I buy a lot of Boots own hair products as I find they are always good value and also do a good job. I bought this 300ml bottle of Boots Essentials 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner for just £2.25 which will last me for around two or three months or maybe even longer. . This is a 2 in 1 so it is shampoo and conditioner in one bottle which I find is okay for my hair which is in reasonable condition however if you have really dry hair then you may need a separate shampoo and conditioner where you can choose how much conditioner you need for your particular requirements.
It comes in a plastic bottle and it has the usual list of ingredients and instructions for use. As soon as you open the flip top lid you can smell a lovely fresh clean fragrance and it really is very pleasant.
To use I will squeeze about an inch and a half blob onto my hand and find that this is enough to cover my hair which is currently just shoulder length. It lathers up well and you can smell the lovely fruity smell as you are massaging it into your scalp and it feels quite thick and rich as you are working it in. When I am happy that I have covered all of my hair I will then rinse it off and find that it washes away easily and doesn't leave any residue.
Afterwards my hair feels soft straight away even when it is still wet and smells lovely. I can tell when I am drying it with the hair dryer that it has been conditioned as it always dries nice and smooth with no frizz or fly away hair which I get if I don't use any conditioner, so the conditioner part in this product does really work for me.
I think that if you can get this shampoo and conditioner 2 in 1 on offer then I really do recommend it as it smells lovely, lathers well and leaves your hair soft and quite shiny which I find makes it easier to style. I like using this 2 in 1 shampoo which won't break the bank and is suitable for all the family.
Washing my hair everyday and my hair being way past shoulder length means that I do get through alot of hair washing products! I usually steer clear of most 2 in 1 products of any kind to be honest as when it comes to washing my hair I believe in using shampoo and conditioner from separate bottles! However the other day in Boots I noticed that had a 3 for the price of 2 promotion so I bought the Boots Essentials Shampoo and Conditioner and picked this up as the free item to try it out really.
The bottle this comes in is very basic but functional, but it does look cheap but to be fair is cheap at only 65p a bottle!
So the bottle is made of plastic and its white frosted with a flip top lid to the top of it concealing a hole and then on the front of the bottle and in dark and light blue writing we are told that it is indeed Boots Essentials Shampoo & Conditioner 'For all hair types' and that it is a 2 in 1 product then on the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and how to use it, warnings and the ingredients are given, the size is stated which is 500ml (and the only size I have seen this available to purchase in by the way), we are told that once opened to use it up within 24 months and contact details for Boots are given. Like I have already mentioned this is cheap looking packaging but its a very usable bottle and informative enough too.
The colour of this 2 in 1 is light a light green and it looks creamy and the scent of it is unisex in its scent and very light and to me just smells sort of soapy, not too sweet and not floral or fruity however like I say it just old fashioned soap scented in my mind but that doesn't matter really cos the scent is so light it doesn't linger on my hair anyway.
I use this twice by using a small blob on damp hair and then I rinse and do the same again. It lathers up nicely and feels lightly creamy in use and I like the light scent of it and its easily rinsed out of the hair and no residue feels like its left behind.
This completely left a feeling of residue on my hair once dried and it felt really dry and not even clean. To say I hated this product is an understatement it really was awful! My hair usually suffers with frizz and this made is worse and impossible to get looking right even when I put my hair straighteners through it and it felt gritty, dirty and frizzy and it didn't even smell nice as this has hardly any scent to it once my hair has dried completely too. My hair has never felt so dry as when I have used this so this may be great for people with really greasy hair but this to me dried my hair out and completely depleted my hair of its natural shine so ended up in the bin after a couple of uses! Sorry boots I hate this!
I hate this stuff and wouldn't recommend it sadly!
Only available from Boots.
I haven't used an own brand shampoo on a regular for some time because I have found that in general they don't work well on my hair. It tends to go greasy quickly, whatever product I use, but I found the branded products kept it looking presentable for longer. I used to have to use more of the cheap shampoo too, so it didn't work out to be as such good value as it seemed at first. However, my hair also responds best if I change my shampoo every so often, and my previous favourite is no longer offering the shine benefits it once was. So while shopping in Boots for an alternative, I came across their own brand Essentials 2 in one shampoo and conditioner. As it is priced at just 69p for 500ml, I thought that it may be worth trying. I have had some mixed success with other Boots brand products, but none have been a total disaster so I felt I didn't have much to loose!
The Essentials collection of toiletries is Boots cheapest own label range and it covers plenty of skin and hair products. I don't think that I have tried any others personally.
This particular shampoo is described as being suitable for all hair types. I have a greasy scalp area and dry ends, so I was happy to chose a product that would hopefully suit all parts of my hair. Boots say their product is suitable for daily use, which is how I intended to use it. They promise that it will revitalise and detangle my hair, leaving it "clean, soft and shiny". Perfect!
