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      10.11.2013 15:27
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      Smells amazing!

      I have had a sample sachet of this Herbal Essences Smooth and Soft shampoo for a while and never got round to using it. I should mention that I have used this shampoo in the past as I love the Herbal Essences brand, but it was a while ago so it is my sample sachet that I am reviewing.
      On our last weekly shop we forgot to buy shampoo. We do have half a bottle left, which should last us until our next shop, but I thought I would use up this sachet so that we don't run too low and also because I've been meaning to use it up for ages.


      ~ Price ~
      A full size 400ml bottle of this shampoo costs £3.89 at Boots or online at www.boots.com.
      It also comes in a 200ml bottle, which usually costs around £2.00, but can occasionally be found in the pound shop (for £1.00).

      ~ Packaging ~
      I only have a 10ml sample sachet, but there is a picture of the bottle that it usually comes in on the front. It is bright orange (different to the pink bottle pictured) in colour with a bright green circle on the front and a picture of some mandarin segments.
      'Herbal Essences Smooth & Soft', is written across the front as you'd expect.


      ~ In use ~
      I have really long hair at the minute so I was concerned that this rather empty-feeling 10ml sachet was not going to be enough.
      The shampoo is a peach colour and it smells amazing.
      The scent has mandarin in it, but there is another fruity scent, perhaps peach. It is quite sweet and it has a real prescence. It is almost a fizzy scent, but I mean that in a good way.
      The shampoo has quite a thin consistency, but I found that it lathered up really well and I managed to wash all of my long hair with just 10ml, which I was rather impressed with.
      The shampoo is also really easy to rinse out and it leaves my bathroom smelling lovely.
      After using this shampoo I do still feel the need to use a conditioner and luckily I received a sachet of the matching conditioner along with this shampoo.
      After I have washed my hair it feels very soft and bouncy. It does look smoother than it did prior to me washing it, but I think lots of shampoos offer similar results.
      I have found that the scent lingers in my hair after I have used this shampoo although it is quite subtle and I'd like it to be stronger.
      I would definitely like to use this shampoo again and I would recommend it. It has a lovely scent and it leaves my hair feeling fresh, clean and soft.

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      16.03.2013 21:41
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      A nice smelling shampoo

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      Years ago, Herbal Essences was my favourite shampoo, mainly due to the fruity scents, which were always quite strong. Due to my scalp developing dandruff and dry skin, I have been trying a number of different shampoos since then, but came across Herbal Essences once again in their swanky new packaging.


      Smooth and Soft shampoo comes packaged in a red curvy bottle, with a green lid. You click down on one side of the lid to open, and click down on the opposite side to close. The shampoo is a pink-red liquid, it looks pearl-esque. The liquid is not too thick, so I find I only need a small amount to create a lather.


      The smell is strong, you can smell it on the bottle before opening the lid. Once open the scent is stronger. When the bottle is three quarters empty, open the lid and squeeze the bottle a few times, letting out air, it works like a room air freshener! It is a very sweet and fruity scent, smells like a fruit salad, more citrusy than anything else, which is probably because it contains mandarin extracts. Once hair is dry, the scent is still strong, but not overpowering. It can especially be smelled when the wind blows through your hair. I feel the scent is a very summery scent.


      I only need to wash my hair once with shampoo for it to feel fresh and clean. Once dry, it feels very soft and looks healthier and shinier, with no tangling. Though I imagine with conditioner it would be a bit less static after drying.


      While my hair feels great, unfortunately Herbal Essences Smooth & Soft leaves my scalp feeling extremely tight and dry. I also find that the day after washing my hair with this shampoo, my scalp feels very itchy, whereas with most other shampoos it takes a couple of days for the itch to kick in. it should be noted that my skin is very sensitive, so this can be a contributing factor as to why this shampoo doesn't work well on my scalp. If I haven't scratched my scalp silly, then the shampoo leaves my hair soft and shiny for around three days, before it starts looking dull and feeling greasy.


