Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Avon Naturals Lime Blossom and Verbena Zesty Mist Hair Spray (review)

Avon Naturals Zesty Mist Hair Spray
It's almost impossible to know what ingredients make up Avon's products before purchasing them as ingredients listings are not included in either the campaign brochures or on the British website. I was a bit sceptical about Avon's Naturals range being genuinely natural because their implied-natural Liiv Botanicals collection was as artificial as anything else they sell. The only difference was a few herbs or essentials oils added. I hoped Naturals would be different. It isn't, really.

The Zesty Mist does contain real lime and verbena extracts but there's also parfum, which could be anything. However, I must say it smells great. I love the vibrant, zesty fragrance. It's a mini pick-me-up in the morning, even if it is partly artificial. Other than that, though, it's made up of your regular laboratory ingredients. Nothing too concerning for me, but more dedicated pure product seekers won't be interested.

As for the performance, the hairspray's spray is quite direct meaning there's a need to hold it as far away from your head as your arm will allow.  The formula's strength isn't great, it disappears gradually throughout the day meaning regular top-ups are required to hold your hair in place. Needless to say this reduced the product's value somewhat, and the bottle is pretty small so it doesn't last very long at all. On the bright side, at least the compact size means it's easy to transport in handbags.

The light hold also means that it doesn't weigh hair down so theoretically it should be suitable for even fine, thin hair. This is in contrast to some non-aerosol sprays I've tried which can be a bit heavy. Avon Naturals Hairspray also brushes out really easily, leaving no obvious residue even if my hair does look a bit less smooth after use. I suspect it's a little drying, thanks to the alcohol, but I can't be certain.

Most hairsprays these days offer some degree of humidity protection, but not this one. In fact, my hair seemed worse off than with other products; even a small amount of moisture would send my hair into a frazzle. Day-to-day it's bearable and I haven't marked it down massively for this issue, but other non-aerosol sprays can offer some protection from humidity, so if that's what you need you might want to look elsewhere.

Avon's UK website claim that this 'flexible hold spray helps tame flyaways to leave hair controlled' is only partly true. It does offer a flexible hold but flyaways are NOT controlled. The amount you need to use to maintain hold is also disappointing and affects its value, so this is not a hairspray I'd readily recommend. However, I am intrigued by the Naturals range and would like to try more. With any luck some of the other products will be more natural and more effective, or am I expecting too much? Time will tell, I've got some Naturals hair treatments and body washes on order!

It smells amazing; so fresh and vibrant
Not as good value as you might expect
Light, flexible hold should be suitable for fine hair
Can't contain flyaways or protect from humidity
Small bottle is easy to carry around...
it doesn't last very long

A touch drying


Brand: Avon

Size: 150 ml
Price: £3.00 (£2.00/100 ml)

Manufactured: Poland

Ingredients:Alcohol Denat., Aqua, Octylacrylamide/Acrylates/Butylaminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Parfum, Aminomethyl Propanol, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Flower Extract, Verbena Officinalis Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Potassium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Citral, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene

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