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Earlier in the year I started using The Bodyshop Rainforest Moisture Shampoo after getting a bottle free with an order online. I liked it and achieved a great result from using it so continued to buy it and after a while I thought I would buy the matching conditioner in the range to see how they might work together. The conditioner is for dry hair.
I bought the 250ml version of the product which was £4. I do recognise that The Bodyshop products are very expensive but I took a chance on this conditioner because the Rainforest Shampoo really impressed me. I'm also willing to pay a bit extra for the Fairtrade ingredients and for knowing the product isn't tested on animals.
The conditioner comes in a grey coloured plastic bottle. I initially thought this clay colour was the colour of the conditioner but the bottle is not actually translucent. The plastic is very hard and doesn't squeeze all that well so you have to flick the bottle like a glass ketchup bottle to get the conditioner out. The bottle has a flip lid on the top and a generously sized dispenser hole.
A sticky label on the bottle tells you all you need to know about the product. A printed design shows various ingredients like honey and exotic plant leaves. Alongside this you have your eco-responsibilty stamp. Instructions for use are also there. I recommend reading these as this conditioner has slightly more specific instructions than usual conditioner products. I didn't realise this the first time I used it and had some problems afterwards. Full ingredients and some information about the Bodyshop's ethos is available if you peel back the outer label.
The conditioner is white and gooey. It contains paraxi oil, manketti oil and honey which enrich it and create a beautiful fragrance. I'd describe this as being ultra sweet, like honey made from the finest flowers in an exotic forest far from civilisation! It's a very pleasing fragrance that matches that of the shampoo and which remains in your hair after drying and styling.
As I mentioned I did not read the instructions on first use. My hair is long, thick, bleached and dry so I always just smother as much conditioner on as I can, from root to tip. After I did this and when I dried my hair I noticed I had white residue in my hair and near my scalp. When I looked at directions for use it is advised that you mix the conditioner with a little bit of water in your hand first and then apply. This dilutes the conditioner and makes it less thick and easier to apply. After following the instructions and mixing with water I have not had any residue. I also take precautions not to smother my roots though, just in case. I find that having to mix the conditioner with water can be a bit messy and time consuming too. The conditioner tends to drip badly as soon as you add a bit of water. You end up feeling like your hair is very lightly coated with conditioner and it's difficult to know if you have gotten full coverage.
The conditioner is easy to rinse and my hair feels soft and managable as I'm doing so. At the styling process I notice my hair is a little more difficult to style and comb through. I think this is because my hair feels swollen after using the conditioner. I don't know if this is because it seeps up the oils in the conditioner and bulks out the hair. When fully dry my hair also takes on volume and feels strong but is a little stiff and has less movement. I think this conditioner would be better for people with very fine, strong and straight hair. Since I have curly hair any extra volume can cause a problem for me. What I look for in a conditioner for dry hair is something that'll calm my hair down and soften it not make it thicker and tougher.
I have also noticed that whilst my hair feels managable for the first day after washing it quickly feels very dry again. This may not be completely due to the conditioner as we are in the midst of winter but I haven't noticed the same thing happening if I use another brand conditioner. It takes a lot more styling and I'm having to use extra amounts of serum to make it feel soft again, especially on the ends of my hair. Just brushing my hair feels more difficult to do after using this conditioner.
Consequently I've stopped using this conditioner as much and especially avoid it if I know I have to go somewhere special as I simply don't have time nor can I be bothered to make my hair in feel top notch condition again. I don't feel that the conditioner provides any degree of shine or softness. If causes hair to feel stronger but in doing so makes hair feel wiry and, with my particular hair type, difficult to manage.
The only things I like about the conditioner are the fragrance and the fact that the ingredients are fairtrade and not tested on animals. I'm afraid I am not impressed with the way it leaves my hair and therefore I can't recommend it. I would praise the shampoo however and find using the shampoo with an alternative conditioner for dry hair works well.
You can but this product online or in store:
A while ago I ordered a few things from the Body Shop website that needed replacing in my make up collection. I'm not sure if the offer it still running but if you spent over £20 you got a free 60ml bottle of a shampoo/conditioner of your choice worth £2. I tend to think expensive shampoos are a bit of a waste of money but I never pass up the opportunity to use a fancy conditioner. I say fancy because my usual 200ml bottle of conditioner costs me £1, so £2 for 60ml seems pretty steep!
The conditioner comes in a small 60ml bottle - which is roughly the size of a shampoo/conditioner you get in a nice hotel. There is a enough contents to use this easily on 10 washes of your hair, depending on how much conditioner you apply (I tend to use a lot because my hair is long). The bottle is made from a clear plastic and is long and cylindrical in shape. The design is fairly standard, with a screw on frosted plastic lid which flips open and has a small application hole. The bottle is nothing to write home about but it looks nice enough to put in my bathroom, so I'm happy.
