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I usually buy L'Oreal shampoo and conditioner and occasionally treat myself to upmarket brands such as Redken. However I also like to try budget options . Shopping in Tesco recently I spotted a bottle of Alberto balsam mandarin and papaya conditioner priced at just £1 for a large 400ml bottle. I decided to try it,as if it didn't suit me I knew my children could use it.
The conditioner comes in a tall,clear plastic bottle allowing the lovely mandarin colour to show through. The bottle has a plastic push down dispenser type lid.The conditioner is manufactured by the muti national Unilever company. They claim that this conditioner will strengthen hair, add shine, detangle and restore shine and vitality. All this for just £!! Sounded good to me! The conditioner contains pro vitamin B5 and is recommended for normal to dry hair.
I have dry hair that is prove to be frizzy and can be difficult to comb through after washing. The conditioner is thick and smells lovely! It is really fruity and the scent seems to linger after I have dried my hair. Unfortunately that is the only positive for me! I followed the instructions and used a small amount of conditioner ,massaging it through my hair after shampooing. I left the conditioner on for about 2 minutes before rinsing off. My hair was left feeling heavy and dull. The conditioner did nothing to help the tangles either and in fact made things worse!
Fortunately my children are happy to use this and don't mind the fruity scent.I am really disappointed in this product and will not be buying it again!
The Alberto Balsalm Mandarin shampoo and conditioner is a great choice for the whole family as the smell is gorgeous but not too girly that your husband can’t use it too. My husband is fussy with smells and doesn’t want to use my ‘girly’ products but he uses this with no problems.
The conditioner smells lovely and I really like the fact that it is so light. I use hair masks and more expensive conditioners when my hair needs them after I have abused it too much but for daily conditioning this is perfect.
It feels really silky whilst applying it and you don’t need loads to coat all your hair even on long hair. I just leave it on for a minute or two and then rinse it off and my hair is left feeling soft and manageable.
The reason this is so good for daily use is that although it does condition it is very light and doesn’t make hair appear greasy so you can use it as much as you want. It doesn’t weight hair down or make it lacklustre and all you are left with is soft shiny hair.
This would be suitable for so many people but the only people I can think of who it might not be suitable for is those with really damaged hair or hair that needs a lot of moisture because although this is good it isn’t designed for that type of hair and probably won’t be conditioning enough for it.
For everyone else this is a really good and very reasonably priced conditioner that you can use every day to keep your hair soft and more manageable when you have dried it.
When I think of alberto balsam I think of cheap and very fruity smelling shampoo's and conditioners. Occasionally if nothing else is on offer I will buy this conditioner and the shampoo to go with it.
The conditioner is a pale orange colour and is fairly thin in texture especially for a conditioner which you usually expect to be thick and creamy, this one is fairly watery in comparison. It does smell pretty yummy and fresh and this is the major plus point for me. You run it through the ends of your hair when it is wet and leave it to soak in for a few minutes, I tend to leave it for 5 minutes whilst I shave my legs, then rinse it off thoroughly. It washes out easily as it is so thin. After using it my hair doesn't feel overly silky and soft like other conditioners make it feel and it still has knots in which other brands would easily work out.
It has pretty basic packaging of a clear bottle and black flip top lid. I tend to find the shape of the bottle makes it easy to get even the last little bits out of the bottle which is definitely a good thing.
Its not the best conditioner out there by far, but it is cheap so I wasn't expecting an amazing product. For the price you pay its okay and usable but its not something I would want to use everyday as I think my hair would end up suffering and becoming dry as I do not find it particularly moisturising. The smell is really nice and orangey.
Price and availability-
Where ever I see this conditioner is is £1 and asda usually have it on offer for 4 for £3 so it is definitely a bargain and you get what you pay for.
3 out of 5, minus points for lack of moisture and leaving knots in my hair.
WHAT IS IT?
Conditioner that is made by Alberto Balsam, I bought it only because I had already purchased the shampoo and thought that I would like to match it with the same conditioner.
The smell of this conditioner is very beautiful, I like the smell of the shampoo very much but this is even better because it is creamier and the smell of the fruit is stronger. The conditioner is mandarin but there is the smell of papaya in it also, I think the fruits smell nicer with the creamy smell of the conditioner and the smell of the conditioner lasts for longer in my hair than when I use the shampoo on its own.
