“ Brand: Boots / Type: Hair Shampoo / Subcategory: Balm / What it does: regenerates / Product line: Boots Ingredients „
I bought Boots Camomile and Lemon Balm shampoo by a kind of process of elimination. I prefer to get shampoos high in natural content where possible, but sometimes need to buy shampoo that's inexpensive and available from my local shops. The Boots Essentials range is certainly inexpensive (this is £1.29 for a 300ml bottle).
I picked Camomile and Lemon Balm because it didn't contain parabens, unlike some of the other shampoos in the range. I'm not saying this shampoo has a great ingredients list - second ingredient on the list is Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which I find causes dry skin on my neck and behind my ears unless I rinse every bit of shampoo off - but at least the parabens are missing from this one.
This particular shampoo is aimed at people with fair or blonde hair. While my partner is fair-haired, mine is dark brown. I've seen reviews of this shampoo which suggest that it can cause gentle brightening effects on the hair, but this hasn't been my experience - my hair colour has stayed intact.
The shampoo is easily dispensed by operating the flip-top lid and giving the bottle a gentle squeeze. It's neither too thick nor too runny, and I find that a smallish amount lathers reasonably on my mop of very thick long hair. The shampoo has a fresh, lemony smell that isn't entirely natural, but isn't offensive either.
I've bought this shampoo a couple of times now, and it's fine for everyday use. It is a budget shampoo, so doesn't give any particular hair-improving effects, and I need to follow it up with conditioner every other day to stop my hair from becoming dry, but it does the job of keeping my hair clean and fresh.
I'm classing this as a standby shampoo because it's one I would pick up again when I need to get a reliable, inexpensive shampoo from the shops I have on my doorstep. I'm giving it three stars as it's not a bad shampoo but not a favourite either.
I bought this as it was cheap and I was looking for a bargain shampoo. I have tried the Boots coconut shampoo before and quite liked it so I thought this one would be the same.
It comes in a small bottle that is clear and has a flip top lid. The label is white and has a picture of a big daisy on the front, there is also a conditioner in the same range which I also bought. The shampoo itself is yellow in colour, and the consistancy is quite thin and runny.
I find I have to use quite a lot of this shampoo to get a good lather going on and to really clean my hair (I have medium length hair). I followed using the shampoo with applying the conditioner from the same range in my hair. I found that after rinsing my hair of both products it didnt feel particularly soft or detangled, after drying it was pretty much the same. My hair felt rough and it took a while to get the tangles out before I could dry it properly. My hair didnt feel particularly clean either, and seemed to have lost some of its shine.
Overall I wouldnt recommend this shampoo to anyone, it seemed to really dry my hair out more than anything else and I had to use a good handful to get my hair feeling nice and clean, and the conditioner doesnt do anything to help either. It only costs around £1.29 for a bottle but you have to use so much that it doesnt last very long - you'd be better off buying a more expensive brand as it will last you longer and take better care of your hair.
I'm currently using the Boots Ingredients Camomile & Lemon Balm Shampoo and Conditioner. I'm not brand loyal when it comes to shampoos and conditioners, I'm happy to use whichever products happen to be on offer or seem to be the best value.
The Boots Camomile & Lemon Balm Shampoo costs just £1.29, and comes in a 300ml bottle. The bottle has a flip top lid making it easy to use in the shower with wet, soapy hands. The shampoo itself is quite a thick shampoo, and it's a thick transparent yellow liquid. It states that it's designed specifically for fair and blonde hair, my hair is neither fair nor blonde, it's mid to dark brown - I didn't actually spot this description on the bottle when I bought the shampoo and conditioner. I was in a rush in Boots in my lunch hour, flipped open the top, decided I liked the smell and so just popped them in my basket.
