Sunday, 14 December 2014
Review: Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Conditioning Shampoo
In my apparently never-ending quest for a shampoo which suits my oily scalp whilst not irritating my eczema-prone skin, I picked up a bottle of Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Conditioning Shampoo, which claims to replenish moisture and add shine whilst being ideal for fine/limp hair - something I've always struggled to find in an SLS-free formula! I have to admit I had high hopes for this little number as whilst going SLS-free has inarguably helped my eczema, I really do struggle to go two days between washes as SLS-free shampoos in general just don't seem to be designed for oily hair.
"Discover the Polynesian secret of Pure Coconut Oil in Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Conditioning Shampoo with Vitamin E. A natural blend of ingredients replenishes essential oils that have been stripped from hair that has been coloured, relaxed, pressed or over-styled. This gentle, daily formula moisturises and softens, adds shine, is for all hair types, and removes build-up."
The shampoo comes in a white plastic squeezy bottle with a flip-cap which is pretty easy to use; the shampoo itself has a thick, white texture, and I found it reasonably easy to spread through wet hair. It also had a beautiful smell; I'm a massive lover of coconut and I really did enjoy this. I'd say I used an average amount of shampoo and, as always, shampooed twice before following up with a conditioner. Unfortunately, no matter how much I rinsed (and rinsed... and rinsed) my hair just did not feel clean after using this shampoo; it felt like a sticky residue was left behind. I tried using less shampoo but that just meant I wasn't able to work it through all of my hair. As well as feeling unpleasant, my hair was looking oily and in need of a wash more quickly than I think I'd ever experienced before - under a day. I've used this shampoo around four or five times now and I really can't see myself finishing it, which is a shame as I hate to waste product.
All in all, this just didn't live up to my expectations and I've been left pretty disappointed; despite smelling lovely, this shampoo didn't leave my hair feeling clean and it did absolutely nothing to help with it being a little on the limp side; if anything, it made things worse. I can't honestly say I'd recommend this to anyone and I certainly won't be buying it again. Have you ever tried Palmer's shampoo? Do you have any SLS-free shampoo recommendations for oily hair?