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Friday, July 13, 2012

Review: Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Shampoo and Conditioner

A couple of months ago Ojon had a Facebook deal where you got £50 worth of products and free delivery with any order – an offer I couldn’t refuse! I got their Damage Reverse Restorative Shampoo & Conditioner along with a few other goodies.

I’d never actually tried any Ojon products before, but I was eager to as the company boast of their products having natural ingredients that are free of parabens, mineral oils, paraffin and lots of other nasties. (Although the shampoo still contains SLS)

I chemically straighten my hair every 5-6 weeks which is very abrasive and has damaged my hair no end. However, as any bleaching fiends will know, it’s not something you can just stop so the cycle will always continue. I’m always on the look out for products to help repair my hair and had high hopes for this shampoo and conditioner. However, I personally found it as useful as a chocolate teapot.

The products themselves smell lovely. They remind me of being sat on a beach with an exotic drink in hand and absolutely nothing to do – in a good way. They’re pleasant enough to use too. I only wash my hair about once a week so I always need to lather and rinse a couple of times, but I found the shampoo overly drying. The conditioner was okay and felt like it put a bit of moisture back in my hair, but it still felt ‘stripped’.

I can never dry my hair naturally; I’m a frizzball so I blow dry once a week after washing. Once my hair was dry it felt like straw. It was horrible. I had to pack it with serums, oils and leave-in conditioners for it to feel like actually hair again.

I know price doesn’t equal quality, but £40 for shampoo and conditioner to me is disgustingly expensive and Ojon must have had a reason to value them at £20+ each. So the week after I gave it another try. And again, I stood in front of the mirror blow-drying straw.

I really tried with this, I really did but they seemed more like shampoo and conditioner for oily hair not dry/damaged.

Honestly speaking I liked the conditioner, so on my hair it does the job when coupled with a different shampoo. Having said that, I wouldn’t pay all of that money for a product that’s just ‘okay’, there are lots of cheaper conditioner alternatives and much better shampoos.

Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Shampoo & Conditioner are available from the Ojon website and are priced at £20 and £21.50 respectively. 

Have you tried this range? What did you think?

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Ojon Goodies! ..

Earlier this week, still nursing my wounds from not getting the Ojon Damage Reverse Hair Serum, I headed over to Beauty Box Swaps to see if there was anyone who was crazy enough not to want it.

I did find the lovely Nora who swapped items from my dud Harrods Glossy Box for her Ojon Serums and I was content. But whilst I was searching, somebody (can’t remember who!) posted that Ojon had announced a special giveaway code for their FB fans. Any orders made on the online store would get a free 250ml bottle of their Damage Reverse Shampoo and Conditioner and free delivery.

I’m trying to save money at the moment so I immediately told myself no – but I of course caved in after five minutes, reasoning that the cheapest item on the website was only £6! Needless to say the deal was snapped up pretty quickly so I was glad I took the plunge!

So anyway, I had a knock at the door the other day and was presented with a huge box …

When I saw Ojon on the top I was surprised that the delivery was so quick – but less time pondering and more time ripping open parcels!

Damage Reverse Restorative Shampoo 250ml – Worth £20
Damage Reverse Restorative Conditioner 250ml – Worth £21.50
Dry Recovery Hydrating Conditioner – Worth £6 (Paid for)
Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment – Sample size worth £2.56
Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment Plus – Sample size worth £2.60

Now I read that they were 250ml, but it didn’t occur to me that the shampoo and conditioner would be so big – and my paid conditioner so small!

Slightly disappointed at the size of the Dry Recovery conditioner, not the product itself (it seems lovely and thick) but just the size of it. Can’t complain too much though, as it did come with £47 worth of freebies AND free delivery!

The sample sachets were a complete surprise, so I was extra chuffed when I got them.

Haven’t used them yet so full review to come shortly, but I’m loving the oil at the moment so hopefully they’ll yield similar results.

Lola ..x

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

March Glossybox: Harrods Collaboration

This month’s Glossybox was a collaboration with Harrods and highly anticipated by beauty box subscribers. Harrods means high end products for sure, and no Collection 2000!

Or so we thought…

I was among the first wave of people to receive the boxes just a day after they were posted, but held off writing my review because I’d accidentally ordered two and hoped the second would be better.

Narciso Rodriguez For Her EDP Sample
Molton Brown Heavenly Ginger-Lily Moisture Bath & Shower
YSL Forever Youth Liberator Serum
Burberry Beauty Miniature Lipcover in Rosewood No 4
Clarins Extra Firming Body Cream

Now before I start my review, don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t unhappy with the box. But you don’t rave on about Harrods and then not deliver!

Narciso Rodriguez For Her EDP Sample
LOVED the fragrance but it was tiny. You could pick this up from a perfume counter for free, and seeing as other samples were in small glass bottles I thought it was a bit of a cop out. I’ll definitely be purchasing this at some point, without a doubt.

Molton Brown Heavenly Ginger-Lily Moisture Bath & Shower
Getting fed up of body washes in beauty boxes. It’s just getting boring to be honest. Whilst this does smell really nice, it’ll end up going in the pile of ‘don’t wants’.

YSL Forever Youth Liberator Serum
I’m 21, admittedly I do have one laughter line because I smile way too much and yes it’s the bane of my life, but I don’t think it’s time to start using stuff like this yet. Prevention is better than cure; start early, blah blah blah. I look after my skin, I have a good routine going so I don’t need anti-ageing products – just yet. If GB looked at my beauty profile then they’d realise that!

Burberry Beauty Miniature Lipcover in Rosewood No. 4
Probably the best item in the box. But lipstick just isn’t for me. Swatched it on the back of my hand and I can tell it won’t suit me. BOOOO! Still sticking with my Nivea Big Berry!

Clarins Extra Firming Body Cream
I use oil on my skin so I probably wont use it but it’s the perfect size for my handbag so when I switch back to my suitcase (!) this’ll definitely go in. I hate getting caught out in the summer with dry legs!

All in all not a bad box? Wrong. Clearly shows that they don’t take any notice of your beauty profile. And I feel a bit cheated. If I’d gone to Harrods myself and to all of the relevant counters I could have gotten all of this and more, and NOT paid £12.95 for it.

I think I was also disappointed because I really wanted the Ojon Oil. But there was a silver lining to my cloud …

My second Glossybox arrived this morning, this one with six items – one of them was a *bonus*

Molton Brown Vitalising vitamin AB+C Bath & Shower
Lancome Hynose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara
Valentino Valentina EDP Sample
SK-II Skin Signature
Clarins Extra Firming Body Cream
*Shu Uemura Cleansing Beauty Oil*

For me, this box was more disappointing than the first. I don’t doubt that it’s worth more and definitely better value for money, but that’s as far as it goes. Apart from perhaps trying out the cleansing oil & the perfume sample everything else is useless to me.

SO. I’ve organised to swap the entire contents (Minus the Shu Uemura) for the wonderful Ojon Oil Serum. On the surface I’m getting the short end of the deal, as the SK-II is worth almost £25 alone and the Ojon is just £16. But I’d rather have a £16 product, than £40 worth of products that will just sit in a box.

As much as I complain about GB sometimes I know I won’t unsubscribe. I got a really good box last month, and these boxes weren’t awful. I love the surprise every month, even when it is a bit of an anticlimax!

Lola ..x

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