Wednesday, October 20, 2010

An Adequate Conditioner Without Any Real Flair: Suave Juicy Green Apple Is Anything But Juicy!

The Good: Protects hair adequately, Smells nice in bottle...
The Bad: Smell does not endure, Does not noticeably strengthen hair
The Basics: Somewhat bland and not strongly scented, Suave's Juicy Green Apple protects hair but not much more.

When I retired from factory work - so I may prioritize my writing once again - deeply satisfying, I have discovered that I have taken a few things from my tenure working in hell with me. Most notable among these is the strong desire to have hair that has a linger scent on it that I might smell at various points of the day and be instantly transported to a different time and place, namely my shower, where life is simpler. Yes, there are no bills in the shower or bath tub and there's just something pure and pleasant about existing in a steamy environment for several minutes.

So, it is with a renewed set of standards that I have begun reviewing things like Suave Juicy Green Apple conditioner. I recently started using the Juicy Green Apple shampoo (click here for that review) and found it adequate. Sadly, that might be the best I can write for the accompanying conditioner. Suave's Juicy Green Apple conditioner protects hair, but not much more. And its scent is so subtle it rather quickly escapes the hair, making not idea for those of us who have taken to smelling our own hair throughout the day.

Suave has been expanding its line of inexpensive shampoos and conditioners. In virtually every market in the United States, Suave - like VO5 - shampoos and conditioners may be found on sale for $1.50 for a 22.5 fl. oz. bottle. Juicy Green Apple conditioner seems to be a fairly standard scented conditioner for all hairs that does not seem to rely on gimmicks and is ideal for a staple conditioner. The 22.5 fl. oz. bottle is a cylindrical tube bottle with a flip-top lid that is easy enough to open with one hand, sort of. The bottle is now flattened on the sides and while it gets slippery when wet, it is easy enough to hold onto because of the flattened sides.

Even more problematic is the lid. The lid is a standard flip-top lid and so long as the bottle is not wet, there ought to be no problem with using one's thumb to flip the top. The issue, however, is that the top of the bottle is a pressure ring, not a screw on top. What this means is that when one applies pressure to the top to open the spout, the user is almost just as likely to flip the entire top off. This is annoying and my first experience with this problematic aspect involved carrying one of the bottles (not actually from the juicy green apple conditioner); the top came off of one though sheer force of gravity and perhaps the best advice I might give is to hold the bottles by the bottom.

Inside the bottles is Juicy Green Apple conditioner and it is a light green opaque gel, which resembles hand cream 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 an intriguing apple scent. Sadly, though, the scent is even weaker than that of its accompanying shampoo and one truly has to stick their nose in this to get the scent of the green apples. It does, to be fair, smell like green apples, though.

When in the shower and one's nostrils are opened by the steam (I tend to like very hot showers) this conditioner diffuses poorly. The shower, does not take on a scent that is remotely apple-like and as a result the shower - if using Juicy Green Apple - is a real olfactory let down. The scent does not enrich or fill up the shower in any noticeable or meaningful way. As a result, this conditioner does not energize or refresh the user in that way.

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 Juicy Green Apple 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 Juicy Green Apple, 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 22.5 oz. bottle may last only three weeks with daily hair conditionings.

As a conditioner, it works well for the basic concept of a conditioner. Hair is protected, even in harsh environments. Hair that is conditioned daily using this conditioner is less brittle and less susceptible to split ends. What the conditioner does not do is add more bounce or body to hair. This is a fairly standard protecting conditioner, as opposed to a high style conditioner. So long as one knows that going in, it's a fine product.

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 Juicy Green Apple scent in the bottle was not the strongest in the world, it was not exactly a surprise that this was not the most enduring scent out of the bottle either. This does not leave a strong scent on the hair and within an hour of use, I cannot find the scent of apple on any part of my hair.

As it stands, Juicy Green Apple works fine as a day to day conditioner that will protect your hair, but for those looking for a bold scent or actual restorative or hair-type-altering qualities, this is not the conditioner for you.

This is a remarkably average conditioner.

For other conditioner reviews, please check out:
Suave Orchid Petal Conditioner
Suave Professionals Rosemary Mint Conditioner
Mentha Hair Conditioner


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