Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo & Conditioner

shampoo & conditioner review

I was needing a new shampoo and conditioner so I decided to try the Liz Earle ones as they just sound so promising.  They are 'all natural', SLS-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free products, and I'd heard good things about them, especially the shampoo.  I remember it being on QVC when they first brought it out and they were talking about how amazing the shampoo is and that it gets all the build up crap out of your hair from previous hair products.

I only got the travel sizes of both as they are not cheap and didn't want to splurge without trying them first.  The full size (200ml) is £8.50, and the travel size (50ml) is £4.75; so it is still quite expensive but worth it to try.

I would love to say I loved these, I really would - but I genuinely just didn't get on well with them at all.  I found it hard to get a good lather from the shampoo to start with, which has to be expected when it doesn't contain SLS which is the main foaming agent in these sort of products.  I found I had to use quite a lot of shampoo to get a good lather, when it says on the tube that a little goes a long way.  I think that your hair gets used to not having SLS as I've found with that, and other SLS-free shampoos (such as Naked) that if you repeat then you only need a tiny bit the second time, and the more you use it, the better lather you will get.

Now, 90% of the time I go to bed with my hair wet, I put a towel on my pillow and go to sleep.  It has always worked out totally fine for me - I know it makes a lot of people's hair greasy the next day but I've not really had that problem.  So I did this, as usual, but the next day my hair was just huge and frizzy!  I have long, thick hair and it just kind of exploded when I brushed it.  The next time I washed it I applied mousse to try and control it, but I must've put too much on as it ended up looking greasy at the ends.  The next few times I just left it again and once I even blow-dried it (shock horror!) but for some reason it would just end up looking like rats tails and slightly greasy at the ends - but not because of mousse!

I am so disappointed, I've no idea why this shampoo doesn't suit me, I don't think I've experienced this with any others before.  As for the conditioner I can't really say as I've only used it with the shampoo but as they should work best together I'm not rating it very highly!

Obviously it will be different for everyone but I just wanted to share how I found it with you.  The reviews on the website are all so good but it just shows you how differently your hair can react.

Has anyone else tried this?  Now I'm on a hunt for new ones to try, I think I'll get Organic Surge next.



  1. I know we talked about this on Twitter but I do find SLS free shampoos are hit and miss. It's taken me a few experiments and I finally am happy with using Organic Surge or Desert Essence. I do believe there is an adjustment period, your hair needs to adjust to not having the SLS. The Organic Surge does contain Sodium Coco-Sulfate it's controversial ingredient as similar to SLS but is milder & less risk of formation of the carcinogen 1,4-dioxane (that's how I understand it from my googling )

    1. Yes I agree with adjustment period! Oh that sounds very scientific hahah, but interesting and good to know!

  2. I took part in the Liz Earle Pinterest competition over Christmas, and I was lucky enough to win the shampoo.

    I was so excited to use it but to be honest, I found that the results weren't that great. I think by the sounds of it you have had far more trouble with it than I have but for me too it's not a great shampoo. I would not buy it in the future.

    Amy xx
    A Little Boat Sailing

    1. Yes! Oh I'm glad I'm not the only one, I had such high expectations lol

  3. Interesting! I lnow its not easy when you dont get on with a product thats had rave reviews, but everyones different! I had a similar thing with some Ojon products lately. This was a great review, exploding hair made me LOL! x x x

  4. I've only tried sachets of these and found that they made my hair go super frizzy too! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

    1. How odd! Funny how it either works really well or really badly for people lol


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