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I have very thick, curly and rather unruly hair. I have therefore tried numerous shampoos over the years in the hope of finding one that tames and conditions it and leaves it looking healthy and shiny. On a recent trip to the supermarket I noticed that the Alberto balsam shampoos and conditioners were on offer so decided to give then a try. From the range of fragrances I chose the raspberry one and the same conditioner.
The shampoo comes in a tall, relatively thin see through bottle with an appealing looking label showing pictures of fresh raspberries. The bottle has a black, screw on flip top lid for dispensing the shampoo. The bottle is not one of those which stands upside down. Each bottle is 400ml of product.
The bottle is a nice design and I like that you can see the vibrant pink colour of the shampoo through it.
The shampoo smells super fruity which I love. I have tested a number of the other fragrances in the range and they are all very zingy. The fragrance does last on your hair after washing.
This shampoo left my hair feeling clean with no residue.
I prefer the design of shampoo bottles which stand upside down making it easier to get to the last few cm of shampoo. This bottle is the traditional lid at the top design.
After a few weeks of use, I started to notice that my hair was feeling very dry and brittle. I also noticed that my scalp was feeling uncomfortable and was getting a bit flaky. The more I have used the shampoo, the worse my hair and scalp are feeling. It does help to use the conditioner afterwards but a shampoo shouldn't leave your hair feeling damaged! Albert balsam shampoos claim to strengthen your hair due to the pro vitamin B5 but in my experience This shampoo does not help my hair to become more manageable or healthy and is quite a disappointment after the appealing first burst of fragrance.
Summary: this shampoo was one of the cheapest I could find (usually £1 when not on offer) but the price will not encourage me to buy it again. This was a case of getting what you pay for - not very much in terms of value. I'm therefore only awarding this shampoo 2 dooyoo stars.
I have used Alberto Balsam hair products since I was a teenager as they produce shampoos and conditioners that retail at a cheap price but which are of a good quality. This Sun Kissed Raspberry caught my eye in the supermarket recently and it was one of the biggest bottles available for less than one pound.
The product comes in a 400ml sized bottle which, as mentioned, cost me less than a pound. I have never seen these shampoos or conditioners priced at more than £1.20 but they are usually only £1 so they are a real bargain.
The Sun Kissed Raspberry variety is for normal/dry hair and the shampoo is recommended to be used in tandem with the conditioner of the same range, although this is not essential.
Since I last used the brand they have had a little change in the bottle design. They now have a press down top which pushes up the dispensing nozzle. You then click it back in place after use. This is a handy feature and possibly more secure than the previous flip style tops. I would definitely feel safer carrying this design in my holiday luggage than the previous bottle.
The brand state that the shampoo "cleanses" and "moisturises" and also mention that the formula is infused with pro-vitamin B5 which has strengthening qualities. On the label on the back of the bottle the brand make a big point about how their ingredients are virtually the same as much more expensive brands, and that they are just as good. I tend to agree!
The shampoo is a delicate pink colour and has the sweetest,most delicious raspberry fragrance. It's a feminine fragrance and I think it would appeal to girls, teens and ladies of all ages.
The shampoo is easy to work into the hair and I don't need to use very much to create a thick lather. I like the way it feels when I'm massaging the foam into my scalp as it feels like I'm getting a good deep clean without the shampoo being too harsh on my hair.
The shampoo rinses out easily and when all the bubbles are gone you can still smell the strong raspberry scent in your hair. This remains after you have dried your hair too. Using the conditioner in the same range makes the scent even stronger.
The shampoo cleans well, removing any hair products from the shaft of my hair, getting rid of any mild dandruff, taking away the oiliness from the roots whilst giving me moisture at the ends of my hair. My scalp and hair feel really good after using this product.
I will definitely buy this again and would recommend to others. You get a good experience and result for something that costs so little.
I have tried a most of the Alberto Balsam shampoos and conditioners range and have found that each product in the range has slight differences.
The Sun Kissed Raspberry with Juniper and Chamomile is specially designed with a Moisure Splash for Normal / Dry hair. As I have waist length hair which is prone dryness it was ideal.
The shampoo has a thick consistancy which means it doesn't fall between your fingers and an excessive quantity is not needed so it lasts longer. It also lathers well and leaves your hair clean with a summery Raspberry smell which lasts all day.
