“ Brand: The Body Shop / Type: Conditioner / Subcategory: Gloss / Hair type: normal hair / Quality Standard: Organic „
I was in The Body Shop a while back and noticed they had travel size bottles of Olive Glossing Conditioner on sale for £1. I'm always on the lookout for a good conditioner to soften and smooth my rather dry hair, so picked up a bottle.
This conditioner is designed for normal to dry hair and is described as a smoothing conditioner with Community Trade Organic Olive Oil. The bottle is olive-green with a picture of some olives, just in case you need reminding of the main ingredient in the product!
Inside, the conditioner is a slightly thin white liquid with the faint scent of olives. I apply a 50p-sized piece to wet freshly shampooed hair. The conditioner is easy to apply and rinses out with no problems.
The conditioner leaves my hair smooth with no tangles. After drying and straightening my hair, it is shiny and manageable. My hair has a tendency to go frizzy, but this product helps keep it under control.
What I really like about this conditioner is that it keeps my rather wild hair smooth and straight. It looks shiny and in great condition, and even after going out in the cold and rain it looks better than it does when I've been using another conditioner. After using it several times my hair was in much better condition and seemed really healthy, as well as being much more manageable.
Overall, I'm gutted that this conditioner was discontinued as I absolutely love it and will be picking up any more of it that I am lucky enough to find in the sale. I highly recommend it and hope that I can manage to track down some more!
I have used this, along with the shampoo, for the last 4 years. I have naturally curly, dry hair and struggle to find products that add shine without weighing my curls down.
I love The Body Shop but had never tried a hair product until I brought this.
Packaging - Typical body shop, functional with a minimalist charm. But because the plastic bottle is so thick and hard to squeeze, it's quite tricky to get the last of the conditioner out.
Scent - this smells GORGEOUS! It's a very clean, fresh scent which lasts on the hair all day.
Consistency - Not to thick and not too thin - almost like double cream.
The product - After a little experimenting, I found that the best results are achieved by using the shampoo then brushing the conditioner through my hair and leaving for 2-3 minutes then washing it out.
The results - after one use my hair looked sniny and felt softer but after a week I was severly impressed as it looked healthy and revitalised. It gave me soft bouncy curls that shone like gold and smelt divine - what more could a girl ask for.
Value for money- prices range from £2.40 for 60ml (travel size) to £7.80 for 400ml (supersize) and there is usually an offer on if you buy both shampoo and conditioner which does make it a little more purse friendly. Yes it is a little more expensive than your average conditioner but I would definately say it is worth spending that little bit more because of the amazing results!
****I've also written a review on the shampoo, I apologise for the extreme similarity but this is written in mind of a non-dooyooer investigating this independently of the shampoo. Please bare with me if you've read the other.****
Having finally run out of the tresemme 24 hour volume shampoo and conditioner, and having come into some birthday money, I decided to give my hair a more expensive treat. The Body Shop is by far my favourite cosmetic company, for multiple reasons including their charity work (both highly publicised and not), their animal testing ethics (let's face it, it's becoming defunct anyway) and the consistently high quality I find in their products, so it was my first, and last, stop for hair treat goodness.
I'm really lucky when it comes to my hair. I colour it it doesn't get dry from dying, and it's always healthy and full of shine. Even when I've gone a year without a hair cut I don't have split ends. It's always very shiny and healthy looking so I tend to steer clear of products for dry hair, especially as my hair tends to be a bit greasy after 36 hours.
*WHY I CHOSE IT*
The olive range wasn't my first choice. When I was browsing the hair range I noticed that it was for normal/dry hair, and the addition of olive oil made me assume that it would be more moisturising than my roots could handle, so I was leaning towards the guarana berry volumising range. Also, my hair doesn't really need any more shine! But talking to the shop assistant I discovered that feedback from other customers said that the main benefit was that the olive range made your hair feel really, really soft. So I was sold!
*MY EXPERIENCES AND THOUGHTS*
I use this after the olive shampoo; I apply it to the lengths and ends (what would be swinging from a low ponytail) and leave for a few minutes, then rub any excess into the scalp and upper lengths. I do this to ensure I wont get build up of conditioner at the roots, especially at the crown. Often I use a wide toothed comb to brush it through, getting rid of any tugs before rinsing, but in truth this isn't as really necessary with this range as it is others. The conditioner is white and smells quite herbal. a really pleasent and fresh smell but not one you'd automatically associate with the body shop if you use their fruity ranges. The conditioner washes out easily, leaving tug free hair with a really nice smell.
White I love most about this conditioner is that although my hair is heavily layered, even when I don't use styling products, my layers aren't "flyaway" and they don't stick out in random flicks (I'm growing my layers out and this is really annoying!). My hair feels so soft and smooth but not greasy, though I was worried about that. I love it!
It costs £2.40 for 60 ml (travel size), £5.35 for 250 ml and £7.80 for 400 ml. They have two deals on where you can get two 250 ml products for £8.70 or two 400 ml products for £11.80 (I think), and I opted for the latter, though the former is slightly better value.
The bottles are widely recyclable though I don't know if they are made from recycled plastic or not.
© L Wade 2009 - submitted only on dooyoo.
Price: £2.40 for 60ml
£5.35 for 250ml
£7.80 for 400ml
From: The Body Shop
For: Smoothing, conditioning and protecting the hair
The packaging is the usual clean, simple but high quality of the Body Shop. A plastic bottle which you can see the conditioner through so you always know how much you have left, with a flip top lid that fastens nice and tight.
