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      14.01.2015 23:09
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      Bad shampoo

      I really like the body shop and over the years there have been very few products that I have been unhappy with....

      **Price and where to buy**
      This currently costs £4.50 for the 250ml bottle. As the name of the product suggests this can be bought from the body shop stores or online.

      **Packaging **
      Having looked on the bodyshop website to get the price I did notice that they have changed the packaging for this however looking at it I think that it is just the label and colour of the lid that has changed - the bottle is still the same style. I do think that this style of lid can be quite fiddly especially if you have wet hands but at least it is quite sturdy . The style of bottle makes it annoying to squeeze it out when you get closer to the bottom of the bottle.

      **The good**
      Like most products from the body shop this smelled lovely. It does appear a bit runny but if you massage it for a while it does lather up like most shampoos so I could live with it.

      **The bad**
      Other than it being a bit runny the first few times I used this I was quite happy with it. After about 2/3 times using this I started coming out in little bumps along my hairline like spots before they started appearing all over. This also seemed to affect my psoriasis - I think between that and the spots my head was covered.

      Overall obviously not for me . Reading other reviews on it people seem to like it so maybe I am quite fussy :P. Quite disappointed as I loved the smell of this and since they have never brought back the banana body butter that I loved this was supposed to be the next best thing..

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      05.01.2015 10:42
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      Lovely shampoo

      I really like trying products from The Body Shop – I’ve been using them on and off for as long as I can remember, and have seen lots of changes over the years. I remember their banana shampoo and conditioner from when I was a child, and was excited to see it back as part of their retro style range a couple of years ago.

      I bought both the shampoo and conditioner; at the time they came in clear plastic bottles, the same style as the shower gel bottles, with a green-tinged picture of an old Body Shop store on the front. However, when I went onto the website to research the products for my review, I saw that the packaging has now been changed. The bottles are now opaque and the design is more modern, fitting in with the standard Body Shop haircare packaging design. I guess this means they’ll be staying around.

      A full-size 250ml bottle of either the shampoo or the conditioner costs £4.50. This sounds pricey, but the store is always having sales or discount events, and personally I’ve never paid more than £2.50 for a bottle. The size and shape of the packaging is still the same, and the bottles have flip-top lids: handy for squeezing out the amount you need, and easy to use with wet hands. The new bottles are made from 100% recycled plastic (I am not sure whether or not this was the case with the old ones) but one of the things I don’t like about them is that you can’t see through them, so you don’t know when they are about to run out!

      ***Banana Shampoo***
      This shampoo is just like the old one as far as I can remember – a real blast from the past! It definitely smells of banana and has an authentic pale yellow colour. It contains real banana puree, and the shampoo is designed to cleanse hair gently and leave it shiny. You use it just like any other shampoo: wet hair, squeeze out some shampoo, lather up and rinse. I find I don’t need to use much of this product to do a good job. The shampoo feels as though it is doing a good job of cleansing my hair, and it is easy to rinse out.

      I use the shampoo in conjunction with the matching conditioner. After use my hair smells lightly of banana, and it looks soft, smooth and shiny. I am impressed with both of the products as my hair can be quite dry, so the shampoo is clearly effective.

      I colour my hair but have noticed no evidence that this shampoo strips the colour.

      ***Conclusion***
      I recommend this shampoo. It’s pricey but effective, and it smells lovely. No wonder The Body Shop brought it back!

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        02.01.2015 16:57
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        Body shop banana shampoo



        Whilst doing some Christmas shopping on the body shop web site I decided to buy a bottle of banana shampoo. To be honest the purchase was to get my total up so I would qualify for a free gift! The reviews about the shampoo were glowing and so I thought I was onto a winner.


        The shampoo comes in a clear plastic bottle with black flip up lid. As you would expect the shampoo is banana coloured. The shampoo was priced at £4.50 for a 250ml bottle although this price was discounted by 40% as it often is on the body shop web site. I was really keen to try this shampoo to see if it was as good as others had claimed.


        I always wash my hair in the shower and also use a conditioner as my hair is dry and unruly. The shampoo claims that it will gently cleanse my hair leaving it shiny. The first thing to say is that I love the banana scent of this shampoo. To me it smells very natural without any hint of any chemicals as with some shampoos I have tried. This shampoo does not produce a good lather but that may be due to the fact it contains less surfactant than other brands; not a problem as far as I am concerned. I only use a small walnut sized amount of shampoo and find this usually produces good results. After massaging the shampoo through my hair, rinsing and applying conditioner I was looking forward to shinny locks.


