Product Type: The Body Shop hair care products
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The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Conditioner
Member Name: cyberem78
The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Conditioner
Advantages: Nice fragrance, exotic fairtrade ingredients.
Disadvantages: Messy to use, leaves my hair feeling thick.
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.
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Summary: Doens't give me great results.