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Neither myself nor my husband suffer with dandruff, but a little while ago we ended up buying this medicated shampoo from Vosene by accident. My husband spotted it because it was on offer, making it the cheapest on the shelf from a limited selection, and as he's not fussy with what he uses on his hair, he threw it in the trolley. It was only when I looked at it when we got home that I realised it was specifically for dandruff....I guess looking at the positives, it means it's a bit more discreet than some other well known anti-dandruff shampoos (I'm looking at you Head and Shoulders!). So, we've established I don't suffer from dandruff. So why have I been using this shampoo? Well, I stupidly got sunburnt over the bank holiday weekend at the end of May, and part of this sunburn was on my scalp. It went red and sore for a few days, and then started flaking everywhere, which was quite embarrassing as it was quite obvious and leaving big white flakes which showed up in my dark hair. I remembered my husband had this, so thought I'd give it a try. The first thing I noticed was the smell. I know it says on the bottle that it's medicated, but I wasn't expecting it to smell quite so.....medicated. It literally smells like disinfectant, and reminded me of a hospital ward or something. The colour is also quite off-putting, being brown and reminding me of golden syrup, not at all like I expect a shampoo to look. Still, I put my concerns to one side and gave it a try anyway. I used this shampoo in the same way I would use any other shampoo, by using a ten pence piece sized blob and concentrating on the roots rather than the ends of my hair. I found it didn't really lather very much, but I wasn't really expecting it to as it didn't look like the usual creamy shampoo I'm used to using. I had faith it would do what it was supposed to, so I washed, rinsed, used my usual conditioner and examined the results once my hair was dry. I have to say, I was very impressed with the effectiveness of this shampoo on my flaking scalp. It made a difference the first time I used it, and I only had to use it three times before the flaking had completely stopped. The only issue I found was that it left the ends and body of my hair a little more dry than usual, but as I never intended to use it in the long term, this didn't pose an issue for me. I was very impressed with this shampoo. Despite my initial reservations regarding the consistency and fragrance, I have to admit it did exactly what I'd hoped it would do on my flaking and dry scalp. I wouldn't want to use it as a long term solution because I also found it a little drying on my hair. And the packaging is very discreet, but almost too discreet as we actually bought this in error without realising it was medicated. (Review also appears on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
Vosene Medicated Shampoo is a product I have used for years, since before I was married even. I love the smell of this shampoo and it's a fabulous shampoo to use if you have a sensitive itchy scaly scalp or dandruff. The best thing about this shampoo is its smell. I think it's possibly a bit of a 'Marmite' shampoo - i.e. you either love the smell or you hate it. Personally speaking, I adore the smell. It reminds me of when I was a little girl and my own mum used to buy this for us and we used it on Sunday nights in the bath, when it was hair-washing time for school the following day. Using Vosene Medicated Shampoo is like using any other regular sort of shampoo. However, the difference with Vosene is its colour and its consistency. This shampoo is a muddy brown in colour, not to everyone's taste, I agree, but I really like it. It's consistency is quite tick and gloopy and you really don't need to use a lot to get a rich thick foaming lather, all over your hair. The smell is quite intense and it smells very medicated but quite comforting at the same time. You can almost 'feel' it is being gentle and kind on your scalp and it is making those nasty flakes of scaly slin and dandruff clear up. It's a rich herbal smelling product and the smell seems to intensify with the heat of the water under the shower. It leaves my hair feeling in brilliant condition. It feels soft and shiny and full of volume. It's a shame there doesn't seem to be a Vosene Conditioning Treatment I could use in conjunction with this shampoo. I have looked but I can't seem to be able to find one. A bottle of Vosene costs in the region of about £1.50 and it's a product which is available just about anywhere you can buy regular shampoos. It's not hard to find and it's been on sale for years but still seems to be a really popular product. It's suitable for regular use and I feel it's gentle enough to use on my own daughter's hair too. A lovely product and one which I highly recommend.
