Guest Review : Kiehl’s Tea Tree Oil Shampoo


Tea tree oil is a common ingredient in skincare and haircare products formulated for oily skins. It’s used to treat acne and blemishes. Kiehl’s Tea Tree Oil Shampoo contains herbal extracts and is specifically for normal to oily hair. The Blue Flamingo reviews this shampoo.

I have a rather oily scalp and as a result my hair gets oily very fast especially in a hot tropical climate like ours. Therefore, I am always on the lookout for a shampoo that will be able to wash my hair thoroughly and yet is not too harsh and over drying for my scalp.

Most shampoos out there these days do not seem to do the job for me. Some do the job initially but after a few weeks of using the product, it is back to square one for me, probably due to some form of build-up of the shampoo’s ingredients. When I was given Kiehl’s Tea Tree Oil Shampoo, I was rather excited. Would this shampoo finally meet my requirements?

Kiehl’s Tea Tree Oil Shampoo (250ml, RM75-00) is touted to have a unique herbal-based formulation. It comes in the form a transparent liquid and is supposedly ideal for those with normal to oily scalp. Apart from Tea Tree Oil which has astringent properties, the herbal extracts contained in this shampoo include Cinchona, Ivy, Lavender and Yarrow. Its formulation uses mild surfactants that will supposedly not strip the scalp nor the hair and it also contains humectants, panthenol, and pro-vitamin B5 to moisturize, nurture and condition the hair.

Well, after using up the entire bottle of this shampoo, I must say that if you are on the lookout for something that can wash oily to very oily hair and scalp, this shampoo would definitely be the one for you. But not for me, as I noticed that it dried out my scalp too much if it is used too often, to the extent that it had an opposite effect. It began to make my scalp itch instead, and by the way, I was only using this shampoo three times a week and not on a daily basis. Ultimately, I think that perhaps this shampoo might work better if it is used as a weekly detox shampoo, but for me, it would certainly be unsuitable for use on a regular basis.