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== Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter ==
Whilst shopping online at one of the many Body Shop sales I came across this hair butter for dry hair. I love the Body Shop body butters so thought I would give this a go. The butter is available in 2 different sizes a 50 ml pot for £3.00 and a 200 ml pot at £8.00 when full price.
I purchased a 50 ml pot to try as the product description of luxuriously rich and intensive deep-conditioning treatment for soft, glossy and tangle-free hair sounded wonderful.
I have long hair that is quite thick and wavy and as I use hair dye the ends do become dry , this sounded like an intense conditioner that would leave my hair looking and feeling good.
= The Butter ==
The hair butter comes in small pot with a screw lid and is white in colour . The consistency is a thickish cream that you scoop out of the pot with your fingers.
The butter contains pracaxi oil, manketti nut oil and Community Trade honey and olive oil.
But contains no silicones, parabens or colourants.
Use weekly or as required for dry or damaged hair.
I can't say what it smells of as there is no strong scent to it at all. It's slightly floral , it kind of reminds me of old ladies hand cream , there is a scent there but nothing comes through strong enough to detect what it is.
Directions for use , after shampooing massage through damp hair , leave for 5 minutes then rinse thoroughly . Avoid contact with eyes.
==Does It Work ==
Sadly it's a bit of a let down , after shampooing I applied this to my hair and waited at least the 5 minutes , it was probably nearer 10 minutes when I rinsed it off. It did rinse off very easily and didn't leave a coating on my hair like some intense conditioners do.
My hair felt clean and didn't feel sticky but it didn't feel any softer than when using a normal conditioner.
Once my hair was dry I can't say it looks any more glossy than normal and I must admit feeling disappointed it hadn't lived up to its claims and the great reviews it has on the Body Shop website.
The 1st time I used this product I used it quite sparingly just on the ends of my hair as I was expecting great things and didn't want to over condition the roots in case they looked greasy.
As it made absolutely no difference at all ,the next time I was a lot more generous and really covered all my hair . I was able to do this twice from the 50 ml pot , so not the greatest value either.
Disappointing really overall , I had high hopes when I saw this and read a couple of reviews. I was expecting a really intense conditioner which would leave my hair looking and feeling great, but I found the results were no better than using any normal bottle of conditioner.
I can't say I was particularly blown away with the smell either , so it's probably a good thing for me that you can't smell it in your hair once dry .
Would i buy again ? No I wouldn't , you could get something much better for the price , or the same results with a 99p alberto balsam condition with the bonus of a nicer scent and a lot more in it.
3 out of 5.
Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Distearoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl Esters, Glycerin, Schinziophyton Rautanenii Kernel Oil, Benzoic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Mel, Pentaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol.
~Put butter on your toast, not in your hair~
The Body Shop has long been selling their very popular body butters so I suppose it was inevitable that the 'butter' format should be adopted for other types of products. I recently noticed my much-loved rose hand cream is now available as a rose hand 'butter' which rather appeals, but that seems like a logical extension from body to hand. Even so, the idea of 'hair butter' challenged my perceptions of hair products. My husband is convinced that when I'm old and insane, I will live in my dressing gown (even then I won't let my standards slip to a 'slanket') and sit around on the sofa with mashed potato in my hair talking myself. Even he would not have come up with the idea of putting butter in my hair.
I am prone to buying Body Shop's occasional 'deals' which they promote through the Moneysavingexpert.co.uk website. Every few months they put a mixed box of products together, give MSE a special code and presumably empty the warehouses of some products they want to get rid of. Buying one of these boxes is a great way to try some products you might not ordinarily have picked and my last two boxes have each contained a small tub of Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter for Dry Hair.
I have mixed feelings about the Rainforest hair range after getting a set of these products when I signed up for my Body Shop 'Love your body' loyalty card. I must have been having a bad day when I went into the shop as I was given the set for greasy hair. The shampoo was fantastic but the conditioner was absolutely horrible and was only ever used the once. I wasn't sure whether to expect good or bad from the hair butter so I decided to use it at home one weekend, knowing I'd not see anyone the next day if it was a complete disaster.
