Product Type: Alberto Balsam hair care products
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Not a patch on the shampoo
Alberto Balsam Mandarin Conditioner
Member Name: pink_glitter
Alberto Balsam Mandarin Conditioner
Advantages: cheap, it works
Disadvantages: runny, smell is artificial
I bought the Alberto Balsam Mandarin Conditioner alongside the matching shampoo, as I like to use matching products and the range was on special offer at the time. I have used Alberto Balsam products in the past and one problem I have found is that the conditioners can be quite watery. I have very long, thick hair, so I do need a good quality conditioner to keep it looking nice and tangle free, so I did have a few reservations about this product before I had even used it.
The conditioner comes in a frosted plastic bottle through which you can see the pale orange coloured conditioner and it has an easy to open black flip top lid. The design is very similar - in fact near identical - to the shampoo and I do sometimes find it a little hard to distinguish between them, especially when I'm in the shower without my contact lenses in!
The conditioner is for normal/dry hair and it claims to detangle and improve manageability whilst restoring shine and vitality to the hair. The product was actually released as a limited edition, but proved so popular it has now been added to the permanent range (although despite saying this on the back of the bottle, the front of the bottle still has text saying 'limited edition').
When I came to use this, it was as feared much runnier than I would expect a conditioner to be. Even so, it had a slightly creamy consistency and the light texture made it easy to distribute through the hair. I only ever apply conditioner to the lengths of my hair as if I put it too near my scalp I tend to get greasy roots.
The smell of the conditioner was a little disappointing, given that I found the scent of the matching shampoo to be a wonderful sort of just peeled orange fragrance. In contrast I found the conditioner smelled quite chemical and unnatural, although it did have a definite orangey aroma to it.
The trick with this conditioner is to leave it on for 1-2 minutes. The first couple of times I used this I rinsed it straight off, but now having actually followed the instructions I can tell there is a vast improvement in results when the conditioner has been left to work for a couple of minutes.
After use my hair is detangled which is a good start as being long it knots easily. It actually feels quite smooth and silky to the touch, although I notice there is some frizz to my hair once dry. One thing I am pleased with is that my hair feels lovely and hydrated and not at all dried out which it often does, given that I use a lot of heat on it.
A 400ml bottle of this conditioner retails at just £1 and can be picked up in most supermarkets as well as Boots. The Alberto Balsam range is often on special offer and I bought this in ASDA on an offer of 4 bottles for £3 which works out at a very reasonable 75p a bottle.
Overall, whilst this is definitely not the best conditioner I have tried, the results are not bad for the price which I paid. I do feel I need to use a little more of this than normal, given the thin consistency and I was a little disappointed with the smell. I would buy it again if I was purchasing another bottle of the matching shampoo, but as conditioners go it is not a favourite.
Summary: OK but not as good as the shampoo