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This is my backup conditioner basically. I always have one in the house just incase I run out because it's cheap and smells amazing. I also travel with it because it's not a painful loss if I leave it in a hotel room somewhere overseas!
First of all it's extremely reasonably priced for conditioner. It's usually only £1 which is excellent, especially if you're on a bad week when your conditioner runs out!
Also the bottle is awesome. It's see through so you can easily monitor when you're going to run out and have to replace it so no nasty surprises first thing in the morning!
The smell of this particular conditioner is awesome. I love the smell of coconut and this really had a great tropical coconutty smell to it. Some conditioners and hair products have an awful undertone to the smell, you don't get that with this. It's a really pleasant smell and it does penetrate your hair and make your hair smell pretty amazing too.
A couple of the downsides include the fact that the consistency isn't very thick. It's slightly runny and means you have to use more in comparison to more expensive brands to cover your hair.
It also means because you're using more it runs out a little faster than you would expect from a bottle of that size. This is why it's my back up and travelling conditioner and not my first point of call. For the price it is too, I suppose you can't expect it to last forever either!
It adds a lot of shine to your hair too but if you don't quite get all of it out when rinsing then it can leave a residue which can make your hair look greasy. I think that's true with most conditioners but I always take extra care to make sure I wash it all out, because I seem to have to put more in to begin with.
Overall I pups definitely recommend that you should keep a bottle in your bathroom as a solid backup and your suitcase for travelling!
Price and Availability
These Conditioners and their matching Shampoos are widely available in most supermarkets and are usually £1 each. According to mysupermarket.com they are not available in Waitrose, Superdrug or boots which I found quite strange. They are £1.89 on Amazon.
The Packaging is simple but nice enough, the bottle is frosted white plastic and the conditioner is white but you can still see what is left in the bottle which is useful. There is a black label with Alberto Balsam written on it, a picture of some coconuts and then Coconut and Lychee written underneath that.
Then in brown it says Conditioner with Coconut and Lychee extracts, detangling for all hair types.
Aqua (Water), Cetyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Litchi Chinensis Fruit Extract, Cyclopentasiloxane, Stearalkonium Chloride, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cetrimonium Chloride, Glyceryl Stearate, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Alcohol Denat, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Parfum (Fragrance), Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional.
In Use :
For me you can't beat Alberto Balsam conditioners I have tried tones of different ones and they have never disappointed and this one is no exception.
The conditioner itself is thick and creamy but spreads well so you find your £1 bottle will last quite a long while, much longer than you would expect from a value brand. Making it actual good value for money. My hair tangles really badly (due to some stupid decisions about perms and colours that shouldn't be mixed) and I need to condition my hair much more often than I should to keep it manageable. I find these conditioners are the best at detangling my hair and keeping it soft, it doesn't seem to matter which fragrance I use they all work equally well, but this is one of the best scented ones in my opinion. This is a fresh and creamy scent which feels really indulgent when you use it.
I leave it on for a minute or two before rinsing to give it time to work, I don't know if you need to do this but it is just a habit of mine. It rinses out without to much effort. I find my hair much easier to mange and brush through when I have used this conditioner and it always feels soft and looks shiny and healthy.