I'm not a stranger to hair masques or intensive conditioning treatments, often buying them after my holidays when my hair has had too much sun or wind. I wouldn't usually use a product of this type in the middle of winter. The instructions say to wash your hair, rinse it and then massage the butter into the damp hair and leave it to rest for 5 minutes. This obviously makes it a tricky product to use in the shower so I decided to give it a go in the bath. I washed my hair, squeezed out the wetness and prepared to give it a treat. I'd already loosened the lid before getting into the bath to avoid having to fight with it with wet hands. I used about half of the 50 ml pot, separating my hair down the middle and applying a good blob to either side. I have quite long hair and it's already in really good condition so I used an amount about the same size as I'd normally use with a standard conditioner. I've since picked up the information that a couple of nut-sized blobs should be enough - not when you have as much hair as I do. I just used it like a normal conditioner and if I'd been mean on the dose, I doubt I'd have got a comb through my hair the next day.
~Butter? More like low fat mayonnaise~
The first surprise was the texture. I'd expected something firmer and more butter like but this feels pretty much like a standard conditioner. It's not notably thicker or different from what I would normally use. The second thing I noticed was the smell which was a sort of sweet coconut with a hint of citrus. I really didn't like it very much but I was willing to put up with it in the interests of a bit of experimentation. I lay back with a book and let the butter do its magic, giving it about 10 minutes before rinsing it off.
Body Shop say the product is for dry or damaged hair and can be used 'weekly or as required' which is probably a way to justify charging £3 for just 50 ml of the stuff. My hair isn't damaged and isn't particularly dry so perhaps I'm being a bit unfair to the product but then it doesn't stop me loving lots of other products that make similar claims. They also say it contains pracaxi oil, manketti nut oil and Community Trade honey and olive oil which is all very nice but if you can't feel the benefits, it's fairly irrelevant what they put in. There are no silicones, parabens or colourants and if you care about such things, that might be important. Sadly I don't care and I actually rather like my products to contain parabens as I tend to open stuff and forget to finish it for absolutely ages and I'd rather my products are safe from bug growth.
I can honestly say that I didn't see any difference in my hair for using this product. I can imagine that if you don't normally use conditioners, you might find it improves the condition of your hair but if your hair is already in really good condition, this product really offers nothing you can't get from most standard mid-range conditioners. The only advantage I can see is in the pot format which makes it easy to scoop out just the right amount and gives a little more control than a standard bottle. I travel a lot for work and when this 50 ml screw-top pot is empty, I may well refill it with my normal conditioner and take it my tiny airport security-compliant resealable wash bag as it takes up slightly less space than my usual small bottle. 50 ml of conditioner is roughly what I need for two hair washes and will see me through most of my short business trips. However, most normal people will buy this because they want it to work and not because they've got a use for 50ml empty tub.
I'm a huge fan of The Body Shop. I like their ethical stance regarding human rights and ethical trade amongst others. I think that the fund raising they do, really gives meaning to their "Beauty with Heart" slogan.
I often shop in their store. I find that their products are generally very good for people who are prone to dry skin, as I am. So, I use them for my make up, moisturisers and often other little bits and pieces that I see and fancy trying. Whilst having a browse a few months ago, I came across Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter. I immediately went "ooooh!" and promptly treated myself to a pot. I've always had great results with their body butters, so hair butter can't be too far removed from those, can it?? It comes in 2 sizes: 50ml priced at £3 or 200ml priced at £8. I went for the smaller pot for £3, just to test it out first. I decided that if I liked it, I would come back for a bigger pot.
I took it home and gave it a go whilst having a shower. After shampooing, I applied liberally to my hair. It comes in a small, plastic pot; much the same as their body butters. The lid screws on and off quite easily. The consistency of it is much like their body butters, quite thick and cream-like. The smell of this hair butter was lovely, although I couldn't put my finger on what it was, it made the bathroom smell lovely. I'm reliably informed by the tub, that the scent is pracaxi oil, manketti nut oil and honey. What I tend to do with intensive conditioners, is wash my hair first, then apply, clip my hair up (it's quite long) and leave to do its moisturising thing! I washed it off as usual, making sure that it was rinsed through thoroughly, towel dried my hair and it continued to smell lovely. After I'd dried my hair with the hair dryer, I expected that my hair would feel ever so soft and gorgeous. It didn't particularly. Hmmm.
I didn't feel like my hair had even had an intensive conditioner on it. To be brutally honest, my regular conditioner does a better job than this supposed "intensive" conditioner. Whilst I often use products for dry hair (as I tend to straighten it), my hair is less dry/damaged than I've seen of other peoples, so I was surprised that it didn't feel conditioned!
So, off I went to go about my day. I caught a glance of myself in the mirror later on in the afternoon, and was most alarmed to see my side fringe starting to section in that way that hair does when it's going greasy!! Normally, I wash my hair once every 2 days, and even then it's not always particularly greasy; however, this conditioner was making my hair greasy after less than a day! Nevertheless, I gave it the benefit of the doubt and used it again the next week to have exactly the same results again!
