The Body Shop Honey Moisturising Shampoo
I had first discovered the allure of Body Shop while on a visit to Belgium to meet my sister. Body Shop had this really huge store taking up an entire corner of the street. Filled with all those colourful jars the inside of the store looked so fascinating just like a woman’s version of a candy store. Once inside, I just had a couple of Euro’s to spend and there was so much on offer. Cleansers, moisturizers, foot balms, hand creams, products like Body Butter which I had never heard of, enticing bars of soap and those glittering shimmery lip balms. My sister had to drag me out of the store, with just a vitamin E lip balm and the seaweed exfoliating cleanser.
And after that experience, I was hooked! When Body Shop came to Mumbai, I lined up at Inorbit Mall and had a look around to my heart’s contest without a sister constantly tugging at my sleeve to leave. I bought the only thing that I could safely vouch for considering they were so expensive, another of those lip balms.
Today Body Shop and I have come a long way. The store and the sheer variants don’t overwhelm but look like familiar friends. In fact I have a few favorites and I head for them directly, pay for them and move out. But the surprising bit is for some strange reason I always stayed away from the hair care section. In fact till I went shopping with a friend, who headed directly for the hair care section and picked up two bottles of their Honey Moisturising Shampoo, I was just dimly aware of their shampoos and conditioners.
For me Body Shop has always meant those gorgeous butters, lip balms, perfumes, shower gels and cleansers, of course with oddities like those wooden hair brushes and foot brushes and manicure, pedicure kits. But hair care? Body Shop has shampoos? Somehow I had missed that.
To cut a long story short I ended up taking a good look at their hair care range. And after hearing my friend sing praises of the Honey Shampoo, I decided on picking up a bottle since it sounded perfect for my dry hair. The bottle as shown below says it is formulated using organic trade community honey and is for dry/damaged and chemically treated hair. The bottle is a plastic pet one, the same bottle that houses their shower gels. Though the label is nice and minimal somehow I am not too fond of the pet bottle packaging, it just looks so ordinary. I mean I am all for recycling but I am sure you can do much more with plastic.
A better view of the front with the honey comb graphics
Ok, flip over to the back of the bottle and what do you see? Something you want to, but don’t. What I mean is there is a suspicious lack of ingredients? I have noticed that on many a Body Shop products now.
Ok once you get over the packaging and zero mention of ingredients, you get down to using it. The shampoo like you can see, it is a white creamy shampoo with a nice thick texture. The best part is the fragrance though, it is a mix of vanilla, honey and coconut which is very pleasant and thankfully lingers in the hair. It stays with you at least for a couple of hours after a hair wash and it’s a fragrance that you would definitely love to stay longer in the hair!
The disappointing factor however is the lather, it doesn’t lather richly and I end up using more . I generally tend to dilute chemical shampoos, but this is supposed to have all natural ingredients hence no dilution. So anyway, what with no dilution and more shampoo, I have used up a lot of this shampoo in a very short while. On the bright side, the lack of lather must be due to lack of chemical surfactants like SLS.
I have been using this shampoo for over 2 weeks now and I find my hair softer but somehow soft and limp, they don’t do anything to lend volume or bounce to hair. So overall though it’s a nice looking and nice smelling shampoo, but I doubt I will purchase it again. And let me let you on to one more reason why I will give it a miss, just look at the ingredient list that I managed to procure after much scouring and searching on the internet
Ingredients of Honey Moisturising Shampoo:
Water, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Stearic Acid, Honey, Coconut Acid, Glycerin, Acrylates/Palmeth-25 Acrylate Copoymer, Bertholletia Excelsa (Brazil) Nut Oil, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Isothionate, Olea Europea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Phenethyl Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Cetearyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Lanolin, Polyquaternium-10, Methylparaben, Aminomethyl Propanol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydrolysed Wheat Protein, PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Polyquaternium-7, Propylparaben, Bertothelia Excelsa (Brazil) Nut Amino Acids, Wheat Amino Acids, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Titanium Dioxide.
In fact I am increasingly being made aware that Body Shop is not an all natural brand. After using other natural brands, Body Shop comes across as a little too slick, the fragrances are also not all natural and even though the hair cleanser didn’t lather, the shower gels lather rather too well for it to be all natural. So I guess the products are good, they do work but I don’t think anyone should fool themselves into thinking that they are all natural.
The Body Shop Moisturising shampoo is available across Body Shop India and is priced for Rs. 495/- for 250 ml