It's a fairly thick textured conditioner but it's consistency is smooth and creamy enough that you don't need to use much at a time as it spreads easily over the hair. I was quite worried that the scent would be a bit off-putting, but it's just a fresh, natural, green scent, almost herbal, and is quite pleasant.
It does take a while to rinse out of the hair, but so do most conditioners that are any good. Once it's all rinsed out my hair feels silky smooth. When it's dry it feels really soft and manageable, but without that heavy, weighed down feeling that conditioners can give my fairly fine hair.
My hair is definitely a lot softer and smoother after using this, and if I leave it on for 10 minutes as a treatment then the results are even better. My hair is left looking super-shiny and so sleek and smooth, without being greasy or feeling dirty.
All in all I think this is a very good conditioner.
Thumbs up from me.
The Body Shop Olive Glossing Conditioner has been my favourite conditioner for well over a year now. Although it is expensive compared to many other brands of conditioner it does last a long time as I find that you do not need to use as much as many other brands.
I started using this conditioner when I had it bought as a gift together with the Olive shampoo. I often have psoriasis on my scalp and have found this to be one of very few products that I can use without irritation. Used with the matching shampoo I find my hair looks a lot better than when I have not used it as it helps tame frizzy and dry hair. It is slightly heavy for my hair at the moment as it has thinned with ill health but for thick, slightly dry hair it is the business!
The only downside to this product is its bottle. The plastic is so hard you cannot squeeze out the product very well.
Don't forget that if you want to try it, ask for a free sample and many branches of the store will give you enough for a couple of uses!
The Body Shop Olive Glossing Conditioner is one of three conditioners that they are producing at the moment (the others being Honey Moisturising and Nettle Oil Balancing Conditioners). The Body Shop does have a fickle product history, and indeed the hair range is perhaps one of the most constantly evolving/revolving ranges they make. I remember the days of Banana Conditioner, mm that was good, why'd they have to go and get rid of it?
Anyway times are a changing again at Body Shop HQ. Anita Roddick has decamped with all of her wholesome profits, leaving her company behind in the hands of that feelgood multinational, L'Oreal. Well, the official word is that she is still overseeing/in control of the ethics of the Body Shop itself, for many people this will not change the fact that it is now associated with Nestle, who own part of L'Oreal. I cannot pretend that everything I purchase is animal/environmental/fair trade friendly, but it will make me less inclined to regard The Body Shop with the same feel good factor it had in the past.
At any rate, I still shop there from time to time. I am forever in search of the holy grail that will tame my hair. I probably put as much time and money into hair products as some people do into active hobbies like bingo or horseriding! Show me a product that promises to moisturise and de-frizz my locks, and I'll gobble it up like the fool's gold that it inevitably is
However, there are sometimes exceptions that make the search worth it. I bought the Olive Glossing Conditioner recently after trying a small size of their Honey Conditioner and liking it. But not loving it, it was a bit too heavy even for my mop.
The Olive Conditioner intrigued me as I have in the past used olive oil as a treatment on my hair and liked it (Eew gross, you say? Not as gross as the mayonnaise, eggs, or banana I've also tried!). Anyway, it's not that crazy, olive oil has long been used in Mediterranean cultures for topical as well as edible benefits. And now The Body Shop has embraced the idea, using Community Trade organic olive oil from Italy in this product.
I purchased the 250ml size for £5.50. A bit steeper than most drugstore brands, then. This is such a deep, rich conditioner, however, that I don't need to use it every time I condition my hair. Well, it's one way of justifying the expense when I have several conditioners on the go!
It smells of citrus, it is a subtle smell but very nice. It comes in quite squat bottles which are frankly a pain to get the product out of. Even when the bottle is full it requires repeated squeezing and shaking to get a wee dollop. By removing the lid you get much faster results.
The conditioner itself is slightly thicker than most conditioners, but applies just as smoothly. I usually comb the conditioner through my hair in the shower, then leave it to sit for a few minutes. This conditioner rinses well, although I do think it leaves a very fine coating (it is meant to "gloss the hair"), though for anyone with dry hair I would think this would be a bonus. It doesn't weigh my hair down or make it greasy in the slightest.
The result being (after, to be honest extra product application - curly hair does not live on conditioner alone!), my hair is very nicely conditioned and as "glossy" as it gets. I would say it is one of the best conditioners I have used. It doesn't magically make my hair perfect or frizz free but I would never expect that from a conditioner alone. It would probably be more than enough to moisturise less troublesome hair types. I do seem to require less product after using this to make my hair presentable. Which to me is proof that it does a good job moisturising and coating my hair.
I think anyone with slightly parched/damaged hair would find this works well. It is possibly too heavy for fine/thin hair but I can't say for sure. It is recommended on the bottle for Normal to Dry hair. I would particularly recommend it to those with dry and/or wavy/curly hair. Overall, I am very happy with the results of this conditioner and will definitely be buying it again, so long as it's still around.
To read Anita Roddick's response to criticism of the takeover go here:
Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Olea Europea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Glycerin, Ceteareth-20, Steartrimonium Methosulfate, Benzyl Alcohol, Amodimethicone, Honey, Isopropyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Wheat Amino Acids, Sodium Chloride, Olea Europea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Trideceth-12, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate
Normal to dry hair takes on a healthy-looking shine under this conditioner's softening ways / With organic Community Trade olive oil from Italy /