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I would never previously have considered myself to be brand loyal when it came to shampoos and conditioners, but over the past couple of years I have always found myself steering towards products from both L'Oreal and Dove. It seems that each time I visit the supermarket to make some new purchases a new product has been introduced to their ranges. I love trying and testing something new and I recently tried out both the shampoo and conditioner from the L'Oreal Elvive Multi-Vitamins range, which is suitable for normal hair with this review discussing the shampoo.
My just below shoulder length colour treated thick and curly hair can be described as normal although the tips are prone to dryness and split ends. I am quite fortunate when topping up my supply of hair products as I frequently receive money off vouchers from L'Oreal, so when combined with a store promotion, I am able to obtain them at a fraction of the price. I find the entire product range of L'Oreal very appealing to the eye as their packaging displays vivid colours and minimal marketing information, so I am easily able to determine which products are suitable for my hair type. The Multi-Vitamins range is presented in calming colours of white, bright green and the familiar gold, which appears on the entire L'Oreal hair care range. I cannot admit to having any particular reason for choosing this product over the others available, but I felt assured that it would be of a high quality, particularly as my experience with L'Oreal is extremely positive.
The shampoo is presented in a sturdy plastic bottle with a robust flip top lid located on the upper section, which is easily opened and firmly closed with one hand, so I am able to receive the product in the other. The good consistency shampoo is easily dispensed and whilst it is pure white in colour it offers a luxurious pearl effect. I find that I need only a small amount similar to the size of a 50p coin and it is effortlessly applied to my sufficiently damp hair. A good creamy lather is created within seconds of massaging into my hair and scalp and it is then that I am able to witness the beautiful fragrance. In my experience with using L'Oreal, many of their hair products offer a floral scent, as they generally seem to be geared towards the female population. However, Multi-Vitamins offers a unisex fragrance, which is a little difficult to describe other than being clean and refreshing.
I regular wear hair styling products, so it is essential that I use a good shampoo to thoroughly remove them and only one application of the product is required. It is effortlessly rinsed away to leave my hair feeling squeaky clean and I feel assured that all traces of my hair products are thoroughly removed as I am unable to feel any sticky hair spray residue. Whilst my hair always feels beautifully clean as well as nourished, it is impossible for me to not follow up by using matching conditioners as otherwise my hair will become horribly knotted and tangled. Consequently, I used the conditioner from the same range, which enabled me to layer the gorgeous fragrance, which lingered in my hair for a short while after use.
The shampoo should be used within 24 months of opening with the bottle being recyclable once empty. Due to the reasons discussed above, I can highly recommend L'Oreal Elvive Multi-Vitamins Caring Shampoo, which receives 5 stars from me. The shampoo is available in a 250 ml bottle and generally retails at around £2.89. However, until 15 October 2012 you can purchase two bottles from Tesco for £4.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
This has been a regular shampoo I have used over many years and I have always come back to it if I've strayed to another one. The L'Oreal brand has a range of shampoos and conditioners and each one has a signature colour (on the bottle) to define the different types of hair that the shampoo is for. This is the one I use which is for 'Normal hair'.
The shampoo comes in a white plastic bottle which stands on its lid. This is a much better way of packaging something like a shampoo because as soon as you pick it up to get some out you know you're going to get some out as opposed to shaking and squeezing the bottle lots to get some out. As I said earlier, there is green writing on this bottle which is a nice shade of green.
The actual shampoo is a glossy white colour, fairly thick in consistency but very smooth at the same time. It smells very nice, quite florally as opposed to fruity. I only need a 10p piece size amount of shampoo on my hand for my medium length hair and it lathers up very easily. Once you've lathered and then rinsed it off I find my hair feels squeaky clean. The bottle states that the shampoo has multi-vitamins in it so I feel that this must help my hair, although I haven't really compared it to another L'Oreal shampoo without these vitamins so I can't comment on their use. I do think my hair looks healthy when I've washed and dried it with this shampoo though.
I don't actually feel I can smell the shampoo on my hair after I've washed and dried my hair but by then I have also used other products on my hair so the shampoo smell would be disguised anyway. It remains clean for at least 2 days but I would expect to wash my hair at least every other day anyway.
There is 200ml in this bottle and it costs £1.94 from Boots but is also available from Tescos and other supermarkets.
I love trying different shampoos and I always alternate between 2 or 3 different brands as I find my hair is more managable if I keep changing. I had been using Herbal Essences a lot but I was disappointed with the last one I bought, in the past I used Elvive so I decided to try it again. Currently this is on offer in Boots where two 250ml bottles cost £2.50.
The shampoo is designed for normal hair. It is described as containing multi-vitamins and on the front of the bottle it labels these 'multi-vitamins' as E, PP and Pro-Vitamin B5, I am familiar with these vitamins in other shampoos too. They are designed to nourish your hair while making it soft and shiny. This shampoo is also a mild formula so it is suitable for daily use.
You use the shampoo like any other shampoo simply wetting your hair applying an amount lathering and rinsing. The shampoo is really creamy and I found I only needed a small amount to get a really good lather. I always have a preference for creamy looking shampoos as opposed to clear ones as I find that they can sometimes leave my hair a little dry. The shampoo has a really nice smell, it is fresh and would be suited to both sexes. After rinsing my hair it felt really conditioned already, I did use the conditioner too as recommended but only needed to put it on the ends of my hair.
After using this my hair felt really soft and managable. It was easy to comb and style and it looked really shiny and healthy, my hair felt really clean too. I noticed that my hair didn't go greasy the next day as some shampoos have made it in the past. I had forgotten how much I liked this shampoo so was glad to rediscover it! I would give it 5 out of 5.
