Boo Bamboo Shampoo & Conditioner Review

Hi everyone!

My decision to start using products that are as natural as possible happened in November so when Black Friday came around I decided to hunt for new hair care products and ended up buying the Boo Bamboo Strengthening Shampoo and Strengthen & Shine Conditioner from Well.ca (keep on reading for a $10 off coupon). Let’s take a closer look at them.

boo bamboo strenghtening shampoo strengthen and shine conditioner

These products are labelled as all natural, sulfate free (for the shampoo), gluten free, and paraben & DEA free. A quick look at the ingredients on CosDNA (links below) and Think Dirty looked good so into the cart they went.

Ingredients

If you’re not interested in the ingredients you can skip this section.

Strengthening Shampoo

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium C14-16 olefin Sulfonate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Stearate, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-55, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-10, Polyquaternium-7, Bamboo (Bambusa Arundinacea) Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Natural Flavour, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citric Acid

View these ingredients on CosDNA.

boo bamboo strenghtening shampoo

Strengthen & Shine Conditioner

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Polyquaternium-55, Glycerin, Sesame (Sesamum indicum) oil, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride, Bamboo (Bambusa Arundinacea) Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Flavour, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Oat (Avena Sativa) Protein, Panthenol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate.

View these ingredients on CosDNA.

boo bamboo strengthen and shine conditioner

A deeper look at the ingredients on Think Dirty followed by some googling shows that some of these ingredients seem to be synthetic, or synthesized from natural sources. Does that mean that the products are not necessarily 100% natural? I’m far from being an expert on ingredients so I won’t go into further details, but feel free to ask questions, shed some light on this, or correct me if I’m wrong in the comments. The last thing I want to do is give out false information!

That being said, if I’m right, these products are still mostly natural and there are no red flags in the ingredients so they get a pass in my books.

The Products

Buying products online without being able to smell them is a risk because what if I hate their scent? Thankfully I quite enjoy these ones! I’ve been trying to figure out how to describe their scent since I first started using them because I’m having a hard time pinpoint what they smell like. I even smelled my bamboo plant to see if there was a similarity, but my plant doesn’t smell anything. My husband said the shampoo smells like bubblegum. I don’t agree with that, but I can see how he thinks that. There’s definitely a sweetness to the scent that is bubblegum-ish, but at the same time there’s this greenery herbal scent to it. The conditioner is not as sweet and the herbal-ness comes through more. They’re definitely different than any hair care products I’ve used before and I find their scents refreshing in the morning.

The shampoo works really well. It lathers a lot and a little goes a long way. It leaves my hair feeling clean and nice and not stripped of its moisture.

This shampoo also works well as a body wash and I know this because I’ve tried it! 🙂 You really don’t need a lot for your body either, a quarter size amount is more than enough.

The conditioner works well too, but my hair is really short so I can’t say how it would work for long hair. Detangles well? I don’t know. Leaves hair light or weights it down? No clue, sorry.

This one has a thick consistency so I leave my bottle upside down in my shower. It also feels like it lathers a little bit in my hair. Once rinsed out my hair still feels nice and clean and it does not feel like the conditioner left any residue behind.

boo bamboo strenghtening shampoo strengthen and shine conditioner

All in all I’m really happy with these products from Boo Bamboo. They smell nice and do a great job at removing the waxing pomade gunk that I put in my hair.

Both of these retail for $9.99 CAD each on Well.ca, but I managed to get them for $5.99 each on Black Friday. I also saw these at Loblaws last week for $11.49 each – or $11.99? It was $11 something. 🙂

Want to save $10 off your order of $40 or more on Well.ca? Use promo code CCSummer at checkout (new customers only). Code expires August 20, 2017. Also don't forget to use ebates to get cashback on your order!

Have you tried anything from Boo Bamboo? Did you know that they’re a Canadian brand?

– Chantal 🙂

Computer geek by day and super mom by night, Chantal loves to try products of any kind and share her thoughts with the world.

