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This is one of my husband's favourite shampoos and he always makes me buy him some when I go shopping as he loves the fresh smell of it. I prefer something more fruity or floral but I can understand why it is he likes this one.
The smell of mint and tea tree is a really nice combination and it does actually smell incredibly fresh smelling. There is something just very clean about it and it makes you feel refreshed after smelling it. The smell also does a good job of staying on your hair so you have that clean and fresh feeling all day after using it.
It is also great at soothing his scalp. He gets a bit of dandruff occasionally and an itchy scalp and although this doesn’t advertise itself as being a dandruff shampoo it soothes his scalp taking away the itch and also helps clear up the dandruff too.
After using the shampoo his hair is always really clean and healthy looking. I have used it on occassion and I like it as a shampoo as it isn’t too heavy and it didn’t weigh my hair down or give me dreaded knots in it. It is really good as getting rid of grease without being harsh on hair and stripping it of all the natural oils.
It also only costs £1. This is such a good price for such an effective and good shampoo. It may not be my personal favourite but I still think it is excellent and a total bargain at that price.
My cupboards are full of different hair products that all promise to do different things or have unusual smells. It's practically a hobby buying all the different varieties! So when I saw Tee Tree Mint Shampoo (a first for me, smell wise) I just had to try it out.
At only £1 in many places - from your supermarkets like Asda and Tesco, drugstores like Boots and bargain shops like Savers and Poundland - it is an absolute bargain. I have also seen offers such as 3 for £2 in some places, making it an offer I couldn't refuse as they have so many smells to choose from.
The old packaging used to be a flip lid, but it has now changed to a pressure lid, which is good because it means that the lid doesn't break off. The packaging seems much classier than many others in the 'cheap and cheerful' shampoo ranges you see.
The smell, although originally the reason I bought it, is a bit odd for a shampoo in my opinion. I guess I associate mint with brushing my teeth and tee tree with skin care products for spot prone skin, so putting it in my hair felt a bit odd.
Apart from the smell, the product is very good. it has a thick consistency and lathers really well and leaves my hair feeling clean. It doesn't leave my hair super soft or super shiny but as a basic shampoo I wouldn't expect this.
Overall, this product is a really good bargain but, for me personally, the smell is a little odd for a shampoo. Having tried many of their other smells I would recommend the range overall, with rasperry and juicy green apple being two favouites.
Alberto Balsam Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo is designed to awaken your sense and leave your hair minty fresh. It uses most of the same ingredients as more expensive brands, so you can afford to look glamorous every day. It's generally priced at £1 for a 400ml bottle, but it can usually be found on offers like 3 for £2.
The packaging design is nothing special but it looks more expensive than £1 in my opinion. The packaging for this product seems to have been recently updated recently as it used to have a flip top lid, but it now has a press top one instead. I do prefer this kind as it means there's no hinge to snap off if you happen to drop it.
The consistency of the shampoo is quite thick and gloopy, though it's not the thickest I've seen. It's a lovely minty green colour and has a smell of fresh mint. It lathers up really well with only a small amount, and the lather feels surprisingly thick and soft for such a cheap product.
The shampoo has a very refreshing, cooling sensation as I massage it in, and if I leave it on too long it starts to tingle in quite an unpleasant way, but as long as I rinse it out fairly quickly it doesn't bother me. It rinses out really easily and leave my hair feeling really clean and my scalp feels so fresh and cool.
Once my hair is dry after using it, it feels lovely and soft and looks bouncy and shiny. I was expecting it to be quite drying but in actual fact it isn't at all. My hair looks really fresh and shiny and it stays that way all day.
One thing this shampoo is great at is getting rid of product build-up, and oil build-up from the hair. It works really well as a clarifying shampoo but without over stripping or drying the hair. It just leaves it looking really healthy and shiny and full of life.
Definitely, this is a mega bargain of a product. I don't use it every day as I have shampoos that I like more, but as a once or twice a week clarifier it works amazingly well.
We have recently had an outbreak of head lice at school and to try and prevent my daughter from catching them, someone recommended tea tree oil so when I spotted this in Home Bargains, I decided to buy.
