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I had been suffering with psoriasis of the scalp for quite a while and had tried many shampoos including a couple prescribed by the Doctor. Nothing seemed to work until I came across Vosene Medicated Shampoo. I couldn't believe the price as it was so cheap compared to all the medicated shampoos I had tried previously. I was very sceptical but decided to give it a try as I was running out of options. I was very surprised. Within a week of using Vosene daily, my scalp was back to normal. No psoriasis, not even light dandruff. I would highly recommend this shampoo. The price is great, it smells fantastic and really works. I'm totally sold!
I have very thin, fine, greasy hair, so I picked this up in the hope that it would strengthen my hair so that it would fall out less and eventually look a bit thicker. The product itself is in a fairly attractive dark green bottle with a lime green lid, with an easy to open flip catch - though mine doesn't snap closed anymore, only a mild annoyance but still. The directions on the back are very clear, which I find nice as, though it seems obvious how to use shampoo, it tells me how long to leave it in for the best effect.
The first time I used it I did find it a little hard to lather up as it's more of a gel-like consistency than a creamy liquid, but after a minute or two it does lather up and, though it does take a minute or so longer than others, this does at least mean you have to take the time to do a deep clean. It washes out very easily though, so you don't end up with lots of nasty residue clogging up your hair. The smell of the shampoo isn't great, nor is it unpleasant. It's a very medicated smell, similar to head lice shampoo, which isn't something you want to smell like when you're out and about. However, it also leaves your hair quite tangled and unconditioned, which sounds bad but this actually allows you to pick any conditioner you like (I've been using dove but have now moved on to advanced techniques and soon alberto balsalm as I'm trying to use up my half finished conditioners) so you end up with soft, silky hair that smells as pretty as you like!
After using it, my head did get a little itchy at first but this passed after the second use so I think it was just a case of getting used to a heavy duty medicated shampoo. After several washes, my hair has become much stronger and fuller, falling out far less often, just as promised! :D I've also noticed that my hair, which usually gets greasy by the morning after I've washed it, lasts much longer without building up grease, so (in a pinch) I could go up to 3 days without needing to wash my hair, though thankfully that's never been an issue for me!
Overall, this is a great shampoo for those with thin, fragile hair. Definitely worth the buy for something that actually works for once! Just don't forget to pick up a pretty smelling conditioner to go with it :)
I have been using vosene since I was a child and now my whole family use it including my husbands and children.
I love the smell of Vosene, it has a medicated smell and makes me feel refreshed. The product foams really well and makes me feel my hair is very clean.
I think the product is very good value for money and I have found that my children also like the product. The smell of Vosene reminds me of my childhood and would recommend it to anyone. I will continue to use this product, I have used other products as they dont tend to have many promotions on Vosene products, but I have always gone back to Vosene. I have used expensive products but it still doesnt give you that clean and refeshing feeling. I love the way my childrens hair smells after washing it, and the smell continues for days so doesnt have to be washed every day and my hair is never greasy.
Vosene is one of those tried and tested, timeless products that over the years, for as long as I can remember, there has always been a bottle of it sitting on the bathroom shelf. No matter what other shampoos and conditioners I may venture off to use, I always come back to the good ol' green bottle of Vosene. I usually pick it up in Home Bargains for less than £2 a bottle and from time to time, the local Pound World has it for, you guessed it, £1! It has always been a cheap and cheerful shampoo and does exactly what it says on the bottle.
I am not a huge fan of the smell, it seems medicinal to me, but it does leave your hair smelling clean and fresh every time. With constant use over time, it tackles dandruff very well, better than any other anti-dandruff product I have ever tried.
Its consistency is quite thick and dark brown in colour. I have long, thick hair but a little does go a long way because it lathers up so well. If the product does not lather then I do not really feel like I have cleaned my hair, Im a bit odd like that! The lather is very rich and creamy as you work in right into your scalp and along your hair.
I tend to both use the shampoo and conditioner separate but love the combined one for when going on holiday or swimming. It works just as well as the separate bottles and requires a little less work! Speaking of holidays, the Vosene conditioner works great as a leave in conditioner if you are heading into the sea or over chlorinated hotel swimming pool.
I have sensitive skin and since using the products from being a small child, I have never had a single bad reaction - except when it gets in my eyes, even with the trusted Vosene, that still hurts! I believe they have children friendly versions out now (They never had those when I was a kid) so that could possible take out the sting if it finds its way into your eyes!
