I know we all love things in jumbo supersized packs for value right? A 1 litre bottle of shower gel that costs RM50 offers so much more value than a 300ml bottle at RM20 – ah we can do our math when it counts! ;) But you know what? I’m glad for products that come in smaller sized bottles. It allows me to try it at a cheaper price, then allows me to decide if I’d like to stay with it in which case I’d invest in the jumbo supersized packs, or if I’d ditch it.
So when I spotted the new Pantene Nature hair care range going at some ridiculous offer price of RM7.99 or RM8.99… or something really ridiculous like that for a small bottle (170ml), I picked up a bottle of shampoo and conditioner to give it a go. I’m nearly done with both bottles so its naturally (hur hur :P ) a good time to tell you about it!
This range of Pantene hair care is easily distinguishable by their green caps and green tinted packaging. Even the shampoo and conditioner bear the same pale green colour which is rather disconcerting.
According to the ads on TV, it is supposed to give you bouncy hair and give more fullness and shine, especially to limp hair. Well, small problem right there. I don’t have limp hair but then, I don’t usually pay much attention to these claims anyway.
An interesting note is that I found myself finishing up both bottles of shampoo and conditioner at about the same time. Its strange isn’t it? Most of you may have the condition known as “I-finished-my-conditioner-before-shampoo-darnit” because you will notice that you end up using more conditioner than shampoo. In this case however, I noted that you do not need a lot of conditioner to detangle the hair so I don’t use very much. Also, a little does do what a conditioner usually does – detangle hair and leave it feeling soft – so I don’t use more. Just as well really.
Otherwise, the shampoo cleans my hair well, does not make my scalp oily and the conditioner does not weigh my hair down. There is a fragrance which isn’t super strong nor does it remain on my hair. At first use, and during the first 2 weeks, I must say I liked this – my hair felt light and clean and bouncy. I do note however, that after a couple of months using just this shampoo and conditioner, my hair is still bouncy and full of volume… but it feels stiff. The shine promised? I didn’t see it.
So, I’m glad there were small bottles available to try at a good promotional price so for me, it wasn’t bank breaking to give it a go. I’m not sure I’ll repurchase though. I have fickle hair.
In a nutshell
An affordable hair care range that does what it says on the tin. The scent is light and not cloying and does not linger on my hair. I like the conditioner as you do not need a lot to detangle and smoothen your hair. However, the shampoo used on its own does not cause hair to feel dry after rinsing. After about 2 months use, I found my hair feeling a little stiff. For reference, I have short hair that naturally has volume.
Pros: Affordable, Hair feels soft and bouncy during initial use, Lightly perfumed and not cloying, Only a little Conditioner is needed
Cons:After 2 months use my hair feels stiff
You know what? I can’t find any information about this range online and it would appear that we in Asia (Or South East Asia at any rate) get a different range from that sold in Europe and the USA. So I don’t know if its available in Western markets or if it is, under a different name.
As for the “Nature” element in its name, from what little I can find and from what’s printed on the bottles, it would appear that Pantene has infused this range of products with a “blend of naturally derived ingredients” … which erm… makes sense. I guess.
So what say you – are you glad that brands package their products in small “trial” sizes or are you a “let me have a go at that jumbo supersized value pack” consumer? :D
Pantene Nature Care Shampoo and Conditioner are available at all pharmacies, supermarkets etc. Retail price is unknown but I purchased mine for about RM7.99/170ml each.