The shampoo comes in a tall cylindrical bottle which is slightly see through and the bottle is topped with a black flip top lid. The image to the front of the bottle is of a plant (which I assume is tea tree) and the lettering is in black and silver. I would say that the bottle looks pretty basic and it doesn't look like and expensive product.
The actual colour of the shampoo is green, which I found quite surprising as not many shampoos are this colour. I used the same amount as I would more expensive brands and despite the low price, I was surprised at how good this product lathered up. As soon as I put this on Laurens hair though, she shouted 'urgh, what's that smell?' The shampoo have quite a menthol aroma to it, in fact, it actually reminded me of Olbas oil. I found that the shampoo rinsed from her hair really easily and when it dried, it did feel nice and soft.
Over the next few days, I continued to use the shampoo and conditioner, but upon checking for those pesky head lice, I did start to notice that my daughters scalp seemed to get dryer and dryer, to the point where she did seem to develop a bit of dandruff which is something she has never suffered with before. Because of this, I only used the product for a couple of weeks before throwing it away.
===Price & availability===
The shampoo isn't is widely available as some of the other versions of the brand, as I mentioned earlier, mine was from Home Bargains and cost around £1. I can see it is available from supermarkets online but not in places such as Boots or Superdrug.
Overall, I don't think I will be purchasing this again, although it did leave my daughters hair feeling nice and soft, it seemed to dry her scalp and for that reason, this only gets 2 out of 5 stars.
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I absolutely love Alberto Balsam shampoo products. I think they are brilliant shampoo's in every way and are fantastic value for money. The tea tree tingle shampoo is no exception !
All Alberto Balsam shampoo's and conditioners are usually selling for £1 in most shops or sometimes 4 for £3. Excellent value!
I usually choose a selection of fragrances / colours from the range but actually chose the tea tree one as I had just read in my daughters school news letter that they have had a few pupils sent home with head lice and we as parents were being asked to check all children's hair. My Mum had told me to get some Tea Tree Shampoo as that helps to keep the lice away.
So off I went to Wilkinsons and picked a couple of bottles.
When I had a shower I decided to give it a go. It is a bright green colour and pours out at just the right consistency, it is not too thick but it doesn't pour out too quickly too thin like other cheap shampoos can do.
The smell is quite strong, but I really like it. A strong minty tea tree smell!
It lathers up really nicely in your hair and produces lots of thick, foamy bubbles. As it is rubbed into your scalp you do feel a slight tingle which lasts until after it is washed away. I like it, though, it feels clean!
Once washed off the tea tree smell lasts all day. It's a very nice, clean, refreshing smell!
The other thing I like about this shampoo is that it's one that my lovely hubby doesn't mind using, so it saves me going out and buying him something different.
This was a hit in our house and will definitely be getting it again.
I'm pleased to say that none of us in my family ended up getting any pesky head lice from the school so whether this helped I can't say for sure but it can't have hurt!
Would definitely recommend this shampoo!
Thank you for reading
xx Mrs K xx
This is one of the few shampoos that both my husband and myself agree upon. Usually he finds the shampoos that I buy to be too girly for him but we both like this one. It has the added benefit of being really cheap too for such a nice shampoo and I buy it for 1.
It smells very different to most of the shampoos that I normally buy which are usually fruity or at least heavily perfumed. This like all the Alberto Balsam shampoos is much more fresh and clean smelling and the tea tree isn’t over powering but fragrances hair for the entire day with a fresh and clean smell.
The shampoo is quite runny and the first time that I used it I thought this meant that it wasn’t going to be very good and I would need half a bottle to wash my hair but you don’t actually need all that much to get a good lather going and shampoo your hair.
This feels very refreshing on my scalp and it does actually have a slight tingle to it though this is mild. It is really nice to use in the morning as it is quite invigorating and will help wake you up.
One of the things that I like best about this and the other Alberto Balsam shampoos is that they are very mild so that they will clean my hair but they don’t dry it out or strip it of natural oils so it is gentle enough to be used every day if you want. If you use a ton of hairspray then you will probably need to wash at least twice with it but to just freshen hair and remove grease I think one shampoo is enough.
