Oct 142015

Urtekram Rose Shampoo is a light, quite gentle and moisturizing shampoo, while the Urtekram Rose Conditioner provides softness to the hair.


Urtekram Rose Shampoo and Conditioner Review


I use quite a lot of shampoos and conditioners, and seeing this duo containing roses, I had to get this Urtekram Rose shampoo and conditioner.

The packaging is quite simple for both the shampoo and conditioner – a plastic bottle. I was very curious about the scent; finding a natural shampoo, which has a true and, if possible, rather long lasting rose scent, can be quite difficult. The scent of Urtekram Rose Shampoo is pleasant and it does have a gentle scent of roses, but I do think, unfortunately that, while it does contain both the rosa damascena and geranium, there could be a bit of a synthetic fragrance at play here while at the same time. The scent of shampoo is more pronounced and lasts a bit longer in comparison with that of a conditioner; quite the opposite of what I’d expect, actually.

Urtekram Rose Shampoo lathers nicely and leaves the hair cleansed. The shampoo is gentle and light, and does not leave the hair dry or stringy but soft and moisturized. Urtekram Rose Conditioner is a nice addition to the shampoo; it nourishes and softens the hair even more and after about 2-3 minutes, the hair is easily combed.


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How about ingredients?

Urtekram Rose Shampoo: Urtekram Rose Shampoo and Conditioner ReviewUrtekram Rose Shampoo and Conditioner Review
Aqua, aloe barbadensis leaf extract*, sodium coco sulfate, glycerine**, coco glucoside, lauryl glucoside, glyceryl oleate, sodium chloride, rosa damascens extract*, pelargonium graveolens oil*, parfum, polyglyceryl-4 caprate, xanthan gum, lysolecithin, citric acid, coco-caprylate, tocopherol, beta-sitosterol, squalene, geraniol, linalool.

(* = ingredient from Organic Farming, ** = made using organic ingredients).

Urtekram Rose Conditioner:
Aqua, aloe barbadensis leaf extract*, glycerin**, cetearyl alcohol, coco-caprylate, glyceryl caprylate, lecithin, olus oil, sodium cetearyl sulfate, cetyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate se, rosa damascena extract*, pelargonium graveolens oil*, citric acid, magnolia officinalis bark extract, citronellol, geraniol, limonene, linalool, tocopherol, beta-sitosterol, squalene. (* = ingredient from Organic Farming, ** = made using organic ingredients)

Aloe barbadensis leaf extract delivers moisture. Rosa damascena is an antioxidant; it refreshes, rejuvenates and moisturizes.Β  Geranium has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and toning properties. Squalene is an antioxidant and emollient; it promotes regeneration. Tocopherol is an antioxidant. Magnolia officinalis bark extract has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Olus oil is an emollient; a hydrogenated/expressed oil of vegetable origin. Polyglyceryl-4 caprate is surfactant and emollient. Lauryl glucoside is sufactant. Coco-caprylate is an emollient, helping the formulation to spread easily.
Coco glucoside is a synthetic foaming and cleansing agent.

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Potentially problematic ingredients:

  • Lecithin: an emollient. Enhanced skin absorption and contamination concerns. Possible immune and respiratory allergen, although mostly in aerosolized products.
  • Glyceryl oleate, an emollient and surfactant. It can be irritating to skin, eyes and lungs.
  • Beta-sitosterol, an emulsifier, usually found in leave-on products. There’s also a toxic PEG-75 beta-sitosterol, used for the same purposes. The problems this ingredient presents are contamination possibilities, as well as being skin allergen and possible carcinogen.
  • Sodium cetearyl sulfate, a foaming agent, paired with cetearyl alcohol, it creates an emulsifying wax. While the EWG reports data gaps as far as the possible problems with this ingredient, keep in mind that this is a sulfate.
  • Perfume. Given it’s not specifically explained the source of fragrance is natural (essential oils) and the scent itself giving a hint of it being synthetic, I can only conclude it’s in fact – synthetic.
  • Sodium coco sulfate, surfactant, foaming and cleansing agent. Sure, it’s not exactly SLS/SLES, but it’s almost. Sodium coco sulfate is a mix of various sodium sulfates, such as caprylic, oleic, stearyl. While Sodium coco sulfate is gentler than SLS, it’s still not non-problematic and present in many “natural” cleansers, shampoos etc. I’ve briefly mentioned the problem of coconut-derived ingredients labeled as natural in this post, but you can expect an entire post dedicated to the issue of sulfates in the future.