** L'Oreal Elvive multivitamins **
The shampoo comes in a plastic bottle which is white with green accents. In gold letters it says L'Oreal Paris and in brown letters Elvive shampoo. On the bottle it also says that the shampoo is enriched with vitamins. The snap closures is easy to open, because under the cover a small notch. On the back of the bottle are the ingredients listed. There is also a contact address in case you want more information about the product to be.
L'Oreal says that Elvive multivitamins gives you maximum strength and vitality. Your hair is visibly shinier and easier to style. It is a mild shampoo suitable for frequent use. The shampoo is enriched with vitamins:
Vitamin E for shine and natural brilliance
Vitamin PP to strengthen the hair fibre
Pro-vitamin B5 to nourish the hair from the root.
The shampoo is creamy white in colour and has a fresh, slightly sweet smell. After washing you can still notice the smell for a while but not too long. Using this shampoo you need to tub the shampoo into the hair until it is wetted foam and then rinse your hair well.
L'Oreal shampoo multivitamins is a pleasant smelling shampoo. When massaged the shampoo into your hair, you notice you won't need much. When the shampoo gets in contact with your wet hair you will get a lot of foam and therefore it's easy to spread. After washing my hair with this shampoo shines beautifully, feels soft and is easy to comb. For me it's an excellent product.
You can buy the L'Oreal Elvive multivitamins for around 3 pounds which is a good price. You don't need much of this shampoo for use so it will last you a long time.
L'Oreal Elvive Multi Vitamins Normal Hair Shampoo
Unlike my skin my hair is pretty easy to look after and isn't particularly greasy or dry. I do colour my hair from time to time but largely I tend to use either normal shampoo or something that just gives a bit more hydration. I have used this L'Oreal Elvive multi vitamin shampoo for normal hair quite a few times in the past, more often than not purchasing it while it has been on a special offer.
L'Oreal describes this shampoo as "Enriched with derivatives of Vitamins pro-B5, PP and E, the formula leaves hair looking full of vitality and gives hair a burst of natural looking shine". Personally, I do think that this shampoo leaves my hair clean, but it does also give it a bit shinier look, without any greasy feeling.
The shampoo is very easy to use and by that I mean that it lathers up really nicely so that you don't have to scrub too hard. I tend to use a big dollop of this because I like a good amount of bubbles and lather. Despite using a bit more than necessary this is still easily rinsed off and leaves my hair smelling fresh. The shampoo itself does have a nice smell about it, but it really isn't that strong or noticeable, after I have dried my hair I don't even notice it unlike other stronger smelling shampoos such as herbal essence.
The consistency of the shampoo is just about right, not too runny but not too thick either. The shampoo has a lovely pearlescent white colour to it and it feels as well as looks quite silky to the touch. When I have this shampoo in the bathroom I can use it every day and it still leaves my hair looking nice and feeling clean without any visible build up.
I tend to buy this mostly whenever it is on special offer but a quick search online reveals that Boots are currently selling this for £2.60 a tube. Even at full price this is quite a good value for money as you get a nice shampoo for the price.
Personally, I quite like the look of the packaging but it can be a bit fragile. I accidentally dropped the last bottle of this we had while using it and the lid completely came away from the main bottle. However, this was more my clumsiness than a design flaw.
This shampoo gets an above average four out of five stars from me. However, I would hesitate to recommend this as I have stopped buying so many L'Oreal products instead preferring to buy from brands that are more ethically sound and no longer use any current animal testing in either their ingredients or finished products. To sum this is a good everyday shampoo.
As I have coloured hair, I usually only use the red variety of L'oreal shampoo's/conditions, as this is the coloured hair range. However my beloved conditioner got substituted on a recent ASDA delivery, and so I was given the multi vitamins for "Normal" hair. It's not a variety I have seen on the shelves, nor is it something I would usually purchase however begrudgingly I gave it a go.
All of the L'oreal ranges have specific colours, ie red packaging for colour care, gold packaging for damage repair. The multi-vitamins range comes in quite simplistic white packaging.
At first I was a little put off by the smell, as it's very different to the other L'oreal ranges that I am used to. It's difficult to convey this smell in words, but it has a slightly odd garden aroma about it, which isn't particularly feminine smelling and is a little too strong for my liking. On the flipside, it's the sort of smell that would probably appeal to men who detest anything fragranty smelling.
The colour of the shampoo is a pearly white, and although I tend to prefer clearer shampoos for a more effective clean, I was surprised that this shampoo did clean my hair quite well and didn't appear to strip my colour which is what I was most concerned about. It created alot of bubbles with only a small amount of shampoo required, and also rinsed out quite easily, ready for conditioning.
This shampoo is enriched with vitamins E, PP and B5 which it claims will make hair "full of vitality". It is perhaps difficult to back this claim up without mentioning the conditioner which I also used, as I did notice my hair was more shiny after using this product, which I was impressed with, as my hair has taken quite a battering over the years with all the colouring and bleaching! From using this shampoo alone, I don't think it would have given the same results as it says it will on the bottle, but with the conditioner I did notice the shine element.
Would I buy this product again? As it is not for my hair type and has a rather off putting smell, I probably won't purchase this again (as I didn't intend to purchase it in the first place!). I think if L'oreal improved the smell, then it would become more appealing however I personally prefer colour care products.
To leave your normal hair shiny and looking full of strength and vitality follow the Elvive Multi-Vitamin 2 step programme: Cleans with Elvive Multi-Vitamins Shampoo. / For care and easy detangling follow with Elvive Multi-Vitamins Conditioner / Spread through the lengths of the hair right to the tips and then rinse.