“ Brand: Timotei / in 1 Shampoo / Type: Hair Shampoo / Subcategory: 2 in 1 Shampoo „
I went to the supermarket last week to look for a 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner that I could take swimming for my children. At the moment when they go for their weekly lessons I take a bottle of shampoo and conditioner and try and battle with them in the communal showers to get their hair washed and then conditioned - not ideal really and then I thought to myself how much easier it would be if I could get a 2 in 1. The only one I could think of was head and shoulders which I don't like so I thought id go look what was available.
I chose this as it was on offer and I thought id give it a go. The bottle does not look anything special but I didn't really think that mattered as I was more bothered about how the shampoo worked really. The bottle was £1 for 300ml so I thought this was great value and if it was rubbish I wouldn't feel that I had wasted lots of money.
When I used it I really loved the smell I could really notice the vanilla scent which I love. The shampoo lathered up really well and smelt lovely and sweet. When you have dried your hair after using it you can still smell it on your hair. The hair is very easy to comb through afterwards so this means the hair must be well conditioned. My children's hair looks good after I have used this so I would definitely use this again. It is much easier having a 2 in 1 product when you are swimming etc.
I recently ran out of shampoo, so went to the local shop to search for a new one. The cheapest option was this Timotei 2in1 shampoo and conditioner, so that is what I bought. The 250ml container cost me £1.50, and I have since seen it in the pound shop. Timotei is a Unilever brand that has been around since the 1970s.
This is the Delicate 2in1 shampoo for normal hair, described as 'A blend of sweet almond oil from Spain known for its conditioning properties and Vanilla flower known in Madagascar to nourish the hair.' The shampoo smells sweet, with a strong scent of almonds. It is cream in colour, although the colour is not consistent, with some parts of it being white.
The packaging is a cream coloured plastic, with dark green plastic flip lid. There is a picture of almonds and vanilla on the front, and the name Timotei in green foil-like text. The lid has a shaped section to put your thumb into to lift it, as it is quite tight fitting. It makes a loud click on opening/closing, and would be hard to open for some people (my grandma has arthritis in her thumbs and I'm sure she would fit it impossible).
The shampoo doesn't lather up as well as others, though it does feel nice and soft on my hair when I am using it. After washing it off, there is a slight smell on my hair, but it does not last the day. I feel like I still need to use a conditioner, and my hair doesn't stay as clean as I want after using this. It looks greasy again the next day.
This shampoo is thinner than others, and easily runs off my hand if I have it at a tilt when I'm poring it out. I have to use more of this shampoo than I normally would with other brands. So the bottle has not lasted me very long. Even though it is runny, yesterday I had problems getting the last bits out of the bottle, and it made a lot of loud noises when I was squeezing it in the communal showers!! This was after leaving the bottle upside down for a while before my shower (and carrying it to the shower that way).
I will only repurchase this 2in1 shampoo in times of desperation, as it doesn't do the job very well. 2 stars as it is better than water alone!
I switch brands of hair care products often, as I have found that this apaproach works best for me. If I don't, any benefits of a new product tend to plateau, and then fizzle out after a month or so. Most recently I have been using Timotei 2-in-1 Delicate shampoo and conditioner, in the sweet almond oil and vanilla scent. I generally prefer to use a seperate shampoo and conditioner, because I think combined products often have a "Jack of all trades" feel about them and don't leave my hair feel as conditioned or clean as it would otherwise. I picked the 2-in-1 product up by accident in Savers. As it cost only £1 for 300ml, I decided not to change it but to give it a trial.
The "delicate" in the title refers to the fact the product is supposed to cleanse and condition gently. Timotei say your hair will be left "smooth and shiny with a sweet fragrance", and that it will feel "amazingly soft to touch". It contains no parabens, but it does contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which I know some people prefer to avoid. It is suitable for normal hair - this is the type of shampoo that I choose most often as my hair goes greasy quickly at the roots, while the ends tend to dryness. "Normal" products therefore keep both parts relatively happy!
The bottle is quite standard and doesn't look especially premium. This does not matter to me personally, as I would rather money was spent on the product rather than pretty packaging. It does look very similar to other Timotei products, which is why I picked up the wrong item in the first place, so read the bottle carefully! The lid is a flip top kind which is really secure - I carried a bottle around in my rucksack for a few days and that would make it leak if it was ever going to. So while it isn't attractive, the packaging does it's job.
