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I am desperate for glowing, glossy, blonde locks, a la Gywneth Paltrow. A friend of mine recommended the Aveda range. They are all a little rpicey, but she used them and had beautiful hair so that persauded me to give it a go. The USP (or unique selling point, for those who do not watch the apprentice) is that they are made from all natural plant ingredients. They do have an established reputation too. The cheapest price I found, including shipping, for a 250ml bottle of this shampoo, was on amazon for around twelve pounds.
The bottle comes in very classy packaging, simple and basic, but it certainly doesn't scream supermarket own brand. It doesn't advertise any gimics, the brand just seems to have confidence that it will actually work!
The bottle has a push top lid, so you push one side down, and a hole in the other side pops up. From this hole you dispense the shampoo. The shampoo is a clear gel. It instantly smells of mint, but the rosemary tone dulls it down and makes it less obnoxious. The scent is extremly invigorating and refreshing. It is perfect for a shower in the morning.
The problem with this shampoo is that it doesn't really lather up. You have to use quite a lot to cover your hair, and this really panics me based on the price of the bottle!
The shampoo gives my hair a really deep clean. It feels healthy and thoroughly cleansed afterwards. It also smells delicious for a whole day afterwards.
The real problem with this shampoo is the price. I know of other shampoos, almost as good, which are a third of the price. Until I win the lottery, I can't really justify buying this again. This isn't to say I wont use up the rest of this bottle and really enjoy it though!
I recently stayed at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Nevada and all the toiletries that they offer are of the Aveda brand. I was very impressed with them and have since found a new product for my house hold.
After arriving at the Palms I was in need of a shower and like always I forgot to take my own shampoo and conditioner with me. I looked at the bottle of shampoo and thought Aveda whats that? I have never heard of them before my stay at the palms.
I opened the bottle and was taken over by the scent of mint. I did not smell any rosemary when I opened this shampoo and the mint was rather overwhelming, but I figured I would give it a chance and see what it was like. So I got in the shower and soaked my head. I then poured out a little bit of the shampoo and started to work it into my mid length hair. I was impressed as the amount of lather it provided was amazing to say the least. I had only used a very small amount and was expecting to have to add more just to get a decent lather. Boy was I wrong. With this a little goes a long way.
After lathering my head very well I was about to rinse it off when I noticed that my head had started to tingle at first it was rather uncomfortable as feeling your head tingle can be rather distracting. I was from that point on in a hurry to get it out of my hair. I thought I was having a reaction and it scared me. After removing the shampoo from my hair I noticed that my scalp was hot and cool rather refreshing.
I did follow up with the conditioner and was very impressed with it. I do have to say that you can not use one with out the other as they really need to be used together to get the full effect.
I wrapped a towel around my head to absorb the excess water. After removing the towel I proceeded to brush my hair. Normally my hair is full of tangles regardless of the shampoo and conditioner I use. However that was not the case this time. My hair was very manageable and easy to brush. As I blew my hair dry and styled it I noticed that I would catch whiffs of the mint and my hair was very soft.
Now would I be willing to buy this shampoo for my self you bet. It really made my hair soft and manageable but not to soft. It seemed to control my fly away hair better than any other shampoo that I have ever used. This in my opinion is a great product and can be purchased on line at the Aveda web page or at an Aveda store. I happened to come across one in Las Vegas and was happy to give them some of my money to take some of their great products home with me.
This is a great product and works better than I ever expected. This has become a standard in my home and my family love it. The only problem is when the bottles are empty.
For years I'd been looking for shampoo to solve my problem: static, fly away hair. Up until I was 21 I had shoulder length hair with a few layers - nothing particularly stylish, and a hair style that I've since learnt did not suit my hair type. It was constantly battling with lank hair that I had to wash every day and I was totally addicted to straightening irons. I flitted between shampoos that were on special offer in Boots, always opting for the ones that claimed to repair and nourish the hair. However all this changed when I visited a new hairdresser 4 years ago. She said that my hair was thick in that I had a lot of hair but each hair shaft was quite fine and can't take heavy products. She advised me to use hair products specifically for fine hair and I have used Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo ever since and never looked back! She cut my hair into a bob which I find so easy to maintain as it just falls into place. I will never go back to having long hair!
