Thursday, December 13, 2012

Not Excessively Scented, Suave Soothing Lavender Lilac Condition Nevertheless Conditions Well!

The Good: Cone Free, Great scent, Revitalizes damaged hair, Restores bounce, Inexpensive
The Bad: Scent does not remain in the hair
The Basics: Soothing Lavender Lilac smells good in the shower and it conditions hair without any real build-up, but the scent does not endure on the hair!

The nice thing about shaking up one’s hair routine is that sometimes one finds a pleasant surprise. In the case of Suave Natural’s Soothing Lavender Lilac, I discovered an interesting deficiency. Both the shampoo and its accompanying conditioner fail to create a scent that endures in the hair. When I experienced the lack of scent with the shampoo alone, I hoped that the conditioner would work to seal in the delightful scent of the shampoo – which the Soothing Lavender Lilac conditioner possesses as well.

The Suave Soothing Lavender Lilac conditioner is intended to be paired with the same brand's Soothing Lavender Lilac shampoo (reviewed here!) and I have since discovered that the combination does nothing to seal in the great scent of the conditioner or shampoo. The conditioner, scented just as wonderfully as the shampoo, conditions adequately, but not in a way that leaves either the floral or spiced scent on the hair.

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 $1.00 for a 15 fl. oz. bottle. Soothing Lavender Lilac 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 15 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 bottle is Soothing Lavender Lilac 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 lilac smell, without much of a lavender kick either on its own or in the steam of the shower.

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 a lavender-scented waterfall, the conditioner supports that scent, but does not overwhelm the way the shampoo does. Alas, though, the smell does not endure 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 Soothing Lavender Lilac 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 Soothing Lavender Lilac, 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 15 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 Soothing Lavender Lilac conditioner daily is less brittle and less susceptible to split ends. As well, this conditioner revitalized my dried-out, frizzy 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, except for the scent staying on the hair.

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 Soothing Lavender Lilac scent in the bottle was not the strongest in the world, it was not a surprise that this was not an exceptionally enduring scent out of the bottle.

Finally, Soothing Lavender Lilac 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 Soothing Lavender Lilac conditioner is cone-free!

As it stands, Soothing Lavender Lilac is good, save for those who want the scent to endure on their hair.

For other Suave conditioners, please check out my reviews of:
Suave Professionals Sleek conditioner
Suave Professionals Humectant Moisture Conditioner
Suave Professionals Almond + Shea Butter Conditioner
Refreshing Waterfall Mist
Tropical Coconut
Fresh Mountain Strawberry
Ocean Breeze
Juicy Apple
Orchid Petal
Suave Professionals Rosemary Mint Conditioner


For other hair products, please check out my index page!

© 2012 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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