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I do suffer from dandruff on occasion so I was pleased to find this Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo in The Body Shop. Priced at £4.50 for 250ml, it was similarly priced to other Body Shop products and I was able to get hold of some on offer.
The shampoo comes in the typical Body Shop shampoo/shower gel bottle, with an easy-to-use flip-top lid and a transparent body so that it’s easy to see how much product you have left. I liked the label on the shampoo, which made it look quite modern.
The Body Shop describes the shampoo as a cleansing and refreshing product with ginger extracts that is perfect for dry scalps. It definitely smells of ginger, but the scent isn’t overwhelming, and I can’t smell it on my hair after I’ve washed it. I love ginger but I know a lot of people don’t, so this might be handy information.
The shampoo works just like any other: apply to wet hair, rub in and rinse. It lathers up well and cleanses the hair with no problems. As usual, I apply conditioner afterwards. It doesn’t irritate my scalp.
Regular use suggests that it is reasonably effective at dealing with dandruff. I’ve noticed that I hardly seem to get it any more. It does seem to be slightly harsh on my hair, so I tend to only use it every two or three days, not every wash.
One negative effect I’ve noticed is that it does seem to strip hair colour to a certain extent, so this is another reason not to use it every day.
In general, though, this is an effective anti-dandruff shampoo that is recommended by me.
I actually got this off my mum as she noticed that I had dandruff and she had a bottle of this in the bathroom and kept telling me how good it was at getting rid of it. I usually use head and shoulders when dandruff rears its ugly head but I was willing to try this especially since it was free and would save me having to buy my own and besides my mum was adamant it was the best dandruff shampoo she had ever used. The shampoo comes in a 400ml bottle which costs 6.50 but it is also available in a smaller 250ml bottle for 4.50. The shampoo itself is a liquorice colour and is very thick. I kind of thought just from the colour of the shampoo that it would have a strong medicinal smell but it doesn't. The smell of ginger is actually really nice and works well and had I not known it was an anti-dandruff shampoo then I would never have guessed from the smell. I don't think most people will be buying it as just a nice smelling shampoo however so as an anti-dandruff shampoo I was quite impressed with how it worked. I left it on my scalp for a few minutes so that it could have time to get to work and even in those first few minutes I felt as though it was already starting to soothe it and help take away the itching. When I washed it off my hair the first time and towel dried my hair I thought that I noticed an improvement with the dandruff though it was still there of course but I did feel as though it looked a little bit better. The second time I used the shampoo I noticed a definite improvement in the itchiness of my scalp and within a week all the dandruff that I had was pretty much completely gone. I have used a few different dandruff shampoos and I wouldn't say this is better than them at getting rid of dandruff but it was definitely one of the better ones that I have used at soothing my scalp and taking away the itch that I get when I have dandruff. It is also a really nice shampoo to use and the ginger smell is good and suitable for all members of the family as it isn't floral and feminine and is unisex. I probably still prefer head and shoulders because it is cheaper and I love the fresh smell that it has but this is a good alternative and a really good quality shampoo that smells good and actually works to get rid of dandruff.
added to ciao 7/12/14
Whilst I was out Christmas shopping I popped into the body shop as presents are fairly standard in my family and my mum, as she never knows what she wants, asks me for body shop and boots gift cards. As I had finished my regular shampoo that morning I saw this and thought I would give it a go so I treated myself to a 250 ml bottle for £4.50. The next day I tried it out.
I don't have a major dandruff problem, most of the time, but there are times when I seem to have more than others and I was going through a bit of a dandruff attack so this appeared to be what I needed. The fact I like the smell of ginger was a bonus.
The shampoo comes in a dark coloured bottle, which I can only assume is to protect some of the ingredients from direct sunlight (we do the same thing with some chemicals in the labs I teach in). It is a clear almost colourless shampoo and it is fairly viscous so it doesn't run off your hand within moments like some products can. The smell is of sweet ginger but it is not overpowering. The smell is a bit like that stem ginger in syrup you can buy. It lathers well considering I live in a very hard water area and after massaging it through my hair and on my scalp it rinses off well. The ginger smell becomes much more noticeable as you lather it up and I do find the smell of ginger quite relaxing. I tend to repeat this process once especially if my hair is a bit longer than usual (it is at the moment - I call it 'winter insulation')
My hair does feel clean after I have rinsed it away and does not feel as if there is any kind of coating on it which can weigh your hair down. I don't find that the smell of the ginger lingers very long which, for me, isn't a bad thing. Then again my hair isn't long enough for me to smell it to find out. Asking other people to smell your hair to see tends to get you funny looks. (not that I have tried it, honest).
