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      03.09.2013 19:06
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      Will clean your hair well for the low price but don't expect much else

      When I saw the Sainsbury's Basics shampoo was 40p for 1 litre, I couldn't believe the price and thought I would give it a try. I remembered reading reviews of other supermarket own brand shampoos that suggested they were better than the price might have you otherwise suspect. What's more, I find that my hair goes greasy really quickly whether I use a so called salon brand, something like Timotei or a more basic product. So I tend to favour a simple shampoo now and then buy a better conditioner to go with it. Happily, this Sainsbury's shampoo is not tested on animals and carries the leaping bunny logo of Cruelty Free International/ BUAV to that effect. It isn't recommended for any particular hair type - my own is greasy roots, drier ends. LOOKS AREN'T EVERYTHING This isn't the sort of own brand shampoo that tries to look like a branded product. It's never going to ornament your bathroom but that isn't what I buy shampoo for. You could always pour some into one of those ceramic shampoo pump dispensers you can buy.. I have one that I never use but I do think the shampoo would be just about the right consistency to work in one. Anyway, It is very simply packaged in a clear bottle with a orange and white label. It differs a bit from the picture above in that the bottle looks taller and narrower in that. The other big difference is the shampoo itself is no longer orange. Instead it looks a pearly white. I don't know if the ingredients changed when the colour did as this is my first purchase. I would rather have had the slender shaped bottle myself as the current one is a bit awkward to hold and my mum who has poor grip in her hands did not find it easy to use at all. It is just slightly too fat, but you are getting a lot of product for your money. The top opening is rather wide too, but in contrast to the bottle, the chunky lid did prove easy for my mum to actually get open. You do have to be careful not too pour out too much shampoo, until you have got used to the big opening anyway. SMELLS OF.. The shampoo scent is what really divides my family. I loved it at the first sniff, and my boyfriend is with me on the fan's side. On the other hand, my mum thinks it is horrible. This is because she thinks it smells of pine needles which calls to mind toilet cleaner to her. To me, it smells more herbal and of rosemary in particular. It is definitely a strong scent and hangs around in the air for a while in the bathroom. On the other hand, the scent is curiously quite weak on my actual hair and I can't smell it at all after a few hours. This may come as some comfort if you think it smells as my mum does but I would like the aroma to linger a bit more myself! NICE TO USE? On the front of Sainsbury's Basic products they have a line or two explaining why the item is so much cheaper. In this case, it says that there will be "a little bit less lather" but that it will still leave hair "squeaky clean". I find shampoos that lather more enjoyable to use but I know that it isn't necessary to actually clean my hair. In actual fact I don't think the shampoo produces any less lather than any other and I didn't need to use more than normal. This is good because it wouldn't be as cheap if I needed to use twice as much to do the job. The texture reminds me of runny liquid hand soap. It feels fine, not too watery and it's easy to massage through the hair. I only tend to shampoo once per session because doing so several times doesn't tend to make enough difference for me, and I didn't feel I needed to change that with this one. Rinsing off is easy and I have been pleased that my hair isn't left feeling more tangled than usual. DOES IT WORK? The shampoo definitely makes my hair feel clean and refreshed immediately after I have finished rinsing. That is mainly what I wanted it for which is just as well as I don't think it delivers anything else. I don't think my hair looked duller immediately but it definitely didn't look shiny either. It was only when I saw the difference to the appearance of my hair after I used my weekly Aussie intensive conditioning treatment that I realised that it had gradually lost some of it's shine and bounce since I began using the Basics shampoo. My hair didn't feel quite as soft either even though I have mostly used it with conditioner - a Nakd or Aussie one at the moment. I felt that using a basic conditioner as well might stress my hair too much at once! On the plus side, I can't say that my hair has looked terrible and it hasn't needed washing more than normal. [I always wash it almost every day.] I don't have a sensitive scalp at all, so whilst I didn't suffer any irritation, don't take that as a recommendation if you do have sensitive skin. Also, while I won't list all the ingredients, the presence of Sodium Laureth Sulfate seems worthy of mentioning as I know it is something some people like to avoid. WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS SHAMPOO? This shampoo only claims to be a basic product so I am not going to rate it down much for not offering the benefits I expect of a more expensive version. It really did clean my hair properly and it was perfectly hassle free to use. I expected to have to use a lot or to have trouble rinsing it away but neither worry was well founded. If you want something that will leave you hair softer or shiny, this is not for you but if you want a simple cleansing product that is unisex I would say this is definitely worth a try. I know the scent will divide people but I am sticking to my belief it smells of rosemary not pine! I have decided the best way of using this myself is to alternate it with other shampoos and to use it in combination with good conditioners and since doing that for 2 weeks now, I haven't had any problems with my hair looking or feeling less good than normal. This approach may also work for others not willing to give up their branded shampoos but I can also understand it being too much trouble for others! Only available from Sainsbury's.

