“ Brand: Alberto Balsam / Type: Hair Shampoo / Product line: Alberto Balsam „
I am not one for spending a lot on my hair because it annoys me and I find that products can often promise a lot for your money but then do not deliver. I have tried a lot of different shampoos over the years from pound shop wonders to salon recommended ones, but the Alberto Balsam range has become my one of choice. Having said all that, I probably won't be buying this one again for reasons that will become clear.
The range is widely available but I tend to buy it from the supermarket. It is usually about a pound a bottle, but they often have special offers where you can get four bottles for three pounds which is excellent value for money. Considering that the bottles are 400ml, it makes it even better value.
The shampoo itself is very good. It is nice and thick, although it is a slightly strange colour. The other scents in the range are things like raspberry, blueberry, apple and coconut so they have really striking colours, but this one is a bit wishy washy really - like a diluted olive green colour. It lathers really well and I often use it in place of a shower gel, which is quite handy.
It works well at detangling my hair even without using a conditioner afterwards. I have to use conditioner because I can't stand having to get a brush through my hair after just using shampoo, but it isn't as bad with this one. It also leaves my hair feeling really clean, more so than you might expect from a pound a bottle.
I usually absolutely love the smells of the Alberto Balsam range, but I'm not totally convinced by this one. It smells more clinical than the others. Where the others are all really fruity and light, this one has an almost medicinal smell to it and is much more herby than fruity. To be honest I was a bit disappointed with this one because of the smell and I probably won't buy it again as a result.
Ordinarily I wouldn't hesitate to recommend an Alberto Balsam product, but I can't honestly do so with this one because I just don't like the smell. The smells are long lasting and quite strong, which is usually very good. In this case however it isn't a good thing, unless of course you like the smell. So not recommended, even though it does work very well and it is cheap.
Review of Alberto Balsam Shampoo Olive and Ginseng.
Alberto Balsam have been around for a long time now and as I am sure most people will know, they make a large range of haircare products.
I am reviewing the Olive and Ginseng shampoo which was a variety I had not come across before, the shampoo was purchased for the princely sum of 99p from our local 99p Shop branch.
The shampoo is presented in a tall, clear plastic bottle with a black plastic flip cap which conceals the hole through which the shampoo is dispensed. . The shampoo is visible through the bottle and the colour is a rather odd shade of beige/pale green. The bottle contains 400ml.
The label advises that the shampoo is designed to nourish and energize damaged or coloured hair. I do not colour my hair but do have some damage in the form of split ends and damage from constantly tying it up.
The usual warnings and direction for use are found on the back of the bottle along with company information and ingredients. The shampoo should be used within 12 months of opening.
Unfortunately my hair is rather difficult at the best of times, it is long and fairly thick, but the actual hair itself is fine. It also has a very strong natural wave. This means that my hair can frizz easily and is very unruly if I am not careful. Any heat such as a blow dryer, near my hair, causes a wonderful reaction of static electricity and a hilarious hair standing on end effect! Consequently my hair care routine involves simply shampooing, a dollop of conditioner and being left to dry naturally. I find Alberto Balsam products usually perform well and suit my strange mixture of dryish ends and greasy roots!
The scent of this shampoo is somewhat weird. It is quite hard to actually put into words the exact aroma from this shampoo. It is by no means unpleasant, but it doesn't have the same 'in your face' type scent that I associate with Alberto Balsam products. It is a herbal, almost soap-like smell, with a slightly medicinal undertone. I think the closest thing I can liken it to are those bouquet garni herb pouches sold for flavouring stews etc!
I found it cleansed my hair satisfactorily and left it feeling soft and fresh. The shampoo is a reasonable consistency, slightly thinner than some Alberto shampoos, almost like a runny gel. It comes out of the bottle very quickly and the bottle needs careful handling to avoid getting a handful of the product, as it comes out.
I live in South East Kent, our region is an area notorious for it's very hard water. If a shampoo, shower gel or washing up liquid can lather up here, it will lather anywhere! I'm happy to say that this shampoo performed quite well and it lathered up adequately. The lather was fairly rich and foamy. I am sure that this product would perform even better in another area of the UK where the water is softer.
Alberto Balsam also have a matching conditioner in this range.
**Price and Availability**
The Alberto Balsam range is widely available throughout the UK and it is definitely worth shopping around for special offers as Alberto Balsam seems to be one of those products that is always on offer somewhere! At the time of writing this review, Asda are stocking this particular variety for £1 and as mentioned the 99p Store also sell it. I have not noticed the Olive and Gingseng 'flavour' elsewhere.
The shampoo is made in the UK for the Alberto-Culver company.
I am not listing ingredients as I feel that to pad out the review with a long list of unpronounceable ingredients is pretty pointless. Anyone who really needs or wants to know this kind of information will probably read the labels before purchasing anyway.
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
Alberto Balsam Olive and Gingseng shampoo is a reasonably priced product which is certainly worth a try. I particularly like the softening effect it seems to have on my hair, but have to say that the scent does little for me. Another plus in my view is that the plain and simple packaging would appeal to both men and women. I feel that you are not paying for fancy packaging with this product, unlike some upper end of the market products. The bottle is recyclable where facilities exist, which is an important issue for many people.
I would recommend this shampoo to others and am awarding the product a 4* rating, dropping a * as the scent is not as good as other varieties in the Alberto Balsam range.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 July 2012
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One range of shampoos and conditioners I love is Alberto Balsam. I find every single one of their offerings to be good value, smell nice and give great every-day results (well the one's I have tried anyway lol) so when I spotted this shampoo in a fragrance I hadn't seen before I couldn't wait to buy it and at a pound a bottle (in Asda) I couldn't resist it!
