“ Brand: VO5 / Type: Conditioner / What it does: Smoothes, „
For many years I had been loyal to one brand of shampoo and conditioner, namely Alberto Balsam. However, after repeated use I was finding that my hair was lacking its' usual bounce and shine, which I put down to the inferior products that I was using.
Consequently, I purchased a few different brands of both shampoo and conditioner, which I have been using over the past few months, particularly as I have learned that we should not repeatedly use the same products on our hair.
Amongst my new purchases was a 300 ml bottle of Alberto Balsam V05 Smooth Elixir Conditioner, which is contained within a curvy cream coloured sturdy plastic container. The product is considerably feminine in appearance with its' pink flip top lid, which sits neatly on its' underside.
The familiar Alberto V05 logo is situated in the top left hand corner and in the centre of the bottle we are provided with an image of five pink water droplets where each depicts one of the five non-greasy vital oils contained within this product. On the rear of the bottle we are informed that the conditioner contains avocado and jojoba oils, apricot and almond oils and grape seed oil.
The only fault I can find is that it tends to dispense the fairly thick conditioner rather forcefully and on closer examination, I realised that there are a number of tiny vertical slits surrounding the central opening. Consequently, only a very light squeeze is required to release the pearly white conditioner, otherwise you will end up with a rather unnecessary handful!
The conditioner is most definitely only suited to women, as it is considerably feminine with its' subtle floral fragrance. I'm not a great lover of flowery scents, but this is quite delicate and extremely pleasant.
As I have very long hair it is vital that I condition every time after shampooing where I need to pay particular attention to the ends, which tend to become rather brittle and dry. The product is easily applied and feels neither sticky nor greasy. Although there are no details advising how long we should leave the conditioner on our hair, I tend to work it through and leave for three to four minutes and then thoroughly rinse under the showerhead.
I have always prided myself on my hair and take great delight when people compliment me. I am very lucky to have very thick natural curls, which style quite easily, so it is essential that I keep my locks in tip-top condition. I feel that this conditioner assist me in doing this, as it has helped to restore the natural bounce and give me the shine that I desperately yearned for.
Whilst none of us can be one hundred percent certain how efficient these types of products actually are, particularly as I tend to alternate my toiletries every few weeks, I have to say that I am extremely pleased with the results and feel that this is a high quality product. As well as allowing my curls to feel soft and smooth to the touch, a beautiful floral fragrance is always left lingering in my hair for several hours after use, so I always feel I have used a top quality product.
Unfortunately, from time to time, I tend to experience slight frizz to the ends of my hair, particularly if I have excessively exposed my locks to heated appliances, such as my hair dryer and straighteners. Whilst I do not believe that there is any conditioning product that will actually rid us of this frizz, I am of the opinion that this conditioner most definitely reduces the problem.
I cannot fault this conditioner and really see no need to be spending excessive amounts of money on more expensive products, particularly when I've found something so effective for a very reasonable price. Consequently, Alberto V05 Silky Smooth Elixir Conditioner receives a full 5 out of 5 stars from me.
If you are interested in purchasing this product I would advise that it is currently available in Tesco at 99p for a 300ml bottle.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
I'm definately the type of person that likes a matching set of shampoo and conditioner, so I thought I'd review the conditioner aswell.
I don't always use conditioner when I wash my hair because I like to give it a real treat from time to time, but when I do condition it's nice to have the same conditioner as the shampoo I think.
Like the shampoo in this range, it smells bloody lovely. It's nice and thick and creamy but rinses out well, unlike some cheaper conditioners.
The bottle is white and pearlescent, it has the VO5 logo at the top of the bottle and some info on the front, like what's in it and what it's for, and has a pink flip lid that sits at the bottom of the bottle, which is brilliant for getting that last squeeze. Again, like the shampoo, it's a nice easy lid to open with slippery wet fingers.
Overall my opinion is that this is a very good conditioner, but you only need a small amount. It smells great, leaves hair silky and soft, and washes out easily without leaving greasiness on the hair.
A 300ml bottle is around £2.20 at Tesco, like the shampoo, and is also often put on offers such as B.O.G.O.F. and 2 for...(whatever the price is).
