The Good: Inexpensive, Great scent, Wonderful cleaning power, Good ingredients.
The Bad: None that I can find!
The Basics: An exceptional, inexpensive, shampoo, Suave Professionals has a real winner with Rosemary Mint Shampoo!
What makes a shampoo company that is most known for inexpensive shampoos attempt to enter the dog eat dog world of professional haircare products? Usually, jaded as I am, I would say "greed," but with Suave's new "Suave Professional" line being less expensive than most regular shampoos still, it is hard to call the company greedy for tacking an extra fifty cents on per bottle. Especially when the results are as good as the Suave Professionals Rosemary Mint Shampoo.
My monthly haircare experiment for last month was using the Suave professionals Rosemary Mint Shampoo and that experiment was a great success. As my life has become more active with work, time at the beach (lots of sun!) and showers to beat the heat, Suave Professionals' Rosemary Mint Shampoo has come through to keep my hair clean, manageable and smelling great! Especially as summer makes everything in life that much more difficult, who could truly ask for more?
After three weeks of use, Rosemary Mint shampoo by Suave has effectively wowed me. Truth be told, I was prepared to be wowed when I first opened the bottle and the shampoo smelled so good and, as far as useage, I was thrilled with it from the first use when it cut through sweat and grease in my hair and replaced it with clean hair (and scalp) that smelled great. This shampoo is inexpensive, smells wonderful, leaves no residue and leaves my hair clean and light. It is one of the best shampoos I have ever used and it makes it very easy to recommend it.
Suave has been expanding its line of inexpensive shampoos and conditioners and has been entering new shampoos to the market in their "Suave Professionals" line, which is intended to compete with higher priced shampoos that use all-natural ingredients. In most markets in the United States, Suave Professionals shampoos and conditioners may be found on sale for $1.49 - $1.99 for a 14.5 fl. oz. bottle. Rosemary Mint shampoo is one of the first outings in the Suave Professionals line which explicity tries to compete with Aveda. The 14.5 fl. oz. bottle is a flattened tube bottle with a flip-top lid that is easy enough to open with one hand. Because it is not contoured extensively, the bottle gets slippery when wet. Even so, the bottle is very stable when one gets down to the last of its contents, it is quite easy to get the rest of the product out of the bottle.
The lid is a standard flip-top lid and even when the bottle is wet, there ought to be no problem with using one's thumb to flip the top. Despite the fact that Suave's Rosemary Mint shampoo uses a pressure ring to hold the cap on, there is little chance of flipping the whole cap off the bottle. As a result, Rosemary Mint is easy to dispense and store with little waste or risk of accidents.
Inside the bottle is the Rosemary Mint shampoo and it is a slightly yellow-green translucent gel. This shampoo has good leg and is more viscous than watery. The scent is an intriguing scent which is exactly what the shampoo promises it to be. This smells like herbs and while I might have guessed basil, I am told it is exactly the scent of rosemary and that scent is robust and invigorating. As well, there is a strong spearmint scent that finishes the shampoo's bouquet off quite well.
When in the shower and one's nostrils are opened by the steam (I tend to like very hot showers) this shampoo diffuses exceptionally well. Thus, in the shower, one has showers that smell of an herbal spa treatment or working in a greenhouse. The scent is very rich, classic and great!
When it comes to use, this is a simple shampoo and one need only flip the lid and dispense a small amount into the palm of the hand before applying it to the hair. The Rosemary Mint shampoo requires only about a quarter-sized dollop to clean a full head of hair. This lathered up remarkably well, which meant I could get away with using less of it. I have long hair and as a result, shampoo can be an annoying expense when the shampoo I am using does not lather up and clean well.
In the case of the Rosemary Mint, it lathers up wonderfully, such that a quarter-sized dollop can easily stretch to coat a very full head of hair, like mine. Used judiciously thus, the 14.5 oz. bottle may easily last a full month with daily hair washings. This makes its value a little greater than some shampoos I've recently tested and a pleasure to use.
And, quite simply, as a shampoo, it works. Hair comes out looking and feeling cleaner after its use than before. I think the most objective test for a shampoo is to see if hair is cleaner using the shampoo vs. rinsing your hair with water alone and for the basic functioning of a shampoo the Rosemary Mint shampoo lived up to that basic litmus test.
I tend to like shampoos that leave my hair smelling delightful, like whatever scent they have lured me in with. Given that, Rosemary Mint shampoo was a pleasant surprise. My hair comes out light and manageable and after twenty hours, both my partner and I were able to find the scent still lingering there. My hair was not weighed down with any grease or residue and the scent was not at all overbearing, but my hair had the faint ocean scent and was quite clean.
Rosemary Mint Shampoo has no discernible conditioning properties. There is a separate conditioner that has the same scent. As it stands, Rosemary Mint works fine as a day to day shampoo that will clean your hair and it leaves a bold scent in the hair, even if one needs to stick their nose right in to get it. On the plus side, with hair this clean, it is hard not to want to stick your nose right in!
For those looking for an affordable option with professional results, Suave Professionals provides with their Rosemary Mint Shampoo, which does have natural rosemary and mint extracts in it.
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