The packaging is a frosted bottle which allows you to see how much is left in the bottle at a glance (particularly useful when trying to decide if you need to get more). The shampoo itself is (surprisingly) Raspberry pink and this can still be seen in the bottle.
Alberto Balsam also have a conditioner which compliments this product.
The range of shampoo and conditioners are regularly on offer in supermarkets as a multibuy or at £1 a bottle.
I bought Alberto Balsalm sun kissed Raspberry from my local Sainsbury's as it was cheap. Living with my parents, I don't normally buy shampoo as I tend to use whatever has been opened but as I was going on holiday I needed to purchase some to take with me. I was shocked at some of the prices for what to me seemed like a small bottle so the £1 price tag caught my eye. For a well known brand name and a large bottle I was surprised by how little it cost.
There were many flavors and colours to choose from so I took my time sniffing each different one and reading over the bottle carefully. Each one smelled different and had a beautiful rich colour. The sun kissed Raspberry instantly appealed to me with it's fruity scent and vibrant pink colour. Although I must admit I did find it difficult to choose. I also purchased the matching conditioner which will be my next review.
The product comes in a tall 400ml bottle which is clear so it makes it easier to see how much shampoo you have left. It also has a black lid on top and a flat surface to rest on allowing the bottle to stand upright without reducing stability as it empties. This combined with the simplistic label makes it look much more expensive than it is, very classy and eye catching.
The bottle states that this specific flavor is for normal/ dry hair which out of all the products on offer I think best describes my hair. I have never really suffered from abnormally greasy hair but I was hoping this shampoo would make my hair look shiny and add a bit of much needed life to it.
First impressions on usage were great. The shampoo came out the bottle easily. I gave a gentle squeeze and still only small amount came out. I was really impressed by the consistency of the product. It felt really thick and luxurious. Using this shampoo was an absolute pleasure. It lathered really well which added to the feel that my hair was getting a really good clean and the smell of raspberries was strong but not overpowering. At this point I felt really positive that I would be purchasing this again.
After blow drying my hair, this is where it all went down hill. My hair felt dry and lifeless. The shine I was hoping for wasn't there. It looked just as dull and lifeless as it had before. Perhaps my expectations were too high but as I stated earlier I had been really thorough and I felt like my hair had been deep cleaned so I was quite disappointed in the results.
One positive that I have noticed is the scent, my boyfriend even commented on how nice my hair smelled.
Overall, maybe I purchased the wrong Alberto Balsalm products for me as I don't think it did much for my hair, when I'm looking to buy shampoo again I won't disregard the brand because of my experiences however I will certainly look at other options before considering this one again.
I first bought this shampoo as it was a cheap and I needed a cheap shampoo. A it was cheap I thought it would be a very basic product and would not do much at all for my hair. Although when I tried this product I was very happy with the result! My hair was really silky and felt so smooth! I loved it from the first wash!
This product comes at an amazing price of just £1! This Is so cheap compared to other shampoo brands but it does just the same as what expensive brands do and my hair feels better than when I buy more expensive brands. I will no longer be wasting money buying overpriced hair products when this shampoo has everything I look for in a shampoo for much cheaper!
After using this, my hair felt softer than ever! It kept my hair feeling smooth for 2 days and it also has a great scent of raspberry. It rinses out easily and you don't have to use it twice for brilliant results. It is very good value for money and is perfect for the family shampoo.
==would I recommend it?==
I would definitely recommend this shampoo to anyone who wants soft hair that smells great without paying for an overpriced product.
I am generally not too worried what shampoo I use. As long as it has a nice smell and washes my hair it is fine with me. The reason I decided to review the Alberto Balsam Sun Kissed Raspberry Shampoo is because I think this brand does stand out from the rest. It is available in an array of different scents but the Sun Kissed Raspberry is usually the one we purchase.
We generally shop in Morrisons and the shampoo is available for £1 per bottle. The conditioner is also sold for the same price. It is usually a good idea to buy the same scent for your conditioner as well as you will not get the full benefit of the smell if you mix the flavours. For your pound you get a 400ml bottle filled to the top. It is a clear bottle so you can see the shampoo in the bottle, which I think is good because you can see what you are buying. It has a black flip up lid on the top.
