Product Type: Avon hair care products
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Avon Naturals Almond Oil & Avocado Conditioner
Member Name: supersonic75
Avon Naturals Almond Oil & Avocado Conditioner
Advantages: Smells nice, conditions hair
Disadvantages: Consistency too thin, doesn't leave hair as soft as other products
*~*Introduction and reason for purchase*~*
I've been buying the odd few items from Avon over the past few months, as I've mentioned in previous similar reviews that for a long time there was no local Rep in my area and I didn't want to incur P&P charges by ordering online. As a mum at my sons school has started running Avon fairly recently I've found myself stocking up on a few old favourites as well as new everyday items.
I've always found Avon to be hit or miss with me but generally find anything from the Skin So Soft, Planet Spa or Naturals ranges to be more favourable and 90% of the time the products I've used are in the 'hit' category. One such item I was extremely impressed with recently was from the Naturals range and was a shampoo for dry/ damaged hair with Almond Oil & Avocado fragrance (see separate review if interested) and luckily at the time of purchasing I also ordered the coordinating conditioner.
This review will now focus on Almond Oil & Avocado Conditioner from the Naturals range by Avon..
*~*Price, packaging & availability*~*
The conditioner is housed in almost the same design of bottle as the shampoo is with the only real difference being the access is via the base, as opposed to the flip top lid sported on the bottles of the shampoo. The colouring again is really quite plain and insipid being a creamy beige which is quite uninspiring to look at as is the sticker on the front portraying an image of almonds and a half cut open avocado. The whole appearance is 'neutral' and I suppose it represents the 'natural' element of the range it's from but I do think the packaging could be that little bit more attractive personally even if it was just with a splash of colour to brighten it up.
The conditioner is available in one size which is a reasonable 250ml bottle and can be bought through a local Rep selling Avon products. Alternatively their is an Avon shop online where this and other products can be purchased - www.avonshop.co.uk - but there is normally a charge for P&P so it's worth checking out if it's overall worthwhile buying this way as if only ordering a few items it can work out expensive.
I purchased this at the same time as the shampoo where both were on offer costing just 99p each, though the full RRP is only £2 so it's an economical purchase even at full price.
*~*What Avon have to say*~*
"...this moisturising conditioner helps to restore softness, silkiness and shine to dry and damaged hair.."
The instructions given are to apply after shampooing, massage into the hair and leave for one minute then rinse.
I'd been very impressed with the effects the shampoo had had on my hair so was hoping for a repeat performance with this coordinating conditioner, so how did it fare?
*~*My experience of using this product*~*
I've used this product now in conjunction with the matching shampoo as well as with other branded shampoos and have had pretty much the same results which I will now discuss.
On opening the lid I was greeted with the familiar sweet nutty aroma that was present with the shampoo though the conditioner seemed slightly lighter in fragrance and reminded me of the scent of certain Aussie hair products which I am a huge fan of. The product itself is rich in fragrance once dispersed from the bottle and is runnier than I had imagined having the same consistency as the shampoo. I'm not a fan of conditioners that are too thin as I feel they don't moisturise my hair sufficiently no matter what they claim so I was slightly disappointed at this point though not undeterred and proceeded to apply to my already wet hair fresh from being shampooed and rinsed.
The colour of the product is a sort of pinky beige with a peach hue and has a matte appearance with a slight iridescent sparkle and it certainly looks the part so I was keen to see whether the thin consistency would be it's downfall or not. I have shoulder length hair currently having had it cut into an inverted bob a few months ago and due to the fact I colour it these days it can become dry if not cared for properly. I like to save money where I can but buying a cheap shampoo and conditioner that causes more damage in the long run is simply not an option so I try to use products such as Aussie at least twice a week to maintain healthy hair though as these are costly I need a cheaper priced product that can be used for most of the week that wont cost the earth but still leaves my hair in good condition.
On applying a large 50p sized blob of this product I found it to literally slip off my hair before getting the chance to thoroughly comb through which wasn't a good start though I persevered and eventually managed to get enough conditioner on my hair to compensate for the small amount that dripped off and left on for around the one minute mark.
Whilst rinsing I could smell the very aromatic nutty fragrance and thought if nothing else my hair would at least smell nice! The conditioner took quite along time to fully rinse away despite it's thinness though once the water started to run clear and I was sure the product was all removed from my hair I started to dry it and take stock of the effects.
*~*Results and recommendations*~*
Once towel dried, I attempted to comb through with a wide tooth comb I keep especially for when my hair is wet to avoid tearing. I found my hair felt soft though was quite knotted and was difficult to untangle though once this was done and I had blow dried it it felt much easier to brush.
The conditioner's beautiful aroma was still very evident once my hair was fully dry and I found that my hair fell neatly in layers with just the odd flyaway strays that needed taming via serum, but apart from this I was overall pleased. My hair felt light and not weighed down like some conditioners can leave it, and also it was incredibly soft and easy to comb and style once dry.
The only negative I've found is my hair lacks shine and doesn't possess any 'silky' qualities when I've used this product which therefor gives it a bit of a dry dull appearance unfortunately. It leaves it feeling soft and obviously moisturises to some extent as it's easy to style once dry but I feel it's not intense enough for my own hair though it may suit other peoples.
For an everyday product it's fine enough though I personally only use it in between using my more hydrating conditioners as if it were to be used consecutively I feel it would possibly damage my hair in the long run as it's just not intense enough for me. I don't like how tangled it leaves my hair when rinsing off and the fact the product is very runny in consistency doesn't help matters though for a cheap and cheerful conditioner this is ok though I feel the shampoo is far more superior though that's simply my opinion.
I've recently used up the entire product which unfortunately didn't last me very long due to the runny consistency I found I had to reapply as it kept falling on the floor before I had chance to apply a lot of the time. The lid closes tightly too though there has been a few occasions it has leaked as well as getting bunged up frequently so all in all I feel a middle of the road score of 3/5 for this product.
Nice enough and does the job just don't expect too much and you wont be disappointed.
Summary: A cheap and cheerful conditioner