Trying Pantene’s New Sulfate-Free Rose Water Collection

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A couple of years ago I was excited to try this incredible smelling sulfate-free shampoo that I had received from PR. The bottle retails for around $50 and was the hottest thing in sulfate-free hair care at the time. 

I stepped into the shower, excited to lather up only to find nothing happened. No lather whatsoever. It felt like a cream had taken the place of my normal shampoo and somehow this cream was supposed to wash my 4-day old hair. Um, Okay. 

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I let my hair air dry like normal only to find that my roots felt weighed down with shampoo residue. The whole experience didn’t exactly leave me with clean hair which was extremely frustrating, to say the least. 

Since that experience, I’ve stayed away from sulfate-free hair products because I just assumed they don’t work on my thick hair.

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As you might already know, I’m a BIG fan of Pantene so when I was sent a bottle of their sulfate-free Rose Water collection, I was intrigued but didn’t want to get my hopes up. 

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I tried the Rose Water shampoo for the first time just shortly after getting a fresh balayage knowing that the formula is:

- colour safe 
- sulfate-free
- paraben-free
- dye-free
- hydrating 
- rich in antioxidants


Plus I trust Pantene and have always had a positive experience with their shampoos and conditioners. 

To my surprise, the Rose Water shampoo worked into a luxurious lather in my hair. The shampoo is clear and smells subtly of rose water, which I love. 

After shampooing, I worked the Rose Water conditioner into my hair and let it sit for a minute before rinsing it away, along with my tangles. This formula is said to instantly release nutrient-rich hydration leaving hair replenished, shiny and smooth. I kid you not, Pantene makes some of the best conditioners around and this one didn't disappoint.

Okay, so it passed the lather test. Seeing whether or not my hair was actually clean once I dried was the next test. 

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Once dry, my hair felt clean, hydrated, and soft. No residue weighing down my roots either. Pass!

For a few months now I’ve been alternating between the Rose Water collection and my other Pantene fave, the Smooth & Sleek collection. My balayage colour is still in check and I’m really happy with the health and manageability of my hair.  

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I have to say that Pantene’s Rose Water collection outperformed that high-end $50 bottle by a long shot. It didn’t leave my hair weighed down with a film like the other brand. I also didn't have to sacrifice the lather in my shampoo and still had the benefits of a hydrating, antioxidant rich formula. There were no compromises and it worked as effectively as expected from Pantene. 

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Pantene. All photos and opinions are my own.



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