Review: GVP Tea Tree Oil and Lavender Shampoo & Conditioner + GVP Smoothing Serum

Who doesn’t like Paul Mitchell Shampoo? Seriously. I love the stuff. A while back my mom bought me the Awapuhi Shampoo (because I’m poor and can’t afford it myself) and I fell in love. Because of the high price point, it quickly became a “special occasion” shampoo that I could only use occasionally for fear of it running out (Does anyone else do this? Let me know so I don’t feel crazy.)

Well, I had a $5 coupon at Sally Beauty Supply so I decided to go there and treat myself earlier this week. I’ve been on this lavender kick lately– I diffuse lavender in my room, use lavender in my bath, I’ve been drinking lavender lemonade, etc. SO upon browsing the products in the hair care aisle of Sally I was so excited to see these:

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These claim to be comparable to Paul Mitchell Lavender Mint Shampoo & Conditioner.

GVP aims to imitate high end beauty products and even boasts identical ingredient lists on the back of each product, so because of both my love of Paul Mitchell and my love of Lavender I picked up the shampoo and the conditioner.

The packaging obviously isn’t what GVP is known for: it’s plain and cheap feeling. However, you get what you pay for– and in this case you’re paying for the product itself which is awesome. The money you pay for a GVP product goes toward to goop you’re putting on your body, not the bottle it comes in or the marketing that sells it.

The shampoo has a pearly white slippery consistency and is easy to distribute throughout the scalp. It lathers up nicely and has a lovely fresh lavender and tea tree scent. The entire lathering experience brings me back to the last time I was having my hair washed in a salon because of the expensive smell of the shampoo. It rinses easily and doesn’t feel like it’s stripping the hair of moisture.

The conditioner has the same lavender and tea tree scent. The consistency wasn’t too runny or too thick– it was pure white and went into my hair with plenty of slip. One of the biggest things I NEED my conditioner to do is detangle the dread locks that develop on the underside of my hair by the end of the day– and this conditioner did that with no problem. It rinsed clean and left my hair smooth and I even think it helped my hair dry a little faster.

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I also bought the GVP version of the Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum– which is a hair favorite of many of us. At least 7 different hair dressers have used it on my hair but I couldn’t ever talk myself into spending the money for it. I found the Smoothing Serum to be equal in performance and you definitely get more bang for your buck. My super curly hair was less frizzy and SO SUPER soft. It also smells super fresh and delicious– almost like blueberry? I might be wrong.

 

At the end of the day, these products probably aren’t as good as the Paul Mitchell products but for less than half the price and identical ingredients a girl can’t complain. If you’re at Sally Beauty Supply, pick these up and let me know what you think!

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