Review

Review: Lambert Kay Fresh ‘N Clean Oatmeal ‘N Baking Soda Conditioner

freshncleanoatmealconditioner001-0908After doing the review on the shampoo of this line, I only saw it fitting to follow up with a review on the conditioner.  Just like my previous reviews, we are going to discuss the pros and cons, the ingredient deck list, some of the claims, as well as the consistency and application of this product.  To make this perfectly clear, this product was not sent to me, I purchased this product with my own money, and have been using this product for years.  Lambert Kay products are made in the USA but they are not a cruelty free brand.

Now, first thing I will go over is the ingredient deck list.  I know this may be tedious or unnecessary for some, and if that is the case for you, please feel free to skip ahead.  I have had some of my pet parents ask about the ingredients in certain dog shampoos and conditioners that I use, so I feel including and going over the ingredient deck list is a necessary step.  First up with have purified water, followed by hydroxyethylcellulose, a thickening agent.  It is a plant-derived ingredient used in many beauty products, cleaning products, and household items, and raise no flag of concern (Wikipedia).  A conditioning agent of Cocamidopropyl PG is next, which is a coconut derived ingredient.  Most of the times, when you see an ingredient starting with coca, it usually means that it is derived from coconuts.  There have been many mixed reviews on the use of coconut derived ingredients in products.  The most information I found on this ingredient is that it could be a very mild skin irritant, but nothing more serious than that.  Citric Acid, a natural pH adjuster, then a humectant which is glycerine follows the conditioning agent.  A humectant, just in case you were wondering, is used to help preserve moisture.  Fragrance is the next ingredient down on the list, and I hate when companies do this.  From my research, when a company just uses “Fragrance” as an ingredient, there are usually multiple ingredients used, but not required to list.  So you are not going to be aware what is used to make the fragrance.  Next we have oat extract as an anti-irritant, sodium bicarbonate (aka baking soda) as a deodorizer, and soothing agents such as Vitamin E and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice.  The last three ingredients include coloring agents, a coat strengthener of hydrolyzed wheat protein, and a preservative.  As I have stated in the shampoo review of this product, I do not like the fact that the preservative isn’t listed, as it could be a form of formaldehyde, but being the last ingredient on the deck list it means it has the least amount in the product.  Overall, I have no huge concerns over this product, and am not weary of using it on my girls or my clients dogs.

Now lets go on to some of the claims of this product.  Reading and quoting directly from the bottle I have, this conditioner contains natural colloidal oatmeal (clearly) for dogs with sensitive, itchy, or irritated skin, it says it controls coat and skin odors naturally with baking soda, conditions coats and helps remove mats and tangles, and has a scent that lasts up to 2 weeks.  The directions of use are pretty simple, after shampooing and rinsing your dog, you apply conditioner along the dog’s back, work the conditioner into the coat, adding more if needed, and then rinse thoroughly.  Since I have the gallon size of this product, I would need to dilute mine, following the directions on the back, before applying to my dog.  As in the claims, it can be used as a detangler, applying the conditioner at full strength to the mat or tangle, working in briskly with fingers, then combing through.

Moving on to the consistency, scent, etc, it has very much the same scent as the shampoo, a strong clean laundry fragrance, however it is slightly sweeter..  It reminds my almost of yogurt, as odd as that sounds.  Coloring is exactly the same as the shampoo, a milky, almost cream color, and opaque.  The consistency is much thicker, having more sustenance, but still easy to work with.  Even if the product is not diluted, I have no issues spreading this along my dog, and easily working it into the coat.  After rinsing the coat, I don’t feel any residue, then after drying the coat feels soft without feeling heavy.  I’m able to work through a dry coat without issue for brushing, and the coat smells of clean, fresh laundry.  As with the shampoo, I have noticed the scent lasting around 3 days, and then my dogs not smelling of anything, but not smelling dirty or feeling dirty.  Again, my dogs are indoor dogs, only going outside to go potty.

In the end, I would recommend this product, but like with the shampoo, I would not recommend this conditioner if you are highly sensitive to fragrance, because it is immensely strong.  I also would not recommend this shampoo on dogs with extremely sensitive skin, even though the claims say it is suited for them, simply for the fact of the fragrance, because it will cause skin irritation.  However, dogs that are itchy, but not sensitive would do great with this shampoo!  Lillith, my older girl, has more sensitive skin, but not to the extreme, and this shampoo and conditioner helps her not be so itchy, and her coat comes out super soft and shiny.

So like with any product, do your own research, and come to your own conclusions.  If this conditioner seems up your alley, I would recommend going into a store that carries it, smelling it there, and purchasing it if you are still interested.  If you go home and try it, it is a bit easier to return than having to deal with the online hassle of returns if it ends up not working out.  Researching multiple sites, some of which I will have linked down below on where you may purchase this item, this product has over 4.5 out of 5 stars, so I am not the only one who feels this is a great product.

Ryan’s Pet Supplies

PetEdge

Chewy.com

PetCo

Amazon

Hopefully this review was helpful, maybe you learned something new or found a new product to try.  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to leave them in the comment section down below.  Have a shampoo or conditioner that you swear by, let me know!  I love finding new products to try out!  Also, please leave any suggestions on what posts you would like to see, or if there are any products you would like me to try out and review, like I said, I always love finding new products.  Till next time!

