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In Which Bella Is Tricked by Shampoo in the Jungle!

My trip to Belize was amazing on so many levels, especially because I got to hang out with adorable animals like this Aztec parakeet. Since it was the low season, I managed to score a good price at a swanky hotel in San Ignacio. When I checked in, I was offered a glass of rum punch. (Yes, please.) And my room was gorgeous — huge, pristine, luxe. Right away, I hopped in the shower, where I smiled at the sweetly coconut-scented shampoo in the wall dispenser. It left my hair clean and smelling fresh, so I figured it was some sort of spendy spa formula.

And then, a snag. Turns out I'd been given one of the more expensive rooms by accident, so to get the lower rate, I had to move to a smaller, simpler room overlooking a parking lot instead of the jungle. No big deal. But instead of a posh wall dispenser for shampoo, the bathroom simply had a bottle out for guests' use. Lo and behold, the "spa formula" I'd imagined was none other than Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut shampoo ($2.49). It isn't moisturizing enough to use every day without conditioner, but the scent and cleaning power are great — and with all the money I'll save using a drugstore standby, saving up for another trip to Central America won't take long at all.

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Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
Boo to animal tested products. BOO. I have huge issues when I use shampoos with lots of sulfates...instant dandruff. And it's not little flecks, it's big old flakes. So I have to be picky...shame I haven't found an Aveda shampoo that's coconut scented!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
Ohh I LOVE this shampoo and scent!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I just used this and I can't agree more. Fabulous sudsing but conditioner is a must.
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
I only use the Coconut conditioner. I feel using the pair is too overpowering.
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
I have the conditioner and love that smell!
fleurdelispink fleurdelispink 8 years
My mom loves this stuff. Ahles, thanks for mentioning that they test on animals--I didn't know that. :-/
ahles ahles 8 years
The suave coconut conditioner works pretty darn well, however they test on animals. :(
runningesq runningesq 8 years
I used to buy really expensive salon shampoos/ conditions (Bedhead! love it!) but it didn't make enough of a difference to justify that it cost 8 times as much as drugstore shampoos. Garnier fructise (sp) works well -- will have to try suave!
Beauty Beauty 8 years
psterling, where did you go? I was in Cayo the whole time. Beautiful.
puddlesworth puddlesworth 8 years
suave is a great brand.
brittanyk brittanyk 8 years
The most awesome thing from Suave is their Professionals Humectant line. It's also coconut scented. It's so cheap and I swear it works as well as salon products. I was so mad when I went home for a visit to my parents house and saw my mom bought me Suave conditioner (spoiled, I know) but then I tried it out and absolutely loved it.
psterling psterling 8 years
Fun! I went to Belize on my honeymoon in June!
psychobabble psychobabble 8 years
The Suave coconut body lotion smells divine too and of course is super cheap!
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Yeah, it smells great! I didn't try conditioner (there was only shampoo) but like I said, you'd be best off using a conditioner to keep your hair from drying out. But it cleaned my hair well, didn't leave any residue, and made lathering lots of fun. Color me surprised.
emalove emalove 8 years
Really?! I've never tried Suave shampoo/conditioner before, I always just assumed that it wouldn't be that great. Maybe I'll try it now...I'm obsessed with all things coconut!
Frenched Frenched 8 years
I've used this one before and it smells delish! I absolutely love it. Suave actually has some real good stuff, for cheap!
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