Review: EO Clarifying Shampoo & Shower Gel

So of course I had to get something from the EO range while I was at Dragon D’or Cosmetics in Chinatown. Besides the Rose & Chamomile Shower Gel, I also purchased the Sweet Orange Clarifying Shampoo. According to Anna, this shampoo is suitable for my oily scalp.

Results were encouraging after the first day
The first time I tried this shampoo, I was dismayed with its ability to foam and I attributed it to the fact that it does not contain SLS. In the end, I had to shampoo twice but I didn’t notice much of a difference to my hair after blow drying. However, except for the fringe, my hair remained relatively oil free the entire day and that was good news for me. The better news was when I used it the second day; the foaming was great the first time and I didn’t even need a second shampoo. And after blow drying, my hair looked a lot fuller! I was very pleased with the results, even though my fringe did look kind of oily after a few hours. In fact, after a few more washes using this shampoo, I found less need to use a conditioner as my hair wasn’t so straw-like.

Unique formula clarifies and cleanses hair
I believe the reason why the shampoo did not foam so much the first time I used it was because of my oily scalp – the higher oil concentration had induced a coalescence of the foam bubbles during foaming and, as a result, the foamability decreased. So with continuous usage, my scalp had become less oily and that explains why the shampoo was foaming well after that. This unique formula indeed clarifies the hair shaft to remove excess oil for a light and clean feel as promised!

A combination of plant nutrients and essential oils
The EO Sweet Orange Clarifying Shampoo is described as suitable for normal to oily hair. The synergistic formula of plant nutrients and essential oils not only help to cleanse, but prevent excess oil buildup as well as revitalize hair follicles to improve hair growth and health. In place of sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates, the pH balanced and biodegradable Coconut Cleansing Complex creates the gentle foam to clean naturally without striping the hair of its natural oil.

However, because of the clarifying properties, I’ll most probably use this shampoo maybe thrice a week and not daily. If you feel your hair has been weighed down and your usual favorite shampoo isn’t working so well, you might want to try a clarifying shampoo like this one to get rid of the excessive buildup.

Sweet smelling and soul pampering
Actually, there is nothing much to review about the EO Rose and Chamomile Shower Gel except that it’s great smelling and very pampering with its gentle formula of pure essential oils and organic herbal blends. (all EO products smell good anyway!) The shower gel contains proprietary EO Softening Complex plus Marsh Mallow and Lemon Balm extracts to soften skin naturally and EO’s richly foaming Coconut Oil Cleansing Complex to gently cleanse without drying. Like the EO Lemon Verbana Shower Gel reviewed in 2007, I love this! Very good to perk me up in the mornings as well as after a long day!

Low in toxins and no animal testing
In addition to being paraben free, polysorbate free, disodium EDTA free, and SLS free, most of EO’s products are low in toxins according to EWG and hence, are safe to use. The good thing is the products are also not tested on animals so definitely good news for the animal lovers.

Other EO products I have reviewed
I think Dragon D’or Cosmetics has raised the price of their EO products as I remember paying like $16 or $17 for the shower gels. That, or perhaps the shampoo cost more as I paid like $38 for both and Anna threw in a sample bottle of EO Body Lotion in French Lavender that I reviewed before.  Another big love there!  The other EO product I tried was the EO Revitalizing Lotion for Legs & Feet but unfortunately, it seems that this product has been discontinued.

Cheaper to get online
Anyway, I love EO products.  It’s hard to find them in Singapore and Dragon D’or Cosmetics seem to be the only one with a comprehensive range.  The prices are a lot higher than what you can get online but given my experience spreeing for bath and body products, I’ll rather buy them here as I sometimes do not enjoy any savings after factoring in the expensive shipping.


  1. Wen says:

    i was just looking out for a clarifying shampoo! been using deep cleansing shampoo from giovanni and was looking for alternatives that are natural as well. i will prob try this EO range too! oily scalp really gets on my nerves, as hair always seems to get plastered down.

  2. Cindy says:

    Plastered down hair.. haha.. Same here with me ?

  3. sesame says:

    I use a dry shampoo to prevent the plastering at the fringe.

    Hey how’s Giovanni’s cos I was checking them out sometime ago?

