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Rachel’s Review: Dabur Vatika Oil

Avatar • Jan 18, 2012

*This post was originally published on November 6, 2009*

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This, beloved readers is a great staple add-in for deep conditions, if you want to stick your pinky-toe into the world of Ayurveda for hair care (Ayurveda is a system of traditional medicine native to the Indian Subcontinent and practiced in other parts of the world as a form of alternative medicine.)

I must wax some serious poetry about this amazing product. In fact, I’m inspired to do so in the form of a haiku:

Oh, Vatika Oil,
How brightly my hair now shines,
Yes, I feel pretty

^_^ I like this. Can you tell? Fabulous!

This truly nourishes, conditions, rejuvenates, and improves circulation of the scalp (mine tingled pleasantly) when used as a leave-in or added to your usual deep condition. My hair and scalp were left supple, smooth, soft, fleecy and slightly stronger with every use.

How? The wonderful herbs already steeped in the coconut oil! Behold!

Ingredients:
Coconut oil (Cocos nucifere oil)
Neem (Azadirachta indica Leaf extract)
Brahmi (Centella asiatica Plant extract)
Fruit extracts of Amla
Bahera and Harar (extracts of emblica officinalis Terminalia belirica and Terminalia chebula),
Kapur kachri (Hedychium spicatum rhizome extract)
Henna (Lawsonia inermis leaf extrac)
Milk (lac)
Rosemary oil (Rosmarinus officinalis oil)
Lemon oil (Citrus limonum oil)
TBHQ (t‑butyl hydroquinone)
Fragrance

It also leaves the hair with a great healthy shine/sheen, if used as a leave-in. This is also a great ready made oil treatment as the herbs are already mixed right in! Simply smear some on, pop on a shower cap and treat your hair to bliss. Add honey and your hair will never be the same. In a good way! ^_~

This is one of the few things I can oil my scalp with that I know it will be pleased with (normally, it cares for nothing but water).

This won’t “seal” your hair, but instead slowly sinks in and penetrates your hair and scalp getting all of its benefits right where you want them (this is due to the coconut oil base).

This rinses clean, as well, beloved readers. More importantly, when used as a leave-in, you won’t have bits of “this and that” falling out of your hair to startle unsuspecting passersby.

Unfortunately…it smells somewhat like…well, how can I say this? MRS. DASH SEASONING…! It is also terribly difficult to get out of the container, unless you heat it up in the microwave first (20 seconds on medium power always works for me ^_^).

However, this product’s benefits are well worth the odor (it’s not a strong odor, I might add and fades in a few hours, if noticeable at all) and troublesome packaging, it’s WONDROUS stuff.

It’s also cheap! Less than $4 at my local Indian Grocery.

I must say again: This adds shine, soothes dry scalps, can aid in treating dandruff, leaves your scalp feeling fresh, moisturizes hair and scalp alike, just may leave a pleasant tingle in its wake and sinks in deep to nourish your kinks, napps, clouds, coils, curls, waves, corkscrews and all around natural-awesome-ness.

Add to that, the bottle has gorgeous curves, a great green color scheme, cute graphics and simple font…more to love! ^0^

I’d also like to add, just between this little, golden lamb and you, beloved readers…if you buy coconut oil,the herbs and essential oils listed on the ingredient list in bulk and mix them up yourself…you can Vatika Oil yourself into Hair-Shangri-La for pennies a day! You’ll also avoid the preservatives used in this as well, this way, for those concerned. ^_~

Rachel, our guest reviewer, waxes poetic on products every Friday.
Can’t wait till next week? Check out her blog http://littlegoldenlamb. wordpress.com/

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target queen
11 years ago

im gonna try this thanks.…my name is Rachel too!

Kweenie
Kweenie
11 years ago

I wonder if Ginger would get rid of the smell. I know Catherine over at hennaforhair advises adding some if you don’t like the smell of henna.…

Michelle
Michelle
11 years ago

Gosh! I think I’m one of the few who LOVE this smell. I’m Trinidadian. Reminds me of home.

Yoshi3329
Yoshi3329
11 years ago

Henna! NO, henna is one of the worst ingredients to put in hair. NO, no, no.

