Found In Naija: Dabur Vatika Enriched Coconut Hair Oil – Product Review

VatikaOli1Price: I bought this for 1500 Naira. However, it’s available at other price points.

Size: 300 ml/10.14 fluid ounces

Availability: I purchased this last year at Grand Square (270 Muhammadu Buhari Way, Central District, Abuja). However, I’m not sure if they still have it in stock. You can also buy it from Amigo Supermarket (1023 Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja), Emjay Supermarket (2/4 Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island, Lagos), Sizzelle Store and The Kinky Apothecary.

Product Description (as written on the container):VatikaDesc
Dandruff? Hairfall? Dryness? Discover incredibly rich, healthy and beautiful hair with Vatika’s advanced phospholipids formula! Vatika Coconut Hair Oil is enriched with the natural goodness of Vitamin E and 7 herbs that combine to help repair existing damage on regular use. Its Soya-Vita complex boosts protein retention to strengthen and protect your hair, restoring complete hair health.

HENNA, along with other herbs, coats your hair, protects it from oxidation, maintaining its natural colour

AMLA, strengthens the roots of the hair to help maintain their health and natural thickness

The astringent action of LEMON controls sebum flow

Extra Nourishment, Problem-free Hair.

DIRECTIONS: Apply Vatika hair Oil regularly on your scalp and hair. For best results, leave it on overnight. For External Use Only.

INGREDIENTS: Cocos nucifera oil (Coconut Oil), Herbal Extracts [Emblica Officinalis (Amla) Fruit Extract, Terminalia chebula Extract, Terminalia belirica Extract, Azadirachta indica (Neem) leaf extract, Centella asiatica Plant Extract, Hedychium spicatum Rhizome extract, Lawsonia inermis (Henna) leaf extract] Lecithin (SOYA LECITHIN), Perfume, Aqua (SOFT WATER), Milk (lac), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf oil, Tocopherol acetate (VITAMIN E), Citrus medica limonum (Lemon) Oil, Butylated hydroxy Toulene

Fragrance: The scent reminds me of lemon soap (Mama Lemon). I really don’t like the smell but it doesn’t linger too long.

Texture and color:
 At warm temperatures, it is clear and very runny. It’s less viscous than pure coconut oil when it is melted. At cooler temperatures (less than ~24°C/76°F), it solidifies because coconut oil is its base.

 The packaging is okay but I have a few gripes. The wording is very small and a bit difficult to read. You may need super vision to see it well. 🙂 Also, the oil is very difficult to get out if it’s solidified. There’s a small opening that you puncture. If the oil is solid, it cannot come out. A way to remedy this is to warm the oil slightly in a microwave or dip it in hot water. If you want to use the microwave, don’t leave it in for too long or it could melt the bottle.
Uses: I’ve used this oil in many ways: pre-poo, scalp oil, addition to my deep conditioners, sealing after moisturizing. It works fine as a pre-poo and an addition to the deep conditioners but it wasn’t spectacular. I did not like it for the scalp oil or for sealing. When I would seal with it, my hair a very strange texture (crunchy). I don’t think it was due to solidification because I was in a very warm environment with no air conditioning. It also seemed to build up in my hair a bit. I thought I was using too much but I never had that issue with coconut oil before.

My take:
 I don’t like this hair oil for my hair, especially if used as directed. The consistency is a bit too runny and I don’t like the smell. I actually prefer pure coconut oil to this. Normally, I use the Parachute brand. You can find it at Park n’ Shop (SPAR) and it’s cheaper than this oil.

Would I purchase again?
 No. I’m not a fan of this oil. My plan is to just use it in my deep conditioners and mix it with my pre-poo. I’ll stick to the pure coconut oil.

What’s your experience with Vatika Hair Oil?


The product reviewed in this post was purchased with my money. I have not received any compensation for writing this post. The opinions are completely my own and based on my experience.