WHAT IS IT? Medicated shampoo that is made by Vosene. WHAT I THINK I like the smell of Vosene very much because it is unusual and not like any of the shampoos I use. It is a brown shampoo and it smells herbal and like it is going to be good for my hair and my scalp. You use it like any other shampoo by rubbing it into your hair. I can never get very many bubbles out of Vosene but that does not matter because it still feels like it is cleaning my hair well and I do not care as much about shampoo bubbles as I do about shower gel bubbles. It is very easy to rinse out and does not leave any shampoo in my hair to get sticky or make my scalp itch. Sometimes I think Vosene makes my hair very dry so I always use conditioner after I have washed my hair. There is one bad thing about Vosene and that is if you have got coloured hair it will or can make it go dull and the colour fade. I am a beautician and know this is true because I tell my clients to avoid Vosene and a few other shampoos after I have coloured their hair because I have seen the bad effect it can have. One of my ladies has bright red colour put on her hair and she complained to me that it was fading too fast but when I asked her she had started to use Vosene regular and that was what the problem was. I like it for myself because my hair is bleached blond and it does not effect bleached hair in the same way. I like how clean it makes my hair feel and that when I wash my hair in Vosene it stays feeling clean for a long time. ANYTHING ELSE A bottle of Vosene costs about £1.60 but I do not think you can get Vosene conditioner. 4 Dooyoo Stars.
While in Wilkinson's the other day I spotted a 250ml bottle of Vosene Original Medicated Shampoo with a reduced label on, it was a complete bargain at 40p, and its usual price is £1.39. The bottle has a new look to it, it is still green in colour but is now top down and the bottle is tear drop shaped. Vosene is a shampoo that I have used occasionally all my adult life, it is not a brand I search for but if something about it catches my eye then I am happy to use it for a couple of weeks. The front of the bottle tells me that Vosene is a medicated shampoo for the prevention of dandruff, that it works from first use and that it can be used daily. The back of the bottle tells me that Vosene is 'a select blend of cleansing ingredients that help maintain the natural protection of your scalp from first use. Leaves hair clean, soft and manageable' it is also a dermatologically tested formula and contains Salicylic Acid that is highly effective at preventing dandruff. I very rarely suffer with dandruff, and am happily dandruff free at present so I can not comment on Vosenes dandruff prevention abilities. I use Vosene the same way as I would with any shampoo, wet hair, massage a fifty pence sized blob into my hair and then rinse. I don't follow with conditioner as I have discovered my hair very rarely needs conditioning. The first thing I notice about Vosene is its glossy brown colour and its very herbal smell, everything about it says medicated shampoo. The smell is very distinctive; my daughter thinks it smells like head lice shampoo. I personally do not like the smell of Vosene but I do like the fact that it leaves my hair soft, shiny and clean. Unfortunately the Vosene smell does cling to my hair and I can usually smell it when my hair gets in my face throughout the day. All things considered I think Vosene is a great shampoo, it leaves mine and my daughters hair soft, shiny and clean, the only down side for me is the medicated/herbal smell, but for the super cheap price I paid I can live with it for a couple of weeks and if I was suffering with dandruff or an itchy irritated scalp Vosene is the shampoo I would reach for. Thank you for reading.