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My final word?

While the Urtekram Rose Shampoo and Urtekram Rose Conditioner cleanser well and don’t leave the hair dried out, there’s quite a lot of ingredients which are not natural and a few which are quite problematic. At the same time, these kind of ingredients can be, unfortunately, found in many other shampoos and conditioners sold as natural – even those which are even more expensive than Urtekram’s.

The price is somewhat affordable – 7€ for 250ml and 11,49€ for 500ml for shampoo and 8,79€ for 250ml for conditioner.

Would I buy Urtekram Rose Shampoo and Conditioner again? I think so, and I’d go for the cheaper 500ml shampoo. Yes, it does contain some questionable ingredients, mainly the sodium sulfates, but unfortunately, so do other “natural” shampoos.

From this Rose collection, I am curious to give a try to Urtekram Rose Spray Conditioner in the future.

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Have you tried Urtekram shampoos and conditioners? What’s your take on them? What do you think about the sodium sulfats, even if not SLS, in hair care products?

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For more information on Urtekram and where to buy it, visit their dedicated brand page.

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  1. Hi, I almost purchased these today but I remembered your reveiw so came back and read it again. I will give it a miss I think.

    I wash my hair every other day, I think I may have mild seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp which I find quite funny at times as my uniform at work is black. Luckily I have blond hair so the horrid scabby flakes go unnoticed until they fall onto my shirt ha ha!

    There are a couple of products I have found to stop my itching but I havent researched them yet to see if they are green enough….a brand called JASON and another called YES TO… but then some days I feel like I am scratching all the time!!

    I also use an over night scalp oil by FUSHI before a hair wash, lovely smell.

    • The dermatitis is most probably a consequence of using harsh shampoos, which contain harsh surfactants and foaming agents. Even in green shampoos, you’ll find surfactants, such as coco betaine/Cocamidopropyl betaine, though, arguably (when not used on skin, for example, in cleansers) it’s far milder than, say SLS. For irritated scalp, I’d suggest you use coconut oil as a mask to soften and calm the scalp. Also, olive oil would be great. Olive oil healed my dermatitis on skin many years ago; I got it due to many synthetic ingredients, and back then, I thought a notion of using oils on my acne prone skin was preposterous! I was so frustrated and backed into a corner with my dermatitis, I gave in and applied olive oil. Not only it healed dermatitis, but made my skin soft and glowy. The rest is history, right? A few of green shampoos, which do not contain harsh surfactants, would be John Masters Organics and Rahua, though they both fall under more expensive shampoos. Maybe you could give Akamuti’s black soap a try? At any rate, avoid harsh surfactants, as they are the most likely cause for dermatitis in the first place and only continue making it worse.

      • Do you have a particular Olive oil you would recommend? I have some of the black soap, so I will try that. I have been applying conditioner but avoiding rubbing it into my scalp. I could use a little oil as a conditioner possibly?
        I have tried some sample packets of John Masters before, I wasnt sold on it though – you know why – it didnt lather enough……I know its the bad stuff that causes the lather but I struggle to get over that. I will look into John Masters again though and Rahua, I dont think 1 sachet is enough to make a judgment :-)

        • I would suggest using a bit of Olive oil as a hair mask; leave it on for, say, 10-20 min then use a gentle shampoo to wash it off.

          Oh, I hear you – when I started using natural shampoos, I’d pour nearly the whole bottle, thinking I’m not using enough of it, as it wouldn’t lather; we’re so used to shampoos with harsh foaming agents, that when we try one without them, we have this feeling like it’s not doing the proper job. But, eventually, you get used it. :)

          John Masters Organics shampoo doesn’t lather as much as conventional shampoos, because it doesn’t contain SLS. It’s debatable whether one sample packet is enough to make a judgement whether you like the product or not – sometimes it is, sometimes it isn’t – depending on which type of a product you try. Rahua also does not contain SLS, so in that respect, you’d find it not lathering enough as well. Shampoo has to clean the hair, but at the same time should not strip your scalp’s natural oils – much like as with facial cleansers. Given your hair condition, I’d strongly suggest you switch to shampoos which won’t be harsh. Another problem a natural shampoo could present is that due to not lathering, we tend to rub the hair and scalp too much; you just have to get used to the shampoo not lathering and trusting it cleansed the hair :)

          Do you have Akamuti’s black soap?

          I’ll come back to this post and recommend a few Olive oils :)

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