The Good: Great scent, Generally excellent ingredients, It works to condition hair beautifully!
The Bad: Not cone-free
The Basics: A delightful conditioner, Rosemary Mint from Suave Professionals has a great scent that endures even as it restores dry or damaged hair to full manageability!
Summer is almost gone and for me that means more wear on my hair coming from the basic trips to and from the beach that have, in the past, left my hair stripped. So it is little surprise to me that I would use the summer to shift from my least expensive haircare options to something like Suave Professionals, which is trying to sell itself on being a higher quality-than-average product using more natural ingredients. And with their Rosemary Mint conditioner, Suave Professionals has a true winner which is going to be a conditioner I continue using well after summer is over.
It is worth noting right up front that I am happy to declare the Rosemary Mint conditioner a perfect conditioner, even as I acknowledge that it is not cone free. In the final nine ingredients in this conditioner, there are three ingredients that are not cone free and as a result, this product cannot be considered cone free. However, I tend not to listen to the naysayers and current trends in diet or fashion (seeing me would certainly prove the latter, at the very least!). The "Cone Threat" is a rather new fear in the haircare product market and I've yet to see any real effect from it. In fact, when a conditioner works as well as this one has for me, it is hard to take the rumors about coned products being terrible for hair seriously. My hair has not been more brittle, breakable or anything negative since I started using the Rosemary Mint conditioner. In fact, it has been more manageable, I've had fewer split ends and my hair has smelled better.
The Suave Rosemary Mint conditioner is intended to be paired with the same brand's Rosemary Mint shampoo (click here to read that review!) and I have since discovered that the combination helps to lock in the wonderful herbal scent of the shampoo. The conditioner, scented just as wonderfully as the shampoo, helps the bold scent from the shampoo linger on the hair and for those who enjoy scent memories from haircare products, this is a huge boon.
Suave has been expanding its line of inexpensive shampoos and conditioners into the professional haircare market where they are trying to compete with shampoos and conditioners from the likes of Aveda. With Rosemary Mint Conditioner, the brand easily succeeds. In virtually every market in the United States, Suave Professionals shampoos and conditioners may be found on sale for $1.50 - $1.99 for a 14.5 fl. oz. bottle. The Rosemary Mint conditioner has a robust scent which is delightful and invigorating for those looking for an olfactory pick-me-up in the morning, this is a great scent for that. The 14.5 fl. oz. bottle is a flat tube bottle with a flip-top lid that is easy enough to open with one hand. While it gets slippery when wet, it is easy enough to hold onto because of the flattened sides.
Inside the bottles is Rosemary Mint conditioner and it is a buttery white colored cream, which resembles hand cream or body butter in its consistency. This conditioner is one of the thicker ones I have encountered and I have managed to make it stretch a little further than usual as a result. The scent is a pungent rosemary scent that instantly evokes memories for me of places like Colonial Williamsburg where cabins were scented with herbs. The scent is equally robust as that of the accompanying shampoo, it seems to extend the life of the scent by two to three hours in regular daily use. As a result, one who shampoos and conditions with Suave's Rosemary Mint products will end up with the herbal, minty scent on one's hair for at least a full day, which is pretty incredible for a shampoo and conditioner combination!
When in the shower and one's nostrils are opened by the steam (I tend to like very hot showers) this conditioner diffuses well, though truth-be-told, the shampoo leaves such a strong scent that it is very hard to tell if how well the conditioner scents up the bath. Whether the scent travels well through the air or not, the conditioner seems to actually work and preserve the smell of rosemary and spearmint on one's hair.
When it comes to use, this is a simple conditioner 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 conditioner requires a decent-sized dollop to condition a full head of hair. After one has cleaned their hair with a shampoo and rinsed it out, this may be applied to the hair. I have better than shoulder-length hair and it takes approximately a heaping half-dollar-sized blob of conditioner to make it stretch through my mane. Like most conditioners, this does not lather and instead it is applied to the hair and scalp almost like a butter.
In the case of the Rosemary Mint, as I've noticed often with conditioners lately, there is about a two-to-one ratio to the shampoo because conditioners do not dilute out from lathering. As a result, the 14.5 oz. bottle may last only two weeks with daily hair conditionings. That said, this does seem to be a thicker conditioner that takes a lot to spread through the hair and with that type coating, I've been able to get away with using it only every-other hairwashing and still had pretty amazing hair as a result.
As a conditioner, it works well for all one could want from a conditioner. Hair is protected, even in harsh environments. Hair that is conditioned with Rosemary Mint conditioner daily is less brittle and less susceptible to split ends. As well, this conditioner revitalized my beach-bleached hair and brought it more bounce and a bit more body. This is an excellent protecting conditioner, as well as being a revitalizing and nourishing conditioner. In fact, it does everything one would hope from a conditioner and it delivers an amazing scent while doing it! It is hard to ask for more from one's conditioner.
I tend to like shampoos and conditioners that leave my hair smelling delightful, like whatever scent they have lured me in with. Given that the Rosemary Mint scent in the bottle was fairly strong, it was utterly unsurprising that this was an exceptionally enduring scent out of the bottle. In combination with the same shampoo, this leaves a strong scent on the hair and for the better part of each day I use this, my hair maintains a slight mint and herb smell that is very comforting.
Finally, Rosemary Mint conditioner does all of this inexpensively. Despite it not being cone free, I've noticed no ill effects from this conditioner even after a month of use. As it stands, Rosemary Mint might well be one of Suave's best conditioners and it certainly establishes Suave Professionals as a credible line with its use of natural rosemary and mint extracts. Those looking for a wonderful scent and an inexpensive professional-quality option will find it with the Rosemary Mint Conditioner.
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