Wednesday, June 28, 2017

White Rain Apple Blossom Shampoo: A Decent, Basic, No-Frills Shampoo

The Good: Inexpensive, Cleans hair, Lathers well, Decent scent
The Bad: Scent does not endure, No conditioning properties, Dries hair out without using a conditioner
The Basics: White Rain Apple Blossom shampoo is a decent staple shampoo that does what it promises: no more, no less.

When it comes to shampoos, there are so many that have so many "features" that it is hard to recall that at its core, all a shampoo is supposed to do is clean hair. We've gotten so used to shampoos that condition and smell great - many of which can do so fairly inexpensively - that when an objectively average shampoo comes along, it is sometimes hard not to see it as somehow defective. White Rain Apple Blossom shampoo is one such shampoo.

White Rain presents an inexpensive, but effective, shampoo with its Apple Blossom Shampoo. It is a shampoo just strong enough to cut through greasy hair and clean it. The scent is good, but not particularly enduring and the shampoo has no conditioning properties. It is a good, basic, staple shampoo.

White Rain has been expanding its line of inexpensive shampoos and conditioners. In virtually every market in the United States, White Rain shampoos and conditioners may be found on sale for $1.00 for a 15 fl. oz. bottle. Apple Blossom shampoo seems is a fairly standard scented shampoo for all hairs that does not seem to rely on gimmicks and is not bad for a staple shampoo. The 15 fl. oz. bottle is a flat-sided tube bottle with a flip-top lid that is easy enough to open with one hand.

Inside the bottles is Apple Blossom shampoo and it is a light green translucent gel. This shampoo has good leg and is more viscous than watery. The scent is a delightfully potent apple smell. In fact, one of the key selling points for me was that in the store, it seemed like this would be a powerfully-scented shampoo which would satisfy me both in the shower and well afterward. Alas, though, Apple Blossom smells good in the bottle and it smells good in the shower, but it does not take long after one's hair is clean for the scent to fade completely.

When in the shower and one's nostrils are opened by the steam (I tend to like very hot showers) this shampoo diffuses incredibly well. This shampoo made the bathroom smell powerfully of apples and the scent was very good. It cleaned other scents off my hair, which was nice. But, within half an hour of using the shampoo alone, the scent of apples could not be found at all in my hair.

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 Apple Blossom shampoo requires only about a quarter-sized dollop to clean a full head of hair. This lathered up 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 Apple Blossom, 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 in this way, the 15 oz. bottle easily lasts a full month to six weeks with daily hair washings. This makes its value a little greater than some shampoos.

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 Apple Blossom 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 the Apple Blossom Shampoo seemed to smell significantly like apple in the stores and in the shower, I was a little disappointed when it did not endure long on my clean hair.

White Rain Apple Blossom Shampoo has no discernible conditioning properties. There is a separate conditioner that has the same scent. As it stands, Apple Blossom works fine as a day to day shampoo that will clean your hair, but for those looking for a bold scent, actual moisturizing qualities, or something that will do more than simply strip away dirt and bothersome scents, this is not the shampoo for you, with or without its accompanying conditioner!

For other shampoo reviews, please check out my reviews of:
Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Shampoo W/Imbe Oil & Aloe
Just For Men ControlGX Grey Reducing Shampoo
VO5 2-In-1 Normal Shampoo & Conditioner


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