The Body Shop Banana Shampoo

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Aalekhya Vasantavada
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A very socially responsible cosmetic brand that has a multitude of options to choose from. The truly nourishing banana shampoo is available in different sizes. The 250 ml bottle costs about 11$. Enriched with real banana puree from Ecuador, this cleansing shampoo is irresistible , super sustainable and pretty affordable!

In conclusion, I would give a rating of 2.5 planets to this product. One of the best things about this company is how transparent they are with regard to all their products. Every little detail is available on their website, and very clearly explained. They are extremely passionate about running a very sustainable business in addition to being empathetic to a lot of local communities and ensuring fair trade and opportunity. A very good example of businesses working towards a cause rather than just being focused on making profits.
Also, a very wide, interesting and affordable range of products to choose from, I would totally recommend!

What it's made of:


Ingredients –
The key ingredient used in this shampoo is organically sourced banana puree. In addition to this, it also has a couple of other basic ingredients that most other shampoos do.
Banana is a natural conditioning agent and works wonders for dry and damaged hair. It is also paraben and silicone free (chemical free)  which will ensure your hair isn’t stripped off dry.

How it's made:


The Body Shop’s truly nourishing banana shampoo is made from banana puree that is organically produced and sourced from expert farmers at El Guabo, who are based in south-west Ecuador.

So, when you treat your locks to their Banana Hair care range, you’re also helping to give power to the people who produce this nourishing ingredient. The trade helps support local producers living in a rural area of Ecuador with limited work opportunities. This is enabling small-holder farmers to compete against big banana plantations. The Body Shop also strives to minimize waste by using the bananas that wouldn’t sell to the food industry because they are the wrong shape and size.

Who makes it:


The Body Shop, is a British cosmetic, skin care and perfume company. It was founded in 1976 by Dame Anita Roddick and the company currently has a range of 1,000 products sold in about 3,000 stores, divided between those owned by the company and franchised outlets in more than 65 countries. The company’s goals are –

  • To sell products with ethically-sourced, cruelty free and natural ingredients. None of the products were tested on animals, and the ingredients were sourced directly from producers.
  • To ensure fair trade and counter the exploitation of developing countries by trading and sourcing materials from them.
  • Impressive incentives for customers who return used containers so they can be recycled. Using fair trade plastic for production of their bottles.
  • Products and Product categories are given an environmental score based on how easily they biodegrade or dilute to a safe level (their ‘water footprint’), and how the ingredients are made or sourced. More details on their ratings for each category can be found on their website.