This has a matching conditioner that I also use when using the shampoo and together they leave my hair looking nice and shiny. This isn’t the shampoo to use for damaged hair or hair that needs a good detox as it is just a nice basic shampoo but for a good value every day shampoo then this is a good one.
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 Tea Tree Tingle shampoo, which consists of Tea Tree and Mint extract is specially designed to help promote healthy hair and scalp. Therefore the shampoo is particularly useful for those who have dandruff or similar conditions but helps all hair types.
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 Tingley scent which lasts all day. I also found that using the shampoo cleared my nasel passages as well!!
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 mint green so can 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.
This Alberto Balsam shampoo seems to be permanently on sale in Morrisons, 4 bottles for £3 meaning each bottle costs just 75p!
When I was last in Morrisons I stocked up, buying my favourite mandarin flavour, blueberry, coconut and lychee (which was a new one for me) and this tea tree tingle shampoo.
To be honest I do prefer the fruity flavoured shampoos and one of the reasons I chose this tea tree shampoo was actually because it is one from the range I have not reviewed yet!
~ Packaging ~
The bottle is pretty basic - tall, quite thin and cylindrical with a black plastic lid with a flip cap. The bottle is made of translucent plastic so you can see how much is left. It holds 400ml. There is a sticker on the front with Alberto Balsam written on then the 'leaf' logo underneath and a picture of some tea tree leaves. The flavour is clearly stated as 'tea tree tingle'and below this 'with tea tree & mint extracts.
A sticker on the back of the bottle lists the ingredients and directions for use.
The product claims here, to gently cleanse, to help promote healthy hair and scalp and to strengthen with pro-vitamin B5.
~ Price and availability ~
Although I paid £3 for 4 bottles of this in Morrisons (the same deal is sometimes available in Asda also), this shampoo would usually cost £1 per bottle. It is available in Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Wilkinsons, Boots and many Pound Stores.
~ Smell ~
This product smells really strong and there is a definite minty scent along with the tea tree!
It is very strong and I have found that even if I use a different branded conditioner after this shampoo, the strong scent of tea tree and mint is more evident on my hair once my hair is dried.
~ Use ~
The shampoo comes out of the bottle easily, even when you get to the very end of the bottle. It is quite thick in consistency and when applied to my hair I don't need to use much to get a good coverage.
It lathers up really well and it feels like a good quality shampoo.
When the shampoo is applied the minty scent disperses throughout my bathroom and it remains in my hair. The mint is definitely more dominant than the tea tree scent in this shampoo, which I find a little disappointing as the shampoo is supposed to be tea tree scented.
Despite the name, this tea tree shampoo has no tingling sensation like I have heard of in Original Source's tea tree products. It has a strong scent, but it doesn't tingle on my scalp at all.
After using this shampoo my hair feels soft and clean. The scent lingers on my skin for a while after using this shampoo. I can't honestly say I have noticed any difference to my scalp since I started using this shampoo.
I still feel like I need to use a conditioner after using this shampoo. It doesn't leave my hair feeling dry, but it still feels less smooth than when I use a conditioner on it so I always apply conditioner after using this shampoo.
I didn't buy the matching conditioner as I have so many conditioners on the go and I always find that the shampoo's scent is stronger than the scent of the conditioner I use and I can still smell it on my hair the next day.
It is a nice shampoo to use, but I do prefer the fruity shampoos in the range. This shampoo smells alright, but I would prefer it to have more of a tea tree and less of a minty scent.
Overall I'd say this is a really good shampoo. The scent is strong and long lasting, the shampoo is reasonably thick and lathers up really well, leaving your hair feeling clean and fresh and smelling great. The shampoo is also really cheap.
I would recommend this shampoo.
I buy Alberto Balsam shampoos a lot as they are really good value for money and they come in a variety of really nice fragrances that are fresh and not flowery so are unisex enough for both men and women.
