I stumbled across Jyoan’s review on this shampoo so the next time I was at a Carrefour hypermarket, I looked it up. The reason I picked it up eventually was because it said it helped with an itchy scalp.
I was still on Tsubaki shampoo and conditioner at this point, so yes, my scalp was super itchy! At just RM18.90/500ml I ran for the cashier with this in my grasp.
Did it help an itchy scalp? By the Gods, YES!
The shampoo has a lovely cool feel on the skin so once I lathered up and applied it to my hair, I leave it on for a few minutes and you can feel the cool minty tingling. Very nice. It killed the itchies in just 1 wash. Whew!
Downside : Get it in your eyes and you will be howling like a banshee! In fact, get it on your face and you’d feel the rivulets of cool mint rolling down your skin. Have fast reflexes and close your eyes or suffer the consequence 😛
There is a nice fresh minty scent which is pleasing and it pours out very easily from its flip top bottle, which is great for the shower. This Malaysian made product claims to be natural and there is no Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Parabens. Very good.
So this shampoo is kind to the skin, and cleans hair a treat. It does leave my hair feeling a little dry (I don’t have oily hair) so I do follow up with a conditioner.
What’s the catch?
It dries the skin on my hands. Its not major. Nothing as bad as what happens when I use The Body Shop body products. But it still happens. I noticed this after 3-4 straight days of shampooing my hair and using the BioValley Tea Tree Shower Cream (will tell you about this another time) at the same time. Used separately the effect is less.
The ingredient list is surprisingly long for something that’s natural.
So, lovely as it is, affordable as it is, I may not repurchase because of this problem of it drying out the skin on my hands. Pity really. I thought I’d found something inexpensive that works.
Pros: Affordable, Cleans hair well, No SLS or Parabens, Lovely minty smell and cool feel on the skin and scalp
Cons: If you get this in your eyes, you will cry! Dried out the skin on my hands
I do not have oily hair so I do not know if it works for oily hair as claimed. If I use this too often my hair starts feeling very dry. So I use this on every alternate day or 3 times a week – only because I have it and I really like the cool minty feel on my scalp. The scent does not linger. Pity.
Oh and one more thing. Its been more than a month since I purchased this and the minty tingling feel on my scalp seems to have diminished with time. It was much more cooling when I first started using it, but now it doesn’t feel as nice anymore. Did I get used to it, or is it just a flaw?
Have you tried this one? Its pretty elusive – I think its found mostly at the supermarkets although I also spotted it at Guardian Pharmacy at KLCC.
BioValley Alpine Mint and Herbal Shampoo retails at RM18.90/500ml at elusive places like Carrefour hypermarkets. I have spotted it at selected Guardian pharmacies too.