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As you may know from my previous reviews I have very fine thin hair and one of the trials of my life is that I have to wash it every day. I even have to wash it on days when I am just staying in the house as it looks and feels so dreadful every morning. I therefore tend to have two types of shampoo/conditioner that I use - a higher end brand for days when I am going out and want my hair to look really good, and a cheaper brand for days when I just want my hair to be clean but am not really that bothered by how good it looks. The Body Shop Rainforest Volumising collection is the current "cheap" brand that I am using on those days.
The Body Shop states that the shampoo is specially developed for fine hair and helps boost volume without weighing hair down. It contains aloe, pracaxi oil, manketti nut oil, honey and geranium oil for fragrance. It is meant to leave hair looking fuller and shinier and does not contain and silicones, sulphates, parabens or colourants
The product comes in a green plastic bottle, which is partially see through and mostly covered by the body shop label. It has a flip top which can easily be opened which is useful when you are in the shower.
On using the product the first thing I notice is that it is very runny. When I first used it I found that it did not lather very well, but I then found that the trick is to get a large amount of the shampoo in my hand and add a small amount of water to it from the shower before applying it to my hair. This seems to make it lather well. The shampoo also smells clean and fresh and a bit like a rainforest which is appealing.
I find the shampoo easy to rinse from my hair and after use my hair feels very soft and clean. It almost has a silky feel to it, which is quite nice. However it does not really add any volume at all and therefore is not the best shampoo if this is what you need
I am happy using this shampoo as a good way to get my hair clean and fresh easily on my lazing around days but would not recommend it if you really need volume for your hair. It normally costs £4.50 for 250ml, but I think I managed to get mine as a free gift and the Body Shop always have promotions on so you can probably get it a lot cheaper. I certainly wouldn't pay full price for it.
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=The Body Shop Rainforest Volumising Shampoo=
The online Body Shop has regular promotion offers on, and last year one of the offers that I took advantage of was a free Shampoo and Conditioner when you met the qualifying spend, the bottles were the small 60ml (travel size bottles)
=Cost and Availability=
This is a Body Shop own brand product, and is available on-line and in store, the proces for the 60ml bottle would have been £2, whilst the 250ml bottle was £4.
The bottle was a olive green in colour, with the black flip screw top cap. The labelling as per Body Shop has the name, size, ingredients and information.
The shampoo promises to boost volume, leave hair looking fuller and shinier, whilst boosting volume without any weighing down to the hair.
The shampoo I was surprised as I was expecting it to be green, but it was a pale beige colour. It is recommended that you mix the shampoo in your hands with some water to create a lather before applying to your hair.
=Here We Go=
I squeezed a dollop into my hand and then lathered as recommended, I applied to my hair and was really disappointed, there was no real lather, no foam effect, I ended up applying another dollop of the shampoo and tried this on top of the first application, but no still was really disappointed,
With it being a rainforest shampoo, I was expecting, it to be forest or sweet smelling, but it was not it felt stale like someone had smoked wood and you had the remains of a BBQ smell in your hair.
I could not wait to rinse this shampoo out, I have to say that it rinsed out easily, my hair felt clean but there was no va va voom, no volume, just the same look and feel pre-shower.
(I know review is about the Shampoo but as they came as a package) I was so disappointed with the conditioner that I did not even bother using the conditioner.
=Later in the Day!=
Even though my hair is short, it was tangley, and felt really dry, so much that I just got back under the shower and washed my hair with my normal shampoo.
=Would I recommend=
I am sorry despite I love Body Shop products this was a disaster for me.
WHAT IS IT?
Shampoo from The Body Shop. It is supposed to be good for putting volume into the hair and it has got an eco conscious formula with no parabens or chemicals in it.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
You wet your hair and shampoo your hair. It makes my hair very dry and adds knots so I always use conditioner after. The shampoo is hard to rinse out and sometimes I have to turn the spray of my shower up to remove it all properly.