In summary, I was vastly disappointed with this this product. I had higher expectations of it, due to my good experiences with The Body Shop before. Although it smelt lovely and had a nice, thick consistency; it's not particularly moisturising and makes my hair greasy. I won't be purchasing again. I'm glad I went for the smaller pot rather than forking out for the larger one
I just love The Body Shop and am often visiting their store or website spending too much money on their products. Recently I saw a box set of different Body Shop items at a discounted price and just couldn't resist buying it especially as it contained some products I had been wanting to try for a while. I was really happy that The Body Shops "Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter" was included in the set as it was one I had been wanting to try since my friend had recommended it.
The Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter is presented in a plastic tub which has a screw top lid. Stickers on the tub and lid show the Body Shop logo along with the product name. The Eco Conscious symbol is proudly displayed which shows that this product meets stringent enviromental criteria. The ingredients have been carefully and are known to be non toxic to organisism that live in water plus the ingredients are biodegradable. No silicones, colourants or parabens are contained in the product. So when using the Rainforest Moisturie Hair Butter you can be sure you are being kind to the enviroment and your hair! The product should be stored in a cool place and used within twelve months of opening. A list of ingredients is given on a peel back sticker on the base of the tub.
The hair butter itself is white and of a fairly thick consistency. It is to be used after shampooing. A small amount should be massaged into the hair paying particular attention to the ends, this should then be left on for around five minutes before rinsing thoroughly. I have found the hair butter really easy to apply and feel only a small amount is needed. As it is quite thick it stays in the hair well but washes out easily too. I really like the smell which is a strong honey fragrance which can be smelled on the hair for ages after using. I dye my hair regularly and it is becoming more and more damaged and dry so I am always looking for products to help with this. I applied the Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter twice a week and was very happy with the results. There was a definite improvement to my hair, it felt less dry and more managable. My usual frizzy ends were tamed and instead I was left with wonderfully smooth glossy hair. I really enjoyed using the product and loved the results. I will certainly be picking up another tub soon and would certainly recommend it to those with dry hair that needs a little extra T.L.C.
The Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter is available in most Body Shop Stores and online (delivery charges apply).
50ml - £3.00
200ml - £8.00
In my gift box that I bought reduced from the Body Shop last week one of the products was the Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter for dry hair. My hair tends to be a bit frizzy and is not in the best condition. I bought this hair butter once before and have been so impressed with the results from such a small tub that I was really pleased to buy it once more.
The hair butter has a lovely interesting smell, my other half hates it but I think it smells great after rinsing. It smells tropical and quite strong. If you smell the tub its too much. To use you need to shampoo as normal, then put some in your hair, its quite difficult to do this in the shower as you have to unscrew the lid, scoop out the product, put it on your hair whilst trying to put the lid back on, and then massaging it through your hair. It would be better in a shower gel type bottle or one with a pump lid.
The mixture is white, and thick but also feels smooth in your hands. After leaving it in for at least 5 minutes (I leave it for 10) then rinse out and dry your hair. I find that if I use a hairdryer after using this then my hair just feels dry again, but if you towel it naturally then it does work better. My hair feels smooth until the next wash and has also lost some of its frizz.
The tub is 50ml and has a nice green colour to it, the label underneath contains a list of natural ingredients and states that they do not test on animals. The pot is also recyclable.
You do not need to use this every time you shower, and you dont need a lot of the product as it spreads out nice and evenly in your hair if you take the time to do that. For those with longer hair you will probably get a few washes but my hair is shoulder length and I used my last pot 6 times before it ran out. It costs £3 seperately which is great value for a deep conditioner and I will certainly buy this again when this pot runs out.
Designed to improve the look of dry and damaged hair I was rather disappointed with this product from the Body Shop a company that just has not been the same since it sold out to L'Oreal. I paid £8 for a 200ml tub, in hind sight I wished I had bought the 50ml tub for £3.00 as I would not have parted with so much money but hind sight is a wonderful thing.
It acts as a conditioner and should be applied after you have applied and rinsed off the shampoo. It should be left in the hair for a few mionutes, I allowed the time it took to wash the rest of my body and then I rinsed it out. It came out of my hair nice and easily however my hair did not feel like it had really been conditioned much. At first I thought that maybe I had not left it in long enough but increasing the time I left it in had no significant effect and no improvement in the condition of my hair.