When pouring the shampoo it comes out very smoothly and not too quick. You generally have to apply a small amount onto the hair as it thickens up very well. Rinsing is no issue and the reason I like the Alberto Balsam brand is that its shampoos always have a strong, fruity smell. It keeps the hair smelling good all day. Combined with the conditioner it leaves the hair feeling smooth and soft.
This is definitely a brand I would recommend. It comes at a cheap price and you only have to use a small amount so it lasts longer than other brands. The shampoo is thick and smells great. We will continue to buy this, hoping it stays on offer of course!
I've used the Alberto Balsam range of shampoos and conditioners for many years, but the scents that I prefer seem to have been discontinued, at least in my neck of the woods (Free me Freesia was my favourite, followed by Pomegranate). So when I saw these I decided to try them, as I love raspberry in all of its forms.
You open the bottle and immediately you can smell the raspberry scent. That's always a plus- I love a scent when I'm washing my hair. And it's definitely raspberry- doesn't smell synthetic at all to me. So, a brilliant start.
Next is the application. Plenty of foam, which I love, maybe it's just me, but I always feel as though my hair is cleaner when I use a shampoo that foams up really well. Easy to rinse out too. And lots of that yummy raspberry scent.
First hitch. Tangles. My roots feel really clean after using this shampoo, but when used on its own, it tends to tangle my hair. It also seems to leave the ends of my hair feeling dry- something that happens with my hair anyway, but this shampoo seems to make it worse. That's not great, but there is a remedy: the matching conditioner (which will be my next review by the way).
Overall, it's a fantastic smelling shampoo, but on my hair, can only be used with the corresponding conditioner due to tangles and dry hair.
I like Alberto Balsam shampoos and conditioners and I use this range a lot. I like to use different types to see how they go with my hair. At the moment you can buy a really lovely one called Sunkissed Raspberry Herbal Shampoo for only 99p for a standard sized bottle. These are available in Superdrug and they also do the same in the conditioner. The bottle has 400ml of bright coloured shampoo inside - bright pink!
I like this one as it contains extracts of chamomile and juniper. That sounds really impressive! The smell of this shampoo is really great. It's quite an intense smell and it lathers very well on the hair. It rinses off afterwards fine, no problem at all.
It makes my hair look and feel better and I really also think it makes it stronger. It contains pro vitamin B5 and whilst don't know what that is exactly, I do know it's an ingredient which seems to be added to a lot of hair care products, so it must be good!
I like that this shampoo feels nice and thick as I hate runny weak shampoos where you have to use a ton to get a lather. If you like the smell of fruity fresh raspberries on your hair then you'll love this one.
I'd go out now and stock up while it's so cheap - you won't regret it!
I have tried lots of shampoos and conditioners in the Alberto Balsam range as I find them to be a good shampoo at a good price.
I don't have a favourite scent and often pick up bottles that I haven't tried before. I chose the sun kissed raspberry for it's bright pink colour which is fun and vibrant.
Alberto Balsam Shampoos normally cost £1 a bottle but are on offer in Tesco at 2 for £1.80 or in Asda at 4 for £3. You can also mix and match so you can try a couple out as part of the offer.
Th bottle is cloudy and you can easily see how much of the 400ml you have left. There is a black lid which flips open and closed easily and the bottle stands up well on a shelf or in the shower.
This is described by Alberto Balsam as a herbal shampoo with juniper &chamomile extracts. It is for normal/dry hair. It claims to moisturise, revitalise and strengthen with pro-vitamin B5.
So, does it live up to it's claims?
You use this shampoo as you would any other, applying to wet hair, lathering and rinsing. The liquid is a bit thicker than a lot of cheap shampoos and it does lather well so you shouldn't need too much of the shampoo. I find the scent rather strong when applying, you can smell raspberrys, but rather than being a refreshing fruity scent I find it sickly and more like sweets than a shampoo.
It rinses out easily, which I like as I find some shampoo really clings to my hair and is difficult to rinse out. Once rinsed and dried my hair smells clean and fresh and the sickly sweetness has disappeared. It is not too strong and doesn't last too long.
I personally get very tangled hair, so conditioning after using the shampoo is a must, my mum recently used this when visiting and didn't use conditioner on her short hair and it left it really soft and shiny. She was going to buy some for herself she liked it so much.
I really like this shampoo and would buy it again, I will definitely continue to use the Alberto Balsam range as I find them very good, but this wouldn't be my favourite scent. It all depends on your taste, some may love the sweet smell but it's a bit much for me.