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Review

Review: Lambert Kay Fresh ‘n Clean Oatmeal ‘n Baking Soda Shampoo

freshncleanoatmealshampoo001-0901The Lambert Kay Fresh ‘n Clean Oatmeal ‘n Baking Soda Shampoo is a shampoo that I have been using for YEARS, and have a strong loyalty to.  We are going to go over some of the pros and cons of this product, the ingredient deck list, some of the claims of this product, as well as the price and where to purchase this product.  Also, from my research Lambert Kay is NOT a cruelty-free brand.  Meaning, they either test their ingredients or the final products on animals.  Also, from 6 different sites, the ratings of this product was over 4.5 stars out of 5.

Referencing my bottle, which is the Gallon Professional Size, it claims that this formula “combines the soothing aid of natural colloidal oatmeal, the deodorizing power of baking soda, and the hydrating benefits of Vitamin E and Aloe for dogs with sensitive, itchy, or irritated skin.  Wheat protein strengthens, repairs, and protects the coat.”  Basically, it is great for dogs with dry and itchy coats.  It also claims that the Tropical Breeze Scent lasts up to 2 weeks.  Now, for me, the shampoo does not have a “Tropical Breeze Scent.”  It reminds me more of a fresh laundry scent, and other people that I have spoke to about this product agree.

Now let’s go over the ingredient deck list.  On the bottle it lists the ingredients as purified water as the first ingredient.  Next we have Natural Derived Cleansing Agents, which include Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate, Cocamide MEA, and Cocamidopropyl Betaine.  Now if you read last weeks First Impressions post, which I will like here if you have not, we have already discussed both Cocamide MEA and Cocamidopropyl Betaine.  Both of those ingredients are derived from Coconut Oil, and stir up quite a bit of controversy.  Without having to repeat what I stated in my First Impressions post, there has been evidence linking these ingredients to cancer during animal testing, you can read more about that here. “Sodium laureth sulfate, an accepted contraction of sodium lauryl ether sulfate, is an anionic detergent and surfactant found in many personal care products. SLES is an inexpensive and very effective foaming agent,” (Wikipedia).  It has been deemed safe by the United States as well as Australia, and from my reading and understanding, can be a mild skin irritant.  Following that we have a thickening agent of Sodium Chloride, aka salt.  Next is fragrance.  Yep, just fragrance.  From multiple different sites, when a product just have “fragrance” listed on the bottom, it is usually a compound of many ingredients, and they do not have to specify what ingredients they used to make the fragrance.  Oatmeal Extract is used as an anti-irritant, and then Sodium Bicarbonate, or Baking Soda, is used as a deodorizer.  Soothing agents such as Vitamin E and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice follow, then Coloring Agents, Emulsifier, Natural pH Adjuster of Citric Acid, Coat Strengthener of Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, and lastly Preservative.  A slight cause of concern is the preservative ingredient.  Some preservatives contain a form of formaldehyde, which is very common in not only dog shampoos but human shampoos as well.  Again, with everything, do your own research and form your own conclusion on whether or not you would use this shampoo on your own pet or clients pets.

Now onto my thoughts.  As stated previously, the smell reminds me more of a fresh laundry scent rather than a tropical breeze scent, and it is potent.  If you or your dog is sensitive to strong fragrances, I would not recommend this product.  However, like the claims state, the scent lingers, helping your dog smell fresher, longer.  Now, I don’t agree up to 2 weeks, but my girls smell fresh for about 3 to 4 days after their bath.  The shampoo is opaque in color, and more of a runny formula, more viscous, but not watery.  It still has some thickness to the product, but is easy to work into the coat without dissipating.  Once on a wet coat, it lathers and foams beautifully, being able to work over the entire coat with ease.  Rinsing off the product, I have found no issues of residual product, the coat feels squeaky clean, but not greasy or heavy.  After drying, the scent is not as potent as the product in the bottle, but still strong.  Using just the shampoo, the coat feels clean, smells great, and soft.  The heavy fragrance to this product is really only my main cause for concern, or weariness for my dogs.  I have been able to use this shampoo on dogs with dry, itchy skin with no skin reactions or irritations, but I would not feel comfortable using this shampoo on dogs with sensitive skin.  Overall, I thoroughly enjoy this product, and have continually purchased this product throughout the years, and would recommend this product as long as you and your pet are fine with strong fragrances, and your pet does not have sensitive skin.  This shampoo is used at the grooming facility I work at, and it is a shampoo I need to order in large quantities and often, so hopefully that all says something about the product.

Lastly, we are going to go over the price points and locations to purchase.  Now, living up here in Seattle, I have been able to find it in a pet shop called Pet Pros for around $11, and I have also seen it in PetCo.  If you need to buy a large quantity of it, say you work at a grooming facility of some sorts, I would stick with more of a wholesaler type of shop such as Ryan’s or PetEdge.  I found some gallon sizes offered on Amazon, and I would NOT recommend purchasing those sizes from there.  They ranged around $50-$60 the last time I checked, when you can get a gallon around $36 on PetEdge and Ryans.

Ryan’s Pet Supplies

PetEdge

Chewy.com

PetCo

Amazon

I will mention, that if you are concerned about the fragrance, I would find a pet shop that carries the product in store in order to smell it.  If you end up liking the fragrance, purchase the product, and if it ends up not working out, it is easier to return the product.  Well, I hope this review was insightful and informative.  Any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to leave them in the comment section down below.  Till next time!

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