I do tend to amass a great number of toiletries and hair care products as I like to take advantage of promotional offers, 3 for 2's etc as well as being given them for gifts too and I tend to place them all in a decorative box I have until I come to use them.
I was looking for a shampoo recently and discovered two products I had forgotten about in the bottom of the box, one of them being this 3 Minute Conditioning hair mask from Boots Botanics range.
The Boots Botanics range covers skin, body and hair care, and is a range I am familiar with having tried a few of the products with varying thoughts on them, ranging from good to bad.
The Botanics range contains plant extracts, authenticated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the range states that the 'power of plants' means the products really work on a more natural level, although I have found some of these products have not been free from parabens for instance, so you shouldn't be thinking that this range is organic or entirely natural. There is also a Botanics Organic range which is a more natural and of course organic, choice.
I bought this hair mask in Boots when it was part of a 3 for 2 offer and thought it was the ideal opportunity to try a new product. Unfortunately it got buried in the box of toiletries I have and I actually forgot about it or would have used it sooner, as I do like to use hair masks and intensive conditioners regularly as a treat for my hair and to help keep it in good condition. I have long hair which can become dry at the ends but oily at the roots and so I tend to pay particular attention to the lengths and ends of my hair when using conditioning products.
This hair mask comes in a heavy 450ml tub with a screw lid, which can be a little awkward to use in the shower and so I unscrew the lid beforehand and just place it loosely on the top to make things a little easier. The product itself doesn't look luxurious and on first unscrewing the lid I wasn't wowed by the fragrance either which I thought was maybe meant to smell plant-like and natural, but instead I thought it has a more synthetic fragrance if I am honest. Althought not unpleasant, I did expect better.
After rinsing the shampoo from your hair, you then apply the hair mask evenly from 'root to tip.' As I mentioned earlier, I do suffer with oily roots so I must admit I omit the roots and concentrate on applying to the lengths and ends of my hair. I scoop some of the product out and work it through the lengths of my hair. It has a nice creamy texture and is very easy to apply. My fingers glide easily through my hair during application too, which I am happy about.
I leave the mask on my hair for the 3 minutes stated and then when I begin rinsing the product from my hair it feels so smooth and soft. The product rinses out easily and leaves behind no residue I am glad to say and after drying and styling I am left with silky smooth hair. It doesn't weigh my hair down either, which has been a problem with one or two hair masks I have tried in the past.
I have been treating my hair with this mask once or twice a week and find it gives me good results each time I use it. Indeed the condition of my hair afterwards is exactly what I want to achieve.
I have always taken sachets of hair mask with me on summer holidays as my hair can become dry in the heat and I would like to take this hair mask, but I really don't think a heavy tub is practical to take on holiday when weight is an issue. Therefore I am going to look and see if this is available in sachets or a smaller tube or bottle and if so, I will be taking this on holiday with me in the summer.
I use a lot of deep conditioning treatments on my hair and I try to use them at least twice a week to keep my hair in good condition and to prevent damage from styling and products. Most days I either use a really light conditioner or sometimes none as the majority of the conditioning on my hair comes from these deep treatments as I find that this works best to keep my hair looking healthy and full of vitality.
Some treatments can be a bit involved and take up too much time so I like to buy ones that I can use even if I am short of time.
The 3 minute mask from Boot's Botanics is a nice mask though not as effective as some but I did like the fact that it only took three minutes to use it and I liked the fact that it contained natural ingredients.
It costs £5 and for that you get a 200ml tube of the conditioning treatment. The mask contains natural plant extracts and I think you can tell this from the fragrance which has a sort of herbal smell to it. I actually really liked the smell as I thought it was very fresh smelling and made a nice change from the usual fragrances that hair masks normally have.
It is really easy to use and you use it just like you would a normal conditioner but with this one you keep it in your hair for three minutes for it to work effectively.
The mask is quite thick and I found that although it left my hair conditioned it also left it looking a bit greasy at the roots. I didn't have a major problem with this as I was using it at night and washing my hair in the morning again but I would never have used this before leaving the house.
Although this left my hair conditioned it didn't have the same vitality and shine that it gets with some other masks. My hair felt nice but just as though it was missing something. It was left very soft however and it helped with making my split ends look less frizzy and flyaway.
