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I love the Original Source range and always end up buying the new 'flavours' as and when I come across them. I've had this White Pear and Avocado Conditioner stashed away at the back of my cupboard for ages, and have finally got around to digging it out and using it. There are additional items in this particular Original Source range, and I am also using the matching shampoo and shower cream.
Product description: "We've jam-packed white pear & avocado in this damage-limitation conditioner. It contains UV inhibitors to help strengthen and protect hair against the sun and anti pollutants to actively fight against the effects of urban living. Packed with natural stuff & urban-grime fighting too!"
It comes in a clear plastic bottle which allows the product to show through, and I like this because it allows you to see exactly how much you have left inside. The bottle has a plastic flip-top lid at the base of the bottle with a small hole underneath which the product is dispensed through. The only thing I have trouble with is paying enough attention to using the correct bottle (as it looks identical to the shower cream) and I have ended up accidentally using the shower cream in my hair instead of on my body.
Recommended directions for use: Apply conditioner to wet hair. Take a minute to enjoy the full on fresh fruity fragrance and then rinse thoroughly. For best results use after Original Source shampoo.
The fragrance of this conditioner is quite unusual, and not exactly what I was expecting. I had thought that it might have a sweet scent because of the pears (admittedly I am not sure what avocados smell like, so it might be more avocado-y), but instead it has a very fresh and clean scent to it, like the type of fragrance you get with beauty products made from aloe vera or cucumber. This is nice in its own way and I think it would be suitable for both men and women to use as the fragrance is quite neutral.
The conditioner itself has a creamy white colour with just the slightest tint of green to it, which fits in with the ingredients used. It has a creamy texture that spreads easily through my hair. To use, I spread this through the lengths of my hair, from the nape of my neck down to the tips, and then apply just a very small amount near the roots. This stops it from overloading my hair which can tend to become greasy quickly. I've recently had a new haircut and got rid of my old split, damaged ends, but I still feel like this product does not provide my hair with enough moisture to keep it in good condition. My hair is very dull and lacklustre when using this conditioner, and out of curiosity I tried using two applications to see if it would help give my hair some much needed moisture. This has given me better results and leaves my hair feeling smooth and manageable, and it stays nice and sleek if I comb it through which still wet which is a bonus as I don't have to use any additional styling products. However, it's a bit of a pain to have to use two applications and I feel like it does not perform well enough in the first place. It claims to offer "damage limitation" for normal/stressed hair types, but I can't say I've noticed any results in this area and feel like I should stick with a richer conditioner that will keep my hair hydrated.
Overall I wouldn't recommend this White Pear and Avocado conditioner. In my opinion it performs the worst out of the three products I've tried in this range, and I only manage to get good results if I apply it twice, which is time-consuming and requires a larger amount of product so you have to buy it more frequently.
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I have recently reviewed the Original Source White Pear and Avocado damage limitation shampoo and this review will focus on the accompanying conditioner. Like the shampoo this conditioner is formulated for normal/stressed hair and claims to strengthen and protect hair. In recent weeks my hair has been put through its paces due to a family wedding and has been teased, straightened and curled numerous times. For this reason my hair was feeling a bit frazzled and in need of some tlc. I spotted both the shampoo and conditioner in my local pound store.
The conditioner comes in similar packaging to the shampoo. It is housed in a transparent triangular shaped bottle with a black flip open lid and through which the white coloured conditioner can be seen. Unlike the shampoo though the bottle stands on its lid rather than the base and this helps distinguish the shampoo and conditioner when in the shower.
I have been using the conditioner in combination with the shampoo for a number of weeks now. I apply the conditioner after rinsing out the shampoo. The conditioner has a fairly thick, paste like consistency, but is still easy to get out of the bottle. After using the shampoo my hair feels very clean but I can feel that there are a lot of knots in my hair. I apply the conditioner to the strands of my hair, avoiding the scalp as applying conditioner there can weigh my hair down and make it feel heavy and greasy. As soon as it is applied I can feel my hair almost breathe a sigh of relief as the conditioner starts to work and soften the hair immediately. The conditioner should be left for around a minute to work best and I probably allow a little longer as I use this time to wash the rest of my body. Like the shampoo this conditioner smells lovely - it is a scent that I would describe as fresh and fruity with a bit of a tang. The scent is long-lasting both on my hair and in the bathroom, which smells wonderful for several hours after use.