The tea tree shampoo is a really nice shampoo to use especially for people who get itchy scalps like me. I get occasional dandruff and an itchy scalp and this really helps cool my scalp down and soothe it taking away the itch. The shampoo is called tea tree tingle and it is true that this actually does tingle the scalp a little which is a nice feeling especially when it is a little bit tender from scratching it.
It is an especially nice shampoo to use in the summer time as it is really refreshing and makes my hair and scalp feel fresher especially when I have been sweating all day. The smell of it is also a really refreshing smell and one that is very clean smelling. The tea tree and mint isn't too strong and just leaves my hair smelling fresh and clean afterwards.
I wear a lot of hair wax and other products and this really works well at removing all the product from my hair without being too harsh. One shampoo is usually enough to remove all the product from my hair leaving it looking and feeling clean without it being too harsh and stripping it of moisture and leaving it dry.
After using this for a few days if my scalp has been dry and itchy this will really help with getting it back to normal and taking away the itch and getting the skin on my scalp back to how it should be.
The shampoo is a little bit runny but it isn't as watery as some other cheap shampoos and I can pour it into my hands without it all escaping through my fingers and down the plug hole. It might be cheap but it doesn't feel like it and both the cleaning properties the shampoo has as well as the soothing action of it and of course the really nice fragrance makes it excellent value for money especially as it only costs £1 for a big 400ml bottle.
Alberto Balsam tea tree shampoo:
A few months ago I started to get a really itchy scalp and started to get a bit of dandruff. I'd never had it before so after asking a few friends for some ideas of what to use, I ended up being recommended this shampoo which is easily bought for £0.99-£1 from discount stores and some supermarkets. I bought mine for 99p from home bargains and went straight home to try it after buying it. I was so frustrated with the itching that I had made myself bleed from scratching too hard. It comes in a 400ml bottle and with my long hair which comes half way down my back, one bottle lasted me about 12-15 washes. I didn't buy the conditioner that matches this shampoo as I didn't want to smell too strong of tea tree so I used something else.
Upon stepping into the shower, I set down my new shampoo ready to try but felt a bit dubious about it as I'd cut my head from scratching and was worried it would sting. I put a dollop into my hand about the size of walnut and lathered it into my hair. This shampoo works up a brilliant lather. It covers your hair fully with just a small amount. I could straight away feel the calming cooling sensation the shampoo gave me and immediately felt relaxed and less stressed from the itching. It didn't sting me thankfully so after washing it out, I applied a second load just to make sure my hair was fully clean and that I had satisfied the itch.
For the past few months I have regularly been using this. I tend to wash my hair 1-2 times a week (as to not wash my natural oils away) and make sure I don't overload it with product. The dandruff problem went within 2 weeks completely but I noticed signs of it going after the 3rd application. Since using it, the itching has subsided and my head feels so much better for it.
I am completely happy with this tea tree tingle shampoo by Alberto Balsam. I was so pleased and surprised with how well this £1 shampoo had worked! I have noticed it on offer in supermarkets for 2 for £1.80 so shall be stocking up on it whilst I can! I had heard before that tea tree was a good natural way to get rid of dandruff and itching but I never thought something so cheap would work so effectively. I had used head and shoulders in the past but the price is very high and the itchy scalp assortment would sting a little sometimes. I give this 5/5 stars for being a brilliant shampoo that not only cleans my hair well but also gets rid of dandruff and itching!.
Thanks for reading my review
I have bought a number of the Alberto Balsam hair products as I have found them to be cheap and cheerful. My most recent purchase was the Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo and Conditioner. This is the review of the shampoo.
What does the product do?
The purpose of the product is to cleanse the hair to leave it feeling fresh and clean. It promises to give you both healthy hair and a healthy scalp. It claims that it will also strengthen the hair using Vitamin B5. It comes with a minty fresh fragrance and it should leave the hair smelling as good as it feels. It states that it uses the same ingredients as the more expensive brands but without carrying the expensive price tag. The Tea Tree claims to awaken the senses and get you 'leaping out of bed.'