Dabur Vatika Oil = Fail.

lizzy
9 years ago
Reply to  Yoshi3329

I love henna! It has done good things for my hair. I have seen it bring color, strength and more fullness!

ranuka
ranuka
9 years ago
Reply to  lizzy

I agree with you but it has a bad rep because some people who sell henna add commercial dyes to it, which wreaks havoc on the hair. Many people don’t know that, but henna is really good for the hair. ( genuine henna) you have to buy it from a reputable place though. It is used throughout Asia and I think in parts of Africa and the Mediterranean It adds body to the hair and also leaves a beautiful shine and if your hair is thin it appears a lot thicker. People need to really do their homework, before deciding… Read more »

Alyssa
Alyssa
9 years ago
Reply to  ranuka

I agree with ranuka…research research research

kristle
kristle
8 years ago
Reply to  Alyssa

I agree with Ranuka, a good friend of mine is actually being taught at beauty school that henna is bad for you, and i had to explain to her that NATURAL henna is not bad at all for your hair, it is actually quite beneficial to use on hair. it’s just as Ranuka said the hair dyes, and other compound “hennas” are the ones that dye your hair and can contain chemicals such as metallic salts and phenylenedmine. The only color natural henna can “dye” is a reddish orange color, exactly the same as the body art quality henna as she… Read more »

jadedpoet
jadedpoet
11 years ago

LOL your reviews always make me laugh! ^_^ I honestly thought this was a health smoothie at first glance, hmmm looks tasty lol.

More like hair food tasty lol. Sounds good, i’m not near any indian grocery store so i’ll have to try online. Thanks for the review!!

P.S. BAA lol

AdriB
AdriB
11 years ago

yes! Vatika + Cantu condioner= softest hair I’ve ever felt!

(and what’s the deal with Henna? I heard it was good for you!)

AdriB
AdriB
11 years ago

P.S. And I feel you on the smell. I don’t know what Mrs. Dash smells like, but it definitely makes me think of Kheer (Indian rice pudding).

Tammy
11 years ago

I use this on my daugthers and my hair love it..I like the smell It reminds me of my grandmother she was a big fan of natural stuff in her hair and I know a lot of sourthern say this lol.…but she is half Indian and products like this always drew to her.

Ayanna
Ayanna
11 years ago

Although I do not use this as a deep conditioner, I do use it on my hair daily as a moisturizer for. Have been doing this for a year and I love it, love it, love it.

Chinye
Chinye
11 years ago

Vatika oil is really great as a hot oil treatment. I use this alone on my hair for about an hour 1x a week and the shine trenghening I get is great!

I agree with others. @yoshi please explain. I’ve used henna for a whole year (about 3x), and seriously it’s strengthened my hair. People say a lot of things are ‘bad’ for your hair. I just simply use what works.

lizzy
9 years ago
Reply to  Chinye

I agree! I don’t go with all of the hype anymore. I just use what works for me! Trial and error sometimes but at least when you find a product(s) you stick to it. Oil and deep conditioners are must haves.

Moni
Moni
11 years ago

I love, love, LOVE Vatika oil! I use it for everything! Like Michelle, I also love the smell. Maybe it’s an island thing (I’m from Bermuda). I pour it in a shallow container when I get it, which makes it easy to scoop out with my fingers or a spoon without having to heat it.

Yoshi3329
Yoshi3329
11 years ago

Well I know some natural that have used henna and it loosen their curl pattern. Henna plus Coconut oil actually darken hair too. I heard of some natural using this product and it darken their hair.

While I’m aware that adding alma can stop the process the of loosening the curl pattern (and that reddest hue,) and that the affects are temporary, that not what I want.

Besides my cosmetologist says that you shouldn’t put henna in hair. And since she ACTUALLY went to school for hair I’m believing her.

Nana
Nana
8 years ago
Reply to  Yoshi3329

Just because she went to school doesn’t mean she’s an expert on the subject. Cosmetologist also suggest that silicones are great for curly hair, when for me it is the contrary…

SophiaC
SophiaC
8 years ago
Reply to  Nana

the cosmetologist is right. I used Vatika hair oil for Months, and it has soften my hair but it has also loosen my curls. Loosen them waaay too much for my liking. my hair was always bouncy and springy, with a lot of movement. But after using Vatika hair oil. My hair became straighter stringy with very little bounce or movement. Vatika coconut oil contains lemon and henna. I’m trying hard to regain the bounce and curl pattern I had with my hair before I used that awful coconut oil but it is not going to well. 🙁

Charlene
Charlene
8 years ago
Reply to  SophiaC

you should try zizyphus to bring your curl pattern back. ive heard good things about people using it to bring their curl pattern back after lots of henna — http://radiant-brown-beauty.com/zizyphus-restore-curls-alternative-amla/