WHAT I THINK
I do not like this shampoo and will not use it again even though I have still got over half of a bottle left over. It is very bad for my hair and makes it look a mess and unclean very quick after I have washed my hair. There is no extra volume and my hair is dry with a lot of knots all over. If it did not make my hair so knotted I think I would probably be able to get volume but because I have to brush it for such a long time it ruins that.
When I have first washed my hair it feels clean but after about 2 hours it starts to feel a little bit oily even though I do not have oily hair usually. My hair feels dirty then and I do not like that because I take pride in my hair and do the best I can for it.
I bought it in the first place for a bridal party who's hair I was styling and am very glad I tried it first like I always do because it could have ruined their day. It says it is for fine hair and that is the reason that I picked it because my bride and her bridesmaids all have very thin hair but it would have made it look even thinner I think.
I would not use this or recommend it because it is not effective like other The Body Shop shampoo that I have tried and it does not do what it says.
The Rainforest shampoo and conditioners are quite cheap and only cost £2. I do not think it is worth even this though and will not buy it again.
1 Dooyoo Star.
~~~ RAINFOREST VOLUME - Shampoo for fine hair ~~~
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 another one of each to my basket in order to qualify for the freebies. My review discusses my thoughts about the RAINFOREST VOLUME shampoo (A conditioner review will follow shortly).
Let me first tell you about ethos behind this shampoo. 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-recylclable 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 absolutley 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 4.2 now), I had high hopes for this product. How wrong could they be?
The shampoo 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 quite dark olive 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 shampoo contains aloe, pracaxi oil (a tropical tree), manketti nut oil, honey and geranium oil for fragrance, and promises to leave hair looking fuller and shinier, and boost volume without weighing hair down. All in all it sounded like it would work wonders for my rather lank and lacklustre shoulder length hair.
You would presume that shampoo is green too seeing the bottle, but it emerges as a very light honey coloured gel which also flows like runny honey. It is advised that you mix some of the product in your hands with water to create lather before applying to your hair. I applied about a two pound coin sized dollop in my hands as this is how much I normally use. I find it's quite a weak lather, it barely produces anything at all, and I found myself wanting to use more of the product in order to get more foam. I don't think that was meant to happen somehow as that isn't very eco-friendly is it?
The fragrance of the shampoo isn't very pleasing. Although seemingly geranium scented, I should expect a lovely floral scent, but I get wafts of tobacco more than anything, with a sweet honey scent mixed in. Being a non-smoker this isn't very appealing to me, but it's not enough to stop me from using it again.
The shampoo is extremely easy to rinse out of my hair, but this is probably due to the lack of foam in the first place. My hair is clean as I get that, extremely clean, squeaky feeling, but it doesn't feel moisturised in any way, and neither does it feel any thicker despite being a volumising product. My hair felt extremely knotted and tangled after each and every use. I wash my hair every day, and as this is such a gentle product, it should be ok to do so. I gave up on this product after about a week of continued use, as I found that is just wasn't doing anything for me, except driving me up the wall, that is. I might as well have been using fairy washing up liquid, it would have done the exact same job, and it would have been a darn site cheaper too.
You can get a complimentary conditioner in the rainforest range and I'll review it later; but back to the shampoo, I'm not impressed at all. I did apply the conditioner from the same range afterwards, but as this review concerns the shampoo only, I can only give my thoughts on the shampoo itself. Ok, it cleaned my hair perfectly well; it just didn't feel like it did. The lack of foam that normally gives you the self-indulgent pampering feeling just didn't cut it for me.
I would wholly recommend this product if you were allergic to any of the ingredients in other shampoos, or you were concerned about detergent products harming the environment, but as I'm not, I think I'd prefer to stick with what I know, and what works with my hair. To conclude this review, I can only award this shampoo two stars. It cleans your hair perfectly well and might suit you better if you have short hair that doesn't tangle, but added to that the smell of tabacco, and lack of luxurious, creamy foam, it gets a mighty thumbs down from me.
You can buy this product and/or read further reviews at: www.thebodyshop.co.uk
Thanks for reading. x