Pantene In-The-Shower Foam Conditioner Review

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For the past two weeks, I’ve been passive aggressive angry at 3 conditioners. When the Pantene In-The-Shower Foam Conditioners: Daily Moisture Renewal, Micellar Revitalization, and Breakage Defense landed in my hands I was super excited to try them all out and I’m here to report that I have very mixed feelings. The foam conditioner boasts a weightless formula for those with fine-medium weight hair. As a person with that exact hair, I had to try the conditioners out and perform my own mini-experiment.

Cons

First, let’s start with the packaging. The Pantene conditioner comes in a steel canister which as a product that’s meant for your shower, would this not rust? Similar to how many shaving creams get that lovely ring on your shower shelves – I’ve kept this bottle out of my shower for my experiments.

Next, the ingredients and marketing. Sigh, where do I begin? Of the three conditioners I have, they all have the exact same ingredients. Listed in the same exact order – yep. Aside from the Breakage Defense Conditioner, that contains 1% pyrithione zinc (which is only listed on their website and nowhere on the bottle??) the only way to differentiate these conditioners is by the label design and names. I presume that formulators can physically compound the ingredients in different manners – i.e. add the ingredients in different steps/methods, but that doesn’t change the fact that the IL for each product is identical. For the average consumer who has minimal knowledge of formulating or compounding they are going to be choosing a conditioner based on the name and appearance rather than ingredients. It seems that Pantene believes that consumers will be satisfied with getting a fun foam conditioner and not care about the variety of formulas, which in our label-crazy culture seems very strange.

Daily Moisture RenewalWater, Isobutane, Propane, Quaternium-80, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Fragrance, PVP, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Methylparaben, Behentrimonium Chloride, Propylparaben, Disodium Edta

Micellar RevitalizeWater, Isobutane, Propane, Quaternium-80, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Fragrance, PVP, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Methylparaben, Behentrimonium Chloride, Propylparaben, Disodium Edta

Breakage Defense: Active Ingredients: Pyrithione zinc 1%, Inactive Ingredients: Water, Isobutane, Propane, Quaternium-80, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Fragrance, PVP, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Methylparaben, Behentrimonium Chloride, Propylparaben, Disodium Edta

Pros

Despite my issues with the packaging and ingredient list (AGH!) I reluctantly agree that this conditioner has made my hair crazy soft and lightweight. Appearance-wise it hasn’t done anything for me. I do find myself running my fingers through my hair more frequently since starting to use these foam conditioners. Final pro, putting foam in your hair is super fun, no one can argue with that.

Science

A foam is a substance defined as an air-in-liquid/solid/gas formula. Examples of a foam include a bath sponge, poorly poured tap beers, bread, and Bath and Body Works soaps. There is a lot of science surrounding foams including formulation, stability, destabilization, and even the speed of sound. For this product, the ingredients isobutane and propane are included as gases that turn the liquid ingredients into the foamy end product.

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Have you tried this product? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Additionally, if you happen to be an expert in hair care formulation reading this I would be super curious if you have any insight into the ingredient list situation.

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