On the plus side it does have a pleasant enough scent, a sort of rich, creamy scent with what I thought was a hint of vanilla to it, it is also very easy to massage into your hair as well.
Personally this is not a product I would recommend as the results are rather poor and after three washes I ended up throwing the rest of the tub away which was a real waste of money and I did feel a little guilty but if I would not use it on my own hair I did not feel comfortable passing it on to anyone else. I just cannot see any benefits of using this conditioner as my hair felt like it was clean and washed but nothing else and I get that from my shampoo so this was a real disappointment for me.
For some time I've wanted to try the Body Shop Rainforest haircare range, but had never quite got round to it. Recently I got a free sample pack of the Rainforest Moisture range through the o2 Priority Rewards programme which included, among other things, a 50ml tub of the Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter.
The Rainforest Moisture range is designed to hydrate dry hair. I suppose my hair is dry, but I don't often buy products for dry hair - I tend to focus on products which might give volume to my very fine long hair. Usually those products don't do very much at all, so maybe trying a product for dry hair would have better results.
The hair butter is to be used as you would an intensive conditioner - apply to wet hair after shampooing and leave for a few minutes before rinsing. The 50ml tub I have is quite small, and I thought it would only have a couple of applications in it given how long my hair is, but surprisingly I've used it three times and I think is enough left for one more use. The hair butter is easy to apply, you just scoop it out of the tub and smooth it through your hair.
I found that as I applied the hair butter, I was getting bit more loose hair coming out in my hands than usual, but not so much as to be concerned - I just have to be careful not to run my fingers through my hair as I apply the butter. The fragrance is quite pleasant, not fruity but rather a kind of general "nature" scent; it reminded me a little of the old Herbal Essences fragrances.
The hair butter feels nice and thick as you apply it, and I felt like it would probably make my hair nice and soft at least, even if it didn't particularly hydrate it. However as soon as I rinse it out of my hair, it feels like I haven't used any conditioning product at all, let alone a hair butter. My hair feels as it does straight after shampooing - clean, but not soft and conditioned.
Once my hair is dry it is in a soft and manageable state, as it would be after using conditioner, so obviously something has worked from the hair butter despite how my hair feels when still wet. But it does only feel like I've used conditioner, not like I've used a hydrating hair butter, so the butter has no special effect on my hair.
For a free sample, the Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter isn't bad - it hasn't exactly had a negative effect on my hair, but it hasn't impressed me so I won't be buying it once I've used the remainder of my small tub.
I was given a sample of this hair butter from one of the store assistants in The Body Shop.
The hair butter is quite thick in consistency but it is also easy to work with. It smells nice, a pleasant scent that smells quite floral and uplifting. The colour of the butter is pale yellow. It looks nice, even if it does look a bit like weak custard!
The butter is nice enough. It leaves your hair looking soft and shiny but the effect doesn't last long enough for my liking. I get longer lasting results with 3 Minute Miracle. The butter doesn't lather up much, it's more like a conditioner. I left the butter on my hair for a few minutes before rinsing it off. I found the butter easy to rinse off. I used a shower head to rinse the butter off as a few masks make my head itch if I don't rinse them out properly. Using a shower head rinses the butter out better and it leaves no residue on your hair.
The butter is better for your hair compared to "normal" shop bought hair butters. It's made of natural ingredients and it doesn't strip the colour from your hair if your hair is coloured and/ or highlighted.
I'm not sure how much the butter is to buy as mine was a sample.
Nice but the effects didn't last long enough for me.
I've been trying out a few products for dry and damaged hair recently - I dye my hair regularly and dry and straighten it every day, so it isn't in the best condition and I'm always looking for ways to make it better. One of the products I have tried is The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter.
***The Rainforest Moisture Range***
The Rainforest Moisture range for hair is a relatively new range from the store that prides itself on its ethical and environmental policies. These Rainforest products are made with no silicones, no parabens and no colourants that could potentially irritate skin. They are designed to meet the store's eco-conscious standards, which involve meeting biodegradability standards and minimising the use of non-sustainable packaging, and are part of the Ethical Trading Initiative, which ensures that the people who make the products are treated fairly and with respect. The packaging for the products is fairly unique, being pale green or white with labels that reflect the natural inspiration for the product.