VOSENE MEDICATED ORIGINAL SHAMPOO Late last year i had pre bonded hair extensions put in my hair, as I wanted longer, thicker looking hair, These caused me to end up with a dry, irritated, itchy scalp also known as dandruff. After itching like mad for 3 days after having the extensions taken out I couldn't take much more and a friend recommended i try this shampoo, Im glad now she did and that for once i actually listened to her. Vosene shampoo comes in a green bottle with a flip lid that is 250ml in size and if im honest doesn't look all that nice, and retails at £1.90 in my local chemist. The shampoo is a horrible brown gel that has a good thick consistency to it and doesn't look nice at all, it has a medicated scent to it and lathers well in my hair. It does advise you on the bottle to lather well in hair and leave for approx 1 minute before rinsing. ***MY OPINION*** I have to say that the colour and smell isn't something I really like, But to help relieve the itching and rid you of dandruff its absolutely fantastic. After using this just twice my itching had totally gone, after a few more uses i was free from a flaky scalp, my dandruff had all gone. I never expected it to work that quickly, especially as it isn't to expensive to buy either. It doesn't do much for my hair in the way of making it feel soft and looking great but i wasn't expecting it too. Although I no longer suffer I still use this shampoo once a week in replace of my normal shampoo as it helps keep my scalp free from dandruff and would reccommend this to anyone who is looking for something that works fast
I don't know about you, but when I was a child growing up in the 1970's the only shampoo my Mum used to buy was Vosene, there wasn't various sorts of Vosene, just the one format. I probably haven't used Vosene for about 25 years, I am a savvy shopper, but also like a treat - so when I am in the supermarket doing my weekly shop I tend to keep my eyes open for one of the more fashionable, salon type shampoo and conditioners, I am not loyal to a brand and will buy the nicest one that is on special offer. Over the last couple years I have developed a scalp condition, itchy/flakey scalp - sometimes so bad that I want to itch my head enough to draw blood - my daughter has the same problem. I was browsing the shampoo isle a fortnight ago and decided enough was enough with my vanity, it seemed no longer important to have my hair smelling of fresh summer berries or applies - I would try a medicated shampoo again. I hunted for Vosene, which actually was not easy to find, only a small amount of stock next to the more popular brands. It wasn't particular dear, £1.79 for a 250ml bottle - I have since researched the prices online and found that this is an average price - Boots charge £1.89 for the same size bottle. I wash my hair daily and I did wonder if Vosene would be somewhat harsh, as my hair is highlighted and a bit dry on the ends, but to be fair I was wrong, I use a small amount of conditioner, but only on the ends of my har, I have long since learnt that I must keep conditioner away from my scalp. Within four or five days of using Vosene I have noticed a very considerable difference. I no longer want to itch my head and the grazes on the back of neck have all cleared up. The scent of the shampoo is perfectly ok too, I think my memory told me that it wold be very strong, like a medication almost, but not at all. It does not have the perfume that the salon types have, but having said that I can presume that it is things like the perfume that irritate my scalp. I have been using the Vosene on a daily basis now for about 10 days and my scalp is perfect once more, my daughter has very thick long deep brunette hair and she is now using it too, has been for about a week and we have both noticed that not only is her scalp clear finally, but her hair has the most beautiful shine to it. Something in my memory goes back to my childhood and I can hear my Mum saying that Vosene was the only thing that made her hair shine... why I didn't recall this in later years I do not know! In summary, I am now going to totally steer clear of all beauty shampoos and stick to Vosene, not only has it cured my scalp problem, but it is also keeping it away. I just wish it hadn't taken me 25 years to realise this! This review has also been posted on another review site, by myself, same username
I occasionally get dandruff but it's usually only very minor but I do often get an itchy scalp and Vosene is something that I have been using since I was a kid as it not only gets rid of any little bits of dandruff that I might have but it also soothes my scalp and takes away the itchiness from it. I absolutely love the smell of Vosene it is a kind of herbal smell but really fresh and clean smelling. I'm a smoker and my hair can smell of smoke but this takes away all smells of smoke and other smells from daily life. Although it soothes my scalp and doesn't leave my hair feeling really dry it is amazing at cleaning my hair as I tend to wear really strong wax or clay that can make my hair really sticky and this cleans it all out after only one wash. One word of warning though is that if you dye your hair this can actually strip the colour from your hair. I've had loads of grey hair since I was about 19 so I've always dyed it ( I'm vain what can I say) and I notice that when it is freshly dyed that using this can strip a lot of the colour away from my hair after only a couple of washes. When I have any dandruff this works brilliantly at getting rid of it and a couple of washes with vosene and my dandruff has gone again with no little white flakes falling on to my clothes. Although I mentioned it stripping the colour from my hair it is surprisingly gentle too as after washing my hair isn't all fluffy and looking like straw. It's not exactly soft and smooth but with having wavy and slightly curly hair it can go a bit wild after washing it and this doesn't make it too bad. Vosene is a classic shampoo that's been around for years and rightly so because it is really good at doing what it is supposed to. It gets rid of dandruff and makes scalps less itchy which is what you want from it. It's also a really good price and I pick mine up in the local poundshop for yep you guessed it £1 which I think is a really good price for it.
