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The last time I went to buy more shampoo I decided to try some new shampoo and always one for a bargain I was tempted by some Clairol Herbal Essences shampoos which were on a buy one get one free at Superdrug. The first shampoo I used was the Fruit Fusions Citrus Lift shampoo.
The shampoo sells for around £2.98 for a 400ml bottle but there are often special offers. Superdrug at the moment is doing buy one get one half price for £2.95 but Tesco is doing an offer buy one get one free for £2.98 so its worth shopping around.
This shampoo is designed for fine to normal hair and is designed to give you uplifting volume. The shampoo contains tangerine, lemongrass and aloe vera extracts and this is what attracted me to the shampoo rather than the fact it was an uplifting volume shampoo.
The shampoo bottle holds 400ml and is a clear bottle with a flip top cap. Unfortunately the cap of my bottle broke after a few weeks, I could still close it but the part that connected it to the bottle had snapped.
The shampoo itself is a bright orange shampoo but is clear in that you can see through it. The smell of the shampoo is the best thing about it, it really smells of tangerines and is wonderful to use first thing in the morning to really wake you up and make you feel refreshed.
Clairol claim that the shampoo will:
- release volume and fullness for a luscious body boost
- reveal radiantly shiny hair that is full of life
- unleash fresh, full hair that knows how to move
Directions - Wet your hair and massage the shampoo in. Clairol then advise you to "indulge in the luscious lather and the energising, refreshing fragrance." Personally I just wash and rinse! I only ever need to shampoo once.
So what do I think of this shampoo. Well I really like it. It has an amazing tangerine smell, its lovely. It is also a fragrance that lasts even after you have dried your hair, if I use my hair straighteners then I can smell the tangerine smell is still there, it's like hot orange! It makes my hair clean, soft and shiny. However on the downside I personally don't think it makes any difference to the volume of my hair. Yes my hair does feel bouncy but then I think any good shampoo does that and I don't think that this shampoo does anymore than any of them. For me that's not a problem as my hair has natural volume. I would buy this shampoo again simply for the scent and the way it leaves my hair feeling soft and shiny. However if you want volume then I can't guarantee that this is the shampoo for you.
My hair is pretty resilient to most things, and despite constantly dying my hair all shades of the rainbow, rarely brushing it, and trying it with elastic bands, my hair is still in very good condition. You can actually stretch my hair by one to two inches and it just bounces back without breaking (another little fact to add to your store of knowledge about me!). The only real problem I have with my hair is that it can sometimes get very greasy (exceptionally greasy if you rub animal fat in it - see my Sunsilk volume review!) and therefore doesn't have a great deal of volume to it. I have never yet used a Herbal Essences shampoo (or conditioner) which left my hair greasy, and this shampoo is no different.
Herbal Essences shampoos tend to be of very good quality... and smell delicious! To be honest, the main reason I buy Herbal Essences is because of the way your hair smells delicious all day long. I love to try the different smells they do, and so stumbling across the new 'Fruit Fusions - Citrus Lift' shampoo, I HAD to buy it!
(I will now refer to Herbal Essences as H.E., as I'm getting bored of writing it out! I will also just refer to 'Fruit Fusions - Citrus Lift', simply as Citrus Lift... again because I'm lazy!)
~ What is Citrus Lift? ~
The Fruit Fusions range of H.E. are shampoos (and conditioners) made with 'exotic' plant extracts. The Citrus Lift shampoo is apparently made with tangerine, lemongrass, and Aloe Vera extracts, for a "juicy, energising experience". This shampoo is designed for use on Fine to Normal hair to give it uplifting volume.
The colour of this shampoo is a very tangerine orange colour! As with all H.E. shampoos the bottle is see through but with a sticker on the inside at the back, in this case of oranges, and a label on the front. I like the look of the H.E. shampoos as they tend to be bright and bold, this shampoo being no exception.
~ Using Citrus Lift ~
You just use this shampoo as you would any other - massage into hair, lather, rinse (avoiding eyes and mouth for a more pleasant experience). Although the instructions on the bottle are a little more... flowery, shall we say:
"Massage into wet hair. Indulge in the luscious lather and the energising, refreshing fragrance. Rinse when ready."
I often do rinse before I'm actually ready to... it is a very common, and serious problem, I'm glad they included this in the instructions... phew!
Best used with the matching conditioner (apparently).
This shampoo lathers well and so you don't need vast quantities when washing your hair. It's easily rinsed off (when ready, of course) and there's no feeling of a sticky residue which you can get with some products (*cough* Sunsilk ). After use, my hair feels very clean. This shampoo hasn't faded the colour on my hair either, despite not being specifically designed for coloured hair (if your colour does fade when using this shampoo I accept no responsibility!). Once my hair's dry it feels quite silky and soft. My hair also looks shiny and healthy after using this shampoo.
The shampoo does put more body into my hair (not actual bodies, like some unnamed shampoos!), and gives it a bit more lift, which given that 's the idea of the shampoo I'd say it performs very well! I don't have wild, bouncy, 80's hair, which is probably for the best, my hair just has a little more oomph and isn't so flat.
I must admit, all of the three claims this shampoo makes are fulfilled.
"This [shampoo]... is specially created to:
Release volume and fullness for a luscious body boost. Reveal radiantly shiny hair that is full of life. Unleash fresh, full hair that knows how to move".