I have been using various shampoos in the range almost exclusively for months now and have had no problem with dry hair so I think the moisturising claims are true. If you have very dry or damaged hair from straightening daily etc. you may need something a bit stronger than this.
For everyday use I think this would suit most, although I don't think men would be too keen so if you have boys in the house you might want to pick up a tea tree or blueberry bottle as part of the offer.
I'm pleased with this shampoo and it's price.
I change my shampoo and conditioner combo a lot as I often choose whichever is on offer or whichever picks my fancy on the day. Over the years I've purchased Alberto Balsam varieties in all kinds of other shampoos from this range and have purchased this particular shampoo before in tha past often.
The bottle that holds the shampoo contents is quite clear so you can see how much of the product you really get. Its full pretty much to the top and I feel like you get a good amount for your money's worth. The bottle is a good consistency so that I can easily squeeze out the contents and not hurt my wrists too much as I suffer quite a bit with them and particularly with twisted/push down caps. So for me, the flip lid is also an added bonus. The lid secures very tightly and I haven't ever really had an issue with leaking which I do get from some flip lid products.
One issue I do have with the shampoo is that no matter how careful I am, I can't seem to ever get the right amount of shampoo. The consistency of the liquid is quite watered down so often I get a lot more than I want and end up having to rinse off half the blob in my hand before even applying it, which feels like a waste but I'd be there forever rinsing it off my hair if I used it all. The other alternative is to try and squeeze less so but then I think the blob is too small and have the opposite probem. This is fine for just washing my hair but I do feel that without an adequate amount it doesn't really soften or smooth out my hair and have such additional benefits.
When you squeeze out the contents you are met with a strong fruity smell. There is a strong raspberry scent that has a refreshing quality to it and has quite a natural aroma. The watered consistency isn't too watery but aids application as its really easy and quick to apply all over as it lathers up well.
The cost of a shampoo of this quality is not what you'd expect. There are so many different fragrances available to choose from, there's something for everyone. A 400ml bottle is about a pound which is very cheap compared to other similar quality brands, and yet I do trust the name and think that Alberto Balsam products are usually mof a very high quality. The product contains juniper and camomile extracts and pro-vitamin B5 which are probably things you would expect in a more expensive brand and they are very welcome here as they are shown to strengthen hair.
I have quite thin hair but don't suffer with excessively tangling or frizziness so I'm unsure if the product would be effective at reducing this in those hair types. For normal hair types however it is excellent and I do feel it really gives my hair a nice clean, shiny feel. I don't however feel that it makes it softer or lighter like I can get with some other shampoos and so this is probably one disadvanage of the product. Despite this however, I would still recommend as for the price, you just can't beat it. The smell is really fruity and enjoyable and I can still smell it on my hair a while after washing which I enjoy as it gives it a nice fresh fragrance. The shampoo is very gentle and I've never had any irritation or sore scalp from it, and overall it gives quite a pleasant experience, only lacking in those additional benefits.
Have you ever climbed into the shower, got half way through the pre-wash and then realised that you've forgotten to bring the shampoo and/or shower gel with you? Annoying isn't it? Annoying and it can lead to dire consequences, depending upon where you left the stuff.
Leaning out of the shower to blindly grope through steam is dangerous, while leaving the shower to go in search is certainly messy and potentially highly embarrassing.
This is why on the last occasion I forgot my shampoo I decided to look closer to home.
Normally I berate my daughters for littering the bathroom with their beauty care products; but this time I was grateful to Number Three, as she had left behind a bottle of Alberto Balsam Sun-Kissed Raspberry herbal shampoo. The sort of things I use normally have names like "Axe-Slayer" or "Butch No.5", but this was an emergency, so I thought I should at least look it over.
I studied the bottle sceptically for a little while, of course. I appreciated the opaque frankness of the plastic that did not hide from me the fact that this was pink and oozy. That was ok. It wasn't a dye, was it? I wasn't going to emerge with pink hair.
The fact that it contained juniper and chamomile extracts did little for me, but I suppose they have to do something to counter balance the horrendous impression created by the list of chemicals on the back - if you can read it. It's funny how they don't proclaim: "Enriched with methylchloroisothiazolinone!" although to be fair there might not be enough room on the bottle for anything above font size 3.5.