Review of Vosene Original Medicated shampoo **The Product** This really could be described as a shampoo from the past! Vosene has been around for many years, in fact my mother always used it on my hair when I was a little girl, too many years ago to admit to! There are several variations of Vosene shampoo on the market, however my review will centre on the Original version of the product. The product is from the well known 'Wella' haircare group. I recently bought a bottle of Vosene shampoo in my local supermarket. The main reason for choosing this 250ml shampoo was that it was on a £1 special offer. I should state here and now that I do not suffer from dandruff, although the Vosene original shampoo is designed to help combat this problem. Therefore I won't attempt to cover the product's efficiency at treating dandruff. The shampoo is presented in a pale green recyclable plastic bottle with a darker green snap up lid. The design is very good, allowing users to dispense just the right amount of shampoo with little or no wastage. The bottle bears the Vosene name in white set across a deep green tear-drop shape. User instructions, ingredients and other information such as shelf life (12 months) and manufacturer details on the reverse. As soon as I opened the bottle and took a deep sniff, I recalled Vosene and it's distinctive coal tar-like scent from my childhood, the smell evoked many memories of our draughty bathroom and temperamental hot water system of my youth! On using the shampoo I discovered the dark brownish colour of the rather gloopy textured shampoo was unchanged and that all encompassing aroma was still as strong. I was impressed at the lathering qualities of the shampoo and found I needed to use less than normal. Living in a very hard water area, it can sometimes be difficult to work up a decent head of lather. After using Vosene, my hair felt soft and squeaky clean. It was shiny and more manageable than usual. The distinctive Vosene aroma lingered on my hair for several hours after washing and I appreciate the coal tar/creosote scent may not appeal to others, to me it smells clean and fresh. **Availability and Price** As stated at the beginning of the review, I bought mine on a special offer in Tesco's supermarket. Vosene is widely available and the price for the 250ml size is in the region of £1.40-£1.70 from most of the High Street stores and supermarkets. My advice is to shop around! **Thoughts and Conclusion** A good quality product which I love the smell of. Vosene will remain my shampoo of choice as long as I can find it on a special offer. It is effective at cleaning your hair and I found it suits my rather unruly locks. All in all I would recommend this product to anyone wanting a great medicated shampoo. Thank you for reading ©brittle1906 NB My reviews can be found on other review sites under the same user name.