When dry, like with most anti-dandruff shampoos, my hair does feel slightly dry. This I remedied, after the third time of using it, with a decent conditioner. Dandruff wise there was a noticeable reduction in the amount of flakes and my scalp was less dry and itchy as it had been, although it took a couple of weeks to really clear up. As the anti-dandruff was the main reason I had bought the shampoo I decided the slight drying it produced without conditioner was worth it.
I tend to wash my hair every three days and use a 10p size amount each time which works well for the length of hair I have. Those with longer hair may need slightly more but as it lathered up so well it is unlikely.
Others may not get this drying result but I have very thick and course hair which is fine when short but a bit of a pain to control when long. (If it gets any longer than it is at the moment I'll start looking like a 'Bouffant Betty'). This makes my hair quite prone to drying out although I think the fact my hair isn't oily is a big plus.
As it is a body shop product the finished product is not tested on animals but whether any of the ingredients have been in the past is, unfortunately, less clear.
Disadvantages (for some)
The product does contain parabens and I know there are some people out there who don't want to use products which contain these.
Will I keep using/buy again
I will probably return to my regular shampoo (it's cheaper) when I have finished this bottle but I will buy it again to use when the dandruff makes a reappearance. This product did work for me but I do only have a mild to occasionally medium dandruff problem. I don't know how it would work for those with a more severe dandruff problem.
WHAT IS IT?
Shampoo from The Body Shop that has been developed for people who have got dandruff.
I think this is a very lovely fragrance for this shampoo. It is very warm and has got a natural ginger smell that I think is very pleasing. It stays on my hair for quite a long time after I have washed it and I like that.
I like this shampoo very much. I do not get very many bubbles out of it but it still feels very nice to use and like it is a luxury shampoo. It takes a long time to rinse out of my hair and that is a pity because sometimes I cannot use the shampoo if I do not think I am going to have time to rinse it all the way out.
DOES IT WORK?
I only use this shampoo because I like the smell of it and because it makes my hair feel clean and shiny. I started to use it when I was pregnant because I got dandruff then and I thought it worked very well to calm the skin on my scalp down to stop flakes from appearing in my hair and on my clothes.
I like how clean my hair looks after I have washed it with this shampoo and I think my hair feels very soft as well. I do not always use conditioner after I have washed my hair and that is possible with the ginger shampoo because it makes my hair feel healthy all on its own.
WHAT I THINK
I like to use this shampoo because it is very good quality and I like how clean it makes my hair feel and look. I have recommended it to many people including several of my clients when they have suffered from dandruff because it works so well when others like Head and Shoulders don't do what they should and are so strong that they are not very good for the hair.
It does not work straight away on dandruff but after about one week I saw a difference and that is the time that has been reported to me by my clients also. It can get rid of dandruff all together after using it regular and I think that is very good.
A 250ml bottle of Ginger shampoo from The Body Shop costs £4.50 and that is value because you do not have to use very much every time you wash your hair so a bottle lasts for long.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
I am usually a big fan of Body Shop products and I like their natural and ethical ethos so I am sorry to say that I didn't really get on with this shampoo.
I only suffer dandruff occasionally and usually Head and Shoulders or Vosene is good enough to get rid of it but I inherited a bottle of this off my sister as she has an even bigger addiction to beauty products than me and when she has a clean she is good enough to give me her cast offs.
I didn't use it for a while as I kept it specifically until my dandruff returned and when it did I was pretty confident it wouldn't last very long as I knew I had this and because it was from the Body Shop and because it was quite expensive I assumed (wrongly it turns out) that this would sort out my dandruff in super quick time.
The shampoo has honey, birch bark, white willow, oak moss and panthenol in it and one of the good things about it is that it doesn't smell strongly of ginger which is a smell that I am not all that keen on. Instead it smells slightly medicinal with only a slight hint of ginger. It actually smells a lot like Vosene with only the slight ginger smell to it which is actually quite nice.