Packaging and Price
The price comes in a clear bottle and you can see the green coloured shampoo inside. On the front is a picture of some leaves and on the back there is some extra information about the product. The lid of the product is a black flip top lid which is easy to open and close even with wet and soapy hands. The product comes at a cheap price costing only 99p for 400ml. It can be bought from stores such as Boots and Superdrug, large supermarkets and also from a range of online websites.
Application and Performance
The shampoo is a beautiful green colour and it has the consistency that you would expect from a product of this type. It has a strong minty aroma which is natural and not at all artificial. It is very evident so you'll need to enjoy you like it but if you like minty fragrances then there is no reason that you wouldn't like this. You don't need to use much of this product in order to get the desired results. A small amount gets a good lather going in my long hair.
The scent of the product is evident throughout the process and it is invigorating and awakening, although it does get a little bit sickly for me. It doesn't tingle my scalp at all despite the name of the product so I was a little disappointed there. The formula is gentle on my scalp and it hasn't caused me to develop any irritations or to experience any discomfort. When you have finished massaging the product into the hair, it is easily rinsed out using warm water.
My hair is easy to brush after use so it doesn't cause the hair to tangle. Once my hair is dry, my hair is definitely clean and all signs of hair product and grease is long gone. It doesn't strip my hair or make it dry but it still makes my hair squeaky clean. It doesn't give my hair much of a shine but it still looks healthy. The shampoo doesn't make my hair frizzy which some products can do and the aroma lingers in the hair which is pleasant if you like it!
All in all, the shampoo does get my hair really clean. It smells very refreshing and it will certainly get you awake in the mornings. It doesn't make the hair knotty or frizzy but it doesn't give my hair any shine. This is a good enough shampoo but I look for a little extra so I won't be repurchasing this one.
I find this brand of hair shampoo is so cheap to buy and the fragrances from this brand is really good. Also the brand produce good products for washing the hair really well and are also very cheap to buy. I have bought quite a lot of fragrance from the Alberto Balsam range. Find them very suitable for my hair.
The shampoo comes in a tall, slim line plastic bottle which has a flip back lid. The liquid is a nice kind of blue colour and is fairly rich. It isn't a runny consistency and doesn't drip from the bottle while pouring it onto the hands.
It has a really nice fragrance to it and smells of mint and I can detect a slight smell of the tea tree. I do like the smell of this shampoo. It smells quite a refreshing scent and I can smell the fragrance all the time I am washing my hair.
It lathers really well and creates a fair amount of bubbles and foam. It also feels kind of tingly on the scalp while washing the hair, I find the tingle isn't too strong on my scalp as much as I found the conditioner, the shampoo I find doesn't irritate my scalp or feel uncomfortable. It feels quite nice and a different feeling to most shampoos. You also don't need a lot of the shampoo to create a good lather. I just pour a small blob onto my hand and just massage it into my hair. I have quite long hair at the moment and this amount is well enough for washing my hair. If you have shorter hair you may need to use a lesser amount.
It is very easy to rinse from the hair in no time at all. It cleans really well and doesn't leave my hair feeling rough. I do always use a hair conditioner on my hair after I have washed it. I find my hair does look doesn't feel lanky or weighed down using this shampoo.
I haven't used this shampoo for washing my little grandchildren's hair because I don't want to use a shampoo on their hair when it tingles because it may not be suitable for a child's hair and scalp and I don't want to irritate their scalps. So I cannot comment on if it is suitable for washing children's hair but I wouldn't want to wash my grandchildren's hair with this one.
It contains pro vitamin B5 which is designed to strengthen the hair and leave it in a good condition. Also contains tea tree and mint extracts, natural ingredients which help take care of the hair.
For a 400ml bottle it cost just £1 and I think it is extremely good value for money for this price. It is cheap and affordable for any budget in my opinion. The quality is really good too. You can buy 4 for £3 from Asda and a little more saving buying more than one bottle.
I recommend this shampoo but I don't think it is a shampoo all of the family can use because of the tingle feeling and I don't think this one would be suitable for younger members of the family for this reason alone. Would be ideal for older members and teenagers.