I used the whole tube and I didn't hate using it but I wouldn't buy it again as there are better masks and intensive treatments out there that leave my hair looking nicer. This only left my hair ok and didn't give it that extra bit of life that I was hoping for.
I have hair that gets heat damaged almost everyday, and I also hate going to the hairdressers so it doesnt get cut very often. Because of this my hair often feels quite dry and damaged, especially on the ends - so I am always treating it to some intensive care with conditioners and oils. My latest hair care purchase was this conditioner from Botanics.
You can buy this for £4.99 from Boots, but it is often on a 3 for 2 offer so look out for those. It comes in a big glass jar with a silver screw off lid. The glass jar is see through so you can see the product inside, which is a really thick, heavy and gloopy white cream.
The instructions for use are really simply, after shampooing just lather evenly throughout your hair, leave on for 3 minutes and then rinse out. I found this conditioner really easy to work through my hair, its not too thick, or too thin that it runs everywhere. It feels very gloopy and rich, which gives the impression that it really will condition your hair. It doesnt particularly smell of anything which is fine by me - no smell is better than a nasty smell. It takes some rinsing to get it all out of your hair properly, but after I had rinsed mine my hair felt so full, soft and smooth with no tangles or rough bits. Once I had dried my hair it felt a lot softer than after a usual wash and looked shiner too, and the ends didnt look as damaged and dry.
Overall I would definitely recommend this product - its not too expensive for a fiver, and its such a big jar that it will last a long time. It leaves my hair lovely and soft and shiny and is definitely worth the investment!
My hair is in a pretty terrible condition and I am always on the lookout for intensive conditioning treatments to give it some life back and perk up my style. This conditioner is part of the Botanics range by Boots and I haven't tried any of their products before. It comes in a large glass jar with a screw-top lid and contains a generous 450mls of conditioner. The usual price is £4.99, and I managed to get this on a special offer deal 2 for £5!
This hair mask contains rice bran protein to condition and grapeseed oil to hydrate. The natural plant extracts used in this product are authenticated by the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London.
Recommended directions for use: After shampooing, rinse thoroughly. Distribute in hair from root to tip and leave for 3 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
The texture of the mask is thick and slimy, a very gooey white mixture that looks plain and uninteresting. It feels horrible to use, especially as you have to stick your hand into the tub to scoop it out and it gets stuck under my fingernails, not nice! I actually get a bit of a cringey feeling when applying it and try to smooth on quickly in large chunks. It feels sticky and very thick but manages to stay on the hair well. It has a delicate fresh green smell and you can definitely tell that natural ingredients have been used.
I have been using it once a week since the start of the year and apply from the mid-section through to the ends of my hair. I tend to suffer from greasy roots so any intensive conditioner like this is too heavy for applying near the scalp. The quick treatment time is a definite bonus considering that a lot of intensive conditioners require leaving on for 15 minutes or more which is really not practical on a regular basis.
I have not seen any noticeable improvement in the state of my hair during this time. It does feel a little softer initially but the ends stay dry and it gets incredibly frizzy unless I style it. I prefer to let my hair dry naturally to avoid damaging it further so it kind of defeats the purpose of using a conditioning mask if I am then going to subject my hair to being straightened at 200 degrees.
I am struggling to use this up as you only need a very small amount and the large tubs last forever. I will carry on with it as I can't bear to throw things away, but I won't be buying it again. If this works for your hair type then it's a good value product, it just doesn't seem to suit my hair type.
I naturally have really really thick and wavey hair that needs a lot of care and attension but being some one who is addicted to the straightners I know my hair needs even more TLC. So this is where is product comes in use its amazing power to protect and give my hair back its life with in three minutes.
This mask kind of smells like coconut and is really thick and lumpy and very white it looks very strange, but is really good for the hair and small amount goes a really long way and it is so easy to comb through the hair and you are left with impressive results and no dissapointment.
The formula is not heavey and does not leave the hair feeling greasy in some ways you can leave it on for as long as you like and it will just make hair shiny, easier to manage and a lot more healthier and protected.
