Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Body Shopy Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter

I received a jar of The Body Shop’s Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter as a Christmas gift and initially I didn’t know what to do with it since, like many Body Shop products, it didn’t come with instructions.

I have since learned that you can use this product as a hair mask or to soften and detangle wet hair after washing it. However, I prefer to use it in my ongoing war on fly-aways.

I tend to get fly-aways/frizz around the crown of my head. It’s a problem that’s only made worse by humidity, something that Toronto summers are always full of. Now, there are dozens and dozens of products out there that fight this problem and some of them are pretty good, even better than Rainforest Butter, but I’ve yet to find a frizz-fighting product that’s as portable as this one.

Here’s what I mean by that: Unlike most other frizz-fighters, this one isn’t liquid-y, oily or sticky. Instead, it’s thick and creamy (like butter) and comes in a lightweight, reasonably sized plastic container with a twist-on lid. It easily pops into most bags and doesn’t spill or leak, making it ideal to carry around with you.

Another nice aspect of this packaging is that it allows you to easily control how much of it you want. Like most (all?) frizz fighting products, this one can make your hair greasy and nasty if you use too much of it. But since you’re basically scooping the cream out, it’s simple to get just the right amount out.

When it comes to actually fighting frizz, the butter does a pretty good short-term job. But after say, four hours, especially if you’re exposing your hair to humid conditions, the frizz will slowly but steadily come back. Thankfully, since you can easily carry this product around, you can just as easily apply some more on it.

At $8, the price is more than great, particularly considering that it’s free of silicones, sulphates, parabens and colorants (though maybe the addition of a couple of though items would make it a bit more effective). It’s also a “feel good” product since it uses Community Trade honey and olive oil and meets The Body Shop’s eco-conscious standard.

Would I buy this again: Yes
Should you buy it: If you’ve got fly-aways, you probably want to check it out.

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