I'd recommend this product to anybody who wants silky, sexy smelling hair.
I bought the shampoo and the matching conditioner of this product as a bumper pack sale item at Home bargins, as they were on offer. I tried it the next day and I was quite disappointed with the result!
I hadn't tried Vo5 before but it seems like a good brand but this conditioner didn't do anything for my hair at all. I have long coloured hair and it really needs some TLC and this product seemed perfect. When I tried it it seemed to make my hair really heavy, weighing it down and it also made my hair a little bit more greasier which I didn't want. It didn't seem to smooth my hair much either.
It contains the ingredients Avocado, Jojoba Oils, Apricot & Almond Oils and Grape Seed Oil. It also says on the Vo5 website that the oils are non greasy but in my opinion it made my hair a bit greasier than my previous conditioner.
It was a bumper sale pack and I don't think home bargins do this offer still. But I think they are about £2/3 in various shops, which I think is a bit much as for me it didn't do what it said it would do!
*It also smells really nice
*They are usually on offer
*In my opinion it made my hair a bit more greasier - it became greasier faster too
*Did not really smooth my hair out
*Lasts for quite a long time
*I also thought that the shampoo was not very good either
Thank you for reading my review
When I buy a shampoo I almost always choose the matching conditioner to go with it. I don't like mixing and matching hair products too much and sure don't like too many smells on my head!
I chose the shampoo because it promised luminous shine for my stressed out hair and to help tame my wayward frizz which sadly I have always suffered from big time!
I always use conditioner after shampooing otherwise I just feel like I haven't cleansed my hair properly and finished the job off right that is in hand lol!
White coloured plastic bottle which is 300ml size and has a flip-top opening to the top of it concealing a small hole. On the front of the bottle I'm told that it is VO5 Silky Smooth Elixir 'Infused with 5 vital oils', Luminous Shine Shampoo, 'For dull, frizzy, heat damaged hair' and the size (as I have stated already) is on the bottom of the bottle. On the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and directions for use are given and ingredients and contact details for Alberto-Culver UK are stated (the manufacturer of the product). It's a nice looking sleek bottle and of course it's easy enough to open and use and it''s informative enough too!
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Given On The Back Of The Bottle:
Restore your hair's natural beauty with the indulgent VO5 Silky Smooth Elixir. It contains a blend of 5 non greasy, naturally replenishing vital oils essential for healthy looking, brilliantly glossy hair every day.
With extracts of Satin Silk, this Elixir:
Smoothes hair to tame and control frizz
Leaves hair with radiant shine
Is ideal for exposed to heat styling tools
Infused with a blend of 5 vital oil blend:
Nutrient rich Avocado & Jojoba oils
Strengthening Apricot & Almond oils
Shine enhancing Grape Seed Oil
Me Using It:
Well all you do with this is to use about the size of a 10p coin of the white blobby mixture over and into your hair after thoroughly washing and rinsing it first of course! It distributes really easily as it isn't stiff or anything and it absorbs into the hair really easily. I have no problems coating my hair with this at all and I find I don't need loads of it at all!
It has a sea fresh, unisex sort of aroma to it which is pleasant, fresh and rather natural and you leave it on your hair for any amount of time you wish to before making sure it really is rinsed out well.
Not only does this leave a lovely fragrance on your hair for a good few hours, I find this to really make my hair feel silky smooth and strong and the one thing I can vouch for is that it really does give really glossy, shiny and strong looking hair, so much so people have asked me what I am using on my hair to make it look so healthy!
However the drawback with this is that I find that it does nothing for my frizz at all meaning I still have to use heavy duty hair products after using this and with styling to get it to behave itself, however like I say I do believe that this makes my hair look satin smooth!
I do like this conditioner though apart from it not helping my frizz. It's a light conditioner that is easy to rinse out and perfect for every day usage but I just don't think it's a solution to frizz cos it really isn't....sadly!
This costs about £2.29 a bottle in all good chemists and supermarkets etc.
