Packaging Perv: Tara Smith Hair Tool Kits

Whilst browsing M&S for some cotton pants (as you do) I stumbled across these beautiful hair kits from Tara Smith. Tara Smith makes vegan, cruelty free haircare and has relaunched the range this year into Marks & Spencers with the most amazing packaging! I remember when they used to sell Tara Smith in Tesco, many moons ago, and the packaging was OK but nothing particularly special. Now I know that we’re supposed to disregard packaging and, additionally, get cross about having to pay extra for gorgeous packaging, but I really do shop with my eyes much of the time. I’ve mentioned it before: I’m a total packaging pervert!

These kits don’t work out to be exceptionally good value for money, actually: 100ml versions of the shampoo and conditioner come in at £5 each and the 50ml serum, £14, so costing for a kit with 50ml shampoo, 50ml conditioner and 20ml serum should be somewhere in the region of a tenner. The kits cost £12.50 each. If you’re gifting haircare, then it’s a great option – and probably worth a little extra – to have such a lovely box, but if you’re buying for yourself then the designs on the larger shampoo and conditioner bottles are equally delicious.

I’ve tried the “Shine On” range and also the “Feed the Root” – both gentle haircare ranges for everyday use. Dry hair might need a little more oomph from a conditioner, but you can get good results from applying to hair that has had all excess water towelled off and then leaving on for a few minutes as you soak in the bath.

 You can find all of the Tara Smith range online at Marks and Spencer or, if you’re lucky enough to have an M&S nearby with a beauty department, in there!

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  1. December 8, 2012 / 7:16 am

    hi ruth, i recommend using the l’occitane volumising shampoo and conditioner! it comes in a green packaging and it’s filled with 5 essential oils. I got it as a gift and tried it once and amazingly it delivers what it says it does instantly! my hair was volumised especially at the roots when dry and looked so much fuller. i didnt think that a shampoo could do that!

    • December 8, 2012 / 7:58 am

      Thanks, Sylvia. I’m still trying to find the perfect shampoo & conditioner for my extremely pathetic hair. Volumiziing sound terrific if, like you say, the stuff actual works!

      • December 17, 2012 / 3:21 pm

        =) Lemme know if it works for you!

  2. Becky
    December 8, 2012 / 8:43 am

    I’ve been looking at Tara Smith, as I am all but out of my old shampoo and conditioner (‘Naked’, and I don’t like it) at the minute and getting desperate! I am set on getting cruelty-free products as always, but what would you recommend more? Tara Smith or Liz Earle? Have you tried John Masters and is it worth the extra price compared the those two? Or is there anything else you’d recommend? Ha sorry, I’m bombarding you.

    Noooobody expects the Spanish Inquisition! x

  3. December 9, 2012 / 9:31 am

    What a great spot! That packaging is awesome and so stand-out original, whoever dreamed it up, big pat on the back to them : ) I’m a huge fan of originality with a sweet, eccentric edge.

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