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I was drawn to this range of Alberto Balsam hair care products mainly by the look of the packaging and my love of food themed beauty products. All the bottles have nice colourful images of fresh fruits on them, and the scents sound lovely. I'm always on the lookout for a good bargain, and I purchased a 400ml bottle of this Sun Kissed Raspberry Herbal Conditioner for just £1.00 from Poundland.
Product description: "With juniper and chamomile extracts. Improves softness and shine. Revitalises and moisturises. Strengthens with pro-vitamin B5.
The conditioner bottles are a translucent white colour and have a flip top lid which allows you to dispense the conditioner through a small hole. Because the plastic is not completely opaque it's easy to see how much of the conditioner is left inside. The conditioner itself has a pretty pink colour to it, which works well with the raspberry theme. It is recommended for normal / dry hair, and I decided to give it a try as my hair is in need of a real moisture boost to keep it in a reasonable state of repair.
Recommended directions for use: 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 hair.
To use, I normally just apply this to the lengths of my hair, from the nape of my neck down to the tips. This stops it from causing my roots to become greasy quickly, and ensures that my dry ends get the treatment they need without being overly weighed down. The conditioner is light and has a runny consistency which can tend to make it a bit messy when I am applying it, and I have often dispensed too much by accident or dropped some into the bath as I try and rub it into my hair. This is a bit of a pain as these small amounts of waste add up and it also makes is it a bit more difficult to use than other thicker conditioners. The conditioner has a lovely raspberry fragrance, which is quite sweet and not as sharp as a fresh raspberry smell. This is pleasant as the scent is really noticeable as I leave the conditioner to soak in for a couple of minutes before rinsing it away.
I tend to demand a lot from my hair care products as I'm quite fussy and my hair has many different needs and requirements. As well as having thin, coloured hair, I am also prone to breakage, split ends and dryness along with greasy roots...which is a difficult combination to cater for! I usually need quite a strong conditioner to stop my ends from drying out and going straw-like. I find that after using this particular conditioner my hair does not feel hydrated and lacks a smooth finish, meaning that I have to use additional styling products to get it under control. I think that this is a fairly decent conditioner considering the price, but it is just not enough to give my hair the more intensive treatment that it needs. I would recommend it if your hair is more on the normal side or just a little dry, rather than if you hair is more on the dry and damaged side. It didn't perform as well as the Alberto Balsam Blueberry Conditioner that I have used previously, and I would definitely pick that version over this Raspberry Conditioner.
I usually wash and condition my hair with Herbal Essences. I recently ran out of both and found myself up Tesco's, looking to buy some more. I located the Herbal Essences and promptly found out that it would set me back nearly £3 per bottle. I decided to have a look around to see if I could find any special offers that would work our cheaper. This is how I came across Alberto Balsam Strawberry Conditioner. I was amazed to find that I could buy 4 bottles of either shampoo or conditioner for £3. Being very pleased with my bargain, I took it home and decided to try it out.
This conditioner comes in a plastic bottle which is just about see through although it is frosted a creamy white colour. The bottle is waterproof which is quite useful for someone as clumsy as me as I tend to drop things in the bath a lot! As I already mentioned, you can see the conditioner through the bottle and it is a light pink colour. The lid is grey and it pops open and closed. If needs be, the lid can be totally screwed off which is useful when you are coming to the end of the bottle. The label running around the bottle gives all the usual information such as ingredients and product information.
As I already mentioned, I purchased this product from Tesco's while it was on special offer and it costs me £3 for four, 400ml bottles which I thought was a bargain.
The conditioner is a light pink colour and has quite a thick consistency. The moment you open the lid, you can immediately smell the raspberries and the overall smell of this product is sweet and fresh. The smell tends to linger on my hair al day long too which is nice.
Directions For Use
The back of the label reads; "Once you have completed shampooing your hair put a good-sized blob into your hands and massage it into your hair." I tend to just use the conditioner on the ends of my hair as this is where I get dry ends from styling it all the time. You are advised to leave the conditioner in your hair for 1-2 minutes but I usually leave it in for 5 minutes just to make sure my hair soaks up the conditioner.
