Thursday 12 September 2019

Speed Review: Palmer's Coconut Oil Conditioning Shampoo

palmers coconut oil conditioning shampoo review

I recently reviewed Palmer's Coconut Oil Repairing Conditioner and following on from that, today's review is of the Palmer's Coconut Oil Conditioning Shampoo.

Palmer's Coconut Oil Conditioning Shampoo is described as a rich, creamy shampoo which gently cleanses and removes build-up without stripping hair or interrupting its delicate moisture balance. It contains ethically and sustainably sourced coconut oil and Tahitian Monoi, infused with Tiare flower petals.

On first impressions, I thought that the packaging looked cheap and a little dated. Whilst I appreciated the details of what the shampoo is "free from", I must confess to an eye roll when I noticed the gluten free claims- after all, I don't intend to eat my shampoo! I also found the name "Conditioning Shampoo" a little confusing and initially thought that it might be intended for use as a co-wash, however, the clear directions recommend that it be followed with a conditioner.

I liked that the plastic bottle is transparent, allowing me to see how much product was remaining. It features a flip top lid for dispensing the product.

Unsurprisingly, Palmer's Coconut Oil Conditioning Shampoo has a coconut fragrance which I personally didn't find very indulgent. I was, however, quite surprised at the texture of Palmer's Coconut Oil Conditioning Shampoo. Everything from the name to the appearance of the product through the plastic bottle made me expect a thick formula but its actually quite a liquid gel. Despite being sulphate free, it produced an impressive lather. As such, a little goes a long way and I feel that the 400ml bottle would last a long time. I really enjoyed the usage and in particular, the fact that the lather felt silky, suggestive of the natural oils within the formula. This added a more luxurious feel to the product and is the factor which made me most tempted to continue using the shampoo. The rinsability was average.

The first time I used Palmer's Coconut Oil Conditioning Shampoo, I hadn't read the instructions and so I did use it as a co-wash, forgoing a separate conditioner. Despite this not being its intended use, I was pleased with the results. That said, I only have fine hair and those whose hair tangles easily probably couldn't get away with skipping conditioner with this shampoo.

Following use, I could detect a very subtle scent of coconut in my hair. My hair was left feeling soft but I wouldn't say shine was particularly enhanced.

Unfortunately, I felt as though Palmer's Coconut Oil Conditioning Shampoo irritated my sensitive scalp. That said, whilst I had really expected to hate the shampoo, I actually really enjoyed the usage (as aforementioned) and even though I've decided to discontinue use on my hair, I'll be keeping hold of the bottle because I feel that it will be a good shampoo for cleaning my makeup brushes with.

Palmer's Coconut Oil Conditioning Shampoo costs £4.19 for 400ml.

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