Sunday 19 October 2014

A Review Of Batiste Pixie Lott Dry Shampoo*

From once being seen as a slightly, niche and dare I say it lazy product, dry shampoo, is now classed as a hair care main stay and must have. Brands come and go, and whilst I'm always keen to try new releases and formulations, my heart belongs to probably the oldest and most well known of all the dry shampoo brands, Batiste.

I think I've tried pretty much every scent and formula that they do and by and large I've loved them all. Towards the end of last year and the start of this year there seemed to a flurry of new fragrance releases from Batiste but then it all went quiet; That was until April when Batiste announced details of their biggest launch and collaboration to date.

For their huge 2014 campaign Batiste have teamed up with singer, songwriter, actress and Strictly Come Dancing star Pixie Lott. Not only is she starring in a series of TV adverts, but she's also appearing in a print advertising campaign for the brand, shot by legendary photographer, Rankin. The images are amazing as you would expect from such a renowned photographer and the aim was really to show Pixie and the brand in a fresh new light

Picture Courtesy Of Rankin And Batiste 

As well as being the face and the hair of the brand, Pixie has also collaborated with Batiste to introduce her own self titled variety of  Batiste Dry Shampoo. It wasn't just a matter of putting her face and name to it though, she was also instrumental in choosing both the fragrance and the artwork that appears on the can that bears her name and image.

This can like so many in the Batiste line is heavily influenced by the 60's and 70's op art and psychedelic period. An era maybe familiar to Pixie through her work in the 1960's set BBC crime drama, Inspector George Gently. I think I'm a flower child or hippy at heart and love this type of blue, turquoise, lime green and white geometric style print. Pretty much every Batiste can is a work of art in it's own right, and this one is no different.

As well as choosing the design of the can, Pixie was also instrumental is choosing the fragrance. Described as  fun and floral, this product contains all different types of fruit, floral and even foodie notes, including bergamot, lemon, cedarwood, mixed florals, sandalwood, musk and even milk!

For me I'm not really sure that the fun and floral tag line really works, It's definitely a more complicated fragrance than these few words suggest. Like a lot of the Batiste fragrances it's quite heady, you definitely get the spicy wood notes, and a hint of the citrus and florals, but you also get quite a bit of musky, warmth, giving it a very comforting and warming fragrance.

Fragrance is such a personal thing though and you might get something completely different from it, that's the wonder of our noses I guess :) I have to be honest and say that there are fragrances in the Batiste line that I prefer over this. I'm very much a fresh and floral girl, and whilst it's pleasant and unobtrusive it's just a bit too warm and musky for me.

Smell is a big thing when it comes to dry shampoo, as one of it's major roles is too remove odours from the hair, and this definitely does that without any problems. The majority of Batiste Dry Shampoos are categorised by their white colour and slightly chalky texture and this one is no different. I personally don't have an issue with it, just apply a little at a time, and make sure you rub it in, and then brush it out - the only time I've ever had an issue is when I've applied too much at once. 
Another tip is also to apply it to the underneath of your hair as much as possible, so the product gets right to the roots where it needs it most, and you avoid a lot of the hair that's actually on show.

I'm not going to say I'll never deviate from Batiste when it comes to dry shampoo, I love trying new things too much to do that but I know that this brand works for me, and gives me the results that I want and at the moment that's enough for me, even if this fragrance didn't quite cut the mustard. If you have any questions please leave me a comment x Thanks for reading x 

(*PR Sample)

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