I am very pleased with this conditioner. At first, I wasn't sure what to expect because the product had been so cheap, I wasn't sure that it would be as good as my previous conditioner. After using this product, I find my hair to be silky and shiny. I usually brush my hair shortly after washing it and have found that this conditioner leave my hair tangle free which makes it much easier for brushing.
I like the fact that the smell of the conditioner lingers in your hair as I often wear my hair down and throughout the day, can smell it every now and then on myself.
I would certainly recommend this product. I think that it offers excellent value for money and although it might not have the same affect on my hair as some of the more expensive brands, it certainly does its job and leaves my hair feeling silky and shiny. I think the consistency is just about perfect, not to runny but runny enough that you can easily apply it to your hair. To top it all off, it also smells gorgeous.
I've just written a review for the Alberto Balsam Sun-Kissed Raspberry shampoo, which led me to the conditioner. Those who have read that review will now that I insist that you HAVE to use the conditioner after using the shampoo, because the shampoo tangles and dries out the ends of my hair.
The conditioner is pale pink, and also smells of raspberries, although a lot more subtle than the shampoo. It's really nice though, a good companion to the shampoo. The conditioner is quite thick, and can be difficult to get out of the bottle, especially when you've used quite a bit of it already. This, although a minor drawback, does not really detract from the product itself.
Immediately after rinsing out the shampoo, I slather this all over my hair without combing or brushing- I find that this makes it easier to remove the tangles straight away. As I usually do, I leave this conditioner on for around five minutes- longer than the bottle suggests, but I really feel like it helps. Then I comb through and rinse. The tangles from the shampoo are completely gone.
Overall, an excellent companion to its shampoo.
Having long hair means that conditioning it is vital to keep it in tip-top condition, especially as I don't visit the hairdressers very often. For this reason I use conditioner ever time I shampoo my hair, but I can't say that I am particularly brand-loyal (although I do really like the Aussie range of conditioners). Like many people at the moment, our budget is stretched and so I have been trying cheaper alternatives to my normal toiletry products, in the hope that I'll prefer the budget option. This product - Alberto Balsam Sun Kissed Rasberry Herbal Conditioner certainly fitted the cheap requirement at a bargainous £1 for 400ml, but was it any good?
First impressions are that the bottle is attractive enough, but that the packaging doesn't give a luxurious impression It is a standard shape with no nooks and crannies for the conditioner to get stuck in and a flip top lid keeps the conditioner securely in the bottle with no leaks. The label is informative telling me that this product is a "moisture splash for normal/dry hair" variety and there is an appealing shot of some raspberries in case I wasn't sure what fragrance the conditioner was meant to be. The bottle itself is opaque and so I can see the bubblegum colour of the product within it - useful for knowing how much you have left in the bottle.
I wasn't a massive fan of the scent to be honest. It is very artificial and reminded me of the old Body Shop soaps in the shape of a strawberry - sickly sweet and cheap. The colour of the conditioner is also a bit too girly for me and makes me think that maybe this should be marketed to pre-teens and teenagers!
The conditioner was easy to dispense - perhaps a bit too easy as I ended up with far more product that I wanted due to the thin consistency of the conditioner. Not a problem you might think because it is so cheap, but equally not great due to not getting as many applications as you would if the product was a bit thicker. Most conditioners that I have used in the past have been quite thick and so have made applying the product to my hair easy, this .didn't fare quite so well. It was so thin that some of it slipped straight off my hair and blobbed into the water, again not good from a wastage point of view. The product that stayed on my hair did spread easily and so it was easy to coat the length of my hair and it also washed out easily, so a couple of plus points for it there.
I can't say this this product is a wonder product. My hair felt nice enough after using it and was tangle-free immediately afterwards. Once dry my hair smelt good, it was soft and it didn't have any negative effects, but I can't say that it felt particularly moisturised either. However unlike some products I have used in the past, styling was not a problem afterwards nor was static, so at least my hair was manageable after use.