I bought this along with the shampoo as there was an offer on at Tesco. I usually use the Tesco tea tree shampoo and coconut conditioner but fancied a change. I must admit I was enticed by the silky smooth in the title , hoping it would magically transform my hair ! It is a well designed pink bottle nice and girly with all the relevant information displayed . Thee design of the bottle is good but I still don't understand why all shampoo and conditioners don't have the dispenser at the bottom to let gravity do it's thing ? All in all though good design , I really liked the star design on the hole that the conditioner came out of , it may sound strange but it somehow made it seem more appealing to use than it just squiging out in a big blob!
Now down to how it effected my hair , well not magical transformation I am sorry to report ! However it has added a slight shine to my hair and it is definitely more fragrant than other conditioners I have used . I have notice throughout the day that after washing my hair in the morning I can still smell the conditioner late afternoon which has got to be a bonus.
It may not be able to give me model hair but it is definitely a step up from Tesco's range , but then it all comes down to money - again ! I think on offer it's a bargain and if you rely on a conditioner then use it , if you have quite manageable hair anyway though I think save your pennies and stick with a supermarket product it doesn't make that much of a difference!
I thought I would write a quick review on this Alberto VO5 Silky Smooth Elixer conditioner, as I recently wrote a review about the matching shampoo.
I purchased the conditioner from Wilkos as I had also brought the shampoo there, initially because it was only 97p for a 300ml bottle and thought, I may aswell buy the conditioner to go with it because it's the same price, for the same size bottle.
When I opened the bottle of conditioner,I thought that it smelt a bit similar to the shampoo, not too overpowering but it did remind me of a cleaning product.
The conditioners cosnsitency seemed quite thick when I put it on to the palm of my hand but it wasn't too bad, I cntinued to apply the conditioner to my hair and thought "this is easy to apply" I instantly felt that the conditioner made my hair feel smoother but it did feel a bit heavy on my head.
I left the conditioner on for just under a minute and started rinse it with warm water, I found that it was difficult remove the conditioner with warm water so I was forced to use quite hot water to get it out and it took me quite a while to get it out properly.
When I dried my hair it did look quite shiny and smooth and no visible frizz, however I think this is probably because the conditioner is quite heavy and difficult to was out because after a few hours I looked in the mirror and my hair looked greasy rather then shiny.
Next time I reckon I will put less conditioner onto my hair and see if that makes a difference.
Although I think the shampoo is a bit better then the conditioner, I recommend the conditioner the same as I did with the shampoo, People with fine hair, I wouldn't recommend you use this because it is very heavy and will make your look very greasy.
Still not bad for the price
I bought this conditioner alongside the VO5 Silky Smooth Elixir shampoo, as I like to use matching hair products where possible. As I mentioned when I reviewed the shampoo I am not particularly keen on the VO5 brand usually, but the range was on special offer and I was attracted by the pink packaging.
Actually, the conditioner bottle isn't quite as pink as the shampoo bottle - this one is predominantly white, but has a pink lid and pink accents and writing on the label. Although I think it's fairly obvious this is from a lower-priced brand, I do quite like the appearance of the bottle, it looks fun and when the two bottles stand side by side they look quite good.
This conditioner is for dull, frizz and heat damaged hair, which is what I have. My hair is thick, and I straighten it regularly, which obviously is quite damaging, as well as colouring it - so you could say it gets quite a bit of abuse!
This product contains a blend of five different oils - Avocado and Jojoba which are nutrient rich, Apricot and Almond which are strengthening, and Grape Seed which is shine enhancing. The bottle promises a luminous shine, however the shampoo also promised this, and as I found out, it did not quite live up to its promises.
The conditioner is white in colour and a nice consistency. It's not runny like the Alberto Balsam ones, but it's not so thick that it feels too heavy for everyday use. It has a pleasant, but almost generic scent - slightly floral and quite creamy. There is nothing special or memorable about the fragrance and it could be any run of the mill conditioner.
Using this you just smooth through the hair and then rinse. There is no need to leave this on for a few minutes to work its magic, as some other conditioners advise. I prefer it this way, as it's more convenient on those days when I am in a rush.