WHAT I THINK
I am not very happy with this conditioner even though it smells nice and I will not buy it again. I will use up the full bottle because it does not do anything to make my hair feel or look bad but it is not a very strong conditioner and does not solve problems like dryness or stop my hair from going knotted.
I have left this conditioner on my hair for a few minutes but that does not help and now I save myself time by rinsing it out quite quick because it does not make any difference how long you leave it on your hair for. It rinses out very easy and does not leave any greasy patches on my scalp or hair.
When I brush my hair after using this conditioner I am not pleased because my hair does not feel soft or smooth, it does not feel like I have used conditioner and that is a pity because I like to straighten my hair and I think when I use a good conditioner that makes the job alot easier.
A bottle that has got 400ml of conditioner in it costs £1 and that is value if it suits your hair or if you would like to use a very light conditioner but it does not help my hair so I will not buy it again.
2 Dooyoo Stars.
I have used the Mandarin Alberto BAlsam shampoo and so this is why i was tempted to try their matching conditioner though I was less pleased with this than I was with the shampoo.
I picked up this large four hundred ml sized bottle from Home BArgains. It has a black push down plastic lid and the conditioner itself looks quite thick when you pour it onto your hand. It smells really fresh and fruity and I smoothes it through my hair and it rinsed off well afterwards in the shower.
I do think however, that it didn't really condition my hair anywhere near as much as I would have liked it to. It feels like quite a weak conditioning treatment and my hair still had some tangle sin it afterwards so in this respect it didn't really impress me very much at all.
On the positive side, it was cheap and it smelled nice and my husband and daughter both like it, so maybe it's just me.
I can't give it many stars tough because for my hair it just didn't do anything wonderful.
Alberto Balsam Mandarin & Papaya 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 Mandarin & Papaya Conditioner. Described as Conditioner with Mandarin & Papaya extract. I have frequently used various coconut oil hair conditioners in the past and have been using the Alberto Balsam Coconut and Lychee, however when that was sold out, I decdied to give this version a try and it is my new favourite.
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 or styling products I use are certainly put through their paces.
To apply 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. 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 the conditioner to my hair I notice the warmth of my hair intensifies the lovely energising mandarin and papaya scent. On my first application I found this an encouraging sign, especially as this was not previously a fragrance I would have sought out. Once I have smoothed onto my hair, I then leave on whilst I wash my body and rinse the conditioner off thoroughly at the end. Which I guess is usually about 90 seconds to 2 minutes. This works really well. The conditioner rinses away easily and I am impressed with the condition, shine and softness to my hair as well as the subtle fragrance that is left.
DRYING & ONCE HAIR IS DRY:
Most of the time I leave my hair to air dry after removing most of the moisture with a towel. However, at the moment my hair is quite long and the mornings quite cold, so I am using a hairdryer all of the time. When I use this conditioner with Alberto Balsam Juicy Green Apple Shampoo, my hair is the most manageable and best condition ever. The conditioner does not leave any residue or stickiness and although I use a light heat conditioner if blow drying in a hurry the hair drying process is not making my fair fly away nor is it damaging it at all. Since I have been using the above combination I do get lots of compliments about my hair, which when I think of the trials I have had with it when using other products is a real boost.
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, especially when used with Alberto Balsam Shampoo.
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 "for normal / dry hair" and features juicy mandarins, the rear headlines state "Detangles & improves manageability" "Restores shine & vitality" and "Strengthens wit pro-vitamin B5". The directions for use and further information can also be found on the back.
Also on the back is further details, including that they have introduced this to the permanent range after it was loved so much as a limited edition.
Aqua (Water, Eau),Cetyl Alcohol ,Cyclopentasiloxane ,Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine ,Stearalkonium Chloride ,Cyclohexasiloxane ,Cetrimonium Chloride ,Glyceryl Stearate ,Citric Acid ,Parfum (Fragrance) ,Disodium EDTA ,Alcohol Denat. ,Limonene ,Linalool ,Hexyl Cinnamal ,Panthenol ,Propylene Glycol ,Benzyl Salicylate ,Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Fruit Extract ,Methylchloroisothiazolinone ,CI 15985 (Yellow 6) ,Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract ,Methylisothiazolinone ,CI 19140 (Yellow 5) ,Benzophenone-4
I certainly agree entirely with the quoted product headlines. This is a product punching way above its price bracket and is definitely the best hair conditioner I have ever tried, so I hope they don't decide to "improve" it any time soon. Naturally, our hair like our skin maybe quite different, but for me this would be right up there as a "desert island essential item".