Using the product
I always make sure my hair is thoroughly rinsed before I apply the shampoo, as I find it lathers up better on very wet hair. Usually one wash is enough, but if for some reason my hair feels dirtier than usual I might do a second shampoo. The product has a very invigorating, fresh minty smell that is a great wake up first thing in the morning. I can also detect a slight herbal scent which must be the rosemary. The consistency is clear and quite runny. I actually find it washes out of my hair better than other shampoos I have used in the past. When combing out my hair (after using the Rosemary Mint Conditioner) I find that my hair fees very clean and smooth - almost squeaky clean! After I blow dry my hair, it has a soft shine and feels clean and bouncy. That is what I like most about the Rosemary Mint Aveda products: they don't weigh the hair down, and I can easily create volume when blow drying my hair. I don't have any static when using this shampoo and no lank or limp areas. I choose to wash my hair every day so I can blow dry my hair into a style but it certainly doesn't feel greasy in the morning. After drying my hair there isn't a noticeable scent - I just have clean and manageable hair!
The bottle states: "weightless cleansing leaves fine to normal hair healthy and full of body". I find this to be 100% accurate as I do have fine hair. However, my husband who has thicker hair than me doesn't find this shampoo suits his hair as well as I do, and uses a MOP shampoo instead. I'd say that if you have thick, coarse or dry hair then you need something more nourishing. But if you have fine, greasy or limp hair then you'll probably love this. I found my hair was static with other shampoos and I think this was a combination of using products that were too heavy for my hair, and also using cheaper shampoos that are laden with chemicals that build up on the hair. I often hear experts say that it's important to use a different shampoo from time to time to remove the build up of product, but I honestly don't have this problem with this shampoo. I use it all the time and my hair always feels nice!
There are quite a lot of ingredients on the bottle but one that is not there is sodium lauryl sulphate which is a chemical found in many products that is known to be harsh on the skin and potentially dangerous to our health. However I am slightly disappointed to see that there is a paraben in there (methylparaben), which I am quite surprised about as Aveda portray themselves as selling natural products. I learn on their website* that they are phasing parabens out of their products and developing new formulas without parabens. Aveda don't test on animals, which is what initially attracted me to their brand, and claims to actively support the development of alternative methods to animal testing.
I buy my Rosemary Mint Aveda shampoo from House of Fraser for about £9.50 and I find that a 250 ml bottle lasts me 4 months. I believe that it also comes in a 1litre size for about £30 which works out as better value if you use the product regularly. I feel the shampoo is good value for money as it does what it claims to do and it has really made me feel better about myself as I'm not continually fussing about my hair being static and limp.
This shampoo is fantastic and does everything that I want it to do, but I am slightly disappointed that it contains a paraben which I try to avoid so I give it 4 stars.
Firstly - a confession - this review is going to be a two-in-one review. As I use the Rosemary Mint Shampoo with the matching conditioner, I am not clever enough to work out whether the way my hair feels afterwards relates to the shampoo or the conditoner, so I will comment on both of them at once!
Aveda is well known for its hair care products, and as such I have tried quite a few of their shampoos and to be honest have never really been bowled over by any particular one. However, ever the optimist I thought I would give the Rosemary Mint one a try in the hope that this one would live up to its reputation.
As a shampoo, it is actually quite runny when it comes out of the bottle, so you tend to end up wasting some which is never a good thing. It does lather up nicely and is easily rinsed out not leaving a residue. The conditioner too is quite runny, but I don't mind this as much in a conditioner and find it easy to run through damp hair with my fingers.
The proof of the pudding is of course how your hair feels afterwards. Well true, my hair does seem to have a bit more body, but probably not noticeable to any one other than myself. My hair does feel nicely conditioned though and not dry at all, but no noticeable increase in shine which I would expect from a premium band shampoo with a price tag to match (almost £10 for a 250ml bottle)
As you can probably tell, this shampoo/conditioner has not lived up to its hype for me, and I haven't even got to my main problem with this - THE SMELL!! For me, the rosemary and mint is completely overpowering. I think a shampoo fragrance needs to be subtle, and not something that is going to clash with my perfume which this shampoo seems to. For me, Aveda have gone completely over the top with this fragrance, and I will certainly not be trying it again.
For my 19th birthday, my parents took me and my boyfriend down to London to see Eddie Izzard. It was a great couple of days, and after the show itself, my favourite thing about the trip was the hotel that we stayed in. My parents managed to find a good deal for us to stay in Hazlitts in Soho, which was a gorgeous building and posh in a comfortable way. The rooms were beautiful, especially the en suite bathrooms, which were gorgeous with massive and very deep baths. Having a hot relaxing bath in there on the morning of my birthday was fantastic, largely down to the size of the bath and niceness of the room, but also because of the free shampoo provided by the hotel.