You really can not fault this conditioner, it is only £1 and sometimes cheaper, it lasts ages, it detangles and nourishes hair leaving it feeling great and smooth and it smells great what more can you ask for
I recently bought Alberto Balsam''s coconut and lychee conditioner. I have worked my way through all of their shampoos, but haven''t tried all of the conditioners yet as I tend to get through shampoo quicker than I get through conditioner so don''t have to buy it as often. Price and availability The conditioner usually costs GBP1.00 for a 400ml bottle and can be purchased at most supermarkets, Boots, Superdrug and even pound shops and Home Bargains. I got mine from Morrisons as part of a 4 for GBP3.00 deal along with a few of their shampoos. Bottle The bottle is made from frosted plastic. It is tall and cylindrical with a label on the front with a picture of a coconut. ?Alberto Balsam'', is written at the top of the label in plain looking white lettering against the black label. The bottle has a flip cap lid which is made from black plastic. In use The flip cap is easier than most to open. The conditioner is white in colour and it is quite thick. I normally take a handful and smooth it through my hair. The conditioner is distributed evenly through my hair without me having to use a comb. It feels of good quality. I find coconut scented products can be a bit hit or miss, but this conditioner is really nice. It has a lovely, sweet coconut scent. I don''t find it too strong or overpowering and although the sweetness does lean towards being sickly it also has quite a clean scent in it, which balances it out a bit. The conditioner claims to: - detangle and smooth hair - leave hair manageable - strengthen with pro-vitamin B5 The conditioner definitely helps to make my hair more manageable and tangle free after washing it, but I find most conditioners do this effectively. It''s impossible to say whether I think this conditioner strengthens my hair, but I doubt it. I haven''t noticed an increase or decrease in breakage since using this conditioner. It leaves my hair feeling soft and smooth. It is neither drying or greasy. I''d say this conditioner works well. It does the job. I wouldn''t say it is much better or much worse than any other that I have used. It is very good value. The conditioner has been a nice one to use. The coconut scent lingers on my hair after using it. I can often even still smell it the next day. I would buy this conditioner again and I would recommend it, but saying that it is probably one of my least favourite scents from Alberto Balsam. I love their blueberry scented shampoo and conditioner and I prefer more juicy, fruity scents to this one. One thing I wasn''t too impressed with when using this conditioner was how difficult it is to get the last of it out of the bottle. There is a little bit left in my bottle which I really can''t get out. The black lid does not screw off and I only seem to get a little bit out at a time with a lot of effort when I reach the bottom of the bottle. There is about 1cm of product left in the bottom of the bottle which will go to waste, which is a shame.
Alberto Balsam Coconut and Lychee Conditioner
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 Coconut and Lychee Conditioner. Described as Conditioner with Coconut and Lychee extracts. I have used coconut oil hair conditioner in the past and use the oil in soap making, so was keen to give this a try. I smelt the conditioner in the store prior to purchase and was delighted by its clear coconut fragrance.
I have been impressed with the conditioner and preferred it to the product I was using before. However, I am currently using a different Alberto Balsam Conditioner which is even better for my hair type.
My hair is fine, but thick, wavy and heavy, prone to dryness and oily roots combination and fizz during damp weather combined with heating in the winter. In other words troublesome! So any conditioner like styling products I use is certainly put through its paces.
The Coconut and Lychee conditioner went on easily and left my hair feeling soft and smooth from top to bottom. The smell seemed to linger well and it is a product I would be happy to use again if my current favourite was unavailable.
I open the lid and squeeze a blob out onto the palm of my hand, I share this between both hands and smooth down the longer part of my hair before treating the scalp hair with what is left, I sometimes have to try and get a second half blob out to finish this procedure and that is where the conditioner can be troublesome because if I get the same amount again, it is too much and when I was tempted to use it, my hair became lank and heavy despite extra rinsing. So the trick is to try and get just the right amount out of the container to begin with. The blob that comes out is about the diameter of a 50p piece and I suppose about the depth of a stack of 4 or 5 of them.
When I apply it to my hair, I then leave on whilst I wash my body and rinse off thoroughly at the end. Which I guess is usually about 90 seconds to 2 minutes. This works really well, but as mentioned above it is imperative to rinse out well to avoid causing lankness.
I think this product would suit most hair types. Certainly, a useful trick if you have longer greasy hair, is not to use conditioner on the scalp area, just the longer hair. It does leave hair, soft, shiny and manageable.
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 front label states "Detangling for all hair types" and the rear headlines state "Detangles & smoothes hair" "Leaves hair manageable" and "Strengthens wit pro-vitamin B5". The directions for use and further information can also be found on the back.
