20 August 2013

Product Review: NEW Pantene Ice Shine Shampoo and Conditioner

My very long and thick hair has been coloured countless of times, and not to mention subjected to frequent heat styling and summers of being exposed the sun’s harmful IUV rays. So needless to say that I rely on good hair products to keep my hair in a good condition, and I’ve realised that products free from silicone, paraben and dye are better for my hair. Here are my thoughts on the soon to be launched *Pantene Ice Shine Shampoo and Conditioner;


What They Say:
"Pantene Ice Shine Shampoo: Free from added silicone*, paraben and dye, the gentle Pantene Ice Shine formula cleanses fine hair to remove dirt and residue, leaving hair glowing. Transforming tired, dull locks into hair that is full of life and sparkle, leaving hair feeling fresh and full of natural vitality."

"Pantene Ice Shine Conditioner: Free from added paraben and dye, leaves fine hair conditioned and radiant. By aligning hair fibers, Pantene Ice Shine Conditioner smooths the surface of the hair cuticle so each strand better reflects the light and is left radiant."

RRP: $7.99 (350ml) each - Available at Rouge online, pharmacies, supermarkets and Priceline from 1st September 2013.

What I Say:
I really like it when mainstream companies launch better products with less chemicals – and now Pantene is jumping on the wagon too, launching Pantene Ice Shine, which is free from dye, parabens, and silicone (shampoo only). These new products claim to protect the hair against damage to give you a healthy, natural looking shine with zero weight and zero residue.

The products have been designed to care for hair that feels weighed down, looks lifeless and lacks shine, as the products works to smooth the hair’s cuticle providing intensive nourishment and allowing hair to shine from within.

Often shampoos with no added parabens are difficult to get to lather up, but the Pantene Ice Shine Shampoo lathers up easily, and although I only wash my hair every second day, just one wash is more than sufficient to make my hair feel clean – actually after rinsing out the shampoo it literally feels squeaky clean!

I follow with the Pantene Ice Shine Conditioner, which is thick and creamy. It absorbs quickly into my hair, and after leaving it the hair for a few minutes to work its magic, I rinse it out. And true to its claim, it really does rinse out quickly and easily and without making the hair feel greasy.

Afterwards my hair is fairly easy to comb, although I do have a few knots, but in saying that I am also very very due for a haircut, but with a 8-week old baby, it is just hard to find the time these days, - so it is only natural that my hair is dry and knotty at the ends, and Pantene should certainly not be blamed for that!

I leave my hair to dry naturally, which I do most days, and once day (after 4+ hours), it is so soft and looks healthy and shiny, and not weighted down at all – even my hubby noticed that, as well as how nice my hair smelt!!

Both the shampoo and the conditioner have a lovely floral scent (which I believe is typical for most Pantene products), and although this scent does fade, there is still a subtle scent left behind in the hair once it is dry.

Again I really love that Pantene has now made a range of products free from parabens, although unfortunately the conditioner still contains silicones. In saying that, after several washes, I do not feel that the conditioner and the silicones build up in my hair, leaving it dull, flat or limp (or otherwise, the Pantene shampoo is good at removing them), but still I do wish that conditioner was also free of silicones.

Overall these is a fantastic shampoo and conditioner, suitable for all types of hair, including fine hair that is usually weighted down, but also suitable for normal hair lacking shine. And at just $7.99 for large 350ml bottles, they are rather cheap too, and also conveniently available at the supermarket, so you’re looking for an inexpensive shampoo and conditioner with fewer chemicals, these may just be the perfect products for you!!
*These products were kindly provided for consideration, and have been reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.

What do you think of these new products from Pantene? Do you avoid parabens and silicones? Do you use drugstore shampoo and conditioners? Which ones are your favourites?



  1. I have to admit I'm not a fan of Pantene, back in the day (20 years ago) it was a really up-market, pricey product that mum would treat herself to every now and then and I remember it being amazing.

    When they revamped the line and made it more accessible price wise I feel that the brand became a run of the mill supermarket range.

    With that said I know I'm going to try this because I can't help myself hahaha!

    1. Haha, that's a cute story - but I actually also remember using Pantene 20 years ago, how time flies. I am just happy that they are keeping up with the times and launching 'healthier' products!

  2. Lovely review dear ! I love pantene conditioners :)

    1. Thank you Shreya! Yeah, they do make great products as great prices too!

  3. Hi Karin,
    How’s the scent? Did you experience a cool sensation on your hair after application? Thanks.
    ~Pauline @Kallony

    1. Hi Pauline, no I do not experience a cool sensation when I use theses products and as for the scent, it is fresh floral, and very similar to other Pantene shampoos


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