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        13.03.2013 13:14
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        Not one I'll be buying again

        I'm always on the lookout for cheaper products that we use a lot of, and generally speaking I tend to purchase a lot of things from my local Tesco Extra. About six months back, however, I veered away from Tesco and started to use a lot of Sainsbury's own brand things, including bath and shower gels, household products and personal products such as feminine hygiene things and shampoos and body lotions. One of the items I purchased around this time was Sainsbury's own brand of basic (very basic) shampoo, which, according the huge one litre sized plastic bottle, stated that it was suitable for everyday use by the whole family. This massive bottle of shampoo came in a very large, very soft plastic, and basic looking bottle and it cost only 40p. The first time we used this was in the bath when I shampooed my daughter's hair and I suppose if I'm honest, I used her as a kind of 'guinea pig'. The shampoo is an odd colour, in between a pale orange and a pale peach colour and the lid screws off. As the shampoo is very runny and thin, getting it out of the bottle wasn't a problem at all, in fact, I had to be really careful not to tip it too much, otherwise far too much came running out all over my hand and a lot of it got wasted and fell into the bath water. The shampoo smelled nice enough but it's not a shampoo that is highly fragranced. It lathered well and to be honest I didn't find that I needed to use a lot of it to get a decent lather. It lathered and foamed well and rinsed off well afterwards. Unfortunately, however, as the bottle is so huge, it's not possible to be able to use this in the shower. It has no hook over the end and as we have no shower shelving I had to resort to standing it on the shower base and then bending down every time I wanted to pick the bottle up. Also, as it is so tall, it was also prone to toppling over on a few occasion, and this became quite annoying after a while. The shampoo is fine to use on a very short-term basis but it's certainly not a product I'd want to use over a long period of time. I found that after a few washes my hair was fine but I really desperately needed to use a good quality conditioner after I'd used this shampoo as it really seemed to dry my hair out drastically and I also found that it stared to become very tangled and knotted. I finally gave up using this shampoo long before we got to the end of the bottle and then my husband finished it off by using it as a sort of body wash / shower gel ad then we even used it as a makeshift bubble bath to use up the final dregs. It's cheap and cheerful but it's not a shampoo I'd particularly recommend but if you really have to count the pennies then I suppose it's okay for short-term use. I give it three stars out of five.

