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I usually use the Rainforest Shine shampoo and conditioner because my family and I like to share products and we all have different hair types. However, I was given a travel size bottle of balance shampoo as a gift with purchase, and was excited to try it as I have fine hair that gets greasy and needs washing every day. Like the other rainforest products, it has a refreshing list on the bottle of things it doesn't contain - parabens, silicones, harsh foaming agents and the like. I like this aspect of the range, because I would rather have products that are more natural and better for my hair and skin long term rather than leaving nasties or build-up behind. The shampoo does not foam up to a lather like other shampoos do, it slightly foams but remains gel-like and I do find I have to use quite a lot of it to clean my fine, mid-length hair. The smell of the product is very botanical - similar to grass or plants. I didn't feel that it cleansed my hair very well, and when I rinsed I did not feel like it was fully clean. Over the course of the day, I found my hair was limp and lank - not what I'd expect from a balancing shampoo aimed at greasy hair! Overall, I wouldn't recommend this although I would recommend the rainforest shine shampoo and conditioner, which I feel are more effective at cleansing and are better for greasy hair because they remove dirt and oils without stripping the hair or overstimulating.
I have now tried something I never thought I would have tried - the Body Shop's Rainforest Shampoo. Whatever next. I 'discovered' this shampoo as it was bought by my other half and I tried it a few times to see if I liked it. It's no better and no worse than any other type of shampoo I have tried to be perfectly honest. The bottle costs far too much money in my honest opinion - £4 for just 250mls is far too much money to be spending on some shampoo with a fancy name, even if it is from the Body Shop. The shampoo comes in a long plastic clear bottle so you can clearly see the contents inside. The consistency of this shampoo is too thick for my liking. It is so thick it is actually more like a gel than a shampoo and I found it a bit hard to mash it between my hands before applying it to my wet head and facial hair. It was thick to the extent that when I tried to mash it, it actually dropped off in a large blob onto the shower floor and I lost it as it fell down the plug hole then I had to pur more of it out. It lathered reasonably well but I think I may have had to have used a bit more than I would have liked to. I didn't need to wash my hair second time as I fely like it had done a good enough job the first time round. It washed out well and left no greasy or sticky residue and my hair did look and smell clean and fresh afterwards and it had a shine on it like the dog when she was a pup. I don't think I smelled much like a rainforest afterwards though I am unsure what a rainforest might smell like, so I may well have done and not reaslised! I don't hink I would personally fork out another four quid for this shampoo though as I don't think it's any better than something I would buy from Tesco for the quarter of the price. Okay but nothing to write home about.
I received this last year as a little christmas gift and was quite excited to try it out as I love the body shop. Today I will be reviewing The Rainforest Balance Shampoo. Packaging It is packaged in a clear bottle with a flip top cap with the boyd shop logo on it. The colour scheme for the product is green and the label is white with greeny blue pictures / strips on it. The label tells me that this shampoo is designed for oily hair and it has Pracaxi oil, white nettle, seaweed and community trade aloe vera. I really like this packaging, it's kind of calming and its very rainforesty ! Product When you smell the shampoo, it just smells quite clean, leafy and fresh like rain when its just fallen and its just quite nice ! The shampoo is green in colour and lathers up nicely when using it. It's easy to wash out and my hair feels nice when using it. When i was blow drying and straightening my hair, it was easy to work with and it was soft. Personally I still prefer my normal shampoo ( vo5 nourish me truly) but thats not because this is a bad product, my hair is just very temperamental and doesn't like changing products.
I have just recently tried this Shampoo. I like The Body Shop products, but tend to wait until I am over at the shop to buy them. I've never through about buying things online (apart from a few Reed Diffusers for presents) and am never at the shop all that often since the closest shop is in Edinburgh - nearly 30 miles away. Anyway 1 of my friends recently had a Body Shop party, and since she used to buy Avon off me then I felt like I wanted to support her, so bought a few goodies. I had never tried the Haircare range from here, but thought I may as well try. This one is for oily Hair, which I certainly have. There is a few other ones in the range for other Hairtypes as you would probably expect. I got this in a 250ml bottle and it cost me £4. Not sure if this is available in the 60ml bottle as a lot of the products are in these smaller size. It's a good way to try products at a bit cheaper price in case you don't like the product. The bottle for this looks alright. Like the picture - as usual. It's a long kind of slim bottle. The plastic is clear and you can see the light coloured gel through the bottle. There is a wrap around label going around the bottle and the colouring of white label with blue bits on it look alright. There seems to be a lot going on on the label, but again it's about what's inside that counts. The little flip top lid is easy enough to open even with wet paws. So how does this work? I was surprised at how thick the Gel of this was. I put a blob into my hands and went to lather this through my hair. I thought that this would rub is easy enough and foam up, but it was like it kind of got stuck and seemed to not lather up that much, but then I found that it lathered up good in some bits of my Hair and not in other bits. Weird. I tipped out a little bit more of this and then it seemed to lather up fine. The smell of this seemed a bit earthy, and not all that Fruity, but then again there doesn't seem to be any Fruity notes in here anyway. The ingredients in here are Aloe Vera, Nettle and Oil from the Pracaxi Tree. This rinsed off easy enough and I followed this up with the matching Conditioner. So how did I find that this worked? I found that this is a good Shampoo for my Hair. It seems to get rid of the Oiliness and keep it away. Having Blonde Hair I find it hard for it to look Shiny, but this made my hair feel soft, and look nice and shiny. I am part way through this bottle and I can see myself buying this again in the future. I would now recommend the Haircare range from The Body Shop as it seems to be good.