      Overall this shampoo does what it says, it has a really nice scent, leaves my hair looking good, however does not agree with my scalp, so I will therefore have to award it only 3 stars.


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        02.03.2013 12:58
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        Great shampoo, great smell and great looking hair

        I have personally used a lot of the shampoos from the herbal essence range, tons of them in fact, and I have to say that mostly I like the ones I've used so far. The one I have at present is their Clairol Herbal Essences Smooth & Soft Shampoo which I bought from Tesco's and I paid £2.09 for this 200ml sized bottle. The reason I decided on this particular shampoo is because I've had my hair lightened recently and whilst this has helped to slightly eradicate the greasy root problem I have always had, on the negative side I have noticed that the ends of my hair are now dryer than they were before. I think the bleach (or whatever the hairdresser has used on my poor hair) has actually really sapped the ends of any moisture they had and made them slightly dry and brittle.

        As this shampoo is advertised as being able to 'calm down my strands' and it's meant to smooth the hair and replenish lost moisture, I thought it might be good for my hair and be able to restore some of the life it's lost lately due to the lightening effect. I used this shampoo about two weeks ago for the first time, and as I'm the only person in our house who uses this one, there is still a lot of it left in the bottle. This is mainly because I've found that I hardly have to use any of it. I never wash my hair twice as the bottle recommends, preferring instead to only shampoo it once and then use a good conditioner.

        The first thing I noticed about this shampoo is its lovely fruity fresh and clean smell. I can detect the smell as soon as I press the top and when it hits my hand it gives off a lovely whiff of fresh fruitiness and it makes me eager to start applying it to my wet hair. It lathers incredibly well and creates a ton of lovely soft lathery bubbles.

        It rinses off well under the warm shower and leaves my hair feeling squeaky-clean. I then use a conditioner (usually from another range) and then dry and style my hair as normal. This shampoo has made some difference to the ends of my hair in terms of adding moisture,. It also has had a smoothing effect over the rest of my hair in general and I would personally have to say that I have noticed a definite improvement in terms of it being less flyaway than it was before. It has also removed the frizz I often find my hair is prone to whenever I go outside in humid or wet weather.

        Overall, I'm delighted with this shampoo on so many levels. It's well worth the price, the smell I gorgeous and the way it makes my hair feel afterwards is so so good.

        It's a shampoo I definitely recommend, especially if you have hair prone to dry ends which are difficult to manage and control.

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        04.01.2013 23:58
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        great smelling soft and smooth hair

        I love trying new products on my hair and recently I deviated from my usual choice of Herbal Essence shampoo (hello hydration) and decided to try the smooth and soft range.

        They are currently half price in Boots for the big 400ml bottles, so I picked up a shampoo and conditioner for the same price it would have cost me for just the one. It comes in a big orange bottle with the usual herbal essence logo on the front and a picture of a mandarin on the bottom. To open simply push one side of the cap down and the other side will open to reveal a small hole through which you can squeeze out the shampoo.

        The shampoo iself is quite thick and has a pearlized appearance to it, it also smells fantastic and fruity as you would expect from all herbal essenses products. You only need a small amount as it lathers up really well so this big bottle is going to last me a long time! I found it easy to rinse out of my hair and it didnt leave any sticky residue after washing.

        Once dried I found my hair was a lot easier to manage, I had less frizzly bits and stray hairs and my hair was lovely and soft. Sometimes with rich shampoos the hair can feel weighed down or a bit greasy but I didnt experience any of this with the smooth and soft shampoo. It also left my hair smelling gorgeous for the rest of the day!

        Overall I would definitely recommend it, especially if your hair is a bit damaged from constant styling, it definitely puts some life back into it and gives it some much needed TLC, especially when combined with the conditioner too!

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        15.07.2012 02:55
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        One of the best shampoos out there!

        I used to use this shampoo all the time until a few years ago when they stopped making the oily root/dry ends combination! However I still use some sort of Herbal Essences (usually the smooth/soft or hydration one) on a regular basis when I stay at a friends house as it is the shampoo she uses. She also has some of the nicest hair I've ever seen, felt and SMELT because of this shampoo and it's the only one she's ever used.

