The splurb on the back of the Angel en Provence Verbena Oil Control Shampoo sample sachets reads as follows: “For daily use, can gently cleanse oily hair and scalp without irritation or over stimulation. Containing organic verbena essence, lemon extract with cleansing effect and mild rose water, this shampoo helps restore vitality and lustre to hair, leaving it soft, vibrant and refreshing with natural orange fragrance.”
I can’t comment on the full sized packaging, as I’d asked for a few sample sachets of this Verbena shampoo from my local Shampoo ‘n Things. I’m still searching for a shampoo for oily hair that really works well on my fine, limp, stick-straight hair and I wasn’t prepared to pay $40+ for a full sized bottle without trying it out first.
When I used the first sachet, I was surprised to see that the shampoo was white with a fairly thick consistency. Most of the shampoos I’ve been using recently have been clear with an almost liquid soap consistency. It has a pleasant smell and lathers well, although when I rinsed the shampoo out, my hair felt extremely soft with an almost oiled or conditioned feel. I had to check the sachet to see that they hadn’t given me conditioner by accident.
After my hair had dried naturally, which takes about 45 minutes, it looked like I’d applied a leave-in conditioner or hair oil to the ends of my hair, and the mid-lengths and ends looked “stringy” and not very clean. I can only guess that this is because this shampoo is gentle enough to be used every day and it doesn’t strip the hair of all natural oils. I was disappointed, as I’d had high hopes for this expensive shampoo. At least I hadn’t bought a full sized bottle.
I used the second sample sachet of this shampoo two nights later and this time, instead of letting my hair dry naturally (like I usually do), I used a hair dryer. My hair looked a lot better after blow drying it; the mid-lengths and ends didn’t look as “stringy” as it had before and the conditioned feel that the shampoo leaves ensured that there were no knots or tangles while I dried my hair. Normally, when I blow dry my hair there are a few knots that I have to brush out afterwards, but not this time.
I won’t be buying any of this shampoo, as it didn’t do what i was looking for, but it will be going on my list of shampoos consider trying again. I’d definitely recommend this to someone with oily hair, especially if they use a blowdryer every time they wash their hair, as it really does leave hair feeling soft, looking shiny and keeps it tangle-free!