        Unfortunately I was really disappointed with the results. My hair was left feeling lifeless and heavy and with a distinct dull appearance. My son also used the shampoo as this is a unisex product. However after use his hair also looked dull and felt course. I usually really rate the Body shop products and was surprised at how poorly this shampoo performed. It is not a cheap product and I really expected a lot more.


        If you fancy trying this shampoo for yourself then it is available from the body shop with a matching conditioner. However this is one body shop product I will not be using again!

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        17.11.2014 21:58
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        • "Clear bottle lets you see how much you have"
        • "Uses fair trade ingredients"
        • "Smells gorgeous!"

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        • "Bottle isn't easily squeezed"
        • "Lid top is a little fiddly with wet hands"

        Great product, lovely smell. Would suit normal (not dry) hair.

        As with the conditioner, I found this item after visiting my local TBS Outlet. I used to use the olive shampoo and conditioner, but found this one cheaper in the outlet, so I thought I'd give it a go! Firstly, the smell is yummy! It contains fair trade honey as well, which helps as a moisturiser.
        The lid of the bottle can be a bit fiddly to open with wet hands and short nails, and it can be slightly harder to squeeze out. I do like that they use a clear bottle, as it means when you are running out, nothing can get wasted as you can see its still holding product.
        This shampoo would suit normal hair types, I have fairly dry ends where I am growing out bleach and this shampoo/conditioner combination doesn't completely stop the frizzy ends but it is more moisturising than other shampoo's for normal hair.
        Generally, I would buy this again as I love Body Shop products and the smell is addictive!

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        20.06.2013 12:15
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        This is very nice shampoo that I will buy again

        WHAT IS IT?

        Shampoo from The Body Shop that is suitable for all hair types.  

        THE SHAMPOO

        The banana shampoo is quite thick and it has got a very strong smell of banana.  The smell is very fresh I think and that is because The Body Shop use real bananas to make this shampoo.  I do not think you get very many bubbles out of this shampoo but I do not care very much about that because it makes my hair very clean even without a lot of bubbles.  

        WHAT I THINK

        I like this shampoo very much because it smells beautiful and I like that even though I do not like the smell of bananas very much.  The shampoo is rich feeling in my hair and I like the feeling of it when I am massaging it into my hair because it feels so rich and like a little bit of a luxury shampoo. 

        I like how easy it is rinse out of my hair and it only takes about a minute, the shampoo does not leave any residue in my hair and when I have rinsed my hair feels very soft and is shiny because it is so clean.  I think my hair is moisturised after I have used this banana shampoo but I do use conditioner also because I get some knots in my hair after I have rinsed it. 

        I wash my hair every day but I was sick at the weekend so I washed my hair on Friday and I did not wash it again until Sunday night and it still felt a lot cleaner than it would have if I had used another shampoo.  I think that is good because other shampoo that I have bought from The Body Shop have not been so effective.  

        I like that the banana smell is quite strong when I am washing my hair but I am glad it does not last because I would not like to smell of bananas all day. 

        ANYTHING ELSE

        A 250ml bottle of this shampoo costs £4.50 and I think that is value because you only have to use a little bit of shampoo every time you wash your hair so a bottle will last for a long time. 

        5 Dooyoo Stars. 

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          10.06.2013 07:48
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          Body shop banana shampoo

          I like the Body Shop products and when I buy the shampoo usually buy the conditioner at the same time in the hope that using the same products will do wonders for my hair!

          The shampoo will apparently gently cleanse hair, leaving it shiny and clean. It contains real banana puree and also honey so hopefully my hair will smell delicious!

          The shampoo comes in a 100% recycled bottle containing 250ml of the shampoo and costs £4.50. Surprisingly this is the only size available; I would have expected it to be available in a bigger size. The bottle has all of the information and ingredients on the back of the bottle, but no instructions; not really a problem as I know how to use shampoo. It has a flip up/flip down to close id and the shampoo is dispensed through a hole in the top.

