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Product review: L’oreal Extraordinary Clay shampoo and conditioner

Diwali is bad news for anyone who has greasy hair like mine. Even on regular days, I struggle with my oily hair and even oilier scalp. On principle, I have to wash my hair every alternate day, failing which locks of my hair start sticking to each other and forming oily clumps.

When I first saw the ad for the product, I was curious but I wasn’t sure if I needed buy a new shampoo since I was more than satisfied with my Organix B5 shampoo[1] and eucalyptus conditioner[2]. I had vowed to stick to the brand come what may. However…the attractive sea blue bottle and its promises of a 72-hour oil protection made me buy a tiny bottle to just try it out.

Worst case scenario, it could possibly end up as a foot shampoo if I didn’t like it. The packaging The packaging is not a big departure from Loreal’s usual style, but the colour theme is really soothing to the eyes.

The bottle is a light sea blue with a transparent, light-blue flip top cap. The ingredients Shampoo: Aqua / Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Coco-Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Chloride, CI 42090 / Blue 1, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Argilla / Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Salicylic Acid, Fumaric Acid, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Montmorillonite, Kaolin, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Carbomer, Geraniol, Octyldodecanol, Citronellol, Citric Acid, Hexyl Cinnamal, Parfum / Fragrance, F.I.L.

C179833/1 Conditioner: Aqua / Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glycine Soja Oil / Soybean Oil, Cetyl Esters, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Argilla / Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride, Salicylic Acid, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Montmorillonite, Isopropyl Alcohol, Kaolin, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, BHT, Citric Acid, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Glycerin, Parfum/ Fragrance, F.I.L. C180281/1

As you can see, no parabens. That was enough to convince me! The price

It is moderately priced at 175 ml for 185 rupees. The 250 ml conditioner is priced at Rs 256. The review

The shampoo addresses a common problem that most girls with oily scalps encounter — an oily scalp and dry, broom-like hair. It’s a cruel joke! Coming back to the product, it comes enriched with clay (no idea which clay) that claims to wash off excess oil from the scalp and the roots, eliminating impurities and pollution particles and (most importantly) moisturise the hair shafts.

The moment I started lathering the shampoo on my hair, I was convinced that it is truly something spectacular. The shampoo forms a rich lather, coating the hair shaft in a thick creamy froth. It helps you detangle your hair in a jiffy.

In fact, it does a better job than most detangling creams. Most importantly, it leaves your hair feeling clean without leaving behind that annoying rough, squeaky feeling. The condition is dense and thick, not one of those lotion-like consistencies.

So when you apply it to your hair, the cream stays in place and it’s easy to wash off. Both have a mild fruity mango-like fragrance with a tingling minty undertone. It renders an icy-cool feeling to your scalp.

As for the claim, the shampoo didn’t lie. Three days later, my hair still feels great. Earlier, my hair would beg for a wash at the end of the second day.

Verdict: So I am sold and absolutely in love with this shampoo! I’d recommend it to the whole world.

I was insanely happy with my OGX brand.

But given the price difference, I think Extraordinary Clay is more suited to my budget as well as my hair!

Extraordinary indeed!

Published: October 23, 2017 6:10 pm

References

  1. ^ Organix B5 shampoo (www.thehealthsite.com)
  2. ^ eucalyptus conditioner (www.thehealthsite.com)

If you unleash this tuned Mercedes, make sure your life insurance is paid up

Why it matters to you

IMSA’s latest creation is a glorious display of tuner-car excess. With 515 horsepower on tap, the Mercedes-AMG GT S[1] makes for a pretty lively driving experience. Mercedes even built its own factory hot rod version, the GT R[2], with 577 hp and numerous aerodynamic and chassis upgrades.

But even that’s not enough for some people. German tuner IMSA[3] (not to be confused with the U.S. motor sports body of the same name[4]) created a truly monstrous version of Mercedes’ sports car. Its RXR One Super Gran Turismo boasts a staggering 848 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque, taking the AMG GT S well into supercar territory.