I know many people with many different hair types and they all (apart from those with extra frizzy hair) will swear by this product. I have thick hair that tends to go greasy quite quickly. The more I use the Vosene, the longer my hair seems to last between washes. It looks full, healthy, and shiny, just like all those other, more expensive brands do, but at a fraction of the price.
I would whole-heartedly recommend this product to everyone, though I find it hard to believe there are people out there who have never even tried it! If you just so happen to be one of those people, I urge you to give it a go! You will be thrilled!
Vosene Medicated Shampoo
I am sure that by now, everyone has tried this shampoo, or at the very least, seen it on the shelves in its familiar green bottle. Vosene say the following about this product;
Vosene is the trusted shampoo that has been looking after families' hair for decades. Since 1949, we have taken pride in helping to keep your hair and scalp healthy and clean, especially providing effective solutions to the problems associated with dandruff. Whether you're looking for a medicated shampoo to treat and prevent dandruff or other scalp treatments or want to keep your kid's hair clean and free from unwanted head lice, we have the right product for you. Just trust Vosene.
What seems to draw people to this product, or indeed repel them is the smell. Now I love it, I find it fresh and clean and use it quite often. However, Mrs Assasin hates the smell and won't touch it, horses for courses and all that huh!
I have never suffered from dandruff so am unsure whether it is effective for that purpose (though having been around for so long, I would assume that it is) but I do find that it leaves my hair lovely and clean and shiny looking. I use the matching conditioner and as mentioned, love the way that my hair smells afterwards, this lasts for a couple of days too.
So I would definitely buy this product again and recommend it to you to. It may be worth smelling it first though, just to ensure that you like the scent! A bottle costs under £2 so is also great value for money. If you like the smell, you will love this shampoo!
Vosene is a medicated shampoo that not only does it's job great but it's got a mighty fine smell to go along with it! Vosene is very good at preventing dandruf, just as good as Head and Shoulders in my opinion.
Vosene comes in a 250ml bottle and this should last for a decent length of time. The shampoo itself lathers very well and should see you not needing to use crazy amounts. Honestly, a small bit on your hands will do!
This shampoo will leave your hair feeling clean and refreshed after a shower. Even although it has a strong smell and is medicated, do not be afraid of this smell. It is pleasant and actually quite nice smelling.
If you are looking for an all-purpose shampoo to help reduce dandruff and keep your hair clean day to day then this will be more than enough for you. One thing though, do NOT get this shampoo in your eyes, it seems to be that bit worse and sting that bit more than most other shampoos. Keep those eyes tightly shut in the shower!
Review of Vosene Original medicated shampoo
A shampoo from the past!
There are several variations of Vosene shampoo on the market, however my review will centre on the Original version of the product. The product is from the well known 'Wella' haircare group.
Vosene has been around for many years, in fact my mother always used it on my hair when I was a little girl, too many years ago to admit to!
I recently bought a bottle of Vosene shampoo in my local supermarket. The main reason for choosing this 250ml shampoo was that it was on a £1 special offer.
I should state here and now that I do not suffer from dandruff, although the Vosene original shampoo is designed to help combat this problem. Therefore I won't attempt to cover the product's efficiency at treating dandruff.
The shampoo is presented in a pale green recyclable plastic bottle with a darker green snap up lid. The design is very good, allowing users to dispense just the right amount of shampoo with little or no wastage.
The bottle bears the Vosene name in white set across a deep green tear-drop shape. User instructions, ingredients and other information such as shelf life (12 months) and manufacturer details on the reverse.
As soon as I opened the bottle and took a deep sniff, I recalled Vosene and it's distinctive coal tar-like scent from my childhood, the smell evoked many memories of our draughty bathroom and temperamental hot water system of my youth!
On using the shampoo I discovered the dark brownish colour of the rather gloopy textured shampoo was unchanged and that all encompassing aroma was still as strong. I was impressed at the lathering qualities of the shampoo and found I needed to use less than normal. Living in a very hard water area, it can sometimes be difficult to work up a decent head of lather. After using Vosene, my hair felt soft and squeaky clean. It was shiny and more manageable than usual.
The distinctive Vosene aroma lingered on my hair for several hours after washing and I appreciate the coal tar/creosote scent may not appeal to others, to me it smells clean and fresh.
**Availability and Price**
As stated at the beginning of the review, I bought mine on a special offer in Tesco's supermarket. Vosene is widely available and the price for the 250ml size is in the region of £1.40-£1.70 from most of the High Street stores and supermarkets. My advice is to shop around!
**Thoughts and Conclusion**
A good quality product which I love the smell of. Vosene will remain my shampoo of choice as long as I can find it on a special offer!