The fragrance is wonderful, energising, subtle and brilliantly suitable for male and female use. It i lovely in use and leaves a subtle, fresh scent on the hair when dry.
Stars - has to be 5/5 because I cannot give it more!
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 and at the time of writing the range is on offer at any 2 for £1.80 in Tesco.
I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope you found it useful.
The other day realising that I was running low on shampoo and conditioner I decided to have a little restock and when I spotted loads of different fragranced Alberto Balsam products for just a pound each in my local B & M Store so I bought quite a few! I had tried the Mandarin shampoo from this range in the past but hadn't gotten the conditioner at the same time, in fact I can't remember what I used with that now but this time I managed to get hold of both!
Like all of the other shampoos and conditioners that I have ever come across from this brand this comes in a slightly frosted bottle that holds 400ml of the conditioner and its tall plastic bottle with a black shiny plastic flip top lid to the top of it which conceals a smallish hole to dispense the product out of and then on the front of the bottle there is a picture shown of juicy mandarins and then we are clearly what it is and who it is by and that it is suitable for Normal/Dry Hair and that it is limited edition and the size is stated (as I have mentioned already) and then on the back of the bottle we are told a bit about the product and directions for using it are given, the ingredients are clearly listed and contact details for the manufacturer are stated. Nice enough and informative enough packaging this is although I guess it isn't 'posh' packaging as such but it is functional, practical and rather unisex and yes informative enough too.
The Conditioner Itself:
What you get with this is a really nice conditioner. It is thick and smooth in texture though it is very easy to dispense as much as you want from the bottle per use. It is a light peach in colour and has a lovely fragrance of not only mandarins which is sweet but quite natural and fresh without being overly zesty but it is also infused with papaya extract and I really like it. I either apply this for a minute or two in the shower after shampooing first or I leave it on my hair whilst soaking in the bath and either way its either to rinse out.
This leaves my hair feeling soft, supple and smelling really wonderful for a good few hours after using it. Yes my hair smells fruity but I don't mind that at all and think this is one for people that appreciate fruity smelling hair! My hair is left detangled and shiny after using this and much easier to style and although I suffer with greasy roots and a very dry and frizzy midsection this does not upset any area of my hair and seems intelligent enough to 'treat' all of it.
This is a great budget beauty buy for normal to dry hair and therefore is a great one for the family to use and I give this one a really it thumbs up!
Available in all good supermarkets and chemists and usually this can be found at just £1.00 a bottle which is great!
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I bought the Mandarin shampoo from this range and liked it so much I decided to give the conditioner a go too. It is cheap to buy and you get a lot of conditioner for the price. I loved the smell of the shampoo and so thought I would also like the smell of this conditioner too.
It comes transparent plastic bottle which has a flip back lid. The bottle is slim line and so I can easily get a good grip of the bottle without dropping it when I hold it. The name is very clear on the front of the bottle and so can easily be spotted on a shelf.
The liquid is a kind of peachy orange colour, looks really nice inside the bottle. It has a fairly rich consistency and not a runny liquid, so it doesn't drip from the bottle while pouring it onto my hands and then transferring it to my hair. It has a nice fragrance to it and smells of mandarins, it is a really fresh fruity scent and really apparent once the lid is flipped back. Smells really refreshing too and a really nice pleasant aroma.
You don't need a lot of the conditioner to condition the hair, just a small amount onto the hands to work into the hair is well enough. I have quite long hair at the moment, I just work it onto the length of my hair first and then work it towards my roots. I find using this way much better so that I condition more of the length and stay away from my roots. I don't have oily roots but I don't like to always condition them every time I use a conditioner but I do sometimes condition my roots when I have had my hair coloured and need to deep condition the roots before I then condition it with a hair mask product. It is fine to use on the root area for my kind of hair but if you do have oily roots I would recommend using this on the root area and just condition the rest of your hair.
