Product Type: Alberto hair care products
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Member Name: helenc72
Alberto Balsam Tea Tree Tingle Herbal Shampoo
Advantages: Really cheap, lathers well, leaves hair clean, smell is quite refreshing
Disadvantages: Smell may not be everyone's cup of tea, doesn't moisturise or do anything extra
I have tried a few of these Alberto Balsam shampoos as I find they are a decent quality product which can usually be purchased for the bargain price of around 99p or £1 for a 400 ml bottle. I used to get the raspberry ones a lot when I was younger and more recently I have also tried the pomegranate, so I thought I would also branch out and try the tea tree tingle shampoo.
The shampoos come in a fairly standard looking bottle as pictured above. It is a tall cylindrical plastic bottle with a flip top cap and the shampoo is easy to squirt out. With this tea tree shampoo I do find that when I dispense some, rather than flowing out gradually as you would expect from a liquid, a massive blob seems to come out in one go. It is not that runny and quite like a medium thick gel in texture. The tea tree one is green in colour, as you might expect, and it does have a tea tree smell to it, but not overwhelming. I generally find tea tree is a scent which can often be quite strong and even verge on the medicinal. I do think the smell of tea tree can be pleasant, but not when it is too strong. Luckily this is fairly subtle and acrtually kind of refreshing and invigorating. I wouldn't say it is my favourite Alberto Balsam scent as I prefer the pomegranate one, but I think it makes a nice change from the raspberry which can be a bit too strongly sweet and fruity. The tea tree smell is definitely more unisex in my opinion.
The shampoo lathers up very well in my hair, producing a generous amount of bubbles. Despite the name "tea tree tingle" I do not experience any tingling sensation on my scalp when using this, which I think is probably for the best! It feels quite mild and has not caused my scalp any irritation at all. The shampoo is easy to rinse out again, and doesn't take too long to remove all traces of it.
It seems to clean my hair well and hasn't left any build up or residue in my hair after repeated use. I always use a conditioner when washing my hair so I can't really judge what the condition of my hair would be like if I just washed it with this shampoo and left it, but I strongly suspect my hair would be left quite dry, as the shampoo does not appear to moisture at all and there is no creaminess to it. Basically it just washes hair, with no added extras. As I do always use a conditioner, this is not a problem for me. I have been using it with the Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance leave in conditioner rather than the matching Alberto Balsam conditioner, as I sometimes find the Alberto Balsam conditioners can make my hair greasy a bit quicker than I would like, or leave my hair slightly flat. With the Alberto Balsam tea tree tingle shampoo and the Aussie conditioner my hair feels squeaky clean, and so soft (I do think the softness is mostly due to the Aussie though!)
Considering this is so cheap I do think it does a nice job and it meets my expectations. I would recommend it as a product which is certainly worth a try.
Summary: A good basic shampoo