Product Type: Alberto hair care products
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Alberto Balsam Tea Tree Tingle Herbal Shampoo
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Alberto Balsam Tea Tree Tingle Herbal Shampoo
Date: 27/08/09, updated on 27/08/09 (126 review reads)
Advantages: Price, lathered up well, got hair clean
Disadvantages: Disappointing conditioner and overwhelming smell
**Review of the shampoo and matching conditoner**
I noticed Alberto Balsam in Wilkinson and was impressed with the price tag so decided to give it a try. A 400ml bottle of the shampoos and conditioners in Wilko are just under £1 each. I thought this was excellent value as they are ½ the price and double the size of the standard bottles of Pantene or Herbal Essences (though I see now even these brands are bring out 'Tresemme' style big value bottles.) Thinking that value could not be beaten I then saw the Alberto Balsam in Tesco on offer for 4 bottles for £3! Even better. If it proved to be good stuff, I thought, I'll stock up.
I love Tea Tree products and use a lot of Boots and Superdrug Tea Tree products for my skin, but never on my hair. Alberto Balsam have quite a wide range of varieties for their shampoos but I was intrigued to try a Tea Tree product for the hair so bought a 'Tea Tree Tingle' Shampoo and matching conditioner.
The bottles are basic in design, identical for shampoo and conditioner. They have a screw on flip top lid which is easy for dispensing and easy to get the lid off to get the last bits out the bottom! The marketing blurb on the bottle is as follows.-
"This Tea Tree Tingle shampoo will make you want to leap out of bed and awaken your senses leaving you feel minty fresh. It uses most of the same ingredients you'll find in the most expensive brands, but at a great price which means you can afford to look glamorous everyday."
I wonder if it uses 'most' of the ingredient used in most expensive brands, which ones they've left out, the most crucial ones perhaps??
As always, there are a list of promises on the bottle. The shampoo claims to gently cleanse whilst the conditioner says it will restore shine. Both say they contain vitaminB5 to strengthen. There is one other claim both products makes which really grated on me. If any of you have read any of my other cosmetic reviews you'll be aware of my loathing of words like 'helps' and 'promotes'. Surely these words are put in as a get out clause when the product doesn't do as it says on the bottle and really just mean 'may or may not.' This product has committed the sin of using both - in one sentence. Yep, it 'helps promote healthy hair and scalp'. Well, I could go out there and 'help promote' world peace, it doesn't mean I'm going to achieve it does it?
As I mentioned the product is easy to dispense, perhaps a little too easy when full, so be careful! The shampoo is a sort of loose gel type consistency, bright green and light feeling. I liked this in comparison to other shampoos that feel heavy, I wonder if putting a heavy product through my hair to wash it is really going to get it clean. The shampoo works into good lather, but the smell is somewhat overpowering. I certainly is tingly and zingy - to the point where my eyes were watering a little. Definitely Tea Tree and mint, a sensation I really like on my skin, but not one I particularly enjoyed filling the whole bathroom. It was just too strong.
The conditioner was much the same on consistency to the shampoo. I didn't like this so much, a shampoo is for cleaning and a conditioner for nourishing and moisturising. I felt the coniditoner was just to thin and not creamy enough. Having said that it did get the knots out of my hair, but again I was left with the overwhelming medicinal smell of Tea Tree.
After my hair was dried it did feel clean but didn't have the shine achieved with other products I've used and I think this was down to conditioner. Also the Tea Tree smell lingered in my hair all day. I love the smell of freshly washed hair when it a lovely fragrance but this was too harsh.
Being Tea Tree, I though this shampoo would be good for people suffering form greasy locks, bearing in mind it's benefits of people with oily or spotty skin, although no recommended hair type is on the bottle. My hair got greasy as quickly afterward as it does with any other product, however, so not real benefit there either.
Overall, I very reasonably priced shampoo, that is ok for the price but I prefer to use some thing that feels a little more luxurious on my hair, especially conditioner, and with a more enticing fragrance.
Summary: I'll use it up, but I won't buy again.