Monday, November 8, 2010

Product Review: Balea Fresh Blends Shampoo and Conditioner in Honey Nut

In my ongoing quest* to find bath and beauty products that make me smell like cake and candy (because those are my favourite smells), I picked up some Balea Fresh Blends shampoo and conditioner in Honey Nut at Shopper's Drug Mart.

I alternate between cheap and expensive hair products, and while these weren't super cheap, they were less than $10.00, which is a requirement for me with drugstore brands. And they smelled heavenly.

Unfortunately, that was where my love affair ended.

While I adored the way these products made my shower smell, I did not adore they way they took care of my hair, and that's more important than their smell. I had to use a lot of the shampoo to get my hair clean (sometimes three latherings with a very generous amount of product), and the conditioner was nothing special either. My hair didn't have that silky finish I look for.

Balea brand is made for Shopper's, and is positioned as more "high end" than Life brand (the Shopper's store brand). But quite frankly, I've had better experiences with Life brand products!

Sorry Balea and Shopper's. This is not the brand for me.

*If you know of any bath and beauty products that smell amazing that you can pass along to me, please let me know in the comments!


  1. I'm a fan of Pink Sugar scents (in the spray or the solid). Its the only scent that I can stand to wear. Its light and sweet and lovely... And the packaging is super girly. :)

  2. @jenjarvis Thanks for the tip! You know I love things super-girly, too!

  3. Balea is actually a German line that Shoppers got to internally compete with Boots (British line)(but not very well). I hate that Shoppers thinks that bringing in another country's line is more effective than just developing a better Canadian-born one. I do have to admit, the Balea lip balm I got in Germany was divine...until I lost it.