"Alberto Balsam Coconut Shampoo is ideal for detangling all hair types. It makes hair smell as good as it feels, leaving you with manageable hair. Alberto Balsam Coconut Shampoo strengthens with pro vitamin B5. It uses most of the ingredients you'll find in higher priced brands but at a great price which means you can afford to feel and look glamorous every day."
"Aqua (Water),Sodium Laureth Sulfate ,Cocamide MEA ,Sodium Chloride ,Panthenol ,Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil ,Litchi Chinensis Fruit Extract ,Cocamidopropyl Betaine ,Glycerin ,Glycol Distearate ,Tetrasodium EDTA ,Polyquaternium-7 ,Laureth-10 ,Polyquaternium-39 ,Citric Acid ,Hexylene Glycol ,Methlychloroisothiazolinone ,Methylisothiasolinone ,Triethanolamine ,Parfum (Fragrance) ,Hexyl Cinnamal ,Benzyl Salicylate ,Butylphenyl Methylpropional"
I certainly agree with the product statement above the ingredients list. This is a product punching way above its price bracket and as along I applied the correct amount and rinsed carefully, I had a great deal of success with it. Just somehow the current conditioner from Alberto Balsam that I only tried in order to make up an offer, is just a short head better.
Stars - has to be 5/5 as I am a difficult customer!
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.
When it comes to buying conditioner for my hair I do like the Alberto Balsam range, I do try other brands, but I do particularly like the fragrances of this range. I have tried a lot of the fragrances in this range and recently I decided to try the coconut and Lychee conditioner as this was one I was yet to try.
Alberto Balsam Coconut and Lychee Conditioner is white in colour and of a reasonably thick constancy, it has quite a creamy texture to it. The first thing I noticed when I squeezed the conditioner out of the bottle was the coconut fragrance, you could really smell this in the conditioner, I could not detect any fragrance of lychee the coconut is definitely the dominate the fragrance in this conditioner, however this is not an issue for me as I really like coconut fragranced things.
This conditioner is described as being "detangling" and also suitable for all hair types, it is designed to detangle and smooth your hair leaving it manageable, this product also contains pro-vitamin B5 which helps to strengthen your hair. Having thick long hair it is important for me that a conditioner leaves my hair manageable and tangle free so I was hopeful that this product would work and do what it said it would on the bottle.
When it came to using the Alberto Balsam Coconut and Lychee Conditioner there were no complicated instructions, you simply use it as you would a regular conditioner, you simply apply the conditioner to your hair after shampooing, you can leave it for 1 to 2 minutes if you wish and then rinse.
The amount needed really depends on hair type and personal preference, personally I find I need a lot of conditioner on my hair and this is the case no matter what brand I use, my hair is long and thick so a small amount of conditioner just isn't going to work, I do go through quite a lot of conditioner.
I purchased my Alberto Balsam Coconut and Lychee Conditioner from my local Tesco and the 400ml bottle cost me just £1.00, personally I think this is excellent value for money. When I first started using this brand I was a bit worried as to what the quality would be like with it being so cheap, however I didn't need to worry as I found it to be of an excellent quality despite the cheap price.
I cant really say whether it is economical as for me no conditioner is economical due to the amount I go through, however I do find that it lasts me the same amount of time as other brands do.
I have been using the Alberto Balsam Coconut and Lychee Conditioner for a few weeks now and I have been extremely pleased with it. I really like the fragrance of this product and it lingers on my hair for quite a while after using it, and the fragrance is of just the right strength.
After using this conditioner my hair feels and smells clean and fresh and it does exactly what I want it to and leaves my hair soft and tangle free as promised.
This product is sold for an excellent price and the quality has not been compromised at all. I would highly recommend this conditioner and I will continue to use this in the future.
I've liked Alberto Balsam shampoo and conditioners since I was a student. Now I have a family this brand of haircare is our weekly shopping choice mainly due to their price. Bottles are 99p-£1.00 each but often are on offer for 4 bottles for £3.