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        14.01.2013 12:53
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        Avoid at all costs

        First things first, yes I bought this because it was cheap, I thought I would try it out..after all what's the worse that can happen? Well the answer there is so many things!!!! To begin with the bottle is quite small, I guess this could be seen as a bonus but the price is also small, 38p, it is a orange colour and I wasn't expecting much for my money to be honest. After unscrewing the large lid, the first thing I noticed was how runny this was, it's not thick like normal shampoo, it literally pours out of the bottle. You have to be careful or you could end up with more than you wanted in your hand. It has a weird smell too, it's hard to pin point but it is just very chemically, and of not one thing in particular. It is not unpleasant, it is just odd. When adding this to your hair, it does make your hair feel nice, rinsing is fine and the after effect is not bad after. The lather isnt much to write home about, I didnt find it lathered up very well at all. Day two however is a different story, firstly my hair now seems to be very dry and straw like, this does not leave your hair in very good condition at all. It is almost as bad as using soap to wash you hair, I remember trying that once as a child, never again. It is a slightly better look than the one achieved on day three however....day three we now go for the greasy, unwashed look! My two children used this and within two days all three of us looked like we hadn't washed our hair in a week! The cheapness of this does not warrant having to wash your hair every day to stop the greasiness coming back. Also washing everyday would ruin the condition of your hair anyway. Basically do not use this for anything even resembling hair; I cannot even think of anything that would benefit having this used on them. Avoid this at all cost, if no-one buys it they may stop making it.

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          26.10.2012 08:29
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          A very cheap shampoo and too runny a consistency.

          I bought this shampoo earlier this month because it was very cheap to buy and since I use a lot of shampoo in my home I thought it would be a good idea to try it since the bottle was quite a large one. The shampoo comes housed in a clear plastic bottle which has a screw off top. it is a pink colour and is quite a soft liquid, it does have a runny consistency it tends to drip from the bottle while pouring it. The bottle as I said is quite a large one and it has a kind of perfume smell to it but not one that is very strong but adequate enough a smell since it was such a cheap one. Because the liquid is quite runny I tend to use far more than I really want to and find that I cannot use just a small amount like I usually use with this shampoo. I think using a lot of shampoo which isn't really needed isn't worth it. It does however lather really well indeed with no problems at all. It is very easy to rinse from the hair in no time. It does clean the hair well but I don't think the quality is very good even for the cheap price. It costs just 40p for a 1 litre bottle and so a lot of shampoo for the price but for this price I don't think it is very good value for money compared to some other cheaper brands of shampoos. I would rather pay a little bit more for a better shampoo and one that isn't runny. It is a family shampoo and I would say that this one would only be suitable for anyone who wants to buy one at a very cheap price and they cannot afford one that is over the price of this one. I have washed my older grandchildren's hair with it but the first time I used it, it dripped all over the place because I couldn't hold the bottle so good while washing their hair. It hasn't irritated our scalps and it has left it soft enough but not as soft as a branded one and it doesn't leave the hair looking shiny or in a good condition. It leaves the hair feeling a little rough and my granddaughter's hairs have been knotted and tangled and so I only used it the once for their hair because I didn't want to make them cry trying to brush it when it is knotted etc and this one did make it difficult to brush it at the time but I went very gently brushing it. I wouldn't recommend this shampoo because I think it is too runny a liquid and the bottle is far too big. Had to just use it on my own hair on and off just to use the shampoo and not waste it. I think if Sainsbury's reduced the bottle size and made the liquid a little thicker, it would be a far better shampoo. I won't be buying this one again in the future it is a waste of my money. I rate it only 2 stars.

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            01.10.2012 11:48
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            Not really worth it

            I don't shop in Sainsburys very often but on a recent visit I was impressed with the look of all their Basic range and went to town with them. One item I bought was their Basic Shampoo, at only 40p for a giant 1 litre bottle I thought I'd try it. The bottle it comes in is plastic, large and has a white and orange label with the relevant info in regards to directions, ingredients etc. It's like a bubble bath bottle, the lid is a screw top again like a bubble bath bottle- thus making it easy to pour too much out. I find it bulky and awkward. This bottle has lasted ages (but I don't use it often). The shampoo is pinky orange, it looks like bubble bath and smells like bubble bath with the same consistency as bubble bath. After wetting my hair and applying a good dollop I massage it in, it doesn't lather up and I need to put more shampoo on to get coverage, it's smells okay but has a bubble bath smell. Rinsing out is easy enough although due to having to use a fair amount of the stuff it does take slightly longer. During rinsing my hair feels brittle, squeaky and dried out I definitely need conditioner with this as it leaves my hair clean but very dry. There's no smell left on my hair either. Although cheap it hasn't affected my scalp, it doesn't itch. Yes it does clean hair but takes a bit more effort than normal and you need twice as much, so if you pay 40p for 1 litre but need twice as much it would work out at 40p for 500ml which is still cheap. It is very similar to the other supermarket value shampoos that I've used in the past. Would I recommend- no not really, but it's okay with loads of conditioner and the price is cheap.