This is formulated with extracts of camomile & lemon balm, and you can definitely smell the lemon in this. I think that this is what attracted me to this as it's a lovely fresh lemon scent. You get quite an intense hit of the lemon both in the bottle and when you are using it in the shower, I also find that the lemon fragrance lingers in my hair for the rest of the day as well. The lingering lemon fragrance isn't too overpowering in my hair, but it's just subtle enough to be noticeable if I've wafted my hair. I'm not sure that I can smell the camomile in this, to me this just smells of lemons.
As with all shampoos the directions for use are; massage shampoo into wet hair, rinse and repeat if necessary, for best results follow with Boots Ingredients Camomile & Lemon Balm Conditioner. I've never ever done the 'rinse and repeat if necessary' step with any shampoo, I don't think that it's necessary, I think that this just makes you use up the shampoo twice as fast and so end up buying twice as much of it! I do always follow the shampoo with the matching conditioner though. I do always get through 2 bottles of conditioner to every 1 bottle of shampoo, and so I picked up two of the conditioners and 1 of the shampoo.
I find that this shampoo lathers up well on my hair in the shower, and that I don't need to use a lot of it to create a rich and foamy lather. It rinses out well and it leaves my hair feeling squeaky clean in the shower, before then following it with the matching conditioner. Once my hair is dry it definitely feels and looks healthy and clean, and it is soft and shiny after using these products. I normally wash my hair around 3 times a week and this has stayed the same whilst using this shampoo, so it hasn't caused my hair to go greasy or to need washing any sooner. I also find my hair to be just as easy to style whilst using this shampoo.
When I got home and I realised that the Camomile & Lemon Balm Shampoo is specially formulated to enhance the colour and shine of fair, blonde and highlighted hair I did wonder if I'd end up binning the products, or donating them to a friend with fair hair. However I find that the shampoo works perfectly well on my darker hair, maybe if you have fair hair it will make your hair especially shiny? I don't know, and can't comment on this aspect. But what I can say is that this works well on darker hair, and so if you like the fragrance and do have darker hair then this is definitely worth a go, especially for the low price. I think that like most shampoos this works best with the matching products, and I'd more than happily buy this again.
This is a review of Boots Ingredients Camomile and Lemon Balm Shampoo which is especially formulated for fair and blonde hair. I used this shampoo in conjunction with the same conditioner in the range and I have to say I wasn't overly impressed with the results.
The product comes in a fairly small bottle, with 300mls in content. The bottle is clear with a flip top and a white label with the ingredients sort of pictured. It's a poor picture of what looks like a giant daisy and a green leaf which I presume is the camomile but it doesn't look very good to me. The bottle is recyclable which is good news. I like the flip top lid as it is easy to squeeze out the product and reseal and the shampoo doesn't get stuck in the lid like some other shampoos.
I find that I have to use a slightly larger amount of this shampoo to get a good lather going. I do have quite a lot of hair so this bottle did not last all that long for me. The shampoo does not have a strong fragrance but it does smell OK. I rinsed out the product and finished with the camomile and lemon conditioner to get the best results.
I usually wash my hair every other day (unless I need to wash it for an occasion or if it gets dirty or sweaty in between) but with this shampoo I found my hair was getting quite greasy on day two so really needed to shampoo every day with it. As for the fair and blonde hair claim, I know camomile is a good natural enhancer for blondes but I didn't notice any difference on my hair in this respect.
I was really disappointed with this shampoo as I have liked other products from the Boots Ingredients range, especially the mango and orange hand wash. I found that I was using this shampoo intermittently because I knew the results wouldn't last very long so if it was a 'not doing much' day I would use this but pick another one if I was going out and wanted my hair to look nice and stay clean for a couple of days.
Price and availability
A 300ml bottle costs £1.29 and is also in a 3 for 2 promotion at the moment. It's not a bad price for a shampoo but as it's not a best performing shampoo for me, it's probably a false economy to stock up on this one.
As a shampoo this performs OK but I wished that it would last a bit longer. I never achieved squeaky clean with this shampoo which probably means that it is not as drying and kinder on the hair. I don't think a repurchase will be on the cards as I wasn't that impressed so will only say it's around the two dooyoo stars mark.