        I love the shape of Herbal Essences bottle, especially since they redesigned them making them very modern, before they looked like they were aimed at much older women. Each colour is aimed at a different hair type and the shampoo bottle and conditioner bottle are shaped so they fit together, a subtle square ying yang type of fit. It is easy to get the shampoo out of the bottle, you press down on one side and the other pops up and you squeeze it into your hand. The shampoo is usually and transclucent coloured gel and the colour depends on which variation you use.

        You don't need to use much as it lathers up really well, I have hair just past my shoulders that doesn't require much, just a biggish blob and it doesn't take long to wash out either. It leaves my hair feeling very soft and fluffy, I use the conditioner afterwards too which leaves my ends very soft and easy to brush through. I dye my hair bright red and it doesn't take any of the colour away at all like other shampoos can, even if I don't use the variation of herbal essences that's aimed at helping colour to stay.

        My most favourite thing about Herbal Essences is definately the smell! After I have used it my hair smells fresh and lovely all day long without being overpowering. The only problem with this is that I look a bit daft trying to smell my hair all day or making other people smell it haha. I don't really wear perfume if I've used it though as the smells can become a bit muddled.

        Overall I would highly recommend Herbal Essences just alone on the smell! There are variations for all different hair types and a very affordable price, they are often offer in many different supermarkets too.

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        02.03.2012 15:14
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        A slight improvement, but still not as good as the Herbal Essences range I used to love!

        When it comes to buying shampoo I have a couple of favourites which I tend to stick to, buying whichever one is the cheapest or maybe is part of a promotional offer at the time, as these products are certainly not a 'cheap' purchase anymore. However, I can still be tempted by a bargain and very often when I spot other shampoo or conditioners on offer I will use that opportunity to try them.

        Clairol Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioners used to be a favourite of mine a few years back. I say 'used to be' because Clairol went and changed their range a couple of years back and although still named 'Herbal Essences', their products I found were nothing like (or as good) as they used to be. Indeed I tried out one or two shampoo products and conditioners from this new range and I wasn't impressed at all. They didn't work as well on my hair and I also hated the smell. I know I wasn't alone with my thoughts about this new range, as family and friends of mine also agreed they weren't keen either and that this revamped range was poor in comparison to the old favourites.
        I also read some less than favourable reviews regarding these new products too and so I gave them a wide berth and have never purchased anymore until a few weeks back when I was shopping in Morrisons and spotted 400ml bottles of Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner on offer priced at just £1.83.

        I noticed one of the bottles of shampoo in the range was 'Smooth & Soft' and as one of my favourite shampoo's is Pantene's 'Smooth & Sleek,' I found myself wondering if this would be anything like my favourite. I also flipped open the lid and thought the smell of this particular shampoo was really nice and actually reminded me of how the Herbal Essences range used to smell. Knowing how manufacturers are often changing and supposedly 'improving' their products and also taking into account that at least a couple of years has passed since I last tried Herbal Essences products, I decided to give the range another try. Swayed by the price and the smell of the 'Smooth & Soft' shampoo, I hoped I would have a better experience with Herbal Essences this time around.

        Herbal Essences Smooth & Soft is described as a 'sensuously smooth' shampoo with mandarin and pearl extracts. This particular bottle is suitable for dry or frizzy hair and as the ends of my long hair are prone to dryness and also my hair has a natural curl which can become frizzy when out in the rain, in humid conditions or when left unstraightened, I thought this shampoo may be suitable for my hair.
        The shampoo promises to 'calm down your strands' and smooth things over effortlessly to leave your hair feeling silky soft.

        The shampoo is pale pink in colour and has a thick and cremy texture which lathered up on my wet hair really easily. It is not unlike another of my favourites: L'Oreal Nutri-Gloss shampoo, with its pearl extracts and glossy creamy texture and it felt really nice as I massaged this shampoo into my hair. The smell is nice too, with the hints of mandarin becoming more prominent as I worked the shampoo into the lengths of my hair.
        Initially I thought the scent of this shampoo reminded me of one of my favourites from the old Herbal Essences range when I was smelling it in the shop, but on using it, I don't think it does. Maybe just a hint but still not as lovely as the fragrances I remember from this range.