At the bottom it said, "Moisture Splash for Normal/Dry Hair." .....Harrumph!.... I think I understand what "normal/dry hair" means, but the significance of "moisture splash" still eludes me. I thought I'd already had a moisture splash when I'd turned on the shower in the first place.
I flipped the cap and "had a niff". After all, while there was little likelihood of my hair LOOKING pink, there was every chance that it might SMELL pink.
If challenged for smelling notes, I would say that there were top notes of benzyl benzoate, mid notes of butylene glycol, and base notes of hexyl cinnamol. All in all it smelled fruity, sweet and pleasant.
It wasn't as if I was meeting up with a bunch of mates, so I decided to give it a go.
I usually find with shampoos that the first application doesn't produce much of a lather and that it is only after a rinse and second application that I get something soft and suitable. This was pretty good first go, actually, and if I'd been in a hurry or especially mean, I could have made do with a single blob with my hair still feeling good.
I did give it a second application and the result was a very good lather that seemed to hold well, if you know what I mean. Although there was a softness about it, there was a also a stiffness like well-beaten egg whites that reassured me that it was getting to grips with the job of cleaning my hair, and not dribbling away like some cheaper shampoos might do
It rinsed away to leave my hair feeling soft and clean (I can't believe I just typed that). Whether it was "revitalized, moisturised and strengthened with pro vitamin B5" I don't know, but probably.
At the first opportunity I scrubbed the steam from the bathroom mirror to check and - phew! - my hair wasn't pink, after all.
As for the smell, well my hair was once long enough that I could have checked this out for myself., but as it happened I was collecting said daughter from the station later that morning. I was a little piqued that I had to prompt her for a comment, but she reassured me that it smellled fruity and gorgeous, although this could have been because we were about to embark on an expedition to buy a dress (for her). I'm not sure I want to be described as either fruity or gorgeous, but this shampoo is targeted at young women - and as such I'd say it was very good.
Expect to pay about £1.00 for a 400 ml bottle.
Aqua (!); Sodium Laureth Sulfate; Sodium Chloride; Cocamide MEA; Cocamidopropyl Betaine; Juniperus Communis Fruit Extract; Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract; Panthenol; Bisabolol; Polyquaternium - 39; Polyquaternium - 7; Benzophenone-4; Glycerin; Propylene Glycol; Ethoxydiglycol; Butylene Glycol; Glucose; Lactic Acid; Tetrasodium EDTA; Citric Acid; Hexylene Glycol; Triethanolamine; Methylisothiazolinone; Methylchloroisothiazolinone; Alpha ; somethyl Ionone; Benzyl Benzoate; Butylphenyl Methyl Propional; Hexyl Cinnamal; Limonene; Linalool; Parfum (Fragrance); CI 17200 (Red 33); CI 18050.
I'll give it four stars. It's losing one because of all the chemicals and the "faux naturel" image, but otherwise it seems like a good product and I'll probably persuade Number Three Daughter to leave it behind again.
When it comes to washing my hair, I usually just use whichever one my wife has bought at the time. This one is the one which is currently being used in my home at the moment. Being pink doesn't bother me one bit as long as it washes my hair well that's all that really matters to me.
The shampoo comes housed in a tall plastic bottle which has a flip lid. It is a very light pink colour which is a rich consistency and really thick texture. It has a smell of raspberries which is really a strong smell and quite fruity too, the fruity smell does smell extremely nice and one I like a lot. I do like the smell of this shampoo and I wouldn't say it was a feminine smell like I thought it would be when I saw the colour of it. I thought it would smell feminine but it doesn't and I cannot smell any perfume in it.
I just pour a little onto my hand and work it into my short hair, I don't need a lot of it to have a good lather on my hair but if you have longer hair you may need to add a little more to have more lather but the small amount is enough to clean my hair.
It cleans my hair very well indeed and I only need to wash it the once, my wife often gives her hair 2 washes when she washes her hair but I think it is because she has hairspray and products on her hair and need to have peace of mind it is all removed from her hair. I do use hair gels, putty and clay on my hair but I only wash it the once and this shampoo does remove all of these products very well indeed with just the one wash.
