WHAT IS IT?
Shampoo from The Body Shop that is suitable for all hair types.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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.
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!
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!
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 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.
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.
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!
~Body Shop Banana Shampoo~
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.
~Product design/ ease of use~
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~
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~
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The retail price for a 250ml bottle of Banana Shampoo is £4.00.
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.
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.
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!
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I always used to use The Body Shop Banana Shampoo years ago, and then they stopped making it but it was back on the shelves again a couple of years ago and after that I have used it on and off. The usual price for this shampoo is £4 for 250ml which is a premium price for me as usually I tend to buy shampoo on offer as with two girls in the flat we get through quite a lot shampoo and shower gel etc. However, I read a review earlier this week about the shampoo being on a half price offer at £2 which I don't think can be missed out on as this shampoo is a great product so I went into town and got a few bottles in.
The Body Shop Banana Shampoo comes in a 250ml clear plastic bottle so you can see how much shampoo you have left. The labelling is green and quite dark with an old fashioned picture of The Body Shop with the product name standing out in white. The lid is a flip top with a hole where the shampoo is dispensed, the bottle can be squeezed which makes using very easy. Although the bottle doesn't sit upside down I've found I can usually get most of the shampoo out, I tend to rinse the last bit in the bottle with some warm water before using it just to make the most.
On opening the bottle the sweet banana smell hits you, it's not sickly but it's quite strong, I think it really smells like banana smoothie... lovely. As with most shampoo's this just needs to be massaged into the scalp and then rinsed off, which is great if you're in a rush as some shampoo's need to be left on for a few minutes. The shampoo is quite thin so you need to be careful not to pour out too much and waste any of the product. I've found that the shampoo doesn't lather that well, so I tend to just smooth it onto my hair and massage a bit and then rinse which usually does the trick. After use my hair always feels lovely and soft and in great condition. There's a lovely shine to my hair and although my hair's quite thick anyway this shampoo seems to give it even more body. The banana scent lingers subtly on my hair; it's noticeable but not too much. Obviously I've only been using my current bottle for a couple of days but previously I've been pleased with how long a bottle lasts. With usual shampoo I tend to wash my hair every other day but with this Banana shampoo I find I can easily get away with once every three days as that just washed feeling seems to stay for longer than usual.
Overall, I've been really pleased with my lovely Banana shampoo, I had forgot how good it was as it's so much easier to chuck shampoo in the basket with the weekly shop. I'm pleased to say though that I'm stocked up and won't be running out anytime soon. My hair feels in great condition again, it's soft and smooth and this is definitely a product I'm glad I've started using again. There's a couple of things to moan about but overall it's a good buy. Buy it up quick whilst it's on offer!
This was one of the presents that my boyfriend got me for my birthday last month and I love it! I just checked on The Body Shop website and the RRP is £4, currently reduced to £2 which I can't believe, this is such good quality and I had expected it to be atleast £6. The shampoo comes in a 250ml transparent plastic bottle which has a label on the front with the product and brand name as well as a brief product description. The bottle has a black flip cap lid which is easy to use. I think 250ml of product for £4 is quite expensive, however it does last well if you're careful with the amount you use and a little goes a long way. The overall design of the bottle is nice and simple with a slight luxurious feel to it, and it's definetly unisex in my opinion due to the simple colour scheme.
The banana shampoo is described by The Body Shop as being a product that gently cleanses the hair, leaving it shiny. The ingredients all seem pretty boring and chemical but the shampoo, as well as all the boring ingredients, actually contains honey and real banana puree. The honey in the shampoo is fair trade and a portion of the money from the shampoo goes towards supporting the Bee Keepers in Ethiopia. The honey in this sounds weird I know, but it actually helps soften and nourish hair. The smell of this shampoo is gorgeous and although the banana smell is quite overpowering, the honey smell is less prominant and tones it down a bit. The smell is very natural, it doesn't have a cheap plastic undertone to it and it really does smell good enough to eat!
Using this shampoo is easy, I usually use it in the shower and I simply massage a 10p sized blob of it into my wet hair. It doesn't lather as well as my usual shampoo and it's much runnier in consistency so it takes longer than usual to massage it througholy into my hair to create a decent amount of lather. I leave it in for 5 minutes while I relax (the smell is really relaxing and pleasant) and then wash it out thoroughly. The smell lingers nicely in my hair and in the bathroom, which I love. As soon as I have used this shampoo my hair feels much silkier and smoother, and even when it's dry I can feel a difference in it. It feels very clean and volumised - almost bouncy, and very soft/silky, with a shiny appearence. My hair basically feels amazing after using it, and the smell is a nice extra as it keeps my hair smelling fresh. I do condition my hair too, however this is such a good product that I think it could easily be used on its own.
The shampoo usually keeps my hair feeling great for around 2 days before the effects wear off and my hair is back to normal - odourless, with a less prominant shine and not as silky or fresh feeling. Bare in mind though that my hair is extremely thick and long so it needs regular washes. It doesn't make my hair dry or anything like that, nor does it leave it smelling strange - the banana smell, even in my hair, is subtle and natural smelling. I usually have a shower once a day and sometimes I use this just for the smell - it smells gorgeous! I was expecting this to be quite oily but it isn't at all and it doesn't make my hair greasy, dry, or leave bits in my hair either, nor does it irritate my scalp, it's ideal for any type of hair in my opinion and it cleanses my long, thick hair very easily. I made my boyfriend Jack use this the other night as a joke (he said he was too manly for banana shampoo) and he admitted it smelt nice and his hair felt really fluffy afterwards and smelt beautiful! Overall I would reccomend this. It's a total bargain at 2 quid but even at the RRP it is worth every penny!
