Burt’s Bees Super Shiny Shampoo and Conditioner

A few months ago, I decided to try out shampoos with less harmful chemicals in them. I’m not entirely sure why this health conscious kick came over me, but part of it is certainly due to the fact that I realised that I put so much gunk onto and into my body on a daily basis, I’d feel better if I could make even a small change in the products I use.

After much umming and aahing (I’m really the worst, and do take two hours to pick shampoo – for reals) I picked up the Burt’s Bees Super Shiny Shampoo and Conditioner with Mango because in addition to being sulfate, paraben, phthalate, and petrochemical free, containing natural fragrance, and promising no animal testing, Β it was on offer at Tokyu Hands as a set, and came with a mini body cream, the Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion for normal to dry skin (by the way, it smells really, really bad, awful even. I cannot stand it, and limit to using it on my hands before bed, so that I don’t have to smell it once I’m asleep. I can’t explain it very well, but for something that is not supposed to have any nasties in it, it smells pretty nasty to me.) The Very Volumising and More Moisture versions were available too, but I chose to get the ones with mango oil in them.

While doing research on these products, I was quite taken aback by the sheer number of negative reviews. I was extremely concerned about what I was getting in to – yes I know it’s just shampoo, but it isn’t cheap, and you have to keep using it until you’ve run out, and having to use something you just don’t like and have spent a lot of money on and that you’re not happy with is not fun.

As I’ve been using it for the past few months now, I’d very much like to give my honest opinions about this product, in the hope that it will help other people who might be considering buying it.

Let’s get started:

One of my reasons for buying it was the mango on the packaging. β€œIf it smells like mangoes, what can go wrong?” I thought. Well, I was a bit disappointed, as it smells nothing like mangoes. It has a definite citrus scent to it. And it doesn’t smell bad, not by any means, I’d even go so far as to say I like it, but, I was still very disappointed as the mangoes on the bottles had piqued my interest in the first place.

Some of the complaints I found online were that it is too watery, so you get through the product faster. I have to say I didn’t find this at all, I mean, it was more liquid-y than other products that I have used in the past, but you don’t need to go through it like there’s no tomorrow. I found a dollop in the palm of my hand to be quite sufficient, although I will admit that it may take some getting used to as the consistency is quite different from other regular drugstore shampoos. As to using it faster, I have been using it since around November 2013, so nearly four months now. It could be that some people use more of it because it doesn’t lather as much as other shampoos, but sulfate free shampoo tends not to lather as much as shampoos containing sulfates, so actually you don’t really need all those bubbles – shampoo can do its job perfectly well without it.

One problem I have, and that is purely down to my ridiculous character – I almost never buy shampoo and conditioner to use together, as I hate the idea of not finishing them up at the same time. I would feel terrible if I finished one up before the other, kind of as though I had unbalanced the equilibrium of the world and the fabric of space and time. Well, it would never be as dramatic as all of that, but it would upset me a little bit for sure, and as the bottles are not clear, I can’t tell at all.

Another frequent issue was that it did not clean the hair properly, and some users found their hair to still be greasy after use. I did not find this at all. My hair was clean. That it wasn’t as shiny or smooth as it would have been had I been using a shampoo that had more ingredients like phthalates and sulfates in it, I will acknowledge. Β Another thing I can say about the cleaning power is that I do sometimes put oil in my hair, usually on the ends, but occasionally on my scalp, and this gets rid of all of that. My hair is absolutely not greasy at the end.

Since this set is about being Super Shiny, I obviously have to comment on that. I think that in this respect, other shampoos have been better, and I have been wondering whether or not it has made my scalp drier. It’s possible. But it’s equally as possible that it’s due to the dryness of the Japanese winter, and the fact that in the office the heater is right above my head.

Those who love Burt’s Bees shampoos say that it’s the nasty stuff like chemicals that are actually harmful to the hair that make it so smooth and lovely. I try to strike a balance by using the Burt’s Bees on my scalp and hair, and a different conditioning product that doesn’t claim to be natural an that I find works, on the ends only.

Is this my Holy Grail shampoo and will I keep buying this forever? Probably not. In fact, I have already bought my next no nasties shampoo set to try. Would I come back to Burt’s Bees and try a different shampoo? I wouldn’t rule it out. It has been a decent shampoo over the past few months and I have been pleased with it. It’s just that I always have to see what’s out there, and try new things, in shampoo as in life.

