Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Hair Products Review

The Body Shop had released a new line of eco-conscious hair care products that contains no silicones, parabens or colorants under the name of Rainforest Hair Care. The new line of eco-friendly products is respectful to the aquatic environment, is readily biodegradable, and the packaging uses recyled materials whenever practical. As promotion, I received a coupon via email to redeem a sample of the Rainforest Hair Butter. Since my The Body Bakery's Body & Hair Icing and Cupcake Conditioner is dwindling, I decided that it wouldn't hurt to check out the new hair care products and redeem the sample in one go.

This is the sample that I received.

Since my hair currently is very dry, I opted to try the whole line of the Rainforest Moisture line sold in a complete box set. The box contains travel sized shampoo, conditioner, hair butter and a green comb. Very convenient for traveling or in my case, trial purposes.
The boxset of travel sized Rainforest Moisture Hair Care products.

Both the shampoo and conditioner comes in small plastic pet bottles weighing 2.0 fl. oz. (60 ml) each.  The bottle of the shampoo is translucent dark green whereas the conditioner's bottle is opaque grayish green. The caps of both bottles has the standard pull-off tab and also can be unscrewed open for easier access to the product inside. The front labels are just like any other labels on The Body Shop's products which usually consist of the company's logo, minimal graphics and the product's name printed in two different languages. The label at the back have The Body Shop's signature peel-off labels with product info and list of ingredients inside the peel-off label, also in several different languages.
Standard pull-off tabs.
The caps can be unscrewed open too.

The Rainforest Moisture Shampoo is described as a moisturizing shampoo without silicones, sulphates, parabens or colorants. It promises to gently cleanses and help restore moisture and improve the hair's softness without weighing it down, for a smooth and shiny finish. It is packed with the goodness of pracaxi oil, manketti nut oil and Community Trade honey and sugar.
The mini bottle of Rainforest Moisture shampoo.
The ingredients listed inside the peel-off label is: Aqua (Water), Sucrose, Disodium Cocyl Glutamate, Lauryl Betaine, Laureth-5 Carboxlic Acid, Mel (Honey), PEG-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Fragrance, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Sodium Benzoate, Sucrose Laurate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Polyquatemium-6, Salicylic Acid, Citric Acid, Schiniziophyton Rautanenii (Mongongo) Kernel Oil, Pentaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol.
The list of ingredients in several different languages.

The shampoo is clear with a slight yellowish colour and is quite runny in texture. It lathers very well and the suds are easy to rinse off leaving my hair feeling soft. It has the scent of honey which can come across a little strong when sniffed straight out of the bottle and while shampooing. The smell tones down a little bit after rinsing which is a big relief for me since honey scented products don't sit too well with me. But I did get use to the scent and it doesn't bother me anymore. I like the fact that the shampoo helped my hair to be knot-free and felt very soft and silky whilst rinsing. I could comb my hair while it is still wet without having my scalp pulled off.

Here's what the shampoo looks like:
Clear yellowish shampoo fluid.
Suds galore!

The Rainforest Moisture Conditioner is described as a moisturizing conditioner that contains no silicones, sulphates, parabens or colorants. It conditions to moisturize and improve hair's softness without weighing it down giving hair a smooth and shiny finish . The key ingredients for the conditioner is pracaxi oil, manketti nut oil and Community Trade honey and sugar.
The mini bottle of Rainforest Moisture Conditioner.

The ingredients listed inside the peel-off label is: Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Distearoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Cetyl Esters, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Schiniziophyton Rautanenii (Mongongo) Kernel Oil, Salicylic Acid, Mel (Honey), Pentaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil, Tocopherol.
List of ingredients in the peel-off label at the back of the bottle.

The texture of the conditioner is soft and similar to body lotions. I can spread it easily on my hair. Some conditioners seem to not seep into hair and feels like just being 'put on'  but this conditioner gets absorbed nicely. Rinsing the conditioner off is also a breeze and it does not leave a sticky or slightly waxy residue on my ears, sides of my face and neck. I find it quite troublesome when I have to re-rinse the areas to get that sticky waxy residue off especially when I am pressed for time. So this no sticky residue conditioner gets a thumbs up from me. The conditioner has a slightly calmer scent of honey but is still from the same note. The combination of both the shampoo and conditioner's scent did not make the smell of honey to pungent but just nicely balanced. As for the end results, the conditioner did moisturize the top part of my hair (not damaged) but the ends are still very dry and frizzy. It is not that obvious while my hair is still wet but when it dries, I can see and feel that the conditioner did not really helped my dying brittle and damaged ends.

Here's what the conditioner looks like:

The Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter looks just like a body butter product. It comes in a round 1.65 oz (50 ml) plastic tub with a screw on lid. The tub is the same opaque grayish green just like the conditioner's bottle but the lid is translucent. It has the same label concept like the shampoo and conditioner from the same line on the lid and also on the side. The bottom of the tub holds a peel-off label that contains directions to use and list of ingredients.
The Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter tub (from top view).

From side view.

The ingredients listed inside the peel-off label is: Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Distearoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl Esters, Glycerin, Schiniziophyton Rautanenii (Mongongo) Kernel Oil, Benzoic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Mel (Honey), Pentaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol.
List of ingredients inside the peel-off label.

The Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter looks like a body butter, opens like one and have to be scooped out with fingers like one too.
An opened tub of hair butter.
Scooping out the hair butter.

Here's what the hair butter looks like:
The hair butter looks like body butter, doesn't it?

Here's how the hair butter looks like spread out:

Comparison of texture between the hair butter and the conditioner:

The hair butter is opaque white in terms of colour and has the same texture if not slightly softer version of a body butter. It has a thicker and creamier texture when compared to the Rainforest Moisture Conditioner. It spreads easily on my hair and is not is not easily absorbed like the conditioner. It has the same honey smell just like the conditioner. Recommended waiting time is 5 minutes (standard time for leaving hair mask on). Rinsing the hair butter off is easy and it also did not leave any sticky residue behind but it did leave a slight waxy coated feeling on my hair. The hair butter helped my poor fried hair ends by giving them a little bit of moisture but it is still not enough to cure the damage. I guess it is time for me to visit a hair saloon for a hair cut. Boo hoo!

My verdict: Out of all the three of The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Hair Products, I would have to say I like the shampoo the best. It did somehow mositurize my hair. The conditioner and hair butter is just all right to me but not moisturizing enough for my very damaged hair. Would I repurchase? Maybe just the shampoo.

For more information about The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Products, you can go to The Body Shop's official website.

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