It is really easy to rinse from the hair in no time at all. Once towelled dry, I find it very easy to brush my hair. It leaves my hair feeling really soft and my hair does have lots of movement. It gives a good amount of gloss to my hair and I am happy with the shine and the soft feeling. It nourishes my hair well and doesn't leave it feeling dry or unmanageable. Because my hair is long, I like to tie it back into a pony tail on very hot days and I can easily just brush my hair and tie it with a hair band. I often use Velcro rollers in my hair just to give it some curl, I can easily wrap my hair around the rollers because my hair is soft and it doesn't get tangled around the rollers when I want to remove them, this conditioner just helps my hair feel smooth enough for the rollers to get a grip onto my hair without damaging it. Also doesn't leave it feeling all lanky and weighted down like some other cheap brands.
I can definitely smell the mandarin fragrance on my hair for quite some time after using it, I think the fragrance has a good staying power on hair and leaves the hair smelling nice and fruity.
It contains Mandarin and Papaya extracts which are designed to strengthen the hair and to give it a nice shine to it. I think these ingredients work very well for giving a decent enough shine but I wouldn't say it is too shiny but still a good enough shine for my long hair. It is also designed for normal to dry hair. My hair is more normal and not too dry but it gives it quite a lot of moisture. Also contains pro vitamin B5.
This conditioner only cost me a £1 for a 400ml bottle, I think this is an excellent price for this amount of conditioner in the bottle and is a very good value for money. Is so cheap and affordable for any budget and a lot of conditioner for the price in my opinion.
I highly recommend this hair conditioner, it smells nice, conditions well and also cheap to buy. I don't think you will be disappointed in the results this conditioner gives for conditioning the hair and I am very happy with the results.
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I give it 5 stars.
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Recently I have been using the Alberto Balsam Mandarin shampoo and conditioner. I like to use shampoo and conditioner combinations as it might be psychological but I can't help but feel that they make my hair look better than using separate products from different brands. I tend to switch my shampoo and conditioner brands every time I need a new product, this is partly because I suffer from product build up that makes my scalp feel nasty and partly because I like to try different products when I can, just in case I find that perfect product that I want to use forever or that makes my hair look amazing!
Often I find that more expensive shampoo and conditioner combinations, such as Tresemme, leave me with a buildup of product on my hair. This can make my scalp feel horrible and my hair heavy. When I find myself needing a new product I tend to look towards Alberto Balsam and other cheaper brands just for something a little bit different. This conditioner was just £1 per bottle and I believe I received 3 products for the price of 2. I purchased 2 bottles of conditioner to one bottle of shampoo and I have found that both the shampoo and conditioner (the 2nd bottle) are about to run out at the same time. I have very long hair so this is ideal for me as I like to use lots of conditioner to achieve tangle free results through the whole of my hair.
This conditioner comes in an opaque bottle with a flip top lid. The lid is simple to open and functional. The dispenser hole for the conditioner is a reasonable size and if the conditioner was just a little bit thicker than the hole it would dispense the conditioner at a good rate. However the conditioner is quite thin, in my opinion anyway, and as such I find that with a very small squeeze quite a large amount of conditioner is poured into my hand. The colour of the conditioner is a light peach colour and this is lighter than the shampoo, and also not clear like the shampoo is.
This conditioner is for normal/dry hair and is a limited edition according to the Mysupermarket website. This bottle of conditioner contains 400ml which is plenty for £1 really! I wash my hair every 1-2 days and I have found that two bottles of conditioner, and one of shampoo, have lasted me maybe 6 weeks, possibly even 8 weeks.
This conditioner contains mandarin and papaya extract, it has a lovely smell to it and the mandarin is the predominant smell for me with the papaya just giving it something of a tropical scent. This really just smells like a tropical juice drink which is nice to me and not offensive at all. There is no chemical scent to this, as I find with some products these days, and overall the smell of the conditioner is really nice. This conditioner claims to cleanse and restore shine, which sounds about right to me.
To apply this hair all I need to do is open the flip top lid, which is simple and quick, also it doesn't hurt my hands at all. I then squeeze lightly and a load of this conditioner is released onto my hand. On occasion I have lost some of this to the water in my bath or shower, which is a little frustrating, but I can overlook that given the price of this product. The conditioner is simple to apply to my hair and while it is quite thin for a conditioner it clings to my hair nicely and it does stay in place. I find this easy to rub through my hair from root to tip and a generous handful is enough to coat my long hair. My hair comes to below my bra strap now, although it is about to get trimmed for a special event, so it does take a fair amount of conditioner to cover my hair sufficiently, but at this price I really don't mind. The conditioner has that nice scent to it that I described before and it makes my hair feel smooth and shiny once I wash it off (which is quick to do). The scent doesn't really stay on my hair once it begins to dry but I can overlook this as I wear perfume anyway and so I'm not particularly worried about that.
