Product Review: Vatika Oil

Dabur

Vatika Oil

$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? 

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15 thoughts on “Product Review: Vatika Oil

  1. I will kindly take it off your hands! I use it to seal and mix it with 1 and only argan oil from Sally’s and it smells better. Also has lots of shine.

  2. I’ve used it and the smell doesn’t bother me. I use it before I do an ayuvedic treatment. I prepoo with it as well for both my daughter and I. I have neem essential oil and I didn’t find that the vatika oil scent isn’t that strong to me. But I agree neem is a very unpleasant smell, it reminds me of rancid garlic.

  3. I agree the smell is a bit funky…but I use it on my daughter who has very thick curly hair prone to dandruff, itchy scalp…after using this oil at night massage and wrapping with silk scarf…the thick large dandruff has diminished to the normal flakes we get once a in awhile…

  4. I used it along time ago and I don’t remember it smelling that bad. I think it made my hair stronger, shiner an darker but I can’t find it locally anymore and I hate paying for shipping.

    • Lakshmi’s Cupboard sells this at very competitive pricing (5oz $3.28;9, 10oz $5) and shipping is only $3.73. That’s the best real I’ve seen for this online.

  5. I love it. I used to order it online but now an Indian food store sells it locally so I stock up on it. I love the smell. I think it has a lemon and coconut scent to it. It makes my hair so shiny and soft. I pre poo with it sometimes. It makes finger detangling easier because my hair is so soft afterwards. U may have to mix with something else to get used to the smell.

  6. I purchased some but haven’t used it yet. I did, howver use it on my fiance’s beard after an irritating shave. Lol. He liked it. I’m waiting to use because I’m planing on putting color in my hair and remember you saying that it keeps the hair from taking color.

  7. I get mine from an Indian store in the East End (Chamberlain Lane) The smell doesn’t bother me. I melt it in the microwave and pour it in a glass container and put it in the fridge. When it cools, I whip it up with some evoo and a splash of JCBO and add essential oils.

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