Like the shampoo, these bottles of conditioner come in a see through bottle with a black flip top lid. The brand is clearly displayed on the front with a picture of coconut and lychee and the front tells me that this conditioner is suitable for detangling and all hair types. This conditioner aims to nourish your hair and add shine, leave hair manageable and strengthen with pro-vitamin B5.
Undoubtedly the best thing about Alberto Balsam shampoo and conditioners is their range of great fragranced products, and this coconut version is no exception. When you use this the scent hits you straight away, quite a strong but fresh coconut smell. The conditioner comes out of the bottle easily as the hole in the top is just the right size to get the correct amount out without having to give the bottle a good shake or overspilling the conditioner causing waste. I'm always quite generous with the amount of conditioner I use, as I have quite long hair, so I use a 'good size dollop' as it also states to do in the product directions. As soon as the conditioner hits your hair you feel a difference in your hair texture, and the conditioner runs off and washes out easily.
I've found this conditioner does leave my hair soft and shiny as it claims to. I've also noticed that my hair feels less dry after using this and I get less split ends these days. I love that the scent of this product fills the upstairs in my house after use but unfortunately this doesn't translate onto my hair. When my hair is wet I can smell the product strongly but after a couple of hours it is barely there. However, I am always really pleased with the condition of my hair after using this so I will give it 4 out of 5 stars.
My hair is very prone to getting tangled while washing, and this has got worse since I've had highlights. If I didn't use a conditioner at all, combing after a hair-wash would be a torture session! So conditioner is something of an essential for me, and I've tried lots of brands of varying price, some more effective than others.
Recently, however, I've been trying to cut my spending a bit and after reading quite a few reviews here about Alberto Balsam products, this one landed in my shopping trolley. Honestly, it was the scents that appealed to me, as I'm a sucker for nicely-scented toiletries - and my idea of nice is generally fruity and coconut so it was quite pleasant having a sniff of all the different varieties as their products all have these kinds of scents.
Because of my tangly hair - and my love of coconut, in no small measure! - I eventually plumped for the Coconut and Lychee detangling conditioner which claims to be for all hair types. It wasn't a major investment in the event that it didn't suit my hair: at £1 for 400ml (Asda, July 2013), I was pretty happy with the price. And, it turned out, so would I be with the product.
First of all, the scent. I absolutely love it, but if you aren't a fan of coconut, you probably won't. I don't know what a lychee smells like when it's at home, but it goes really well with coconuts! The scents complement each other to produce a lovely, exotic scent which I wish would stay on my hair longer!
As for its performance, I find that this conditioner works a lot better even than certain more expensive products at detangling my hair and making it easier to comb after washing due to being smoother. Plus, once my hair is dry it seems pretty soft. The conditioner doesn't cause greasiness at all, when applied to the ends of my hair. As mentioned, the smell doesn't seem to linger, which is a shame, but not a star-deductible fault in my view.
All in all, a very effective conditioner which is pleasant and easy to use and extremely attractively-priced. Recommended by me!
I've seen this product for sale in supermarkets, Boots and Superdrug, where it seems to be priced the same (£1/bottle).
Thanks for reading!
I love this range of conditioners and have bought quite a few fragrances. I bought the Coconut & Lychee shampoo and so thought I would give the conditioner a try too because I loved the shampoo, so I thought this one would be worth a try.
The conditioner comes in a transparent plastic bottle and has a flip lid. The bottle is tall and slim line, so very easy to get a good grip of the bottle and pour it onto the hands. The conditioner is a white colour and has a rich consistency. It doesn't drip from the bottle when pouring it from the bottle. The texture is also very smooth and soft.
It has a slight coconut fragrance to it with an added perfume fragrance, I think the 2 work well together and give for a nice smelling conditioner. The coconut isn't quite as strong as I imagined it would be but I still like the smell of this one. I love the smell of coconut and so a little bit more of this fragrance would be nicer in my opinion.
You don't need a lot of the conditioner to soften the hair, I just pour a 50p piece amount onto the palm of my hand and then just work it into my hair. I have grown my hair quite long and this amount is well enough to condition it, too much conditioner would weigh my hair down and this amount is acceptable for my long hair.