All in all I would recommend this product to anyone wanting a great medicated shampoo.
Thank you for reading
©brittle1906 August 2009
NB My reviews can be found on other review sites under the same user name.
How can I obtain the old original medicated Vosene? Apart from 5 days in 1963 when as a medical student I spent 5 days in Karamoja, Uganda, I have dutifully washed my hair with it on a daily basis for 55 years. I can't say I am addicted to it , but I am happy to admit that without it I am frightened of loosing my perfect hair and start going bald! Please help!
How happy I am to see that I'm not the only one who hates the new 'improved' version of Vosene. I have been using this shampoo since a little girl and the smell has always reminded me of my childhood, plus it's so brilliant at keeping dandruff at bay. I came to live in Mallorca 40 years' ago and so have depended on friends to bring me out the odd bottle or stock up when I visit England. Imagine my horror when a friend brought me a bottle of the NIV. Not only does it not smell the same it's sticky and made my hair greasy in no time. So please Wella, revert to the old version or at least tell me where I can stock up on some old bottles of the stuff, there must be some out there somewhere. I shall definitely not be buying the NIV anymore.
Been a fan of Vosene Shampoo for many years but on using new improved Vosene I am a fan no longer, my hair feels sticky despite being well rinsed and lacks the squeeky clean feel.On reading the ingredient label I see that Glycerine has now been added to the long list,could this be the reason?There are many shampoos with fancy fruits and various oils added but in my experience these rarely work ,Vosene was the only one that genuinely did the job it was meant for.Has anyone any suggestions for a shampoo that doesn't ruin my hairs texture?Alternitavely please Wella or whoever produce Vosene revert to the old formula!
Vosene and Head & Shoulders are the only 2 brands of shampoo I use, Vosene has a smell about it that leaves you whiffing like you have been in for surgery, yet it is a pleasant smell and this shampoo could be used in "Sheep Dip".
I have used this stuff since I can remember, It oozes cleanliness, the one thing that annoys me about other shampoos, is they smell too "pretty", roses and chocolate, parmaviolet and jubilee oil, the list is ridiculous.
My partner always gets Charles Worthington and I get Vosene, its an unsaid rule really, but it has been like this for years now.
----<Am I the Only One Wearing It>----
Nowadays with "Metro-sexuals", men who shave there chests and under arms and do all the girly stuff except wear women's clothes, there is no one using the stuff anymore, perhaps the medicated shampoo is for a dying breed.
The 250ml bottle will last me well over a fortnight, as having a #1 shaved head helps.
----<Don't Get It In Your Eyes!>----
As good as it is, getting Vosene in your eyes will have you writhing in agony and throwing handfuls of water into your eyes, but you can be guaranteed to be feeling fresh as a daisy and smelling clean, instead of pretty, all day.
A 250 ml bottle of Vosene from my chemist costs GBP2.79, now and again they also do a two for one deal, or 50% free, whatever the amount is, its well worth it, this stuff wouldn't only keep head lice at bay (not the reason I use it), it would keep a dirty mind away its so clean smelling.
I shampooed my 12 year old's hair in the morning for the first time with vosene balance and by the early/mid evening she had little, and extremely itchy/irritating legions on her head. It may have been caused by something else, but I will never risk it again. I suspect that this is not a product for kids, but the packaging does not indicate this and would appeal to parents of early teens due to the advertised help with excess grease, typical of this age group.
For many years I have suffered with a sore, dry itchy scalp complicated further by the fact that I have fine limp hair making my choice of shampoo difficult.
I must admit that my introduction to Vosene was accidental and totally out of my control.
A couple of years ago I was confined to bed poorly sick with a particularly nasty bout of flu. With no sign of an imminent recovery I duly volunteered my husband for the weekly chore of shopping and packed him off with a hastily dictated list.
Now it just so happens that my husband is in the running for the national B.O.G. O.F (buy one get one free) championship and always has his thrifty eye out for a bargain. Whilst I dont object to the principle in general I have been subjected to munching my way through box after box of bland breakfast cereals and having scary toilet times with less than soft toilet tissue if you get my drift.
So when the aforementioned Bogofer returned from the supermarket laden down with numerous carrier bags it was with a fast sinking heart that I noticed his latest B.O.G.O.F buys. Not two but four bottles of Vosene. As there are only two of us in the house I did a rough bit of calculation and worked out that with daily use it would last us a good two months.
Wasnt that the stinky stuff old people used? I made a mental note to pass it on to my mother (another 0000h something for nothing freak) and returned with aching limbs back to my sick bed.