Like the shampoo the main ingredients in this shampoo are white pear and avocado. Avocado is intensely moisturising whilst white pear is full of minerals that give hair a bit of a boost.. Both ingredients work together to help strengthen hair and increase its shine. Like the shampoo the conditioner also contains UV inhibitors to help strengthen and protect hair against the sun and also "anti-pollutants" to actively fight against the effect of urban living.
Once the time is up I rinse this off with warm water, rubbing gently as I go. The conditioner rinses off easily without leaving any residue. I have found that some conditioners that I have used in the past leave a thin film of residue on my hair which makes me feel like I haven't got all the product out and I have to rinse my hair several times to get rid of it. I am pleased to note that this was not the case with this particular conditioner. Once rinsed off my hair is extremely easy to comb and my hair is left feeling soft and looking healthy.
Although it is recommended that products in the same range be used together I seem to go through shampoo much quicker than I do conditioner so I was left for a few days with conditioner but not the complimentary shampoo. I decided to see how well this would work if I used the conditioner with another shampoo and I am pleased to report that it works just as well.
Overall I am really pleased with both the shampoo and conditioner in this range and have already been back to stock up. Unfortunately looking at the Original Source website it appears that the white pear and avocado range has been discontinued which is rather disappointing.
I am a fan of the original source shower gels so I was over the moon recently when I seen the shampoo and conditioners available in boots. I opted for the white pear and avocado type as it was advertised as being for normal to stressed hair. I must admit I loved the scent when I smelt it in the shop and this also swayed me to buy this product especially since it was on offer too for just a pound. Upon purchasing the conditioner I also bought the shampoo which I have reviewed separately.
The original source conditioner comes in a frosted clear bottle that contains 250ml. The conditioner itself is white in colour and this can be seen through the bottle to look of thick consistency. The bottle advises that this product has been jam packed full of white pear and avocado and it contains UV inhibitors to help strengthen and protect the hair.
The scent of this product is extremely fruity indeed and it is an absolute pleasure to use. I used my conditioner after the white pear and avocado shampoo as the bottle advises this product is best used in conjunction with its partner. I felt that the shampoo was very heavy on my hair so on a few occasions I used this with a simple baby shampoo just for comparison. The end result always remained the same.
This conditioner is rather thick and although it coats the hair very well and immediately detangles, it always leaves a bit of a residue on my hair. I have fine hair and it is definitely not ideal for me to use this product everyday as it gives a very lank look that appears dirtier than it did before washing. I absolutely adore washing and conditioning my hair with this as it is such a pleasure however I'm afraid if you have fine hair then this definitely isn't going to do you any favours.
I have tried many things like just applying a small amount of the conditioner and rinsing for an extra few minutes to see if that helps but it is still just too heavy. For thick hair I think this product would be lovely however I can't recommend for us with finer hair.
I got this conditioner in Pound Land with the matching shampoo and it's dead nice but not as harsh or heavy as some of the other Original Source conditioners.
It's a smooth and rich conditioner that is easy to run through your hair and you can feel it working as your hair gets silkier in the shower. It's wicked the way it starts smoothing my hair as soon as I put it on, I usually give it a couple of minutes but the other night I left it on for an hour when I was in the bath and it did a brill job of repairing the dryness that bleaching has done to my hair.
It smells gorgeous, it's a creamy smell that's fruity but not overpowering. I can smell the pears in it and it's quite faint and I think there's a bit of an oily smell to it as well but that might be just because I know there's avocado in it because that's proper oily! The smell doesn't last long on my hair even when I use the shampoo and conditioner together and that's a shame because it's a lovely fresh smell while it's there.
When I've rinsed my hair I can tell the difference because my hair is easier to brush and the tangles are all smoothed out, it looks shinier when it's dried as well and if I'm using my straighteners it's as good as any other conditioner.
I like Original Source goodies anyway and I reckon this is one of the best of them because of completely different reasons why I usually love their stuff. Normally it's the wicked strong smells of them that attract me but with this one it's such a pretty girly smell that I love it because it's so subtle.
It's easy to rinse out and doesn't leave any stickiness or anything on my hair and even when my hair's soaking wet from the shower I can brush it without any probs and that's an achievment for my knotty hair.
I saw this conditioner in Tesco for a mere 39p (that's right, 39p for 250ml!), so bought it!
As usual, skip to the parts that you want to read!