The bottle has a nice and fairly colourful label on it. The predominant colours are green, yellow and a touch of pink which all feature in the tribalesque designs on the bottle. The majority of the label is in a pale green colour, I think these colours together give the impression of natural ingredients sourced from a rich environment. I also think it reinforces what the body shop stand for - natural ingredients, no chemicals.
The conditioner smells really lovely. I think a lot of conditioners that use fruit smells tend to opt for synthetic, overly sweet scents which I find a little insipid. Because this is a body shop conditioner there are no silicones, parabens, colourants or artificial perfumes. The smell is creamy, rich and with a hint of fruit. The conditioner contains different natural oils but certainly doesn't feel anything but creamy and rich.
The conditioner is easy to apply and feel very luxurious once rubbed into hair. When washed off it leaves my hair feel soft, clean and with a lovely subtle smell to it which I really like. My hair stays shiny and clean looking for almost a full two days before it needs washing again. I have found that if you are a little generous with the conditioner it can leave your hair feeling a little greasy so it is best to use in moderation. The small application hole actually allows this very easily too.
My only real issues are that because of the relatively thick plastic for the bottle it can be a bit tough to squeeze the contents out. I would imagine with a bigger bottle this would be less of an issue but it might be annoying if you don't have much left in the bottle. My other issue is the price which seems a little steep. Admittedly the 400ml is £6.50 which I guess works out at slightly better value for you but it is still pretty expensive.
Overall, I'm happy to try it for free but I probably wouldn't pay for it because I'm cheap.
When I was away for a week recently, I was pleased to have some sample sizes of the Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner to take with me. This was a range I had wanted to try for a while, and when I got a free sample pack a while before my holiday, I decided to hold on to the shampoo and conditioner so I had small bottles to take away.
The Rainforest Moisture range is designed to hydrate dry hair. The conditioner is a pale creamy yellow in colour, and has a rather unidentifiable but fairly pleasant fragrance. The fragrance of the whole range reminds me slightly of the old Herbal Essences fragrances, or perhaps the Body Shop olive range.
The bottle that I had was 60ml, and had a flip top. The bottle was easily squeezable, and the first time I used the conditioner it was very easy to get it out. The second time it was not so easy - although the conditioner is no thicker than average, it needed a really good shake to get it to the top of the bottle. After that I left the bottle standing on its top so that it would be easier to get out.
The texture of the conditioner seemed very similar to a lot of conditioners, but it behaved like it was very thick - I needed an awful lot of the stuff to get it through all my long hair. As I was applying it, especially the first time, I was very conscious that I had only a small bottle to last me a week, so I covered my hair as best I could without using half the bottle. I used the conditioner four times that week, and on the last occasion I had only about half the amount that I needed before the bottle was empty. By contrast, I came home with the shampoo bottle still half full.
Although I was trying to be careful about how much I used, I feel that I did use enough of the conditioner each time for it to be effective. However, as I had already experienced with the hair butter from the same range, when I rinsed my hair it felt as though it had not been conditioned. Once dry it had a slightly flyaway appearance, but there was a slightly tacky feel to it. My hair looked fine once it was styled (I say styled, for me that means my everyday style of a long pleat), but I did notice that it got much messier overnight than usual, with the front section being all bent and wavy, which wouldn't brush out.
I was very unimpressed with the Rainforest Moisture Conditioner. I needed to use a lot of it, and it didn't leave my hair in a very good condition. I am very disappointed as I have been looking forward to trying this range, and the only Body Shop shampoo and conditioner I have tried before (olive) was pretty good.
What is it and how much does it cost?
I received this conditioner for free with a recent online order from the Body Shop. The conditioner is for dry and damaged hair and promises to restore moisture and improve the hair's softness.
Ingredients include pracaxi oil, manketti nut oil and Community Trade honey, babassu oil and coconut oil, and the product contains no silicones, parabens or colourants.
If you buy it in store, sizes and prices are as follows:
60ml - £2
250ml - £4
400ml - £6
So obviously it is cheaper the more you buy. There is also a matching shampoo that costs the same, as well as a hair butter for a more intensive conditioning treatment.
How does it look?
This comes in the usual plastic bottle with simple labelling that you would expect from the Body Shop. The bottle has a simple flip-top lid.
Inside the conditioner is pure white and seems very thick indeed. You are advised to mix the conditioner in the hands with water before applying this to the lengths of the hair.
Using the conditioner
As I say this is a very thick conditioner. I have naturally curly hair which has a tendency to be quite dry so I usually use a lot of conditioner, but I felt this was too rich somehow to use lots of. I also didn't really understand why you would want to mix it with water so although I added a little water from the shower I didn't really want to add too much! Applying this to my hair, I did feel it wasn't as pleasant to apply as other conditioners. It just felt too thick and it didn't feel as if it was coating my hair as nicely as other conditioners do.