When it comes to drying my hair I find that it is much less knotty than usual. There are still a few knots here and there but then I have very long thick hair so this really is to be expected and I find this happens with pretty much all brands. My hair does not feel weighed down after using this conditioner and I am really happy with how shiny my hair looks after I use this too. My hair feels clean and after using two bottles of this and one bottle of the matching shampoo I have not had a problem with product buildup. I will probably end up buying something different at shopping, just because I am like that, but I have really enjoyed using this.
Despite the small flaw with the thickness of the conditioner compared to the hole that it is released from and the lack of nice scent after my hair starts to dry I am going to rate this 4/5. I feel that for the money, just £1 for 400ml, it works incredibly well. My hair looks and feels healthy and is shiny too.
Alberto Balsam produce a range of well priced and useful shampoos and conditioners, generally based on a fruit theme and I have been working my way through their selection and have found that, so far all of them have been enjoyable to use and because of their good price, 1.25pence for 400ml, I find that I do not mind using quite a large amount on my tough, wiry hair.
Having previously tried and liked the Tea Tree Tingle, Sun Kissed Raspberry and the Blueberry Burst conditioners I am currently using the Mandarin and Papaya conditioner for normal to dry hair. The container is a plain but attractive frosted, slightly squeezy plastic bottle with a black flip up lid. You can see the creamy mildly orange coloured conditioner through the plastic so you always know how much is left. The top is quite secure and has never opened up by mistake even when dropped in the shower. On the front of the bottle, under the name Alberto Balsam is a photo of juicy mandarins, the papaya doesn't get a look in maybe not so photogenic! Under the photo we are told that the conditioner contains mandarin and papaya extracts and is recommended for normal to dry hair. The bottle is colourful and attractive without being gaudy or bombarding you with science or unrealistic promises.
On the reverse is a little information that tells us that the limited edition of this conditioner was so popular that now it is part of the permanent range. The fruit extracts add shine and softness and also strengthen your hair which are all good qualities and it also claims to detangle and improve managabiltilty. Besides all this it has a lovely fragrance fruity and reminding me of the smell of orange jellies!
Using the conditioner.
After using the matching shampoo which also has a lovely mandarin scent I pour a large dollop of the quite thick conditioner into the palm of my hand. The mandarin scent is quite evident and i enjoy the fruity fragrance as I massage it through my hair and leave it to work for a couple of minutes. It smooths easily through my hair and it also easily washed out leaving the fruity fragrance behind.
After use my hair feels much softer and looks healthy and shiny and remains so for about two days after which it gets washed again. I wish the fragrance stayed a little longer the next day it has gone but my hair still feels good. I think that for this kind of price it is a good family shampoo that does;'t promise to change your world but gives you soft, shiny hair for a reasonable price. I would recommend it to you as a budget range that gives results as good as many that are more expensive.
5 out of 5 stars from me .
The bottle is recyclable and has a 12month life after opening and is made by Unilever.
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When my products run out (esspecially hair care products) i like to try something new. It not only makes a change but I feel it is good for you. When my conditioner ran out i headed for my local chemist and started browsing the £1 shelf. I came across the Alberto Balsam mandarin conditioner and (along with the matching shampoo) thought i would give it a try.
The packaging for the product is fairly plain. it came in a 250ml plastic bottle with a black lid. It had a label on the front which described what the product was and had the company logo and a picture of the fruit which the product smelt like. The bottle of conditioner was not quite as eye catching as the matching shampoo as the product itself isn't as brightly coloured as the shampoo so it doesn't stand out as much, but in a way this is a good thing because you can see the difference between the bottles without having to read them.
The product itself smelled amazing! The rich, refreshing smell of mandarins smelt good enough to eat! The consistency of the product was slightly too runny for my liking, but that's just me being fussy. It didn't run out of your hand but I just prefer a more creamy consistency.
The product smoothed into the hair very easily and I found that I didn't have to use too much of it to do a good job. It didn't leave any residues on the hair and washed out very easily. It left my hair feeling smooth and silky. The beautiful fruity smell stayed in my hair all day.
Overall this is a great product and really works well especially if it is used with the matching shampoo. The only thing that could be better is the constancy could be a bit thicker but it isn't really an issue. I would recommend this product to anyone.