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            10.04.2012 19:16
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            Not a great shampoo, not even a good shampoo.

            I'm usually quite particular about what kind of shampoo I use and most often buy them especially for my hair type. However I recently won this Sainsbury's Basics Shampoo in a raffle and thought I would try it to see if it was any good. The shampoo is manufactured by supermarket Sainsbury's for their own brand range called 'Basics'. I have used several products in the Sainsbury's Basics range (they have an extensive range of products over many grocery departments) and found many of them to be of a good quality and not much different from more expensive bigger brand named products. The shampoo comes in a large plastic bottle which is transparent and totally recyclable after use. I was initially impressed with the 1 litre sized bottle as so often nowadays shampoos tend to come in 200 or 300 ml sized bottles which run out quickly. The shampoo has one label on the bottle which provides very basic information about the product and the brand. The label is colourless and looks like it has been written by a high school art student. There is nothing attractive about the design. Information on the label includes directions for use, warnings about safe use, full ingredients and ethical details. A stamp on the label says that the company are "against animal testing and fund research into alternatives" although I'm uncertain if this means this is not tested on animals. The careline number may be helpful in finding out this information. The shampoo is visible though the see-through plastic and is coloured a gaudy bright orange. The liquid has a slight cloudiness or pearly sheen to it. It looks a bit of a chemical soup if I'm honest and resembles bath foam rather than any other shampoo I'm familiar with. The shampoo has a very gloopy consistency. It doesn't run when you pour it but it comes out in big dollops of gel-like liquid. This consistency and the large bottle neck means it's difficult to dispense a small amount of shampoo. However, this may not be a problem if like me you have long hair. I inititally used a large £2 coin sized dollop of shampoo on my hair and rubbed it into my scalp. Bascially, nothing much happened. There was no lather! I then discovered I needed to use three huge dollops of the shampoo to get anything like bubbles in my hair. The label actually states there will be "a little less lather" with this shampoo but that's probably an understatement. I find the shampoo difficult to work through the hair and scalp because it doesn't bubble up so you can't spread the foam. You have to apply the shampoo direct to an area and work it in instead. The fragrance of the shampoo is clean and bright but is reminiscent of cheap bath foams and has no individuality or distinctive qualities. The fragrance is suitable for both men and women. I find the shampoo difficult to rinse out and at the rinsing stage my hair feels thick and tangled. My hair feels like it has been dried out by chemicals and it does not feel like I have used a shampoo but rathermore like I've used dishwashing liquid! I need to apply a ton of conditioner to remedy the horrible tangled seaweedy mess of my hair at this stage. After drying my hair it is a lot drier and difficult to manage than usual. However, the shampoo does a good job at cleaning the scalp. My scalp is prone to itchiness sometimes but after using the shampoo my scalp feels clean and normal. There is no dryness to the scalp, only to the hair. I also have naturally wavy, dry hair so this might be a factor here too. I have decided that I will use the shampoo as a shower gel or bath foam rather than as a shampoo as it is just too drying on my hair. Be aware that if you buy this you might find you have to use more of it than you would a more expensive shampoo so although it's cheap it's used up quicker. I would not buy this in the future and I would not recommend it unless you are just about bald and only need to use it on your scalp.