When I work it into my hair, I can feel it detangling it almost immediately, I can feel my hair softening as I am working it into my hair. I like this feeling because I then know it is working well at detangling the hair. i usually leave it on my hair for a minute or so and then just rinse it. It is very easy to rinse from the hair in no time at all.
Once I have dried my hair and I brush it, I find my brush just easily brushes through my hair without it tugging the hair etc. I can feel how really soft it is immediately I begin to brush it. My hair doesn't feel full of knots etc and it is very manageable and I can style it in my usual way.
This one is designed for all hair types, I have dry hair, especially at the ends of my hair and I have found this conditioner works really well for conditioning the ends well and leaves them looking in a good condition. This one also gives my hair shine and I am happy with the way it helps give it some gloss. It does nourish my hair and doesn't leave it feeling all lanky or weighed down.
It also contains pro vitamin B5 which helps strengthen the hair and help protect it a little bit more. I find with this one, my hair is strong enough and it hasn't ruined my hair at all. Has left it with lots of body and bounce and my hair moves around very well when I move my head from side to side. I can always tell if a conditioner isn't suitable for my hair if my hair doesn't move or float around. My hair does using this one. There is nothing worse than hair staying in one place after it has been dried and it has limited flow because the product is too heavy on the hair, this doesn't happen with this conditioner, my hair flows well.
For a 400ml bottle size it only cost a £1, I think for this price this one is an amazingly cheap conditioner for the way it works to soften my hair. It is extremely good value for the price and so affordable for any budget. A really nice one if you are struggling with money and wanting to buy a cheaper but effective hair conditioner all the family could use at the same time. I think it is a good one for all members of the family. The quality is really good too and well worth every penny spent in my opinion.
What you also get from this conditioner is a little goes a very long way and so the bottle lasts for a long time, I tend to generally wash my hair most days and this one has lasted my at least 6 weeks, I am nearing the end of my bottle and I have enjoyed using this one to condition my long hair. My hair looks in a good condition and I use this one with hair treatment products.
I highly do recommend this conditioner if you are looking to buying a cheaper brand, I don't think you would be disappointed in the way it conditions the hair and the results are what I expect from a cheaper priced one.
I will most certainly buy this one again in the future.
The bottle can be recycled after use too.
Also on Ciao under my username pinky50.
I give this one 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
This is a conditioner from bargain brand Alberto Balsam. I've been using Alberto Balsam shampoos and conditioners for a while now and after running out of my apple variety I wanted to give the coconut and lychee one a go as I have always loved the smell of coconuts. As somebody with long hair too that needs conditioner quite a lot I find that I have to pair the correct conditioner with the correct shampoo and so I recently bought this product alongside the coconut and lychee shampoo from the range.
The packaging is quite standard for a shampoo or conditioner product. The conditioner is a white(ish) colour and is housed in a see through plastic bottle with a black lid. The lid has a flip cap which shuts tight to keep the product inside the bottle. On the front of the bottle is the name of the product and the fact that it is suitable for all hair types, we are also told there is 400ml of product. On the back of the bottle you can find information like the ingredients list and the directions for use. The conditioner is released from the bottle relatively easily with a gentle squeeze.
I paid £1.50 for my bottle of conditioner from Wilkinsons but you can usually find them in the pound shops too (though not always the coconut one) and Boots/Superdrug sell the products too.
I really like this conditioner. It smells lovely and I personally feel that for a conditioner it has a strong smell, I tend to find my conditioners don't match up to their shampoo partners in terms of smell but this one certainly does, the coconut aroma really is lovely.
The product is quite thick as you would expect for a conditioner and spreads through the hair easily. My only small qualm about the product is that it doesn't seem to stretch through my hair as far as some other conditioners and so I have to use a bit more product than I usually would with other conditioners but not loads more and so this is only a minor downfall. With my long hair I often need to use conditioner to keep it manageable and so I rub this conditioner between my hands and then stroke it down sections of my hair avoiding my scalp.
