I love the sound of a shine & fragrance spray for my hair! Shine spray is something that I use when I get my hair done in the salon, but not something that I’ve gone out to buy for use at home. Fragrance spray for hair isn’t something I’ve noticed when shopping, although it’s certainly something I would have loved when I was a smoker, but can definitely still appreciate now. I used to spray my hair with perfume (I know, it dries your hair), and then I read it was bad for it and stopped. I like the idea of having a hair friendly fragrance to use. My Cohorted booklet says about the spray:
“Is it a fragrance? Is it a shine and glossing spray? Ladies, it’s both – and what a wonder it is, too. The airy green, delicate fragrance of Eau My Goodness Shine & Fragrance Spray evokes the smell of rose in the early morning, sprinkled with dew. Spray it over your locks and not only will you smell glorious, you’ll also have intense, dazzling, glossy shine it’s a dual purpose jewel – so let us spray! It’s every styles finishing step; Shine & Fragrance Spray locks-in hydration for bouncy, healthy-looking hair with intense, dazzling shine and glorious fragrance.”
Cohorted have run a brand discovery feature in their April Cohorted box. As well as talking about the product they have taken some time to talk about the brand, which I really like. I first heard of Percy & Reed last December when I had a sample size tube of ‘Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm’ in Decembers Birchbox, and it became one of the first items I went on to buy full size from a beauty box – and I still use it today. The Cohorted booklet says about Percy & Reed:
“First and foremost, they’re hairdresser’s. They’ve spent decades working with the best in the business, jet-setting around the world, tending to the locks of the famous and glamorous (and a lot of fun it’s been, too). But they wanted what they’d learned to be available to everyone, not just the a-listers and the fabulously wealthy. So Paul Percival (aka Percy) and Adam Reed teamed up and opened a salon in London. And then they thought, “What Next?” What next was their own range, fro, Abundantly Bouncy Volumising Mousse to Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm, they’ve incorporated everything they know to give you products which really, truly work. So now, the Percy & Reed style – modern, cutting-edge yet wearable for the everyday – can be enjoyed by anyone.”
This is a full size 100ml fragrance and shine spray which is widely available to buy for £22.00. Marksandspencer.com currently have a promotion where you can get a free volumising mousse when you spend £14 on Percy and Reed – just add code T233747C at the checkout. Or, if you prefer free delivery you could try lookfantastic.com – both sites sell at the same price £22.00.
The spray is delivered boxed, and even from a distance it’s really clear this is a Percy & Reed item from their unique, but beautiful packaging. The front of the box has the brand name & logo in black text, and the product name in what looks more like a sharp pencil outline. On the left hand side of the box there is a black and white sketch drawing of a girl who has the longest legs, great cheekbones, and if you follow the picture around the side of the box – amazing hair. I don’t know if I love her or find her a little creepy – although it might be because I can only dream of creating volume like that in my hair. The packaging is adorned in pink flowers with green leaves, which climb around the sides of the box, and also on to the back of the box. They really help make this a pretty, eye catching design. The back of the box has a paragraph describing the spray (which is the same as above) and there is a very long list of cautions including warnings of solvent abuse, exposing the canister to fire/heat and spraying ones eyes – none of these things should be attempted.
Ingredients: cyclopentasiloxane, isododecane, butane, alcohol denat., propane, isobutane, aminopropyl phenyl trimethicone, PEG-12 dimethicone, parfum, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, geraniol, hexyl cinnamal, limonene, linalool.
Inside the box is an aerosol canister decorated in the same beautiful style as the box, with a black shiny lid. A lot of the products I try have far less information printed on the item itself than is put on the box, but what I like about this item is all the information that’s on the box is also on the can. The place of manufacture (England) and company contact details are also on the back of the bottle – they are on the box too underneath.
Directions: Shake well before use. Hold can 10cm away and mist into dry, styled hair. Wait 15 seconds before touching hair.
The spray smells incredible. It’s a floral based scent that reminds me of a high class perfume – not too overpowering but strong enough to make a noticeable difference to the smell of my hair. The fragrance didn’t last all day, but I think a quick respray at lunchtime would have had a big effect on my perception of its longevity. I did notice that my hair was shinier too, but very subtly shinier. I can see a difference when I look in the mirror, and I love what I see, but I wouldn’t expect my husband to notice a difference. Mind you, I do tell him before I go to the hairdresser’s so we don’t have to have the “Have you done something different?” conversation.
If you’re wondering if this is anything like dry shampoo – no, no it’s not. They are both sprays that come in an aerosol can, but for me that’s the only thing they have in common. I find dry shampoos smell very powdery, kind of like an aerosol body spray smell whereas this spray is more like a crisp eau de toilette scent. I also find dry shampoos make my hair dull, and leave a powdery residue on my scalp whereas this left my hair a little shinier and had no residue on my scalp. I probably also wouldn’t use this on my hair if it’s looking a bit greasy, the last thing I would want to do then is add to the shine, whereas dry shampoo is specifically formulated for extending time between washing and disguising greasy hair.
I really like this cute spray, but I’m not sure yet if I like it £22 worth – it’s quite a lot for a spray! I’m going to keep using it and enjoying it, and I’ll debate with myself whether I really need it in my haircare routine, or whether it’s a nice little extra to have. You see, I’m not currently unhappy with the fragrance or shinyness of my locks, so whilst this spray enhances my hair it doesn’t dramatically change it, or solve a problem for me. I think this will become something that I pick up if it’s on offer (like a 2-for-1 offer, that would be nice!) but I won’t go out of my way to buy it at full price.