I had one of these pots and it lasted me a good 6 months which is great and I used it twice a week although once a week is more than enough. There really is no dissapointment here. Just a lot of positives.
You can only buy this product in Boots and costs around £5.99 but it is one of the best things you can do for your hair you will love it just as much as me I assure you.
I picked this up after a holiday in the sun, when my hair was seriously
parched from sun exposure and chlorine and was I desperate need of some tlc.
I bought this because it wasn't too expensive (£4.99 for a 45oml pot). It
was in the Boots own Botanics range and it comes in a clear pot with a
silver screw top lid. You can see that the moisturiser inside is really
thick and heavy, which I thought would be perfect for conditioning.
You slather it on your hair just after you have shampooed and rinsed. That is easier said than done when your stood in the shower with a screw lid jar that you have to scoop the product out of with your fingers. When you do finally get the conditioner out and onto your hair though, it is great. It is so heavy and it really weighs your hair down as soon as it hits it. I wouldn't say that it has much of a smell, maybe a slight hint of vanilla but that's all.
When your three minutes are up, rinse it off and look at your beautifully
My hair felt so sleek and shiny - the product contains rice bran protein
which apparently binds moisture into the hairs surface, and it works! Your
hair feels in such good condition, even after its been tortured on holiday.
My only other gripe (aside from the impractical packaging) is that you
really do have to rinse your hair thoroughly - make sure that you get every inch of product out otherwise you'll end up with greasy hair, not well conditioned.
At this price though - give your hair a treat!
There are times when my hair really takes a bashing - winter winds, straightening, hair drying and being out and about in a polluted city to name a few. So when my hair is looking a little worse for wear I bring out my Botanics deep conditioning hair mask. Botanics is a Boots own brand range that harness the power of plants in creams, shampoos and cosmetics.
The product itself comes in a 450ml plastic pot that is clear with a silver lid. This is useful so you can see how much of the product is left. The conditioner can be found in the shampoo aisle of the store. The conditioner is white in colour that has a fairly thick consistency. To use wash hair as normal and then distribute the mask through the hair, from root to tip. Leave for three minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
The conditioner leaves my hair feeling increadibly soft and nourished. My hair is also tangle free and shiny. The silkiness lasts until the next wash. I'm not too keen on the smell. I think it smells a lot like fabric conditioner which is not a bad smell for your clothes but I'm not too keen to have my hair smelling of it! I tend to use it a couple of times a month when I feel my hair really needs some TLC, otherwise I will use my normal conditioner.
According to the box the mask is intensely hydrating and contains rice bran as a key ingredient. This extract contains a high level of protein which can bind moisture onto the hair. The extracts are authenticated by the Royal Botancic Gardens at Kew. The product will also offer some protection from environmental damage.
The product isn't entirely natural and a quick look at the ingredients reveals a long list of unpronouncable chemicals that are routinely found in shampoos and conditioners. A 450ml pot costs £4.99 or 499 advantage card points. If you have an advantage card it is worth checking the points machine found in larger boots, as I have found there are often bonus points on offer if you buy this product or products from the botanics range.
Overall I think this is a good product and one that I have bought on more than one occasion.
This 3 Minute Conditioning hair mask is one of many products in the Botanics range by Boots. The Boots Botanics range covers skin care, body care and hair care, and with such a range of products there is certainly something for all skin and hair types. The Botanics range contain plant extracts, which are authenticated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the range states that the 'power of plants' means the products really work on a more natural level. This being said, don't be fooled into thinking this is an 'organic' range, such ranges are becoming more hugely popular, but you will find parabens in these products. However the Botanics range also has a Botanics Organic range within it, which I have noticed more products being added to it. These products are truly organic, and free from those parabens which people fear cause cancer... however no studies can properly confirm this yet, and it seems everything can cause some form of cancer these days!
I'd bought this hair mask in Boots a while ago when it was on promotion, and it's been sat in my drawer ever since. I came across this a couple of weeks ago and decided it was time to start using it! I usually avoid all hair masks and anything that's 'conditioning' or 'moisturising' in hair products as my hair is awful, it becomes greasy every day, its fine and has tons of split ends! I have to wash it every day, and using anything that might moisturise it will only cause it to become greasy more quickly. However, as I mentioned, I have tons of split ends the ends of my hair do become quite dry, so I decided to use this products on the ends of my hair only, and avoid the scalp region at all costs.
