Wednesday, 13 March 2013

herbal essences 'herbally ever after' 40 years anniversary shampoo & conditioner

Hello one and all! A few weeks ago I ran out of my last shampoo and conditioner - the Tresemme Salon Silk shampoo and conditioner (review here) and my other Charles Worthington Daily Defence shampoo and conditioner (review here) had actually finished a few months ago so I was on the look out for some new products. I have said previously that I like to have two different shampoo's and conditioner's; one for regular use in the shower and one to use once/twice a week in a bath. I had seen the advert (eeek, i really dislike the adverts as they make me cringe and they are just far too over the top - just a personal opinion by the way!) for these Herbal Essences anniversary products a few times and then when I saw it on offer (buy one get one free!) in Boots I couldn't pass it up. I also think I was enticed by the 'limited edition' label too... 

I used to use Herbal Essences a lot when I was younger. I thought I was being 'grown up' as it was such a step up from my L'Oreal Kids 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner (no tears my arse!) but I sort of went off it for some reason (i think it was because i began to learn that there were different products tailored to different types of hair so thought i should give something that was 'better' for my hair a go). However, I got a chance to retry it with the constant advertising of Herbal Essences' anniversary tempting me to buy and try the products. I got the "royal jasmine and silky sea palm extracts" version but I believe there is a red one as well that I may just have to try (darn you limited edition products!).

The first positive I'd just like to quickly point out involves the outer appearance of the bottles and something that doesn't even effect the actual products themselves. If you hadn't noticed, the packaging is actually made so that the two bottles fit together! I don't know why but I find this cute and it makes me think that the company do actually think about their items which is always a great thing in my eyes!

I never really notice the scent of shampoo's and conditioner's when I use them, if I'm honest. I only really get a taste of the smell the day after I've washed my hair and even then it just smells 'clean'. However, for the purpose of this review, I gave them a whiff out of the bottle and I actually do like the smell. It's both fruity and floral with a good balance of each which is good because I don't like overpowering floral scents too much.

Now onto the actual shampoo and conditioner! The shampoo lathers really well which is something that I really love in shampoo's. It causes a gorgeous, soft. bubbly 'mess' on your head and then fills your bath with lots of lovely bubbles which I love to rub on my legs after I've shaved them - weird but it makes them feel so smooth! The conditioner is good too and it makes hair really smooth and soft but, unfortunately, this is only when wet. It doesn't really last and as soon as my hair has dried, it's back to the dryness I suffer with at the ends of my hair. However, I do think this could just be because it's my hair (if that makes sense?) and it may prove different for others. The next day the ends of my hair were insanely dry and I was pretty disappointed as the products do offer "strength against combining damage" which made me think it would soften my hair. It also says that it has a "breakage defender formula" but I'm not entirely convinced by this. I went through a period of having really bad split ends but then they sort of disappeared. However, I am noticing more nowadays but I'm not entirely sure whether this is just because I haven't had my hair cut in a while (most probably the reason) or these products. I think I'll go with the former rather than the latter to give the shampoo and conditioner the benefit of the doubt! Another unfortunate, that may or may not be to do with the shampoo and conditioner, is that afterwards my hair is very knotty to brush. Now my hair is naturally knotty and I think it may also be to do with the fact that I don't brush through my hair with my fingers after applying conditioner when in the bath like I do in the shower but I do know that some conditioners do make my hair more knotty than usual.

On the other hand, my hair feels and looks very clean after use which is wonderful and I'm very happy about this! It isn't heavy on the hair at all either which is one of the biggest positives for me. My hair is thick naturally so I don't need anything pulling my hair down any more. As I mentioned before, I don't really buy shampoo's and conditioner's for their scent but these products make my hair just smell 'clean'. It makes my hair have that 'just washed' smell and the scent you get after you've just been to the hairdresser's. And let's be honest, who doesn't want their hair smelling like that?

Therefore, whilst these items are great for really cleaning your hair and getting rid of any grime, dirt or grease that may have been building, you may need another product/something to put on your ends to sort out the dryness. I do actually have a Tresemee oil that I need to test out so I may give these products a go with the oil and see what the outcome is! However, I must point out that the dryness did die down the day after and my ends were a little softer which was brill! My hair also remained very clean on the 2nd day but by the 3rd, obviously and understandably, my hair started to get greasy.

So, in conclusion, I would recommend these products but I definitely think something else is need to combat the dryness and any areas these items don't cover.

Also, before I go, I'd just like to point out that I've had a little 're-design' of my blog which I hope everyone likes!

But anyway, I hope you've all had a lovely day and yesterday was great too! Fingers crossed another post tomorrow but if not, soon! :)


  1. I really love herbal essence, I get what you mean about the really clean feeling :)

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  2. Yeaaahj I also love using herbal essence and it always smells so nice


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