Product Type: The Body Shop hair care products
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The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Shampoo
Member Name: angelboouk
The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Shampoo
Advantages: gorgeous smell, clean enough hair, gentle, packaging
Disadvantages: price, doesn't leave hair soft, very basic, nothing special at all
Today I am reviewing the Rainforest Radiance Shampoo offered by Body Shop. This shampoo is aimed at those with coloured hair.
Body Shop claim that this shampoo will 'gently cleanse' your hair. Dulling residues will be removed and colour will be prolonged. This shampoo should also leave your hair moisturised and shiny. It is recommended that you dispense this shampoo onto wet hands and form a lather before applying it to your hair and scalp.
Body Shop state this this shampoo doesn't contain any sulphates, parabens, colourants or silicones. The lengthy ingredients list includes pracaxi oil, linseed oil, bilberry extract and Community Trade sugarcane. A UV filter is also included.
Regardless of what size of bottle you purchase, the packaging is almost identical. This shampoo is presented a round, greeny coloured plastic bottle which features a flip top cap. The label on the bottle includes the important product information. The bottle can be recycled and this shampoo has a 12 month shelf life.
~Price and Availability~
Rainforest Radiance is available in Body Shop stores and from www.bodyshop.co.uk.
*60ml - £2.00
*250ml - £4.50
*400ml - £6.50
As you can see, the 400ml works out best value for money. Body Shop often have special offers on their website which entitle buyers to up to 50% off. A good time to stock up!
I can't say that I am a major fan of Body Shop products but I have had good experiences with their hair care range in the past. I actually received 2 x 60ml bottle each of the Rainforest Raidiance Shampoo and Conditioner in a beauty hamper I won through a charity auction page on Facebook. I had planned on giving the mini bottles to my Mum to take on holiday but needed to use them myself after running out of my regular Avon hair care products.
At the moment, I have shoulder length, thick coloured hair. I dye my hair at home and usually opt for hair care products which may help prolong my colour and the shine of my hair. I also need a hair care range which won't dry out my already damaged hair. I'm not asking for much am I? Anyway, the little bottle I have is easy to squeeze which is a must when standing in the shower with water in my eyes.
The shampoo itself is clear and quite thick. I have tried different ways of applying this. I followed the directions on the bottle and tried to lather it up in my hands but found the lather to be minimal. I tried lathering it up on soaking wet hair and found this worked a little better but not by much. Due to how thick and gel like this shampoo is, it takes an absolute age to form a half decent lather. I like a thick, luxurious lather and this shampoo fails to deliver this even with a huge blob of shampoo per use.
The scent of this shampoo is very appealing and noticeable from the moment I flip open the lid. It is sweet, fruity and reminds me of blueberry muffins or something equally as delicious. It in an unusual scent for a shampoo but it is quite refreshing and appealing to me personally. The small amount of lather produced by this shampoo is easy to rinse away leaving no noticeable residue.
I cannot say that I have been totally impressed with how well this shampoo performs. After rinsing, my hair does feel cleansed and the fruity scent lingers for a short while. This shampoo is gentle on my scalp and doesn't irritate the dry areas further. This shampoo fails to leave my hair feeling moisturised or soft. I do follow up with a conditioner and in this case, the matching conditioner but I would expect a shampoo (which claims to moisturise) to offer some level of softness but it simply doesn't perform to an acceptable standard.
Perhaps those with normal hair would experience something more from this shampoo but it doesn't seem to get on well with my dry, unruly hair. My hair does feel refreshed but that is as far as it goes. I wouldn't say that there was a noticeable shine from using the shampoo alone. A conditioner is definitely required.
I have been using this shampoo and the matching conditioner for the past 2 weeks or so and have nearly finished my second 60ml bottle. I wash my hair every second or third day usually but find that my hair starts to feel a bit 'dirty' after a day or so after using this shampoo. If you have undamaged, regular hair then this shampoo may be a half decent choice but I personally find it to be very basic, overpriced and not very good value for money. I won't be buying it.
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: fails to perform to a high standard