I have been wanting to do more reviews on the blog and today I have decided to give you all a review of Alberto Balsam Energise 24hr Fragrance Shampoo and Conditioner that I bought in the fragrance Tropical Peach and Mango.
I can remember being in secondary school and always using the Sunkissed Raspberry Shampoo and Conditioner to wash my hair, there was something about the price (it was super purse-friendly) and the scent which I always loved but, as I have grown older I have found other products that have suited my hair better but I knew when I saw these on the shelf, and running low on my regular shampoo and conditioner that I should give them a try, if not for the product’s sake but as a trip down memory lane!
I can’t find the product on the Alberto Balsam website itself but have found it on the Asda webpage which is where I bought the shampoo and conditioner from a few months ago which I am assuming is because both the shampoo and conditioner are marked as “New” at the top of the tubes.
A bit about my hair…
My hair is short-ish at the moment, it is bob length and has been bleached far too many times to mention. On top of the bleaching I also regularly colour my hair with non-permanent hair colours, so as far as hair goes it takes a fair amount of abuse at my own hand. It is fairly dry due to the bleaching but I do tend to suffer from greasy roots and rely on dry shampoo to get me from one day to the next between washes.
About the Product…
- The Shampoo
The shampoo is marketed towards “normal to greasy hair” and the packaging states that
24hr Fragrance Gives all day fragrance bursts for touchably soft hair that smells gorgeous too.
Energise is a fruity blend of tropical peach & mango scents to help you feel revived & refreshed, starting with your hair.
For normal to greasy hair. This gentle formula leaves your hair refreshed and volumised, healthy-looking and beautiful.
- The Conditioner
The conditioner, being part of the same family of fragrance is also marketed towards “normal to greasy hair. The packaging states the same as the shampoo.
- The Packaging
The shampoo and conditioner both come in squeezy tubes which remind me of paint tubes that artists have in their kit. The black lid features a click lid on a hinge opening with a hole through which to reach the product. The tubes are a pink and white colour with the brand in a black rectangle, there are silver parts that highlight other text. On closer inspection of the design, there are peach and mango illustrations on the front as well though these don’t jump out at you on first glance.
- My thoughts
I have been using this product for the last month and there is still so much of it left, it feels really cliche to say that a little goes a long way when reviewing a product, but I found that this is so true! The shampoo is almost syrupy in consistency, and from experience with other shampoos of this type of appearance, I really was not expecting it to spread through my hair particularly well. I was pleasantly surprised! Not only did I need a small amount of product but it spread and lathered up really nicely. The scent was really fresh and did smell exactly like freshly cut mango and peach. I found that it was really easy and quick to rinse out too! The conditioner was on the runny side, though in all honesty, I had been expecting a much thicker product to come out of the tube. However, that said, I was again surprised at how little I really needed. On the back of the tube it says to leave in for 1 – 2 minutes before rinsing though, I did leave it in for a while longer as my hair can always do with as much moisture as it can get! Sometimes when I buy shampoo and the matching conditioner I am disappointed with the lack of scent that the conditioner has compared to the shampoo however, this did not disappoint! It smelled exactly the same as the shampoo. I applied it as I normally do with any conditioner, squeeze a small amount onto my palm and work through from root to tip, comb through with my fingers and assess whether I need to add any more product to my hair. This spread easily and, just with the shampoo, I only needed a small amount. After having a five-minute sing in the shower I rinsed, sometimes this can be a bit of a battle as some conditioner seems to cling to my hair and feels like it never wants to leave, this rinsed out fairly easily.
I have left my hair to dry naturally and blow it dry with a hairdryer, which can sometimes strip any scent out of my hair but 2 days later I could still smell this in my hair. I even got my friend to do a sniff test, albeit begrudgingly after I’d half ran, half skipped down the carpark after work one day screeching “Smell my hair!!!” in my best Alan Partridge voice…and they agreed, my hair, in their words “smells fruity, like yoghurt or something…”
So, that’s my honest opinion of these Alberto Balsam products (which were purchased by me, and I have not received any payment or anything for this review!) For £2.95 per product, I don’t really think you can go far wrong if you are looking for something cheap that work well!