In conclusion, this product is adequate and good value for money. I am not sure I like it enough to purchase it again because I prefer a more natural scent and a thicker product, but the price is very appealing and the conditioner does a fairly good job.
Currently available from Sainsburys for £1.00.
I have recently been trying different products from the Alberto Balsam hair care range, I'm not loyal to a particular brand of shampoo and conditioner but this is a range that I buy quite regularly as I like the different fragrances and it is also very reasonably priced.
One item I have tried from this range is the Alberto Balsam Sun Kissed Raspberry Conditioner, I bought the shampoo in this particular fragrance and really liked it so when my conditioner ran out I decided to give that a go as well.
The Alberto Balsam Sun Kissed Raspberry conditioner comes in a slightly frosted plastic bottle which still allows you to see the conditioner inside, it has a large black flip lid on the top of it which lifts open and clicks securely in place once finished. The bottle has 2 labels on it, one on the back and the other on the front.
The label on the front of the bottle has a large black rectangle at the top of it with the name Alberto Balsam written in it, the words Sun Kissed Raspberry are written further down with a small amount of product information written just underneath this. In the centre of the label is a picture of fresh raspberries.
The label on the back of the bottle contains all of the information you need to know about the conditioner including facts about it, what can be expected from it, directions for use, warnings and the ingredients, all of this information is clearly set out and easy to read and follow.
Alberto Balsam Sun Kissed Raspberry conditioner is a pale pink colour, it is of a reasonably thick consistency and has a creamy texture to it. It was the fragrance of this conditioner that I noticed first, it had a lovely raspberry smell to it, the fragrance wasn't exactly of fresh raspberries, it had a slightly sweet scent to it, however this was pleasant and smelt light and fresh.
This is a "moisture splash" conditioner and is designed to improve the shine and softness of your hair whilst at the same time moisturising and revitalising it, the conditioner also contains Pro Vitamin B5 which will help to strengthen you hair.
The conditioner is described as being suitable for normal to dry hair, it also states that this conditioner contains most of the ingredients that the more expensive brands of conditioner do but is also at a much lower price.
Directions of Use
You use Alberto Balsam Sun Kissed Raspberry conditioner in the same way that you would use any other brand of conditioner, you simply squeeze the amount required out onto you hand and then massage into you hair and rinse with clean water. I often tend to leave the conditioner on my hair for a few minutes to give it a deeper condition. The amount of conditioner you use will depend on your hair type, I personally use quite a lot of conditioner at a time, however this is the case with any brand of conditioner as I have long thick hair which is coloured regularly and I need the extra conditioner to keep it healthy and in good condition.
The warnings are also stated on the back of the bottle and the only real warning that is given is that you should avoid contact with your eyes, and if this occurs rinse immediately with clean water.
Price and Availability
Alberto Balsam Sun Kissed Raspberry conditioner is available from Tesco which is where we purchased ours from, the 400ml bottle is sold for just £1.00 but is currently on offer for 2 bottles for 1.80. This conditioner is extremely good value for money, despite it being cheap to buy it is of an excellent quality.
Since I have been buying the Alberto Balsam Sun Kissed Raspberry conditioner I have been extremely pleased with it, the conditioner leaves my hair feeling soft and smooth and leaves it smelling clean and fresh, I particularly like the sweet raspberry fragrance of this conditioner which lingers on my hair for a while after using the product.
This conditioner is very reasonably priced and is of an excellent quality, it is reasonably long lasting (although conditioner never lasts me that long) Overall I would definitely recommend this conditioner to anyone as a conditioner for all the family and it is one I would purchase again in the future.
Alberto Balsam Sun Kissed Raspberry 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 fruity fragrance while leaving my hair beautifully conditioned and with that in mind I was hopeful for the Alberto Balsam Sun Kissed Raspberry Conditioner, especially since I thought the matching shampoo was ok.
So how does the cheap conditioner smell? As it stands the conditioner has a rather mild fragrance that doesn't in my opinion have a strong natural fruity scent, but instead has a more slightly sweet sort of raspberry scent. It's not a bad fragrance, it just wasn't what I was expecting and certainly wasn't what I would call memorable. On the bottle it says that the conditioner contains juniper and chamomile extracts but I really couldn't pick up on anything like that. However, for a cheap conditioner the smell was pleasant enough it just wasn't anything to get excited over.