It rinses well from the hair and just leaves it smelling nice and fruity, also nice and soft with a good amount of shine to the hair. Some of my older granddaughter's have very long hair and this shampoo does give their hair a good glossy shine to it without having to use a hair conditioner at their young age. It doesn't leave the hair unmanageable and is one which helps to manage the hair well indeed. It doesn't tangle my grandchildren's hair who have short or long hair, and the ones with long hair can brush it well without it being all tangled and then making them cry while brushing their hair.
It nourishes hair well indeed and the hair looks healthy and well nourished and very soft. I can easily comb my hair after shampooing with no problem at all.
It is a very cheap to buy shampoo and for a 400ml bottle I paid just a £1, a great value for money shampoo and one which is of a good quality too. The bottle will last for ages because of the size of the bottle.
This shampoo is a good one, cheap price but not cheap in the way it washes the hair, is one all of the family can use to save money buying different ones and is well worth a quid.
I rate it 5 stars.
I have read many reviews about Alberto Balsam on Dooyoo and as a result, I was very tempted to see what these shampoos were like for myself as they seem to get mostly positive results with a few exceptions. As they're only £1 in Tesco (and at the moment on a 3 for 2 there as well!) I didn't think it was a big risk even if I hated them!
Today I'm reviewing the raspberry shampoo in the collection. The shampoo comes in a clear bottle, a bit cheap looking (but it is only £1!) but that didn't bother me. The shampoo is pink in colour and is designed for use on normal to dry hair. I have combination sort of hair - coloured, dry at the ends but goes greasy quickly so I never have a clue which shampoos to buy! For £1, you get 400ml of shampoo.
The first thing I noticed about this shampoo was the scent, it hit me straight after opening the bottle and smells of lovely raspberries. The second thing I noticed was it's thin consistency. I squeezed the bottle a tiny bit and wasn't expecting the huge gush that came from it! I'm now a bit more used to the bottle but at first I must have used a blob equivalent to the size of my palm, now it's a bit more in control it's a bit smaller than that but the bottle definitely won't last me as long as other 400ml shampoos I've used because of this runny consistency. It also weirdly doesn't look half as pink on my hand as it does in the bottle, not that it matters.
I apply to wet hair and it lathers up quite well, the smell of the raspberries is lovely, definitely one of the better shampoos that I've had in terms of scent. It also washes out of my hair very easily, I usually have to make an effort to make sure all the suds have disappeared out of my long and thick hair but this washes out very fast.
Then, once wrapped in a towel for a few minutes, I brush through my hair. This shampoo isn't a 2 in 1 with conditioner, that is sold separately. I rarely have used any conditioner with this, but to be honest I've not felt that I've needed it which is very impressive. The brush glides through easily and there's no knots at all in my hair usually.
Once dried with the hairdryer, I find that my hair looks a bit wild, but then I always do before straightening. The smell of raspberries unfortunately disappears almost straight away which is a shame because it smells beautiful if a little artificial. If I pull my hair to my nose I can just about detect a very faint scent but that's it. Once straightened, my hair looks just as it does when using more expensive middle of the range shampoos. It feels soft, looks quite shiny (as shiny anyway as it does from using shampoos aimed at creating shininess!) and is easy to style. Although it is designed for normal to dry hair, I've also not found that I've needed to change my washing routine from every other day, it lasts the full 48 hours without my hair looking dirty so it's not had any negative effects causing unwanted greasy roots.
I can really recommend this shampoo, I'm going to take 1 star off just for the scent disappearing straight away and it's thin consistency but for the price I think it's amazing value and I will be definitely buying it again.
I have used both the Sunkissed Raspberry Herbal shampoo and the conditioner which matches this product, but the first time I used the shampoo only on its own and despite my falling in love with its smell, I can't say it particularly suits my hair.
I bought this shampoo in Tesco's where it cost just over £1. As it's a fairly large sized bottle, not to mention a decent name, I think this was possibly a fair price to pay. The outer packaging is simple in design. The bottle is tall and made of plastic with a flip top lid, which makes dispensing it easy and quick. The bottle is opaque so I could clearly see the pink hue of the shampoo through the bottle when I popped it into my trolley.
The first time I used this shampoo I did notice a difference to my hair after I'd dried and styled it as normal. Sadly, the difference I noted wasn't a positive one. It left my hair (especially the ends) feeling quite dry and brittle. My hair was less 'in control' and appeared to be more fly away than it normally is.