The RXR One Super Gran Turismo uses the same 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 as the stock AMG GT S, but IMSA extensively modified the engine. The V8 now features forged pistons, modified turbochargers, and a new air intake and intercooler, among other changes. The stock seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle was also upgraded to handle the extra power, and the car was fitted with a roll cage.

That’s probably a good idea when you’re playing with over 800 hp. The exterior is the perfect match for the nuclear weapon under the hood. IMSA’s body kit seems to borrow heavily from the Mercedes-AMG GT3 race car[5], and gives the RXR One Super Gran Turismo a properly aggressive look.

The front bumper, hood, trunk lid, and rear spoiler are all carbon fiber. The car is also equipped with racing-style center-lock wheels, sized 12×20 inches in front and 12.5 x 21 inches in the rear. IMSA claims the RXR One Super Gran Turismo weighs less than 2,866 pounds, making it about 761 pounds lighter than a stock AMG GT S.

That gives the tuner car an impressive power-to-weight ratio of 654 hp per ton. IMSA did not publish any performance figures, but we imagine the RXR One Super Gran Turismo will beat its stock counterpart’s 3.7-second 0 to 60 mph time by a significant margin. IMSA plans to build a limited run of the RXR One Super Gran Turismo, although the company did not say exactly how many cars it plans to make, or how much they will cost.

Anyone thinking of buying one of these monster Mercedes should factor a generous budget for tires and life insurance into the final cost, though.

Editor’s Recommendations

References

  1. ^ Mercedes-AMG GT S (www.digitaltrends.com)
  2. ^ the GT R (www.digitaltrends.com)
  3. ^ IMSA (www.imsa.eu)
  4. ^ of the same name (www.imsa.com)
  5. ^ Mercedes-AMG GT3 race car (www.digitaltrends.com)

PChomestore Marketplace says free delivery strategy works

Taiwan mobile C2C site, PChomestore Marketplace claims that it has recorded annual monthly order in excess of 6 million, just six months following the introduction of free shipping for customers. With an 800-fold growth of more than 170 million items available on its platform, PChomestore Marketplace claims it has surpassed Shopee to become Taiwan’s top e-commerce provider in terms of order figures. “Central to PChomestore Marketplace’s success is our free shipping marketing strategy, coupled with premium offerings and coupon deals that incentivize self-collection and greater spending”, said Irene Huang, Chief Operating Officer of PChomestore Marketplace.

“Additionally, a large percent of the market share was acquired through our social media efforts, where the average Facebook post attracts over a thousand responses. In particular, our Million Dollar Shopping Spree fared exceedingly well, with 6 thousand coupons being redeemed in the short span of 7 minutes. In light of soaring consumption activities and an increase in demand for quality products at affordable prices, PChomestore Marketplace constantly innovates to offer consumers the most cost-efficient deals.”

Merchants on PChomestore Marketplace have attested to the effectiveness of the mobile e-commerce giant’s free shipping strategy, with one retailer selling over 2,000 packs of instant noodles. At present, PChomestore Marketplace offers up to six concessions for users of the site: Free transactions for merchants, free listings for merchants, free collection of items at convenience stores, free credit card transactions for merchants, free withdrawals for merchants, and zero charges for returns on goods previously purchased through ATM transactions. PChomestore Marketplace’s best-selling product categories include beauty and cosmetics, women apparel, baby & maternity, and home & lifestyle.

Parent company of PChomestore Marketplace, PChome Group, currently holds top spot in Taiwan with its B2C business, 24-hour shopping services, and Ruten Action. Export.gov describes the e-commerce market in Taiwan as growing rapidly over the past few years and estimates e-commerce to be a US£37.6 billion industry in 2016. With a 5-year average growth rate of 10-20%, it is predicted that online sales in Taiwan will eventually overtake physical store sales.

Estimates put e-commerce penetration rate as one of the highest in the world. A maturing e-commerce base has seen a shift to convenience over access as the driver of e-commerce growth among local consumers. According to Export.gov, clothing and apparel remain the most widely purchased products.

However it is also noted that purchase of basic household necessities is up on the back of improved delivery service.

An opportunity that PChomestore Marketplace is capitalizing upon.

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