The Alberto Balsam Sun Kissed Raspberry Conditioner states on the bottle that the conditioner is best suited for normal to dry hair types, but I would have to slightly disagree. I have what probably falls into the 'normal' range of hair types and while the conditioner does actually leave my hair conditioned, I doubt that if I had a dry hair type that it would deliver on results. I find the conditioner to be ok, but it really is a no frills basic conditioner that does manage to leave my hair soft, brushable and looking healthy but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone that needs a more conditioning conditioner.
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 Sun Kissed Raspberry Conditioner than I would expect to use from a more expensive brand, but again for the price I still feel like you are getting a decent conditioner for the low price.
The Alberto Balsam Sun Kissed Raspberry 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 pink conditioner looks just ok.
To sum, Alberto Balsam Sun Kissed Raspberry Conditioner is a decent enough conditioner to use when you are on a budget, as it works well and smells good if just not as strong and natural as I would like. I wouldn't say that it was the best conditioner available on the market but the quality you get for the price you pay is pretty good. Personally, I doubt that I would buy the Alberto Balsam Sun Kissed Raspberry Conditioner all the time but it is a great cheaper alternative for once in a while when you want to save a few pennies on your weekly shop.
Three out of five stars.
-- The Product and Packaging --
It is called Sun kissed raspberry herbal conditioner with juniper and chamomile extracts. It is meant to be a moisture splash for normal/dry hair. It is a pale pink conditioner with quite a thin consistency.
The packaging of this conditioner has been updated since the last file photo above. The bottle is made from plastic with a black flip top lid. You can see the pale pink conditioner through the bottle, always useful to judge how much is left rather than having to shake it!
The label on the front of the bottle has the logo in white and black and a picture of raspberries. Its easier with this version not to get muddled up in the shower as the shampoo and conditioner are different colours, which you can see through the bottle.
It lists the ingredients on the back of the bottle and some key selling points of this product.
-- Price and Availability --
This brand of hair care products are sold in most supermarkets and often in places like Poundland. They are usually priced at around £1 for a bottle. I bought this conditioner as a set with the shampoo from B & M for the bargain price of £1.69.
-- My thoughts --
Although this is quite thin for a conditioner compared to more expensive brands. It does its job well. It can be spread thinly through my hair, which is long and thick. (I avoid the roots area as I don't want it to weigh my hair down and make it look and feel greasy). It left my hair feel soft and with a lovely fruity smell and a slight shine to my hair.
The smell is good, I am not sure it smells of raspberry, it just smells pleasantly fruity to me! I would recommend the shampoo, I use it on my daughters hair too (she is 4) and she loves the colour. (Pink - she is obsessed with pink and princesses lately - in that order too!)
I would recommend it as an normal every day conditioner. (But I would get it on its own and not with the shampoo which made me itch!).
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I like Alberto's range of shampoo's and conditioner's- it's not just the £1 price tag for 400ml I like either. The product claims it contains the same ingredients that you find in more expensive brands pro vitamin B5 for example which is supposedly a hair strengthener. Now and again I'll try even cheaper own brands but on the whole I'll go for Alberto. The conditioner that I'm reviewing is their Sun Kissed Raspberry flavour.
The bottle is tall, thin and cylindrical, it has a black flip top lid with pour control hole. Being see through you can see the contents which is a creamy light pink colour. The label has a shot of black and raspberries are depicted. We're informed that it's for normal/dry hair and contains juniper and chamomile extracts.
The conditioner itself smells really fruity, I'd say it does smell like raspberries. It has a nice creamy consistency which isn't too thick making it easy to spread through my hair.
After washing my hair I apply a good dollop, I tend to use more conditioner than shampoo so the bottle doesn't last as long. During rinsing- which is easy- my hair feels soft. Once dried my hair looks shiny and silky, I've even had comments. It smells fruity for ages after especially when combined with it's matching shampoo. It leaves my hair manageable, but it's pretty manageable without conditioner anyway. I never leave it on for long maybe just a minute otherwise I find my hair to feel greasy and sort of lank looking, that's not really a complaint I have for Alberto all conditioners do that to my hair.
