Product Type: Tresemme hair care products
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An almost bulk-buy value conditioner, but at what cost?
Tresemme Salon Silk Conditioner
Member Name: cheffrey
Tresemme Salon Silk Conditioner
Date: 26/04/10, updated on 26/04/10 (249 review reads)
Advantages: Inexpensive, longlasting
Disadvantages: Bit heavy on the hair - a palm oil fiend?
Sometimes I get rather vain and wish to take care of my flowing locks, albeit on a bit of a budget. Tresemme appealed to me because of the sheer amount of cosmetic hair-gunk you can buy for the money. Very often this is packaged in 500ml twin packs with a 500ml bottle of Tresemme's shampoo look for the black and white packs in places such as Home Bargains (formerly Half Price or Less, who changed their name presumably cos most of their stuff was neither half price nor less any more), or if you're lucky, the Pound Shop.
Anyway, bargain hunting aside, this conditioner isn't actually too bad. You only need to use a little after a shower, even if you have quite lengthy hair like myself. Combing it through whilst rinsing is the best way to ensure it is fully dispersed, as it is a bit heavy sometimes and can often hang in clumps. I don't always condition my hair, or even use shampoo to wash it, as removing all the natural oils is not good for your roots or scalp. However, when needed this provides a very refreshing feeling.
On an eco-friendly note, Tresemme is owned by Alberto-Culver Australia, who are, according to their own and other websites, dedicated to the sourcing of sustainable and non-destructive palm oil for their products. I may do some further digging into this and amend my review accordingly, but if you are concerned about where such household products source such things and the negative impact they have on the environment then Tresemme should be ok for the green vote too :) - or not, see my amendment below...
AMENDMENT TO THIS REVIEW:
My last comments about the green vote may not be entirely accurate. It prompted me to do some digging and the whole palm-oil inclusion thing may be more complex than first realised. Palm oil and its production, in case you don't know, is pretty rotten for the environment. I won't go into it here in depth, but basically it is in countless household products and is sourced from tropical regions, usually at the expense of countless acres of natural rainforest. Manufacturers are required to list their ingredients included in these products; there is, however, a portion of deceit going on here. Aware that terms such as "palm oil", "palm fat" and so on are likely to impact on sales, extracts of palm oil are listed in its stead, with terms such as "cetearyl alcohol", "Stearamidopropyl dimethylamine" and other such baffling terms. Comprehensive lists can be found on numerous sites. Anyway, Tresemme conditioners contain such extracts, though there are no visible markings denoting the oil's origins.
I'm docking this product a star for now, due to the ambiguity. I don't want to preach to anyone on how they should direct their buying habits, but to me this is an important issue. There is plenty of information out there if you're interested in these issues, I suggest starting by typing "palm oil" and "deforestation" into Google.
Summary: Decent conditioner, not too pricey