This gave a lovely lather to my hair and I only needed a little bit for my entire hair. One thing about it is that it really felt soothing on my head and scalp and it actually cooled my head down in the bath. It left my hair looking and feeling ok afterwards too. It was nice and soft but it didn't really give it any lift or bounce.
The biggest disappointment was that it did absolutely nothing for my dandruff and even though I used it loads of times my dandruff was still there and no better than before I started using the shampoo. Everyone else I have talked to with dandruff raves about this shampoo but I really didn't see what all the fuss was about. It was ok as a shampoo for cleaning but nothing special and as an anti dandruff shampoo it didn't work on my hair.
I went back to using Head and Shoulders and this cleared it up quickly and with no fuss. My sister gave me a smallish 250ml bottle of the shampoo and it costs £4.50 which I think is expensive especially when it didn't even work on my hair.
I sometimes suffer from an itchy or flaky scalp and as I often wear black for work, any dry skin shows up really easily, which can be quite embarrassing as you can imagine. I originally purchased this on behalf of my mother. I went for the 400ml bottle at £6 - but I got 10% off with my loyalty card.
Packaging and appearance
The packaging is exactly as above with a flip top that is easy to open and close - nothing worse than an awkward one when you're in the shower! It is also easy to squeeze, but you don't need to squeeze it that hard.
The shampoo itself
£6 might seem like a bit excessive for a bottle of shampoo, but I would rather pay a bit more for something that didn't want to make me slice my scalp open. It has a reasonably thick consistency; a little goes a long way and it is very economical in that respect. The shampoo lathers up really easily and it takes just a few seconds for the smell of ginger to become apparent. It is quite a strong smell, but very natural. For anyone who has ever used root ginger as a hangover cure, it smells exactly like fresh ginger. The smell is very strong, for some people maybe too strong, but it definitely tickles your senses as you use it. I tend to shower on mornings and it definitely wakes my nose up! Very refreshing!
After a good bit of usage, I feel confident to give an honest and useful opinion on how good it is for my hair. To begin with I think it is important to mention that my hair is quite dry anyway and it still feels a little dry but it also leaves my hair really, really shiny which is a lovely and somewhat unexpected bonus. The main reason for using this shampoo was to settle my scalp and I do feel that it has greatly improved it. It feels a lot less irritated, I have less of an urge to scratch, there is a lot less flakiness and my scalp actually feels at peace (finally).
The only negative thing for me was the smell. As refreshing as it was, I actually didn't like smelling it all day long for the first day every time I washed it; the smell was just too strong to me. For some this might be a bonus, but for me it was just too much. For this reason, this shampoo gets 4 stars instead of 5. I would use it occasionally in the future as and when needed but not one of my regular beauty staples. Sorry Body Shop!
For Christmas my father was given a 400ml bottle of Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo made by The Body Shop. Yes my family do give slightly strange gifts. While I was staying with him I used this shampoo for two weeks. It is currently priced at £4 for a 250ml bottle or £6 for a 400ml bottle. The Body Shop have regular deals so I'm sure it would be possible to get it a little cheaper.
The bottle for this shampoo is what I would describe as short and dumpy. It is made from a green/brown see through plastic with a clear lid attached. The label is cream with orange and black writing and a photo of some ginger. I really like the packaging for this product because it is simple and tasteful. It looks really nice on display in the bathroom, especially if you have a beige/cream colour scheme like my parents do!
The shampoo is very easy to use; you start by simply squirting out a small amount onto your hand. The liquid is quite thick so a small squirt is adequate. Then apply to your hair. I found the shampoo lathered up really nicely. Then rinse it out, this was very easy when I used it in the bath and I wasn't left with shampoo in my hair which can happen with some shampoos. When using this shampoo there is an almost over whelming smell of ginger. I loved this because I am a huge fan of the smell and it is one of my favourite spices. However, I was pleased that once my hair was dry I didn't smell of ginger all day (I did check with someone to make sure!). Ginger isn't included in this shampoo simply because of the gorgeous smell but also for its medicinal anti-septic qualities. Other ingredients include birch bark extract, white willow and oak moss with the over all aim of providing a soothing and moisturising experience while also promoting a flake free scalp. Although I don't suffer from dandruff I do get a slightly dry and itchy scalp and after two weeks of using this shampoo these symptoms had disappeared so I believe it would at least help prevent dandruff. My hair also feels really soft and nourished which to me is the most important quality I look for in a shampoo.
