Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Review: Neal's Yard Nuturing Rose Shampoo and Conditioner

My local Waitrose has recently made a foray into stocking more niche beauty ranges - and Korres, Neals Yard, Burts Bees and Balance Me have appeared on the shelves. This means that my occasional trips to pick up a pint of milk and some bread often see me coming home with a little treat.  I recently picked up two Neal's Yard hair products - the shampoo and conditioner from the Nuturing Rose range, designed for dry and damaged hair.  

Both products are silicone free, and the shampoo is SLS free and ultra gentle.  The shampoo is lovely - it lathers reasonably richly, given that it's SLS free, and leaves hair feeling clean and light without being drying.  Scented with rose, it envelops you in a cloud of soft, sweet fragrance when used.  Rather gorgeous, and something that I'd definitely add to my regular shampoo rotation.

The conditioner, however, is different kettle of fish entirely.  Silicone free conditioners fall into two categories: those that manage to have a decent amount of slip to them and are easy to distribute through the hair, and those which require you to use huge quantities to really saturate the hair.  This one, sadly, falls into the latter category - I've had to use almost a quarter of the bottle every time I've used it to get my hair fully coated in conditioner to enable me to detangle.  Given that a 200ml bottle costs £11.35, this conditioner is probably the most expensive I've ever used on a cost-per-use basis - and given that it doesn't really do anything extraordinary to my hair, I can think of no reason to repurchase or recommend.

If you'd like to try either product for yourself, you'll find them on the Neal's Yard website, where the Nuturing Rose Shampoo and Conditioner will cost £11.35 for a 200ml bottle, with larger, more economical sizes available too.

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