“ Brand: Duchy Originals / Type: Conditioner „
Review of Duchy Originals conditioner.
I am reviewing the Rose and Mandarin version of the conditioner, there are several different fragrances in the range, but this review will concentrate on Rose and Mandarin only.
I was given a bottle of Duchy Rose and Mandarin shampoo recently by my daughter. She had bought it, tried it and disliked it, so passed it on to me, a few days later she turned up with the matching conditioner.
"A creamy, nourishing, protein conditioner made with organic Rose and organic Mandarin Essential oils" is the strap line on the label. I was less than impressed with the shampoo in this range, so my expectations of the conditioner were fairly low!
The conditioner is presented in a rather old fashioned, recyclable, clear plastic bottle, this is rectangular in shape with a black lid. The lid has a small indentation which you need to push down in order to access the contents. The bottle contains 200ml of pearly white conditioner. The manufacturer claims that the conditioner is a self adjusting formula, so suitable for all hair types.
The front label bears the Prince of Wales crest , a small picture of a yellow rose and a slice of mandarin on a cream background with the wording in a black font. The front label also informs the user that the product is produced using organically sourced ingredients.
The reverse label carries the ingredient list, which is surprisingly long for an organic product, directions for use, usage warnings, manufacturer information and a little about the Price of Wales Trust and the Duchy Originals range of products.
Profits from the sales of this and other Duchy Originals products are donated to The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation
"When HRH The Prince of Wales created Duchy Originals in 1990 it was because of his belief in the clear advantages of organic farming: the production of natural and healthy foods and sound husbandry which helps to regenerate and protect the countryside and wildlife.
This Duchy Collection Rose & Mandarin Conditioner is formulated with certified organic essential oils and plant derived natural ingredients to permitted organic standards."
For more information about Duchy Collection visit the website: www.duchyoriginals.com.
The conditioner was produced for the Duchy Original range by Daniel Galvin Junior Hair Clinic, Queenborough, Kent, following the guidelines set out by the Duchy Originals group. The product has not been tested on animals and contains no genetically modified or artificial ingredients.
~~Fragrance and Use~~
The fragrance of the conditioner is very pleasant. The top note of the scent is predominately rose, light and delicate, with a warm citrus under note. The scent is light and refreshing, feminine and very fresh. I was actually very surprised as it is not at all similar to the fragrance of the matching shampoo!
The conditioner has a silky texture and is fairly thick. It was easy to massage into my thick hair and rinsed out after a few minutes with no difficulty.
As I have already mentioned in this review, the lid of the bottle has an indentation which you need to press down in order to access the product. This is fiddly and quite hard to do, especially when when standing in the shower with wet hands. You need to give the plastic bottle a good squeeze to actually get any conditioner out of the small dispensing slot. Manufacturer please note:- this is not a very practical design!
After using this conditioner, my hair felt soft and fresh. I have long hair which tangles easily, after using this product, I was able to comb my hair with no problem and was The fragrance lasted fairly well, I used it in the morning and could still detect a feint whiff mid afternoon.
Directions for use are as follows:- massage the conditioner thoroughly through the hair. Leave to nourish for as long as necessary, then rinse. As with all conditioners , avoiding contact with the eyes.
~~Cost and Availability~~
The price of the 200ml Rose and Mandarin conditioner is around £4-£5. It is available from various online stores such as www.biggreensmile.com (where it costs £4.95 + P&P) or from Waitrose. I would suggest anyone interested in trying this product does a search via a price comparison website before purchasing.
~~My Thoughts and Conclusion~~
I have to admit that I would not pay this much for a small bottle of conditioner and had I not been given the product, would probably never have tried it, as it is well out of my budget!
I used this conditioner with no great expectations, having been disappointed with the matching shampoo, but I was pleasantly surprised. The conditioner felt luxurious to use and left my hair feeling nicely conditioned.
That said, the conditioner is not worth the price tag, in my opinion. It is OK, and only OK. I have used supermarket own branded products which perform just as well!
In conclusion, I will not be buying Duchy Originals Rose and Mandarin Conditioner due to the price tag, however I would recommend it as a decent conditioner for those with Duchess sized purses or who are married to the Prince of Wales!!
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 October 2009
** My source for this information was the Duchy website.
N.B. My reviews may be found on other review sites under the same user name, brittle1906.