I don't have dandruff, but if I didn't use some sort of anti dandruff shampoo regularly it could develop quickly, as I tend to get a flaky scalp when I continue to simply use normal shampoo. I use a rotational system for my shampoos mixing regular shampoo on one day, with an anti dandruff on another day. I recently ran out of anti dandruff shampoo, and noticed this Vosene anti dandruff on offer at £1 in Poundland. I vaguely remember trying this shampoo years ago but couldn't recall if I liked it or not, but at that price, it was definitely worth trying again. Vosene are currently in the process of updating the packaging of their shampoos, but my bottle is the traditional bottle - dark green and rather bland. This shampoo is designed to be suitable for all hair types and can be used as a daily shampoo, although I wouldn't like to use it daily, as I think it must be quite strong. This shampoo is supposed to include deep cleansing ingredients to work to protect your hair naturally alongside Salicylic Acid which is aimed at tackling and preventing dandruff from building up. When you open the lid of the shampoo, and squeeze out some, you will immediately notice the strong smell. It is a medicated smell and certainly not a nice smell, very clinical. So, if you are looking for a sweet smelling shampoo then you need to avoid this one completely. Once you get past the terrible smell, it does lather well on the scalp and washes out easily and the scent doesn't linger on your hair. My hair is left perfectly free from any sign of dandruff and since I have been using this shampoo my scalp has remained dandruff free which is obviously why I use this kind of shampoo, albeit every other day or so. When the shampoo has been rinsed out, I find I can brush through my wet hair easily, which I always think is a good sign. When dried my hair is soft and silky, and looking in good condition, which is ideal. IT doesn't claim to offer colour protection or volume, but I do find that although it may not add volume it doesn't leave my hair feeling flat or limp either. All in all, if you can past the terrible smell, then this is a good anti dandruff shampoo. If you never use an anti dandruff shampoo then I don't see any reason to use this as a regular shampoo as given the smell and the contents, it is obviously strong, but if you are like me and like to keep your hair dandruff free then this is certainly a good shampoo for doing so.
I've always had a sensitive scalp and pretty much stick to the same hair care products a cosmetic brand when my scalp is fine and head and shoulders if it is in sensitive dandruff producing mode. The last attack of sensitive scalp was a bad one however and all the dark tops were banished to the bottom drawer. Unfortunately this time my usual shampoo was not working. I took some advice from the pharmacist in Boots who suggested Vosene as it is coal tar based which he said helps stop the production of the skin cells which form the dandruff. So I gave it a go. The shampoo itself has a distinctive smell which it is not unpleasant and does not linger in the hair. The bottle does look a bit like a kiddies shampoo but is not as standout as say head and shoulders. I have to say I am very pleased with the results. The dandruff cleared up pretty quickly and the shampoo is gentle enough that I can use it every time I wash my hair. It seems to work well with my mainstream conditioner and other styling products.
From time to time I am unfortunately plagued with an itchy and dry scalp and I do occasionally develop patches of dandruff, a product I have found invaluable in tackling the problem is Vosene shampoo. Vosene shampoo is something I used to loathe as a child, I have memories of my mum slathering copious amounts of the foul smelling stuff on to my wet hair and then vigorously messaging it in until my scalp tingled ferociously and my head felt like it was about to fall off - ever so thorough my mother. Anywho, these days I can thankfully wash my own hair and tend to have my pick of shampoo though it must be said that I do still use Vosene as despite the stench it does wonders in restoring a healthy scalp and shifting stubborn dandruff. Vosene is a thick brown shampoo with a gel like consistency, it is medicated and as such has a really unusual aroma that is fresh but like nothing else I've ever smelt, at a push I would say it reminds me slightly of old fashioned soap and I think it is quite a manly fragrance; my usual preferance being for fruity or floral scented shampoos. The liquid is easily dispensed out of the bottle and once applied to wet hair lathers up incredibly well - you really don't need to use a lot. It easily coats your hair and is slightly treacle like; this shampoo cleans really well, reaching right into the core of your hair (there's probably a technical term for it but whatever) and does a splendid job of removing any trace of other products such as gel, serum, mousse etc so afterwards your hair feels unbelievably clean. I always find that this shampoo leaves my hair and scalp feeling refreshed and even after just one application any itching will usually have subsided; when I'm suffering from dandruff I will generally use Vosene for a week or so to completely eradicate the problem. For the price of £1.79 everyone should have a bottle stored away in their bathroom just incase as you never know when a torrent of dandruff could come your way and savage your scalp; a really good product that does what it says on the tin (or in this case, bottle), you just have to get over the iffy smell - I promise you do get used to it!