        After rinsing out the shampoo, my hair felt clean enough but maybe not as smooth as it does when using my favourites. I used the matching conditioner too as I always use conditioner on my hair, but I wasn't very impressed with it I must admit. Although it smelled nice enough, my hair wasn't feeling as soft, smooth or silky as I'd expected.
        Having said that, I found this shampoo to be a considerable improvement on my last experience with Herbal Essences shampoo. It cleaned my hair, it smells nice and it left my hair reasonably soft, but way short of the results I achieve when using my preferred shampoos and also of course not as good as the results I got from the old range. My hair didn't look or feel as smooth as it usually does but because this wasn't totally a rubbish buy for me, I continued to use the shampoo to use it up. However, I don't think I will be tempted to buy this one again. It is still nowhere near as good as Clairol's old Herbal Essences range.

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          03.10.2011 17:39
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          Herbal Essences Smooth and soft

          Herbal Essences Smooth and Soft Shampoo.

          Up until recently I had been using Herbal Essences Dazzling Shine shampoo which I really liked but when I needed to buy a new bottle they were all out in Boots so I decided to try another shampoo in the Herbal Essences range.

          There were a number of different new shampoos and conditioners that Herbal Essences have brought out recently and I guess I am a bit of a sucker but I was attracted to the bright shiny coloured bottles and the oh so wonderful smells. The one I decided upon was Herbal Essences new formula smooth and soft which is a sensuously smooth shampoo and meant for people with dry damaged or frizzy hair. Well, I definitely have frizzy hair, I have to straighten it everyday so it's probably a bit dry and damaged too and if I go out in the rain my hair just frizzes up like a puff ball so I was interested to see if this shampoo variety would work on my hair.


          On the shampoo bottle it asks us if we, "need something to calm down your strands?" Well, yes, that's me, it's like the shampoo bottle is talking to me directly! It goes on to say that this shampoo with botanical silk has a lush formal that lays down flyaways for silky softness that's totally touchable. I definitely noticed that this shampoo is a bit thicker than the dazzling shine one I had been previously using. It is more like a thick lotion rather than a gel and you can see it has a creamy sheen to it. It really lathers up well and my hair definitely feels really coated and nourished during and after use. The nice thing is that it doesn't feel all goopy and sticky and doesn't leave a residue in my hair after use like some thicker shampoos will do. The instructions tell you to lather, rinse, repeat but I find that just one application works just as well as two.

          What I really love about this shampoo too is the smell, it's absolutely amazing and like I said I love a nice fruity smell in my shower and on my body. It is made with mandarin and pearl extracts and is so fruity and fresh but not too sweet and sticky. I think it has worked well on my hair. I can see that even though my hair is still thick and prone to being a bit hard to manage it has made it very soft and the strands are definitely a bit straighter and easier to manage. Used in conjunction with the conditioner I think this is working well for my hair.

          The product comes from Procter and Gamble. I used it in the 200ml size which costs £2.09 in Boots and if yoga re looking for it on the shelf it is the red one with a picture of a mandarin on the bottom front of the bottle.

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          25.09.2011 10:09
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          A regular but good smelling shampoo

          In the past I have used Herbal Essences shampoo's quite often but lately I have somewhat "forgotten" about it. This one was on had a discount however and since I am fond on citrus aromas I bough it.

          I really like the shape of the packaging, it looks as it is easier to hold - not that it actually is in my opinion. It's curvy look is great.

          Shampoo has mandarin and pearl extracts. Mandarin takes care for the pleasant scent this shampoo has, I don't quite understand the role of the "pearl extract" though, I think it is more of a marketing strategy personally.

          Shampoo feels nice on the head and sadly because I am clumsy I can say that when it gets in your eyes it does not sting too hard.

