Wednesday, 6 April 2016

A 75p Shampoo and Conditioner? Aldi's Provive Vs Pantene Pro-V

As far as shampoos go, I've always been monogamous. For years I've been using Pantene ProV in Classic Clean and using either Pantene or Tresemme conditioner. The reason for this devotion is that it makes my hair shiny which I always get complimented on, but more importantly for me it makes my hair less greasy so I can wash my hair every other day instead of everyday.
However when I spotted Carino Provive Shampoo in the aisles of Aldi I was curious to try it out, especially as it was only 75p! 75p has got to be the cheapest I've ever paid for shampoo! It's obviously branded as a cheaper dupe for Pantene and contains the same ingredient: Panthenol. The packaging is very basic, the white bottle and flip lid are the same as Pantene but I'm not into the yellow and orange circles it reminds me of those painkillers packaging and adverts which makes it look unsophisticated in comparison. There are 3 shampoos in the range, this one for normal and fine hair , one for dry and damaged hair and another for coloured/dyed hair. Carino's Pro Vive Shampoo for coloured hair came top in a test by the Daily Mail.

This shampoo for normal and fine hair, is dermatologically tested and is free of MI (Methylisothiazolinone) and MCI (Methylchloroisothiazolinone) two preservatives that can cause contact dermatitis (skin allergy) making it an affordable alternative to Pantene which contains these preservatives. Since I have sensitive skin and eczema, I'd rather avoid these ingredients whenever possible. Both shampoos have many ingredients in common. According to Aldi (Carino) this shampoo is ''Specially formulated for normal, fine or lifeless hair, to give added volume. The extra mild formula with it's special complex of uplifting ingredients and a hydrating complex including Pro Vitamin B5, B6 and B3 adds volume, whilst gently cleansing hair from root to tip, leaving it shiny and attractive'.

I've been using this for the last 3 and a half months. It has a really nice scent, very fresh and somewhat floral without being overpowering. The consistency of the shampoo is the same thick pearly white like Pantene shampoo. The Provive shampoo lathers well (but not as much as Pantene) and does a good job of washing my hair. However day 2 hair is a bit more greasier than if I use my normal Pantene shampoo. It does a better job than some shampoos I've tried though, and my hair was shiny afterwards and looked good. As my hair is naturally thick  I can't comment on how well it added volume but it didn't leave my hair flat. However with repeated use (from the third wash onwards) I've noticed a lot of dandruff and my hair itches in between washes. I occasionally get dandruff with Pantene but not nearly as much as every wash and my hair never itches between washes. This shampoo would be better for those with normal hair and maybe on rotation with other shampoos. Definitely not for sensitive scalps and those who are dandruff prone.

Looking at the price it's a bargain compared to Pantene. Pantene Pro V Classic Clean Shampoo costs £2.75 for 250ml and £3.25 for 400ml. In contrast Carino Provive Shampoo Volume and Protect is 75p for 300ml - under a third of the price.

Would I repurchase?  No. Although it washed my hair ok, it didn't really control my oily roots and  I felt it was drying my scalp and causing dandruff. It's definitely not a good dupe for the original Pantene shampoo. I would give this 1/5 and wouldn't recommend it.

The Carino Provive Conditioner Volume and Protect is for normal and fine hair and contains Panthenol, pro vitamin B3, B5 and B6. It claims to 'give added volume making it easier to comb, protect hair against stresses caused by hairdryers or brushing...without making it heavy and (with) great body and style to last.' Again the Carino Provive Conditioner has a lot of the same ingredients except that it is  MI (Methylisothiazolinone) and MCI (Methylchloroisothiazolinone) free. It's also dermatology tested. It has a very similar scent to the Carino Provive shampoo but a tad more subtle. It is an opaque pearly white and just as thick and substantial in consistency as Pantene. Unlike the Pantene conditioner the Provive conditioner says to leave the conditioner in for a few minutes before rinsing.
I've been using this for the last 2 months. I have greasy roots and dry ends so I only apply conditioner to the mid length and the ends of my hair. Currently my hair is long as reaches down to my chest and found it just as easy to comb afterwards as Pantene. I almost always hairdryer after washing my hair and my hair did not seem drier that usual or damaged by heat. My hair is normally quite thick with a lot of volume so I didn't notice any difference there. It definitely did not feel heavy after using this conditioner which is due to Cyclopentasiloxane a silicone that it doesn’t leave your hair feeling weighed down afterwards. It didn't feel like it heavily moisturised or softened hair but it doesn't claim to. Pantene's claims are slightly different from Carino Provive Conditioner in that it's claims concentrates on shininess and healthy 'nourished' hair after use. Those who find Pantene makes their hair feel too heavy may want to give this a go.
Pricewise Aldi Carino Provive Conditioner contains 300ml for 75p while Pantene give you 250ml for £3.75 (Sainsbury's.) Although the bottled amount is different Aldi clearly saves you more money.

 Would I repurchase? Yes, especially if I was skint towards the end of the month. It is not strictly a true dupe for Pantene Classic Hair conditioner, in that while it is easier to comb it doesn't moisturise hair as much but also doesn't weigh it down - it's sort of a lighter version of the Pantene original.
This would be good for bargain hunters and students. 4/5.

This post is not sponsored by Aldi or Carino and I was not compensated or given any free samples. I bought and compared these shampoo and conditioners with my own money.



  1. Wow 75p is insane! It's good to know that there are products so affordable which aren't awful, but the conditioner sounds fab! xx

    Gemma ♡ Miss Makeup Magpie

  2. I've been looking for a good shampoo for my hair. It's fine and gets oily so quickly! Volumizing shampoos are the only things that keep it under control. Sad that Pantene isn't cruelty-free. Gotta keep on looking :D But 75p is like 1.08 cents American--crazy!

    1. Try the Loreal Elvive Clay Shampoo/mask or the Body Shop ginger anti-dandruff shampoo- both are good for oily hair.


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