I give this shampoo 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
Tea Tree Tingle is a shampoo in a whole extensive range of Alberto Balsam shampoos. I remember the days when Alberto Balsam shampoos where among the expensive ranges but now you can pick up a bottle for £1 at Tesco and are sometimes on a 5 for £4 offer, which is what was on when I bought mine.
The bottle itself isn't that eye catching, it is a plain shaped tube style bottle that is transparent. The front has a black block with Alberto Balsam on it and tells you which shampoo it is and has a small picture depicting what the scent is. The back gives all the usual details of ingredients and company information etc, nothing too exciting on the back. The only good thing about the packaging is the fact that it is see through because it makes the product stand out instead. The Alberto Balsam section is eye catching because you can see the array of colours which the shampoo is available in and draws you to it.
For an inexpensive shampoo this is quite a good one. I suffer with psoriasis so a lot of beauty products can cause a flare up very easily but I have learnt what type of products to stick with and if it says tea tree then it is usally going to be fine for me to use long term. This bottle of shampoo lasted me a bit longer than other shampoos I have used even though I still needed a decent amount of shampoo per wash and the bottle is a pretty standard size. The shampoo itself lathers up quite well and one decent dollop was enough for my hair, which is just longer than shoulder length. Like most other shampoos I would recommend getting the matching conditioner as the shampoo alone is not enough to keep my hair in a decent condition after prolonged use (I did give it a try without conditioner for a week to see how long it took to lose good condition and it wasn't long) and I am fairly lucky in that I have easy to manage, normal condition type of hair.
Overall this is quite a good shampoo and works really well, especially if you have any kind of skin problem on your scalp. I found that I didn't have any flare ups of psoriasis while using this shampoo and my hair was always in quite good condition as well as looking shiny.
Having tried several different fragrances from Alberto Balsam, and being impressed with them all, I was pleased to see this tea tree version at the same amazing price. The bottle suggests that the product will leave you with a tingly scalp, and make your hair feel fresh and zingy. For me, a mother of two young children, the knowledge that tea tree is reputed to keep head lice at bay was an added advantage.
The product is great to use, and quickly gives a good lather and an amazing fragrance. The aroma is energising and fresh, and the product does indeed make your scalp tingle.
The product rinses out well, and cleans hair thoroughly with no need for a second wash. My hair remained clean for three days, when I needed to wash it again. This is one day longer than many other, more expensive, shampoos manage.
My children also love using this shampoo, as they love the smell and the lather. It also seems to keep their hair cleaner for longer, which cuts down on the amount of time I spend washing and drying their hair.
===You Can Have To Much Of A Good Thing===
Like many ladies, in my experience, I love to ring the changes with hair care products and shampoos in particular. It's not unusual for me to have several bottles 'on the go' at the same time, earning disapproval from my dearly beloved, who fails to understand many things feminine, including the need for so many pairs of shoes, bags and so on. I wasn't surprised that there was a discernible groan when I returned from the supermarket with this product and its accompanying conditioner. I was ready for him with my rationale, though.
===The Slightly Gross Bit===
...about me, not the shampoo, that is!
I've never really had much of a problem with dandruff. One day recently I was disconcerted to find that, when I fiddled with my hair [which I often do, to be honest] there was a slight but discernible fall of what looked like tiny specks of dry skin. It didn't look at all like dandruff, and it didn't take me long to work out that it WAS, in fact, just dry skin. My skin has a tendency to be quite dry overall, so it wasn't a great surprise. I think there's a hereditary factor, too, as I notice that my 82 year old Dad has a similar tendency, although it shows much more obviously in his shorter, thinner hair. For me it was as if every time I exfoliated my face, there was a layer of skin in my scalp that also needed exfoliating - but what to do about it? I haven't come across any products to do that!
I mentioned the problem to my hairdresser at my next appointment. She's of a similar age to myself and was quite sympathetic. First of all she reassured me that, whatever the problem was, it must be pretty mild as she was not able to see anything wrong with my scalp when cutting my hair. She had, in fact, been discussing this problem with a colleague only recently - this lady had tried the shampoo I'm reviewing and had found it very helpful, so she suggested I tried it. I liked the idea because the last thing I wanted was to use something that had strong chemicals in it, like a medicated shampoo, as I felt that would be counter-productive; there was no point using a product that might exacerbate something that was only a mild problem.
