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The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Conditioner

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      13.04.2013 01:31
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      Not an effective conditioner

      As mentioned in my review of the accompanying shampoo for this product, I brought both of the items at Christmas with the intention of treating myself to something a little more high quality than I'm used to (or rather, I had assumed this mostly because of the price and the popularity of the Body Shop).

      The product comes in a bottle very similar to the shampoo product. A simple tube with a white label and rainforest reminscent imagery along the side. A problem I had with the shampoo is also unfortunately example the same with this product, I am unable to properly squeeze out the contents as my hands are too small and the bottle too rigid, so often itwas awkward actually getting any conditioner to apply to my hair. The contents are much thicker than the shampoo version which also means that it is much more difficult to dispense.

      I only condition my hair from time to time as my hair is only shoulder length and thin. It gets greasy often so conditioner only serves to make it thicker and heavier if I frequently use it. This conditioner gives me this exact problem, leaving a slight residue on my hair which makes it look even greasier which is a big problem for me.

      Application was less easy than with the shampoo version. I found that it did not lather up all that well on my hair and as I didn't want to use too much of the product it had a very minimal effect. I felt that the shampoo was much more effective on its own which is not usually the case for hair products, as it did none of the things I would expect of a conditioner. It didn't leave my hair feeling light and bouncy nor did it really condition it all that well. It leaves my hair feeling heavy and dragged down which meant I really did not want to persist in using it but having essentially wasted £4.50 on it I soldiered on until it was gone.

      The bottle I purchased was 250ml which lasted me a reasonably long period, much longer than other conditioners I have used. I think this is probably as a result of me failing to use that much in an attempt to avoid that heavy, greasy effect, and probably not because the product was long lasting.

      Overall I feel like the quality of both this and the shampoo were very disappointing and I won't be purchasing them again. The shampoo was perhaps a little bit better but this was mostly as it did the minimal I would expect of a shampoo (that is, just leaving my hair feel clean). The price was also another issue as I was expecting something of a much greater quality and so was really disappointed at having spent £4.50 on both bottles and having had to use them regardless of my opinion on them. It didn't really condition my hair, failed to leave it feeling light or shiny, and was a big let down.

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      30.12.2012 14:39
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      won't be buying this!

      ~Radiance Conditioner~

      Radiance Conditioner is part of the Body Shop hair care range suitable for coloured hair. A shampoo is also available.

      This conditioner contains no parabens, colourants or silicones and is designed to moisturise, protect and prolong radiance for coloured hair. This conditioner contains bilberry extract, linseed oil, aloe vera, Community trade soya oil and pracaxi oil.

      ~Packaging~

      The conditioner is presented in a tall, slim plastic bottle with a flip cap lid. The label is similar to that on the conditioner bottle and has all the essential product claims and information on it. This conditioner has a 12 month shelf life and the bottle can be recycled.

      ~Price and Availability~

      Radiance Conditioner is available from www.bodyshop.co.uk or instore.

      *250ml - £4.50
      *400ml - £6.50

      Look out for special online offers - often up to 50% off! Free postage when you spend over £20.00.

      ~My Thoughts~

      If you have read my review on the matching shampoo in this range, you will be aware that I received my 60ml bottles in a gift hamper that I won. I'm not a massive fan of Body Shop products in general but having ran out of my usual Avon hair care products I had to make use of these bottles.

      I wasn't impressed with the shampoo and the Radiance Conditioner isn't much better if I am being honest. For starters, this conditioner would be much better in a squeezy tube. It has an extremely thick consistency which is a nightmare to dispense from the squeezy plastic bottle. I have resorted to removing the lid and banging the bottle down on the side of my bath to get some of the conditioner out each time - not exactly convenient when you have soaking wet hair!

      Okay, so this conditioner contains less nasty ingredients (apparently) than some other brands but it doesn't really perform very well given how expensive it is! Due to the thickness of this conditioner it doesn't spread very well. It feels like a thick cream rather than a liquid conditioner and I often wonder if I should be applying to my body rather than my hair! It doesn't smell quite as pleasant as the shampoo in my opinion. The blueberry muffin like scent is there but is overtaken by a chemical like smell which I don't really like.

