Monday, 9 February 2009

L'Occitane Repairing Shampoo for Dry and Damaged Hair

RRP: £11.75 for 300ml

--What does the promo say?--
"This Shampoo contains a natural complex of 5 essential oils (angelica, lavender, geranium, patchouli, ylang-ylang) which work together in synergy to help repair, strengthen, regenerate and soften dry and damaged hair. Its natural origin botanical bases offers a gentle, non-stripping and non-drying cleansing. Your hair is left looking and feeling supple, shiny and silky. This product is free from: parabens, synthetic colorants, formol or formaldehyde, animal ingredients, triclosan, SLES, BHA."

Harmonises excellently with other products in the range, keeping the orange and green theme going. The green bottle is see-through - always a plus so that you know when you need to top up your supplies. The cap is a simple silver flip-top.

--Usage/application instructions--
Just use as you would use normal shampoo: lather up a small amount, rub into wet hair, and then rinse. Only one application is necessary for desirable results, even if your hair is in need of serious help.

A clear, runny liquid. After washing, miracle results are not immediately yielded, but hair is visibly shinier, smoother and better controlled. You can even go for two days without rewashing before a hint of grease appears. Impressive.

The shampoo would be more controllable in its raw form if it were more viscous. However, how the hair feels after treatment just cannot be argued with: smooth silkiness can definitely be yours with this, even if it takes some time to reach its full potential (it felt more impressive a few hours after washing than it did immediately after blowdrying).

Despite all the essential oils, I couldn't smell anything in particular: just a really nice clean smell.

Hair condition is improved from the very first use, and has been the first shampoo since L'Oreal's Re-Nutrition to make a real difference to my hair. These effects are visible over days and weeks - surprising after my horrid experience with the Repairing Serum from this same line recently.

--Value for money--
You hardly need to use any of this at a time - probably only 2-3ml per application, tops, meaning that you're likely to get roughly 100 uses from this bottle for a very reasonable price, in exchange for excellent results. Nice.

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