***The Hair Butter***
This hair butter comes in a pale green round tub with a clear plastic screw-top lid, rather like the body butter tubs but with a lighter feel. The label is white and contains information about the product as well as decorative pictures of leaves and other aspects of rainforest life. The butter is described as a "Luxuriously rich and intensive deep-conditioning treatment for soft, glossy and tangle-free hair". It contains pracaxi oil, manketti nut oil and Community Trade honey and olive oil. Pracaxi oil comes from the seeds of the pracaxi tree which grows along the Delta of Amazonas River, while manketti nut oil is traditionally used in Africa as a moisturiser. The honey comes from organic sources in Africa while the olive oil comes from Italy.
The product comes in a 50ml tub which costs £3 and a 200ml tub which costs £8. I bought the 50ml tub but didn't pay full price for it as I always buy from the online store and there is always a special offer on: anything from 25% to 50% off!
***Using the product***
The product needs to be applied to wet hair like a normal conditioner, left on for around five minutes, and then rinsed off. I apply it in the shower like a normal conditioner. It is quite thick, with the consistency of thick yoghurt (though not as thick as the body butters), and white in colour with a pleasant fresh scent. I should point out that the scent doesn't last on the hair after use, which is a good thing if you don't like the scent. I liked it though - hard to describe, but very fresh and natural. To use the hair butter, I just scooped some out using my fingers and worked it into my hair. The only slight issue was the tub design - it was hard to get the tub open and closed with my wet slippery fingers, but this wasn't a massive problem. I used a piece about the size of a 50p for my just-above-shoulder-length hair: the tub lasted for about two or three months used once a week, which seems reasonable value even if you pay full price for it, if I didn't.
***Does it work?***
After using the product, I rinse it out and dry and style my hair as normal. My hair, which is normally dry and quite frizzy, is noticeably smoother, calmer and more moisturised. It isn't a miraculous transformation or anything like that but there is a clear, positive difference to my hair. It is easier to manage, looks better and feels better with no stickiness or greasiness. I've read other reviews of the product which suggest that it either doesn't make any difference at all, or turns hair into a greasy sticky mess. I haven't experienced either of these issues. I am pleased with the way my hair turns out, though the effects are less noticeable during subsequent washes. As mentioned earlier, I've been using the product on average once a week.
Overall, I am pleased with the product. It's not a miracle worker and it doesn't completely transform hair. However, it does make a clear, visible and positive difference to my hair and I would consider repurchasing. The product is value for money and made with regard to environmental concerns, which are both good reasons for purchasing this product.
On a recent trip the The Body Shop to pick up a comb and shampoo, I was advised by the friendly assistant that I qualified for a free pot of their Hair Butter because I was buying the shampoo. Never one to turn down a free gift, I had a quick check of the ingredients to make sure they didn't include parabens (they don't), listened to the girl's explanation of how to use it, and then happily took it home. The assistant had been really enthusiastic about how great the product was, and whilst I do prefer to keep my hair washing as simple as possible, I decided to give it a try.
The pot I got was a 50ml plastic tub, which retails at around £3. I thought this was really good value for The Body Shop, particularly as you only need to use a nut-sized glob at a time. I estimate that if you used it 4 or 5 times per week, which is probably a little excessive, it would last for at least a month.
I love The Body Shop's Rainforest shampoo, which is the same range as this hair butter, though I'm less than impressed with the conditioner that they do (which is extremely thick and almost the consistency of slightly melted spreadable Lurpak rather than a liquid conditioner). Thankfully, the hair butter is a bit less thick but still of a more suitable consistency for butter. It's a white kind of colour - not dark enough to be cream but not quite light enough to be actual white either. I wasn't struck by the smell; it doesn't smell anywhere near as nice as the shampoo and is quite artificial and 'busy' when you first smell it. It's got floral and citrus hints it in which don't mesh well together at first sniff. However, in small quantities it's ok after a couple of minutes.
The instructions say to massage into wet hair and leave for five minutes, so it's kind of like a hair mask. My hair is pretty normal, slightly bordering on greasy, and this butter is for dry hair to add moisture. For some reason you can only buy the butter in moisture or coloured hair formats, and since I don't have coloured hair I chose the moisture one.
Because you're only supposed to use a tiny amount, I didn't really feel this made much of a different to my long hair, and it didn't make my hair feel smoother straight away like a conditioner does. I did try using more the next time I used it, but even watering it down a tiny bit had no real effect other than making my hair look greasy.