The hair mask comes in a huge and heavy 450ml tube, with a screw lid. This can be a bit fiddly in the shower, especially as it's rather heavy, but it's something you have to put up with as it isn't available in any other packaging. The green label around the tub gives off the 'natural' image associated with plants, and the front of the tube even has a picture of a branch with leaves, just in case you don't get the idea already. The product itself doesn't look anything special, it looks and smells like your average hair care products, it has quite a 'shampoo' scent to it really.
Using this is very easy. You simply need to shampoo your hair, and then put this on your hair evenly from 'root to tip.' Now, if like me you also suffer from a greasy scalp, then don't use this from 'root to tip' but rather, just on the ends of your hair. I use quite a large amount of the stuff too, I grab a good handful out and glide it through my hair, it felt as if I was applying too much and worried my hair would need re-washing again afterwards... and I started to think this wasn't a good idea after all.
I left this to work in my hair and carried on with my shower whilst trying to avoid getting my hair in the shower. When I thought 3 minutes had passed I began to rinse it out. It came out of my hair easily, and my hair already felt amazingly smooth and soft. I was still worried I'd put too much on my hair, but it felt good for now. After my shower and a good blast of the hair dryer, I was surprised to notice my hair wasn't heavy, lanky or greasy but instead it was so wonderfully soft, smooth and it helped my split ends! My hair also had a nice shine to it, and my hair wasn't static or rough feeling. The soft, smooth feeling continued the next day and I was very pleased to see this didn't make my hair greasy more quickly, and simply improved the condition of my dry hair ends vastly.
I now use this stuff 2-3 times a week, and each time I have the same results. My hair looks better all day, and it's a much better result than what I get from using a normal bottled conditioner. You don't have to be scared with applying 'too much' of this on the ends of your hair, I always go overboard with it and it doesn't have a negative effect at all. I would however, be careful around the scalp region as it could probably make that more oily and greasy! The fact that this stuff only takes 3 minutes to work makes it a quick and easy 'pick me up' for your hair, giving you gorgeous good hair days for only a few minutes extra in your shower.
If you have damaged hair, from using those straighteners and dryers all too much, then it's time to invest in some of this stuff. Forget the designer brands, this stuff does the job it's made for and doesn't cost the earth. You get a huge tub of this, and it will last you ages if you're only using it 2-3 times a week like me. It costs £4.99 from Boots however the Botanics range is always running some sort of promotion or special offer, so if there isn't an offer running then hold off buying it because you can almost guarantee there will be one soon.
£4.88 for 450ml of product.
Unless you can catch Boots doing their 3 for 2 range like i did when i purchased this product.
The hair mask comes in a small glass jar with a silver lid. You can see the product through the glass and it has a small label on the front.
I personally think you are paying for the glass packaging more than the product.
What does the product claim to do:
(Taken from the boots website) Botanics, the power of plants. Botanics 3 Minute Deep Conditioning Hair Mask conditions where it's needed most, to leave hair shiny and strengthened with added protection from environmental damage
How to use:
After shampooing the hair, blot dry the hair with a towel and comb.
Apply product to the hair, pulling through to the ends. Comb through and then wrap the hair in a warm towel if possible.
Leave for 3 minutes and then rinse clean.
I am a hairdresser so always have a strong opinion on hair products.
I personally did not like this product at all which is a surprise because i am a big fan of the Botanic range.
I have quite thick naturally curly/frizzy hair and i thought this would leave my hair feeling healthy and shiny.
It left my hair very static and a nightmare to style. In fact i had to re wash it and use my normal Tigi conditioner.
I wouldn't recommend this product to anyone with thick and frizzy hair. But it may work better on some one with naturally straight fine hair.
It is a shame because it smelled fantastic and had great potential.
It has not put me off using the Botanic range though as their skin care is fantastic.