My daughter has very dry split ends due to dip dyeing. She likes to use loads of conditioner on the ends (hence me wanting to buy the most effective for the least cost) and leave it on for ages. She doesn't apply much at the roots as again her hair can have a tendency to feel greasy. The ends of her hair aren't miraculously repaired or particularly smoothed but you can definitely see a small an improvement.
I'm not a huge conditioner fan but on occasion I do use it I'm perfectly happy with this one, my daughter uses conditioners all the time and finds Alberto does leave her hair a tad softer. To be honest her dear intense conditioners aren't much better.
It's perfectly adequate for normal hair but is less effective on my daughter's split ends.
It would probably be 5 stars from me but as it's not too great on dry ends 4.
A little while ago I reviewed Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Conditioner which contains raspberry and silk extracts. This conditioner worked really well on my short, tough hair the only problem is that at nearly 4.00pounds for 400ml it works out expensive. With this in mind I have recently been trying another raspberry conditioner this time by Alberto Balsam whose mantra is that they contain many of the same ingredients as are contained in more expensive brands but at a more reasonable price. I was interested to see if this was so and would it be as effective as the more expensive Herbal Essences conditioner.
Packaging and Appearance.
Alberto Balsam products have simple but attractive packaging being essentially a frosted plastic bottle with a black top which you flip up to access the product which is a little different to the photo above. You are able to see the colour of the pink, fruity raspberries through the frosted bottle and this makes an attractive foil for the black and dark pink writing. There is also a close up of some very pink and juicy looking raspberries so there is no mistaking the bottle. Just look for the pink one. On the front we are told that this sun kissed (remember the sun?), raspberry, herbal, conditioner contains juniper and chamomile extract and is designed as a moisture splash for normal to dry hair.
What it claims to do.
On the back of the bottle it says that using this conditioner will give you a burst of moisture and leave your hair feeling and smelling fabulous. It will improve softness and shine, revitalise and moisturise and strengthen with it's content of pro-vitamin B5 and all for just over a pound!
In order to give the conditioner a fair test I washed my hair on a few occassions both with the same shampoo as I had been using with the herbal essences conditioner. When my hair was clean and well rinsed I flipped open the top of the bottle. You are greeted by a delicious fruity scent, just a bit sharp, in fact pretty much like raspberries. The texture is smooth, pale pink and glossy and is spreads through my hair easily. I always use a lot of conditioner as my hair is so tough but about a 50 pence blob would be about right. I work it through all the time smelling the lovely scent and leave for a minute or two to give it a chance. Then it rinses out easily just leaving the fruity scent.
I have found that using this that my hair is soft and smooth, the scent fades sadly but there is still a hint even the next day. For an inexpensive conditioner I am really pleased with it. I do yearn a little for the silk extracts of the Herbal Essences but at easily a third of the price I am happy to buy Alberto and maybe the Herbal Essences when it is on special offer. It is possibly a more girly conditioner than some of the range, butit is good value and works for me.
5 stars from me.
Available widely from supermarkets and chemists. Made by Unilever the bottle is recyclable and the contents have 12 month life after opening.
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I have bought a lot of different fragranced hair conditioners in this product range and found them to be really good ones for conditioning my hair. I am growing my hair at the moment and want to only use conditioners which will soften my hair and give it a nice shine to it. This one is one I bought to give it a go.
It comes in a tall, slim line transparent plastic bottle which has a flip back top. it just has a label on the front with a picture of a few raspberries and the name clearly to spot on a shelf. Because the bottle is quite slim it means I can get a good grip of the bottle comfortably in my hands and to pour it onto my hands.
The conditioner is a baby pink colour and is a really soft smooth and soft texture. It pours well from the bottle too without dripping because the consistency isn't thin and it is a quite a rich liquid. It contains chamomile extracts and juniper. Also contains pro-vitamin B5.