Over the past six months or so, I've been working on finding and trying different kinds of shampoo which are better for the environment and my skin and hair. Most of the products I've tried have been bought online as they aren't in common use (if you're interested I've tried Label M, Organic Blooms and Dr Organic), but I finally decided to try the high street. Of course The Body Shop was one of the first places I went to, after looking up their shampoos and conditioners online to see what was available. I have to say that I'm very surprised they don't have more choice, and I was also surprised the ratings and reviews were so poor for their Rainforest shampoo and conditioner. After reading through them though, I found out that the poor ratings are due to this product replacing an apparently much-loved Nettle version. I never tried this, so I can't compare the scents, but I really like this shampoo and will be buying it again. There are four different varieties of this shampoo: Radiance, Shine, Moisture and Balance. I went for Balance, which apparently works to make your hair look less greasy. The Body Shop says: 'This shampoo contains no silicones, sulphates, parabens or colourants. It is respectful to the aquatic environment, meets strict biodegradability standards, and minimises the use of non-sustainable packaging resources.' Just what I like to hear. The shampoo comes in a tall, thin plastic bottle and looks a lot nicer in real life than it does in the pictures on the internet, so don't be put off! There's also a white conditioner in similar packaging, so it would make a nice gift set for birthday or Christmas. Using this shampoo is great - it comes out of the flip-top lidded bottle easily, despite being pretty a thick shampoo. It does suggest quality to me more than anything else. Even though it doesn't contain SLS, it lathers up well enough and is easily massaged into my hair and scalp. It also creates a nice 'clean' feeling for your hair, and I didn't have any irritation problems from using it. The smell of this product is the most confusing thing about it as I can't really put my finger on what it smells like. It does have a slightly fruity/floral smell but is quite 'fresh' smelling at the same time. It's difficult to describe, although I would say that the main ingredient for this Balance version is the nettle, which apparently has mild-cleansing properties perfect for grease-prone hair. The shampoo also contains oil from the seeds of the pracaxi tree, which is where the rainforest bit comes in as the tree grows along the Delta of Amazonas River. Other ingredients of note are aloe vera (bought fairly from the Guastatoya Farmers in Guatemala), and Community Trade sugar from the Montillo Co-operative in Paraguay. All varieties of this Rainforest shampoo (and conditioner) can be bought from www.thebodyshop.co.uk or found in store. The current prices are £2 for a mini 60ml bottle, £4 for a 250ml bottle and £6 for the 400ml bottle. This shampoo leaves my hair smelling fresh and looking shiny. I tend to wash my hair every other day, and this shampoo doesn't really make my hair look any more or less greasy than it normally does in between washes. However, if your hair is naturally very greasy then it's worth trying anyway.
As a lot of you probably already know I am a great fan of The Body Shop. I have one of their Love Your Body cards which means that I get 10% off all purchases plus my card gets stamped each time I spend £10 or more and when the card is full I get £10 to spend in store. So it was that I headed to my local branch to spend my £10. I had recently tried the nettle conditioner when I bought a bottle in the sale. I liked it but it has now been discontinued and replaced with a new range called Rainforest, so I decided to treat myself to a matching shampoo and conditioner to see what they are like. My hair is natural auburn with highlights - actually it is flecked with grey but it looks like highlights so that's close enough for me! It has never been coloured and it tends to be a bit greasy rather than dry. There are three sets of shampoo and conditioner in the range; Rainforest Shine for dry hair, Rainforest Radiance for coloured hair and Rainforest Balance for greasy hair so I chose Rainforest Balance. The prices are £2 for 60ml, £4 for 250ml and £6 for 400ml and at the moment they on offer - buy one get a second half price - so I got 400ml of shampoo and conditioner for £9. The shampoo comes in a plastic tube shaped bottle with a basic flip top lid which is one of the things I like about The Body Shop - no unnecessary packaging and of course being plastic it is recycleable too! The label has the Body Shop logo and the following words: 'Rainforest Balance Shampoo for oily hair with pracaxi oil, white nettle, seaweed and Community Trade aloe vera. No silicones, no sulphates, no colourants, no parabens'. On the back of the label there is a full list of ingredients and some information about the general values adhered to by the Body Shop. I flipped open the lid and sniffed. The shampoo smells lovely - it is a kind of light, almost grassy, sea like fragrance which I assume to be the mixture of the seaweed and nettle. It is an unusual smell and I think it is really nice. The shampoo itself is a pale browny green in colour and looks almost syrupy although it is not sticky at all. I have short hair so I only needed a small amount to make a lot of rich creamy lather. The shampoo rinsed out easily and thoroughly and then I used the matching conditioner - I write a review about that too at some point. As I say my hair is short but it is thick and strong so it can have a life of its own but when I came to blow dry it I found that it felt really nice and soft yet it was easy to style. When it was dry I noticed that it had a healthy shine. Since I only needed to use a small amount I suspect that the bottle of shampoo will last for quite some time so it is certainly well worth the money. So there it is a new shampoo with much less in the way of chemicals and yet it still works a treat. In fact I would have to say that it is a hit with me and I would recommend anyone to try it!