I was impressed by the size of the bottle that I got for my measly 69p. It looks chunky and basic in design and it definitely isn't the sort of thing you could ornament your bathroom with! I would rather Boots keep the price low than add any decoration to it. The bottle may not be glamorous but it does it's job. The flip top lid isn't too flimsy and it shuts firmly, while the dispensing hole is the perfect size and doesn't get bunged up.
The shampoo is a milky pale green colour and it has a creamy consistency that reminds me more of a pure conditioner than a shampoo, although this product is of course both. I appreciate the fact it isn't too runny, which is definitely a problem that I have had with other cheap shampoos, and one which leads to wastefulness. It isn't so thick that massaging it into the hair is at all difficult though. It feels very pleasant to use, as it lathers readily and really much more than I thought a own brand product would. I know that lather isn't always actually necessary to clean my hair, but it does give me a certain satisfaction and I feel that I have given my hair a thorough clean when I have rinsed it away. I know we all use different amounts of shampoo/conditioner depending on our hair length and thickness, but I can say I only need to use the same size blob of this that I would use of any other shampoo to achieve clean hair.
The other pleasure about using this for me is the scent. The bottle does not describe what aroma you can expect, and I find it hard to identify exactly what the perfume actually is. I do know that I love it though! I feel that it is appley, lemony and generally fruity without smelling cheap and artificial. It is fresh and just strong enough to scent my hair lightly throughout the day without being overwhelming. I do not think it is too feminine in a stereotypical sense, to use as a family shampoo but my boyfriend says it is too "powdery" smelling for him. I wasn't going to share anyway!
DOES IT WORK?
I have noticed that after thoroughly rinsing my hair, it does not seem to be as tangle free and seperated out as it would when I use a seperate conditioner. I would say that is usuallly the case with 2 in 1 products for me. So the Boots one hasn't actually performed worse at this - exccept when compared to seperate products. I do rely on the conditioner to make my hair easier to brush and therefore less liable to breakage, so this is a bit disappointing even though I wasn't expecting miracles. My hair does feel conditioned in other ways though - my hair is decidedly softer and bouncier after use, and it does look healthy beacuse of that. I haven't noticed any real shine to my hair though.
I am happy with the 2 in 1 as a shampoo because even my greasy hair comes up clean looking using it. I still usually need to wash my hair the next day. However, as mentioned above, this is common with me, and no reflection on the shampoo. I am sure that it would keep a less troublesome head of hair cleaner for longer. I haven't suffered from any scalp irritation when using this but then I don't suffer from sensitive skin.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER?
I found this surprisingly nice to use, mainly due to it's good scent and lathering abilities. I couldn't really tell that I was using a basic product while washing my hair - unless I looked at the bottle of course. As a shampoo this is fine, and performs well as a basic cleaner for me, but as a conditioner it doesn't really do everything I need it to. I would have liked the product to deliver more of the promised shine, and I really need one that helps to leave my hair free of tangles. For that reason, I used the 2 in 1 for 3 weeks on its own but then decided my hair needed a good conditioner again. I will use up the remainder when I am away for the weekend and I appreciate the time and space saving aspect of having a 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner. I will decant it into a more suitcase friendly size bottle first though! I would recommend the product providing you are not expecting a fantastic conditioner. I do think it is good quality for an own brand product and I will try some of Boots other shampoos as a result. All in all, I have decided to award it 4 stars, taking into account the low price.
[This review is also on my user name on Ciao.]
Boots essentials range 2in1 shampoo & conditioner
I needed some shampoo for when I go swimming and I checked the obvious Boots to see if there was anything I could get. Conditioner is always a nice touch along with the shampoo and make hair detangle and be easy to comb. Most people use separate shampoo & conditioner but some use the 2in1 version which is much faster and great for when your on holiday as your able to take one bottle instead of two.
I thought Wilko or Savers would be a good place to get shampoo from but I checked Boots first just to see...
...& i'm sooooo glad I did because I found the Boots essentials range. They had either a choice of seperate shampoo & conditioner with 500ml in the bottle at 60p each or the 2in1 version at 60p. I picked the 2in1 version hence this review!
Boots essentials range 2in1 shampoo comes in a 500ml bottle with a light green colour. The front description says 'shampoo & conditioner' & 'for all hair types'.
The back description describes this shampoo as 'gentle enough to use everday, it revitalises and detangles in one go' and it claims to leave hair 'clean, soft and shiny'
I had a shower later on that day & I was suprised at it actually. I massaged it into wet hair, left it whilst I washed my body and washed it out. I then combed it and dried it and my hair was left really shiny and healthy looking. I could'nt believe that a shampoo so cheap could doo this!