      I have shoulder length, quite thick and home coloured hair which does need a decent shampoo and conditioner to keep it under control. I tried using a small blob of this conditioner and leaving it on my hair for a few minutes but this was no good. I added a little more and still found that the conditioner wouldn't spread well and simply felt heavy on my hair. I used it alongside the shampoo (which wasn't good at all) and found that I couldn't run my fingers through my hair like I normally would with other conditioners.

      The conditioner takes a while to rinse. I have not been impressed by the slightly sticky feeling residue that it left on my hair. Each time I used this conditioner (simply to use it up as I hate wastage) my hair felt heavy. It does absolutely nothing for my dry, damaged hair. I like my hair to be soft and smooth after drying but I found that it was tangly and certainly not conditioned. The shine aspect is minimal and it certainly hasn't stopped by colour from fading.

      ~Conclusion~

      I have used up two 60ml bottles of this conditioner over the past 2 weeks. I normally wash my hair every second day. I can't say that I recommend this conditioner as it is no good for dry hair and my colour doesn't feel protected either. It is gentle and does leave a faint fruity smell on my hair but apart from that it is a waste of time and money. I have had much better results from conditioners bought from the poundshop than this overpriced rubbish.

      Thanks for reading :)

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        09.12.2011 08:51
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        I bought this bottle of hair conditioner because it was on special off at 3 for the price of 2 and because I had not tried and bought this one before I thought I would give it a go for the price. I do love Body shop and their products a lot and I just thought it was a bargain not to be missed. Body shop is a very well know one and prides themselves in producing really good beauty products and most of them are well worth the money in my opinion. The sales assistants are so helpful in my experience when visiting their shops and they could not be more helpful and informative. They give fabulous advice to all their customers.

        It comes in a transparent plastic bottle of which has a flip back lid. The bottle size is 60ml and so the bottle is quite small and a trial size. This conditioner is designed for coloured hair of which I have. I found the bottle was a little hard to squeeze the conditioner from the bottle because I have problems with my hands. I found I had to keep shaking the bottle to release some of the conditioner onto my hands and to shake it further towards the top of the bottle. I found it quite annoying to be honest but apart from the squeezing of the bottle the conditioner is absolutely fine.

        It is a creamy colour with a hint of green. It has a slight fragrance to it and one of a slight smell of perfume. It is a nice soft, creamy, thick texture and the consistency is quite thick with this one, it does not drip from the bottle when pouring it onto the hands. Only a small amount is needed for this one to soften the hair. I have found that just a small amount for my hair is enough to detangle it. I found that as soon as I began to work it into my hair I could feel the difference immediately. I found that when I gently worked it into my hair I could feel it detangling almost immediately. It is easy to rinse from the hair with no problems at all. Once towelled dry I found that when I brushed my hair ready to use my hair mousse my hair felt soft and smooth and it was very easy to brush.

        It contains no silicones, parabens or colourants.
        It claims to protect shine, prolong radiance and moisturise the hair. I found it does give for a nice shine on the hair after it has dried. I also found that it does moisturise the hair very well but not any different to any other well know, very good brand. But I am pleased with the conditioner. My hair has not really been any more glossier than usual since I used this one. I cannot say it has given extra shine but the shine is adequate enough and the softness has lasted. It is not an intense conditioner and I have left it on my hair for a couple of minutes to see if it works any differently to if I rinsed it off straightaway. There is no difference and for that reason I just rinse it off my hair straightaway so saves time waiting etc.

        I do think the size of the bottle is ideal for taking on holiday or for an overnight stay. I think that it is an ideal size for a stocking filler for a loved one too. It would fit really nicely in a bag for these occasions in my opinion and takes up very little room in a wash bag and is very light for travelling due to the small size of the bottle.

