We Try It!: Body Shop’s Banana Shampoo and Conditioner

So today is my birthday, and every year I put aside a few dollars to spend on nice stuff for my beauty regime.   I’m not a big product lady, I don’t really wear make-up or do my hair in anything but this ponytail I continually rock.  I do moisturize, and since my hair is really long, I treat it with a smoothing serum and a leave in conditioner.   I was looking for a reasonably priced shampoo/conditioner combo that would get my hair really clean, make it smell good and not leave something horrible in our water supply for the next 2000 years.  I turned to my old friends The Body Shop, home of great sales and special deals for birthdays. 

I debated between a few products before deciding on Banana shampoo and conditioner.  They were on sale for $5.99 each, plus I got a discount for activating my Body Shop member card (15%) plus 30% an item for my birthday.  The birthday discount ended up applying to the most expensive thing I bought (color me shocked!) which was something called Wise Woman Eye Cream.  We’ll review that later, on a day when I’m not perseverating on how old I am.

Shipping from the Body Shop is really fast, I had my stuff within 48 hours of placing my order.  They use plain brown paper and recycled boxes for shipping, so it’s as earth friendly as it can be.

The first thing I checked was the smell.  There’s a huge difference between real banana smell and banana Laffy Taffy smell.   I do not want to smell like a scratch and sniff sticker.  Fortunately, the Banana products are only mildly scented, and swing more towards fresh banana.  The shampoo is thick, and it gives a moderate amount of suds.  I had just finished a marathon cleaning session, so I was sweaty and kinda gross, so I washed my hair twice.  It rinsed clean easily, and after the second wash my hair felt clean.   The conditioner is also pretty thick, with a light scent like the shampoo.  It stuck to my hair nicely as I did my other showering activities and let it soak in.   It was a little tougher to rinse out completely than the shampoo, but not as bad as some drug store brands.

After the shower, my hair smelled great.  I combed it out after applying a detangler/leave in conditioner (also from The Body Shop) and applied an olive oil based smoothing serum.  My hair was noticeably softer and shinier than it had been on the previous wash, with drugstore shampoo and conditioner but the same detangler and smoother.

For less than $12.00 for the pair (much less if you can work the discounts/deals/promos) I think it was a pretty great deal.  My hair still smelled great twelve hours later.

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Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

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