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Mar. 12.

Tested Thursday: Aussie Body Wash

tt-aussie-thBody washes & shower gels. We’re all familiar with them. We all use them. And we all have ones that we go back to time and time again. So, when Aussie, one of my favourite haircare brands said that they were doing a range of body washes, I was intrigued. Should they stick to what they know, or could they take that knowledge and apply it to the rest of your body? Today for Tested Thursday, I have been trying them out.

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As someone who used to be involved in advertising design, I enjoy seeing the colourful language and descriptions used in press releases. The press release for Aussie Body Wash tells me that “there is a whole new world of deliciousness and fun stuff coming to Aussie.” I’m not sure I would describe body wash as “fun stuff” or use the “whole new world” line, considering Aussie products are based on the botanicals of just Australia, but so far it sounds good. After telling me that my “skin can join the Aussie Party too” and that my body can enjoy the “amazing benefits my hair has been loving” (in all honesty it has) that I should “Go on, Aussify my body.”

The colourful, quirky language continues through the descriptions of the four products in the range, and well, Aussie are well known for it, as it is prominent on the packaging too. The four in the range are:

  • Shower Smoothie: “Like a big warm hug for your body” and “leaves your skin feeling smoother than a really smooth thing”
  • Mega Watt: “Mega Watt is so energising it will leave you feeling as bouncy as a caffeinated kangaroo!”
  • Fresh Mate: “Fresh Mate will leave you and your skin feeling ocean fresh and squeaky clean in no time.”
  • No Rush: “With such spectacularly smooth and silky skin, you just won’t be able to stop touching it.”

I actually love the sound of Mega Watt, as I know of many times I have felt exactly the opposite of that. If it can compare to a coffee the strength of a nuclear bomb, I’d be impressed by it!

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Of the four in the range, I have two to try out, Shower Smoothie and Fresh Mate, and have particularly been using Fresh Mate. I have enough other smelly body washes in the bathroom at the moment, so it was nice to try something different.

aussie-fresh-labelFresh Mate is made with Eucalyptus extract, and as was mentioned above, is the squeaky clean one, as opposed to the others which are more great smelling. That doesn’t mean this one smells bad though. When I think of something containing Eucalyptus, I think of Airwaves chewing gum, but don’t worry, it doesn’t smell like them (I did once try a shower gel that did, and likened it to washing yourself with a jar of vapo rub). It smells really pleasant, and well, clean, if that makes sense. It continues with the wash itself, in that there are no colours used. It is just a simple clear gel, that lathers well, and rinses easily.

aussie-bottle-similarOne word of warning I must give though. Aussie have quite a set look for their bottles. I have shampoo and conditioner bottles that are the same size too, and they look similar, especially if you are not fully awake. Don’t make the same mistake I did, and add body wash to your hair after shampoo. I made the mistake so you don’t have to (and now leave the different ranges at opposite ends of the bath).

So, what is the verdict? Aussie have definitely talked up this range, like they have done with their hair products for years, but I can completely accept that, as like the hair ranges, this does deliver on what it promises. After using Fresh Mate my skin does feel lovely and clean, and certainly fresh. I have one small issue though, and that is the price. I am not entirely sure if I want to spend €3.99 (RRP) on a fairly small bottle of body wash, when I know of other cheaper options that will do the job just as well. I have no issue with paying a little extra for haircare, as I have tried many cheaper options and been left disappointed. With body wash though, I’m not so sure. But, if you do see them on special offer, I certainly recommend you snap them up!

Robyn

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Sep. 11.

Tested Thursday: Aussie Miracle Dry Shampoo – Mega Instant

tt-aussie-thIf you’re like me you hate the hassle of washing your hair. It can take forever to get it washed, conditioned, dried, styled and looking fabulous. And if you’re like me, you like finding ways to get just one more day out of your hair between washes. So, for today’s Tested Thursday I am hoping for a miracle in the form of Aussie Miracle Dry Shampoo.