I had never tried or even heard of Aveda Rosemary and Mint Shampoo before I received a small sample in my hotel room, but one smell of it was enough to convince me to give it a go, as it smelt amazing. To be honest, though, I probably would have tried it anyway, unless it smelt disgusting, as it was free and I hadn't brought any shampoo with me. Anyway, I took the shampoo into the bath with me to wash my hair.
The first thing that I noticed when I massaged some of the shampoo into my wet hair was the amazing smell. Often with shampoos and other bath products which have two flavours in, one tends to overpower the other, but fortunately there wasn't this problem with the Aveda Rosemary and Mint shampoo. I could smell both the rosemary and the mint equally, and the scent was absolutely fantastic, and was strong without being over the top. If I hadn't known that it was a shampoo that I was smelling, I would have thought that somebody was cooking something fantastic in the next room. I have used this shampoo several times since (I wasn't going to just leave the sample in the hotel after using it), and I feel the same way about the smell every time, though it is starting to make me feel hungry.
Of course, smell means nothing if the product doesn't do its job, but fortunately, this shampoo does a great job of cleaning your hair as well. I have used this several times over the past few months, and have found that my hair stays clean as long after washing as when I use my other shampoos, if not longer. The consistency of the shampoo is quite thick, which means that not too much is needed to clean even long hair, which is another bonus.
There is, however, one problem with this shampoo: the price. At £9.50 for a 300ml bottle, you either have to be rich or absolutely adore it to be able to justify buying a bottle of this. Of course, since you don't need very much each time to get nice clean hair, a 300ml bottle of this will last you for quite a long time, so the cost is fairly low if you work out how much it costs you per wash. When I compare it to my usual shampoo, however, the price looks ridiculously high: 56p for 750ml of Asda apple shampoo is only 7.5p per 100ml, which means that at £3.50 per 100ml, Aveda Rosemary and Mint Shampoo is almost 50 times as expensive per millilitre as my normal shampoo. Wow. That is, of course, an extreme example, as Asda apple shampoo is ridiculously cheap, though £9.50 is still a lot to spend on 300ml of shampoo.
So, in conclusion, I love this shampoo as it smells amazing and does a good job of cleaning my hair. I will definitely keep using my sample bottle until it runs out, but after that, I'm not sure if I'll buy it again any time soon. If it was a bit cheaper, I definitely would, but as I'm on a student budget, I can't really afford to spend that amount on shampoo when I could spend 56p on something almost as good. I would still recommend it to anyone who can afford it, as it smells fantastic, but it is definitely a luxury product.
A few months ago I was lucky enough to stay in the Westbury Hotel in Dublin. In case you didn't read my review of it, The Westbury is a super-swanky hotel in the heart of Dublin. As with most super-swanky hotels, they give you super-swanky toiletries in your bathroom. In this case, we were lucky enough to be given Aveda Rosemary Mint Toiletries. A few days ago, I was scrabbling round in my cupboard and found them all, so here comes the review......
Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo comes in a tall, 250ml, pearlescent bottle with a green lid. The shampoo itself is also pearlescent and slightly runny. When applied to wet hair, it lathers up really well and rinses clear quite quickly (although I live in a hard water area, so results may differ according to your local water).
The main smell of the shampoo is mint - a proper mint essential oil smell, that is, very zingy and not sugary at all. There is also an undercurrent of Rosemary, but you have to concentrate a bit to pick it out. The minty smell does wonders for waking me up in the shower and makes my scalp tingle!
I have slightly dry, highlighted hair that I tend to wash every day (I have two toddlers and by the end of the day my poor hair tends to have a fair bit of peanut butter/chewed up biscuits/snot smeared in it). This shampoo made my hair feel well conditioned, but not heavy and clean but not too dry. A good balance, all in all.
Like I mentioned, my samples came free (well, built into the price of the hotel room), but you can get this shampoo for around £10 a bottle from Boots.
I am going to carry on using this shampoo, but once all my samples run out I don't think I'll bother buying it as I can get the same results from a bottle of much cheaper shampoo. I don't begrudge paying a tenner for a bottle of shampoo, but only if the results make me go 'Wow!'
I'd wouldn't dissuade anyone from buying this shampoo if you happen to be in the market for splurging, or if you particularly like mint, but I'd have to say that there are better premium shampoos out there (e.g. the Catwalk/Bed Head range).
Rosemary Mint Shampoo is a unique daily shampoo that adds body to fine hair without stripping / build-up or static electricity / Formulated with peppermint to awaken your senses and rosemary to help protect from environmental damage / Its pure plant aroma naturally energises and motivates your mind and body / For normal to fine hair / Dull /