This one has a very strong raspberry fragrance and is quite a fruity smell, I love the smell of this one and the strength of the fragrance. Only a small amount is needed to condition the hair, like I said earlier in my review I am growing my hair at the moment and it is way past my shoulders. I only have to use a 50p amount on the palms of my hand to condition my hair. There is no need to use any more than this amount because this amount is well enough for longer hair. If you have shorter hair you may need a little bit less but it is trial and error and we all usually know how much we need for the length of our hair.
With this one I can feel my hair softening almost immediately I apply it to my hair, while I am rubbing it gently into my hair I can feel the softness of my hair between my fingers, so I know it is working as I am applying it. It is very easy to rinse from the hair with no problems at all.
When it comes to brushing my hair, the brush combs through my hair nicely and it doesn't tug or pull my hair at all and the brush just brushes nicely through my hair. My hair doesn't feel rough and just feels nice and soft.
Once my hair has completely been dried, I can definitely feel the softness of my hair and it is manageable and not fly away. It leaves it with a nice shine to my hair and leaving it with a glossy appearance. I have quite thick hair and this one softens it to a standard I expect from this brand. I can also smell the fragrance on my hair later in the day after washing it and so it does have staying power on the hair.
It doesn't leave my hair feeling all lank, I hate it when I have used a conditioner and it has been way too heavy for my hair and unmanageable and I have had to wash it all over again. This doesn't happen with this one.
It is very good quality and excellent value for money. For a 400ml bottle it cost me only a £1 and for this price it is super value and so affordable for any budget in my opinion. It is a suitable one for a woman or a man and young teenagers to try and a very good family hair conditioner in my opinion.
It is designed for normal to dry hair and I do use a hair mask quite a lot at least once or twice a week to give it a good condition and this one works wonders used most days for conditioning my hair alongside my hair masks etc.
I highly recommend this conditioner if you are looking to dropping a brand and wanting to save a little money. This one is well worth the price and I don't think you would be disappointed at all with the results. I will continue to buy this one because it leaves my hair in the condition I expect from this brand of hair conditioners. It is ideal for teenagers to use who are just starting out using hair conditioners to try on their hair and to experiment with a cheaper, affordable one. If you buy this one, the teenagers in your household hopefully won't steal your more expensive brands lol.
The bottle can easily be recycled after use too.
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I give this one 5 stars.
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When it comes to hair care I don't really like to buy cheaper brands but as I'm really trying to tighten up the purse strings I've been trying a few budget brands to see if they will match the quality of more expensive ones. One brand I've been trying is Alberto Balsam.
This sun kissed raspberry conditioner from Alberto Balsam is very cheap. Often found for just a pound in supermarkets and discount stores it certain doesn't cost as much as my favourite brands. I picked up four bottles of different Alberto Balsam shampoos and conditioners for just £3 from my local Asda.
The packaging matches the same shampoo from the range being transparent, tall and quite slim in shape. The black flip top lid can be found at the top of the bottle, packaging with the lid at the top really annoys me as it makes the last few drops of product really difficult to get out, but for the price I can't really moan. The normal product information can be found on the back of the bottle and the name and a picture of a raspberry can be found on the front.
The conditioner is very pale pink in colour, a lot lighter than the accompanying shampoo and has a thicker consistency too. The shampoo is very runny whereas this conditioner has more of a creamy, thick consistency and I don't have to worry about it slipping of my hand before I get it to my head. I'm not a fan of the smell of this, as with the shampoo, the smell is very fruity but it is very artificial and fake smelling. It does have a sweet twist to the scent but in the end I wouldn't say it's a pleasant scent.
As with all other hair conditioners, I run it through the ends of my hair first then any remaining conditioner left gets rubbed over the top of my head. I find if apply it to my scalp it leaves my hair looking quite greasy so avoid doing that. I leave the conditioner in whilst I wash then find it very easy to rinse back out without any problems. I always use this conditioner alongside the matching shampoo and find that after using both and my hair is dry it is left feeling soft and looking clean. I wouldn't say the results are as good as more expensive brands but it cleans my hair and leaves it looking fresh.