~Vosene, helps to strip hair back to basics~ ******************************** Vosene is one of the shampoos that I turn to at times when I want to strip my hair back to basics and get rid of any remaining trace of other hair care products that I have used. I find that switching from my regular shampoo at the time and using Vosene for a week or so can greatly improve the clean feel of my hair. I have always used Vosene in this way as I find that it is able to strip off anything that has been weighing my hair down and inhibiting its usual glossy shine. Vosene contains salicylic acid which helps to prevent dandruff, so I also find that if there are any dry or itchy patches to my scalp, the Vosene helps to clear that. After a week or so of using Vosene to wash my hair with I am able to go back to using products that are targeted towards my requirements for sleek, glossy and frizz free hair. ~Vosene has had a make over!~ ************************ I know that Vosene has recently undergone a make over in terms of its appearance, as the product bottle has been altered considerably and now looks like a little rain drop or shampoo droplet. I can see that this recent face lift does make the product look more attractive to younger shampoo users, especially children, although I feel that I liked the older style retro bottle more than this newer one. I feel that the little pointy tear drop tip at the top of the bottle has been used so that the new Vosene range is able to rival brands like L'oreal with their L'oreal Kids range which uses another child friendly bottle shape that has worked well for them. I feel that the older bottle shape was easier to handle, without the pointy tip, as it took up less room in the shower or bathroom and was less likely to poke you in the eye when handling it with shampoo covered hands. Thankfully Vosene say that the product formula in their Vosene Original shampoo remains the same. ~Using the product~ *************** The fragrance that you get from Vosene Original which is the product I mainly use from the range, is very old school in my opinion. The moment that you pour out a little of the brown coloured thick textured shampoo you get a whiff of the medicated fragrance that reminds me of coal tar soap. I really like the fragrance of Vosene for some reason, even though it is very far removed from almost every other hair care product and shampoo that I use. I actually think there is something rather addictive about the weird medicated fragrance Vosene has, that combined with its cleansing attributes keep me buying it from time to time. The product makes a nice thick and creamy lather when worked in to the hair and is easy to wash away, leaving hair feeling squeaky clean. I find that after using Vosene for a week my hair feels ready to be brought back to life with richer feeling hair care treatments, including nicely fragranced shampoos and shine giving conditioner products. ~Product rating/ price~ ****************** I feel that Vosene is a product that works well as it cleans and strips back the hair, making it ready to face the world without feeling coated in too many hair products. I wouldn't use Vosene for much more than a week at a time though, as I do find that it can strip away the oils in my hair too much if over used, which can make my hair feel too dry and in need of a little TLC. Last time I purchased a bottle of Vosene it was on offer at a reduced price, although it can very often be bought for around £1.79, which I feel is good value for money. My rating for Vosene is 4 stars as I feel it works well when used as described in this review and it is something I will continue to use in the future as and when needed.
We like to use Vosene shampoo in our house and I remember even using this when I was a nipper, so it must have been about for a long time. We buy the 250ml sized bottle and we usually pick up a bottle from Home Bargains as that is where it is always at its cheapest. We pay around £1.49 so it's good value for money. I have always loved the smell of Vosene Shampoo - it reminds me of bath times when I was a lad. It comes in a plastic bottle with the usual flip top lid and the shampoo itself is a dark brown colour - not dissimilar to the colour of treacle, I always think. It is a good thick consistency and not at all runny and it smells fantastic - very medicated, just the way I like it. I always think Vosene has a great clean and fresh smell and it seems to last forever in my hair and beard after I have been washed with it. As with all shampoos, I like to use Vosene all over my body and not just on my hair. I really don't mind having an 'all over' medicated aroma, and I actually think it's quite a sexy smell, or maybe that's just me being odd. I love the way I never need to use very much of this shampoo to get a great thick and foamy lather on my head. Using it all over my body doesn't appear to aggravate my skin either, so it must be quite a gentle shampoo. It rinses off well and leaves no residue and leaves my hair feeling healthy and voluminous and very perky indeed. My dear other half loves it when I have washed with Vosene. It doesn't sting my eyes either and it's great if I have a speck or two of dandruff as it seems to eradicate the problem very quickly. Overall, I cannot fault this fantastic shampoo. It's not expensive, it smells divine, it cleans my hair a treat, it rids me of dandruff and it seems to make me more appealing to my dear other half - five out of five then!!