I've tried cheap shampoos like this before like Tesco Value and ASDA Smart Price ranges and they've all been rubbish. They were like 20p and this one was 60p so even though the price was a little higher it was well worth it and let's face it it was still well under a pound!
I even got 2 advantage card points too!
Avoid contact with eyes, if shampoo comes into contact with eyes, wash immediately with plenty of water,
Use within 24 months of being opened.
The Boots Company PLC,
Made in the UK
When I have a shower in the mornings I usually like to be as quick as possible and get on with my day and then in the evenings I can take much longer in the shower and I have baths in the evenings too and I have bought this shampoo a couple of times from Boots and it is of a very good quality too.
It is 500ml for only 59p which is a very good price and only a little amount is needed for my short hair and it lathers very well indeed, it is very easy to rinse off the hair to leave it feeling nice and soft.
This one contains a conditioner too as well as the shampoo and so it has an extremely rich, soft and smooth texture to it and when massaging it into the hair I can feel it conditioning it at the same time as washing it, I do not use a separate conditioner on my hair but my wife does all of the time and she has used this one and she is also very happy with the results it give her hair and she has quite long hair.
I have used it on my grandchildren's hair and it has left it just as soft and it has a lovely fragrance to it, and I would say it is not a feminine one, it is one for all of the family.
It has left my wife and most of my grand daughters hairs not feeling too heavy but only one of my grand daughters it did not suit her hair as she felt it was too heavy for her and when she used her hair mousse and blow dried it, her hair did not stay in place as good as without using this shampoo but everyone else have no problems with it.
It leaves no tangles in the hair and leaves it feeling nice and conditioned and very soft.
A 2 in 1 shampoo does not always suit all hair types but this one does suits my family very well indeed.
My scalp has felt fine with this product and it has not itched or been irritated by using it at all and I recommend it for anyone to use it as it is an extremely good quality one and very good value for money.
I rate it 5 stars.
Boots Essentials collection is both cheap and cheerful, with most of the products around the 50p to £1 mark. The bottles are easy to distinguish as they are plain and are only printed with the explanation as to what the product is in quite big letters down one side of the bottle.
The 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner is fantastic for me, as I have very thick, frizzy and out of control hair and often can't find a shampoo and conditioner separately that doesn't make my hair worse frizz wise, or feel like it still has tons of the product in it. This product is quite creamy and light in texture and works its way right into the roots of your hair to moisturise your scalp. My hair gets quite knotty but this immediately smoothes out all the knots and catches and I am able to run my fingers through my hair almost instantly.
I like that the shampoo and conditioner is merged as it really reduces the cost of my hair care products. I often have to stock up on a lot of conditioner in order to make my hair feel smooth and manageable and as my hair is thick I have to use quite a bit in order to achieve that effect. With this combined product I get really good value for money, as it only costs around 58p for a large bottle, meaning that it can last for weeks and it works out to be extremely cheap each time I wash my hair.
Using this product has meant that my hair is a lot less frizzy in comparison to when I use other products and it doesn't cling to the hair making it hard to wash out. It leaves my hair shiny and really smooth and definitely a lot easier to style, with the effects lasting for days.
I bought this to try after reading a review on here and have been pleased with the recommendation. This is from the Boots own Essential range and cost just 58p for a 500ml bottle. I was surprised by the price and the size of the bottle and did wonder if it would turn out to be a false economy. This is a 2 in 1 shampoo so there is no need for a separate conditioner and should save me time in the mornings.
The shampoo is light green in colour and is lightly scented. The consistency of the liquid was a bit thin and I poured an amount the size of a 50p piece into my hand and worked it into my hair. I have shoulder length hair so whilst this is enough for me others may need a bit more. The shampoo lathered easily and it was easy to work through my hair. I did find I had a problem with rinsing out the shampoo as the conditioner is not noticeable and my hair was rather tangled and made it difficult to rinse the shampoo out quickly. I had to work through the tangles and got the shampoo out but this did take a tad bit longer than when using my normal brand of shampoo.
As I said earlier I couldn't really tell when rinsing out whether there was any conditioner in the shampoo and after towelling dry my hair I ran a brush through it. There were a few tangles but not as much as I thought bearing in mind I had problems with rinsing out the shampoo. After my hair dried (I left it to air dry) I noticed it was soft to the touch and also clean and light and had a fluffy look to it. I find when I use a separate conditioner it can sometimes leave my hair looking a bit flat so was pleased to find there was some volume to it. I found that my hair maintained the lightness throughout the day and was still soft to touch at the end of the day.