        I would buy this one again if it was available in a larger bottle only because of the difficulty I found squeezing it. I have checked the website and I cannot find a larger size bottle so for this reason only I would not buy it again in the future but for anyone who does not have a problem with their hands as I do, I think it is a nice one to try and give it a go.

        I do recommend it for others to buy, it is very good quality and excellent value for money and affordable. It is a nice one for coloured hair, long or short. It gives me all that I expect from a branded conditioner for my hair.

        The bottle can be recycled after use too.

        I give it 4 stars only because of the difficulty squeezing it from the bottle.

        Also on Ciao under my username Pinky50.

        Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.

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          31.05.2011 15:10
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          An eco-friendly conditoner free from parabens, but sadly no good for my hair.

          A little while ago I reviewed The Body Shop's Rainforest Radiance Shampoo which my daughter had bought me as a gift. She had also bought me this matching conditioner too and whilst the shampoo wasn't all that good, I found this conditioner wasn't any better, in fact if anything it was worse than the shampoo. Whilst I could get away with using the rest of the shampoo as long as I used a different conditioner, I found that I couldn't keep using this conditioner, not even to use it up.

          Rainforest Radiance Conditioner contains no silicones, parabens or colourants which is perhaps the only worthwhile thing about it in my experience, along with the fragrance which is quite nice and smells quite strongly of berries.
          It contains pracaxi oil, bilberry extract, aloe vera, linseed oil and Community Trade soya oil and is an off-white colour with a very thick texture. The bottle itself is a basic design with flip lid but the label was attractive enough and clearly provides a lot of info telling you how eco-conscious it is.

          Designed for coloured hair, it should have suited my hair type, but the results I got when using this conditioner fell way short of the moisturising claims on the product, which also profess to protect shine and prolong radiance.

          The first problem I encountered when using this conditioner was how difficult it was to actually extract some from the bottle. Due to its very thick consistency, I found I had to squeeze the bottle very hard despite it being full and also shake it a little whilst upside down, in order to extract some of the conditioner onto the palm of my hand. Anyone with arthritis or limited mobility in their hands would really struggle with this.

          Once I managed to squeeze some onto my hand and began to massage into my hair I found that a little most certainly does not go a long way! I found I had to squeeze and shake the bottle several times, using a fair amount of the product just to cover my hair. Because it is so thick in texture, it was difficult to spread throughout my hair and I found I spent far longer applying conditioner to my hair than I ever have before.

          When I finally managed to finish applying the conditioner I didn't really like the feel of it on my hair at all. Usually when I apply conditioner, I find my fingers glide easily through my hair whilst doing so, but this was not the case with this product as it felt sticky and my hair was tangled. Because of this I didn't have much hope for how my hair would feel and look when I rinsed the conditioner out.
          I found that rinising it out also took a good while longer than I would ususally spend rinsing a conditioner from my hair and I wasn't sure that I had managed to rinse it all out as it seemed to leave a residue on my hair.
          My hair still felt tangled and certainly not smooth or soft as you would expect after using a conditioner and it took a while to comb through my hair.

          Whilst drying my hair with the hairdryer I could tell immediately that I was not going to like the results, just as I had feared. My hair felt dry and looked dull and lifeless and I ended up washing it again later that day as I couldn't stand the feel of it.
          I wondered if perhaps I had used too much of this conditioner, as it had been so difficult to massage into my hair and get even coverage, so I tried again and used less, however it was just the same result. My hair felt dry and looked dull, there was no shine nor did it feel soft or silky, so I gave up on this conditioner at this point.

          I certainly cannot recommend Rainforest Radiance conditioner, which is a shame as it is meant to be suitable for my hair type and I do generally like a lot of Body Shop products. My 250ml bottle costs £4.00 so it is not exactly cheap either! If you do wish to try this then it is possible to buy a smaller 60ml bottle for £2.00.

          Although it smells nice and is eco-friendly, sadly I have to judge it on the results and application and overall it was a big let down for me.

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