The shampoo has a really sweet smell. It doesn't really remind me of either almond oil or vanilla, but is a beautiful scent of it's own. It is similar to the Aussie deep conditioning hair products, if you have ever tried those. I think it is pleasant, and I can catch wafts of it coming from my hair until the next day. It isn't overwhelming though, as the scent smells strongest when you are shampooing, then fades to a subtler level.
It lathers up nicely, and feels smooth and creamy. It is relatively thick in texture so a little goes a long way. At first I kept applying more than I needed but I am used to carefully smoothing it through my hair now. For the same reason, I found it took longer than others to rinse out at first. Once I have done so thoroughly, my hair smells lovely, and feels very clean. I did not think it felt very conditioned though. When I use a good seperate conditioner, I think my hair feels instantly sleeker, and is easier to comb my fingers through prior to brushing. I didn't feel this with the Timotei product. My hair does feel soft to the touch once dry, but not "amazingly" so. It certainly does not look shiny. I do think my hair was margainly easier to manage, being slightly smoother than normal, but the effects were not dramatic. It does look generally healthy, but I feel as though it needs a seperate conditioning to really add some shine and bounce.
This shampoo/conditioner works well only as a shampoo for me. I am happy with how it cleans my hair, as it really did deal with my greasy roots. It also left them in good shape for a couple of days, which while it may not sound very long is an achievement for me as I usually have to wash my hair every day, or almost every day. It just did not really leave my hair feeling as though it had been well conditioned. This product hasn't converted me to 2-in-1 products, although I appreciate using this one did save me a little time. I wouldn't use it again for this reason, despite how much I enjoyed the scent. I know it is supposed to be "gentle" but I don't think this should mean the same thing as "ineffective." It is available for £1 in many places including Poundland and Poundworld, so given it's price it may be worth a try if you only want a light conditioning effect. If you want a product to add lots of shine and softness, my experience suggests this isn't one for you.
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As a rule I do not like 2 in 1 shampoos and conditioners. I find that nothing beats a good cleanse followed by a separate conditioner and so I tend to avoid 2 in 1's nowadays.
However I spotted this in Asda costing £1.00 a bottle. Whilst waiting for my mate to finish buying whatever it was she wanted I took a sniff, passing some time really and loved the fragrance so much I decided at the price it's on offer at it was worth a trial!
300ml white plastic bottle with a dark green plastic flip-top lid to the top of it. On the front of the bottle there is a picture of vanilla and almonds and I am told that it is Timotei 'Beauty recipes from around the world', 2 in 1 Delicate, Normal Hair and that it is a 2 in 1 shampoo & conditioner 'A blend of sweet almond oil from Spain known for its conditioning properties and vanilla flower known in Madagascar to nourish the hair'. On the back of the bottle other information given includes being told a bit more about the product (and in a foreign language), ingredients and the size is stated and contact details for Unilever (the manufacturer of the product) are given. It's actually a really nice looking bottle and its informative enough and easy to handle etc.
Well all you do is use this on wet/damp hair and repeat if desired. The liquid is a whitish colour and not too runny though of course not to thick either. It is smooth and feels moisturising when you plop it onto your hands and has a truly beautiful scent of vanilla infused with almond oil. It's a sweet but entirely natural sort of aroma and rather feminine.
It lathers up with total ease and although I have long hair down my back I find I only need to use about the size of a 5p twice (as I always rinse and repeat). It feels really moisturising when being used and it does rinse out easily.
Thats the positive aspects to using this. It goes downhill from there I'm afraid!
Once I dried my hair with a towel my hair feels really coarse and knotty and its near on impossible to comb through my hair. I lost loads of hair even using my tangle teezer and I could really feel I was ripping my hair out. When I did manage to get de knotted my hair felt sort of a bit greasy.
My hair dried naturally in minutes and it felt really dry. Usually my hair takes ages to dry naturally but not after using this. When I styled my hair my hair still felt dry with a weird texture like it still had some sort of soap residue in it (which it couldn't have had) and my hair was flyaway, hard to control and absolutely full of frizz.
The following day that initial scent had near on disappeared and my hair was hard to re-style and totally out of control which led to me having to wash my hair cos I couldn't be seen with it the way it was.
This is absolutely rubbish don't be fooled by the initial scent however could be fabulous for greasy hair! Me though, I hate it sadly and my bottle hit the bin cos I wouldn't insult anyone by giving it to them!
If not on offer this can be found in all good supermarkets etc costing around about £2.00 a bottle.