          I generally have dry hair, and it looks dry from a far if I do not use good hair products. When I use this shampoo hair looks decent, it is more manageable and has a more silky look to it (not exactly something that would make your yaw drop, but better than nothing). They are soft to the touch. You get a better look if you also use the conditioner, I think that the hair is a bit heavier then (it feels so to me) so it looks even more silky and well smooth looking. After washing the hair tends to smell really nice for quite a while. I am prone to having lots of dandruff it the shampoo is bad, I have not had any bad dandruffy experience with this shampoo.

          It's not a bad shampoo but certainly not a wonder maker. As all the Herbal Essences shampoos this one has an amazing smell and I really do not know if I have ever found (in the regular stores) a shampoo that would even come close to scents these have, this particular one not being an exception. Showering with them is really pleasant, but the scent they live on the hair on the other hand is not as strong. As for the effect - it somewhat does what it is supposed to - makes your hair smooth and soft but it just ain't that special.

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            04.07.2011 12:34

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            I love this shampoo, i have very fussy hair this product leaves my hair smooth and flat after straightening.The shampoo smells lovely washes in and out really well. Along with the conditioner it gives my hair a lovely shine and beautiful finsih, It doesnt leave my hair static like some shampoos do.

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            30.06.2011 14:33
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            Worth a try, if it works its well worth buying on a regular basis

            It contains " pearl and mandarin extracts" according to the bottle. I have been using herbal essences for nearly 2 years now. I have very curly/fizzy hair, and i straighten it all of the time. So i thought using this new shampoo may help control it.
            The shampoo works really well when it is used with the conditioner, as it makes your hair soft and ready for heat styling.

            Talking about the shampoo alone though, i find it has a nice pleasant smell, and it lathers up really easily. This is great, as you only need to use small amounts, which makes it laster longer. There are differernt types of shampoo to deal with different hair dilemmas. The only issue with this is there seems to be alot of different types of the shampoo, which kind of takes away from each products use, some of them even advertise to do similar things.

            Ontop of this, the price isnt too bad, as usually there is an offer to do with herbal essences, which makes it worth buying. Its is the only shampoo i use now. Usually with shampoos, you find you have to sometimes alternate what you use, as it stops having an effect, well with this, theres no need, it works for me everytime, and helps me cope with my hair better.

            The new packaging that has come out is alot nicer in my opinion, it targets the younger generation, and the bright colours distinguish which shampoo does what, there is no confusion. The writing on the back tries to be informal and have a "conversation" with you when telling you how to use the product.

            I would say that if you are struggling with your hair for whatever reason, there is probably a shampoo that herbal essences does that is "catered" to your problem. Buy it and give it a go, it may just work. That was the case with me.

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            01.05.2011 20:04
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            Dont believe the advert!!!!

            I use Pantene as a rule but bought this as it was on offer. I had seen the adverts for it and fully expected to have scantally clad men appear as I lathered up or to be carted away on a camel across the desert!

            Unfortunately none of these things happened!!

            As for the product in the bottle.....it was nice and smelt lovely as I lathered up and for the rest of the day in my hair.
            I have generally Straight hair but it can become frizzy and wavey with the wrong shampoo. Unfortunately this was the wrong shampoo for me.
            My hair was too light and frizzy and far too fly away to be managable.
            Even with straightening tongs it was still really flyaway and the onyl way to deal with it was to scrap my hair back and hope for the best.

            Needless to say I rarely used this product after than and went back to Pantene which gave my hair a bit of weight.

            I would say that if you have heavy hair or greasey hair then this may well be a very good shampoo for you. It will leave hair very light weight and free. For frizzy thin hair, too lightweight!

            It is about £3.00 for a 250ml bottle so not the cheapest shampoo around but there are lots of offers in the supermarket and Drugstore so good to shop around.

            For the smell alone this is nice as they really do smell good!

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            20.03.2011 16:15
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            Makes your hair smell positively amazing!

