Tuesday, 18 June 2013

The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture / Radiance Hair Butters (review)

Unfortunately it's hard to find decent natural intensive conditioners that smooth and soften as well as synthetic ones (these invariably use silicone, amongst other things) for a reasonable price. Here we have The Body Shop's contenders, Rainforest Moisture and Rainforest Radiance Hair Butters, which sound appealing, going by the name, and look attractive with their bright packaging. They even smell all right, even if they are both strangely reminiscent of Play-Doh!
 
The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture / Radiance Hair Butters

The pure white smooth paste can be easily spread throughout your hair and can be worked in by massaging with your hands. I paid particular attention to the mid-lengths and ends where my hair is driest. If you have especially oily hair I wouldn't apply any intensive conditioner to your roots. Once on, I piled my hair up on top of my head and continued showering; leaving it on for about ten minutes. The Body Shop recommend 'at least five minutes', so I was expecting decent results after ten!

These are the only intensive conditioners that The Body Shop offer, both contain pracaxi oil amongst other things ('Moisture' also features manketti nut oil, olive oil and honey, whereas 'Radiance' adds blueberry extract and linseed oil). I've used both varieties numerous times and can tell you that I honestly can't tell the difference in performance between the Radiance and Moisture conditioners.  That's why I decided to review them together.

So do they work? Yes, but not comprehensively. The conditioning properties are adequate but having sampled Dr. Organics Virgin Coconut Oil Conditioner (which is an everyday use product, not a once a week treat) I must admit I am somewhat disappointed. The nourishing effects aren't any better than the Dr. Organics conditioner, and my hair didn't feel any softer or look any shinier than it did with the rival Virgin Coconut Oil range.

The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture / Radiance Hair Butters

This makes them less than stellar value. Yes, they are still a relatively affordable intensive conditioner option, and are widely available on the high street, but I really do expect more deep-down nourishment, whatever the price.  An intensive conditioner should be intensive. These don't deliver enough care to my coloured locks and dry ends and therefore they're not products I would readily recommend.

On the bright side they are free of parabens, silicones and colourants and The Body Shop doesn't test on animals – even if its parent company L'Oréal does – so from an ecological point of view they're better than some rival brands. That's not enough for me, though, I'd suggest you look elsewhere.

YES!
NO!
Hair feels softer and smoothed
Not especially deeply nourishing
Can be used regularly without weighing hair down
Smell a bit artificial, like Play-Doh
No silicones, parabens or colourants


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Brand: The Body Shop


Size: 50 ml
Price: £3.00 (£6.00/100 ml)

Size: 200 ml
Price: £8.00 (£4.00/100 ml)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Moisture Ingredients: Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Distearoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl Esters, Glycerin, Schinziophyton Rautanenii Kernel Oil, Benzoic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Mel, Pentaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol

Radiance Ingredients: Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Distearoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Glycerin, Cetyl Esters, Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil, Benzoic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Pentaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol

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