I was pleased to find the shampoo on special offer when I went to Tesco's soon after. Unfortunately I can't remember exactly what it was, probably 'Buy One, Get One Free' because I took home both the shampoo and the matching conditioner and to be honest I'm not short of conditioners, as my other half would tell you! Currently I believe it's offered at £1, which is great value for money in my opinion
===About This Shampoo===
The cylindrical bottle is about 22cm high and 18 cm wide. It contains 400ml of a minty green coloured liquid. There's a black cap with a flip-close mechanism. The brand name 'Alberto Balsam' is prominent on the front, then beneath a picture of a plant sprig - tea tree, I presume - there is a silver box with the words 'tea tree' and 'tingle'. It's referred to as a 'herbal shampoo with tea tree & mint extracts' and it claims to 'help promote healthy hair & scalp'.
I won't go into all the information on the back in depth. As usual there is much more than on the front. Basically there's a box telling you how good the shampoo is and that it has the same ingredients you'd find in a more expensive product, but at a great price that makes it affordable. Well, I can't argue with the second part, but I have no idea which more expensive products are being referred to. I'm not usually in the market for top-of-the range shampoos.
I like the next statements more: 'gently cleanses'; 'helps promote healthy hair and scalp'; 'strengthens with pro-vitamin B5'. They sound like the qualities I'm looking for.
There is a warning to try not to get the shampoo in your eyes but to wash out with clean water if you do. This is followed by a list of ingredients which is lengthy. Some of the names sound like complex chemicals; others are recognisable as herbs etc. E.g. mentha piperata or peppermint leaf extract. I don't pretend to know enough about the pros and cons to comment of the chemical names. Finally we have the Unilever brand name, with contact details for UK and IRL. The product should be used within 12 months and the bottle is recyclable.
I usually shampoo my hair when I'm showering, although I don't wash it very day unless it gets really damp, when it goes lank and horrible, or I'm sweaty, as in the current heat or when I've worked hard in the garden and so on. I find the bottle shape and design problem-free to use - it's easy to open it and pour out the required amount, which is good because our shower cubicle is very compact and there isn't a lot of spare room. I guess I use a dollop of about the size of a 50p piece, though it seems to vary on the condition of my hair. I find this shampoo a bit thinner than some others I use, but not watery. It lathers up very effectively and I can sometimes feel quite a tingle on my scalp - not unpleasant but noticeable. What is more noticeable is the aroma of the shampoo, which is to expected with tea tree oil I suppose, but its effect surprised me; it's a bit like have a shot of menthol in the shower cubicle! I quite like it, though I don't suppose everyone will. I agree that it would not to be a good one to get in your eyes, not that getting shampoo in your eyes is ever pleasant. The thought crossed my mind that this might be a good one to use if you had a cold, as it might help clear your nasal passages. I haven't had a chance to put this theory to the test yet, as thankfully I don't seem to get many colds these days. The shampoo isn't difficult to rinse out. I've only used it once with the matching conditioner because, when I thought about it, I don't as a rule rub conditioner into my scalp so I'm unconvinced of the value of this one - but that's another issue.
===Performance And Recommendation===
I wondered if this shampoo would have a drying effect on my hair, but not so. In fact I would say that it feels healthy and looks shiny. More importantly, it does seem to have a soothing effect on my scalp and there is definitely less flaky, dry skin when it dries. Sometimes it reappears next day, and as I don't want to wash my hair every day I can't say it's 100% effective against the problem, but it does seem to help. I have to admit I don't use it every time, partly because I like to use other scents, and partly because I've got 2 Lush solid shampoos waiting to use, including Trichomania which I tried before and found good. I think what I'm going to do is add this to a select few that I'll fall back on, so if any of you have recommendations for the problem I've described I'd be pleased to consider them! I'll definitely be buying it again and I'm giving it 4 stars because I think it's really good for the price; it certainly helped me. Well worth a try if you like that kind of scent.
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©Verbena July 2013
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