            On a quick trip to my local Morrisons I picked up the Herbal Essences Smooth & Smooth shampoo as it was half price. I have to admit Herbal Essences isn't normally a shampoo I would go out my way to buy, due to reason I will mention in my review. However, as I was just looking for an everyday shampoo and conditioner, at just over £3, it would do me.

            ** Packaging **

            I am going tot write about the packaging as this is one of the reasons I don't normally buy Herbal Essences. I simply don't like the packaging. I much preferred the lovely clear bottles with flowers they used to come in. Now the brash and contrasting colours and simple bottle just make them look like children's shampoos to me.
            This bottle in particular is somewhere in between a bright red and orange with a lime green lid and a lime green holographic logo. The text is white and there is a tonal picture of what I am assuming is a mandarin on the bottom.
            No matter how I look at it, I just don't like it. I know this should not put me off a product but it does. As you will see in my other reviews I like it when things I buy pretty up my bathroom, and this just doesn't. It's not pretty, glamorous or sleek.
            However, despite the above there are some good points to the packaging. The lid on the top of the bottle is flat which means it can b stored upside down, allowing all the shampoo to sink to the bottom and saves you fighting the bottle when it gets half empty. The snap shut lid is also neat and simple- I can't loose it as it doesn't come off and I can't break it as there are not flimsy bits to snap.

            An additional bit if info is that the bottle has trivia on the back. You get the question on the shampoo bottle and the answer on the conditioner. Another trait which yells 'children's shampoo'. I just seems odd, I know the likes of Soap & Glory put random info on their packaging but it is normally funny, relevant to the product and suits the style of packing. I just find it odd my shampoo is asking 'What is the most powerful muscle in the body?'. The overall design, and random things written on the packaging and fonts used just don't seem to send any clear brand image to me.

            Rant Over.

            ** The Shampoo **

            The shampoo claims to 'smooth things over effortlessly'. I can only hope.
            This particular Herbal Essences bottle is 'mandarin with pearl extracts' and it smell delightful! I have to admit when I bought it, I didn't smell it as I was more going for what the shampoo did for my hair as opposed to what it smelt like, but I was very pleasantly surprised by the smell of this one.
            This shampoo itself is a pale pearlescent orange colour and nice consistency, not too runny and not too thick. It lathers up nicely and you don' need a lot of it to get your hair feeling clean. I also noticed that it doesn't leave your hair feeling squeaky or brittle. As some shampoo's I have used sometimes leave my hair feeling so cleaned it feels rough when wet. Not soft and smooth as I get with this bottle of Herbal Essences. I did make sure with this shampoo that I washed it out of my hair for longer than normal, as I tend to find shampoo's that make claims of 'shine' or 'smoothing' can tend to be quite heavy and leave your hair feeling greasy if you do not get all of it out of your hair - this is even more common for myself as I have fine hair.

            *~* The Results *~*

            As I wasn't expecting much I have to say I was really happy with my hair when I had dried it. I'm not going to lie and say it was the smoothest and softest hair ever, but it definitely was better than I was hoping. My hair did feel very soft and I have to say that wonderful smell lasts all day! I found myself at work constantly sniffing my hair! One day in particular I had me hair in a side pleat and the best way to describe it I suppose, is I was near enough sticking the end of my pleat up my nose. Or at least giving myself a very dashing fake moustache!
            Due to this I am really glad I bought this shampoo! If, I put an emphasis on the 'if', I do not find another shampoo in the next few months that I really like for everyday I will most certainly buy this again. However it will have to live its life in a corner, shunned away from my other pretty products - unless on the very off chance they change the packaging sometime soon I may change my mind.

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              13.03.2011 19:03
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              A decent moisturising shampoo worth grabbing whilst it's on offer.

              Over the winter, I've noticed my once shiny, soft hair has become much drier and frizzier than usual. My guess is this is mostly to do with being pregnant and has probably been made worse by central heating and harsh weather. At any rate, I decided this was a good excuse to treat myself to a nicer shampoo than the bargain supermarket-own brand I'd been using and so when my Mum pointed out this new Smooth and Soft Herbal Essences shampoo out to me on a recent shopping trip, I thought I'd give it a whirl.

