Sunday, 26 January 2014

Bumble and bumble Bb Tonic Lotion (review)

Bumble and bumble Bb Tonic Lotion
When you have longer hair, and especially longer, thick hair then a leave-in product of some description can be helpful for detangling, smoothing and making styling easier or protect it from the ravaging effects of heated appliances. I've already reviewed the complimentary Bumble and bumble Straight Start Shampoo & Quiet Frizz Conditioner which I felt was overpriced, and again, at £16.00 this Bb Tonic Lotion is another rather pricey haircare product, but scroll down to see how it does...

It's formulated with multi-vitamins, herbs and tea tree oil. It's designed to “tame tangles”, “[feed] your hair and [soothe] your scalp” while it also, intriguingly, “refreshes your head”. My head normally feels refreshed after washing, but maybe that's just me. It can be used on damp or dry hair, and Bumble and bumble insist you make sure it reaches your scalp so it tingles. Except no matter how much I use, or when I use it, I never got a single tingle, which is disappointing!

It's not a very silken formula, so it's not ideal for taking the place of serum to help comb out knots. It does, however, make my hair shiny and feel healthy. In fact, my hair looks great if I let it air dry after washing and spritzing with this tonic, and as it doesn't weigh it down at all it has lots of bounce and vitality, too. It's impressive. Using it with heat styling works well. Bumble and bumble recommend hairdressers use this in place of water while cutting. And I can see why, as it's light and non-greasy (with a pH lower than water, apparently). On a more superficial level I think it smells lovely. I love the smell of tea tree anyway, here it's present and correct but never overpowering.

It's easy to read the packaging information and it's easy to use, too, with a good, wide spritz (but the bottle is difficult to hold if it gets wet). There are lots of lovely natural ingredients and there's nothing in the ingredients listings I'd personally worry about – you can check them out for yourself below – but Bumble and bumble do test on animals.

Bumble and bumble loyalists love it. That might not be surprising, but a 97% recommended rating on the official website is still impressive. This Bb Tonic gives you healthy, bouncy hair, but while I've enjoyed using it, I think I'll go back to serums once it's run out. My coarse hair needs a little more smoothing, a tad more gloss, and more help to tackle tangles.

Smells really nice
Too expensive
Lightweight and non-greasy
Not silken; doesn't detangle effectively
A high quality, easy to use product
Bb partake in animal testing


Brand: Bumble and bumble

Size: 250 ml
Price: £16.00 (£6.40/100 ml)

Manufactured: United States

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil (Tea Tree), Mentha Piperita Oil (Peppermint), Menthol, Mentha Piperita Leaf Extract (Peppermint), Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract (Rosemary), Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract (Lemongrass), Humulus Lupulas Extract (Hops), Urtica Dioica Extract (Nettle), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Glycerin, Amodimethicone, Isoceteth-20, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Trideceth-10, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin

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