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Having bought the smaller sized bottle of this Creme de Coco shampoo - at 50 ml this is probably the tiniest bottle of shampoo I've ever bought - yet at £5.50 it was hardly inexpensive. I like to use a smaller or trial size first with any new haircare product in case it doesn't agree with my hair or skin. The claims Bumble and Bumble make sounded impressive enough for me to want to try it though.
Described as "an extra-mild, luxurious cleanser with a blend of moisture-rich Coconut and Murumuru Butters" it aims to help restore sheen & softness, improve flexibility and minimise frizz. I wouldn't say I have a problem with is frizzy hair, but because I often have my hair highlighted and use a hair dryer and GHD's I think a good quality shampoo and conditioner are in order to help keep it looking its best.
Despite this being the smaller of the two sized bottles, it has the same flip top lid as the 250 ml bottle. This was fine until I got to the very end of the bottle and found it easier to dispense the shampoo by unscrewing the lid.
The shampoo itself is creamy coloured and slightly pearlescent. This, together with the consistency lends itself to the "luxurious" claim as this is a nice, thicker consistency than most other shampoos without being gloopy or unmanageable.
As expected, the scent is primarily of coconut although I think its a more subtle smell than a lot of other coconutty shampoos. It isn't too noticeable on my hair after I use it either, but that's fine with me - I want my hair cleaned not deodorised!
A quick look at the ingredients provides some reassurance that Bumble & Bumble aim to use mostly natural ingredients: Coconut oil, Coconut extract, Murumuru (Palm Tree) butter, Mallow and Milk Thistle extract are all included to make my hair glossy and soft. Another, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLS) puts a dampener on things, but it is at least in the minority.
Using this shampoo is a treat. I need very little as it lathers brilliantly with no effort. I would put this down to the SLS but the Tigi Catwalk shampoo I use is swimming in surfactants and doesn't lather anything like as well. This coco de creme also leaves my hair feeling far less tangled than either of my Aussie and Tigi shampoos, but I still tend to use a conditioner afterwards out of habit.
~ The Creme de la creme? ~
I love a bargain as much as anyone, but more concern to me than the price of a shampoo is whether it causes any irritation to my scalp and how it leaves my hair feeling. In the past I've bought products having read wonderful reviews only to find they're not suitable for me.
I usually wash my hair every other day, and when I use this shampoo the immediate results are very good: my hair is tangle free and once its dry it feels really silky and looks glossier too. The following day and my hair is still quite soft and hasn't really lost its body. The initial glossiness could easily start to make my hair feel lank before the next wash, but it doesn't.
My small bottle lasted about two months and in all that time it hadn't left my scalp sore or blotchy. It is, as it states, gentle.
Considering how cheap some shampoos are, the Bumble &Bumble range might seem over priced but I still recommend this nevertheless. The scent isn't off-putting, it feels nice to use, and most importantly it keeps my hair and scalp in tip top condition. It also seems to last me slightly longer than others as I use less.
I see that Boots now stock the Bumble & Bumble range albeit mostly the larger sized bottles. I had bought my bottle online from B & B but I'll no doubt buy the bigger bottle in store soon (and gain Boots clubcard points as well). It costs £18.50 which some might think is insane but given my experiences with other shampoos and its longevity, I think this is money well spent.
I'll award this 5 Dooyoo stars despite it being expensive as it really works for me.
An extra-mild, luxurious cleanser with a blend of moisture-rich Coconut and Murumuru Butters to help restore sheen and softness, improve flexibility and minimize frizz. Who: Coconut lovers and island hoppers, especially if dry or dull; (coloUr compatible). When: Daily; followed by Creme de Coco Conditioner. How: Wet hair, lather in palms, massage through and rinse thoroughly (no need to repeat).