Friday, 21 February 2014

Timotei Pure Dry Shampoo (review)

Timotei Pure Dry Shampoo
Timotei seems to be on quest to make their products more natural – OK, I don't know if this is what Timotei are actually doing, but they have definitely improved in this area recently! – I thought I'd give their new silicone, parabens and colourant-free dry shampoo a go. It's called Timotei Pure; it's infused with 100% natural green tea leaf and is designed for normal to greasy hair. With this product Timotei claim you can “Discover the clean, refreshed feeling in between washes”. So far so good, then.
While I was disappointed with Timotei's organic shampoo and conditioner, I have to say this dry powder shampoo is much better! But first, from an ecological point of view this is still an aerosol, so while it loses points for that, it gains them for having absolutely no parabens, silicones and colourants. Plus it's packaged in a recyclable aluminium can and contains an organic ingredient. Only the one, mind you! It also contains parfum – all dry shampoos do – and it smells nice, even if it could be made up of any number of potentially suspect ingredients. A very natural alternative would be Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo but it's very fiddly to use.

However, for some people that is secondary information. Does it actually work? Yes, and pretty well, too. The spray is direct and strong, so it covers large swathes of hair quickly and efficiently. The powder isn't too white, so that's good, but what I really like about it is how soft it makes my hair feel. Compared to some rival products that can leave dry hair even drier, this, I'm sure, would work well for all hair types. It may be aimed to normal to greasy hair, but if you have dry hair I think you'd get away with it as a styling product.

As an oil absorber it's good, but not class leading. However, don't misunderstand, I have very oily hair and it just about works for me, so there aren't likely to be many people who find this isn't absorbing enough. The whiteness I mentioned isn't a big deal and completely disappears once you've brushed your hair though. On top of all that it's plainly good value, too, plus it seems to be everywhere at the moment so it's not hard to find if you fancy a can.

I don't know if Timotei have reformulated this dry shampoo in the last year, but early reviews from other users weren't overly positive. Ocado customers score it 2.3 out of 5, for example. I make a habit of never reading other people's thoughts before writing my own, so I stand by the score below. I'd love to know what you think of it!

Good value
Oil absorption isn't the best
Whiteness is a non-issue
Some people don't get on with it
Leaves hair feeling soft

Free of most horrible ingredients


Brand: Timotei


Size: 245 ml
Price: £3.69 (£1.51/100 ml)

Manufactured: n/a

Ingredients: Butane, Isobutane, Propane, Alcohol Denat., Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Isopropyl Myristate, Aqua, Silica, Maltodextrin, Parfum, Citral, Limonene

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