~ The smell ~
For me, the smell of the shampoo is one of the most important parts of the shampoo. Initially the smell of the shampoo as you put it on is delicious. Citrus Lift smells quite citrusy, as one would expect, you can really smell the tangerine - but it's not sickly sweet. It's quite an invigorating smell, which I must admit does make you feel more awake. As with all H.E. shampoos the smell is wonderful and fills the bathroom as you're showering.
However... Normally the smell from a H.E. shampoo lingers on your hair all day, with comments like "Mmm your hair smells nice", "Your hair smells fantastic", to the more surreal "Can I eat your hair?!". The smell of the Citrus Lift shampoo, however, does not linger on my hair, and after my hair's dry the smell is almost gone which is very disappointing.
To be honest, I would have given this shampoo a 5/5 and then some based on everything other than the smell... but because the smell doesn't linger on my hair all day as other H.E. shampoos do, I just would not buy this shampoo again, and for that reason I'm only going to give it 4/5. Yes, it makes my hair shine and look healthy, yes it makes my hair soft, yes it gives my hair volume... but I can buy other H.E. shampoos which do that too (I'd recommend H.E. Uplifting shampoo for fine hair if you're looking for more volume), but also give my hair a delicious smell all day long. In comparison with other brands of shampoo then this beats them hands down, but with such a high standard set by H.E. this shampoo isn't the best.
So, would I recommend it? I'd recommend H.E. products in general, but I wouldn't recommend this one.
~ The Boring Bits ~
Herbal Essences Fruit Fusions Citrus Lift is a Clairol product.
You can buy it for £1.80 for 200ml or £2.98 for 400ml (saving you 62p) from Boots.
http://www.herbal-essences.co.uk/products/original.jsp - visit here for a look at their whole product range, plus other stuff!
Ooh... and I like to do it after a full body massage...
This is a lovely shampoo from Herbal Essences.
The packaging is quite nice but I think the lid can be a bit fiddly and it's also quite flimsy and easy to break, as I found out when I accidentally dropped it in the shower and it shattered into 3 separate pieces.
This shampoo is made with organic botanicals including mandarin, orange, lemongrass, tangerine and aloe vera, which gives it a really lovely fresh citrussy uplifting scent.
It's fairly runny but it lathers up really nicely so it's easy to wash your hair with. It rinses out well and leaves the hair feeling really clean and fresh.
This one is supposed to give volume to fine or limp hair, and I do think it does this. My hair feels really fresh and light after using it, and it does look a little more volumised and bouncy with body. My hair feels soft and smooth but without that annoying fluffy flyawayness that some volumising shampoos seem to give my hair.
It costs about £3 for the 400ml bottle, but you can also get a smaller 200ml bottle for about £2, though obviously the larger one is better value. I don't think the bottle lasts that long when compared to other shampoos because I seem to need to use quite alot of it with each wash, but it's cheap enough that it's still good value.
I'm pretty much a skinflint when it comes to toiletries and cosmetics, and so came across this shampoo when it was on a "buy one get one free" offer. Over the years, I've used a few of the Herbal Essences products, but this one is really fantastic.
Promising "uplifting volume", it contains tangerine, lemongrass and aloe vera, and is advertised as being suitable for fine to normal hair. I've never classed my hair as "normal" (does anyone actually think their own hair is normal???), but it's certainly fine. I keep it cropped short, partly for ease and partly as it's got some mad kinks and curls in it if I let it grow. As anyone with fine, short hair will know, you need as much help with volume as possible as it tends to go very flat and limp very quickly.
The smell of this shampoo is totally gorgeous - I'm sniffing the bottle as I type this as it's so addictive. The blurb on the back of the bottle describes it as an "energising, refreshing fragrance" and it certainly is - the lemongrass seems to form a nice top-note to the fragrance - and the smell lasts on your hair all day.
The volumising effect takes a little longer to be noticable. After the first couple of uses, my hair seemed to be even finer than usual and very flyaway. It was incredibly soft and shiny, but also a bit "fluffy". However, I persevered, and after the fourth or fifth use I began to notice a perceptible "lift" in my hair. Even when I styled it using quite a heavy wax as a finsh, there was certainly more volume than before, and the volume, shine and softness lasts through the dampest, dizzliest (is that a word?) weather that good old Yorkshire can throw at me.
Another advantage is that this shampoo hasn't irritated my sensitive skin. I've experienced problems in the past with irritation on my face and shoulders after rinsing off other shampoos, but this one's fine. In fact my partner loves the smell so much, he often uses it as a shower gel as well, although this could be laziness and not being bothered to open 2 bottles up in the shower.
The only downside I can find with this product is the vicious, bright orange colour. As it's in a transparent bottle it's really noticable, and is exactly the same colour as the dog shampoo we use, which I've found slightly offputting! (a lot of the ingredients are the same as well, but then my dog deserves the best too!).
Price-wise, it's reasonable - about £2.20 to £2.80 for a 400ml bottle depending where you shop, and can be found on offer pretty regularly in most supermarkets.
It contains a cocktail of organic botanicals, including mandarin, orange, lemon grass, tangerine and aloe vera / Its delectable fragrance will give you an energising boost that will lift your spirits all day long / The shampoo injects hair with an uplifting volume boost while the conditioner provides weightless nourishment for your hair /