Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Another Great Conditioner For A Great Shampoo: Suave Orchid Petal Conditioner Works!

The Good: Cone Free, Great scent, Revitalizes damaged hair, Restores bounce, Inexpensive
The Bad: None that I can find!
The Basics: One of Suave's best conditioners, Orchid Petal smells amazing, is cone free and inexpensively restores hair to health!

I have a very simple philosophy when it comes to the Wellness and Beauty reviews I write: when I encounter something I truly love that works, I want to spread the word as quickly as possible. Conversely, when something is an overpriced, unnecessary product, I like to let readers know that as well. Fortunately for Suave, the former is true with their Orchid Petal Conditioner. On a recent cross-country trip with my wife, we stayed at the home of one of her friends and I had a few days of using the Orchid Petal products from Suave and those two days were enough for me to pick up some of them as soon as we returned home with money!

The Suave Orchid Petal conditioner is intended to be paired with the same brand's Orchid Petal shampoo (click here for that review!) and I have since discovered that the combination helps to lock in the wonderful floral 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. 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. Orchid Petal conditioner seems to be a unique floral 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.

Inside the bottles is Orchid Petal conditioner and it is a light lilac-colored opaque cream, 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 a pungent orchid smell, which I only know now because my partner brought me some orchids for comparison (she's quite sweet that way!). While the scent is slightly less robust than 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 Orchid Petal products will end up with the floral 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 poorly. However, because most people using this conditioner are likely to have used the accompanying shampoo, this is hardly an issue to drive down this conditioner. The shampoo does an excellent job of turning one's shower into an orchid-scented waterfall, the conditioner supports that scent, but does not overwhelm the way the shampoo does. To make up for it, the conditioner seems to actually work and preserve the smell of orchids 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 Orchid Petal 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 Orchid Petal, 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 all one could want from a conditioner. Hair is protected, even in harsh environments. Hair that is conditioned with Orchid Petal conditioner daily is less brittle and less susceptible to split ends. As well, this conditioner revitalized my travel-flat 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 Orchid Petal scent in the bottle was not the strongest in the world, it was a surprise 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 floral smell that is very comforting.

Finally, Orchid Petal conditioner does all of this inexpensively and without cones! One of the latest concerns with haircare products is the presence of cones, which are ingredients that are destructive to the long-term health of hair that all share a similar chemical composition ending in "-cone" on the ingredients. Suave's Orchid Petal conditioner is cone-free!

As it stands, Orchid Petal might well be one of Suave's best two conditioners and it does more than any other conditioner I've tried at similar prices.

For other conditioners, please check out my reviews of:
VO5 Blackberry Sage Conditioner
Mentha Hair Conditioner
Suave Professionals Rosemary Mint Conditioner


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