“ Brand: Charles Worthington / Type: Hair Shampoo / What it does: Cleanses, Enriches, Nourishes „
Well, the answer is somewhere in between but before we get there, let me tell you a story...;) Mrblueyedboyfriendssister (my that was a long one!) bought me a little Charles Worthington gift set for Christmas and I can see exactly why! It appears to be the perfect gift for me... It came in a little pink toiletries bag, my favourite colour! To top it off not only was the shampoo and conditioner pink and gold, but it came with sparkly gold stylish products! Lavish, lovely and very very me! At least until I took it into the bathroom... I'll leave the other products alone as the grilling I'm going to give the shampoo should be plenty enough for one day...;) So I'll start with the bottle. Now my bottle is a different shape to the one on the category picture and indeed, this is quite a saving grace as those small flat bottles would take up a lot of room on the side of my bath whereas my bottles are taller and thinner - about the size of a normal Coke can - and they fit nicely in your hand. Maybe they are different bottles because they came in a gift set. The top has one of those circular lids that you depress at one side which in turn raises the dispenser bit at the other. I like these lids, they are a good idea as they are one-piece and easy to open and close thus preventing clumsy old me dropping the lid, spilling the shampoo as I try to pick it up, slipping on the mess... (you get the idea?) So Charles was doing pretty well so far but was about to hit the first hurdle: As I poured some 'heavenly hair wash' into my hand the texture worried me a little. It was very creamy and swirly looking, a bit like when you see bottle of nail varnish poured out in the glossy magazines. It's a nice look but not what I'd expect from a shampoo. A conditioner maybe, but not a shampoo. I usually like a clear one (Neutrogena Clean & Clear is my current favourite). However, I wouldn't have let a
silly thing like appearance put me of so I lifted the product towards my head, and then it hit me.... the smell! Charles' Heaven smells like strong old fashioned perfume that ladies of a certain age would wear. Maybe it's Estee Lauder's Youth Dew. It's definitely the sort of perfume that is dark brown in colour. Now, at first this is quite a glamorous scent but after only a few seconds it's a bit heady and too much! Finally I got down to the nitty gritty of actually washing my hair, and this help the biggest disappointment. In Charles' defence, it lathered well and the scent disappeared almost straight away, however, it didn't really clean my hair! Even after shampooing twice (I only ever usually shampoo once but I thought I would give it the benefit of the doubt) my hair didn't have that squeaky clean quality I achieve with Neutrogena. I did persevere for a few more days with the product but it really began to feel as though it was creating quite a build-up in my hair. For those that don't understand build-up here's a brief (and unscientific) explanation courtesy of my old hairdresser Katie formerly of the The Mark Hill salon, Kirk Ella:- Several shampoos on the market (Pantene being the prime offender) claim to improve the condition of your hair, and in the short term they do. They do this by coating your hair with a layer of silicone* so as your hair feels smooth and lovely. It's a similar effect to varnishing a wooden table. Now imagine that you keep applying layers of varnish to that table, and leaving it outside in all conditions. Pretty soon they layers will begin to split and peel, often damaging the wood beneath as it strips the natural oils away. Well, that's exactly what build-up does to your hair and that's why it's important to use a build-up remover shampoo once a week if your regular shampoo is silicone* based. In summary I'm
afraid the answer is far closer to hell than the bottle would lead you to believe and therefore Charles Worthington's Heavenly Hair Wash gets a big thumbs down from me! Far from creating Dream Hair, it gave me a minor nightmare! It seems that too good to be true sales pitch about 'smart' cleansing is indeed too good to be true! * I did say this was an unscientific explanation, so forgive me if it isn't actually silicone. I think itis a silicone-based derivative in truth, but the manufacturers don't really advertise that fact much so it's hard to find out! Please comment if you know more!
