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Clairol Herbal Essence Conditioner/Replenisher

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Brand: Clairol / Type: Conditioner

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      12.03.2003 21:32
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      The “Oh, oh, oh! I’m satisfied” adverts make me smile occasionally, but they’re not enough to make me buy this stuff. But thanks to a soon-to-be-reviewed freebie site (www.borntoloaf.co.uk) I’ve been getting a whole pile of samples recently, and a mini bottle of Clairol Herbal Essences (hereafter known as HE) was just one of these. Some people clean their house the day before their cleaner comes round. I don’t (to both cleaning my house, ever, and having a cleaner) but occasionally in the run up to a hairdressers appointment, I might start taking better care of my hair. I’ve been using a cheap conditioner for a few months, but I’d noticed a difference in my hair so decided to stop before my hairdresser told me to anyway. I wanted something a bit more expensive (not pricey pricey, just more than 55p a bottle) but since I decided this on a Saturday night when all the shops were shut for a good 36 hours, I had to use something in the cupboard, ergo HE got tried. I don’t know why, but I really dislike the packaging. It just looks cheap and badly designed to me, and doesn’t appeal in any way, shape or form. Plus the top comes totally off when you unscrew it – it’s not permanently hinged on as so many are these days, so if you’re not careful it could roll away and lodge itself in a dark corner somewhere, never to see the light of day again. But the packaging is something you can live with if the product is remarkable enough, and to start with that’s what I thought HE was. The shampoo was thick and creamy – not too solid, not too runny. Following the directions in the shower (apply, rinse – none of that usual “wait 5 mins” malarkey, although that could have been due to the size of the bottle – roughly 10cm tall – and the fact they had everything in 3 languages….) I was pretty impressed. Immediately my hair felt softer, stronger, thinner (I
      have thick hair, but it felt “normal” after using this) and altogether healthier than it had moments before. It rinsed out completely within seconds, but I stood rinsing for ages because it felt so nice, and I knew the feeling would disappear as soon as I left the shower. Once my hair was dry, I noticed another difference. My hair usually looks its best 2 days after washing (i.e. the last day before I wash it again). After using this conditioner it went straight to this state but – and here’s the good part – without speeding up the need to be washed. It was nice, behaving, controlled hair for 3 days. Fantastic. I didn’t use the corresponding shampoo, but wouldn’t imagine the results with that were any worse than with the conditioner on its own, and might in fact be better. My only problem with the product was the smell. Truly the reason the word “pong” was invented. It was a hideous mix of flowers and sherbet and herbs and lemon and god only knows what else. It smelt really, really fake, and although I know conditioner is not a naturally occurring substance, I don’t usually expect it to smell this artificial. It smelt really, really hideous for the whole of my shower, and left the bathroom with an odd scent for a couple of hours afterwards. They have it in Schlecker here for less than 2 Euros, but Germany’s strangely cheap like that. In the UK Boots have it on BOGOF at £2.19 at the moment which does still seem very reasonable – at just over a pound a bottle it’s hardly a rip off – but I’m still torn as to whether or not I’d use it again. On the one hand, it worked well, I only needed a little bit and it did make a difference to my hair, but on the other, I don’t like the bottle or the smell. Fussy? Maybe. But I’m sure there are a few products out there that have more aesthetically pleasing packaging, produce the same results and come with a n
      ice scent. I’ll just have to keep looking. Nice results, but wow, does this stuff smell.

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        12.05.2001 21:52
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        I bought a bottle of Clairol Herbal Essences conditioner for £1.99 for a 250ml bottle. It contains Botanical Shine complex. The type I bought is for normal to oily hair. Both of which I have! It contains natural, organic herbs that comes from pure mountain spring water. This will leave your hair feeling soft, silking and extremely shiny! It contains natural Sage, Jasmine and Soy Protien which helps to detangle your hair. The bottle is uses 25% recycled plastic, and is recycable. I love this conditioner. It really does do what it says. It doesn't completely detangle my hair, but it certainly helps! If I used the shampoo alone, my hair is so hard to brush through, it's unbelieveable! But with the conditioner, it leaves it manageable to brush. It smells lovely and refreshing, and the smell will remain in your hair for a good couple of days. For any queries/comments, write to:- Bristol-Myers Co Ltd Uxbridge UB10 8NS Note: Animals are not used in the making of this product.

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        08.02.2001 09:58

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        This is the only basic conditioner that is rich enough to calm my frizzy hair butdoesn't have an overpowering smell. My hair is supposed to smell subtle and like hair not candyfloss or nans perfume. This has a subtle, sexy smell and leaves my hair soft and bouncy, leaves no residue and my hair has yet to build up a resistance to it. This conditioner doesn't cost an arm and a leg and although the packaging could be vastly improved i think that this is where you get the saving from not from reduced quality.

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        14.08.2000 19:19

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        I found that herbal essences shampoo left my hair still a bit dry and tangled after use. Also it didn`t leave my hair feeling as silky and smooth as other conditioners have done. On the plus side i found that this conditioner left no residue on my hair and didn`t leave it looking greasy and limp like some conditioners do. Also the conditioner smelled really nice when I used it and when my hair was dry the fragrance still lasted. I would recomend this conditioner for people whos hair is normal or greasy, but if, like me your hair is very dry then you would perhaps be better with somthing that gave a deeper conditioning.

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        14.08.2000 03:37
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        This is one to try if you abuse your hair - ie colour or perm it. I've used it for quite a while now mainly due to the fact that it's good but its also regularly on special offer in Sainsbury's and Boots on a buy one get one free basis! The shampoo is made up of natural ingredients - well thats what the blurb on the bottle says!! This is a gentle shampoo which is very effective in cleaning your hair with a very small amount. It gives a good lather and is very easy to rinse out. It smell ok - nothing special! It does leave my hair feeling alot less dry (- and thats without always using a conditioner) and it definetly looks nice and shiney. I would recommend this shampoo especially if it's on special offer!! This should have been put in the herbal essences replenishing shampoo catergory and not the conditioner catergory -ooops!!!!!

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        18.07.2000 06:18
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        Clairol Herbal Essences conditioner is, without a doubt, the best conditioner I have ever used. I have very long, thick, straight hair, and most other conditioners leave me with slightly knotty hair. Herbal Essences, on the other hand, conditions my hair so well that all I have to do is run a brush through it. When I first came across Herbal Essences I thought the smell was too strong, but now I absolutely adore it. Not only that, but the smell lasts for days. I've tried many other conditioners, but Herbal Essences is the only one that consistently leaves my hair shiny and untangled. I can really feel the difference in my hair when I use other conditioners - which means I have to make sure that whenever I stay away from home I take some with me! Another good thing about Herbal Essences is that it's *always* on special offer in supermarkets, so you can usually get a "two for the price of one" deal. The only bad thing about it is that, even more so than most conditioners, it leaves a rather slimy residue on the neck. But I can live with that for such gorgeous hair!

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