I wanted to give an update on my great find…Dabur Vatika Oil.
From what I’ve learned online and from other Natural ladies is that this is a great blend of great essential oils and herbs all in 1 bottle. These oils are great for a pre-poo (pre-shampoo). They provide nutrients into the hair strands itself and promote hair growth.
According to the website for this oil (www.dabur.com) “Vatika Enriched Coconut Hair Oil provides natural nourishment to your hair, giving it body and radiance while taking care of the critical balance of nutrients.” This oil is enriched with 8 herbs. It makes hair “stronger, thicker and shinier”
I was sold!
I mainly use Extra Virgin coconut oil mixed in my Shea Butter but this time I wanted to try Vatika oil. I have searched and searched for a local merchant who caries this oil. I found Njaim Mid-East Food Centre on 1010 Belfast Rd in Ottawa’s east end. (approx $4.99)
Being the minimalist that I am, I cannot imagine myself buying each oil and herb and mixing together.
Also, I was not going to pay Shipping and Handling for a product that I was not familiar with having so many East Indian locations in this city I had to try to find it somewhere.
So I did….and now I’m in love with this place.
At this location I’ve found a variety of Vatika oils with different oils and herbs infused in with coconut oil, almond oil and Shea oil. I had previously found Jasmine oil which is said to help with hair growth as well-so I re-stocked on that one.
Back to my updates….
What hit me first with Vatika, which I also experienced with Jasmine oil, was the smell. I find the smell to be light but because it lingers and lingers….it can become strong….especially when every turn you make brings that fragrance to your nose. I find that most oils have a smell but either through absorption or its own characteristics-the smell does not linger but not so with Jasmine and Vatika oil.
Vatika has a unique smell all its own and I have no way to describe it…but I’ll try…its perfume-y, kinda spicy and very evident. So while it does not bother me at first….after about 2 hours with the Shea mix I whipped up a few weeks ago in my hair- I begin to hate it.
I had this experience as well with Jasmine oil. I washed my hair, added a leave-in and then a small amount of Jasmine oil to my strands maybe 2 tablespoons. After 2 hours my husband came home and immediately shouted out “what’s that smell?” he wasn’t even on the same floor as I was!
So I put that oil on the back burner….it comes out now for pre-poos, hot oil treatments and scalp massages.
And it seems like this is whats gonna happen to my last batch of Whipped Shea Butter. The Vatika oil is too prominent for my taste….so that Shea mix (and the Jasime oil Shea mix) are now my bi-weekly pre-poo treatments!
I’ll alternate between the two.
I know I mentioned this before….but NEVA throw out your Shea mix….in the worst case it becomes a healthy and nutrient rich pre-poo treatment or hot oil treatment 😉