~ General Overview ~
Original Souce White Pear and Avocado Damage Limitation conditioner (quite a mouthful!) is a lovely smelling conditioner, which leaves your hair soft, light and bouncy throughout the day. Packaging suggests it's suitable for daily use, but I find it's quite an 'intense' conditioner so only use it once a week.
~ Original Source* ~
Original Source are part of the Aromatherapy Trade Council and also work closely with the Vegan Society. None of their products are tested on fluffy bunnies (or less fluffy rats). They are part of PZ Cussons. They claim their products use natural ingredients. (Thumbs up so far!)
~ Packaging ~
Sort of triangular plastic, textured, see-through bottle. The conditioner itself is white and you can see through to it (handy for knowing how much is left). Flip cap opening at the bottom, which is quite sturdy and I haven't managed to break it (I have this amazing ability to break things I touch). The bottle's made of a soft, flexible plastic so it's easy to squeeze out without developing a hernia.
~ The conditioner ~
The White Pear and Avodcado condition is a 'DAMAGE LIMITATION CONDITIONER' which contains UV inhibitors "to help strengthen and protect hair against the sun". The conditioner also contains "anti pollutants" to reduce the effects of "urban damage". Basically, I think what they're trying to say is, the conditioner will stop your hair going all dry from being in the sun and stop it looking all limp from pollution. On the other hand, this means that the conditioner must leave product in your hair for it to have this coating effect.
The conditioner smells gorgeous! It smells a little like pear, but it's hard to describe the smell. It is absolutely lovely and The Boy always comments on how nice the bathroom and my hair smell after I've used it.
~ Whilst washing ~
You only need a small amount of conditioner for your hair. I have relatively long hair but only need a small dollop (about a 10p piece size) to cover my whole hair. I've had this conditioner for at least 4 months now and there's still ¾ of a bottle left (although I use it once or twice a week at most). It's quite thick and gloopy, but once it's on my hair it's easily rubbed in. I normally leave the conditioner on for a few minutes just so I can the full effect.
~ After washing ~
I was expecting this conditioner to leave my hair quite heavy from the product being left on it, but actually after washing with this conditioner my hair felt light and bouncy. This conditioner left my hair smelling lovely all day long and I think my hair is in better condition after using it. I don't use the conditioner every day as it's a more 'intense' conditioner, and my hair doesn't really need conditioning daily, I use it about once a week and it brings my hair back to it's 'best'.
~ Recommend it? ~
Absolutely! I think this conditioner leaves my hair looking shiny and soft; I'm definitely going to snap another one up when this one runs out.
~ The boring bits ~
White Pear and Avocado Damage Limitation Conditioner
PZ Cussons (0800 581 001)
Prices starting from 39p :)
~ Other stuff ~
You can find more information about Original Source and their product range at http://www.originalsource.co.uk/ The website is very modern and slick but does use a lot of space (memory/ internet speed...?) to load and so it can take quite a while!
Also, you can get a free sample of this conditioner (or any of the others in the Original Source range) by visiting the website above.
*Information based upon the Original Source website
Since the credit crunch has well and truly hit i decided to ditch my £5 shampoo and conditioner from boots and see what I could find in Poundland. I have a little wander round and picked up some Nutrogena but I convinced myself i didn't really need it and put it back. I got the bits and pieces I went in for then turned a corner and saw a stand full of Original Source products. Ooooohhh, went the voice in my head. I spotted a conditioner that was a very pale green colour and immediately assumed it was lime, mmm I like lime, said that voice and I duly picked it up and went to pay.
The next night was hair washing night! So I still had some shampoo left so used that and followed with the Original Source conditioner. The conditioner squeezed easily into my hand, this was a bugbear of my last conditioner as it was really hard to get out of the bottle.
So I am standing there putting it through my hair and feeling my hair go all nice and soft as I comb it through and I am thinking to myself, that doesn't smell like lime but I dismiss it as the scent really is gorgeous. After a few minutes the smell is bothering me because it doesn't make sense. I grab for the bottle to realise what I am smelling is white pear. Aaahh! It all makes sense now. The avocado is lost on me but the white pear scent is strong and utterly gorgeous.
My hair is now tangle free and soft and the chemical receptors in my nose are satisfied because my brain now understands it is pear and not lime. I normally find that it takes quite a few minutes to completely rinse conditioner from my hair and I found this one to be the same. My hair is in fairly good condition and this conditioner was suited to normal / streessed hair however my hair normally goes quite frizzy if it is just left to dry but with this conditioner it has gone all nice and wavy with no frizz in sight.