I was very pleased with the results. My hair is in very good condition (so my hairdresser tells me!) and I find this shampoo gives it a very good clean and moisterises well for my hair. I also don't wash my hair every day and find on the second day that my hair still looks clean and light even when pulled back into a ponytail.
Overall this is a good basic shampoo but it probably is not as time saving as I thought it would be as I had problems with rinsing it out and have knocked one star off it for this.
Boots is one of my favourate shops and I shop there on a regular basis buying most of my beauty and medical items there.
They have their own basics brand called 'essentials' which offers fairly good quality items at a very low price.
Boots essentials 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner sells at 59p for 500ml, which is cheap by anyones standards.
I recently read an artical on moneysavingexpert.com about how you can save by trying a basic brand in all that buy. If the value brand is as good as the one you were using, you stand to save quite a bit over time and if it doesn't you really haven't got that much to lose.
I decided to follow this advice and try it with everything I buy, this item being one of them.
I usually use John Frieda or Umbertto Giannini shampoos and conditioners. I find my gets quite lank and fine a lot so I tend to go for the volumising and thickening products, so when I tried this, I really wasn't expecting too much.
I have to say that it wasn't as good as my other shampoos and conditioners, but for the price it wasn't bad. I was my hair daily and if I were going to tie it up or style it, I would probably use this, If I wanted to have it down around my face, I would use a better quality one. The reason being that this did make the top layer of hair a bit fly away. Nothing too bad but when my hair is down, I do like it to be perfect if possible.
This shampoo/conditioner smells very clean and fresh, not too strong and has a milky, creamy texture to it. I didn't need a huge amount and I think a bottle of this would probably last me around 10-14 days with everyday use (my hair is quite long).
No shampoo and conditioner 2 in 1 is going to moisturise the hair as well as seperate products but this would be great if you went swimming ot just want to be quick. I didn't really find it conditioning enough and would really need extra conditioner if wearing my hair loose.
Overall it was average. No better than other 2 in 1's but no worse. Great for what it is. Probably would be great for men though, or anyone with very short hair, but not for me!
When it comes to shampoo and conditioner, I'm not loyal to any one brand and will swap around depending on special offers or just what I feel like buying at the time. Whenever possible I'll usually go for the combined shampoo and conditioner products as I'm quite lazy and don't see the point in using separate products when I can use just one to do the job! As part of my attempts to cut costs, I've been using a lot more own brands to see if I can save money without skimping on quality and this particular product was one of my first trials at own brand haircare.
***What it looks like***
The product is a light blue shade, so the colour that you can see in the bottle is the product rather than the colour of the packaging (which is obviously see through). In terms of consistency, it's just about right and isn't too thick or too runny. It's quite creamy in appearance and actually looks a bit like shower gel on first glance.
It's easy to work into the hair and gives a good lather so I'm optimistic that it's doing a decent job of cleaning my hair. I don't have a problem washing it again afterwards either. I usually use the bath's shower attachment to fully get rid of product but it's also fairly simple to get it out if you're not using this (I sometimes tip my head back in the bath to remove shampoo and then work my fingers through to get rid of product, especially if I'm pushed for time). I get the squeaky clean feel after using it, but at the same time my hair looks and feels nicely detangled. Running my fingers through afterwards get rid of any tangles quickly and I don't need to spend ages with a comb sorting them out. I need to use more of this than I do with other products and the usual coin-size dollop isn't enough to get a good lather going. On average, I would say that I need to use two dollops - the first being roughly equivalent to a 50p coin and the second being roughly equivalent to a pound coin.
This is a product for frequent use and I can see why after a couple of washes. Although my hair looks and feels nice after it's dried, the oiliness quickly builds up (especially at the roots) and I feel the need to wash it again the next evening on most occasions. If I'm not going out, I'll often wash it every other day but I can't bear to leave it any longer than this. This is something to consider if like me, you have greasy hair as the chances are pretty high that you won't get away with not washing it very often. That aside, I'm impressed with the quality and results, especially given the price (which I'll discuss in the next section).
***How much it costs***
The reason I wasn't expecting much from this product originally was the bargain price of 59p. For that, you get a 500ml bottle which tends to last me at least two weeks. I'm basing that on washing my hair either every day or every other day so it should last longer if you don't need to wash your hair as often as that. My hair is roughly shoulder-length so it should last even longer if you don't need to use as much as me (if your hair is shorter).
Since I first starting using this product, I've stocked up on a few more bottles as I've been quite impressed - and can't resist the price. Although I've used shampoos and conditioners that are probably superior to this, I can't justify their price tags any more so I'll be sticking with this one for now. For the bargain price, it's one of the best own brands that I've tried but it's probably not the best option for those who prefer the more 'luxury' alternatives.