I’ve been feeling my way around the Yuan Shampoo in Swertia for a while, ever since the local distributor sent it my way early this year. I wasn’t quite sure what to think.
This shampoo is formulated by the same people who gave us the Yuan Soaps from Taiwan, the Yuan shampoos are made from natural plant based ingredients and are bio degradable.They are also formulated to clean not only your hair but your scalp too which is the root of most hair problems. Pun intended 😉
I self diagnosed myself with dry hair and so I received the Swertia Shampoo. Swertia is a plant with pretty purple flowers according to Wikipedia. I had to look it up because I’d never come across it before 🙂
The Swertia shampoo has a slightly runny texture so it dispenses as liquid which can be hard to control in the shower. There is also a tendency to use more than necessary because you only need a little in fact. Its been 3 months plus and I’m barely even a quarter of the way through with careful use. The bottle is plastic but looks like some cough medicine bottle and can be a little hard to handle in the shower. Something slimmer would be better in my view.
My hair does not feel dry after washing but it does not feel squeaky clean, if you are used to having that sort of effect. My scalp does feel a lot cleaner though. I used it after heavy sweating after exercise and it felt nice.
It says on the label that you do not need a separate conditioner, but I do find that my hair tangles a little so I do follow up with a conditioner for detangling every 2-3 days.
There isn’t much lather, if you are used to that but I’ve used natural/organic shampoos before so I knew to expect that. The scent is also strong. I was told it would smell herbal but I feel it smells strongly of patchouli which leaves a lovely lingering fragrance on my hair and the bathroom. It does not bug me. I like herbal or natural scents. Its the chemical flowery or powdery scents that irritate me.
I’ve been using this for more than 2 months intermittently with other shampoos because I found that this one, while nice for my dryish hair, does weigh it down a little with daily use. I’m guessing I don’t really have dry hair after all so I’m going to try one of the other shampoos for normal hair and scalp next time.
A 200ml bottle of Yuan shampoo retails between RM75.50- RM88.50 depending on type (6 types available) and you can purchase it online.
Pros: Nice scent (to me), Did not dry out hair
Cons: Weighed hair down a little, Still needs a conditioner, Pricey for the majority
Does shampoo that do not lather up bug you? When I first used an organic shampoo without SLS, it bugged me. But now that I’m used to it, it bugs me less although it still feels a little weird to not have a head full of bubbles 😀