The only drawback to this shampoo is the price. I tend to buy shampoo that is no more than £1.50 per bottle and if you look out for offers it is possible to get some decent brands at this price. £6 for 400ml is a bit too steep for me so that would definitely put me off buying this product on a regular basis. Having said that, I would maybe buy it occasionally to keep on display in my bathroom and just use it every now and then.
In summary, a good quality product that helps keep your scalp healthy, your hair nourished and has a gorgeous ginger smell to boot. Just a little a little too pricy for my budget.
I started using this shampoo from the Body Shop after my sister recommended it. She has scalop psoriasis and I thought if it worked for her then surely it would work for my flaky scalp. Well I wasn't wrong, but I'll come to that in a moment.
******Packaging & Price******
You can buy this shampoo for £4 for 250ml or you can get a 400ml bottle for £6, which I think is quite expensive for shampoo....250ml is not very much shampoo. My solution to this problem was to sign up for the Body Shop's online newsletter and when there is an offer (like 30% and free delivery) I just stock up. The packaging is typical Body Shop, quite plain and understated. The bottle is a dark greeny, yellow and partially translucent, so to me it looks a bit like an old medicine bottle. It has a plastic flip top lid, that's quite sturdy but not too difficult to open. A good thing about the Body Shop is that all their packaging is recyclable. The final thing to note about this product is that last year something went wrong with their supply chain and they didn't have any of this shampoo in stock for a few months. I'm not sure what the problem was but it was very frustrating that we couldn't get any from any shop.
The shampoo itself is clear and a thick consistency, so you don't actually need much to get a good lather. I have very thick hair and find that a 10p sized blob is enough. It smells very gingery (as you would expect) and I when I use it I can feel a bit of a tingling on my head. It washes out easily enough and although the Body Shop recommends using one of their conditioners I used my own.
After drying my hair it was soft and smooth and my flaky scalp seemed to be remedied. I wash my hair every other day and found that my head didn't itch between washes and 4 weeks on from using this product it still seems to be working. My hair didn't smell particularly gingery after drying either, so you don't have to worry about that if you don't like the smell of ginger too much.
My overall opinion of this shampoo is really good, it works and doesn't smell medicinal or chemical like some others. I feel happy about buying from The Body Shop as they pride themselves on their ethics regarding fair trade, environmental standards and animal testing. However, this product is a bit on the pricey side, so I think I will have to alternate it with a cheaper shampoo.
THIS IS THE SHAMPOO YOU NEED IF YOU SUFFER CHRONIC DANDRUFF PROBLEMS!
I have suffered dandruff problems for a very long time and I have tried many many products ranging from johnsons baby shampoo to tea tree oil, head and shoulders to chinese herbs and many other brands. Some products works at first, but it will soon become immune and my head will start 'snowing' again.
BUT! after reading numerous reviews on this, I gave it a go and it works wonders! I have used this product over 9 months and it is still working and I can wave my head around like in those adverts without a flake!
The smell is of course -ginger , but I like this smell, it is not too strong and it smells natural! One large bottle lasts a few months and the soap lathers very well , but that will depend on the type of water of your location.
The only problem with this product is the price and after using this shampoo, my hair feels a little 'heavy' as compared to the very light and clean feeling. Still, I think this product is well worth it as it gets me out of embarassing problems! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED so give it a go!
I am, on the whole, a big fan of the Body Shop and have had a lot of success with their products.
I have been using this shampoo now for about 3 years and can only give it good reviews. There are negatives, however, as always...!
The negatives, for me, would start with the bottle size. I think 250ml is too small for regular users. One bottle lasts me about 10/12 washes, and I try not to over use it! It does not seem logical to me to sell a shampoo in a small bottle, unless it's specifically intended for travel purposes, which this is not. Secondly, the price. We all know Body Shop errs on the expensive side, but it would be encouraging to see them trying to reduce their prices and appeal to a larger market consumer.