          The shampoo itself, as expected, is yellow in colour and it really does smell of banana. It's a nice thick consistency and when I apply to wet hair and massage it lathers up really nicely. This is important to me because if its all nice and creamy I feel as though my hair is getting a good wash because otherwise I feel as though I am washing with just water. The smell of bananas is apparent when washing so as well as a good lather there's a lovely fruity smell going on. Because the shampoo is a thick consistency I tend to use a small amount but do as I always do when shampooing my hair, wash, rinse and then give it another wash. Its easy to rinse out and my hair is left feeling "squeaky" clean with no residue or feeling of greasiness.

          VERDICT...

          I do like this shampoo and find that it really does leave my hair clean soft and manageable. It is reasonably priced and is suitable for all hair types. I did think the smell of banana would linger a bit more in my hair but on refection it's probably better that I don't smell like a fruit bowl!

          Recommended shampoo.

          Thanks for reading

          Daniela x

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            11.04.2013 18:46
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            An unusual shampoo from The Body Shop

            The Body Shop is my go to place for body butters but I usually go to Lush for my other treats as it is my favourite shop in the world. However I received some banana shampoo and some banana conditioner from my sister who just couldn't get on with them and I was shocked with just how much it reminded me of a Lush product. I was convinced it wouldn't be anywhere near as good as a Lush one though but I was proven wrong as it was a fabulous find and I'm wondering how I had never heard of it before.

            The shampoo costs £4.50 for a 250ml bottle so it is more expensive than most shampoos but not too bad for a special one.
            The shampoo contains real banana puree in it and is a yellow colour and comes in a see through plastic bottle. I have to say the look of the shampoo was really nice and made me want to try it out straight away.

            The smell of this shampoo is absolutely gorgeous. I have used a product with banana before and wasn't keen as I thought it was a bit too sweet and it also had a slightly rioting fruit smell to it which wasn't very appealing. This didn't have either of those problems and the banana smell was gorgeous and really creamy smelling. It didn't smell like fresh bananas to me but it seemed as though they had taken that as the base smell and added things to it to get this lovely aroma.

            The shampoo has a lovely thick constancy and is a pleasure to use as it lathers up really nicely and you only need a little. Using this and the conditioner my whole bathroom was left smelling lovely. I felt that this cleaned my hair really well and the smell kept my hair smelling fresh for the whole day afterwards.

            I would definitely think about purchasing as I really enjoyed using it and I felt that it was well worth the money. The smell is the best thing about this shampoo as although it cleaned well it wasn't really any different to most other shampoos but I do think the smell alone makes it worth spending the extra to buy this as it is that nice.

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            03.12.2012 00:04

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            A good shampoo for normal hair, that smells very banana-y and cleans well

            I bought this shampoo mainly to use on my kids, as I thought they would enjoy the fruity experience. I was pleasantly surprised by the formula, and actually use this myself now alternately with my usual rainforest one.

            The shampoo comes in a sturdy bottle, and the formula looks very banana-like at first inspection. It is quite a thick shampoo, and it is opaque and thick so looks quite rich compared to my usual one. The banana smell is extremely strong and distinctive - if you have any reservations about banana smell you will not like it! The bathroom smells of bananas for many hours after use.

            The shampoo comes out quite thickly, and foams up very well to a nice rich lather. It feels lovely and cleansing, and when you rinse it feels very clean - I have heard the odd squeak! I use this shampoo in conjunction with the banana conditioner, and I would say the shampoo is the best of the two, but overall they are a good combination and leave my hair looking clean, very soft and manageable.

            If I had any criticism, it would be that I have fine hair and I do feel like the banana products leave slight build-up on my hair and scalp. Overall though, this is a good quality shampoo with a fruity, fruity smell!

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            12.10.2012 14:56
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            A nourishing shampoo.

            I like to have the odd dabble in the Body Shop, usually when stuff is on sale as I find it horrendously expensive. I must admit that up until recently, I hadn't tried any of their hair products, but I had heard rave reviews about their banana shampoo and conditioner, so was very excited to give them a try. Note that this review is for the shampoo only.

            The Body Shop banana shampoo costs £4 for a small 250 ml bottle. Obviously this comes across as quite pricey, especially considering that many of the big brand shampoos can be bought at a similar price but for a much bigger bottle. My advice for anyone considering buying this product is to hang tight and wait for it to become available on offer. Then snap up a bottle, because it really is lovely stuff!