I picked this 400ml bottle of conditioner up in my local Morrison supermarket as while ago when it was on offer 3 for £3. The conditioner 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 conditioner is designed for normal to dry hair and is infused with mandarin and papaya that are supposed to provide your hair with nourishment, added deep down shine and strength, through the use of pro-vitamin B5. In addition it is designed to restore the vitality of your hair.
The conditioner is a light and soft orange colour, and quite thin in consistency, but it soaks into my hair well and leaves my hair feeling nourished, soft and manageable, I find that although you do not need much the dispensing nozzle is quiet wide so a lot of conditioner will come out if you are not careful. Which is just a waste of the product, as you do not really need too much for it to be effective. The smell of the conditioner is strong and I can only detect mandarin which I find to be very pleasant, the scent lingers for ages and as I use it with the Alberto Balsam Mandarin Shampoo 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.
Overall I would recommend this conditioner to others who like fruity smelling scents, it nourishes well, smells great, adds shine and is very well priced.
I have read many reviews of the Alberto Balsam range on dooyoo, most of them pretty positive. Gradually my curiosity built up. Previously I had considered this rather a dull purchase. I have often seen it in £1 stores, and generally there will be something more exciting available there, a bargain, rather than a product that is always available cheaply. I assumed that the conditioner in particular would be runny and merely adequate in its effectiveness. The Morrisons started running a promotion (still going!) where you could buy four bottles for £3. I bought a selectionof four based on their names and regardless of what hair type they were for. My hair tends to get greasy at the roots and dry at the tips, so I always figure that some part of my hair will get the appropriate concoction. The mandarin and papaya conditioner purchased states that it is for normal/dry hair.
The mandarin and papaya conditioner comes in a clear 400ml plastic bottle with a flip-top lid. There is an indentation just below the flippy bit that makes it easy for you to place your thumb in the correct position for opening, so that as you push up your thumb contacts with the flip-top and you are ready to go. This is helpful for those of us who are short sighted and do not wear glasses in the shower. Unhelpfully though, the lid does not also unscrew, but merely rotates around and around. This poses a problem when you reach the end of the product because it is hard to either fill the bottle with water and shake to get out the final remnants, or propel the bottle, sans lid repeatedly toward your hand for a few final splats.
And it would be splats, and it could be thinned and remain usable because one of the delightful discoveries I made about this conditioner is that it is thick. You can squeeze out a walnut sized blob without it running between your fingers and down the plughole. This consistency lends a feeling of quality to the product that was rather unexpected. I cannot help but wonder why, this being the case the manufacturers have not opted for one of those bottles with the lid at the base so that the product drips down as used, rendering it easy to dispense at the next opportunity. It should be noted, that the plastic bottle is quite sturdy, so there is some difficulty when you come to have to squeeze out the last bits.
A real treat about this conditioner is the smell. The aroma is primarily mandarin I think, but I am less familiar with papaya. Rather than a cheap synthetic mandarin, the product has an authentic sweet smell with bitter undertones, and it does contain real extracts of mandarin and papaya.
Usage is easy. You shampoo and rinse then apply a good-sized blob to your still wet hair and leave for a couple of minutes. As my hair is long I tend to run my fingers through it so that the product covers the full length of the hair, and in so doing tangles are teased out easily. When rinsed, my hair feels as though it has been conditioned: with some really cheap conditioners I have found that at this point knots and tangles appear from nowhere.
Once dried my hair retains the lovely smell for the rest of the day. It is shiny and healthy looking. Some conditioners make my hair springy which is rather nice, but when I pull a strand having used this there is no extra bounce. This is very much an everyday conditioner rather than a luxurious treat.
Nevertheless, I would have to say I recommend this product. It is good value for money, and the range of scents enough to keep even the most fickle of conditioner buyers happy for a fair few weeks.
August 2013: Since writing the above I have tried the other scents in the range and the Mandarin is definitely the best of the lot for my hair type.
If you have read my accompanying review of the Mandarin Shampoo you will know that I did not particularly rate it as a product (except for the lovely smell). Well this is even less star-worthy. I bought this as part of a 3 for 2 deal in Bodycare which meant that each bottle ended up costing 75p - bargainous indeed but, as ever, you very much get what you pay for and this conditioner leaves a lot to be desired in my opinion.
