CoLab Dry Shampoo

IMG_3711Every other blogger seems to have their own line of something at the moment, don’t they? I’m not knocking it but much the same as I am with Celeb endorsed products I’m never sold until I’ve tried it for myself. Unlike many others Ruth Crilly ( has launched one single item in her name, a dry shampoo. Given that it’s just the one item I was really hopeful that more time and thought would have been put in to it.. then reviews started pouring in and I saw some comments on twitter.. not all of which were positive. Hmm.. I still have to pick up a can.

IMG_3694IMG_3697Those of you who know my blog well will know that a product everybody loves appeals so much less to me than one people review badly.. I can’t explain it, it’s probably an innate cynicism within me but I can’t believe EVERYONE can love everything, I can however believe that I can love something you hate. We can’t all like the same things, this is why when I do really dislike something I try to add another perspective to my review as the things that I hate about something may be the very things you look for.. you see? So.. I hadn’t heard GREAT things but I bought a can of the scent that sounded most like me.. Rio.. as a huge Batiste Tropical fan I thought it was the safe choice.

IMG_3708IMG_3696IMG_3700(pardon the comedy faces, I couldn’t resist – PS the lipstick I’m wearing features in this post)

Now I can’t do a dry shampoo review without comparing it to Batiste, I don’t know how anyone can. It’s the Daddy of dry shampoo and much as we all complain about the chalky residue it’s what gives us that grease-free oomph we crave and most others pale in comparison. Everyone is trying to create the anti-Batiste with zero powder.. for a blonde as blonde as I am the powder is a blessing not a curse so I just can’t get on board with that. A lot of the recent launches have been utter pants.. I would say the Aussie was the biggest let down feeling like little more than hairspray and leaving your hair crispy and gross. Others have been okay but you really have to work with them and I’m used to instant results.

So.. after all that, what did I think of CoLab? Honestly.. I’m not going to be trading in my Batiste anytime soon but if I were brunette (and there’s always a chance I will be again someday) and the white residue was an issue this stuff is pretty darn good. There is of course a powder element, I don’t think anything that eliminates that completely actually ever works but it’s very light and you really can’t feel it in your hair. When I tried it I was on 2nd day hair, I’d say this ‘just dirty’ period is the time to use this, it really does feel like a quick freshen up, but anything past 2 days it’s just not going to cut it for me. Put it this way – I would buy a mini can of this to keep in my bag to refresh throughout the day but I wouldn’t take it camping.

Available online here for the promotional price of £2.32

Have you tried this yet?

Miss BB



  1. 28 October, 2014 / 7:42 am

    Oooh this is really interesting, I haven’t read any of the other reviews but I had high hopes for this! Think this has persuaded me to still have a go… I agree that Batiste is still God but I have also been quite liking the Herbal Essences Naked one for my red hair, have you tried that? It smells of peaches 🙂
    P x
    Saving Faces

  2. Victoria
    28 October, 2014 / 8:29 am

    Can always trush you for an honest review 🙂
    So many other people just saying its wonderful because of who’s range it is. Which usually puts me off for a long time. (Do love Ruth though, don’t get me wrong)

  3. 28 October, 2014 / 9:21 am

    It’s funny how we all want different things from the same product. I hate Batiste, so everything I’ve heard about CoLab sounds absolutely perfect to me! Although I am a brunette, with incredibly fine, flat hair, so maybe I’m much more the target audience?
    Unfortunately, I’m going to have to wait a while as I’m in Australia.

  4. 28 October, 2014 / 11:03 am

    I love how your reviews are always so honest – it’s great. I am looking into trying this, However I won’t be rushing out to get it as I already have some dry shampoo.


  5. 29 October, 2014 / 10:00 am

    Hahaha, love those comedy faces!

    Great honest review… as always!

  6. 31 October, 2014 / 8:42 pm

    I hadn’t read any reviews about it but I wanted to try it, the thing is Feel Unique won’t post these types of product’s in the post. I don’t think any other product of this type will be as good as Batiste but I’m certainly looking for a cheaper version. Batiste in New Zealand is almost $20 and I go through it quickly so I think the price of CoLab is pretty good and if I could get one I would. Thanks for the review.

  7. Tori
    6 December, 2014 / 12:39 am

    I’ve got red hair and tried the rio. The residue was awful so much worse than batiste. I wouldn’t use again

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