This post is part product review and part word of caution as I had a horrible allergic reaction to Amla Oil!
Amla Oil Benefits
Amla Oil is derived from Indian Gooseberry and is known to promote scalp health, darken hair to prevent it from graying, strengthen hair to prevent hair breakage and hair loss. Many claim it promotes hair growth, can be mixed with deep conditioners for added nourishment and is a great cleansing agent because it binds to elements.
Dabur Amla Gold Hair Oil
My first allergic reaction to Amla Oil was in the Dabur Amla Gold Hair Oil. Although this oil promises strong, soft and shiny hair, I ended up with an irritated scalp. I eventually traced the issue to Amla Oil and discontinued use of this product.
Over the years, I’ve been able to successfully use certain products with Amla Oil like Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream although I really try not to chance it. However, the Amla & Olive Heavy Cream leave my coarse, dry hair soft and supple much like the product promises! This product has many uses as you can read about on Qhemet’s website. I have used it as a moisturizer, sealer, leave-in, pre-poo and deep conditioner treatment. Although my scalp does well with this product, I use it with caution by keeping it away from my scalp as much as possible.
BoBeam Buttercream Condish
My recent allergic reaction to Amla Oil was in the BoBeam Buttercream Condish. Hang with me, I promise I will tie all of this together in just a minute. But first, let me share a little information about this conditioner.
The BoBeam Buttercream Condish smells just like it sounds, like buttercream icing. It smells divine like a freshly baked cake.
BoBeam Buttercream Condish | Deep Conditioner
My first use for BoBeam Buttercream Condish was as a deep conditioner for 30 minutes with a conditioning heat cap. My hair felt buttery soft and smelled like a delicious treat.
BoBeam Buttercream Condish | Pre-Poo
I then tried BoBeam Buttercream Condish as a pre-poo on dry hair overnight. My hair absorbed every bit of it and loved it from root to tip! I’m talking my hair was soft and plush making me want to end wash day right then and there.
But Then, I Had An Allergic Reaction to Amla Oil
My scalp became really irritated a few days after wash day. It started as a nagging tingle and eventually progressed to my scalp feeling like it was on fire. Think relaxer burn. By the time I got around to washing my hair, I had an open, seeping sore. The rest of my scalp was pretty irritated but no other sores that I could see.
Was It Really The Conditioner?
I backtracked looking through every product used and realized BoBeam Buttercream Conditioner has Amla Oil. YIKES! How did I miss that? While I cannot confirm the conditioner caused the issue, it’s the only product used that contains an ingredient known to cause scalp irritation (for me). Although I previously used it as a deep conditioner without issue, the overnight pre-poo was a lot more contact time than when I used it as a deep conditioner. I guess concentration and/or contact time is and was the trigger for scalp irritation. I immediately discontinued use and never got around to using it as a leave in conditioner.
Always Patch Test!
This is a reminder that we should read labels carefully and always patch test new products before using them. I’m very guilty of not doing so but that will change going forward. However, my experience is in no way a reflection of the effectiveness of the product. Because honestly, I think the conditioner is truly amazing. Unfortunately, my scalp doesn’t think so.