Normally I wash my hair every other day, and have done for years (ever since I started washing my hair myself when I was a kid!). I've never had a shampoo or hair product that makes my hair greasy the next day, but this hair butter does even after using only a small amount. My head feels slightly itchy the next day after using it, my hair feels limp and lifeless, and I'm annoyed that I have to wash my hair again. To put it into perspective, if I go without washing my hair for four days, that's how my hair feels after using this hair butter. If I use a tiny bit and completely avoid my roots, then it just doesn't have any effect at all. My hair is easy to brush, but I rather think that's because of my new tangle comb rather than this hair butter.
I would recommend avoiding this even if you like The Body Shop's Rainforest range. The tub is nice, it's easy to use, the smell I can get used to, but as a product it's unfortunately pretty rubbish. Only worth trying in a free sample or £3 50ml size if you've got extremely dry hair.
My mother frequently said to me, as a small child, 'You look like you've been dragged through a hedge backwards.' If that is your desired look I suggest you use this product. My mother did not mean it in a complimentary way and I won't be using this product again. It's not a look I want now.
The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter is designed for dry hair. I use hair dye frequently and although it is great when just done, by the time my grey is well and truely showing my hair can be quite coarse and dry, so I thought I'd give this a go. I had my £5 birthday gift on my Love Your Body card, and nothing much else appealled to me at the time, so at only £3 a tub this seemed ideal. Big Mistake.
It's quite a small tub, only holding 50ml, and is quite plain looking. It's probably the sort of thing I'd have walked straight past if I hadn't been really looking at everything in there. The writing on the lid is also small and easily misable. It's not a product that is really selling itself. The lid unscrews and inside is a white cream. It has a fresh and floral smell which is quite unusual. The cream is quite butter like in consistency, although not quite as hard as butter from a fridge. It is definately thicker than ordinary conditioner.
The instructions are pitiful. On the base of the pot it tells you keep in a cool place. Then you have to peel back the label to read further and all it says it 'After shampooing massage onto damp hair, leave for 5 minutes, rinse thoroughly.' So I followed the instructions. I washed my hair in the shower in the normal way. Scooped a load of the hair butter onto my hair and smoothed it all through to the ends. Then I waited 5 minutes. Now there is no clock in my shower, so I did sort of guess a bit, but I'm pretty sure it was around the five minute mark that I waited. Then I washed it off. When it's on your hair it feels quite pleasant. It was easy to massage through, just like using conditioner really. It did not wash off as easily, however. I rubbed and rubbed at my hair and was in danger of either drawing blood or running out of hot water. Eventually I thought I must have got it all out.
I dried, dressed and headed towards the hairdrier. When my hair was dry I looked for signs of it being silky, smooth and moisturised. There were none. My hair seemed thicker than before and more coarse. I looked bush-like. I left it a few days, just to see if it would settle down. It didn't. So I washed it off and went back to my normal routinue and came out with normal hair. Hoorah! I won't be using hair butter again. What a waste of a free £5.
I am obsessed with Body Butters and there are very few brands or varieties that are not already sitting on in my bathroom cabinet. However Hair Butters were previously unheard of in my case until I stumbled on the Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter. As my hair can get more than a little dry and as I am know how moisturising Body butters are for my skin, I was more than a little excited to see its effects on my hair. Not to mention its beautiful name.
This product comes in the same sort of packaging as the body butters which are created by The Body Shop. It comes in a circular tub with a screw top lid and the decoration is quite plain, with a few leaves scattered across it instead of the usual bright and eye catching designs seen on the body butters.
The product is essentially an intensive conditioning hair mask that promises to leave your hair feeling softer, looking shinier and to prevent your hair from becoming tangled.
The product is made from natural ingredients and it doesn't contain any parabens or artificial colours and the packaging is both recyclable and reusable. The conditioner has been specifically designed for hair that is dry or hair that has been damaged by colouring and styling.
How does it work?
The product contains Pracaxi Oil which is a substance that comes from a tree found in the Amazon Rainforest. It is know for its highly moisturising and nourishing action on the hair which is also know to increase the shininess of your locks. The substance softens the hair and makes it easy to brush.
It also contains Manketti Oil which comes from a tree that can be found in South Africa. This substance also moisturises each strand and it regenerates the hair making it healthy again. It also makes your hair strong and gives it a healthy shine.
The conditioner also contains Honey which seems like a strange ingredient for a hair product that promises to prevent tangling as I would have thought that adding honey to the hair would simply make a sticky mess. However it does contain many vitamins and minerals which nourish the hair. The honey is from Community Trade so it helps other people gain a better life style.
