“ Brand: Boots / Type: Conditioner / Product line: Boots Ingredients „
I bought this recently from Boots along with the shampoo from the same range. It costs 1.29 for a bottle but more often than not it is also on a 3 for 2 offer along with all the other hair care products that Boots have to offer.
The conditioner comes in a small clear plastic bottle with a flip top cap. The label on the bottle is quite basic and white, with a picture of a daisy on the front. The conditioner itself is an off white creamy colour and quite thin and runny in consistancy.
After shampoo-ing I smoothed this through my hair, I found I had to use quite a lot to get a nice even amount through my hair. It was easy to rinse out as it was so thin and runny, though my hair felt quite tangled afterwards - not smooth and soft like it usually does after conditioning.
Once id dried my hair I found it felt quite dry and had lost some of its shine, it took me a while to work out all the tangles and just felt quite rough and horrible.
Overall I wouldnt recommend this shampoo or the conditioner at all, they did nothing for my hair and actually made it look and feel worse than it normally would had I used a different brand. It may be cheap but you have to use quite a lot of it (albeit to no effect) so it doesnt last very long at all. You may as well invest in a better shampoo and conditioner even if it does cost a little bit more.
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 Conditioner 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 hands. The conditioner itself is quite a liquid conditioner, and it's a pale yellow, opaque liquid. It states that it's designed specifically for blonde and fair 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 most conditioners the directions for use are simple; smooth conditioner through wet hair and rinse, for best results use with Boots Ingredients Camomile & Lemon Balm Shampoo. I do use this along with the matching shampoo. I always get through two bottles of conditioner to every one bottle of shampoo, and so I picked up two of the conditioners and one of the shampoo.
I find that this conditioner is a little bit fiddly to apply to my longish hair in the shower as it is quite a liquid conditioner, I normally prefer a thicker conditioner as it seems to 'stick' to my hair a bit more and therefore is easier to apply. This conditioner doesn't advise leaving on your hair for any length of time but I do leave it on my hair whilst I have a wash, and then I rinse it off whilst I rinse my shower gel off. Admittedly most of it has kind of slid out of my hair by this point though! It rinses out well though and it leaves my hair feeling squeaky clean in the shower.
Once I get out of the shower my hair is easy enough to comb through after using this conditioner, I still have the odd tangle, but nothing too major. Once my hair is dry it definitely feels and looks healthy and clean, and it is soft and shiny after using this conditioner. I also find my hair to be just as easy to style after using this conditioner.
When I got home and I realised that the Camomile & Lemon Balm Conditioner 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 conditioner 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 conditioners this works best with the matching shampoo, and I would probably buy this again. I'm hesitating slightly due to the fairly liquid consistency of the conditioner, as for me it wasn't the easiest conditioner to use, but on balance I probably would actually buy this again.
This is a review of Boots Ingredients Camomile & Lemon balm conditioner which I used in conjunction with the same shampoo from the range, the conditioner lasted me a few weeks longer than the shampoo for some reason.
Price and packaging
A bottle of this conditioner is sized 300 ml and retails at £1.29 and I also bought it in a 3 for 2 deal at the time with boots points as an added bonus. The bottle is packaged in a clear round bottle with a white label picturing the ingredients and a flip top cap which makes it easy to squeeze out the product.
How does it perform?
In use, the conditioner is quite thin and runny so you don't need a lot to cover a full head of hair. I have quite long hair and only use it on the length and ends. It seemed easy to use and equally easy to rinse out. It smelt OK without being overpowering and didn't have a long lasting smell in my hair.
Results were difficult to identify with this conditioner. Whilst it worked adequately, I don't feel I will be raving about it as a product but as a fairly low price was paid, it performed OK for the money and the bottle lasted me a long time.
I won't rush out to buy this again but if it was on a good offer I would purchase and use it again. It would work well in conjunction with a deep conditioning hair masque perhaps between 2-3 uses of this.
I wasn't overwhelmed by this conditioner but at the same time it was OK on my hair. I have used worse conditioner in the past but this certainly doesn't rank in my top 20! I think it's a cheap solution to hair conditioning and a lighter version so probably good if you have greasy hair. It's not one I'd want to take on holiday as I don't think it performs well enough to tackle sun damaged hair.