$3 for 5 oz.
Available at Indian Grocery (Patel Brothers) or online
On a recent trip to the Indian Grocery Patel Brothers to check out some ayurvedic treatments I picked up some Vatika oil. Vatika oil is a coconut oil based hair oil that is mixed with henna, amla, brahmi and neem extracts which are said to help strengthen the hair, stimulate growth, and resolve dryness among other things. These are common ‘vedic ingredients mixed into a daily oil for ease of application.
ing: Coconut oil, Neem, Brahmi, Fruit extracts of Amla, Bahera and Harar, Kapur kachri, Henna, Milk, Rosemary oil, Lemon oil, TBHQ (t-Butyl Hydroquinone), fragrance.
First thing you will notice about Vatika oil is the smell. It doesn’t exactly stink, but it does not smell pleasant either. While it includes rosemary, lemon, tbhq and fragrance they cannot match the distinct
stench, err scent of neem oil. Which was not something I liked nor I could get used to. I used it once to seal my hair hair and washed it later that day.
Being that the product is coconut oil based it also has the same properties in that it will be a solid at temps below 70 degrees and will be liquid at warmer temps. The oil has a plastic stopper which keeps it from spilling out (nice) but if it is cold you will not be able to squeeze it out so keep that in mind.
While I did not like it for my hair I will say that it worked great as a natural bug spray. WHAT?!?! Yes, neem plant is a natural insect repellent so I applied some oil to my arms and legs before going out on an evening run and did not get bit once. I also used some on my beagle for the same purpose and it worked fantastically. However I did have to shower when I came in because that smell is…not good.
Have you used Vatika oil? How do you incorporate it in your regimen? What did you think about the smell?