The Body Shop Rainforest Hair Care: Review

The Body Shop recently revamped it’s hair care range – with the new Rainforest range that promise to be not only good to your hair but also to the environment. It’s a bit embarrassing and extremely self centred of me but I can honestly say that I never really thought about the impact on the environment that my daily hair wash would have. Obviously my daily hair wash is just a drop in the ocean (excuse the pun) but over all – there are a heck of a lot of chemicals being flushed down the drain and into the ocean. They might well be making my hair shiny and glossy, but they aren’t doing much for the environment. So lots of environment points to The Body Shop to bringing out a range with this in mind – all shampoos/conditioners/hair butters in the range are free from silicones, parabens, colourants and sulphates.

That being said – I have just used the range for three days and I really don’t like how dry my hair now feels. Plus I find it feels really knotty and difficult to brush through. Yes, this probably is because I am used to using various silicone laden products that coat the hair to give it that false soft and glossy feel – but I like that!

Trying to look at the positives (other than the environment thing, obviously) my hair is volumised with these products – but this is probably because it’s dry and frizzy. A little bit like when I use Lush’s Big Shampoo – it makes my hair big, but dry. I do love the smell of the range – so that’s a positive. It smells of honey with something floral, but not overly girly. Plus the prices are reasonable £4 for 250ml or £6 for 400ml and the body butter is £8 for 200ml.

I’m not going to continue using the shampoo/conditioner from the range on a daily basis, but I will keep the Hair Butter close to hand as this is quite nice as a moisturising treat. When I used this with the shampoo it didn’t leave my hair as dry and crispy but nice and soft – but again, I wouldn’t want to use it every day as it would be a bit too heavy and likely to weigh my hair down.
So, sorry to say this isn’t a range that I love. I might be wrong and it might work for you – but for me, the shampoo and conditioner aren’t ones I’m going to keep using. I will however, use the hair butter again.
**The Small Print**

PR samples sent for review.


  1. dani@callitbeauty
    August 4, 2010 / 7:21 am

    i’m pretty sure it takes more than 3 days for your hair to get used to the new formula (i.e. no silicones) so i suggest using it more. if you don’t see a difference in around a week, then bin it. i know when i started using lush haircare products, it was very dry the first few days but my hair got used to it.

    it’s kind of like how cell turnaround on your skin takes a month so you should really give skincare products around that timeframe to “work.” It’s just a suggestion 🙂

    i’ll definitely give these a whirl as i’m on a strict no SLS rule concerning hair products (my scalp’s extremely sensitive to it)

    thanks for the review!


  2. Miss Krimson
    August 4, 2010 / 7:26 am

    wow great for them for doing that. i guess you never really think about what goes down the drain…because “out of sight;out of mind” right? thanks for the review. I guess this might be good for someone with an oilier scalp then since it made your hair dry? or is your scalp oily?

  3. August 4, 2010 / 8:00 am

    I have continued using them for a few days since I wrote this review – which to be fair is only a first impression as I normally use shampoo/conditioner for two weeks before sharing opinions. But I just didn’t feel like it was doing my hair any good to I am really reluctant to keep using them – as my hair is prone to dryness already I’m just not sure this is quite moisturising enough for me.

    @Miss Krimson My scalp tends to be quite dry – so I think you’re right, this might be better for those with oilier scalps than me.

    As always, just because it doesn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you.

  4. Sami
    August 4, 2010 / 4:19 pm

    I got the hair butter as a sample from a magazine but haven’t tried it yet… my hair is already dry as it is now I’m a bit worried to try this! xx

  5. August 8, 2010 / 8:26 pm

    Thanks for the helpful & honest review!!

  6. Anonymous
    August 12, 2010 / 3:39 pm

    I used it, also free from a magazine, though has to use 2 sachets to get good coverage,. My hair felt as though it hadn’t had any conditioner on it, dry and frizzy, yet also a bit greasy, almost as if the product hadn’t all come out, although i had rinsed as thoroughly as normal. Not a fan sadly.

  7. Anonymous
    August 26, 2010 / 7:07 pm

    i work in the body shop and i bought the rainforest moisture (for normal/dry hair) and didnt expect much as the old haircare range used to leave my hair feeling somewhat greasy. the first 3 times i used the shampoo i felt like it was nearly leaving residue, or leaving my hair feeling waxy? kept using it though, and its actually fine! i honestly dont know why it wasnt good at the start, i have a theory that its removing the build up of silicones in your hair though. i’m sure you guys noticed as well the fact that it doesnt foam easily, because its a natural foaming ingredient called pracaxi oil, so make sure you lather it in your hands and use plenty of water. All in all, im a lover of the hair care now, and can rest my conscious!

  8. Anonymous
    August 29, 2010 / 8:40 am

    I got it and it’s worked great for me. My hair feels a lot softer than usual, and it doesn’t get as oily. Usually I have to shampoo my hair every day or else it gets really… not fun. But with this stuff I only have to shampoo every other day. So I like how it moisturizes without making my hair oily. It’s shiny too!
    I kinda feel like I should stop using it now after reading all these bad reveiws though… Because you seem like you know what you’re talking about.
    lol, Good thing I got it with a sale.

  9. September 1, 2010 / 5:28 pm

    I’ve tried the Moisture range as well and I love it. If I’d used the shampoo alone I probably wouldn’t be so enamored, but with the conditioner it works great. I love the scent, too – like honey and play-doh! haha

  10. Anonymous
    October 20, 2010 / 1:49 pm

    I have used both the shampoo and conditioner for about 5 weeks now and my hair is getting progressively worse, and is very tangly to the point that it is impossible to comb it without it breaking. It most certianly is not improving with use. My hair feels stripped of all it’s natural oils but feels greasy at the same time and my scalp is irritated. I had previously used the honey shampoo and conditioner which both suited my hair very well but I shall probably never buy Body Shop hair products ever again as I would not know if they can be trusted.

  11. Anonymous
    April 6, 2011 / 12:07 pm

    I have used the whole set: Shampoo, conditioner and hair butter, by now for 2 weeks. My hairs have never been the strongest, and now they are just falling of like the leafs from the tree in autumn. I wash my hair every second day, so maybe that was the reason. I will stop using this line on a regular basis and maybe limit the use to once a week or every 2 weeks. I love the smell, but I prefer to have some hairs too.

  12. Anonymous
    August 26, 2011 / 4:15 pm

    Except for the smell, I didn’t really like it. Used shampoo and conditioner. I find this shampoo not really foamy. I got long fine hair, so in order to get my hair all clean, I had to use quite a big amount of the product. I was wasting so much water while I was trying to get that shampoo all the way to my roots.
    And conditioner did not produce the detangling effect I expect from conditioners. My hair does feel very soft and silky after, but I did have to use Loreal detangling spray after every wash.
    It’s a nice product, but I guess not for everyone. In addition to that, it’s expensive. Anybody with long hair would use that 20$ bottle in no time.

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