The positives. I love the smell!! As soon as you open the bottle, the ginger bursts out and hits you in the nose. Wonderful. Makes a big change from tar or chemicals. In terms of its effectiveness, I can confirm that it works pretty on me. I never expect great success from shampoos as I suffer from scalp psoriasis, but this one isn't bad at all. It gently reduces flakiness and itching, not for long, but considering it isn't formulated for diagnosed problems like mine, I'm pleased with its results.
As with all Body Shop products, it leaves my hair shiny and looking healthy overall.
This shampoo recently returned to the shelves of the Body Shop due to popular demand. It has been available since the mid-nineties. The bottle is transparent olive green with a modern looking label showing a photograph of ginger root giving the impression of a natural product.
And yes, a lot of the ingredients are natural including white willow, organic honey and of course ginger. It also contains piroctone olamine which is an effective anti-fungal agent. Added panthenol lessens the need for conditioner making it a good purchase if you are on a budget.
You can see the recipe is well thought out.
Its texture is really thick and you only need a small amount to massage into your scalp. It does not lather as well as other shampoos, but I believe this makes it less irritant to sensitive skin.
I have suffered from a highly sensitive scalp for years and often needed unpleasant coal-tar shampoos that smell disgusting. The fragrance of this shampoo is uplifting and spicy which I found to be a pleasure to use. The calming effects on the skin are almost instantaneous and my scalp feels less itchy and sore for days after use. And with it leaving my hair shiny and soft, prescription shampoos are a thing of the past for me now.
It comes in a 250ml size bottle and cost £5.35 each at bodyshop.co.uk. You can often find special offers in their outlet stores. You cannot really argue with that if you add into the bargain the fact that you are buying from an ethical company.
Price: £5.35 for 250ml
£7.80 for 400ml
From: The Body Shop
For: Strengthening hair and promoting a healthy scalp
The packaging is nice, plain but good quality as you expect from Body Shop products. It's a plastic bottle with a flip top lid. The lid fastens tightly but is still easy to open.
It's a medium consistency shampoo, not too thick or too runny, but I do find I have to use quite a lot of it at once. It feels quite refreshing on the scalp as I massage it in, and it makes a nice lather very quickly. It has a natural ginger scent which is nice enough, but not something I really want to smell of, and the scent does last in your hair.
I don't suffer from dandruff as such, but I do get an itchy, dry, flaky scalp sometimes, and this seemed to relieve the itchiness straight away. After using it a few times it also helped to stop my scalp feeling dry and flaky, so I imagine it would also work well to treat dandruff.
My hair feels clean and fresh after using this, but it doesn't feel as soft or smooth as usual. It also goes very static and a little frizzy not too long after using it, and it ends up looking very flyaway. My hair also seems to get greasy more quickly than usual after using this, so it wouldn't be good for anyone who has greasy hair normally.
All in all I think this is an effective anti-dandruff shampoo, but the overall effect is not great.
Thumbs in the middle from me.
I received this as a gift from a friend along with loads of other Body Shop goodies. As with most of the other items it is something I would never have bought for myself because it's rather on the expensive side. This costs £5.35 for a 250ml bottle or £7.80 for a 400ml bottle.
It comes in a plastic bottle which is semi-transparent so you can easily see how much is left. It has a flip up lid which fastens nice and tightly and stays on securely enough that you don't need to worry about spillages if you're going to take it travelling with you.
The shampoo is a fairly thick consistency as far as shampoos go, but it's still runny enough to be able to smooth it through your hair easily to lather it up. It has a lovely zingy ginger scent to it which is very nice and really helps to wake you up on a morning.
It creates a nice thick lather with minimal effort and a little of this stuff really goes a long way. It feels really refreshing on the the hair and scalp as you massage it in, and it really feels like it's giving it a good thorough clean.
I don't really suffer much with dandruff but I do suffer from an itchy scalp which can be really bad at times, and this stuff really does the trick of calming it down and soothing it so I no longer feel the constant need to scratch at my head.
When my hair dries after using this it feels really clean, fresh, light and airy. It's left really soft and smooth without that weighed down feeling that other anti-dandruff shampoos give it. It feels and looks amazing and stays that way until I wash it the next day.