              Herbal Essences by Clairol has become a well-known hair care brand over recent years, famous for their slightly suggestive advertising! The range has now had a bit of a revamp with new style bottles and formulas, which I think look far more attractive than the older style (although these are still available for fans of the older range.) I've used a fair few of their shampoos and and conditioners in the past and have liked the results, as well as enjoying the fruity fragrances. I do think the name 'Herbal Essences' is a little misleading though as very few of their products actually contain herbs- for the most part they are a based on a combination of fruit and flower extracts, however this is probably just me bring picky.

              This particular shampoo comes in a very bright, orangey red see-through bottle of 400ml, with a bright green press-down lid. The bottle is more or less rectangular in shape, but on one side curves outwards, giving it quite a feminine look. On the front of the bottle at the top, is the herbal essences logo, which includes a stylized, green holographic ring and underneath this is a brief product description, telling you that this shampoo is 'sensuously smooth', has mandarin and pearl extracts and is for frizzy, dry and damaged hair (that'll be mine then!) Following this, there is a small graphic of some orange segments. On the back of the bottle, clairol claims that the shampoo calms flyaway hairs and makes your hair silky soft and tries to persuade you to buy the matching conditioner, which apparently helps to combat the effects of humidity. On this occasion, I didn't buy the conditioner as I already had plenty of a different brand at home, so this review focuses on the shampoo only.

              One of the things I liked immediately about using this shampoo is that the bottle design is very convenient and easy to use in the shower. I have very small hands, however I can grasp the curvy neck and press the lid down with one hand with ease. You then obviously just tip the bottle upside down and squeeze out the amount required into your other hand- I find a dollop around the size of a 50p is plenty for my shoulder length hair. The shampoo itself has a lovely, fresh fruity smell typical of the herbal essences range. The fragrance is most definitely citrusy, but there is also an underlying pleasant floral waft and doesn't smell in any way synthetic to me. From looking at the ingredients, there are indeed a few citrus fragrances but I'm also amused to see the inclusion of 'margarita powder', although I don't suppose it's the same stuff you use to make cocktails!

              The colour of the shampoo is an attractive coral pink and it has a very creamy, moisturising texture, which makes me feel confident that this is meant to be a hydrating shampoo. It very quickly produces a rich and creamy lather when massaged into my hair and fills the bathroom with its sweet, fruity aroma. I will admit at this point that although I love the smell, some people may find it a little too sweet so I would advise that you have a good sniff in the shop before buying.

              Now although I do use a different brand of conditioner at the moment, it's the same one I've been using for some time with another shampoo so I feel it's safe to say that any difference in the state of my hair should be down to the herbal essences shampoo. After washing my hair, I either leave it to dry naturally or give it a quick blast with the hair dryer, depending on how much time I've got. I've used this shampoo probably four or five times now and have definitely found the results are better after blow-drying, as if I leave it to dry naturally, it doesn't seem to encourage my natural curls like some other shampoos. I tend instead to end up with undefined, still frizzy random waves and I find I need to go over it with straighteners to make it presentable (although, it does feel much softer and silkier to the touch.) After blow-drying however, my hair definitely looks and feels shinier and smoother and there is only a small amount of frizz. The fruity smell also lingers nicely on my hair for a few hours, even through a different conditioner, which I think is impressive for a mid range shampoo.

              So would I buy this shampoo again? Well although it is a little disappointing that a shampoo that says it's for frizz doesn't really get of this problem, I personally wouldn't really expect a shampoo on its own to be a miracle cure for frizziness. It does however meet its claims for creating hair that feels silky and soft and my hair certainly feels less dry than it did before. I bought a 400ml bottle on a current special offer in Tesco for £1.68 and I think if I were to see it at this price again, I would probably buy it, but I would think twice about shelling out the full RRP of £3.36. This shampoo is also available in 200ml in Tesco for a special offer of £1.00 (£1.93 full RRP.)

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