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The one I have here is the Mega Instant variant, one of three that are available, he other two being Colour Mate (guess what hair this is best for) and Aussome Volume (for fresh and fulsome locks packed full of boing and bounce). The Mega Instant variety though, is:

“The hair reviver to refresh your mane for the day ahead – a spritz, a quick brush through and a “jjujj” and you’re ready to roll”

Firstly, what on earth is a jjujj? (Shake your hair a little, Google tells me) But this does sound like a nice little thing to get another day pre wash for your hair. I am told that it helps to reduce nasty residue, build up and that leftover white dust that you can get with other dry shampoos. But, does it?

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Okay, design. It looks like a hairspray can. That’s about all I can say about it. It has a huge Aussie logo and the words miracle dry shampoo at the top of the can, so you wont mix it up with your other hair cans. That’s good, but yeah, don’t go expecting bells and whistles and all that from it. Further down, after it tells you it’s for normal to greasy hair, we are proudly informed that it contains Australian Jojoba Seed Extract, and that it wards off grease and revives your hairs general fabulousness in a matter of minutes (so THAT’S what it does!)

On the back there are more reasons why you should use it, another mention of jojoba seeds, and the directions. As they wrap halfway around the can I couldn’t photograph it, but it says to:

“Shake and shake again before use (it, not you). Spray into the roots from about 30 cm, massage in and brush out well”

You can also use it with an Aussie leave in conditioner, if you’re so inclined (but that takes more time). I wasn’t so inclined (I’ll be washing and conditioning my hair tomorrow anyway) so I just got on with it.

Before: Three day old hair, a bit untidy, a bit unruly but not entirely awful

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After: Followed all the instructions. Shook and shook again. Held about 30 cm away and sprayed into the roots in bursts. Massaged it in and gave it a “jjujj” and brushed out with a fine bristled brush.

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I will say it. It does look better. Not entirely fabulous, but sleek, shiny and tidy-ish. For me and my birds nest that very nearly is a miracle, so Miracle Dry Shampoo, I do believe you passed. I can’t feel much of a residue of it in my hair, it doesn’t leave white powderyness, and it doesn’t smell too bad. I think I will be using it again when I need another day out of my hair.

Aussie Miracle Dry Shampoo is widely available in pharmacies and supermarkets for a RRP of €5.85 for the large 180ml can.

What do you think of dry shampoos? Are you a follower of the way of Batiste, or is there another dry shampoo you recommend?

Robyn

* Product was provided for review

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Jun. 17.

Tried Tuesday: Aussie Miracle Moist Range

aussie-thI’m not usually one to go playing around with different shampoos, conditioners and treatments. Usually if it smells good and does the job it’s good enough for me. For a while I’ve been using the Smoothly Does It range from VO5, and it’s been grand, but in the past few days my hair has been feeling dry and dull. It could be due to my last getting it cut last August (I’m getting it sorted this week, honest). To give it a little chance though, I did a dive through my box of stuff and surfaced with the Miracle Moist range from Aussie.

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I actually used 3 products on my hair in the shower today. I used both the shampoo and conditioner from the Miracle Moist range, and topped it off with the 3 Minute Miracle deep treatment, to give my hair as much of a boost as I could.

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The shampoo has Australian Macadamia Nut oil, which they tell me infuses moisture into dry damaged hair, helping to condition and smooth. They also recommended following it up with an Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner (quelle suprise!)

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The conditioner, again with Australian Macadamia Nut oil, does the same infusion doohickey as the shampoo to leave hair smooth soft and conditioned.

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The Three Minute Miracle contains Australian Ginseng extract and Pearl Powder, and is for “dull tired hair, begging to shine”. It claims to revitalise dull hair and adds gloss to each strand. “Beam, gleam shine like a dream” as the bottle tells me.

The shampoo and conditioner are quite nice. They left my hair feeling clean, tidy and a little better. The scent is nothing special. It’s not unpleasant, but really, I didn’t get much of a scent from it. The Three Minute Miracle though fared much better. It didn’t leave my hair shining like a dream, but I didn’t expect it to after the first attempt. It did however, leave it feeling so much more soft, manageable, and left a subtle sheen to it, so it looked much better. I’ll have to use it a couple more times, but it smells good, and it appears to be doing an excellent job.

What Aussie products are you using? Is there anything else you could recommend for my hair (shaving it all off is not an answer though)? Please do let me know.

Robyn

Note: Product was provided for review

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