It tells you on the directions that the product works best if you leave it in for 1-2 minutes and whilst it certainly works better this way I still feel the results are fine if you leave it for a shorter period of time (I'm often in a rush).
In terms of it's de-tangling ability I would say it performs very well for a cheap conditioner, I pair it with the same shampoo which I also think helps but my comb definitely glides through my hair easily when using this product.
Overall I would definitely recommend this product, it's at a brilliant price, smells lovely and detangles hair, my only qualm is that I feel the need to use more product in a wash than I usually would and so for that I will have to remove a star.
I'm fed up with spending a fortune on my favourite hair care brands so I've been on the lookout and trying some cheaper alternatives to try and save a bit of money. Having heard good things about Alberto Balsam I've been using their products to see if I like them.
This Alberto Balsam coconut and lychee conditioner is available to purchase in discount stores such as Poundland and 99p stores and also from supermarkets. A 400ml bottle normally costs just £1 but I picked mine up as part of a 3 for 2 on hair care products offer at my local Tesco making it even cheaper.
The bottle ties in with the rest of the Alberto Balsam range really well as it is long, round and made from a transparent plastic. The normal product information is found on the front and back of the bottle. I like the fact that this has some brown detailing to it, whereas the shampoo has black so you can tell the difference between the bottles without any problems once you are in the shower. There is a black flip top lid featured at the top of bottle, I would have preferred the lid to be on the bottom but for the price, I can't moan. The lid is easy to open to reveal the hole even with wet hands.
The conditioner itself is white in colour and has quite a rich, thick, luxurious consistency to it. The scent matches the scent of the shampoo, if anything the coconut fragrance is a litter softer in this conditioner but it still has the overly sweet scent like the shampoo. I run this through the ends of my hair and then rub any excess into the top of my hair then get on with other bits and pieces in the shower. After around five minutes I rinse the conditioner off and find it easy to get every last bit of it out of my hair.
I use this conditioner after using the matching Alberto Balsam coconut and lychee shampoo and find the results are satisfying. By using both products, my hair is left feeling clean and soft. My hair isn't as healthy and nourished looking as my favourite brands which is a bit disappointing as I'd love to switch to using this all the time but for those reasons I can't. However, for the price, the results are good.
I'd definitely recommend this coconut and lychee conditioner from Alberto Balsam. It has an amazing price and it cleans hair well. I won't be buying this regularly due to the smell and the lack of nourishment but will consider buying it on my skint weeks.
I bought this product as I have long, frazzled hair and usually spend a lot of money on conditioners to try and tame it, but thought I'd try one of the cheaper products for once to see if I was wasting my money on the expensive products. I found this in a 99p store and thought I'd give it a whirl.
The conditioner comes out of the bottle easily - it is a fairly 'soft' bottle so it is easy to squeeze to get some of the conditioner out. I liked this as with some conditioner bottles you really have to whack them upside down on your hand for ages to get any out! I liked that it didn't all pour out at once too, minimizing any waste.
The smell of the conditioner is really lovely and coconutty - it really smells delicious. I applied to my hair, waited for five minutes and then rinsed it out. My hair smelt lovely and coconutty after rinsing, and so far felt nice and soft. After drying my hair I was really impressed - it still smelt great, and my hair looked soft and shiny, without being greasy or looking 'weighed-down' by product. I couldn't notice any difference in the softness of my hair compared to when using the 'premium' conditioners that I usually use. Also, I much preferred the smell of this! After using the conditioner it was easy to comb through my hair to get the tangles out.
Overall I was really impressed - it smells great and leaves my hair soft and shiny, and for the tenth of the price of a premium conditioner. I'm definitely going to be using this regularly from now on.
I always use hair treatments on my hair to keep it looking good and healthy as it tends to become frizzy and course without them but I only use them once or twice a week and am still in need of a good daily conditioner that will moisturise my hair without weighing it down or making it greasy.