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            20.12.2011 21:44
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            Not great

            I have now tried Sainsbury's Basic shampoo which only costs 65p for a great massive sized plastic bottle. It is pink coloured and looks a little bit on the womanly side for me personally but we had it in the house and there was only a bit left so I tried it out. This is not a nice shampoo to use I personally think if you suffer from dry hair to begin with. My hair is quite coarse and dry and I usually use or need to use a shampoo which is moisturising. This is a little bit like using Fairy Liquid on your hair and if you have been unfortunate enough to have done that before then you will know exacly what I mean. It also makde my scalp a bit itchy the night I used it and I found it irritated through til the following morning so I am guessing this is no good for a senstive scalp like mine. If you do use this shampoo then I strongly suggest that you will need to use a decent conditioner afterwards as this tends to make not only my head hair knot up, but it will also give me knots in my beard, and that doesn't often happen even though my beard is forty odd inches in length at its longest tip. The smell of this shampoo is pleasant enough and not too womanly even though it is a pink coloured liquid. It smells quite fresh and fruity and would be suitbeleto be used by either men or women but the consistency is a lot runnier than I am used to or like in a shampoo. I don't suppose I should really complain at ony 65p but even so I don't really like this shampoo much and would only use it as a very last resport.

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            13.10.2011 07:45
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            A decent shampoo from the Basics range at Sainsburys.

            === The product === Shampoo for making your hair clean. Sure it needs no further description... === The packaging === This comes provided in a tall plastic bottle. This has a chunky white plastic cap on the top and everything about this packaging is no frills. There is a label on the bottle showing all the usual information such as ingredients and company information. There is really nothing special about this packaging but it is strong, sturdy and can withstand knocks off the side of the bath with no problems at all. === How to use this === Use this how you would use any other shampoo. Lather, rinse, repeat if necessary. === Where can I buy this & for how much? === This can be purchased from Sainsburys stores and www.sainsburys.co.uk and a 1 litre bottle currently (October 2011) costs just 62p. === Overall opinion === I did not actually purchase this shampoo and was actually given it in a large bag of toiletries that my Mum was discarding. There was around half a bottle left, along with about 30 other half used items, and I decided that this should not be discarded just because it was cheap and therefore I set about using it when I was low on other shampoos to use. I used a decent sized blob of this, around the size of a £2 coin and then I applied this to wet hair. I massaged this in to my hair and my scalp and left it for 2 or 3 minutes, as I usually would with any other shampoo, and then I laid back in the bath and rinsed this off. There was no particularly feminine scent to this, which is a little misleading as the colour is a peach kind of colour, but this was really a unisex scent that was quite fresh smelling. My husband had no qualms about using this as he sometimes does with some of my shampoo products so that is always a plus point too. This shampoo is basic. It lathers well, it smells alright and it is cheap. My hair was left looking clean but there was not any real scent clinging on to my hair. I am not really worried about that as I usually use a conditioner afterwards so this will give my hair a nice scent anyway if I want that. My hair felt squeaky clean after using this in the bath and I was pleased enough with the results that ensued. I am not going to say that my hair was left as well cared for as when I used some more expensive brands, however, if my budget was really stretched I would happily buy this and use it in the future. My hair was cleaned, free of grease and felt fairly nice after use and for just 62p per litre this is fantastic value for money.

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              12.10.2011 00:10
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              Worth trying if you are on a tight budget.