            The bottle is your typical Body Shop style; a small chunky transparent bottle with a black flip lid and a green label. The label on the rear of the bottle peels back to reveal all the ingredients. The bottle is made from 100% recycled plastic. The company eventually aims to make all of their bottles from this plastic and encourage users to recycle the bottle after use. The bottle is practical in style. it sits quite neatly on the bathrom shelf and is sturdy enough not to be knocked over easily. The flip lid is easy to open and close, even with wet hands. The hole inside the lid pumps out a nice measured dose when you squeeze the bottle, and never pumps out too much shampoo. When nearing the end of the bottle, it is easy just to store it upside down to ensure that the last drips settle inside the lid, where you can squeeze the bottle empty.

            Now for the stuff itself and I couldn't mention this shampoo without remarking on the smell. Ahhhh, the smell...that lovely smell...a heavenly, creamy aroma of ripe bananas, so tasty you could almost tip the bottle back and drink the stuff. But seriously, don't. It may smell like a smoothie, but it won't taste like one. I would think the shampoo would be equally suitable for men and women as it smells like banana, which isn't predominantly masculine or feminine. Of course, if you don't like the smell of banana, steer clear, because once you use this stuff, the scent will be on your hair for the rest of the day.

            The shampoo is a pale yellow colour and looks like...yeah, you guessed it...banana puree! It reminded me a bit of baby food when I glooped it onto my hand. It was opaque, with rich creamy consistency. Psychologically, it gives you the impression that you are putting something on your hair that will nurture and nourish it. The shampoo resembles a masque rather than a shampoo and feels like a very high quality product.

            I sometimes wash my hair in the skin and sometimes in the shower, but when I used this product, I used the sink. It did not seem to lather up much at first, so I made the mistake of adding more. Then it seemed to create a crazy lather, so I realised that a little goes a very long way and restricted my use to a single squeeze during subsequent washes. It was relatively easy to wash out and didnt seem to leave any residue. I kept getting a lovely banana aroma as I massaged it into my hair.

            The shampoo left my hair feeling soft and shiny (and smelling of banana!). It was easy to manage and style my hair afterward. A bottle of this shampoo would go a long way and last several months. The product does contain actual bananas, as well as community fairtrade honey. The shampoo also contains sodium laureth sulphate, which some may consider an irritant, but my scalp is sensitive and it didn't irrirate my skin at all.

            I would definitely buy this again, but wait until the sales to stock up!

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              22.09.2012 13:16
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              A lovely shampoo

              Background:
              In the past I haven't ever shopped in the Body Shop really, mostly for the practical reason that there wasn't one in my local town shopping area. However as of recent one has opened up and so I popped in to check out what they had there for sale that interested me and I walked out with this Banana Shampoo product.

              The Product:
              The shampoo comes in a 250ml bottle and the bottle is made from 100% recycled plastic. The dispenser is a decent size so that not a lot of the product goes to waste which is always important to me as I like them to last as long as possible.

              The shampoo, as you can probably tell, is Banana flavour and smells quite obviously of this. Luckily for me I quite like the smell and taste of bananas so it isn't a problem for me, but for others this might be a little unpleasant as it is quite a strong smell. It lathers really nicely and can be applied to the hair easily also. It leaves hair looking and feeling really soft and smooth and the fragrance lingers on the hair throughout the day which is an added bonus.

              I also purchased it with the accompanying conditioner and while I don't normally care if I use both of the same product and variety because I'm not particularly fussed, I must admit I did notice it made my hair feel much softer than other shampoo/conditioner combos and so I would recommend buying this too.

              Price and availability:
              The cost of a bottle is £4 and obviously it can be bought from the Body Shop in stores and online. I've seen the product on Amazon also however only on the American version so shipping may be a little pricier.

              Conclusion:
              This is a lovely and effective shampoo that makes your hair feel and look great. The smell is lovely and its nice to know that the ingredients are generously sourced and natural. Additionally I know my hair is being treated without any harsh chemicals which again is nice to know when using. However due to the fact I don't spend a lot on beauty products really the £4 is a little bit steep for me and so I'd buy it as a treat for myself from time to time.

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                18.09.2012 23:35
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                One of the best shampoos I have used

                I have been a massive fan of Body Shop products for many years. I could never walk past one of their stores without going in, especially as there was always a lovely aroma of some sort coming from the shop. I got started off on body butters, scrubs and shower gel, then realised that they also do hair products as well.

