Refreshing & uplifting: A’kin hair & body products

I realized that about this time last year, I had reviewed some of the skin care products under A’kin. So it’s kind of funny that a year later, I’m reviewing some of their products again, and this time on their hair and body range. I had first purchased a sort of 3-in-1 value pack that included an A’kin Mandarin Shampoo, an A’kin Jojoba & Lavender Light Conditioner and an A’kin Orange Blossom Body Wash. Then just earlier this week, I took advantage of the GSS to buy the A’kin Lavender Body Wash.

Eco beauty range
A’kin’s range of products are formulated free from sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, propylene glycol, silicones, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, mineral oils, ethoxylates, DEA and artificial colours. In fact, their products are described as ingredient rich, vegan, 100% natural botanical aromatherapy and formulated without animal ingredients or animal testing.

A’kin Mandarin Shampoo 225ml S$21.50

Ingredients: aqua (purified Australian water*), sodium lauroyl sarcosinate (from palm), lauryl glucoside (from coconut, palm & glucose), cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine (from coconut), sodium lauryl sulfoacetate (from palm), sorbitol (from GMO free maize), glycerin (botanical source), glyceryl laurate (botanical source), sodium gluconate (from GMO free corn), sodium citrate (botanical source), citric acid (botanical source), citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) oil, sodium cocoyl glutamate (from coconut & sugar cane), citrus nobilis (mandarin orange) peel oil, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) flower oil, elettaria cardamomum seed oil, juniperus communis fruit oil, syzygium aromaticum (clover) flower oil, d-limonene, citronellol. *BP 2007 standard.

I’ve been moving away from using those shampoos designed for oily hair and trying to use those that are formulated for normal hair. I had read various raves on the A’kin range of shampoos and decided to give the Mandarin Shampoo a try. The shampoo is described as being suitable for everyone, with a combination of oil from mandarins and Australian oranges to give all hair types superior body and bounce, shine and manageability. What I like is that it cleanses my oily scalp well and yet does not dry it out nor weigh down my limp hair. The mandarin orange smell is also rather uplifting. I’m loving this shampoo a lot and will definitely re-purchase this item.

A’kin Jojoba & Lavender Light Conditioner 225ml S$21.50

Ingredients: aqua (purified Australian water*), glycerin (botanical source), behentrimonium methosulfate (from GMO free rapeseed), cetearyl alcohol (botanical source), hydrolyzed wheat protein (GMO free), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil (cold pressed Australian grown), macadamia ternifolia seed oil (cold pressed Australian grown), persia gratissima (avocado) oil (certified organic cold pressed Australian grown), soy lecithin (GMO free), glyceryl laurate (botanical source), sodium gluconate (from GMO free corn0, potassium sorbate, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil (certified organic), citric acid (botanical source), pelargonium graveolens (geranium) flower oil, citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) oil (petigrain), rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil, lechithin (and) tocopherol (and) ascorbyl palmitate (and) hydrogenated palm glycerides citrate, elettaria cardamomum seed oil, pogostemon cablin oil, citronellol (from geranium), linalool. *BP2007 standard

I was contemplating if I needed to get a conditioner as I have plenty of unused conditioner at home. But because I bought the bonus pack, I got this conditioner, which complimented the Mandarin shampoo well. In fact, it is designed to work on my fine and oily hair without weighing it down. I also like the soothing scent of lavender. Since I don’t use very much of the conditioner, I am expecting this conditioner to outlast maybe 2 or even 3 bottles of the shampoo.

A’kin Orange Blossom Body Wash 225ml S$21.50

Ingredients: aqua (purified Australian water*), cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine (from coconut), sodium lauroyl sarcosinate (from palm), disodium cocoamphodiacetate (from coconut), sodium lauryl sulfoacetate (from palm), lauryl glucoside (from coconut, palm & glucose), glyceryl laurate (botanical source), sorbitol (from GMO free maize), glycerin (botanical source), sodium citrate (botanical source), sodium gluconate (from GMO free corn), citric acid (botanical source) sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) oil (petigrain), citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) oil, citrus nobilis (mandarin orange) peel oil, juniperus communis fruit oil, citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) oil (neroli), d-limonene, linalool, methyl heptin carbonate (from bergamot oil). BP 2007 standard

I had no intentions of getting this scent of body wash but ended up with it because it’s been pre-packed in the bonus box. I grew to like it because it does a decent job and does not smell “artificial” and I would even say the neroli oil scent is stimulating and yet calming. But I decided to get the lavender scented body wash because that was what I originally wanted. However, the A’kin Lavender Body Wash is rather disappointing as the scent isn’t really up to my expectations. Anyway, other than these two scents, you can also find others like sandalwood and jasmine.