I also wasn't mad about the smell of this. It doesn't have a very strong smell but it is a bit boring I thought - it smells slightly oaty or nutty to me and it isn't too inspiring!
Usually when I wash conditioner out of my hair it leaves it feeling soft and silky. Not so much with this one though - my hair didn't honestly feel that great at all and I was quite disappointed with the overall feel of my hair. It wasn't dry or horrible - instead it felt like I'd not used a conditioner at all!
Obviously I am disappointed with this conditioner. It really does nothing to my hair, and the smell and texture are underwhelming too. I am delighted I got this for free because I wouldn't be happy if I had paid for it! When you consider that I have used far nicer conditioners, that have cost less money, I feel I have no choice but no award this only two stars.
I usually use Pantene hair conditioner as I find it best for my long hair. However, I received a 60ml travel size bottle of Rainforest hair conditioner as a free gift after a recent purchase from Body Shop and thought I would give it a try.
The Body Shop sell this product in three sizes: 60ml, 250ml and 400ml. The largest size costs £6 for a bottle, making it quite a bit more expensive than its High Street counterparts. I found that the travel-size bottle lasted me about 5 washes, but those with short hair would get more use out of it.
The conditioner is very thick indeed, and has the texture of a hair mask rather than an everyday conditioner. It is plain white in colour and looks quite basic.
The scent is fresh and sweet. As the product is made from rainforest ingredients, such as pracaxi oil, manketti nut oil, honey, babassu oil and coconut oil, I was unfamiliar with the scent, although to me it smelled fruity, nutty and a little like bananas! It is the kind of scent that would appeal to both men and women. It smells like something you could eat and not like a typical hair conditioner scent.
Using the product was less than straightforward. Firstly, it was a nightmare to get any of the product out of the bottle, as it was so thick. When I got to the end of the bottle, I had to resort to standing the bottle upside down to force the rest of the conditioner to the top and then banging it hard on my palm to get it out. not easy when your hands are wet.
It also seemed hard to get an even spread over my hair. The conditioner was thick and did not spread easily at all, although the instructions on the bottle recommend mixing it with water first.
The product did not seem to have very good detangling capabilities. My usual conditioner leaves my hair smooth and tangle-free, but it was an effort to get the brush through my hair with this one.
The bottle stated that the conditioner rinsed out easily, and it was true to its word. Two rinses in the bathroom sink, and the water ran clear. I was impressed!
I let my hair dry naturally and was quite pleased with the result. My hair dried relatively flat and frizz-free. I used the conditioner on my daughter and it seemed to make her long hair more volumised, although not particularly shiny. My hair was manageable after use.
The conditioner has its pros and cons. It has a lovely scent and leaves hair looking volumised. it also rinses out easily. On the downside, it is too thick, awkward to use and does not detangle hair very well. The £6 price tag is also way too hefty for what you get.
I won't be buying this regularly, but I won't moan if I get a free sample again! The sample did not encourage me to part with my cash for a full sized bottle.
As with all Body Shop products, this conditioner has fairtrade ingredients and is not tested on animals. The bottle is recycleable.
I bought both the shampoo (see seperate review) and conditioner from this new range on The Body Shop's website. This 'Rainforest Hair' range is replacing some (but not all) of their individually branded ranges such as the Honey Oat Moisturising and Bilberry Colour Protect shampoos and conditioners. Some ranges (Banana and Ginger for instance) are still available.
I used to use the Bilberry and Honey ranges so was intrigued to try out this replacement.
The shampoo (as per my sister review) was a bit underwhelming in my opinion. This conditioner fares a little better but is still, in my opinion, not a patch on the products it has replaced.
The bottle is a 250ml tall, thin affair (full price for this size is £4) made of easy to recycle plastic. It has a flip top lid but is not particularly squuzy so will involve some shaking to get the last bits out at the end (but then most body shop products are the same in this respect).
The conditioner contains the same base ingredients as the shampoo, these being fair trade honey, pracaxi and manketti nut oil for moisture. The conditioner also contains babassu and coconut oil and whilst it does not contain silcones, colourants or parabens (the same as the shampoo) it does not make the claim of having no sulphates (unlike the shampoo) so presumably does contain some of them.
Application to wet hair is easy and a little goes a long way. The scent of this product is the same bafflingly vague floral/fruity one as the shampoo but the feel of this conditioner is lovely and silky. I find that this conditioner actually washes out very easily and feels light, but despite this my hair really feels like it has had a quite intense treatment afterwards.
Personally I think this conditioner is more effective than the shampoo and therefore more worthy of the hefty price tag. Still, this product does not have the wow factor of its predecessors to me and I am not sure about the scent either and for that reason, it only gets 4 stars.