              Review of Sainsburys Basics Shampoo In line with many other supermarkets, Sainsbury's have their own range of simple, basic products aimed at the budget end of the market. This shampoo is part of their budget range known as 'Basics'. ==The Product== Presented in a tall recyclable plastic bottle, Sainsbury's Basics Shampoo is a pretty pinkish-peach colour. The bottle contains 1litre of shampoo. The product is not recommended for any particular hair type, but states it is a family product. As with all Sainsbury's Basics goods, the packaging and label are a simple no frills style. Direction for use, ingredients and warnings can be located on the reverse of the bottle. The current price is 62p and there is a matching conditioner in the range. ==Usage, Scent, Ingredients and Warnings== As with many other 'foaming' products, the lather produced is a good test for me. I live in a hard water area which can effect the efficiency of foaming products. This shampoo lathers very well and rinses out easily, a definite plus in my opinion. After shampooing, my hair felt clean and fresh, but not particularly soft. I definitely need to use a conditioner in conjunction with Sainsbury's Basics Shampoo. I have normal hair and I found that this shampoo cleansed my hair satisfactorily. However, my partner has slightly greasy locks and he was not impressed with this shampoo. The shampoo has a pleasant scent, it is quite difficult to pin point what the shampoo smells of, there is nothing I can actually put my finger on, fragrance wise. The shampoo has a clean, fresh scent, slightly soapy and a little old-fashioned in my view. That said, I doubt many people would be expecting a delicious fragrance from a budget shampoo! Whilst this is a family product, I feel that this shampoo may be a little harsh for use on young children's hair. My main reason for this opinion is that the ingredients list is huge, I cannot pronounce most of the ingredients, let alone explain what they are and I think I would prefer to use a more natural product for children. I will not attempt to replicate the ingredients here as I consider it unnecessary review 'padding' and I doubt anyone really wants to read it. Neither will I insult readers intelligence by telling them how to wash their hair, suffice to say that as with all shampoos this product should not be ingested and users should rinse with plenty of clear water should the product get into their eyes. ==Conclusion== I bought this product because it was cheap; and as a cheap shampoo, it is fine. It does the job and cleans your hair, but it is not a product I would go out of my way to buy again. I would recommend this to anyone on a low budget as it does it's job, but for myself, I would prefer to pay a little more for a better quality shampoo. Thank you for reading ©brittle1906 October 2011 N.B. My reviews may be found on other sites under the same user name.

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              25.01.2011 16:51
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              It's worth a try if you're on a budget

              On my eternal quest for items that are inexpensive but just as good as more expensive products, thought I'd try Sainsburys Basic shampoo..... I have shoulder length hair that tends to be a little on the greasy side, so wash my hair every three days. It costs just 22p for a 1 litre bottle.....the bottle is plastic with a screw top lid (but no squirty thing, so you pour straight from the bottle) The smell is very slightly floral, with a hint of plastic...which I suspect is the bottle overpowering the perfume as that is very mild indeed. But the plastic aroma isn't detrimental, kind of adds to the overall effect of a slight clinical smell. Now, Sainsburys actually say there is less lather...therefore leaving your hair squeaky clean.........well, they sure have good marketing people, because it actually means Basic equals less soap equals less lather. So although I used three good dollops on my hair, it really was not soapy enough to remove all the grease (not that I have hair that looks like it's been dunked in a chip pan, you understand)....but I'd say if you have normal to dry hair, this product will cleanse your hair quite thoroughly. If you have hair that tends to be greasy.....forget it...or grow dreadlocks. However not be be too critical of what is a good product, I decided to try it for some other use. (Yes, you're beginning to realise I'm a complete cheapskate.....and why not in these days of austerity???) I have mentioned in an earlier review that I'm a great believer in liquid soap over bar soaps, for a variety of reasons. Just mentioning the main two again.....liquid soap is far more hygienic, and liquid soaps don't leave scum around the sink or bath like bar soaps do......oh, and if you use bubble bath, liquid soap for the scrub up process means all the bubbles stay till the very end, rather than vanish as soon as they see the bar soap coming for them. As a price comparison, most liquid soaps start from about £1 for 500mls....and when you use them as often as we do in the bathroom and kitchen, it can be quite a luxury. So I filled the soap dispenser with this Basic shampoo......so it cost me 11p rather than at least one pound, and it was brilliant. The "lower lather" claim to fame actually was very handy in this case......cleansed well and washed off quickly. My hands can be a little sensitive to foamier soaps, but the low levels of soap and perfumes in this product was ideal. It looks quite nice in a see through soap dispenser too..being a pale peach colour which matches my bathroom and kitchen decor (now you really are beginning to get the idea I'm a bit bonkers in the home decor department) All in all I'd give this product 6/10 as a shampoo....but 8/10 as a liquid soap.

