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I bought the Vo5 moisture soak elixir conditioner in Sainsbury's for £2.35 for a 300ml bottle. I was at the time looking for a product to help alleviate my dry and damaged hair, so decided to buy the conditioner and the shampoo. **Due to writing a review of the shampoo, so of this content may be the same.
The product comes in an off white plastic bottle of standard shape with a slight curve at the top, where as the shampoo the lid is at the top, here you find the lid at the bottom. Due to this the flip lid is larger than of the shampoos but it stands well and means the product is always ready to squeeze out.
FRONT - Quite basic a small insignia sign of Alberto Vo5 sign in the top corner above some darker blue tear drop effect water, encircling the "Moisture Soak Elixir" title. Along with a few other statements about the conditioner being for dry or damaged hair and that it gives "intense hydration".
BACK - A very long list of ingredients! Giving in the case of the oils there original names and known names which is useful. Other than that and the directions the product goes into detail of how it is going to give my hair intense hydration.
Amongst the ingredients are five oil blends they use which are not greasy and the following states as the bottle what they are and reasons for use.
Avocado and jojoba = nutrients
Apricot and almond = strengthens
Grape seed = Shine
They also use extracts of white pearl which is supposed to lock in the moisture.
**WHAT DO I THINK**
The conditioner itself is white in colour and feels rich, smooth and thick , which instantly makes me feel confidant the product will work. I have used Vo5 products in the past and generally speaking been happy with the results they have given me
Using the conditioner it smoothes on very well, covering my long hair with ease. As it is quite a thick conditioner it does feel a bit like a mask for your hair as I sit with it on for a few minutes to soak in and take effect. I am not 100% about the smell. It is a smell I find hard to describe but it would be easily suited to men and women if not more men to be honest. It is clean and fresh but with no perfume so to speak.
I used my conditioner with the shampoo to match thinking this would give me the best outcome. I have to say I was disappointed. I had great expectations for the of the product with it's oils and the elixir wording along with moisture soak, just dragged me in. Unfortunately my hair still feels dry and defiantly has not got that intense hydration I was so looking forward to. I thought maybe I need to use it frequently and give it a chance, but I have now come to the end of the bottle with no change in my hairs condition. Sorry Vo5 this one did not live up to my expectations.
I have quite hard to manage hair that is prone to drying out easily and being rather frizzy. My hair also tends to get used to products easily so I tend to change what I use on a regular basis. So the last time I was in Boots I spotted the VO5 Moisture Soak Elixir range on special offer so thought I would give it and try and so purchased both the Shampoo and Conditioner.
The conditioner comes in a 300ml bottle, I was lucky enough to only pay £1.00 for the conditioner from Boots which I thought was a great bargain as it normally retails in for £2.34. I tend to always buy two bottles of conditioner per one bottle of Shampoo as I have dry hair so tend to use quite a large amount of conditioner to make sure my hair is well nourished.
The conditioner comes in a pearlescent ivory bottle with pale blue flip top cap. The front of the bottles design is quite simple with the Alberto VO5 logo and the name of the conditioner surrounded by water droplets. It states that the conditioner is for dry or damaged hair and is infused with 5 vital oils. On the back of the bottle it gives you more detailed information including full ingredients listings and directions for use. It also states that the bottle is suitable for recycling.
The conditioner claims to 'restore your hair's natural beauty' and contains the following oils:
- Nutrient rich Avocado and Jojoba
- Strengthening Apricot and Almond
- Shine enhancing Grape Seed
It also contains extracts of White Pearl which it claims helps to lock in moisture and leaves hair more supple and easier to style.
The directions for use tell you after shampooing to work the conditioner through the mid lengths to the ends of your hair. I also always do my roots to as they also are quite dry and need extra moisture. I do use quite a lot of conditioner so a 300ml bottle normally last me around 12 washes.
I find the conditioner really easy to dispense out of the bottle and there are never any leaks as the conditioner is rather thick. Saying that the conditioner spreads easily through my hair giving a good coverage. The conditioner feels very creamy and has a pleasant light fragrance. I do find it does take quite a while to wash out and if you do not take time to give your hair a good rinse it can leave it feeling very sticky.
After using the Elixir conditioner as long as it is fully rinsed out then it leaves my hair feeling very soft and supple after conditioning. I would definitely recommend this conditioner to anyone who suffers from dry hair as it gives a good level of hydration without leaving it limp and lifeless as with some conditioners that are for dry and damaged hair.
In conclusion a good every day conditioner for dry hair and a bargain if found on offer.
Whenever I purchase a shampoo from a range I always buy the matching conditioner. I don't like different scents and formula's on my head at all cos I'm a fussy pot I guess and recently I bought the matching shampoo to this in Asda, on offer for a pound (usually priced at about £2.00 a bottle) and so of course I picked this up!
The conditioner comes in a mainly white plastic bottle with a light blue flip-top lid to the bottom of it. On the front of the bottle I am told that it is Alberto V05 Moisture Soak Elixir 'With White Pearl' and that it is 'Infused With 5 Vital Oils', Intense Hydration Conditioner 'For Dry Or Damaged Hair' and that it is 300ml in size. On the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and how to use it, ingredients and the size is stated and contact details for Alberto-Culver are given. Nice, informative and unisex looking bottle this is.
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Listed On The Back Of The Bottle:
Restores your hair's natural beauty with this indulgent VO5 Moisture Soak Elixir. It contains a blend of 5 none greasy, naturally replenishing vital oils essential for healthy looking, brilliantly glossy hair every day.
With extracts of white pearl, this Elixir:
Locks in moisture to restore hair's natural balance
Leaves hair supple & easier to style
Infused with a 5 vital oil blend:
Nutrient rich Avocado & Jojoba oils
Strengthening Apricot & Almond oils
Shine enhancing Grape Seed oil
Well this conditioner is white and smooth and of a good consistency being not too runny but not so thick I struggle to dispense of it out the bottle or anything like that.
It has a nice sort of floral and fruity aroma to it which is smooth smelling and not too in your face and in my opinion totally suitable for men and women alike to use.
It smoothes through damp/wet hair with total ease and you don't need very much of it at all. It absorbs fast and is easy to apply and all you do is leave it on the hair for a minute or so (at least) and that rinse it out which it does with total ease.
This leaves me with lightly moisturised but not greasy hair that feels soft, supple and Strong and appears glossy after using it. It detangles and leaves all my hair soft, smelling nicely fragranced for a good few hours and I have noticed that styling my hair is alot easier after using this as the hair is so smooth and I feel this really not only eradicates frizz it encourages it to stay away from my hair for longer too.
This is a really nice conditioner, easy to use, works well and smells really fresh and at about £2.00 a bottle if not on offer (in all good chemists and supermarkets etc) I feel this really does offer good value for your money cos you really don't need very much of it at all per application.
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