“ Brand: The Body Shop / Type: Conditioner / What it does: volumizeses, „
I previously reviewed the Rainforest Volumising Shampoo and this is a review for the conditioner from the same range that I use when I just want to get my hair clean and fresh as quickly and cheaply as possible.
The conditioner is lightweight and specially developed for fine hair. It is meant to help boost volume without weighing hair down and leave hair looking shinier. It also has an eco-conscious formula and contains no silicones, no parabens or colourants.
The product comes in a green plastic bottle, which unlike the shampoo is not see through but is a pale greeny white colour. It has a flip top, which makes it easy to open with one hand.
When you use the conditioner you will see that it is a lot thicker than the shampoo and a pale white colour. You have to shake the bottle a bit to get it out (or store the bottle upside down) and it seems quite rich. It smells lovely - a similar fresh smell to the shampoo.
I find that the conditioner is easy to spread through my hair and I tend to concentrate it on the ends which need the most moisture. I only leave it on for a few moments and then I easily rinse it away.
After using the conditioner my hair feels quite moisturised and tangle free and it is very smooth and silky and shiny. However similar to the shampoo I do not really feel that any volume is added to my hair - it mainly feels fresh and clean and if anything a bit thinner because it feels so smooth and silky. It makes me wonder if they have put the wrong products in the wrong bottles and this is really meant for sleek straight hair rather than volume!
The conditioner costs £4 for 250 ml (other sizes are also available) and can usually be bought for a lot less (or even free) through various Body Shop offers. It is definitely a nice conditioner but does not really do what it is meant to so I would not recommend it for adding volume.
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WHAT IS IT?
Conditioner from The Body Shop that is part of their Rainforest collection. It is made to an eco conscious formula and has not got any parabens or chemicals in the conditioner.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
When you have washed your hair and rinsed all of the shampoo out you apply the conditioner. It is quite oily feeling so beware about getting it too close to your scalp because it will produce excess oil. It is not very rich so you should keep it on your hair for 2 or 3 minutes to make sure it sinks in properly.
WHAT I THINK
I did not like the Rainforest shampoo but this conditioner is very much better. That is good because the shampoo made my hair very dry and I think The Body Shop know this and that is why they have made such a very good conditioner to use after it. It does not feel creamy in my hand and has got an oily texture but it goes a long way on my hair and you only have to use a little bit to condition your whole hair.
I do not like the smell very much because it is natural and not perfumed to be feminine. The smell does not last on my hair and I am glad about that.
I can not achieve added volume when using either the shampoo or the conditioner but it is very effective in making my hair soft and silken. It does not make it look very shiny but I like how it stops my hair from knotting after I have washed it, the conditioner is very moisturising and I was shocked about that because of how drying the Rainforest shampoo is. It rinses out very quickly and my hair feels clean after rinsing.
A bottle of Rainforest volume conditioner costs £2 and that is very good because it is so effective. I would recommend this highly but not the shampoo so I will not be tempted to buy the set of products.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
~~~ RAINFOREST VOLUME ~~~
A couple of months ago, I was shopping online at The Bodyshop and noticed that if I spent a certain amount of money, I could get a shampoo and conditioner from the Rainforest range for free. As I wasn't far off that limit, and needed more shampoo and conditioner anyway, I added an extra one of each to my basket in order to qualify for the freebies. My review discusses my thoughts about the RAINFOREST VOLUME conditioner (I have already reviewed the shampoo from the range if you should like to read that too).
Let me first tell you about ethos behind this condtioner. As part of the Rainforest range, it's an eco-conscious product. This means it's supposed to respect the environment by only using ingredients know to be non-toxic to organisms, all the foaming agents are totally biodegradable, and it also minimises the use of non-recyclable packaging. Not only does this try it's upmost to have no impact upon the earth, but it also is does it's best for you too, by containing absolutely no silicones, no sulphates, no parabens and definitely no colourants. In all my years I've never seen such an eco/people friendly product, and after reading the reviews on the Bodyshop website, giving this 4.9 out of 5 at the time ( it's 4.3 now), I had high hopes for this product.
The conditioner I purchased was the largest size at 400ml, and cost £6. It also comes in a 60ml trial/travel sized bottle at £2, and 250ml which costs £4. The bottle is a very light pale green colour, and the labelling although colourful, doesn't look particularly attractive or appealing. I know I certainly wouldn't have picked noticed it if there wasn't a free one available.
The conditioner contains aloe, ginseng root, honey, and geranium oil for fragrance along with some other ingredients, and promises to leave hair looking fuller and shinier, and boost volume without weighing hair down with product. All in all it sounded like it would work wonders for my rather lank and lacklustre shoulder length hair.
The conditioner emerges from the bottle much like any other conditioner. It's neither too thick, nor is it too liquid that it won't coat the hair shaft. This has the perfect balance between the two I feel. Any thicker and it wouldn't be so easy to dispense from the bottle, yet it's thick enough to feel luxurious when applied to the hair. As usual, I applied about a two pound coin sized dollop in my hands as this is how much I normally use.
The fragrance of the Conditioner is very pleasing. Although seemingly geranium scented, I should expect a lovely floral scent, but at least I get none of the tobacco/sweet honey scent within the complimentary shampoo. This has a lovely and fresh, earthy green scent that is reminiscent of the herbal anti-oxidant shampoo I used when I worked in Hairdressing salons. This was always applied after any chemical treatment to lock down the cuticles and seal the hair shaft in order to prevent further damage. This conditioner is so rich, that I feel that it would work along the same lines. After leaving the product on my hair for a couple of minutes to work it's magic, I always comb it through with a wide toothed comb to ensure each strand of hair is coated and treated.
The conditioner despite being thick and luxurious, is extremely easy to rinse out of my hair. My hair is clean as I used the matching shampoo (which gives that squeaky clean feeling, and feels like all my hair oils have been totally stripped), but my hair feels totally different now. It feels moisturised and soft and silky, but until it is dry I can't tell if it is volumised. This product worked wonders on rectifying the knotted and tangled mess that the shampoo caused, and with this product Bodyshop has redeemed itself.
As mentioned previously I reviewed the matching shampoo earlier, and you will have seen that that product left my hair a knotted and tangled mess. Back to the conditioner, I felt this product was wonderful for my hair. Each and every strand of my hair felt conditioned, softened and lug free, despite my having dry, bleached blonde hair. I should really have ordered the moisturising product from the range, but I felt I wanted my hair to have some oomph for a change. When my hair was dried, my hair looked shiny and silky, and slightly fuller and thicker, but it certainly wasn't the va va voom I was hoping for. I expect I only noticed it because I was looking for it; my family certainly didn't notice any difference.
I would wholly recommend this product if you were allergic to any of the ingredients in other conditioners, or you were concerned about chemicals harming the environment. I myself, like this conditioner for the way it makes my hair feel, but not for what it's supposed to do, which is adding volume, because it doesn't.
To conclude this review, I will be awarding this conditioner five stars. It conditions, softens and leaves my badly damaged hair looking shiny and feeling healthy, and even though it's not volumised, the RAINFOREST VOLUME conditioner still gets a big thumbs up from me. Even though I won't be buying the matching shampoo again, I most certainly will be repurchasing this.
You can buy this product and/or read further reviews at: www.thebodyshop.co.uk
Thanks for reading. x
ETA: I've added the shampoo review to the conditioner, and vica versa by mistake. I've message Dooyoo and they will swap them back again shortly.