Discontinued: Boots Botanics Radiant Red Shampoo and Conditioner

Boots Botanics Radiant Red line discontinued

I know this may be old news to many of you, but during my break from beauty-blogging, a few of my very favourite products were discontinued (I mean, you turn your back for ONE MINUTE and look what happens?), and I can’t possibly be expected to miss the opportunity for a quick rant about it, can I?

The first product to jump ship this spring/summer was the Botanics ‘Radiant Red’ range. This was part of an overhaul and re-launch of the Botanics range in general, which also involved some some changes to my holy grail eye makeup remover (more about that later), and I can’t tell you how disappointed I was to hear about it.

I LOVED the Botanics range in general, but I was particularly fond of the Radiant Red shampoo and conditioner. Not only were these one of the few products out there for redheads right now (in the UK drugstore ranges at least), they were also one of the best, as far as I was concerned. I found the colour-depositing shampoo and conditioner much more effective than the John Frieda products of the same name, for instance, and even better than Aveda’s Madder Root conditioner, which I paid around $20 for last summer, and which made no discernible difference to my hair colour or condition at all.

Not only was the Radiant Red range good, however, it was also super cheap. I can’t remember the exact price, because it’s been a few months since I was last able to buy this (sob!), but it was under ¬£2 per bottle, and normally available on “two for one”, which made it even more¬†affordable. I loved it, so I guess it was only a matter of time before it was discontinued, huh?

Also gone from the Boots shelves is their Henna and Horsechestnut intensive conditioner. Also aimed at people with red or brown hair, I didn’t find this made much of a difference to my colour (if any at all), but it was an excellent deep conditioner, which was also very affordable, and which would last for a really long time, too.

So, two great products for red hair, both discontinued: shame on you, Boots!