I'd definitely recommend this Alberto Balsam sun kissed raspberry conditioner if you are looking for hair care on a budget. I still prefer other brands but this is a good conditioner to use when I don't want or need my hair to look extra special. The smell isn't that fantastic but it washes hair and leaves it looking clean and that's the main thing.
I'm currently using the Alberto Balsam Sun Kissed Raspberry 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.
So the Alberto Balsam Sun Kissed Raspberry Conditioner comes in a 400ml bottle. The conditioner itself is quite a liquid conditioner, and its a lovely pale pink colour. The conditioner states that it gives your hair a refreshing burst of moisture and that it leaves your hair feeling and smelling fabulous. 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, just leave it on for 1-2 minutes, rinse 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 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 raspberries in this conditioner. It's quite an intense raspberry fragrance, both in the bottle and when I'm using it in the shower. I also find that the raspberry fragrance lingers in my hair for the rest of the day as well. The lingering raspberry 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 raspberry 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.
I have recently reviewed the matching shampoo from this range having tried this flavour recently. I really like the alberto balsam hair care range as it offers quality at affordable prices and always packs the products with punchy fruity smells.
This conditioner comes in a plastic bottle with a black plastic flip lid. Inside the lid there is a pea sized hole through which you can squeeze the product .The bottle is simple and practical without being hideous, I would happily display it in my bathroom. The bottle is easy to use because the size of the hole in the lid makes it easy to get the desired amount out. The design is fab for such a cheap product and it certainly does the job well enough for me.
The smell of the conditioner is amazing. I've used a few different flavours from this range before and this has to be up there with my favourites because it smells super fruity and has a lovely strong punchy scent to it. Inevitably the conditioner has a softer creamier smell than the shampoo but it does still smell amazing and leaves my hair smelling fruity and fresh.
The conditioner is not overly thick in consistency which I actually quite like for an everyday conditioner. This also makes is super easy to apply to wet hair as it disperses evenly through the hair and leaves it feel smooth and without any knots. I don't suffer from dry hair despite curling, straightening and dyeing regularly. I think this conditioner is perfect for everyday use as it isn't too rich, I find very luxurious conditioners can leave my hair greasy.
This conditioner cost me a pound for a 400ml bottle which is an absolute bargain! This is a ridiculously cheap price for a conditioner lasts 1-2 months and always leaves my hair feeling super soft.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this as it leaves my hair feeling soft and smelling delicious.
I always stick to Herbal Essences Shampoo and Conditioner, however my shifts at work have changed and my poor boyfriend has been stuck with the task of doing the shopping. When at work I text him and asked him to pick me up some more Shampoo and Conditioner when he was at Tesco as I had realised I was running low. I didn't bother telling him what kind to get me as I assumed that he knew me well enough and knew exactly what ones to pick up. However when I returned home from work later that evening I was disappointed to find that he had bought me Alberto Balsam Shampoo and matching Conditioner rather than my old faithful Herbal Essences! When asked why he had bought this particular brand his response was shampoos all the same, it smells fruity and is less than a third of the price of Herbal Essences! I was less than impressed however decided to try it and see if it was any good.
Alberto Balsam Sun Kissed Raspberry Conditioner is available in a 400ml bottle, the packaging is quite plain and simple but that's what you would expect for a low cost shampoo. It is supplied in a tall cylindrical see through plastic bottle which has a slight frosted appearance, the Conditioner inside the bottle is a lovely baby pink creamy substance and you can clearly see the conditioner through the bottle which is quite useful as you can notice at a glance how much is remaining inside the bottle and of course how much of it you are using at a time. The bottle has a standard black flip top lid which you flip up to open and dispense the conditioner and flip back down again to close it to stop any leaks or spills. The flip top lid clicks snugly into place on the bottle and it is very easy to open. To dispense the conditioner like many others simply flip the lid opened, tilt the bottle and squeeze the desired amount of the v onto the palm of your hand.