The scent has stayed in my hair and my Husband even commented on how nice the smell was last night. I can still smell it quite strongly from my hair this morning but it is in no way overpowering, just a nice clean fresh smell.
This conditioner is branded as damage limitation and contains UV inhibitors to strengthen hair and protect from "urban damage". Now I live in the country but still feel that it is applicable to me!
Original source products can be bought from most pharmacies and supermarkets and are generally a few pound. My purchase from Poundland was, well you guessed £1 so a great credit crunching bargain!
This conditioner is not tested on animals, is suitable for vegans and the packaging is recyclable so is a good choice for those who want to know they are doing there bit for the environment too. The pack states that is you know someone who needs damage limitation then they can go to www.originalsource.co.uk for a free sample.
So go on - give it a try! Its free!
I'm a great fan of original source products, I've loved everything I've tried from them so I was delighted when I saw the white pear and avocado shampoo and conditioner in poundland, almost half the price I would expect to pay.
I like the fact that original source make their shampoos with the flip lid on the top and the conditioner with the flip lid on the bottom of the bottles so you dont get confused when grabbing for the bottles.
The conditioner is very thick white colour and like all original source products smells lovely. It is a subtle fruity smell, you can definitely smell the pears but not the avocado and it is not too sweet like fruity products often are. The conditioner is very thick and comes out with a splat, I've just put some on my finger and it feels really greasy and oily to the touch.
I used it at first with the matching shampoo and found it almost impossible to rinse out. I spent ages with the shower head a couple of inches away from my head massaging my hair and rinsing through.
Even though I had rinsed thoroughly it left my very long hair feeling weighed down and looking a bit dull after I had used it and made it look a bit lank and greasy.
I kept having to use this conditioner because I kept putting my other bottles into my swimming bag and taking them to the pool and forgetting to put them back into the bathroom. I noticed my cheeks getting spotty from where my hair was brushing against them and the spots disappeared when I changed my conditioner to something lighter.
I had to use this conditioner one last time last week when I'd ran out of my simple conditioner, by then I had my hair cut a lot shorter. It didn't weigh my hair down in the same way but I noticed my cheeks feeling greasy again.
The conditioner says it is for normal/stressed hair. Maybe the problem is that my hair is just too healthy for it and it might work better for someone who has really dry hair and needs a more intensive conditioner than I do.
This was another of the Original Source products I bought a month or so ago when they were all half price at Boots.
This conditioner is a fairly new addition to the Original Source range. It is contains white pear and avocado, and is described as 'Damage Limitation' conditioner suitable for 'Normal/Stressed' hair. The idea of a conditioner that would limit damage to the hair appealed to me, as my hair is often subjected to dyeing, straightening, blow drying, and over-styling.
The conditioner comes in a clear bottle which has a black flip top cap, and stands on its head. It's a triangular shape and has black writing which I think (as I do with virtually all the Original Source products) makes it look quite masculine and unattractive, but I suppose it's functional which is the main thing.
The conditioner smells absolutely delicious. Being white pear and avocado, it is very fruity and smells very fresh and natural.
It's white in colour and not particularly thick for a conditioner, but nor is it runny. It glides through the hair easily and doesn't drip out, as some of the very cheap ones can. They recommend leaving it on a couple of minutes to enjoy the fragrance and give it the maximum chance to work.
It rinses out easily and immediately makes the hair feel detangled.
When the hair is dry, I found that I could no longer smell the fragrance of the product which was a little disappointing, as it's so gorgeous! It does detangle my hair completely so there's no need to use a leave-in conditioner or detangling spray afterwards, and my hair feels soft and smooth.
One thing I have noticed, which is a big plus point for this product, is that after using it, my hair is really easy to manage and it is not as frizzy or big as it normally is. It looks healthy too - shiny and smooth, before I've even used any styling products which is almost unheard of for my hair!
A 250ml bottle of this conditioner costs £1.99 from Boots.
I really like this conditioner, it's a great price and I would be more than willing to use it again. It has a lovely fresh fragrance and it leaves my hair soft, shiny and manageable. The only downside is that the fragrance does not stay on my hair, otherwise, this is a fantastic product for a fantastic price.
A fresh fruity fragrance /