The conditioner rinses away to leave my long, thick hair tangle free. There is no denying that it leaves my hair feeling soft after use, as well as hydrated, but I felt that the results I got when using this were mediocre - there didn't seem anything particularly special about the product.
Also, like the shampoo, I felt that this did not live up to its claims of luminous shine. My hair again looked dull and was lacking any sort of shine at all, which was a shame, because it felt nice and soft.
A 300ml bottle of this conditioner costs £2.12 from ASDA.
Overall, I felt this to be another very average product. It de-tangled my hair, left it feeling soft, and was reasonably priced, but simply didn't deliver the 'luminous shine' which it promised. An OK shampoo, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again.
Being the offer-hungry kinda gal I am, I spotted the 'Elixir' range (new from VO5) in Tesco for a mere £1 per 300ml bottle. Needless to say I decided to give it a try.
Normally the Elixir range retails around the £2.12 mark, depending on where you shop. However I do know that Wilkinsons are currently doing a BOGOF at this price, and my local Poundland also have this product in stock (& thus likely most of their other stores will).
I am reviewing the 'Silky Smooth Elixir - with satin silk' conditioner. This is "for dull, frizzy, heat damaged hair".
However the VO5 website does list the entire Elixir product range; this includes 7 different kinds of shampoo & conditioners, for various hair types, including coloured hair. They appear to have covered all bases with this range, so I do believe there is something for everyone here.
The website [vo5.co.uk] also contains a little 'quiz' to help you pick which of the range would be best suited to your hair and lifestyle - quite a nice touch I thought.
The Elixir range is "infused with 5 vital oils". The 'Silky Smooth' conditioner mentions these oils as being; avocado, jojoba, apricot, almond, & grape seed oil.
A quick scan of the ingredients list also throws up Rosemary Leaf Extract & Sunflower Seed Oil.
The bottle is predominantly a creamy, off-white, with a pink lid & accents. It has a slight asymmetric slope to the top of the bottle.
A bonus of the packaging being that the lid is at the bottom of the bottle, so you do not have to turn it upside down when the product is running low.
The conditioner itself is a good consistency (not so runny that it slips off your hand, but neither too thick to work through your hair effectively).
Fragrance-wise, it didn't smell the way I was expecting. I thought due to the above mentioned oils that it would have a fruit based smell, however it seemed to be very 'perfume' based. I can't actually put my finger on the scent, but it is pleasant enough.
The bottle does not mention how long to leave the conditioner on for, but I did the usual 2 minutes and found that it rinsed out very easily.
The results have left me in two minds over how to feel about this product:
I found that it left my hair VERY soft and smooth. I wouldn't say the end result after drying was "luminous shine", as the bottle claims, however, I did feel that my hair had a somewhat 'brighter' and better sheen to it.
The smell of this product is quite strong, so could still be smelt on my hair for a couple of days afterward, even with the use of my very stinky hairspray!
*Now in fairness, these negatives are relevant to me rather than it being the cause of a bad product.*
Although it is a conditioner, and the whole premise is to make your hair soft (I know some will find this a strange complaint!), but I found it made my hair TOO soft. By this I mean that it was completely unmanageable for a couple of days afterward - I could not get any style out of it, as it just would not hold (even with a large amount of hairspray).
I also found that although the scent of this product was fairly pleasant, I did find it a tad too strong. It is nice that the smell lingers on the hair, but I felt that it was a little overpowering for my personal taste.
I don't think it'd be fair marking this product down for doing its job (even though it isn't really the right thing for my hair), so I'm going to give it 4 stars. After all, it is a conditioner, and it did exactly as its supposed to!
However, if you are the sort of person that styles your hair (especially putting it up in any manner), I would recommend that this conditioner is best used as an occasional one, rather than a daily - as you may struggle with unruly, fluffy-soft hair (as I did)!
Although I would not buy it again to use as a frequent conditioner, I do think that it does what I'd expect from the more expensive conditioning 'masks' that are on the market.
Taking this into account (and the current price of the product), I'd suggest it is a great product to have in the cupboard for when your hair needs a little pampering boost (and saving yourself £5-£6 instead of buying a special separate conditioner).