I seem to go through times when I get the dreaded Flaky bits on my nice clean black tops. Apparently I don't have Dandruff I just have a flaky scalp - aren't they the same thing? Anyway I can use normal Hair products but I do find after using particularly heavy scented products it can irritate my scalp, so I tend to switch to Head and Shoulders for a bit to give my hair a rest. I had forgot all about this brand until I spotted this in my local Poundworld shop for - you guessed it £1. I had a quick sniff of this and the scent is exactly how I remembered it. Not the prettiest scent and quite strong smelling but it is alright and after your Hair is washed then you can't smell this so strong anyway. I am sure you can still pick this up in other shops and it has been around for years. I would expect this to sell for the usual price of around £2. The bottle I bought was a 250ml bottle. The bottle is a bit boring looking but who cares what the bottle looks like it's about what is inside the bottle afterall. This Shampoo is quite runny. It seemed to come out in a little bit of a blob and then next thing I knew it had dribbled out some more. This lathers up well enough and I would say just start with a little of this and see if you need to use any more after lathering this up. It doesn't seem to product quite as much Foam as other shampoos that I have used but there is still some fine Bubbles from this. This rinses out easily enough and although the scent of this smells a bit Minty and also a bit like trees (perhaps Tea Tree) the scent dies down as I said and you are left with a slightly Medicated kind of scent but just a hint of it. Certainly not the usual Fruity or fresh kind of scents I am used to on my Hair but after all this is a Medicated product after all. This seems to work well on my Hair. It seems to soothe my scalp and cleans my Hair deep down. My Hair is left soft and with a bit shine to it and after looking at my scalp after using this a few times it does seem to improve the Flakes. A good Shampoo that does the job it is meant to.
I often have a little dandruff and so need a little help to remove it. It can be a little embarrassing at times so I always like to buy a shampoo to use and to remove it. It doesn't take that long because my dandruff problem isn't too bad. Vosene is a good brand that has been around for a long time. I bought this one for only £1.89 for a 250ml bottle. The bottle is plastic and a flip top. The shampoo is a dark brown colour and is a smooth consistency and not runny. It is quite a thick consistency. It has a medical kind of smell to it. Not one I particularly like very much but it isn't a nasty smell. I don't mind a product smelling medicated so long as it works well. Only a little on the palm of my hands is enough shampoo to work up a good lather on my hair. I have quite thick hair. I like to keep washing my hair for a good couple of minutes and then leave it sitting on my hair while I finish showering. I leave it to work into the hair so that it has a good length of time to be effective. This isn't necessary but just the way I like to use it. The medical fragrance is apparent in the time it takes to wash the hair. This smell is also apparent on the hair after it has dried but it isn't one that is an annoying smell. When I have my dandruff shampoo and use this one, it only takes a week or so to see how effective it has been. In a couple of days I can see a reduction in the dandruff and the flakes are not so large. After a around 3 weeks of regular use every day, I find that all the dandruff has gone completely and my hair is back to normal again and I can begin to use my normal shampoos as before. I only have to buy this a dandruff shampoo occasionally and this one is a good quality one that does work fast. It is a gentle shampoo and doesn't irritate my scalp or cause any itching. It does leave the hair soft and manageable. It also rinses well from the hair to just leave it smooth and soft and ready to style in my usual way. It is good value for money and I recommend it for anyone with a dandruff complaint. It works in a fast enough time to remove and control dandruff on the hair. I will keep on buying it in the future for when I have a problem again. I bought it from Boots. The bottle is recyclable too. I rate it 5 stars.