The Body Shop claims that this product 'gently cleanses and helps nourish the hair, leaving it soft and sheeny'. I completely agree with this and find it leaves my hair looking shiny and feeling really moisturised. I believe this shampoo was available in the past and then discontinued but I never used it in the past, I am just pleased it is available now. I have never coloured my hair but have friends who have and use this product and all say the shampoo has great effects on coloured hair too. I love the smell of this shampoo, after use it leaves the shower smelling lovely. Throughout the day sometimes I can smell this on my hair, but it is not over powering at all.
This shampoo comes in a 250ml plastic bottle with a flip lid. I have used shampoo in the past which has come from the bottle a lot easier, but this has resulted in waste so I really like the simple design of the bottle.
USING THE PRODUCT
You can use this shampoo as often as you want, when opening the bottle this first thing which will hit you is the gorgeous smell! I use this shampoo with the matching conditioner, although you can used one without the other.
WHERE TO BUY & PRICE
You can buy this shampoo at Body Shop online or instore. As with all my other Body Shop products I prefer to purchase online as find there are often promotions and discount codes which means I can stock up on products at a cheaper price. A 250ml bottle costs £4, compared to other shampoo which I also use, I think the price of £4 is great value.
I love this shampoo and compared to others of the same price range I find it a great shampoo. I will continue to stock up and use this in the future. I would definitely recommend this product!
Every now and again I like to deviate away from my TIGI shampoos and conditioners and try something new. A change is as good as a rest as they say and I do love to experiment - who knows what else could be out there? Usually it happens as a result of a whim, I'll see something whilst browsing in a shop and think it looks/sounds good so I'll give it a go. That's what happened with this shampoo which I first discovered a while back now.
As those of you familiar with the body shop will be aware, packaging is simple and kept to a minimum, so as you would expect this shampoo comes in a basic clear plastic bottle with a black plastic flip lid. There is a simple label attached to the front of the bottle telling us about the product. Consistent with the body shop ethos for being environmentally aware and ethical trading, the shampoo is made from Community Trade banana puree and is not tested on animals. All packaging is also made from recycled materials. The bananas used in this shampoo are sourced from El Guabo in Ecuador, an association of small-scale banana producers.
There is also a banana conditioner in this range that can be purchased for use with the shampoo. The shampoo comes in a bottle of 250ml and costs £3.99. Through the bottle you can see the shampoo which is a rich dullish yellow in colour, with a creamy appearance.
Immediately as I flipped the black plastic lid open, I was hit by a very strong aroma of bananas. (Incidentally, this flip lid is quite flimsy and not really very flippable - I broke the hinge on mine immediately which was a little frustrating!). The smell was really sweet and purely of bananas, as if the bottle had just been filled with mushed up banana. The scent was nice but I was a bit wary of putting it on my head, it felt more like I should be cooking with it!
To wash my hair, which is thick and just past shoulder length, fully with this shampoo I apply two dollops about the size of 10p pieces to wet hair. The dollops are quite hard to control in size at first as the bottle is filled really full with product and a lot seems to trickle out as you turn the bottle upside down. Within the dollops I also notice deep brown specks - which I assume to be part of the banana that has been pulped. The shampoo is quite thick in consistency and feels creamy to the touch. On application to my hair, it needs quite vigorous rubbing into my scalp to achieve any sort of lather. This can take some time and it is difficult to resist the urge to just simply apply more shampoo, as it does not feel like very good coverage is achieved. Patience (and very wet hair) is needed but you do get some lathering up eventually. The shampoo then rinsed out of my hair really easily, but it did leave my hair feeling like it needed conditioning - I would definitely recommend that this shampoo is used with the associated conditioner rather than on its own.
The shampoo is said to 'cleanse and help nourish the hair, leaving it soft and sheeny'. My hair definitely felt a lot softer after using this shampoo. This had both positives and negatives for me however - yes, it felt soft to the touch and in great condition, but it also felt a lot more flyaway and out of control meaning that I needed to use more styling products than normal. My hair did feel really clean and the smell of bananas also remained on my hair. I'm not sure how I feel about this, the smell is sweet and fruity but I'm not sure that it's really something that I want my hair to smell of! And I'm convinced that this attracted the wasps and bees to me in the summer too!! I didn't really notice any improvement in shine either.
I would say that a bottle of this lasts me a couple of months of washing my hair 2-3 times a week so offers reasonable value for money. It is one that I use now and then rather than as my regular shampoo as I think that I would soon get sick of the scent and other shampoos help to control my hair a little better. I would recommend it if you like fruity shampoos and are looking to add softness to your hair, which is what this shampoo seems to do really well. I think that this would definitely be good to use if you have dry hair (but use the conditioner too or your hair may feel a bit stripped).