This Post has been written by a guest writer: Sangeeta Govindan
Imagine waking up to a world of no trees and nature. We are slowly destroying the Earth’s oldest ecosystem, the rainforests. Most of the products we use in our daily lives are killing these natural beauties in one way or the other. This living breathing ecosystem not only harbors a large number of exotic flora and fauna, but also provides several foods and medicinal ingredients. In lieu of this cry the body shop has come up with an eco-conscious rainforest hair care range. One of the products in this range is The Rainforest Shine Shampoo.
According to The Body Shop site “This shampoo contains no silicones, sulphates, parabens or colourants. It also meets our eco-conscious standard. It is respectful to the aquatic environment, meets strict biodegradability standards, and minimizes the use of non-sustainable packaging resources. We are working hard to help protect our planet. Together we can make a difference!”
When I first tried this shampoo I was rather disappointed. It didn’t lather much. I got a few tangles in my hair. My hair didn’t feel as smooth and silky as I wanted it to. But, at the same time it didn’t make my hair bad. Just like you can’t judge a book by its cover you can’t decide if a shampoo is good just by trying it once. I decided to try it for a few more days. My hair became softer with every wash and more manageable, and it does this with fewer chemicals which are better for the user and nature. I realized why my hair wasn’t silky during the first wash like most shampoos; the lack of silicones. Silicones coat the hair and make it appear smooth but these may result in buildup in the long run. Since the shampoo doesn’t have sulphates it doesn’t lather much either. I don’t mind this, but if you prefer your shampoo to lather a lot this wouldn’t be your favorite. Also, it doesn’t work well when you have oiled your hair. You’d have to use a lot of product to get the oil out.
It’s expensive for a shampoo so I suggest asking for a sample or purchasing the mini bottles. The mini version comes in packs of 4 with 2 shampoos and 2 conditioners of 60 ml each for around Rs. 500/-. So, you can share it with someone so that it works out cheaper. Hence, even if you didn’t like it much you wouldn’t have spent a lot on it. It is also available in a mini pack with one shampoo, conditioner and hair butter. The other shampoos in the range include: Rainforest Radiance Shampoo for coloured hair, Rainforest Moisture Shampoo for dry hair and Rainforest Balance Shampoo for oily hair.
What I Like
- Free of parabens, sulphates, silicones and colourants
- Makes hair soft and shiny with continued use
- The fragrance – Sweet and not too strong
- It rinses out easily
What I don’t really like
- Doesn’t work on oily hair
- Runny consistency; hence it may get over fast
The rainforest shine shampoo doesn’t give best results in the first wash, but continued use makes the hair soft and silky while being eco-conscious at the same time.
Would I recommend it? Yes. If you are looking for an eco-conscious product which is also free of parabens, sulphates and silicones. But, I suggest asking for a sample or purchasing the mini version like I did.
Overall Verdict: 3.5/5
Price: Rs. 695/- for 400 ml
Rs. 495/- for 250 ml
About the Author
Sangeeta is a young advertising professional who has been born and brought up in Chennai. She says she loves everything about it , except the sultring summers and the availability of certain brands. A tomboy at heart, she is growing out of her lazy style and acquiring a small little collection of skincare and makeup. Welcome to Peaches & Blush Sangeeta!. I guarantee you…your collection wont remain small for too much longer :)
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