                The first time I used this shampoo was around 6 years ago. The banana shampoo was on a stand with a few other products including the famous 'Ice Blue' shampoo. The lady working in the shop told me these were products that had just recently been re launched due to popular demand. At £3.99 a bottle, I was sold. I bought a 200 ml banana shampoo and a 200 ml banana conditioner. After trying it, this became one of my favourite shampoos that I always go back to.

                The shampoo comes in a clear, 100% recycled bottle, with a flip top lid. As you would imagine, the shampoo is yellow. When using the shampoo the first thing you will notice is the smell. A lovely, fruity fresh, banana scent that isn't too overpowering.

                The shampoo doesn't give much of a lather to your hair until the second shampoo (if, like myself you rinse and repeat), with the second shampoo you get a rich lather that smells gorgeous, after rinsing I always follow with the banana conditioner.

                After blow drying my hair, I get a healthy shine with no frizz, and trust me, to have my hair frizz free is a miracle! At £3.99 a bottle, it's not the cheapest shampoo, but you do get good quality, and quite often the Body Shop has a great deal on so I would stock up then. Also, when I'm down to the last bit, I always sit the bottle on the flip top end to get the last bits out. This works perfectly, so no waste!

                Fantastic shampoo.

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                  15.07.2012 23:12
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                  A classic Body Shop shampoo

                  ~Body Shop Banana Shampoo~
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                  I like to use Body Shop Banana Shampoo every now and then as a treat product for my hair as it has a rich blend that leaves my hair feeling wonderfully clean and glossy if used sparingly every now and then. I feel that the fragrance of this shampoo is absolutely divine, even if it is very synthetic and I must admit that the fragrance of this alone is enough to make me feel that I am treating my hair to something a little special when I use it. As far as Body shop hair care products go I feel this one is amongst their classic products that I can go back to time and time again. As yet I don't really feel that Body Shop have managed to come up with anything quite as lush as this particular shampoo to wash your hair with.


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                  In use the product bottle is the same basic design that Body Shop use for most of their shampoo bottles. I find the shape of these bottles is easy enough to handle although they can feel a little slippy when wet. The shampoo bottles are weighted well when more than half full (although they do become much lighter and easier to drop when almost empty). The bottles seem to have good sized bases which means they mostly stand up well in a shower cubicle or on a bathroom shelf. I find that the bottle lids stay on well and help to keep the contents of each bottle fresh and ready for use.


                  ~Using the shampoo~
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                  The best thing about Body Shop Banana Shampoo is the fragrance which is sweet, rich and creamy, with a great dollop of banana fragrance that smells really good when the shampoo is in use. The shampoo is thick enough so as not to drip through your hands when applying some of it to the hair, which means you don't tend to waste anything. The shampoo lathers up well in my opinion and only a small amount is required in order to produce clean, glossy, nicely fragranced hair. After washing out this shampoo I find that I still like to add a little more, lather it up and then rinse off again, before following up with the matching conditioner so that the amazing banana fragrance remains on my hair after washing and drying it. After washing my hair with this shampoo my hair feels clean and fresh.


                  ~Price and product rating~
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                  My rating for this amazingly fragranced shampoo is 5 stars as I really like it. Not only is this an easy to use product that smells great, it actually leaves my hair clean and glossy without weighing it down or making it feel oily. For £4 you get a nice large 250ml sized bottle of this shampoo which lasts well and gives a good number of washes, which I feel makes this product good value for money.

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                  15.07.2012 14:22
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                  One of the nicest shampoos ever in my opinion!

                  I purchased a bottle of this Banana shampoo from the Body Shop after a friend shared a discount code, I've always loved their products but haven't used them as much as I'd like for the past three years or so. If I happen to find myself near a store I'll pop in for a lip butter or hand cream but my splurges are a thing of the past - or so I thought until I saw this discount code and wandered across to the website.

                  The Banana shampoo and conditioner are products I used to use regularly a few years ago but Body Shop discontinued them, I didn't even know they had been brought back until I noticed them on the website (doing a classic double take) and added a bottle of each to my basket as soon as I spotted them! Sadly, this shampoo was the item I was most looking forward to being delivered and luckily the parcel man arrived early that day before I'd washed my hair so I got to try it out immediately!

