Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Body Shop Hair Care Collection

This is going to sound a bit daft but when I think of The Body Shop, I think of stuff for my body like lotion and shower gel.  This is possibly because I am somewhat obsessed with their Body Butters (then again who isn't ?).  I vaguely remember trying a shampoo years ago but I am somewhat clouded by time.  

We are somewhat fussy in our house with regard to shampoo and when I mean "We" I mean "Himself". A few years ago I had a Kerastase shampoo and conditioner and as we all know they are very very expensive so I left them in the bathroom for "good" use, somewhat safe in the knowledge that the pink bottle would be off putting to a manly grease monkey like himself.  I got worried when out of the blue he said "that shampoo is really nice" hmmm.  I decided that shag it I would use the "good" shampoo only to find an empty bottle in the bathroom (left for display purposes or as some kind of decoy).  As you can imagine we had a warm and loving conversation about this.  Ever since then whenever we have a new shampoo himself judges them and let me tell you he is the Simon Cowell of Shampoos (he doesn't even have masses of hair, regular bloke haircut).  Mostly his comment is "its no Kerastase" (after our shampoo row he will not forget the brand Kerastase quickly, nor will he ever shell out the money for it).

This is a pretty long winded way of telling you about The Body Shop Hair Care Collection which has been put to the test in our house.  For the first time (since the said Kerastase incident) the Simon Cowell of judging shampoos proclaimed "Thats good Shampoo" after using The Body Shop Banana Shampoo and Conditioner.  Thats like being signed for a record contract.

My hands down favourite from the line is the Banana Shampoo* and Conditioner*.  This magical duo is simply wonderful for your hair. Your hair is left super soft, nourished and with a delicious sent.  There is a lovely light and natural scent (not overpowering or too sweet) which even lasts after you have been caught in the rain.   I have been caught sniffing my hair because of the delightful scent,  I also enthusiastically bounded up to my friend in work and asked her to "sniff my hair"... she looked at me weirdly (I get that a lot) but sniffed it and said "OOO its lovely".   I have been using this duo (when I can rip it out of his hands) all summer and its wonderful for the frizzy, dried out mess that summer can leave your hair in.  I think the Banana shampoo particularly suits blondes as I felt my hair was shiny and bright (blond hair is so difficult to get a shine from).  There is also a treatment mask in the Banana range and considering how well the shampoo and conditioner performed its going straight on my list.   The last time I was in The Body Shop they had a special offer "Buy any Shampoo or Conditioner and get a Mask half price" - I love a deal especially when it comes to everyday essentials.

SHAMPOO - Banana Truly Nourishing Shampoo RRP €9.95 - 250ml RRP €14.50 - 400ml
CONDITION - Banana Truly Nourishing Conditioner RRP €9.95 - 250ml
TREAT MASK – Banana Truly Nourishing Hair Mask RRP €24.95 250 ml

Did you know there was a Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo* (RRP €9.95 - 250ml RRP €14.50 - 400m) sold every 5 seconds?  The Ginger Anti Dandruff Shampoo is make with Community Trade honey blended with potent Sri Lankan ginger, I dont currently suffer with dandruff so I cant speak to how efficient it is at being anti -dandruff but it is a lovely shampoo.  Probably my least favourite but thats because I dont have dandruff and the Banana is so impressive (seriously if you have blonde, dry/damaged or treated hair give it a go or even buy the conditioner which is wonderful to use on its own).  

Here is where The Body Shop get all innovative and interesting with the Fuji Green Tea Cleansing Hair Scrub*  Thats right an actual manual scrub for your hair and scalp, with scrubby pieces of salt (dont ask me how I tasted know there is salt in it).  You know in the muggy warm weather when your scalp gets heavy and greasy (I have greasy roots and dry lengths) this scrub cleans, but importantly doesn't strip your hair and scalp.  I love the sensation of using it, the scrub foams on wet hair and there is a slight menthol which leaves your scalp zinging (I then follow on with the Banana Conditioner for complete hair swishyness).  I would use the scrub once a week on build up (especially good if you use a lot of products in your hair) and the rest of the time use the very wonderful and lovely Banana Shampoo.  Himself likes to use the scrub if he gets a lot of dirt in his hair from work again its refreshing and leave you feeling clean and fresh.  

The Fuji Green Tea Shampoo is a nice shampoo but doesn't give that zingy fresh feel that the scrub does.  
SCRUB SHAMPOO - Fuji Green Tea™ Refreshingly Purifying Cleansing Hair Scrub, RRP €24.95, 240ml
SHAMPOO - Fuji Green Tea™ Refreshingly Purifying Shampoo RRP €9.95 - 250ml RRP €14.50 - 400ml
CONDITIONER - Fuji Green Tea™ Refreshingly Hydrating Conditioner RRP €9.95 - 250ml

Hits and Misses:  I absolutely adore the Banana Shampoo and Conditioner, they leave my hair unbelievably soft and my highlights brightened massive winner to me (I will also try the mask and report back).  I love the Fuji Green Tea Scrub its one of the most innovative and interesting products I have seen for hair and it actually works.  My only con to these is the price, as its a natural product its quite expensive for the size so its not going to work well for you if your using this as a family shampoo to last a family of 5, but if you can hide it away and use it yourself... BIG THUMBS UP.

I thought I would mention that The Body Shop has recently been sold by L'Oreal to the brand Natura which is a Brazilian all natural brand. The Body Shop being owned by L'Oreal didnt sit well with many people who believe in the Body Shops original ethos of fair trade, natural and cruelty free products so the sale to a brand who has the same beliefs and interests as The Body Shop can only help it become an even bigger force in beauty.

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