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I don't tend to stick to one particular kind of shampoo or conditioner, but I do tend to buy more two in ones than seperate bottles so on a recent shopping trip to my local Poundland I bought myself a bottle of Timotei Pure 2 in 1 for normal to greasy hair which mine is. I've used Timotei in the past and found it to be a decent shampoo so I thought why not give this one a go.
The bottle is exactly like the one in the picture and has all the usual warnings and ingredients and directions for use on it. The cap is easy to use, you simply press down on it and it tilts to reveal a small slit where the shampoo comes out. The plastic bottle is easy to squeeze, you don't need to apply a lot of pressure on it to release a decent amount of liquid. The bottle holds 250ml of shampoo/conditioner.
The shampoo its self is clear and almost jelly like in texture, it's not runny, but yet it's not solid either, it's sort of inbetween. To me it doesn't really seem to smell of anything once it's left the bottle, in the bottle there is a definite smell of tea tree mixed with what seems to be mint although mint isn't mentioned in the ingredients, so I'm not quite sure. Hoever once you squeeze it into your hand there really isn't that much of a smell so if you're put off by the smell in the bottle, don't dispair as it wont stay in your hair at all. A 10p sized blob of the shampoo goes a long way, I have long hair and this amount produced a good amount of frothy soft white creamy bubbles which coated my hair more than adequately. They were easy to rinse out as well and didn't leave any residue.
When it came to combing out my hair, I have to admit that there were a few tangles to get out, eventhough I'd brushed it before I washed it. Now my hair is very fine, and I do use a detangle comb when I'm combing it, but I did manage to break the comb when it got stuck in a knot. Now could it be that the comb had a weakness as I'd had it ages, or could it be that somehow my hair was stronger, I don't know, it could just have been one of those wierd things that occasionally happen.
After all that, I'll keep using this bottle of shampoo until it's all gone, but I don't think I'll be getting another one. For £1 it was worth a try.
I find that my hair looks its best when I don't stick too often to the same shampoo and conditioner, so for this reason I switch brands frequently even if I often then go back to using the same favourite products in the end. Whilst shopping for a new shampoo to use for a few weeks, I came across a then new product in Poundland, called Timotei Pure 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner. As it was so cheap I decided to give it a try even though I normally get better result from using separate conditioners and shampoos. The bottle I bought is 250ml but a larger 400ml one is also available, costing £2.99 in Boots - and that size is currently half price in Superdrug too. I used the version intended for normal to greasy hair.
PURE AS MUD?
The product has the phrase "100% beauty, 0% parabens , 0% silicones, 0% colourants" on the bottle which I suppose explains the Pure name. I know many people choose to avoid these for a variety of reasons including skin sensitivity, although this did not factor in my choice. However, I was surprised to read that Sodium Laureth Sulfate is amongst the ingredients. I understand from my friends that suffer from sensitive skin that this is the single biggest ingredient that they avoid in order to suffer from less irritation. Whilst this shampoo 2 in 1 isn't specifically labelled as suitable for those with sensitive scalps, it does seem unfortunate that a product that would otherwise appeal to those affected would still contain SLS as well as "parfum". On a more positive note, the shampoo is infused with organic green tea leaf extract which is an addition that I have identified in other shampoos as being one that tends to make my hair look good.
The bottle is mostly white and green which suits the Pure theme I think. It looks average to me but then again I struggle to get excited about the packaging of something like this! I will say the "press to flip up" lid works well and the bottle is soft enough to let you squeeze every last bit out.
I expected this too have a mild scent of, if anything, green tea as this was the main ingredient mentioned on the bottle. In fact it doesn't smell of that at all to me. Instead it is very floral. When I first sniffed the bottle I thought the scent was overdone and cloying, but this is strangely not obvious when you are actually using it to wash your hair. Yes, I can smell it but it is far weaker once out of the bottle and it doesn't linger on my hair much at all. I must say I love the scent in it's gentler state as it is pretty and flowery whilst being refreshing at the same time. So don't be put off by the scent if you find it too strong if you chance a sniff in the shop before buying.
The shampoo lathers very easily and generously, which whilst not strictly necessary to clean my hair, does feel satisfying. The shampoo is quite runny so I had to be careful to not use too much. Only about 10p piece worth is more than sufficient to cleanse my long but fine hair. It is completely clear, as you would expect from a product that doesn't contain colourants. I have found that it rinses out extremely quickly for a product that produces so much lather which is a time saving bonus.
I was impressed by how tangle free and smooth my hair felt immediately on rinsing, because normally I only get good results in this area when I use separate conditioners. This made my hair a pleasure to brush through afterwards and helps prevent any more damage to my hair. Apart from that, I consider this 2 in 1 to have done a great job of cleaning my hair as a shampoo but to have delivered less well on the conditioning front. This is because my hair felt refreshed and clean which I really appreciate as my scalp tend to go greasy quickly and I am sure a lot of you will know how "eurgh" that feels. According to the bottle, the product should have left my locks looking "shiny, soft and beautiful". Sadly it didn't. My hair looked cleansed but it didn't really feel any softer or bouncier. It was slightly shinier after a few uses, but not to the extent it really wowed me. I was my hair almost every day so you may find that this slight shine effect builds more slowly for you.
For the price I paid, I am happy enough with the shampoo and conditioner but I won't be switching to it permanently. It did clean my hair effectively as well as leaving it much more tangle free than normal. The scent is appealing and the product feels lovely to use because of it's easy lathering. It just didn't deliver any particular benefits regarding shine or softness which I can get from other shampoos/conditioners. I would use it I was in a hurry and didn't want to use separates but I won't rush out to replace my now depleted bottle. I would still recommend it if you want a cheap everyday paraben free shampoo, subject to your being comfortable with the other ingredients of course. It is available from most shops that I have shopped for shampoo in recenltly-ish, including Waitrose, Boots, Superdrug and Savers. You can also buy separate shampoos and conditioners in the same range.
Timotei Pure 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner Infused with Organic Green Tea Leaf cleans and moisturises your hair leaving it shiny soft and beautiful giving you your shampoo and conditioner benefits in one step /