                  The smell is gorgeous, I'm a lover of banana scents and think it's perfect. Fresh, natural and richly fruity with hardly any changes made to the unadulterated smell of a ripe banana. It's amazing; absolutely the best take on this fruit I've ever smelled in a cosmetic product, the shampoo is sweetened with something that has a slightly honey-like fragrance but honey isn't listed in the ingredients so I'm not sure what is causing that particular scent. That isn't an aspect you'd necessarily notice anyway, two of my daughters can't detect honey in the shampoo at all but the other one can so I suppose it depends on how your nose works!

                  My only complaint about this shampoo is the fact that it doesn't lather well at all. Years ago I always put this down to the fact that we had appalling water at our previous house, but now after using this bottle in our new home (with infinitely better water pressure and quality) I can see it's the same so assume it's an issue with this particular shampoo. It's not a big deal really as it remains highly cleansing, it's just that for me a shampoo that doesn't lather doesn't have the pampering aspect as much as one that fills your entire head with bubbles!

                  And it does cleanse my hair beautifully. My hair is waist length and like many people with very long hair I suffer from slight greasiness at the roots but the ends are dry, I can control it with decent shampoo and conditioner but as I wash my hair every single day I have to be careful that anything I use isn't going to cause a whole other load of problems for me - this Banana shampoo is gentle enough to be used regularly, it doesn't strip any of the goodness from my hair but does control the greasy/dry issue and leaves my hair looking and feeling absolutely spotless. I have to use conditioner after every hair wash as my hair tangles so badly but yesterday, for the purpose of the review, I left the conditioner off and dried my hair immediately after shampooing. While it's reasonably conditioning in its own right, the shampoo just doesn't prevent the tangles that form in my hair the instant it gets wet - but this totally isn't the shampoos fault as I knew shampoo alone would leave me brushing for half an hour like a demented woman to rid myself of said tangles! Without conditioner however my hair was left with a gorgeous shine which lasted for the whole of the day, I know from experience in the past that the Banana shampoo gives blonde hair a beautiful shine and protects the colour but as I'm now brunette I don't notice any extra sheen to my colour. My hair looks clean and healthy, that's all that counts - obviously for me it's better when I use a conditioner (be it the matching Banana one or another that's suitable for my hair) but I was pretty impressed with the results after foregoing that for the day.

                  After drying and brushing my hair feels beautifully soft, it goes a little flyaway but that's easily dealt with by spraying a bit of hair spray onto my brush - this Banana shampoo is suitable for use on kids hair, I used it to wash Hollie's hair recently and it did a brilliant job. Her hair was clean and incredibly fresh after washing, the flyaway aspect made it a bit awkward when I came to plait her hair for school the following morning but that was nothing a few well placed clips couldn't sort out and overall I was very happy with the condition it left her hair in. It stings like any adult shampoo when you get it in your eyes so you must be careful if using it on a child, but it rinses out so very quickly that you can minimise the risk of splashing their face quite easily.

                  Unlike the matching conditioner you only need to use a small amount for each hair wash so a bottle lasts for a while, this is one I tend to hide from my older girls as if three of us were using it the shampoo would be gone in two weeks and I like it to last. I've bought it since rediscovering it and intend to carry on buying it, turning the Banana Shampoo into something I'll make a point of nipping in to buy on the rare occasion that I find myself passing a Body Shop store. It's absolutely gorgeous, works a treat and smells divine - well worth the £4 outlay.

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                  21.11.2011 22:10

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                  I started to buy this product ages ago after trying a little sample received from my friend. I fell in love with this shampoo after the first use. A rather small 250ml bottle comes at £4. This shampoo contains a real banana puree. There is no fancy package, just a 100% recycle bottle with a green sticker that says exactly what it is: "Banana Shampoo".
                  Using it doesn't create a great amount of bubbles, so for my long hair I use a rather generous amount. The sweet banana smell is sensational, makes you want to eat it! The thick, honey colour liquid gently cleanses the hair, leaving it shiny, very soft and smelling gorgeous.
                  The Body Shop stopped this production some time ago, but soon realised it was a big mistake and this banana classic quickly returned back to the shop. I absolutely love this product. I buy it regularly and stock it up when on offer. Just a shame that there is no a hair conditioner from the banana range.

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                  04.11.2011 14:22
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                  one to buy when on offer!

                  The Body Shop is a highstreet and online store which offers beauty treats. They are commited to using Fairtrade ingredients and are against animal testing.