As this was a low budget priced conditioner I didn't really have any high expectations, I was expecting it to be a rather thin and runny conditioner which didn't have much of a scent and didn't soften my hair properly. However I was pleasantly surprised by how good this conditioner actually was, it had a fairly thick creamy consistency, and it did not run off the palm of your hand as soon as you squeezed it out the bottle, as it was as thick I didn't really have to use that much of it in order to fully coat my hair from roots to tips. I have really long hair which is half way down my back and I found a blob of conditioner roughly the size of a fifty pence piece was more than enough to fully coat my hair. The conditioner was easily applied to my hair and rinsed off very easily as well which was surprising as it was as thick and creamy.
As my hair is as long I always have to use a separate conditioner to detangle my hair, however for review purposes I decided to try the shampoo on its own without using a separate conditioner. After all the shampoo was rinsed out my hair my hair felt all knotted and matted (which is understandable considering the length of my hair) Once it was towel dried it did feel squeaky clean however I had great difficulty getting a comb through it in order to detangle - it took me approximately 10-15 minutes to get my hair tangle free and in the end my scalp was really sore due to bushing out the tangles. Once I finally got it tangle free and blow dried my hair it was really shiny and smelt like raspberries and cream, however as I did not use a conditioner my hair was quite frizzy! When I used the conditioner in my hair it felt really soft and silky smooth after towel drying it! When I went to brush my hair with the comb there were no tangles in my hair, the comb glided through it very effortlessly. Once I had combed my hair I gave it a blow dry and to my surprise my hair was really shiny and frizz free. Sometimes with conditioners my hair goes really limp and I get slightly greasy roots, but I never got anything like this using the Alberto Balsam Conditioner.
Alberto Balsam Sun Kissed Raspberry conditioner is suitable for people with Normal/Dry hair types, it is available in 400ml sized bottles and can be purchased from many supermarkets and Pound Stores, and price will fluctuate depending on where you purchase it from. Best place to pick this up is in Poundland as you will save yourself some money - I have noticed supermarkets charge anywhere between £1.84-£3 in my area for one bottle. However if you keep your eyes peeled in Poundland you may be able to pick up the multipack of this where you get a 400ml bottle of Shampoo and a 400ml bottle of conditioner for a Pound! So it really does pay to shop around.
A low cost conditioner which doesn't break the bank!
***Why I brought***
When it comes to conditioners, I tend to buy whatever is on offer at the time, quite often I tent to buy matching shampoo for the enhanced result. I have never thought of buying Alberto Balsam products in the past but have recently read quite a few positive reviews and about how good value for money it was so I thought I will give it a try.
I have brought Alberto Balsam sun kissed raspberry shampoo and matching conditioner, I chose this one simply because it had the most appealing smell out of all the other 3 varieties available in the shop.
This review will focus on Alberto Balsam sun kissed raspberry conditioner.
Claims to improve softness and shine, revitalise and moistures as well as strengthens your hair with pro-vitamin B5. Conditioner comes in 400ml tall slim transparent bottle with black flip top lid. I like this as I can see how much conditioner is left in the bottle. Conditioner is lovely baby pink in colour and is recommended to use for normal to dry hair which is how I would describe my hair however if the product was recommended for different hair type, I would still buy it as I love its gorgeous sweet raspberry smell.
Conditioner has nice consistency it would not run through your fingers , it is not too thin or thick. I normally use general amount of conditioner to cover all of my hair as I bleach my hair which leaves them looking and feeling dry. I have noticed that this conditioner makes my hair smooth and looking shiny and healthy.
Lovely smell however apparently doesn't stay on my hair after it has been tower/hair dried either. This is according to my mum and cousin who both smelt my hair after I have towel and blow dried them. As I have short hair, I cannot tell myself.
***Availability and price***
This product is available widely in major supermarkets, Boots or Superdrug. I have brought mine from Sainsbury's where you expect to pay very reasonable £1.02 for 400ml of shampoo which is excellent value for money. They currently have offer on buy 4 for £3 which makes it even better value for money. There are many varieties available depending on the shop you buying it from.
I really like this conditioner; it does soften my hair and making them looking shiny and healthy. It is excellent value for money and I can see myself buying it again, I might opt for different variety though just to try it out.