Raise your hand if you’ve heard of Aveda’s Rosemary Mint Shampoo and Conditioner. Just as I thought, pretty much all of you. So imagine my surprise when I saw this little number whilst perusing the hair product aisle at my local Walmart.
Yep – a new Suave knock-off. Why spend $15.99 on a bottle (albeit, a large bottle) of shampoo, when you can pay less than $2 for what is essentially the same thing? Or is it? I’m pretty sure the Aveda brand is better – organic, formulated from all natural ingredients, and makes puppies poop rainbows. Or something.
Here’s why I bought the Suave instead – I’m cheap. And I don’t like to spend a ton of money on something I’m just going to rinse off the top of my head and let flow down the drain, into the sewer, scenting the rats and cockroaches all rosemary-minty. I’d rather save the big bucks for shoes… and conditioner.
Furthermore, Aveda products smell so damn STRONG. Everything is scented to the max, and it tends to irritate my skin. Give me oodles of bad-for-me chemicals, and my body is a happy camper, apparently. With any luck, all those preservatives might help me live longer.
That being said, I will spend a few more bucks on conditioner – aka the stuff that sits on my hair/skin/body longer. And I’m really willing to shell out for a product which promises to make me blonder:
Frieda’s campaign is right. Inside every blonde, like this one, there IS a blonder blonde wanting to get out. Yes, it’s true, I AM THAT SHALLOW. You knew that though, right?
Now for the gist of this post – the product reviews. I like the Suave shampoo. It gets all the sticky, nasty product out of my hair, and makes my scalp feel tingly and clean. I try not to use it every day, as I fear it might be drying. Other than that, two thumbs up. Oh, and as for the scent? MUCH lighter than the Aveda brand.
If I like the Suave, I LOVE the John Frieda conditioner. Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Lightening Conditioner is wonderful. It smells good, it conditions like crazy, but rinses out completely (no annoying residue), and brightens my hair without turning it brassy. Two thumbs up for this $8 bottle of awesome. You can find it at Walgreens… and possibly Target. I wouldn’t know about that, though. Sigh.
Question of the evening – what knock-off do you love?