|Old formula and New formula (black label & top)
on the shelves side by side
I never even saw it coming and, up until now, was in denial. Yes, my beloved go-to, all around
conditioner made a change to its’ formulation. The conditioner in question is from the Tresemme Naturals line. I’ve always liked the Nourishing Moisture one but the Radiant Volume conditioner was also pretty good. The first I heard of the change was a few months ago on an online hair forum. At the time not many people were aware of it and were still wondering if the conditioner was still pretty much the same. From the looks of it, the new ingredients list made for a drastically different product and even a change in the consistency.
OLD INGREDIENTS LIST
Water(Aqua,EU), Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Carprylic/Capric Tryglerceride, Stearmidopropyl Diemthlyamine, Fragrance (Parfum) Lauroyl lysine, Carprylyl Glycol, Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordi oil Copolymer,Aspartic acid, Distearyldimonium chloride,Persea Gratissima (Avocado) oil, Citric Acid, Alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, aloe barbadensis leaf juice.
Why change an already good product? Well, the Alberto Culver company (VO5, Noxema etc.) was recently taken over by Unilever Corporation (Suave, St. Ives etc.). The new owners of the Tresemme brand decided to change things up a bit. This was probably an attempt to save money on ingredients. However, if you head over to the reviews page for this product on their website, you’ll find that many people expressed their negative views on the change.
Apparently the new company is listening and started putting the old formula back on the shelves with a minor change to the packaging. There is now a pump installed on the bottle but supposedly the conditioner inside is the same as before. I say, “supposedly” because I have yet to compare the current ingredient list with the old version (see above). Once I get this confirmation then I’ll be more than happy to pick up a couple of bottles because this is my staple conditioner we’re talkin’ about here!
On a side note, over the summer, I found out that my hair absolutely loves Aussie Moist conditioner. It’s very rich and has loads of slip so I will most likely be deep conditioning and detangling with that in the meantime. It sometimes has a weird reaction with hair gel though so I have to make sure to rinse it completely before styling. However, I did find out that it works well for conditioner only styling so it’s already pretty far up on my favorites list right now. If I can’t find my favorite version of the Tresemme I guess this will have to be my new go-to conditioner. I’ll keep you posted on what I find.
UPDATE 10/2/13-I picked up the old formula recently in a new bottle with a pump on top at Walmart. Not all stores carry it yet but I’m just glad that my staple conditioner is back on the shelves!