Product Type: The Body Shop hair care products
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A Proper 'Nana!
The Body Shop Banana Shampoo
Member Name: loopy-lou33
The Body Shop Banana Shampoo
Advantages: The scent!
Disadvantages: The price!
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!
Summary: A nourishing shampoo.