Have a marvellous Sunday, lovelies, and enjoy the week ahead.

Chuuu xxx


I was quite surprised when I used these for the first time and they were such different colours! Is that normal? The shampoo is transparent yellow and the conditioner is an opaque white.


This is one of the worst smelling products I have ever tried in my life. Has anyone else tried this? What are your thoughts on it?


17 thoughts on “Burt’s Bees Super Shiny Shampoo and Conditioner

  1. Haha, I have the same issue with shampoo and conditioner; I cannot fathom why they don’t make the conditioner in a smaller bottle – why can’t it be 200ml shampoo and 50ml conditioner? I would be more inclined to buy shampoo AND conditioner if they came in sets like that! I have just switched shampoos too. I don’t like the new one I’m using Elseve, but I will see it through to the end. I hate buying shampoo here, I feel that it is harsher than at home; Japanese hair structure is different so surely the shampoo is too? Is that just paranoia!?

    • I’ve never thought about it, but I think Japanese hair is thicker? I’ve read about a lot of foreigners having terrible experiences at the hairdresser because they thin the hair out too much, and while it looks gorgeous on Japanese hair, it looks awful on fine, foreign hair. I’ve never had this problem though, so I can’t comment on that.
      I’ve never noticed a difference in the shampoo, but your reasoning makes sense. You could try Burt’s Bees, Aubrey organics, or The Body Shop, then you’d know they’ve been manufactured abroad πŸ˜‰

      • I don’t know why I never thought of The Body Shop before! Thank you for suggesting it. I’m actually heading home again, ALONE!, in a couple of weeks so I am going to get some John Frieda, its the only shampoo I’ve ever noticed a difference (for the better) with. I haven’t seen it here before, do you know if its sold here? Your good like that! πŸ™‚

      • Aww thank you! You’re such a sweetheart! What a lovely thing to say!
        I have not seen any John Frieda products, sadly, but I have seen KΓ©rastase in Donki before, and John Masters Organics available in certain places (can’t quite remember any places other than Omotesando Hills though).

      • oh wow really. I never thought of looking in Donki. AND thanks to your comment I remembered that I have some kerastase here that I bought 3 years ago and never opened. I’m assuming its alright if I never opened it! Its a big jar of treatment for dry hair and I have to be committed before opening something like that!!

      • πŸ™‚ Well my hair can’t get any worse (its really dry) so now I think I need to get in the zone and commit to regular treatment! Would you believe I’ve never been inside a Donki yet!!? I know it, I pass by it, I hear great things about it; now its time to go enjoy it!! Thanks for the tip πŸ™‚

  2. I tend to skip product reviews but I’m so glad I read this one, I actually found some of the technical info interesting and the whole thing pretty useful… But what I really, really loved was the endearing glimmers of madness? It was a real insight into your character!

    • I am not at the moment, actually. I shall add some more madness to your impression of me πŸ˜‰ Every time I sit down to create a Twitter handle, everything I want is already taken, and then I get so stressed out that in the end I just end up putting it off and not creating it at all :p I really MUST get a grip and just do it! Like Nike πŸ™‚

      • It’s definitely endearing madness rather than “run! Here comes Through the Looking Glass!” madness! I know what you mean about handles… I settled for @ElizabethHobso6, my name being Hobson which did bother me at first but when you tweet your proper name comes up first and in bold so unless someone has a really weird handle you barely notice. And it’s great for reaching people who’ll like your writing/ finding other places to put it (I’m hoping to get something in a book and a magazine I found on there at the moment) and just finding interesting conversations and resources and other writing… Love to see you on there soon.x

  3. I totally got a bottle of the Super Shiny Mango Shampoo simply b/c it said mango. It was the worst shampoo I’ve ever used. It smelled okay, but not very mango-y, like you said. You’re lucky you didn’t experience the greasy feeling afterwards b/c not only was my hair not clean (which is what shampoo is supposed to do!) but it was so hard to wash off! Chemicals all the way, baby as long as it cleans my hair sufficiently, lol. It’s definitely not a repeat buy for me but I’m reluctantly still a fan of Burts Bees due to their awesome lipcare products.

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