*This post was originally published on November 6, 2009*


This, beloved readers is a great staple add-in for deep conditions, if you want to stick your pinky-toe into the world of Ayurveda for hair care (Ayurveda is a system of traditional medicine native to the Indian Subcontinent and practiced in other parts of the world as a form of alternative medicine.)

I must wax some serious poetry about this amazing product. In fact, I’m inspired to do so in the form of a haiku:

Oh, Vatika Oil,
How brightly my hair now shines,
Yes, I feel pretty

^_^ I like this. Can you tell? Fabulous!

This truly nourishes, conditions, rejuvenates, and improves circulation of the scalp (mine tingled pleasantly) when used as a leave-in or added to your usual deep condition. My hair and scalp were left supple, smooth, soft, fleecy and slightly stronger with every use.

How? The wonderful herbs already steeped in the coconut oil! Behold!

Coconut oil (Cocos nucifere oil)
Neem (Azadirachta indica Leaf extract)
Brahmi (Centella asiatica Plant extract)
Fruit extracts of Amla
Bahera and Harar (extracts of emblica officinalis Terminalia belirica and Terminalia chebula),
Kapur kachri (Hedychium spicatum rhizome extract)
Henna (Lawsonia inermis leaf extrac)
Milk (lac)
Rosemary oil (Rosmarinus officinalis oil)
Lemon oil (Citrus limonum oil)
TBHQ (t-butyl hydroquinone)

It also leaves the hair with a great healthy shine/sheen, if used as a leave-in. This is also a great ready made oil treatment as the herbs are already mixed right in! Simply smear some on, pop on a shower cap and treat your hair to bliss. Add honey and your hair will never be the same. In a good way! ^_~

This is one of the few things I can oil my scalp with that I know it will be pleased with (normally, it cares for nothing but water).

This won’t “seal” your hair, but instead slowly sinks in and penetrates your hair and scalp getting all of its benefits right where you want them (this is due to the coconut oil base).

This rinses clean, as well, beloved readers. More importantly, when used as a leave-in, you won’t have bits of “this and that” falling out of your hair to startle unsuspecting passersby.

Unfortunately…it smells somewhat like…well, how can I say this? MRS. DASH SEASONING…! It is also terribly difficult to get out of the container, unless you heat it up in the microwave first (20 seconds on medium power always works for me ^_^).

However, this product’s benefits are well worth the odor (it’s not a strong odor, I might add and fades in a few hours, if noticeable at all) and troublesome packaging, it’s WONDROUS stuff.

It’s also cheap! Less than $4 at my local Indian Grocery.

I must say again: This adds shine, soothes dry scalps, can aid in treating dandruff, leaves your scalp feeling fresh, moisturizes hair and scalp alike, just may leave a pleasant tingle in its wake and sinks in deep to nourish your kinks, napps, clouds, coils, curls, waves, corkscrews and all around natural-awesome-ness.

Add to that, the bottle has gorgeous curves, a great green color scheme, cute graphics and simple font…more to love! ^0^

I’d also like to add, just between this little, golden lamb and you, beloved readers…if you buy coconut oil,the herbs and essential oils listed on the ingredient list in bulk and mix them up yourself…you can Vatika Oil yourself into Hair-Shangri-La for pennies a day! You’ll also avoid the preservatives used in this as well, this way, for those concerned. ^_~

Rachel, our guest reviewer, waxes poetic on products every Friday.
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LOL your reviews always make me laugh! ^_^ I honestly thought this was a health smoothie at first glance, hmmm looks tasty lol.

More like hair food tasty lol. Sounds good, i’m not near any indian grocery store so i’ll have to try online. Thanks for the review!!

P.S. BAA lol


Henna! NO, henna is one of the worst ingredients to put in hair. NO, no, no.

Dabur Vatika Oil = Fail.


I love henna! It has done good things for my hair. I have seen it bring color, strength and more fullness!

I agree with you but it has a bad rep because some people who sell henna add commercial dyes to it, which wreaks havoc on the hair. Many people don’t know that, but henna is really good for the hair. ( genuine henna) you have to buy it from a reputable place though. It is used throughout Asia and I think in parts of Africa and the Mediterranean It adds body to the hair and also leaves a beautiful shine and if your hair is thin it appears a lot thicker. People need to really do their homework, before deciding… Read more »

I agree with ranuka…research research research

I agree with Ranuka, a good friend of mine is actually being taught at beauty school that henna is bad for you, and i had to explain to her that NATURAL henna is not bad at all for your hair, it is actually quite beneficial to use on hair. it’s just as Ranuka said the hair dyes, and other compound “hennas” are the ones that dye your hair and can contain chemicals such as metallic salts and phenylenedmine. The only color natural henna can “dye” is a reddish orange color, exactly the same as the body art quality henna as… Read more »

Gosh! I think I’m one of the few who LOVE this smell. I’m Trinidadian. Reminds me of home.


I wonder if Ginger would get rid of the smell. I know Catherine over at hennaforhair advises adding some if you don’t like the smell of henna….

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im gonna try this thanks….my name is Rachel too!