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At Christmas I received a gift set of John Masters Organics bath products. It is not a brand I had heard of but the giver of the gift often spoils me with really expensive pampering toiletries. Sure enough when I looked it up for the purposes of this review, it is really expensive, which made me a) surprised that I hadn't heard of it at all and b) appalled at how badly the product I'm now reviewing worked!
The lavender and rosemary shampoo claims to help hair resist damage by pollution, colouring and styling. This is does, supposedly, by using a blend of natural ingredients such as sage, burdock root, and chamomile.
When you read that list, it doesn't sound, well, exactly fragrant, doest it? And if you consider the fact that it's also called lavender and rosemary shampoo, you have a pretty awful-smelling concotion, in my humble opinion. Lavender just smells like old ladies to me, and I am 24 and do not need to go down that road just yet!
So pushing the scent to the back of my mind, I tested the shampoo on my hair. It runs out of the bottle easily, and is a brown sludge, also not containing any artificial colours. I must say it looks somewhat like treacle, which is funny because that is exactly how it feels on the hair! Try as I might, I couldn't seem to get any kind of lather despite using significantly more than I would usually of any other shampoo, and my hair is not overly long. The only way I could get any sort of lather was to pour water over my head repeatedly and rub the suds into it, which made me feel as though I wasn't really getting the full benefit of the shampoo in the first place as I was using a watered-down version. I do appreciate that not all soaps need to get a good lather to work affectively, but shampoo is another story I think as it does need some method of getting to every part of your head!
Once in my hair, the shampoo then worked some kind of magic - it disappeared! No joke, it was just gone. I didn't feel as though I had put anything into my hair at all. I did manage to rinse some suds out but it was very peculiar and my hair didn't really feel all that clean.
I have now used this shampoo twice. The first time I gave up getting a lather and washed my hair in a different shampoo. The second I perservered and using the wet-lather-repeat method about five times was able to get the shampoo through my hair, but I didn't feel any benefit at all. Even when dried it didn't feel clean, I literally felt as though I had just wet my hair and let it air dry. My hair is extremely well-behaved and I frequently wash it in shower gel or shampoos for other hair types, so this must be bad! I am pleased to report that the grandma scent was replaced by the more favourable smell of the bubbles of my bathwater which I rinsed my hair with.
And what can you expect to pay for such a disappointing hairwashing experience? Brace yourselves...this shampoo rings up at a staggering £16 for 237ml. You can find it on fancypants expensive beauty websites, just do a Google search. The miniature 50ml version I used works out at about a fiver, and considering I had to use about a third of the bottle to make any suds whatsoever, that's a serious pricetag. I could probably buy two bottles of my favourite Alberto Balsam raspberry shampoo for that, which lasts AGES anyway.
I'm sorry but for £16 I want a full-on Herbal Essences ad experience from my shampoo and this is sorely lacking. I'm sorry that someone spent a lot of money on a gift set for me which was of such disappointing quality, but at least I've been able to warn any Dooyooers reading off this ridiculously pricey brand!
Lavender and rosemary extracts are combined with 13 other certified-organic ingredients plus soy protein and wheat amino acids to leave hair healthy, shiny and manageable. Does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate. Safe for colour-treated hair. Key ingredients: Lavender - normalizes scalp conditions; slows hair loss Rosemary - stimulates hair growth; adds volume and shine Soy protein - strengthens hair follicles; makes hair look thicker and fuller, improves shine Wheat amino acids - help with comb-through and shine Decyl glucoside - natural surfactant certified for its eco-clean production values To use: Wet hair, lather, rinse.