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                24.10.2010 23:08
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                yeah I'd buy it again

                I am not very loyal to any shampoo or conditioner brand, I tend to go for what is on offer or a 99p one from home bargains. There are some I like when I am feeling a little rich but this week I am feeling very poor as it is a week until pay day. So as I was offererd a £10 voucher if I shopped online at Sainsburys I thought why not, the voucher pays for delivery and a little bit more. My shampoo and conditioner had just ran out earlier that day and as I am skint I went for Sainsburys basic shampoo. It was priced at 33p for a litre. It arrived in a plastic bottle with the basics label on, looking very much like the picture dooyoo is showing. I had a shower later that day and opened the bottle, I poured some into the palm of my hand and noticed the shampoo was a little thinner than any of my normal shampoos and the smell was weird. It smelt like I remember washing up liquid smelling before we ever had (well in our house) nice smelling ones. But that smell was only slight so not really unpleasant. I massaged the shampoo into my hair and found it didn't lather well or cover my hair so I had to add some more. Once I had done this the shampoo did lather so I felt like it would clean my hair. But I had to use double what I normally would. I also added conditioner as I normally would and found my hair to be fine, I dried it as normal and it looked and felt just like it normally did. Although what I did find strange is (we were having friends round) my husband commented that I looked nice (I only had a pair of jeans on and a top) so I think the shampoo did its job. For 33p for a litre it is well worth it even if you have to use a little more.

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                  16.03.2010 04:04
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                  A built in conditioner would be good but it is still a very good budget shampoo

                  ** Sainsbury's Basics Shampoo ** I try to save money with supermarket cheap home brands where possible but I do prefer to go a bit more up market with my hair care products. I ran out of my usual shampoo earlier in the week though and thought I would test out the family's bottle of Sainsbury's Basics Shampoo. The Sainsbury's Basics Shampoo is contained in a transparent plastic squeezable bottle with the characteristic basics white and orange label. The packaging doesn't inspire great confidence but as a seasoned purchaser and user of supermarket cheap home brands I've learned that appearances can be deceptive. The shampoo pours out of the bottle easily enough and has a pleasant clear orangey look to it. I found that Sainsbury's Basics shampoo lathered up quite well in my hair using only a modest dollop in the palm of my hand. I tend to shampoo twice: shampoo then rinse then shampoo then rinse again. The second time I shampooed my hair it lathered even better. Washing the shampoo out wasn't difficult either. Unfortunately Sainsbury's Basics Shampoo lacks any built in conditioner so if you want to condition your hair you will have to buy a separate conditioner. After hair-drying my hair I was quite pleased with the result although I think a conditioner would have made my hair easier to style. I have to be careful with shampoos because some of them really make me itch. Despite the very low price of Sainsbury's Basics Shampoo which is currently 27p it did not make me itch at all. ** My conclusion ** I am quite surprised at what a reasonable quality this budget brand Sainsbury's shampoo this is. I think that if I can find a really good cheap conditioner too I might save myself some money and start using Sainsbury's Basics Shampoo more often. I must have a closer look when I next visit Sainsbury's just in case they already do a basics range cheap combined shampoo and conditioner. Thanks for reading my review. Mike xx

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                  06.03.2010 20:18
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                  I will not buy it again

