Herbal Essences bio:renew

I was lucky enough to have been invited to try part of the new Herbal Essences bio:renew haircare range, via Savvy Circle. I was sent three of the range;

  • Arian oil of Morocco, to repair weak or damaged hair,
  • Cucumber and green tea, to give a lightweight shine to hair, and
  • White strawberry and sweet mint, a cleansing range.

Two of the ranges went to friends to try, whilst I kept the Argan Oil for myself. I did have a cheeky sniff of the other two, however, before passing them on. I’m not a fan of mixing mint with other fragrances, and was concerned that it would overpower the strawberry scent. Surprisingly, it didn’t. The minty smell was like a mere hint, rather than taking over, and the strawberry fragrance dominated.

Similarly, I don’t like cucumber, and wasn’t expecting to get on with the smell of that particular range, but again, I was surprised to find that I could hardly smell it, and it was more pleasant than I had expected.

On to the Argan Oil, however. My hair is long, fine, and lacks volume and strength. It is prone to breakage, along with the resulting frizzy appearance from the flyaway shorter strands showing. I couldn’t wait to see if bio:renew could help improve the texture and appearance.

First impressions were good. I liked the colour of the bottles, and the design was practical but functional. There’s nothing about the range that would make it stand out on the shelves, as such, certainly with the other products taken into consideration.

The first thing I noticed when pouring out of the bottle was the scent. It’s hard to describe, but it is amazing. I love it! Best of all, unlike many other products, it lasts on the hair for ages. This has to be my favourite part of the product!

The shampoo is rich, and lathers well. It rinses out easily, leaving my hair feeling clean, but not stripped.

The conditioner is creamy, but is applied easily enough. I like to leave conditioner on, and it rinses well, like the shampoo. My hair felt smooth and soft.

One thing I will say, and I think Herbal Essences are a bit cheeky, but the bottles state ‘apply… generously’. I didn’t find it necessary to sue a lot of product, even with longer hair, and did wonder if it was a ploy to get us to use it quicker by using more! Naughty!

I still had some breakage during washing, and it was no more or less that with other products, but I did find that I lost less hair whilst drying and styling. This is good news for my vacuum cleaner!

My hair has felt and looked smoother, and it smells gorgeous. It’s hard to say if it is stronger, and I would like to see how it goes over the next few weeks before making a definitive ‘yay or nay’. Overall, I have been pleased with the results so far, and this is definitely a product that I would use again.

So far as the other two ranges, I had the following feedback from my friends;

‘I like the Herbal Essences bio:renew White strawberry and sweet mint shampoo and conditioner. My hair has looked good, and it feels clean, and smells fresh immediately after washing. I’m a bit disappointed that the scent doesn’t last, but it wouldn’t put me off using it again!’

‘When I was offered the chance to try the Cucumber and green tea Herbal Essences bio:renew range, I couldn’t wait to get started. I need a lightweight product that doesn’t weigh down my hair, and this was just perfect. Loved it, and loved the smell, it’s so refreshing! My hair is looking great!’

I wish I had tried them both now! Overall, a good range of products that do what they claim to!

Thanks to Savvy Circle for the samples, and for allowing me to try Herbal Essences bio:renew. The review is my own, and these are my own opinions. I have not been paid, etc etc.


Decléor Micellar Oil

Oil? As a cleanser? Are you having a laugh?

Well, no, no they are not. Olive oil has been used as a cleanser, for hair, face and body, for centuries, and it also forms part of the base for this micellar cleanser by Decléor.

You cannot mistake the faint aroma, but trust me, it's not as unpleasant as you think. You aren't going to walk around smelling like a well drizzled Mediterranean dish. In some ways, it's a pleasant, comforting scent, and other ingredients also contribute.

Does it work?

Yes it does!

My skin looks and feels clean and fresh. I have very mixed skin, extreme combination, I'd call it. I've had fewer breakouts of both spots and dry patches since using. Despite being an oil, it is quite drying on those areas, mind you, and a good moisturiser is still a must.

It hasn't reduced the amount of oil on my skin, but I have had fewer issues with blocked pores, and my skin looks better. The theory is that the oil 'melts' the build of natural oils to keep pores cleaner.

One squirt of product is good enough for most occasions. If I'm wearing a lot of foundation, eyeliner or waterproof mascara, it needs a little more, but two squirts of this will shift anything. It's the best product I've found for removing waterproof mascara in its entirety.

This bottle is going to last an age, but I will be replacing it when it's empty. It is great value for money, and does a fantastic job.

This is not a sponsored post. The views and opinions are my own!