Fabindia Seabuckthorn Shampoo Review


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By Shyna

MY FIRST TRIAL OF THE POPULAR BRAND-FabIndia -have heard lots of them raving about their products but today I experienced it myself-my first TRIAL OF fabindia product seabuckthorn shampoo…Yes I decided to give it a try probably because I am too much into herbal products nowadays…

The Fab India Seabuckthorn Review

What the company claims: The bio-active properties of this shampoo made from the leaf extract of the legendary seebuckthorn plant found in Himalayas nourishes the hair & protects it from environmental damages leaving it shiny and lustrous.

Key ingredients: SLES, cocoamidopropyl, betaine, glyceryl cocoate, glycerine, seebuckthorn leaf extract, purified water [email protected] 225 for a 275ml bottle.

What I like about Fabindia seabuckthorn shampoo:

  • It looks like honey, feels like honey, smells very much like honey even after u wash it off your hair, frankly I was trying real hard to control me from tasting it to know if it tastes like honey too…lol;-)
  • Contains seabuckthorn leaf extract as one of the major ingredients which is widely used world wide in skin/haircare.
  • Mild aroma, which is very soothing and you never feel like washing it off, smells tooooo good.Bath time feels like being at a relaxing spa with the gentle aroma all around.
  • Lather is quite good however this being  a herbal product I never expected it to contain SLES which gives good lather-theonly negative which I could find.
  • Squeaky clean feeling while u wash it off and after towel drying too..
  • I dint use a conditioner along with this just to know if the shampoo is moisturizing enough..and yes this cutie has passed that
  • tough test as well….smooth, bouncy hair even without conditioner (credit goes  to glycerine I guess )-

Pleas note I have normal hair which is not at all frizzy or dry, those with dry hair might need conditioner, so please test and try it out… FabIndia Seabuckthorn Shampoo

What I didn’t like in Fabindia Seabuckthorn Shampoo:

SLES –sodium lauryl ether sulfate which I feel shouldn’t have been part of a so called herbal shampoo

  • Going a little deeper into this potentiall harmful ingredient:    Both Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and its close relative Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are commonly used in many soaps, shampoos, detergents, toothpastes and other products that we expect to “foam up”. Both chemicals are very effective foaming agents, chemically known as surfactants.
  • SLS and SLES are esters of Sulphuric acid – SLS is also known as “Sulfuric acid monododecyl ester sodium salt”, however there are over 150 different names by which it is known – infact, SLES is commonly contaminated with dioxane a known carcinogen.
  • Although SLES is somewhat less irritating than Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, it cannot be metabolised by the liver and its effects are therefore much longer-lasting. A report published in the Journal of The American College of Toxicology in 1983 showed that concentrations as low as 0.5% could cause irritation and concentrations of 10-30% caused skin corrosion and severe irritation. National Institutes of Health “Household Products Directory” of chemical ingredients lists over 80 products that contain sodium lauryl sulfate.
  • Some soaps have concentrations of up to 30%, which the ACT report called “highly irritating and dangerous”.
  • Shampoos are among the most frequently reported products to the FDA. Reports include eye irritation, scalp
  • irritation, tangled hair, swelling of the hands, face and arms and split and fuzzy hair. The main cause of these problems is sodium lauryl sulfate
  • So why is a dangerous chemical like sodium lauryl sulfate used in our soaps and shampoos?    The answer is simple – it is cheap.
  • The sodium lauryl sulfate found in our soaps is exactly the same as you would find in a car wash or even a garage, where it is used to degrease car engines.
  • In the same way as it dissolves the grease on car engines, sodium lauryl sulfate also dissolves the oils on your
  • skin, which can cause a drying effect. It is also well documented that it denatures skin proteins, which causes not only irritation, but also allows environmental contaminants easier access to the lower, sensitive layers of the skin.

Article Source seabuckthorn Am really shocked to see this article, which I found in web and my whole enthusiasm about my new found love from fabindia dipped for sure…How far the legendary seabuckthorn extract can counter the ill-effects of SLES is worth a matter for debate!!well obviously my next aim would be to hunt for a good herbal shampoo without SLS/SLES or ALS..

Ladies out there, Any suggestions????

