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Schwarzkopf - Essence Ultime Mineral Strength Shampoo & Spray Conditioner Duo.*

6 June 2014
I was lucky enough to be sent the new Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Mineral Strength Shampoo and Spray Conditioner duo by Beauty Heaven to trial. I was keen to receive these products, after trialing the Schwarzkopf Dry Spray range I had a sneaking suspicion that Schwarzkopf were going to start bringing out new products and basically try to revamp their range.

The Essence Ultime Mineral Strength duo are recommended for those with weak and fragile hair and supposed to strengthen and fortify the hair, which is exactly what I have and exactly what I need.

Mineral Strength Shampoo


The shampoo is pretty typical of any sulfate containing shampoo, it foams up really well and leaves the hair feeling really clean, I don't find it to be particularly drying.

The scent initially was something I quite liked, to me it smells like Molecule perfume on steroids but that's not going to help anyone understand the scent since Molecule smells different on everyone, it's kind of spicy with some other woody-ish undertones that I can't describe. After extended use of the two products I can barely stand the smell, it's just so strong, more on this when I talk about the spray in conditioner.


The shampoo claims "..up to 97% less hair breakage & 100% strength.", I don't know how to measure this to be confident enough to say that the claim is definitely true but I have noticed less breakage when I use the product so it does something positive.

Mineral Strength Spray Conditioner


This is where this line and the brand lose me.
Generally when people are purchasing strengthening products it's because they have damage and with damage comes dryness. When you start using protein treatments to strengthen the hair they have the ability to dry out the hair also. So what the fuck is with this crappy excuse for a conditioner?

This isn't a shit product but it's not a conditioner. This product should be in the line, no doubt about that, but it should be a part of a trio, not a duo. The shampoo should be hanging out with a traditional conditioner or intensive moisture treatment in the shower while this dude chills out, waiting for you to grab him when you get out of the shower.

It comes in a spray bottle which makes applying it pretty easy, it smells like the shampoo but instead of just being on steroids it's also on crack, when the two are used together it is strong enough to interfere with your perfume and generally results in a headache for me after a few hours. While writing this and digging deep for my feelings about the scent I can take the cap off this spray, smell it and feel like it's not too bad but the instant I spray it in to my hair I regret it and I think that is mostly because I know for the next few days until I wash my hair, that spicy scent is all I'm going to be able to smell, it lingers for that long. This wouldn't be a bad thing if the scent was something I adored, hair easily picks up odors from your environment so it's good to have products that can help mask that on day 3 or later after washing but I don't love this enough to want to smell it every single day.

As for how it performs; it's pretty good, it leaves my hair soft initially but after it dries I can feel that crispy dryness that most women dread, it makes brushing easy and I'm pretty confident when used with the shampoo that my breakage has been minimised but I still stand firm that this is not a conditioner.

The type of protein this product uses is a smart little ingredient that can bond it's self to the hair and even make it's way in the the inner parts of the hair shaft, filling in the weak spots and holding on tight, it does however rinse off from the hair quickly so it needs to be used continually to see results, when you discontinue use the results will quickly disappear.

Pros:
  • Works.

Cons:
  • The overwhelming scent.
  • Give me a real conditioner please.
  • Claudia Schiffer's face is on the bottle. She may be beautiful but I don't care for celebrity endorsements. 

Conclusion:
I won't buy this duo again, I just can't stand how strong the scent is, even though I'm satisfied that it does work. I'm a little disappointed that this product ticks the 'It Works' box but fails everywhere else for me.

Have you tried any of the Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime range? Let me know your thoughts! 

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