                  ~Banana Shampoo~

                  Body Shop mainly specialise in treats for your skin but do have a selection of hair care products. The Banana shampoo recently made a comeback (by popular demand) as it was discontinued at some point. It returned with the matching conditioner (I will be reviewing that soon).

                  Banana Shampoo is designed to cleanse the hair whilst leaving it shiny. Amongst the non pronouncable ingredients, this shampoo contains real banana puree and community Fairtrade honey. It is recommended that you use this shampoo with the matching conditioner for "lustrous looking locks".

                  This shampoo is suitable for all hair types.

                  ~Packaging~

                  Banana Shampoo is presented in a plastic (made from 100% recycled plastic) bottle which is cloudy in appearance and transparent. The shampoo is dispensed by flipping up a cap.The labels adorning the bottle give an old fashioned appearance compared to the newer hair care ranges from Body Shop. The bottle can be recycled and has a 12month shelf life.

                  ~Price~

                  The retail price for a 250ml bottle of Banana Shampoo is £4.00.

                  ~My Thoughts~

                  Shampoo and conditioner are essentials for my bathroom and we go through a lot of them. I have yet to find a range I am completely happy with so the search continues. I don't often use Body shop products but I needed to place an order of a certain amount online to benefit from a discount recently so I had a snoop. I remembered my sister saying how lovely the Banana range was I picked up a shampoo and conditioner. In the end I did pay the equivelant of £2.00 each bottle.

                  The bottle isn't overly attractive but does the job. It is sturdy whilst being flexible enough to allow me to squeeze some shampoo out without damaging myself (note to Lush..). The shampoo itself is a dull yellow colour and appears very thick and rich within the bottle.To me it resembles banana mixed with honey or caramel. Flipping the cap, the scent is fairly subtle and has fresh banana aroma.

                  ~Banana Sweetness For My Locks~

                  The shampoo pours effortlessly from the bottle and despite its rich appearance, it is quite runny but thicker than most shampoos I have used. Once my hair is soaking wet, I use a small blob at first and work the shampoo onto my scalp and the lengths of my hair. I have long hair at the moment (getting it cut this week) which is thick and usually needs a fair sized blob of shampoo to be fully coated.

                  The shampoo lathers up quite well and feels rather luxurious. The lather is rich and creamy and feels gentle and soft on my irritated scalp. I do occasionally need a further blob to lather up the ends of my hair but this isn't much of an issue. The shampoo rinses effortessly from my hair leaving no residue behind.

                  The scent is highly appealing but definently one you either love or hate. This is the first banana scented product I have used and I adore the scent! The subtle scent within the bottle comes alive as the lather develops. The scent is addictive and I would use this daily just to experience it. It reminds me of those foamy banana sweets you can buy. The scent is very sweet yet fresh at the same time. It isn't sickly though and is simply gorgeous.

                  ~Results~

                  When using this shampoo alone, my hair feels fully cleansed and it doesn't irritate my scalp further. If anything, it soothes my scalp. At first my hair felt a bit dry after washing but after I towel dry it, it is extremely soft and doesn't feel heavy or frizzy. It is easy to brush through and feels bouncy and light. My hair feels clean for 2-3days which is really good. The banana scent isn't too strong once my hair has been dried. I tend to sniff the ends of my hair when day dreaming and I can smell a sweet banana smell then.

                  Whilst I am satisfied with the softness of my hair after using this shampoo, my hair does become dry a day or so afterwards. To combat this problem, I use the matching conditioner and I highly recommend this combo as it is a true treat for your hair. The richness of the conditioner penetrates my hair and locks in the moisture. My hair is so soft and has a healthy shine when using both products together. There is an added benefit of using both products together and that is the enhanced scent. The conditioner offers an identical scent to the shampoo and both together really freshens my hair and leaves the most delightfully sweet banana aroma on my hair.

                  ~Conclusion~

                  A 250ml bottle of shampoo will last me around a month when using 2-3times a week. If you have shorter, finer hair, the bottle will last a lot longer. I plan on stocking up whenever they are reduced as I do not mind paying £2.00 per bottle though £4.00 is a bit steep. I'm sure I will get bored of the scent eventually but for now it is my favourite scented shampoo and I hope Body Shop keep it around this time!

                  Recommended..thanks for reading x

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