Will I re-purchase? Not sure just becasue of this SLES stuff, probably not if I find a better herbal shampoo without this ingredient….however I should say that the product delivers what it claims to a large extent-shiny and lustrous hair, how I wish it didn’t have this SLES!!

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19 thoughts on “Fabindia Seabuckthorn Shampoo Review

  1. I hv kind of unmanageable frizzy hair so nt sure if this wud work on my hair..n I def need conditioner to control the volume too…

    My loreal shampoo is wrkng gr8 for me so don’t feel like changing fr the time being.,

  2. I loved the Fab India conditioner. I want to try their shampoos. Not sure of the seabuckthorn range because I am not fond of this particular fragrance but Fab India shampoos are really on my list. 🙂

    Thanks for the review. 🙂

  3. I used the l’oreal shampoo….for a couple of weeks it was working fine….my big time frizzy hair was quite manageable and the hairfall was quite nominal…but after that it just STOPPED working and i started losing my hair in clumps whenever i shampooed… 😥 . As a result i had to ultimately to throw it away in the bin!
    Recently, my cousin adviced me to use the “BABA RAMDEV” ‘s herbal shampoo…it’s not much showy…but yeah..it has recovered the lost shine of my hair….and my hair is visibly soft and less frizzy!!! 😀 Oh! how i love my hair now!! :inlove:

    1. Priyanka, exactly the same experience I had with the Loreal shampoo. 🙁 I am just using it to wash my brush now.

      Baba Ram dev Shampoo?? :rotfl: I want to laugh but them as you say it has worked excellently on your hair. What more do we want. 😛

  4. I have exp tht in the past w most of the shampoos…it seems tht everytime we wash our hair some shampoo residue is left behind due to which over a period of time tht shampoo stops working

  5. hi rati..
    i have already tried baba ramdev shampoo…..dnt waste ur money on it…..its not worth a single penny…..and it also contains SLES……herbal shampoo…..hahahahahah…
    i m still looking for a shampoo without SLES….ANYONE OUT THERE IF FINDS SUCH SHAMPOO…PLZ DO TELL ME….

    1. Hi shilpa.. u can try the body shops rainforest moisture shampoo, which is completely free from SLS, SLES and parabenes…i’ve been using this shampoo sice a long time….it really works…..

    1. I’ve used schwarzkof bonacure smooth control shampoo & conditioner in the past…still using the conditioner…has worked really well on my unmanaged hair and helped control volume too

  6. almost all shampoos use SLES….its a lathering agent I guess….shampooos cant do without it and we also cant do without the lathering effect….until a shampoo produces a nice lather, I am not sure of the “squeaky clean effect.” By the way, the only natural hair cleansing agent is reetha or “soap nuts”….I had used it for a long time when I had all the time in the world and I had thick and black hair…..I switched over to harsh shampoos due to lack of time and it made my hair fall…… 🙁 🙁
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  7. hey everyone…well i was using loreal bt found its very harsh shampoo…a told by hair specialists of diff beauty parlours….bt now days using fab india aloe vera shampoo nd conditioner of loreai that liss one…..lil chnage have got bt still finding the rite shampoo for my long and dry hairs…..nd ya i want to knw more abt schkoff and others

  8. Hi,

    I think the only shampoo brand that claims NOT to use any SLES is Biotique. They use Reetha/soapnut instead. I got Walnut Bark and it is a good one.

  9. I just bought this shampoo yesterday at Inorbit mall and wasn’t happy with how big the bottle is because if it doesn’t work for me then it is a waste . I have curly and dry hair .
    I went into Omved on the first floor and found out they also sell shampoos and conditioners but for a much higher price like over 600 mrp . really hope this seabuckthorn shampoo works for me and yes it is tough to find when all the shampoos here in India do contain sles which can cause cancer as well .
    The scent of this product was off putiing to me since it is not from essential oils but from an artificial source . not too bad for the price … thanks for the review i should have read it before buying but that is ok .

    also i forgot to add that the tea tree shampoo at Fab India does have a natural scent derived from it’s essential oils and also I heard that Biotique shampoo are also t from essential oils but from an aritificial source nice but come in a smaller bottle .
    have to say though I love Fab India and Karigar’s jewelry items in silver and gemstones .

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