  • Kathleen Medjuck

    Hi Chantal. I use these sites when I’m ingredient searching and product checking in general. That’s how I found out about Betty’s Bath – their products are generally 0’s.
    http://www.paulaschoice.com/cosmetic-ingredient-dictionary/A
    https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
    I find the ingredients in the conditioner god but the shampoo has a couple of iffys. Still, it’s the right direction right! I look forward to seeing what else you have to share.

    • I’m definitely learning as I go along this new journey! 🙂
      I was looking for that Paula’s Choice ingredients list, thank you! I’ve used Skin Deep too, lots of good information there.
      I looked up Batty’s Bath and they seem to have wonderful products! Any recommendations?

      • Kathleen Medjuck

        I would definitely use this worksheet first http://battysbath.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/07-2547-page/FacialRoutineWorksheet_NEW.pdf
        I started with one of their detox kits and loved it. I then moved on to rosacea-targeted products. You probably don’t have rosacea but no matter the skin, the worksheet will direct you. Their masks are wonderful! If you try a clay mask, do the wet one rather than the dry. Their charcoal hard soap is awesome as well. I don’t work there I swear LOL I found them by looking up the lowest rated products on the EWG and they are Canadian so that was a bonus for me. I’m going to be doing a post soon on ingredients and “natural” products which I’d love your feedback on. I’m a newbie at blogging and would love some interaction from fellow bloggers and not just my friends LOL
        http://www.lovemunchin.com

        • That worksheet is great, thank you! I love supporting Canadian brands so I’ll definitely place an order with them at some point. Right now I’m on a no-buy so I’m only buying the essentials when I need them, but I will need some face care products soon so I’ll definitely try them.

        • Oh, and I’ll definitely check out your blog. 🙂

          • Kathleen Medjuck

            Thank you ⭐️

  • I have been so obsessed shopping on Well.ca! I love the convenience and selection! I’ll keep that coupon code for the next time I need to grab something 😉

    I’ve never heard of this brand before but you’ve piqued my interest! I love multi-purpose products, even if it wasn’t initially advertised as such! I generally quite enjoy the more herbal-like products – it makes me feel a lot better about not putting chemicals in my hair!

    • I love shopping there too! They have a great selection and their prices are really good. Their no shipping amount is reasonable too so I always manage to reach it – last time I added a chocolate bar cause I only needed like $1.50 more, lol!

      I had not heard of this brand before either, until my online shopping on Black Friday. They seem to have products for the entire body – face too! I’ll be looking into those eventually.

  • Glad you liked them! For me I liked the shampoo better than the conditioner – it weighed my hair down some. I was definitely reminded of bubblegum with the scent too!

    • Yeah with short hair I really can’t tell if products will weigh hair down or not, I can only go by how my hair feels once it’s all rinsed out. There are some that I can feel definitely leave residues behind (like my previous hair care review), but other than that I can’t say much.

      • That’s totally fair! Different hair types would have a different experience too 🙂

  • I’m so excited to read about your adventures in green beauty! I’m glad you found something that works for you right off the bat. I’m really curious about using the shampoo as a body wash too, that’s an awesome and unexpected benefit of switching to natural beauty for sure!

    • Thank you Andy!
      I ran out of body wash and my new one had not arrived yet so I decided to give the shampoo a try and it worked extremely well!

  • We used their baby line when Cordelia was little and really really liked it. We still use the nature spray in the summer. Do you know if these are tear free? I’d love to have a one-product-fits-all for the family vs. the 6 different shampoos and conditioners that we have now lol

    • I saw that they have a baby line, I may try some when we run out of what we currently have (Live Clean). I don’t know if this shampoo is tear free, but I doubt it is. I agree that it would be nice to have a one-fits-all for those kind of products.

  • Ooh, these sound promising! I’m always on the lookout for affordable, natural haircare, so I’ll have to give these a peek. The Think Dirty app really is helpful!

  • This is so silly, but I love how the bottle stands upsidedown no problem. I hate when brands don’t think about design things like that. At some point you get to the bottom of the shampoo bottle and you do NOT want to keep banging it against your hand to get product out!

    • I know what you mean and I hate that too! I would usually have 2-3 bottles surrounding the one that is upside down to hold it in place. But no need with these ones! 🙂