It was the bottle that sold it to me... Having received a few pounds worth of Boots gift vouchers through the post recently I headed off to my local store to treat myself. Maybe it was a strange idea to choose shampoo as a treat, but this was expensive stuff... After browsing the shelves, this little bottle of pink stuff caught my eye. The label reads: Charles Worthington London dream hair heavenly hairwash outrageously rich shampoo for body and shine Dry and Normal Hair "Sounds good to me" I thought to myself, always ready to try a new shampoo! It was priced at £5.95, which in my opinion is a lot of money for a 250ml (8.7 fl.oz) bottle of shampoo, but as I had my vouchers I bought it. The bottle is a peculiar shape for a shampoo bottle, very short and round with a sturdy lid on top (like the picture dooyoo have provided obviously). The shampoo inside has a creamy, pearlescent consistency, and is almost a marshmallowy-baby-pink type colour. It has a sweet, delicately-perfumed, not quite soapy smell. Being the stingy person I am, I didn't use too much when I washed my hair - wanted to see how far ir was going to go. My hair is quite long and thick, but I found I didn't have to use much to work up a good rich lather. I always think you can tell straight away whether a shampoo is going to leave your hair squeaky clean, clean, clean and soft, or soft and a bit lank looking... I'm pleased to report this shampoo falls into the very clean and very soft category. After my hair had dried it had felt very soft and looked healthy and shiny. The fact that although I've now used this shampoo a couple of times, but it hardly looks like I've used any looking at the bottle is quite nice to see - I'm hoping it will last for a good few weeks or so... This is the first time I've used a Charles Worthington shampoo so can't comment on how long
they normally last. This shampoo is part of Charles Worthington's 'dream hair' range. The Charles Worthington website promotes this range as follows: "DREAM HAIR is a totally new, luxurious and science-measured haircare concept that lavishes your hair with the same focused care and attention traditionally reserved for your skin. It is also the first range to offer a complete beauty routine with the sophistication and technological innovation to match the most high-performance skincare regime, delivering seriously amazing and guaranteed benefits. At the heart of each and every product is an elixir of superior ingredients, including Charles Worthington?s powerful ?Damage Deflector? complex, that combine to give strength, boost shine, increase natural moisturiser levels and prevent oxidation caused primarily by unprotected UV exposure. With the DREAM routine, the benefits are instant: hair immediately looks shinier, bouncier and altogether better". (http://www.cwlondon.com/home/products/products.asp?section=8&product=i) So, to conclude - re-read the title of this opinion... this is definitely a shampoo that does exactly what it says on the bottle!
Last Monday I was let out on the town. Debit and Credit card in hand, I set off to my nearest Boots store. In front of me was the No7 which shouted me over, I noticed a sign for loads of advantage points to be had when buying certain products. I spent £28 there and quickly received £12 cash back to spend on my advantage card. The assistant was so nice, she even got me vouchers from the machine to earn even more. She told me about the Organics and Charles Worthington promotion, where if you spent £10 or more you got 500 points, that's a £5 to you and me. So in a way it would only cost me £5 for £10 worth of products. Well with me not buying so many beauty products before (lol), I set off for the Charles Worthington range. I have bought some of these items before but was willing to try something different. This is when I noticed Sweet Dreams Heavenly Hairwash Outrageously Rich Shampoo. It is a lovely pale pink Marshmallow type colour. Looks good enough to eat I'd say. I can't remember the exact price, it was somewhere in the region of £1.89 to £2.20, who cares I got my 500 points. I bought four products from this range which went over £10. This little bottle holds 75ml of shampoo and 2.5 fl.oz. It will be another thing I can take on my holidays, it's made of plastic and the lid is very secure so it won't leak over my suitcase. I just had to test it out just before I go, that's to make sure I like it of course. It promises not to strip hair of natural oils and to leave it sparkling and strengthened by 25%. It says i'ts a mild shampoo but gives an effective wash. Directions for use Wet hair thoroughly, then apply shampoo to your palms of your hands, massage in and rinse. If you use loads of hair gel or other styling products like me , then I would repeat the procedure. I always wash my hair twice now, as some shampoos still leave a residue in your hair. The shampo
o comes out of the bottle easy enough, it isn't too thick or neither too runny. It smells quite perfumed, rather like a scent than a shampoo smell. It left my hair smelling great, I didn't need to apply an other perfume that day lol. I can't really explain the fragrance, it's rather sweet smelling, similar to Rive Gauche perfume. It's in fact gorgeous. The real ingredients are. Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Glycol Distearate, Betaine, Citric Acid, Glycine, Peanut Oil, Threonine, and Proline. I'm sure you have heard of them all!!! Well I have tested it now, and it really was a pleasant experience. I've even enough to take on holiday with me. You will find if you apply the shampoo to your hands and dilute it a bit with water before applying to your hair, then you don't need as much. It lathers just as good and gives a thorough clean. My hair felt lovely and soft afterwards, it's a bit early to say whether it has strenghtened it, if I keep using it then I will be able to tell. It certainly put a halo over my head.
For body and shine heavenly hairwash cleanses hair and scalp with exceptional care / Whereas some shampoos can strip away essential nourishing oils as well as dirt and pollutants, heavenly hairwash is a new-generation 'smart' cleanser which lea