  4. sesame says:

    The only remedy I know is using dry shampoo to control…

  5. Fatima says:

    Hey! New reader. Well sort of of. I came upon your blog 3 nights ago. I really love some of the things you shared.

    The shampoo sounds nice. I actually haven’t found a shampoo that works really well for me. I will try to see if I can find this one.

  6. TheUndercoverGypsy says:

    Thanks for the review! I’ve been eyeing the EO products on whoopeekiddies for a while now and maybe I can give them a try. Regarding the shampoo, how does this work compared to the Burt’s Bees shampoo?

  7. sesame says:

    Hi Fatima: Welcome! There are some choices under EO for different hair types so you maybe able to find something you like from that brand.

  8. sesame says:

    Okay, I think both gives me more or less the same results but this EO one seems to keep my hair oil free. Also, it might help me with my scalp problem so benefits wise, maybe better than Burt’s Bees Very Volumizing Shampoo. I plan to alternate between the two shampoos anyway.

  9. Vonvon says:

    Rose and Chamomile sounds like a great combo of scents! Love both scents. And the body lotion in French Lavender?? also another love. Perhaps I should check this out the next time I go to Singapore.

  10. GUNN says:

    I am going to buy this one!I am venturing into using organic products. I have tried Burts Bees very volumising shampoo. And i liked it a lot.
    I have one question for you sesame- Is it safe to remove facial hairs using spring it technique. It removes hair frm roots.
    Will using this product over course will promote wrinkles?
    i am planning on buying it.Its a bit expensive, I m a student and want to spend money worth wise.

  11. Wen says:

    i’ve tried the tea tree range and the deep cleansing range from Giovanni’s. the former is stronger but a tad too drying for the hair ends. the latter works really well! i love it for being really refreshing and for regulating the oil production. but being kinda an explorer, i’d like to try new products for now. ?

  12. sesame says:

    The one I tried is quite gentle as it just roll the hair off. If it doesn’t rip the hair out, should be safe as long as your skin isn’t stressed by the pulling.

  13. sesame says:

    I wanted to try the Giovanni’s range but they didn’t have sample size of the one I wanted. I also like to try new products – for my hair!

  14. Michelle says:

    I was just looking for a clarifying shampoo! Do you think they sell this here in Malaysia? If not can you recommend some cheap ones? ;P Thanks and great reviews!! ?

  15. sesame says:

    I’m not sure if this is available in Malaysia…I think Neutrogena has some clarifying shampoos which are not bad.

  16. louisa says:


    I like reading your posts on shampoo cos I have been looking for my HG shampoo like u and I have not found it.

    Either it’ll be too gentle and then the next day my hair’s all greasy and gross, or it’ll still itch somewhat, or doesn’t lather well… or just plain doesn’t feel right.

    I also have oily scalp and have left comment on one of ur posts abt losing my hair at my parting. U recommended Phyto and Neeta.

    So I am wondering if u have found ur HG shampoo yet and is this the one?

  17. louisa says:

    Hi again,

    Wondering if u have tried EO Rosemary & Peppermint Volumising shampoo cos I use something similar from Australian Organics for chemically treated hair and liked it, but it looks like they changed their formulation.

  18. sesame says:

    Ah, good question cos I’m now hunting for one myself. Up to maybe two years ago, I was using Redken Fatcat (they keep changing name) for some years.

    Haircare seems more tricky than skincare to me now. ?

  19. sesame says:

    No, I tried the EO clarifying shampoo only. It’s quite hard to get EO products as few retailers carry it. Reminds me…maybe I should try EO shampoos again cos this is quite a good brand.

  20. louisa says:

    i read some of ur glowing reviews on Burt’s Bees Pomegranate & Soy volumizing shampoo & u said u were alternating between that and the EO clarifying one…

    so none of these 2 would qualify as ur HG? what happened?

  21. sesame says:

    EO clarifying cannot be used often cos it’ll dry the hair ultimately. I’m still using Burt’s Bees but just don’t seem to like it so much now although it still works well. Could be diminishing marginal utilities. ?

  22. SY says:

    Btw, there’s a Singapore online store that sells EO shampoo ..

  23. Sesame Chew says:

    Yes, but their delivery service is not very consistent.

  24. audrey chelliah says:

    Hi n can u cal me at is no 92951253?!

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