On the plus side, the shampoo fragrance is simply gorgeous. It smells light, fruity and very 'raspberry'. The smell lingers on my hair for a day after having washed with this shampoo but the nice fragrance does not go anywhere near to making up for the way my hair feels after I have used this shampoo.
My hair looked dry and definitely out of control. I sat for ages with my heated tongs and then my straighteners, trying to get my hair to 'go on' to the normal style I have, but it just wouldn't co-operate.
I have used this shampoo again on several occasions since this first time I used it, and I have to say that each and every time I have used it, it makes my hair look a total disaster.
My husband is happy to use it and whenever he's washed his hair with this shampoo, I can smell the raspberries coming from the other side of the bed as the smell is really very strong. It's such a shame that this shampoo is so drying as I had quite high hopes for it but I have been really disappointed in it.
I certainly won't be buying any more of this and I can only really award it two stars out of a possible five.
When it comes to shampoo I'm not really loyal to one particular brand, I like to try different brands and fragrances and often buy what is on offer at the time. One brand which I buy quite a lot is shampoo and conditioner from the Alberto Balsam range, I really like the fragrances of these products and have recently been purchasing the Sun Kissed Raspberry shampoo.
As a rule I generally get on well with this particular range, although I did go through a period where it made my hair greasy, however this doesn't seem to be the case any more and I am back to trying out the different fragrances.
The Alberto Balsam Sun Kissed Raspberry shampoo comes in a slightly frosted plastic bottle which still allows you to see the product inside, it has a large black flip lid on the top and a label on both the front and back of the bottle.
The label on the front on the bottle has a large black rectangle at the top with Alberto Balsam written inside, the fragrance of the shampoo, Sun Kissed Raspberry is written further down the label in black writing within a silver box, there are further facts about the product written beneath this including the hair type that this is for.
In the centre of the label is a picture of some raspberries.
The label on the back of the bottle contains further product information including facts about the shampoo, what can be expected of it, directions for use, warnings and the ingredients, all of this information is written in black and is set out clearly making it easy to follow.
Alberto Balsam Sun Kissed Raspberry shampoo is of a reasonable consistency and is a transparent pink colour, the first thing I noticed about the shampoo when I used it was the fragrance it has a strong fruity smell to it which does remind me of raspberries, the fragrance is quite sweet and probably doesn't have that fresh fruit smell, however the sweet raspberry fragrance is pleasant and is not too strong or overpowering.
This shampoo is described as a herbal shampoo and contains Juniper and Chamomile extracts and is suitable for normal to dry hair. Alberto Balsam claims to contain most of the ingredients of more expensive shampoos but at a more affordable price, it also states that it will leave your hair clean, revitalised and moisturised and also strengthens with pro vitamin B5. After reading this I was hopeful that I would get on with this shampoo and that it would suit my hair leaving it in excellent condition.
Directions for Use
When it comes to using Alberto Balsam Sun Kissed Raspberry shampoo there are no complicated instructions to follow, it can simply be used in the way that any other shampoo is used, the directions on the back of the bottle state that you need to use a good size "dollop" of the shampoo, lather into your hair and then rinse. The amount of shampoo you use will depend on your hair length and thickness, however I have long thick hair and find that a small amount does go quite a long way.
The only warning on the back of the packaging states that you should avoid getting this product into your eyes, should this happen you need to rinse them thoroughly with clean water.
Price and Availability
Alberto Balsam Sun Kissed Raspberry shampoo is available from a variety of places including supermarkets and also places such as Superdrug and Boots where hair care products are sold. The 400ml bottle is sold for just £1.00, however they are currently on offer for 2 bottles for £1.80. Personally I think at just £1.00 each this shampoo is excellent value for money.
I have been using Alberto Balsam Sun Kissed Raspberry shampoo for a little while now and have been pleased with it, I really like the fragrance of this shampoo and after using it my hair feels clean and fresh, the fragrance lingers on my hair slightly for quite a while after use, however this is not overpowering at all and more just smells fresh.
The price of the shampoo is what caught my attention to start with and in my opinion it is excellent value for money, you only need a small amount at a time (although this will vary from person to person) meaning that one bottle lasts a long time and is very economical.
This is definitely a shampoo I will continue to use and one I would recommend to anyone as an everyday shampoo which is suitable for all of the family.