Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Scandalous Gorgeously Rich Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner

RRP: £5.49 each, or 2 for £7 at Superdrug (correct as of January 4th 2011)

--What does the promo say?--
"This shampoo creates a more luxurious lather than regular shampoos and feels wonderfully soft in the hand. The fragrance fills the room instantly, creating a pampering spa experience. Conditioning Murumuru butter will leave your hair feeling fresh and revitalised....Murumuru butter and vitamins have been added to this conditioner to nourish the hair to a glossy shimmer. The fragrance of the conditioner creates an entrancing layering effect. The feminine scent is released with every turn of your head."

The combination of black, pink and gold creates an instant effect of a girls' night out, and in terms of practicalities it's fairly effective too (though the conditioner is a little more controlled while the shampoo rushes out of the tube a bit enthusiastically). Attention-grabbing, young and funky.

Proceed as usual - lather shampoo into wet hair, rinse out, and then massage conditioner through, leaving it for a few minutes before rinsing.

A very ordinary off-white colour for both; perhaps would have been nice if it had been a pale pink to echo the pink of the bottle design (I think adding gold glitter would be a bit much though).

Now, I don't know what kind of women they asked when putting their promotional material together and doing their market research, but sorry, Scandalous - I don't think this scent is feminine at all. In fact, it's masculine enough to be off-putting - a very heavy scent which just smells like shaving cream and aftershave. This might just be permissible in a unisex product, but quite clearly the packaging would send red-blooded men running for the hills, and most women (funnily enough) don't want to smell as if they don't have any shampoo of their own and so have just nicked their bloke's. Or am I just the exception there?! I don't think the murumuru butter is to blame as other websites describe the stuff as having a "natural, earthy aroma" - irritatingly, though, any other fragrances are only classified on the bottle under the umbrella term 'Parfum', so are untrackable. Grrr.

--Texture and consistency--
Smooth and luxurious. No problems there - including with washing out.

--Effects on the hair--
Makes hair silkier and less flyaway, and even keeps my hair in good enough condition so that I don't have to wash it every day. Top.

--Value for money--
£5.49 a bottle seems quite expensive seeing as competitors in this price bracket for the same amount of product include John Frieda, Tigi and Lee Stafford. However, the 2 for £7 deal is considerably better, so I'd take advantage of that if I were you. Truthfully, though, the only thing really stopping me from purchasing this product regularly is that smell - to me it is really off-putting, and made me realise just how large a part scent plays in our choice of product. Go back to the drawing board on that, Scandalous, and then I'll get back to you.

perfect partners
Scandalous Intensively Glossy Rescue Treatment, £5.99/150ml
Scandalous Flaunt It Firm Hold Hairspray, £5.49/250ml
Scandalous Seductive Shimmer Serum, £5.99/50ml

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