I read about this conditioner in a magazine, coming top of a 'tried and tested' article. Being a great fan of the Boots Botanics range, I thought I'd give it a go and must admit I expected great things from it. The first great thing was the price - rrp £4.99 but I found it on offer for an unbelievable 99p, I was so elated I think I almost skipped to the till.
Packaging:The tub is big. Really big. I did find the screw-lid a bit awkward to manage when my hands were wet in the shower though so now open it before I get in ( I am absolutely not a morning person and find getting ready for the day a horrifying task already without adding extra challenges to my routine).
Product: The consistency was a bit odd, quite gloopy and reminded me a bit of wallpaper paste but the smell is absolutely gorgeous - fresh and clean and would stay on my hair for days afterwards. The conditioner is packed with protein so at least I knew this was actually nourishing my hair and not just coating it with wax, and is so thick that I only needed to use it once a week.
The Results: Soft, silky hair which felt nourished and smelled great, and such a large tub that it lasted me 6 months.
The first time I tried this I got it free with a coupon from Boots Parenting club. I was over the moon at recieving a freebie and when I used it for the first time I realised what a great freebie it was. Thanks to that coupon I have bought it several times and would strongly recommend it.
The tub is huge and lasted me weeks and when my hair was longer I'd be washing my hair every day with it. I thought it was great value especially when I didn't have to replace it as often as the others I used before. It's a creamy colour and feels thick. It doesn't have a particularly strong smell which is good. I always find that after using it my hair looks silky and "people have passed comment". I always tell them my secret - Botanics Hair conditioning mask. Try it - you won't be disappointed!
I've never really took alot of care of my hair in the past. Since the age of 18 (I'm double and a bit of no!) I've permed it, bleached it, darkened it, back combed it, straightened it, highlighted it, oh you name it I've done it!
Yep like most women I'm guilty of sinning against my hair on a regular basis. At the moment I dye it every month, use hair straighteners most days and blow dry it every day without fail.
I never worried about it and continued to abuse my locks. Until I noticed that my hair is falling out. Now don't get me wrong I don't mean by the handful or anything like that but my hair is everywhere like bad malting hair extensions. I don't know if its just because my hair is now raven black (according to the box) and I just see it more now or what or whether all the stuff I do to my hair is just making it more fragile in general. Either way I'm not happy and getting moaned at when another hair is found in the spag bol or in our prized yorkies water bowl (boy did I get yelled at for that one lol!)
Also my hair is acting up. Regardless of the malting season being upon me which is troublesome enough my hair goes through stages. Last week the ends felt dry and brittle this week my hair is greasy the day after washing it and nothing has changed in my hair routine. One minute my hair is shiny and the next it's dull. It wont make up its mind how it wants to be.
Now I am a fan of hair treatments. I use them regular and change the type and brand often to keep it fresh. I like hot oils, mud treatments well you name it and I'll buy it! Looking around Boot's one day and it looking like I may leave the store empty handed if I wasn't careful I decided to look at the Botanics range. I must point out that ages ago I wrote a review on a soap from this range that made me feel physically sick due to the scent of it but the effects on my skin were amazing and since then I have repurchased it on numerous occasions using one hand to wash myself with and one hand to hold my nose with. You think I'm joking? I'm really not I hate the smell!
So I knew this would smell the same or similar and so it wasn't a happy purchase for me but as I say I was thinking well the soaps amazing my hair is feeling frizzy and dried out and a complete nightmare so needs must type of thing and I grabbed a tub of this and ran to the checkout, paid for it and left before there was any chance of changing my mind!
The product comes in large round 450ml see through plastic tub with a silver screw on/of lid. On the front there is a green and white sticky label which tells me 'Active plant extracts, 3 minute deep conditioning hair mask. Rice bran protein conditions grapeseed oil hydrates'. Then there is a little symbol that tells me it is Boot's and 'the power of plants, Botanics' and a scribble of a flower is on there too. On the back the label is green with small white writing on in that tells me what it is and what it's meant to achieve, how to use it, warnings, size is stated (as I've listed already), ingredients, and contact details for Boot's are on there as well. I can see my white almost shimmery looking conditioner through the tub.