Fate then conspired to have a laugh at my expense. My convalescence took longer than expected and my normal shopping expeditions had yet to resume. One morning after jumping under the shower I realised (once I was soaking wet) that my normal bottle of shampoo was empty.
This is another irritating factor of the aforementioned bogofer he seems incapable of chucking anything away particularly when it comes to removing and disposing of empty shampoo bottles and toilet rolls!!
So, muttering death threats towards my better half, I scoured my bathroom shelves for a new bottle of shampoo and the only thing I could lay my hands on was the Vosene. What option did I have? In sheer desperation I flipped open the lid, poured a small dollop of the brown (eeeek) liquid into my hands and got on with washing my hair reasoning that I could always kill the smell with a generous helping of hairspray.
However as I massaged the shampoo into my scalp and hair I was hugely surprised at how well it lathered up and the smell which permeated the shower cubicle was fresh and invigorating. In fact the shampoo lathered so richly that I didnt need to wash it for a second time something I normally had to do. My scalp felt pleasantly tingly. It rinsed out really well and after leaving it to dry naturally was very pleased to see my hair had a very healthy shine to it as well as a fresh, clean smell. My scalp, normally sore and itchy, felt very soothed.
After a week of use I noticed that any sign of dandruff had disappeared, my scalp didnt itch, was no longer sore and my hair was manageable and in great condition.
Having fine hair I like to wash it every other day and with Vosene I find that my hair still looks good enough on the second day so as to avoid tying it up. It doesnt leave any residue at all unlike other shampoos that seem to weigh the hair down.
To be honest with you I wouldnt use any other shampoo now it is the only shampoo that I have used since.
Vosene is packaged within a distinctive light green bottle with a dark green flip top lid with the name Vosene emblazoned in white over a dark green teardrop. There is also the red wella logo printed alongside.
The bottle is a handy size for taking into the shower and is small enough to pack in your hand luggage when going on holiday. It has a green flip top lid which opens easily with the flick of a thumb. The shampoo is a dark brown colour (which I admit is a bit off putting) and has a slightly thick consistency. The smell is gently medicated but is not unpleasant. Personally I find it refreshing, invigorating and stimulating.
Vosene lathers into a rich thick foam and a dollop the size of a five pence piece is more than adequate to achieve a froth of bubbles. In fact I find that once I have got the shampoo lathered up there is enough lather to use as a body wash too. Take it from me though that this stuff really, really stings if you get it in your eyes so make sure you rinse it out immediately if you do.
It states on the label that it is a medicated shampoo with active dandruff prevention with regular use.
In my view it certainly lives up to its claims of deep cleansing ingredients help to maintain healthy looking hair and scalp.
The ingredients listed on the bottle are:
Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene, Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide MEA, Polyquaternium-22, Climbazole, Parfum, Sodium Citrate, Sodium benzoate, Sodium Formate and Caramel.
Currently Vosene offer four types of shampoo as they recognise that there are many types of scalp problem and one type of shampoo will not be a cure for all.
Wella Vosene Original Shampoo for Dandruff
New Wella Vosene Moisturing Shampoo if you have a dry/sensitive scalp and dry hair
Wella Vosene Frequent Shampoo if you have an itchy, flaky scalp or if you wash your locks every day.
Wella Vosene 2-in-one shampoo and conditioner if you are pressed for time, travel a lot or need something for all the family.
There are also two conditioners in the range but as I dont use conditioner I cant comment on them.
Wella Vosene has been in the business for nearly sixty years and their website
WWW.wella.co.uk is very informative and well worth a browse. There is a wealth of information and if you click on the consumer panel to the top right on the home page there is a veritable goldmine of product information.
Vosene is readily available and can be purchased from most chemist and major supermarkets.
Tesco currently offer a 250ml bottle of Vosene Original for £1.87.
Of course it works out better value if you purchase when it is on a B.O.G.O.F offer but even if its not on special offer it is still really good value for money and delivers results fast.
If you've ever been troubled with dandruff or an itchy scalp which some shampoo's can cause, then it's a good option to switch to Vosene medicated shampoo.
This is a well known shampoo which was widely advertised when I was a young girl but with all the new pro-vitamin and herbal shampoos hitting the market this one has faded into the background.
I still wonder why as the price of the shampoo is only around £1 sometimes less in the Savers shops where you can buy it on the buy one get one free offers.
Its also made by wella who are a really well known brand and as one of the products my mother used to buy , its something which has been tried and tested in our family for years.
The packaging is a simple green plastic bottle with a flip up lid to help prevent spillages, it also floats in the water if you happen to drop it in the bath, whilst washing your hair.