The Olive Oil in the mixture is there in order to nourish, condition, strengthen and improve the elasticity of your hair which means that there should be less snapping and tangling of the hair.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be used in the place of your usual intensive conditioner and therefore is not supposed to be used daily. The Body Shop mentions that it should be used weekly but they also say that it can be used as often as needed. Despite this mixed message, I usually use an intensive conditioner once a week.
The Body Shop recommends that you use around an amount that equals the size of 1-2 hazelnuts which seems ridiculous to me as I usually put a massive amount of conditioner on my long hair. It is to be massaged into damp hair that has been shampooed and left to work its magic for five minutes. When the time is up, it is to be rinsed away thoroughly.
Despite my better instincts I listened to the instructions and used the two hazelnuts portion as specified, feeling ridiculous as I did so because it barely covered any of my hair. Needless to say, the next morning my hair was dry, frizzy and extremely difficult to brush.
The next time I used the product, I slapped it on generously as I would normally do with an intensive conditioner but this resulted in greasy, flat and lifeless hair but somehow still managed to unfortunately retain my frizzy ends.
And so for third time lucky, I tried to find a middle ground and the results were better. My hair felt softer and wasn't it quite so dry but it still wasn't up to the standard of even a Herbal Essence standard conditioner. My hair looked and felt no more special than if I had applied a 99p conditioner to it which is not really good enough considering that this conditioner £8 for 200ml.
The conditioner is white in colour and is fairly light in its consistency. The smell is a little bit strange with too much going on and I don't really like it. The aroma stays on your hair too so if you don't like it either then it's not too pleasant.
All in all, I was really disappointed with this product. After the brilliant results I've had with The Body Shops body butters, I was expecting the same from this and I wasn't pleased. I have never used a more drying conditioner and will definitely not be repurchasing this product or for that matter, continuing to use the one that I already have. Maybe it would have better results on people with shorter hair or hair that is not so dry, but it's not for me. I'll stick with the Body Butters!
Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Distearoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl Esters, Glycerin, Schinziophyton Rautanenii Kernel Oil, Benzoic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Mel, Pentaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol.
As my hair is long and thick it is essential that I keep it in tip top condition, particularly as it is rather dry on the ends. Whilst I wash my hair every other day and use a good quality conditioner after shampooing, once a week I favour a more intensive product. For as long as I can possibly remember I have been using Soap and Glory's Hair Supply, as I absolutely adore its' aroma and the positive effect it has on my hair. However, I can remember reading an article many years ago that advised we should frequently alternate the products that we use, as our hair gets used to the ingredients and as a consequence, the results are not so effective. I've had many disappointments with intensive treatments; many of which would leave an unpleasant coating on my hair, so I was delighted to discover a newly introduced product to The Body Shop. Its' name is Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter and this review discusses my experience with using it.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
We are provided with 50 ml of hair butter in a pale green circular plastic tub and I have to state at this point that I was bitterly disappointed. I had ordered the product from The Body Shop website and had not realised that the tub was so small, which was obviously my fault, as I believed that I would be receiving more product for my money. The screw top lid displays a colourful label showing a few images of the plants we would expect to find in a rainforest and the familiar logo for The Body Shop is situated on the right hand side. I really did not know what to expect with this product, particularly as it is described as a butter, which I would associate with the skin as opposed to the hair. As the product is suited to dry and damaged hair it seemed perfect for my needs and I waited until my Sunday pamper day to try it out for the first time.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH USING THE HAIR BUTTER
If you are familiar with The Body Shop products you will be aware that there is often a peel back label where you will find further details on how to use the contents. However, I found it a little problematic, particularly as the label consists of several pages and it was difficult to open the first one to locate the directions for use, as the pages kept sticking together. Finally, with a little patience the pages separated and I read that we should shampoo our hair as normal, then apply the butter. Although The Body Shop have omitted to inform us to rinse out the shampoo prior to application, I can image that there may be that one person who will apply the butter directly to shampooed hair! The lid easily opened and my heart sunk as I witnessed the contents, particularly as the tub was nowhere near full. My initial reaction was that someone else had used this product, particularly as The Body Shop have failed to seal the tub, which is a practise they normally follow with their body butters.
The aroma that greeted me was a little overpowering and could be described as slightly floral, so this is clearly marketed towards a female audience. As my hair is rather damaged due to many years of blow drying, home colouring and hair straighteners I applied a small amount of the white butter to my long hair and gently massaged through. Unfortunately, The Body Shop has failed to inform us of how much to use and it is only through research that I learned I should use a hazelnut size of the butter, which was quite difficult to evenly distribute throughout my long thick hair. Its' consistency resembles that of a hand cream and I gently massaged the butter through my hair, but was a little alarmed by the rather greasy feeling it left on my hands, as I was afraid my hair would be too oily after use.