What Its For And What It's Meant To Achieve:
Plant extracts at levels that really work, combined and formulated for unbeatable product performance. Naturally. Brushing, styling and environmental pollutants can damage your hair. This intensely hydrating 3 minute mask conditions where's it's needed most, to leave hair shiny and strengthened. With added protection from environmental damage.
Rice Bran Protein: This extract contains high levels of protein, which can bind moisture on to the hair surface.
Extracts authenticated by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
After shampooing, rinse thoroughly. Distribute in hair from root to tip and leave for 3 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
Well I've almost finished my tub off and that's due to a couple of reasons! Firstly lets talk about the smell! My god is it awful! Greenies and natural living bean munchers would adore this I'm sure. It just smells green. It smells fresh and light, sure and you can't smell loads of chemicals or anything but as I say it just smells of a garden or something and it vile and sickly sweet and smelling this is repulsive to me and makes me feel quite sick after a couple of minutes of being able to smell it. Now this is my personal experience with this and I know others may like it. It's just to sweet and 'green' for me.
The other reason it's took ages to use this is because it's a huge tub of product! You only need a small amount to cover hair so this really is economical one way or another to use lol.
So using it simple and all you do is Wash hair you hair then rinse and I always shampoo my hair twice. When finally rinsed I either towel dry it or slap it on wet hair. I've found no difference in the results whichever way I do it but do find towel drying and then applying this uses more product but by drying hair I don't get water trickling down my face as I sit in the bath at least!
Again the recommended time states to leave this on your hair for 3 minutes, myself I have left this on for almost an hour (holding my nose all the time of course lol) and I have rubbed this through my hair as I would a normal conditioner and had it on my head for a minute or so.
So the conditioner is as I mentioned before white in colour and in consistency it's runny in the tub but not like a thin liquid though you could pour it on straight on to the head out of the tub if you desire I guess.
In texture although white in colour it goes kind of goes translucent in your hand and you can feel the grease content but also a 'skin' kind of forms on the top after every time you use it so when you do take some out of the tub it isn't as liquid as the rest. It does appear to have a slight grain type of texture but really only very slight and that is the bran in it of course however again you cant feel this in your hands or when applying on your head. It feel very soft and velvet like.
Applying it is easy. Make sure hair is damp or wet but it must be applied to clean hair! It goes on really easily as it is as greasy as it appears so alot goes a long way. I use alot of this to saturate my hair of course making the smell even stronger but it doesn't matter how much I plonk on shoulder length hair, my hair simply drinks it in and absorbs it. As I said earlier I leave it for as long as I want to and I've found no difference in the results at all.
Now if this product worked brilliantly then I'd over look the smell as at the end of the day it's results that count more than packaging and amazing smells after all. The bottom line is it works a little but not enough to go through using it and I feel the results are no better than using an ordinary every day conditioner. Hair even when rinsing this out doesn't feel less tangly. Yes it does feel softer in places but I really struggle to get a wide toothed comb through my hair when hair is still damp or wet which doesn't actually happen to me with any other product I use. I find using this I'm losing more hair than I did previous through the combing process.
It is easy enough to rinse out though and that's the only really positive thing I can say about this. Drying it is no different to any other time and when styled hair is no more shiny or controllable than usual. It still feels a little more soft and hydrated in places but this doesn't help with fly-aways or frizz or anything else.
Over time of using this product I don't feel the overall health of my hair has been improved at all and hair is certainly no stronger and that's with using this 3 times a week. Please note that on the packaging I'm not told how often to use this and most of the intensive hair treatments I use state to be used once or twice a week. My guessing is because there are no indications on how many times you should use it that you could (if you wanted to) use it everyday if you want to.
In a nutshell it really doesn't do alot for it's £5.00 price tag and the worse part is the smell. Even when dried the smell really lingers on the hair for hours and hours which I don't appreciate one bit. If you like the smell (and some may) it's a real bonus but for me it's a drawback and a huge negative and I'm aware it mingles with perfumes and stuff that I use and is far too overpowering for my nasal passages.
Not recommended from me and not just because of the smell but because it hasn't done anything at all for my hair and I won't be buying it again. Sorry Boot's you dropped a clanger with this one in my humble opinion!
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Leave your hair shiny and strengthened with added protection from environmental damage in three minutes!