I like the flip up lids as my hubbie is a nightmare for leaving the tops off anything he uses in the bathroom and kitchen.
Its very easy to find on the supermarket shelves and is usually stocked in all the beauty product shops and supermarkets, like I said before it is a well known brand which seems to have been forgotten about.
All you need is a little blob of the dark thick brown shampoo, about the size of a ten pence piece on your palm will do, rub it into wet hair and it lathers up really quickly.
The smell of this is a sort of well known one for anyone who has used it before, all the ranges of Vosene smell the same. This is a comforting medicated scent and one I have become to trust over the years.
It does linger slightly on the hair after use but it isnt an offensive scent its sort of like rosemary and other herbs, which are good for the scalp.
After use it is apparent to the eye that the hair looks really shiny and smooth. The medicated version of vosene really does help with the condition of the scalp if you have dandruff. After seven days of using this your dandruff should have disappeared and a few days into the week you will have noticed a difference in the condition of your scalp.
It also is really good for if youve ever suffered with an itchy scalp, I have noticed this can be brought on by using a different shampoo which Im not used to.
Lots of the pro-vitamin shampoos which are thick and more like a conditioner than a shampoo seem to irritate my scalp as well as making my hair greasy the day after.
Im a sucker for a bargain and if something is on offer I will be tempted to buy it, the shampoos I get sometimes irritate and I have to rush out and but some of this medicated Vosene to put things right again.
This is something my whole family uses and it is good for men as well as women as it doesnt have a girly smell about it. With both my daughter and myself having sensitive skin it comes in handy to have a tried and tested product at hand when others have made the condition worse.
Id recommend this shampoo to you without hesitation.
I do pride myself on looking neat and groomed at all times, and the one thing that makes people look as though they don't care about their appearance is dandruff. I suffer from this on and off but lately I've been using more products in my hair (serum, gel, etc) and so I've been washing my hair daily - which seems to aggravate my scalp! I think dandruff is vile, but nothing seemed to work - I even tried rubbing baby oil into my scalp, which just left my hair feeling really greasy and oily (and no wonder!). Head & Shoulders is usually quite reliable but even that can't seem to tackle my itchy, flaky scalp. I've tried a variety of products but Vosene definitely works the best. I wouldn't normally choose Vosene - it seems like such a basic, functional brand, and it's never particularly appealed. The plain green packaging never really caught my eye and it seemed like something my gran would love! In my desperation though, I tried Vosene Original Shampoo, and to my surprise, it actually worked! This shampoo promises to protect against dandruff and maintain healthy hair, and comes with a matching Anti Dandruff conditioner, which I also use. The shampoo itself is brown and fairly runny, which is quite off-putting but it smells lovely - a mix between tea tree oil and disinfectant! It won't be to everyone's taste but I personally love it. The smell fades down quite a lot once your hair is dry anyway though, so it doesn't matter too much if you don't like it. A small amount of shampoo produces a good (white) lather, but remember to massage it into your scalp. It rinses out fairly easily and the effects are noticable even before you've dried your hair - my hair felt somehow much lighter and sleeker than usual. I left my hair to dry naturally and the top layers didn't kink out
nearly as much - even my straighteners can't tackle those kinks so I'm quite amazed! Once it had all dried, my hair looked really glossy and smooth without being weighed down at all. It definitely looked healthy and lovely; and this is without going near my hair once with my trusty straighteners! When it comes to dandruff, it does work really well. I scratched my head really hard and only one or two flakes floated out of my hair (this is using the matching conditioner as well). I won't lie and say I don't get any flakes because I do but I only get a few, which are tiny and hardly noticable unless you're standing over me and staring at my parting! My dandruff was quite severe if I'm being honest, and it definitely has cleared up a lot. Using the conditioner helps too, but it's runny, and hard to work into your scalp. What I do is towel dry my hair after I've washed it, then part my hair and drizzle conditioner onto the part of the scalp that's exposed. I pat it in and use the pads of my fingers to smooth it over the rest of the scalp, rubbing it in in circular motions, then leave it in for 1-2 minutes. This works much better than dolloping conditioner on straight after you've shampooed. My hair looks in great condition after I've used Vosene, and it helps to ease out the kinks in my hair, meaning I don't have to straighten as much. I've no idea how, but it definitely does, and it gives my hair a much deserved break from hairdryers and straighteners! And better still; I don't get dandruff - I don't see what more you could ask for! Definitely recommended. At £1.99 for 250ml, you can't go wrong, really. It's on 2-for-1 at Superdrug at the moment as well, so give it a go!