Terme tresses shampoo by Principessa Beauty - review by ~LaUr3n~

I'll Stick to My Aussie

After having such an amazing experience with the Terme Tresses Conditioner, that I actually tried first, I was surprised that its partner is less than fabulous. I found that this shampoo doesn't lather much so for someone with a lot of thick hair, I have to use tons of this pricey shampoo to cover my mane. And after it's washed out, my hair doesn't feel as clean as it does when I used my regular, much cheaper shampoo.
Packaging, Lots of quality ingredients, Doesn't strip hair
Doesn't lather well, I have to use a lot, My hair doesn't feel as clean
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review


Having received this in a kit, I felt I could go into more detail in an individual review. This item didn't wow me like others in the kit. I want to inform of that for those who are considering buying this separately.

Terme Tresses Shampoo by Principessa Beauty promises to restore health and shine with a moisture rich lather leaving your hair soft and manageable. It does leave my hair soft, but not any more than my regular shampoo and it doesn't make my hair feel as clean. This may be because I have a lot of hair and this shampoo really doesn't lather well like it claims. I have to use a lot of this to cover my mane, and that's simply not economically smart for me considering the price of this stuff. It has an ultra flowery and feminine scent which is not really my thing. Thankfully, it doesn't stick around for too long and can easily be covered up with my own perfume if it does. I was expecting more from this shampoo, especially after loving their conditioner. This shampoo also contains Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate which is an ingredient I try to avoid as a cautionary measure and my regular shampoo does not have.

Ingredients: Aqua, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide MEA, Parfum, Glycol, Distearate, Polyquaternium-70, Dipropylene Glycol, Keratin, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Silk Amino Acids, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Polyquaternium-7, Polyquaternium-10, Tetrasodium EDTA, Pomegranate (Punica Granatum) Extract, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Extract, White Pine Bark (Pinus Strobus) Extract, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Leaf Extract, Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) Extract, Camomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Algae Extract, Bearberry (Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi) Extract, Coneflower (Echinacea Angustifolia) Extract, Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol Methylchlroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Citric Acid.

That's a hell of a list. The short version on safety is that it contains no phthalates, sulfates, triclosans, or parabens.

-Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate: Foaming detergent that many health-conscious consumers try to avoid because of its history of being an irritant to many
-Ammonium Laureth Sulfate: Foaming detergent that has been proven to be less irritating for many
-Cocamidopropyl Betaine: Surfactant derived from coconut oil, antistatic agent, conditioner
-Polyquaternium-7, Polyquaternium-10: Anti-static
-Cocamide MEA: Foam and viscous booster
-Glycol Distearate: Makes shampoo pearly and opaque
-Polyquaternium-70: Anti-frizz
-Dipropylene Glycol: Solvent
-PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate: Cleanser
-Keratin & Hydrolyzed Soy Protein: Strengthens hair fibers
-Silk Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein: Conditioner
-Tetrasodium EDTA: Reduces scum after being washed away
-Pomegranate exstract: Toning astringent
-Sunflower Oil, Grape Seed, White Pine Bark, Green Tea Leaf exstracts: Natural conditioners
-Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) Extract: Promotes hair growth
-Camomilla Recutita Flower Extract: A rinse for blonde hair
-Algae Extract: Fights hair loss
-Bearberry Extract: Antioxidant
-Licorice Root Extract: SHOULD BE AVOIDED IF YOU ARE PREGNANT! Prevents hair loss
-Phenoxyethanol Methylchlroisothiazolinone: Preservative
  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Bridal gift
    • Hygeine
  • Where
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    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Bath / shower
  • Body / part areas
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    What areas on the body can this product be used / what areas does it stimulate best?
    • Hair

Texture / Consistency / Thickness / Viscosity

The shampoo is a thick opaque and pearlescent gel. It's smooth and not at all grainy, easy enough to squeeze out of the bottle. The shampoo isn't the easiest to smooth around because of its thickness. And adding to the problem is that it barely lathers at all! Compared to my usual shampoo from Aussie, this shampoo just doesn't cut it. I feel like it's work to wash my hair and cover it all.

    • Creamy
    • Smooth
    • Thick

Taste / Aroma

Like the matching conditioner, the shampoo is scented with Isolina (little island in Italian), a signature Principessa Beauty fragrance. On their website the scent is described as having top notes of "violet leaves and mimosa blended with middle notes of rose petals and neroli. Heliotrope and precious woods round out this ultra feminine elixir that is best described as pureness in a bottle." It's not a scent for everyone since it is very floral and feminine. It also sort of smells like a baby powder. It is not as strong as the conditioner, but still a strong scent. Thankfully, it doesn't linger in the hair for long.
    • Strong smell


The shampoo's claim is that it is ultra-softening and formulated to replenish hair and restore health and shine. Unfortunately, because of the lack of lather, it take me a hell of a lot of this shampoo to cover my more than two foot mane. When I say a lot, I mean like a palm full. Normally I only need about a quarter size amount or two, at most. So from the get go, I was surprised by my experience. I expected a product of supposedly high quality and of high price to lather quite nicely. This is disappointing that it does not.

The directions say to follow up with the Terme Tresses Conditioner. In order to write this review I washed my hair on four separate occasions, two followed by the use of the conditioner and two without. On the occasions that I used the conditioner with the shampoo first, I didn't notice a difference from when I used my regular shampoo before the conditioner. However, on the trials where I used the shampoo alone compared to my regular shampoo alone, this shampoo does not make my hair feel as clean. I don't feel like it gets out unwanted oils. On one hand, this might be a good thing that it doesn't strip your hair. The shampoo does not make your hair feel squeaky clean, literally. Some shampoos can strip your hair of healthy oils to the point that it makes a squeaking sound if you pull it between your fingers. Either way, I don't feel like this shampoo gets the job done and my hair doesn't ever get really oily in the first place. Because of this, I cannot justify the price of this stuff, and I'll be sticking with my regular under $8 shampoo.


Principessa Beauty Inc. has a simple three-fold philosophy of Perfume, Packaging, and Performance. They're dedicated to using natural ingredients whenever possible. They are proudly paraben, petroleum, cruelty, and phthalate free, and pH balanced.

This company puts a lot of thought into their packaging. They even explain their use of the pink coloring on their website. It is the most relaxing and romantic of colors. Apparently some sports teams will paint the opposing team's locker room pink so they lose energy! Interesting right? PB says they have a commitment to the environment and its sustainability, so they make their packaging reusable and/or recyclable, and 100% biodegradable! They also have a zero carbon footprint.

For this item it comes in a baby pink plastic bottle with a matte white label in the front. It has a vintage look to it. The bottle contains 12 fluid ounces (355 ml) - small for the price. It's about 2/3 the size of most shampoo bottles I buy. It is $2.16 per ounce which really puts the price into perspective, especially since In have to use to much. The back of the bottle has the description, instructions, and ingredients in black lettering. The top is white - push down to open.

    • Easy to use / dispense
    • Very informative packaging
    • Would make a nice gift
Follow-up commentary
I have not changed my opinion about this shampoo. Even if it were to cut its price in half, I don't think it's a great cleansing shampoo compared to other more common and inexpensive shampoos. It simply doesn't feel like it cleans well enough. I attribute this to the lack of lather.
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  • Anne
    great review
  • kdlt
    Awesomely thorough review! Thank you for all of your insight; I probably will pass on this product.
  • ~LaUr3n~
  • ginnyluvspotter
    Thanks for the review
  • ~LaUr3n~
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