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The Body Shop Rainforest Shine Shampoo & Conditioner — Free From Silicone and Sulphates

What's up with sulphates?

You've heard me complain many a time about how difficult it is for me to find a shampoo I like and will stick with. After trying out tonnes of products, I'm pretty sure that the ones which contain sulphates (foaming agents, usually Sodium Lauryl Sulphate) are no good for my hair or scalp  they cause too much irritation. Sulphates get rid of dirt and grease, but they can also get rid of natural oils, which leaves your hair dry and your scalp itchy (sounds familiar...)

What's up with silicone?

The beauty world seems to be waking up alongside me when it comes to sulphates, with several brands releasing SLS-free shampoos, but I hadn't heard much about silicones until recently. Found in many conditioners and glossing products such as serums, silicones create a shiny look and feel, and give hair that post-shower slip. However, over time, some silicones create build up which weighs the hair down and makes it look dull. Dull hair is the last thing I want, so I started wondering if it'd be worth looking out for silicone-free products too.

(It's worth noting that not all silicones are bad: have a read of this very helpful article for more information.)

The Body Shop Rainforest Shine Shampoo and Conditioner

The Rainforest Shine Range

With all of this in mind, I headed off to investigate The Body Shop's Rainforest haircare, and ended up buying the Shine shampoo and conditioner, which cost a very reasonable £4.50 each. Both of them contain pracaxi oil, cameline seed oil, and Community Fair Trade olive oil.

The Shampoo

I love this shampoo. It cleanses hair thoroughly, but it's not harsh in the slightest. Nor is it too heavy for my fine hair, and I've had less of a greasy patch on the crown of my head since I started using it. It's best to add water if you want to create a lather, and although it's not foamy, it's easy to work through the hair. The scent is very fresh, and reminds me of plants. Quite a general comparison, I know, but that's really the best way I can word it! (Regular readers are probably aware that I'm terrible at describing scents of any kind, but whatever this is, I really like it.)

The Conditioner

You can barely tell that this is different to standard conditioners, although The Body Shop do recommend that you add a little water before you run it through your hair (it's really easy to detangle with btw). However, the difference becomes more obvious when hair is dry, because it has less slip and more grip to it, although it still feels moisturised  I do like to use a tiny bit of the LUSH R&B Hair Moisturiser on the very ends. The conditioner has the same fresh scent as the shampoo.  

Overall I'm very happy with the Rainforest Shine range  it's rare for The Body Shop to let me down. Both products promise shiny hair and although the result isn't mirror-like, you will still be left with clean, soft hair that looks healthy and isn't weighed down. I'm not going to go as far to say that I've found the perfect hair products for me, because the search never seems to end, but as the moment I'm content to keep using them, and who knows? I may even repurchase.

The Body Shop Rainforest Shine Shampoo and Conditioner cost £4.50 each for 250ml, or £2 each for 60ml. The Rainforest Shine range is recommended for normal to dry hair types.

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at

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