400ml frosted white but still see-through bottle with a black plastic lid to the top of it covering a small hole. On the front of it there is a photograph of olives on there and I'm told that it is Alberto Balsam Nourish & Energise Olive & Ginseng Shampoo 'With olive & ginseng extracts' that gives 'Extra nourishment for coloured or damaged hair' and the size is stated (as I've listed already). on the back of the bottle other information given includes being told a bit about the product and directions for use are given, ingredients are listed and contact details for Albero-Culver Ltd are also stated (the manufacturer of the product). Nice enough simple bottle that is easy to use and understand and isn't too fancy but really is informative enough at the same time.
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Given On The Back Of The Bottle:
Perfect for when you hair needs a bit of extra nourishment, this Olive & Ginseng shampoo gently cleanses to energise and replenish moisture, leaving your hair looking and feeling fabulous!
It uses most of the same ingredients you'll find in higher priced brands, but at a great price which means you can afford to look glamorous every day!
Gently cleanses & revitalises
Replenishes lost moistures and adds shine
Strengthens with pro-vitamin B5
Me Using It:
Well all you do with this is use it as you would any shampoo. I always wet my hair, rinse and repeat of course!
This is a light green sort of olive green actually transparent runnyish liquid. All you need though of this is a small blob and you gently massage it into your hair of course. It lathers up with total ease (which is why you really don't need very much of it at all) and releases the aroma of the shampoo which to me certainly doesn't smell of olives but to me and my nostrils is gently scented with florals but still suitable for men and females alike to use as it's simply a very clean and fresh smell!
It rinses out of the hair with total ease and like I say I always repeat the process but that's cos i want to and not that I feel I have too!
I really do appreciate this shampoo very much indeed! It is not greasy and I was slightly concerned it would be to be honest as it contains olives but it really isn't one bit! I have combination hair with very greasy roots, a dry and fluffy mid-section and dry split ends and this gently hydrates the lot without upsetting greasy already areas.
It cleanses the hair, gently scents it for a good few hours and really does leave my hair feeling soft, smooth and supple and gives it great shine. I usually use a conditioner every time I wash my hair but I don't feel I have to after using this if I don't wish too as it is hydrating enough and gets rid of knots and tangles easily!
I will certainly buy it again in the future but a little of this really does go a very long way indeed so I won't need to buy it very often! Great stuff from a great brand!
We've been trying lots of different shampoos in our house lately. To be honest I'm not really sure why but then again I'm not really that bothered I suppose as long as there's always a shampoo in the bathroom to use. If I rack my brains though I think it's got something to do with shampoos making my mums head itch if she uses them too much plus the fact that she's always looking for a good bargain - then again who isn't. Anyway back to the point this Alberto Balsam Olive and Ginseng shampoo is one of those that has found its way onto the shelving in our bathroom lately and therefore one that I have recently used and will probably use again in the future.
The shampoo comes in a relatively tall and thin semi opaque plastic bottle upon which you find the information that the shampoo is "perfect for when your hair needs a bit of extra nourishment" and that it "gently cleanses to energise and replenish moisture" so as to leave you with hair that "smells as good as it feels"!
Due to the fact that the bottle is semi opaque you can through it see the luscious green coloured shampoo and when you lift the snap-top a sweet soapy smell greets you. This scent isn't however one of simply soap but also something else that I can't quite put my finger on but that smells delicious.
The shampoo itself is stated as being one that provides extra nourishment for coloured or damaged hair but seeing as my hair is neither coloured nor damage and that this shampoo has done it no harm and definitely some good I would say that any hair type can use it. My mum does have coloured hair and therefore I can view this shampoo for both perspectives.
Obviously the amount of shampoo that you will need to use will completely depend on the length of your hair but I found that a ten pence piece size amount completely washes my hair, which is beyond shoulder length, and provides a more than adequate lather. The fact that the bottle contains 400ml of shampoo therefore makes it great value for money, especially when it can be purchased for as little as 99p.
When rubbing the shampoo into my hair I found that it seems to glide through very well and almost immediately leaves my hair feeling much softer. This for a start really impressed me because quite often I find shampoo simply makes my hair clump together whilst I wash it making it really difficult to wash out. This shampoo however was not like that at all as not only did it glide through whilst I washed it but it also aptly covered all my hair and then rinsed out without any messing or me having to stand for a prolonged period of time under a torrent of water waiting for it to run clean.
After letting my hair dry naturally I noticed that my hair looked a lot more nourished than it normally does and that it was certainly far shinier. Better still I also noticed that it stopped my hair become greasy, which it can do extremely quickly. This therefore means that whilst using this shampoo I don't have to strictly wash my hair every other night for fear of looking like a yeti if I don't. This for me is fantastic as it means that when I go away with cadets and don't have the facilities to wash my hair whilst away I know that if I wash it with this before hand I can easily manage to go without for a long weekend.
The shampoo also had a similar effect on my mum's hair, which like I have said has been coloured. After washing her hair in this shampoo a couple of my times my mum noted that her hair was noticeably brighter and that the colour seemed to be more vibrant than before. For her this was a definite bonus as she suffers with having to colour her hair frequently because not only does it grow out quickly but it also looses its shine. Now I know that this shampoo won't help the colour growing out but it certainly helps her to make the most of her colour whilst its in.
For the both of us this shampoo has been a definite hit and I'm sure that we'll go back to this one again some time in the future. Let's just hope it's the near future.
Alberto Balsam / Shampoo / 400mL /