Overall thoughts
A’kin’s range of hair and body products are worth checking out. The quality is above average and the price range is affordable, especially in view of the promotions and discounts. The 3-in-1 value pack for example cost around S$38 and that’s really value for money! A few combination of products are available but if you really can’t find a pack you like, you can always purchase individual products and get a 20% off at this time of the year. Some of the skincare products are also worth checking out; you can read my review of some of them here – A’kin skincare range.

A’kin Pure Baby Softening Body Wash & Shampoo 240ml S$18.95
I also found this a great replacement for the Baby Bee Shampoo & Body Wash for my son. It has a mild, pleasant scent and does a decent job of cleansing both his hair and his skin gently without drying. I love it so much that I’ve gone to stock up another 3 since each bottle is used quite up quickly.

A’kin’s range of products are available at Guardian Pharmacy. I bought these at the one located in Suntec City. You can also find them at Guardians in Vivocity and ION. I think it’s also available in some of the pharmacies located in the hospitals. Oh, and the range is definitely available in Australia since the brand originates from that country. I also understand that the products are found in UK, Hong Kong, Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan, Ireland, Dubai, Malaysia and the USA but I have no idea at which stores though.


  1. Carrie says:

    Ooooh! Glad to see some positive review about A’kin’s shampoo range. I have oily scalp/hair and have started using A’kin Lemongrass Shampoo about a month ago and it is just fabulous!! It left my scalp clean and not too dry with good oil control! I am also keen to try Avalon Organics Shampoo range after this one, just to compare more products ?

  2. Jung says:

    I bought a bottle of Akins shampoo once, but didn’t particularly like the feel of shampooing my hair without lather.

  3. flym says:

    I saw the bundle deal (shampoo & conditioner) at Guardian, didn’t see the 3-in-1 promo. How much did you pay for the promo pack and where did you buy it? My kids love the shampoo. It actually improved the condition of my daughter’s dry flaky scalp. The only problem is that they loved it so much they used a generous amount, very uneconomical for me ?

  4. sesame says:

    I got it from Guardian at Suntec City. They also have the bundle pack but based on a bigger size.

  5. sesame says:

    Oh it didn’t lather? This one lathered up very well.

  6. sesame says:

    I saw the lemongrass one but thought I’ll go with one formulated for normal hair. I’ve heard some raves on the Avalon one and I’ve tried one myself. Think I prefer A’kin’s.

  7. Alexandra says:

    Had wanted to try A’kin but not sure why I hadn’t gotten to it. Hmm..prob the retail price in Malaysia is the killer. Wished they had the promo pack here. Anyway, I settled for Burt Bees Shampoo & Wash cos they had a buy 2 free 1 promo. And I am addicted to the smell! It’s lovely.

  8. zhenling says:

    i tried the unscented wheat conditioner. great for taming frizzes

  9. sesame says:

    Oh it’s expensive in Malaysia? It’s pretty affordable here, especially with the frequent sale. The Burt’s Bee one is for the kids? I used to like the old formulation, which had a lovely scent but they had to change the formulation.

  10. sesame says:

    Seems that their hair products are quite good as a whole…

  11. kay says:

    i gotten the identical promo pack last week and just tried the mandarin shampoo and jojoba and lavender conditioner. i love both! the mandarin shampoo didn’t lather up as much compared to the LOGONA nettle shampoo i’ve gotten from your green beauty giveaway, but its cleansing power is much better as i can feel my scalp breathing. however the shampoo is rather drying for my hair as it feels like barbie doll fake hair when i shampoo-ed my hair. but this is rectified immediately by the conditioner that smells amazing. i would definitely get this set again, but i would like to try the lavender shampoo next ?

  12. sesame says:

    Maybe the Mandarin one is too drying for you cos I find that more suitable for greasy hair. Another one to try is the Rosemary one…that one is for normal hair.

  13. Kay says:

    I love the scents of the shampoo/conditioner/bodywash, I enjoyed it after a tiring long day. Now I use the mandarin shampoo twice a week and sukin purifying shampoo for the rest of the days. It doesn’t lather up as much and suitable for daily use. I bought the one litre bottle at $24.80 from Watsons a month ago, and now they having a buy 2 get 1 free promotion for certain brands and sukin is one of them. So I got one bottle of shampoo, conditioner and body wash each. And I paid $62 for all.

  14. Deanne McLean says:

    Can you use your human body wash on dogs

  15. Sesame says:

    Best not to because it may be too strong for the dog.

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