Alberto Balsam do some wonderful conditioners and as they are also extremely good value they are also friendly on my bank balance.
The coconut and Lychee isn't my personal favourite in the range but it is still a great conditioner. The only reason that I don't buy this more often is because I prefer some of the other fragrances that Alberto Balsam do instead but I have bought this and happily used it when those other fragrances weren't available when I went in to the shop to buy it.
The conditioner only costs around about 90p so is fantastic value for money as normally you would pay a lot more for something of this quality.
It is a great conditioner for daily use and can be used by the whole family. It feels nice on my hair and stops me getting tangles and after using it I can easily run a comb through my wet hair. It also moisturises it nicely without being heavy and without weighing it down. It doesn't make hair look even slightly greasy and it also gives it a lovely shine.
This isn't the conditioner that I would use if my hair was really dry or in bad condition but that's what I buy treatments for but for everyday use this is hard to beat as it conditions hair and doesn't cost the earth to buy.
The only thing which I don't love about this conditioner is the fragrance. It isn't horrible but I prefer some of the others. This smells more tropical and it has an ever so slight artificial smell to it which the others don't have. It still keeps my hair fresh smelling but I also think the scent isn't as long lasting as some of the others.
If you like more tropical smells then definitely give this a try as you won't be disappointed how it works as a conditioner for everyday use. If you have really badly damaged hair then perhaps try something a little bit more conditioning but for all other hair types this works well.
My hair is frizzy and out of control which means that I have to blow dry and straighten it after each time that I have washed it. This leads to my hair being in a dry and damaged condition. I need to use hydrating hair products to improve the condition of my hair and to try and keep it under control. I bought the Coconut and Lychee Shampoo and Conditioner by Alberto Balsamo for these reasons. This is the review of the conditioner.
What does the product do?
The purpose of this conditioner is to condition the hair and to leave it more manageable and smelling delicious. It contains Vitamin B5 to strengthen the hair and prevent it from snapping and breaking. It claims that will untangle the hair leaving it easy to brush through and to leave your hair looking and feeling healthier. The Alberto Balsam hair products state that they contain the same ingredients as the more expensive hair products but that it comes at a much more affordable price.
Packaging and Price
The conditioner comes contained within a white plastic bottle. The front of the bottle has a label on it showing a picture of a coconut cut in half. The back of the bottle gives some more information about the conditioner. The lid of the bottle is black and it is a flip top lid which is easy to open and close even when your hands are slippery and wet. The conditioner is cheap when compared to the others of the shelf and it will cost you around 99p for 400ml of the shampoo. It can be bought from most large supermarkets, stores such as Boots and Superdrug, and a range of online websites.
The conditioner has a good consistency which is neither so thick that you can't work it into the hair properly nor so thin that it is runny and gets you in a mess. When you dispense the conditioner into your hands, you can smell the delicious aroma of coconuts right away which is mixed in with a hint of fruitiness. The product smells natural and not artificial at all and I really like it. Obviously if you don't like the aroma of coconuts, then you won't like the aroma of this. It is easy to apply to the hair and it feels like it's doing a good job at hydrating the hair. It is gentle and doesn't irritate my scalp at all. You can smell the conditioner strongly the whole time. It is easily rinsed out when you have finished conditioning your hair.
After use, my hair is easy to brush through both when wet and dry. Once it has been blow dried, it feels really soft and it looks marginally less frizzy. It is manageable and the conditioner has done a good job of hydrated my hair. It doesn't have much of an added shine but it still looks and feels healthier. I can't say that I've noticed that the product has made my hair stronger, and I still get a lot of breakages when I am brushing and straightening my hair. The lovely aroma of coconuts linger lightly on the hair, long after it has been dried and styled. My hair doesn't get greasy quickly and the formula doesn't weigh my hair down or make it look flat.
