April 30, 2012

Review of Pantene Nature Fusion Shampoo and Conditioner

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As promised in a previous post, I wanted to do a quick review of my last She Speaks testing opportunity. This time I had a chance to try out Pantene Nature Fusion Shampoo and Conditioner.

I was really glad (and grateful) that I had the opportunity to try this version of Pantene, because I was quite curious about it. I am really impressed with the Eco-friendly bottle and the use of sugarcane that is harvested on abandoned pastureland, which in turn didn’t result in deforestation. The fact that the bottles are 100% recyclable is another plus.

As far as the results that I received when using it on my hair, I had mixed feelings. The scent is just lovely. I wouldn’t change a thing about that. I preferred the conditioner over the shampoo, because the shampoo dried my hair out. The use of the conditioner helped a little, but it didn’t quite leave my hair with the healthy feeling that I wanted. My hair also seemed a bit on the dull side after using both products.

For a more Eco-friendly container* I give it an A but for performance on my hair I give it a C. I prefer Pantene's Thick Hair Solutions, Smooth over this version.

There is one last thing that I want to mention. While the use of naturally-derived ingredients in the packaging are evident, I really wish the same held true for the actual shampoo and conditioner.  I don't find the ingredients in their shampoos and conditioners to be extremely natural, although, this seems to be the case for many commercial hair care products. Having said that, I would really love it if Pantene came out with a line of hair care products that are all-natural; without any artificial ingredients or harsh chemicals.

Again, I am by no means knocking this product. The opinions mentioned above are based on my own personal use of the product. As I perused other reviews, I found many positive reactions to both the shampoo and conditioner (some people really loved it), while others had the same issue that I had. I would never tell someone to not try it for themselves, because it just may work great for them. There are so many different hair types out there, and I know that is a big factor when reviewing the results of a hair care product.

*"The production of sugarcane-based plastic used to make the Pantene bottes results in about 170% less greenhouse gasses and uses 70% less fossil fuels compared to petroleum-based plastic."--P&G

Although I received two free products to try, courtesy of She Speaks and Pantene, no other compensation was provided. The views and opinions expressed here are purely those of my own. Please see my disclosure policy for further information.

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