picture of mandarins on the label. I like the packaging for this shampoo, with the bottle being round in shape as it makes it easy to grab hold of in the shower. The lid is a flip top lid, and although this means I'll have to store the bottle upside down when I get near the bottom, at least it won't leak orange shampoo all over my shower!
In use, the shampoo smells absolutely gorgeous, and very definitely orange based. It fills the bathroom, and is very uplifting, however I used this with another brand of conditioner and notice that neither smell lingered on my hair. I tend to find that once I've used my heat protection spray, my hair doesn't really smell of anything I've washed it with, but instead has the "clean" smell of my spray instead. This isn't an issue with me to be honest, because as long as my hair smells clean and not of last night's tea, I'm happy.
The shampoo creates an amazing lather, even from using a very small amount. This is almost a hindrance for me, because it seems to take forever to rinse all the suds out! However, it does put my mind at ease that my hair is getting a really thorough cleansing, and it does feel squeaky clean once all the suds are washed out.
As for the results, this shampoo not only does an excellent job of cleaning hair and getting rid of any lingering smells, but it does seem to be good for my hair type as my hair is dry and in desperate need of a trim, so it's been lacking a bit of life lately. This shampoo seems to give it a bit of shine, although some of that could be attributable to my conditioner (from another brand), but either way I'm happy with the finished result.
I would definitely use this one again, especially if it's on an offer such as the "4 for £3". This is about as good value as shampoo gets these days.
(Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)