Faye
8 years ago
Reply to  Charlene

Alma also assists with restoring or keeping the curl pattern when used with henna. Research, research, research and stop listening to people who have a stake in your ability to take care of your own hair — namely, a stake in your pockets…

Pucelle
Pucelle
11 years ago

Yoshi, The reason cosmetologists don’t recommend henna is due to 2 things. 1) You can’t color on top of henna without completely stripping the hair, and even then the color won’t turn out tight if it does take. 2) Most people don’t know that store bought henna is bad for you due to all the extra-stuff added to it. Pure 100% is ok for your hair, the stretching of the curl patter is temporary (as in a day or two at most) if it happens at all. The first time I Henna’d I had it stretch out a little bit (I… Read more »

SophiaC
SophiaC
8 years ago
Reply to  Pucelle

Ive been using Vatika hair oil for almost 6 months and its been 4 days and im still trying to get the bounce in my hair back. so I am hoping its ONLY temporary.

salexv
10 years ago

Dear Author bglhonline.com !
Very useful topic

choc cake
choc cake
10 years ago

hi
everone says VATIKA is for indian hair — can it be used on european and colored hair? i have some grey hairs and dye my hair in light brown color. do you think the henna will damage my hair?
thanks

Shemeka Kalafut
10 years ago

Hmmm is it reasonable to call olive oil a polyunsaturated vegetable oil? Surely extra virgin olive oil is healthier than standard polyunsaturated oils? I seem to remember that olive oil is made up predominantly of monounsaturated oleic acid after all… Really, I use virgin organic coconut oil for cooking and in my smoothies but a little more virgin olive oil in my salads. Learn the truth about coconut oil at well-informed-sources[dot]com

renee
renee
10 years ago

I’ve used Vatika oil in my deep conditioners for almost 1 year. It’s fabulous!!! As far as the smell, I don’t really mind the odor. It does dissipate after a few hours. For the price and results, in my opinion, you won’t go wrong. Viva Vatika!!!! lol

Fraña
Fraña
10 years ago

I love love love that I came across this review! I went to a local Asian market and found Vatika in the India isle. I was a little nervous at first but fell in love with the aroma. I used Vatika as a hot oil treatment with coconut milk, olive oil, and coconut oil. Then I used it on my scalp after I washed and conditioned my hair. My hair is so soft and I’m sad to say I didn’t feel a tingle. I am transitioning right now so I haven’t been able to fully enjoy my curls yet but I… Read more »

mpho regoeng
mpho regoeng
10 years ago

I live in Africa and in this particulra part of the continent, you CANNOT find most of the products that naturals overseas (States in particular) can easily find in their stores. However, this is the FIRST product that I can find in our local Indian grocers here and I am so happy I found and bought it!!!! This review is so encouraging!!!!!!!! In fact I discovered this (and other products of the same brand) just yesterday after months and weeks of product searching!!! Right now my hair is air drying after a wash using the poo from the same brand…

Eve
Eve
9 years ago

DONT BE FOOLED OR SCARED BY HAIR TIPS TERRORISTS on this page .Th eproducts ingredients are all okay and natural . Henn ahas always been natural too. It is better than those salon chemical filled shampoos and oils. Go gals . Stray your selves with nature.

mrscoutrmmm
mrscoutrmmm
9 years ago

You can also get this at http://www.butters-n-bars.com

Real RBN
Real RBN
9 years ago

I tried it and it works great. It’s affordable ($2.47) and the results are better than a lot of the products I used (trial and error). And for the scent it wasn’t bad it reminds me of Caress exotic soap.

Imani
Imani
8 years ago

I love Vatika however I purchased it online via Amazon and it was about 11 dollars for 2 bottles. One bottle allows me to squeeze out oil which is liquified and the other bottle it is solidified — I love the smell it is coconut and limes. I have very long sister locks and my hair and scalp love this. I need to find an Indian grocer if it as 2.50 per bottle
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jenna marie christian
8 years ago

i too love Vatika enriched coconut oil. i just started using it late last year, but i have been using it in pre-poo treatments and adding a bit to my deep conditioning products

CuteKinks
8 years ago

I’ve been wanting to try this oil for the longest time. I might just go on ahead and pick up a bottle.

V
V
8 years ago

Anyone who has used Vatika oil say is semi-strong smelling conditioners overpower or mix well with the Vatika smell? I want to try it but I’m a bit concerned about the smell… I’m used to Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus type smelling hair 🙂

V
V
8 years ago
Reply to  V

IDK what I did grammatically with that first sentence but basically will the smell mix well or be overpowered by other smells?

nelle
nelle
8 years ago
Reply to  V

I love your reply to your post!