                  I have always been a bit skeptical about basic shampoos from Supermarkets. I like nice shampoos which have a nice scent. My boyfriend travels a lot and he brings me some time shampoos from the 5 star Hotels, like Bulgari, Aqua di Parma. The other day I was at Sainsbury's and I saw this shampoo and when I saw the price, only 26 pennies, I decided to give it a go. The bottle is really basic and the shampoo does not look particularly attractive from the plastic bottle. When I arrived home, I put it away and did not use it until the weekend. I did not want to try it during the week, because I like my hair to have a fresh and nice scent and did not know if this would be the case. I opened the bottle easily and pored a little bit on my hands. I was in the shower and one thing I noticed is that the bottle is not too user friendly, although I am a bit biased towards the small bottles you get in the hotels. There was a light scent of chemicals, surely if your idea of shampoo isa fresh floral shampoo, you can give a miss ot this one. I poured a little bit on my head and I had to top up, because there was not much leather. The shampoo cleaned my hair, but what I was really missing is a nice smell. I realized I made a mistake. When I spoke to my boyfriend about this purchase he told me that it is not a problem and he will use it to clean the bicycle. In fact it seems that to clean the bycicle this shampoo is quite good and cheap too. I copy below the list of the ingredients too. Aqua Sodium Laureth Sulfate Sodium Chloride Cocamidopropyl Betaine Glycol Stearate Cocamide MEA Disodium EDTA Parfum Sodium Hydroxide Citric Acid Triethylene Glycol Sodium Benzoate Benzyl Alcohol Propylene Glycol Magnesium Chloride Magnesium Nitrate Methylchloroisothiazolinone Methyllisothiazolinone Hexylene Glycol Cl 15985 Cl 16035 My advice is not to buy this product, unless you are really counting every penny. It does the job, but that is just it.

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                    02.03.2010 22:05
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                    A good buy

                    I had always been somewhat sceptical as to supermarkets own brand basic products but thought I would give some a try when I noticed the ridiculous difference in price. Starting with a hair product may seem a little foolish (as I would have to live with the results, as would the general public!) but I was spending upwards of £4 per bottle and often more for conditioner. When I saw Sainsbury's did a basic shampoo for 26p (1 litre), temptation got the better of me! The orange coloured shampoo, has a clean 'old fashioned' smell and seems to have a different consistency to others I have used. It does not pour out of the bottle, it 'blobs' out. I have to rub my hands together with some ferocity in order to rub it into my hair (slips off otherwise). There isn't a great deal of lather, although there is enough and it rinses away quite easily. When washed, wet or dry, my hair doesn't have a 'shampoo smell'. Although it does feel clean - it is squeaky clean before applying conditioner. The packaging is basic (as the name implies!), a clear bottle, with the Basics logo. I found the shampoo hidden away on the bottom shelf, next to the Basics conditioner. I won't bore you with the ingredients as there are far too many to list, if you have any allergies it is better to check the ingredients prior to purchase. I have been using the product since November, nobody has mentioned any deterioration in my hair condition (not even my hairdresser) and I am quite happy with the results. I would recommend trying this product, it is worth a 26p gamble - if you don't like it, use it as hand wash. You can't really lose!

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                    02.03.2010 14:43
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                    Not a great product from sainsburys

                    I got this trying to save a bit of money, and just to compare it to other more expensive brands. This shampoo costs just 26p for a litre, which is great, but it's a large bottle. It will last ages, but it's hard to store such a large bottle compared to regular shampoos. As an actual shampoo, this was fine, I have pretty thick hair, but it's not frizzy so I don't really pay too much attention to shampoo type or anything like that, but this cleaned my hair, and left it in good condition, the same as most shampoos. The major downfall of this shampoo is it's scent. It smells like cheap cleaning products, which is really annoying, if it smelled better I would have kept using it, but it made me feel like I was washing my hair with bathroom cleaner, and that really put me off. I also found it didn't lather as much as other shampoos. You have to use quite a lot if you have mid length hair, as it just doesn't feel like it's cleaning. For 26p I think it's good to have as a back up, in case you run out of shampoo, but the smell really lets it down.

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