This is a good conditioner which leaves my hair feeling soft and looking healthier. It smells delicious, leaves my hair easier to manage and gives it a lovely burst of moisture which reduces the frizziness of my hair. All this gets even better when you consider the price. I will be buying this conditioner again.
Alberto Balsam Coconut & Lychee Conditioner
Lately in an effort to save some pennies I have been swapping my favourite more expensive Lush brand shampoos and conditioners for some of the brands available at my local supermarket. However, in an ideal world I still want a cheaper conditioner that delivers a nice and natural fragrance while leaving my hair beautifully conditioned and with that in mind I was hopeful for the Alberto Balsam Coconut & Lychee Conditioner, especially since I thought the matching shampoo was mostly ok.
So how does the cheap Alberto Balsam conditioner smell? As it stands the conditioner has a rather mild fragrance that doesn't in my opinion have a strong natural coconut or Lychee scent, but instead has a more nondescript artificial coconut scent. If I am honest it is not a bad fragrance, it just wasn't what I was expecting and certainly wasn't what I would call memorable or something that has me reaching for it every time. However, for a cheap conditioner the smell was pleasant enough it just wasn't anything to get excited over and I couldn't really pick up on the Lychee tones, which is a shame because I really like the scent of Lychees.
How well of a hair conditioner is it? The Alberto Balsam Coconut & Lychee Conditioner states on the bottle that the conditioner is best suited for all hair types, but I would have to disagree. In fact I usually find that a conditioner that is trying to cater for all hair types tends up not really being great for any hair types. Personally, I have what probably falls into the 'normal' range of hair types and while the conditioner does actually leave my hair conditioned it did also leave it feeling a little on the greasy side. I only find the conditioner to be ok, but it really is a no frills basic conditioner that I am not sure that I would want to use on a regular basis.
If I was being picky I might complain about the slightly thin and watery consistency of the conditioner, it does have a tendency to easily run off my hand before I can spread it throughout my hair. But, even with being a less than ideal texture it does still work well and it does still apply easily. I have also found that I do need to use more of the Alberto Balsam Coconut & Lychee Conditioner than I would expect to use from a more expensive brand.
The Alberto Balsam Coconut & Lychee Conditioner is available for around about £1 at anywhere from your local Asda to stores like Superdrug. The packaging is nothing special, functional and overall the pale white-ish conditioner looks just ok.
To sum, the Alberto Balsam Coconut & Lychee Conditioner is a slightly disappointing conditioner to use even when you are on a budget, as there are other cheap conditioners out there that at least in my experience do work better. Personally, I doubt that I would buy the Alberto Balsam Coconut & Lychee Conditioner again nor would I recommend it.
Two out of five stars.
I bought this Alberto Balsam conditioner as part of a set in B&M's for a bargain price of £1.69 for the two. It is the Coconut and Lychee variety.
== Packaging ==
The packaging is quite plain. The plastic bottle is semi see through so you can see how much conditioner is left. The lid is black flip top plastic to make it easy to use. It is the same as the shampoo bottle but one obvious difference is that the word 'conditioner' is written in brown. I still have to look twice though when I am in the shower squinting without my contact lenses in!
== The Conditioner ==
It says on the bottle that it is detangling and is for all hair types. It seems quite a thin consistency when I squeeze it out of the bottle but find it is spread through my hair with my finger tips easily. I usually leave it on for 1-2 minutes and then rinse it out. I have found my hair feels soft and looks healthy and shiny.
I also use this on my daughters hair (who is 4) as she has long hair which is prone to getting tangled. I do find this product helps.
== Price and Availability ==
This brand is available to buy in most Supermarkets and Chemists. It is usually approximately £1 a bottle. However as I wrote at the beginning I bought the set of the shampoo and conditioner for the bargain price of £1.69 for the set.
== Summary ==
This is a great affordable conditioner for all of the family. It makes my hair feel soft and shiny and helps detangle my daughter's long hair. The smell is also lovely! Sometimes it pays to try a 'cheaper looking' product as you sometimes get a pleasant suprise - I did in this case.
Thanks for reading.