Fortunately, I was incorrect with my initial thoughts, as after waiting the recommended 5 minutes for the butter to work its' magic on my hair I proceeded to rinse. However, my hair felt rather sticky and very unpleasant, but I continued to blow dry expecting this to disappear once my hair was dry. Unfortunately, once dry I could feel a sticky residue and when I brushed my hair I found sections separating, as if it was extremely greasy. Consequently, I found myself having to wash my hair again and use an alternate conditioning product. Never one to be beaten, I decided to try the butter again the following week, but this time used a little less, but sadly, I achieved the identical and very disappointing results, which once again left my hair feeling sticky and greasy.
WHAT DID I THINK OF THE HAIR BUTTER?
I would describe my experience with this butter as extremely poor, as this product did absolutely nothing for me. I cannot agree with The Body Shop's claim that my hair would be tangle-free and neither did it feel soft and smooth. I'm uncertain how they can actually make this claim, as in my opinion the ingredients of pracaxi oil, manketti nut oil and Community Trade honey and olive oil would be suited to the skin as opposed to the hair, as they are simply too oily. I found the fragrance a little overpowering, particularly as it left a delicate hint in my hair for a good while afterwards and I felt extremely unclean and embarrassed with the appearance of my hair. I have continued to use the butter rather than throw it away, but I apply only to the ends of my hair and this method seems a little more successful than an overall application.
Unfortunately, I found this butter a total waste of both my time and money and it is a real let down for The Body Shop. For the reasons discussed above, this product did not meet my expectations and is something I simply cannot recommend and I will definitely not purchase again. Consequently, The Body Shop Rainforest Hair Butter receives only 1 star from me.
As you are no doubt aware, The Body Shop does not test any of their products on animals. There is an extremely lengthy list of ingredients, which for obvious reasons I do not intend copying into this review. However, I can advise that this product does not contain silicons, parabins or colorants. Due to its' contents it is not suitable for those suffering with a nut allergy. The butter should be used within 12 months of opening and the tub can be recycled once empty.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
You can purchase this product either online or in store where a 50 ml tub will cost you £3.00.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
I think this product must be fairly new to the Bodyshop's range because it seems every time I open a magazine there is a free sample of this inside - which when I first came across it I was not complaining about at all. I love using hair masks quite regularly because having very long hair + using hair straighteners on a daily basis can take its toll on my locks so using things like this I hope to put some much needed moisture back into my hair. This has to be one of the worst hair products Ive ever used, in fact on of the worst products Ive used used full stop. Such a shame because I usually cant get enough of Bodyshop products, sadly though this one is a massive fail and Im now thanking god I didnt spend any money on it!
Price: 50ml - 3.00 200ml - 8.00
Stockists: The Bodyshop & thebodyshop.co.uk
For: Dry/damaged hair. Designed for use weekly or as required and promises to add more moisture to dried out hair - without adding any parabens or colourants.
As I mentioned I used a free sample of this so I cant really comment on the packaging for the actual product but as you can see it comes in a large tub quite like the body butters from the same range. I found one sample sachet wasnt enough for my hair so for very long hair I would recommend using quite a generous amount of this and then combing through your hair to make sure its all evenly covered. Obviously though the amount you need to use will depend on your hairs length/thickness.
There were absolutely no instructions on how long to leave this on for so I decided to leave it on overnight as in my experience the longer you leave something on the better it works especially with products like this. Now the smell of this is described as tropical which makes me think really fruity and sweet. This actually smells like a fart. Im sorry but there was no other way to describe it - a fart that someone has tried to cover up with air freshener. It STINKS! I didnt even want to leave this on my hair for 5 seconds let alone a whole night but I decided to give it a go just to see if it made my hair feel or look any better.
It didnt. When it came to wash this out at forst my hair felt great dead soft and it felt proper shiny and fresh. Sadly when I came to trying to brush and style it I could barely get the brush through my hair and it felt very brittle. It took me about half hour to get all the tangles that this had caused out my hair and the end result was that my poor hair looked worse than when Id started and it didnt feel any better either! Cue me having a major session with my usual conditioner to try and put some life back into my hair!
I dont recommend this at all and even if you get a free sample like I did, stay away everything about it is awful and makes your hair look and feel crap. The Bodyshop let me down this time!
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