Maybe it is because I have some highlights in my hair and my hair also tends to be that awful combination of greasy at the roots and very dry through the lengths and ends - I therefore always want my conditioner to be effective at leaving my hair feeling soft and intensely moisturised. Usually, as I am sure most of you will appreciate, the feeling of your hair before and after conditioning is vastly different (even when wet). Not so with this.
The product is pale orange in colour and smells very fruity (again this is the only thing the product has going for it) and it is pretty viscous for a conditioner (which maybe should have been a clue as to how effective it would be). It comes in a round bottle with a flip top lid so no issues with accessing or dispensing it.
But the issue for me was that I would apply it after shampooing and leave it for a few minutes (as is standard) and then on washing it out my hair would still feel rough and unconditioned. As I expected, on drying it my hair also did not feel particularly like it had had any conditioning treatment at all.
I disliked this product enough that I actually threw away about half a bottle and I certainly will not be buying from this range again.
I'm currently using the Alberto Balsam Mandarin Conditioner and Shampoo. I'm not brand loyal when it comes to conditioners and shampoos, I'm happy to use whichever products happen to be on offer or seem to be the best value.
The Alberto Balsam range of conditioners and shampoos are available in most supermarkets, Boots, Superdrug, Poundland etc. And they normally retail at just £1 each. I bought mine from Sainsbury's where they are currently on a 4 for 3 offer. 4 for 3 is a bit of a weird number for me as I always use two bottles of conditioner to every one bottle of shampoo, and so a 3 for 2 is absolutely perfect, a 4 for 3 however leaves me with one spare bottle of either conditioner or shampoo. I ended up buying two bottles of the mandarin conditioner and two bottles of the mandarin shampoo and giving one of the bottles of shampoo to my mum.
So the Alberto Balsam Mandarin Conditioner comes in a 400ml bottle. The bottle states that it's a limited edition fragrance. The conditioner itself is quite a liquid conditioner, and its a gorgeous opaque pale orange colour. This limited edition conditioner is infused with mandarin and papaya extracts to soften, strengthen and add a deep shine to your hair. It states that it's suitable for normal to dry hair; my hair is probably normal and maybe just a little on the dry side so this seems perfect for me.
As with most conditioners the directions for use are simple; after you've shampooed, use a good size dollop of conditioner, we find it works best to leave it on for 1-2 minutes, rinse your hair thoroughly, ta-da, fabulously soft, shiny hair. I do use more than 'a good size dollop' of any conditioner, I always use a HUGE dollop of conditioner, hence the two bottles of conditioner to the one bottle of shampoo. I do always use the matching mandarin shampoo prior to using this conditioner.
I find that this conditioner is a little bit fiddly to apply to my longish hair in the shower as it is quite a liquid conditioner, I normally prefer a thicker conditioner as it seems to 'stick' to my hair a bit more and therefore is easier to apply. I always leave this in for much more that the stated 1-2 minutes as I wash and condition my hair first in the shower, and then do all the other things such as; having a shower, shaving my legs, etc, and then I rinse this off whilst I rinse my shower gel off. Admittedly most of it has kind of slid out of my hair by this point though! This rinses out well, but it does still feel as though my hair has a slight coating of the conditioner left on it after I've rinsed it all out, in a good way not a bad way though.
Once I get out of the shower my hair is easy enough to comb through after using this conditioner, I still have the odd tangle, but nothing too major. Once my hair is dry it definitely feels and looks very healthy and clean, and it is lovely and super soft and shiny after using this conditioner. I also find my hair to be just as easy to style after using this conditioner.
This smells gorgeous, really fresh and fruity. I can definitely smell the mandarins in this conditioner, and I find that the mandarin fragrance lingers in my hair for the rest of the day as well. I'm not sure that I can smell the papaya in this at all, to me this just smells of the mandarins. The lingering mandarin fragrance isn't too overpowering in my hair, but it's just subtle enough to be noticeable if I've wafted my hair. I do always use this along with the matching shampoo, so I am layering the mandarin fragrance so to speak.
Overall I'm more than happy with this for the low price. I think that like most conditioners this works best with the matching shampoo, and I would probably buy this again. I'm hesitating slightly due to the fairly liquid consistency of the conditioner, as for me it wasn't the easiest conditioner to use, but on balance I probably would actually buy this again. I'll also probably try other fragrances in the Alberto Balsam range of shampoos and conditioners too.