Monday, 23 March 2009

L'Occitane Repairing Conditioner

RRP: £11.75 for 250ml

--What does the promo say?--
"Repairing, stimulating and regenerating, this conditioner nourishes and deeply restores capillary fibre. It will detangle, soften and add lustre to hair. This product is free from: parabens , synthetic colorants, formol or formaldehyde, animal ingredients, triclosan."

Clearly part of the Aromachology/Dry & Damaged Hair range of products available at L'Occitane, with the bottle bearing a great resemblance to the shampoo and serum. The flip-top lid seems sturdy and the combination of green bottle and orange label is eye-catching. Travels well - you don't need to worry that you'll open your bag and find conditioner everywhere.

Slick onto wet hair, leave for a few minutes, and then rinse out. Use once or twice a week. However, I have found it generally very difficult to rinse out, and this is affected by the water pressure in your shower, so perhaps steer clear if your shower is weak.

A thick, creamy, yellow-green substance.

None as far as I can tell.

It's not too runny or lumpy, though it can on occasion be tricky to squeeze from the bottle.

This is possibly the most bizarre encounter I've ever had with a hair product, along with the serum from the same range: as well as its rinsability apparently depending on your water pressure, this also seems to depend highly on the water hardness of your area: in hard water it is near impossible to get decent shiny hair, whereas in soft water far less effort is needed. While the effects of hard water on hair washing are not exactly unknown, this is the first time that I've known a conditioner to barely work at all because of it. In soft water the results are excellent, with hair visibly softer and with greater luminosity. In hard water it is near impossible to wash out, leaving hair greasy and heavy.

--Value for money--
Great when it works (especially with usage recommended at only 1-2 times a week), horrific if it doesn't! Check out your water area before purchasing.

perfect partners
Repairing Shampoo for Dry & Damaged Hair, £11.75 for 300ml
Repairing Serum for Dry & Damaged Hair, £15.65 for 100ml
Repairing Mask for Dry & Damaged Hair, £18.10 for 250ml

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