Whilst awaiting a prescription in Lloyds Pharmacy a couple of months ago I browsed their shelves and spotted the Enliven range, which is a value brand. As I had a positive experience of using their hair mousse I decided to make a number of purchases; one of which was their Everyday Shampoo and this review discusses my experience with using the product.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
The entire range is fairly simplistic with its' white coloured packing with a touch of blue text, which is quite pleasing to the eye. However, I found the appearance of the shampoo a little dull and uninspiring, particularly as it is a translucent liquid contained within a rather long tubular shaped transparent plastic bottle. There is a small amount of information displayed on the front of the 400ml bottle advising us that the shampoo contains pro-vitamin B5 for healthy hair. However, the rear of the bottle is an absolute nightmare to read due to the tiny black text, which is displayed in a size 4 or 5 font. With my magnifying glass I was able to decipher a few directions for use, which are provided in dozens of languages together with a list of ingredients that are only displayed in English, which I found rather strange.
USING THE SHAMPOO
The flip top lid is easily opened and is the size of the bottle itself and I gently tilted the bottle in readiness to dispense a small amount of the product into the palm of my hand. However, the consistency of the shampoo is considerably runnier than other brands I've used and simply dispensed itself without the need for me to squeeze the bottle. Consequently, it was necessary to ensure that my fingers were tightly closed, as otherwise it would have run straight through them and subsequently, down the plug hole. The aroma is barely detectable and whilst I cannot identify any particular fragrance I would describe it as clean and fresh. I applied the 50p size of shampoo to my long wet hair and massaged as normal, but nothing happened, so I had to dispense a further amount of shampoo into my hand and this time I used approximately the size of four 50p pieces. I proceeded to massage it into my hair, but unfortunately, it still wasn't enough, particularly as I have rather a lot of hair, which is very thick. Consequently, I dispensed a further amount that filled my cupped hand, which thankfully was sufficient.
An average lather was eventually created, but the shampoo struggled on my fringe where I use a small amount of hairspray, as it would not remove the stickiness. Consequently, it was necessary to take small sections of hair and hold them between two fingers and rub vigorously until the lacquer was eventually removed. The shampoo was easily rinsed away and left that familiar squeak when I ran my fingers against my head, which confirmed that my hair was clean. The reverse of the bottle states that for best results to follow up with the matching conditioner, which I have used and will discuss in a future review. What I like with shampoos is the aroma that lingers in my hair after use, but just as I expected, there was no fragrance after using this product. I have continued to use the shampoo solely due to the fact that I cannot bear waste, but I will only use it on the days that I have not used hair styling products. Whilst the shampoo was reasonably priced at only 95p for a 400ml bottle I need to use four times as much as I would with any other shampoo and as a result, this is a pricey product, which I cannot recommend, so it receives only 1 star from me.
INGREDIENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION
There is a lengthy list of ingredients contained on the reverse of the bottle and for obvious reasons I do not intend copying them into this review. However, I can confirm that I suffered no adverse reaction when using the shampoo. Enliven are against animal testing and the shampoo should be used within 24 months of opening with the bottle being suitable for recycling after use. Enliven products do not seem to be readily available in stores such as Boots of supermarkets, as I have only seen them available in two stores, namely Lloyds Pharmacy and Body Care.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.