?Tea
8 years ago

When I first started using this product my hair was on a crack-high. But, as with all drugs, there seems to be no thrill as great as the 1st time. Over time my hair seemed to look and feel thirsty and dry, needing it more & more (maybe the lemon was the culprit *shrugs*). Since then, I have switched over to a homemade mix consisting of plain extra virgin coconut oil, EVOO & jojoba (But mostly EVOO). I continue to try other oils, but my hair seems to love the olive oil. The vatika, however does wonders for my skin… Read more »

Monique
Monique
8 years ago

i love vatika oil as well and the spicy smell! i dont get a tingly feeling but i get nice shiny soft hair and my itchy scalp is gone. i have been using it for a year and will continue to buy.

sosoulful0125
sosoulful0125
8 years ago

I absolutely love vatika coconut oil its one of my favorite oils, I came across it in my local Indian grocery store while looking for curry. What I like most is you don’t have to use a lot a little goes a long way. I did not recognize that henna is in it but I just see that as an added bonus.

nelle
nelle
8 years ago

I wondered what happened to rachel.

MeowMix
MeowMix
8 years ago
Reply to  nelle

You know, I was thinking the same thing.

Jaslene
Jaslene
8 years ago
Reply to  nelle

I have always wondered that too. It seems that happens with a lot of blogs where they have going to have some weekly installment with a guest blogger and then after a while they just disappear.

Saara
Saara
8 years ago

I’ve been using this for almost 2 years. I agree with this post!

haben
haben
8 years ago

People..Plz tell me how to get rid of this stinky awfull smell..its killing me here .…..

Laura Wolfhart
Laura Wolfhart
8 years ago

This has a very strange smell, which I think is due to the neem and amla. It kinda smells like lemons and coconuts and the longer you leave it on your hair, the stronger it gets! It also made my scalp itchy so I stopped using it. I’m now using Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan oil instead and it’s very light and the smell is very subtle. I love it and my hair is finally improving!

Mighty Afrodite
Mighty Afrodite
8 years ago

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Vatika. It makes my hair feel great. I’d love to use regular henna. I have read that pure “body art quality” is actually beneficial for hair. The stuff they sell in most places has a lot of bad stuff added to it. Unfortunately my hair doesn’t respond well to henna, even in it’s pure form. Vatika is a happy medium because I get some henna properties (it’s actually given my hair a redish highlight) without the dryness I ususally experience. Here is some more info on henna for anyone interested: http://www.hennaforhair.com/

Trina
Trina
8 years ago

Okay all I have been doing my reviews and want to try Henna hair coloring, and the Vatika coconut oil, where exactly do I find them online that is the real deal, any suggestion ladies?

yas
yas
7 years ago

Hi ladies, after hearing so many lovely words on this product I feel the need to try it.. Do you think it will be okay on non black hair or will it make my hair super greasy? Many thanks in advance x

Inas
Inas
7 years ago

This is the best oil ever. I use it for everything, skin, hair, its really good on my face at night too! Great stuff!

Smlisley
Smlisley
7 years ago
Reply to  Inas

I know non-black women who use it (mostly Indian as this is an Indian product). They follow the directions and leave it in overnight and shampoo it out in the morning. They say it works wonders.

kxlot79
kxlot79
7 years ago

I like to leave it on top of my refrigerator. It stays in its liquid form and is super convenient for daily use. To avoid having to warm it up every time you want to use it, place on a high shelf as heat rises or in a warm area of your house.

orb
orb
7 years ago

I am newly natural. I grew out all of my relaxer and just got my ends cut off. I am about a 4b hair type (extra thick, AA hair). I just bought a large bottle for $4.49 from an internaitonal spice store in Philly. I am looking forward to using this tonight when I refresh my twist out.

Stacy
Stacy
6 years ago
Reply to  orb

Where in Philly did u purchase it? Looking to buy it myself for my daughter & I.

anonymous
anonymous
7 years ago

Is this oil a good detangler orshould I use a detangler with it? Thanks

Mel Stevens
Mel Stevens
6 years ago

I think the best hair oil I can recommend is the pro naturals moroccan argan oil =D

Renee
Renee
6 years ago

This is a staple for me. However, I do not warm up in the microwave — I get a large measuring cup and fill it half way with hot water and put the bottle in it — the cococunt oil melts instantly but will solidify when placed in a cool place. I absolutelty love this oil — I use it regularly and make sure I always have some on hand.

Jan
Jan
3 years ago

I’m happy with my henna.

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