I'm really very impressed with this shampoo, it's solved my itchy scalp problem and it leaves my hair feeling and looking great. This is one Body Shop product that I would be happy to pay for over and over again.
Last month I won a competition online with the prize being a £20 Body Shop voucher, despite not really being a customer of Body Shop I realised that £20 would not go terribly far so decided to treat myself to a shampoo and conditioner as a nice change from my usual Poundland hair products.
I actually ended up buying the first one I saw which was this Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, for two reasons: a) I have had a minor outbreak of flakiness on my scalp and b) because I adore the scent of ginger.
I have not been disappointed. For starters it smells absolutely divine, as soon as I flipped the lid open I was aware of a rich and warm aroma rising from the bottle - and this beautiful ginger smell just gets better as I wash and rinse my hair. It's not an overly strong smell but is spicy and honestly smells good enough to eat!
I find this shampoo is be very mild, as are most Body Shop shampoos I have tried. It seems to warm my scalp as I massage it though my hair and I can feel that it's a very moisturising shampoo for both my hair and scalp. Although it doesn't produce too many bubbles, what is there quickly becomes a rich lather which coats and cleans every hair on my head. It's quite easy to create this lather and I have discovered that the wetter my hair is the thicker the lather will be.
The shampoo is very easy to rinse out and I have never been left with any residue that I have unwittingly missed with the shower head. The shampoo seems to melt away once the water starts running over my hair - and this is good for me as my back aches terribly sometimes when I am trying to rinse a particularly stubborn shampoo!
As far as my scalp goes I am confident it's in much better condition since I began using this Ginger shampoo. The itchiness I suffer from has all but disappeared and within a day or two the few loose flakes I had been losing each day also dwindled down to nothing. I have no qualms about recommending this to someone with a worse dandruff problem either as I can tell it would work well for most people.
I find this shampoo leaves my hair soft, fresh and easy to manage after washing, a little goes a very long way and as you can see from my profile picture I have rather short hair so I can envisage this bottle lasting a while. Unfortunately there is no matching conditioner so I bought one from the Honey range and that seems to work beautifully with this ginger shampoo.
The 400ml bottle I bought cost just under £8, although a smaller 250ml bottle is available for £5.35.
I am a great fan of the body shop and am often to be found browsing their shelves. I like trying new shampoos. So when I spied body shop ginger anti-dandruff shampoo I did not hesitate to buy it. I often suffer with a dry, flaky scalp, but am reluctant to use some of the products on the market as they are very harsh and have made my hair and scalp worse in the past. I also love the smell of ginger so this was another plus point for me. The body shop ************* One of the reasons I give the body shop my custom is that I consider them to be an ethical business. Body shop involves itself in various environmental campaigns. Most recently joining forces with the U.K?s first green electricity company,ecotricty,to convert 1 million homes to ecotricity by 2010. Body shop are also against testing on animals .I am happy that body shop support smaller producer communities throughout the world. The packaging used is kept to a minimum and can all be recycled. Body shop asks that you return your empty bottles to them so they can be re used. So what about the ginger shampoo? The product ********** Body shop makes a range of shampoos for different hair types. The ginger shampoo is specially formulated to treat dandruff and dry hair conditions. Ginger is a natural antiseptic. In addition the shampoo contains infusions of birch bark, white willow and oak moss, all natural ingredients that help to sooth and moisturise. Body shop ginger anti dandruff shampoo is packaged in a clear plastic bottle with a black flip top lid. I paid Just over £ 3.00 for a 250 ml bottle. If you really like this product it is available in larger sized bottles. So what?s it like to use? Well my first impression was that the shampoo is quick thick and you don?t need too much of it to achieve a really good lather. The smell is very distinctly of ginger. I liked the slight tingling feeling that I experienced when using this shampoo too. It rinsed out
easily. Body shop recommends you use their banana conditioner, but as I was out of this I had to do with Pantene! The ginger smell was no longer noticeable once my hair was dry. The result was initially very good. When my hair was dry it felt soft and there was no sign of any flakes. My scalp and hair felt clean and did not itch. I continued to use this shampoo for several months with good results. However on the last few occasions I have noticed that my hair looked dull and the dreaded flakes have returned! I guess its time for a change! This shampoo is only available from The Body shop.