Saturday, 26 July 2014

Botanics Intensely Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner (review)

Botanics Intensely Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner

I liked Botanics Instantly Volumising collection but in the very hot, relentless Summer sun my normal-oily hair has started getting dry ends. Some extra hydration was clearly in order so I turned to the Intensely Hydrating collection from Botanics. Except, I think it's 'Intensely'... the conditioner is labelled 'Instantly'! It's probably just a silly error.

That's not the only error, unfortunately. While the shampoo is fine – I'll get on to that in a second – the conditioner is not. It's tricky to spread through damp hair; it's not that it isn't a smooth formula, it is, but it seems to be lacking in some kind of silkening ingredient. Anything to give it a more easy-to-use texture would be welcome.

It's not even all that great at conditioning. After taking the time and effort to massage it in right to the ends, I felt my hair was still a bit parched from the mid-lengths down after it had air-dried. It hasn't helped my dry ends at all; the tagline: “to moisturise and strengthen” feels misleading.

There are no problems with the shampoo, though, which feels good and lathers up a treat. It removes oil, styling products and the day's grime from hair easily, but a second wash might be needed if your hair is very dirty. It rinses out easily and doesn't dry out your hair, either. It's just a pity the conditioner doesn't really 'condition', that's the only thing that lets this collection down.

At least it's good value and is full of lots of natural plant extracts like nourishing white quinoa, moisturising shea butter and strengthening soy protein. The shampoo does without SLS and SLES, too, which is excellent, and neither contains parabens or petroleum-based ingredients. The bottles are made with 25% recycled plastics.

A slightly disappointing haircare range, then, but they're at least halfway there. I can't fault the shampoo but the conditioner needs reformulating, it's just not nourishing enough for a products designed for dry hair. I'd hesitate to recommend it for normal hair. Still, it's very affordable which makes the below-par performance more tolerable.

Very well priced and widely available
Conditioner doesn't smooth through hair well
Shampoo is really good, great lather and cleansing ability
Not nourishing enough for dry hair
Containers are different shapes so you won't get them confused


Brand: Botanics

Size: 250 ml
Price: £3.49 (£1.40/100 ml)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Shampoo Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Lauric Acid, Sodium Methyl Isethionate, Sodium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Tetrasodium EDTA, Stearyl Citrate, Lauryl Glucoside, Panthenol, Zinc Laurate, Polyquaternium-10, Parfum (Fragrance), Phytantriol, Limonene, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Citric Acid, Benzyl Salicylate, Dipropylene Glycol, Linalool, Sodium Benzoate, Benzoic Acid, Methylisothiazolinone, Citronellol, Sodium Acetate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Leaf Extract, Isopropyl Alcohol, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Methyl Hydrogenated Rosin, Ascorbic Acid

Conditioner Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Distearoylethyl Dimonium Chloride, Ceteareth-20, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Hydrolysed Soy Protein, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-10, Quaternium-80, Parfum (Fragrance), Limonene, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Tetrasodium EDTA, Benzyl Salicylate, Dipropylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Linalool, Sodium Benzoate, Methylisothiazolinone, Citronellol, Sodium Acetate, Sodium Chloride, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Leaf Extract, Isopropyl Alcohol, Cymbopogon Martini Oil,Potassium Sorbate, Methyl Hydrogenated Rosin, Ascorbic Acid

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