Jungle Botanics Forest Leaves Cooling Shampoo and Warming Treatment Review

I’ve been watching a lot of David Attenborough’s Life on Netflix before bed, which if you haven’t seen, is INSANE. I don’t know how they manage to get such up-close, action shots of the various animals, like this:

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The show is also a constant reminder that I still need to review the shampoo and conditioner from Jungle Botanics, and so here we are.


Product Name
Jungle Botanics Forest Leaves Cooling Shampoo

The Claim
Cooling breeze from the jungle. The “Forest Leaves Cooling Shampoo” is a hypo-allergenic shampoo that soothes scalps that have been exposed to the harsh summer sun for extended periods of time. The abundance of menthyl capsules help to cool your heat-irritated sensitive scalp. It is as if you can feel the fresh cooling breeze of the jungle.

Where does it fit in your routine?
This is a shampoo. Apply to scalp after wetting your hair.

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Size and Price
The bottle contains 250ml of product. I received this for review purposes from Wishtrend, which sells it for $22.90.
You can get $5 off your first order by registering an account using code 263646011. 

Packaging
This shampoo is housed in a clear, plastic pump bottle. There’s nothing special about the bottle but the jungle leaves art on the label looks really cool!

Fragrance
I was hoping this would have a fresh, peppermint scent but it does not. To me, it smells like Ricola (or cough drops, if you’re unfamiliar), which reminds me of being sick. 😦

Color, texture, and lather
This shampoo is a very light, translucent green gel with darker green beads throughout. It has less lather than I would like in a shampoo, but I feel like sulfate-free shampoos tend to be a little light on lather in general.

pH
Between 6 and 7. A shampoo with lower pH may cause less frizzing for generating less negative static electricity on the fiber surface.

What’s in it? 

  • Instead of sulfates, this shampoo uses a variety of cleansing agents derived from coconut. These are: COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, POTASSIUM COCOYL GLYCINATE, COCO-GLUCOSIDE, & SODIUM COCOYL ALANINATE
  • SALICYLIC ACID 
    Contrary to popular belief, dandruff is usually symptomatic of oily scalp, not dry scalp. The reason for this is because the yeast that causes dandruff, malassezia, feeds off excess oil. This is why salicylic acid, and oil-soluble exfoliant is commonly used in shampoos.
  • CLIMBAZOLE
    This is another anti-fungal agent frequently used to treat dandruff

This shampoo also contains a generous amounts of various botanical extracts and oils, but considering this is a wash off product, they are likely not to have much of an effect on your hair or scalp.

Acne Triggers & Irritants
Cosdna identifies butylene glycol (1), avocado oil (2), and cottonseed oil (3) as acne triggers and cottonseed oil (0-5) as a potential irritant.

Full Ingredients 
Water, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Coco-glucoside, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Cocoyl Alaninate, Menthol, Sodium Hydroxide, Polyquaternium-7, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Mannitol, Sucrose, Butylene Glycol, Buteth-3, Salicylic Acid, Climbazole, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Extract, Moringa Oleifera Leaf Extract, Malpighia Emarginata (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Crocus Sativus Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Extract, Achillea Millefolium Flower Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tributyl Citrate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Persica (Peach) Kernel Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chromium Hydroxide Green, CI 19140, CI 42053, Fragrance

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Shampoo on the left, conditioner on the right.

Performance

This shampoo lives up to its name and does in fact have a cooling sensation when applied to my scalp, thanks to the menthol in the shampoo. I have mixed feelings about this. While I do enjoy the cooling sensation on my scalp, I find that the menthol frequently rinses onto my forehead. Even though this hasn’t caused irritation so far, as someone with easily irritated skin, I don’t really want to risk exposing my face to a bunch of menthol.

My hair is pretty short (shoulder length) at the moment and I’ve been able to get away with using milder shampoos than I usually opt for. However, the cleansing power in this shampoo is weaker than I find practical. I have to use at least 3 pumps to get my hair and scalp fully covered by the shampoo, which is a ton of product.

The main reason I don’t like this shampoo very much is that it leaves my hair feeling straw-like when it’s dry, but not straw-like in a way my hair sometimes feels when it’s been stripped. It actually feels like it’s been coated in some residue that is making my hair stiff (I wonder if the corn starch is responsible for this?). It’s possible likely I have the wrong hair type (very thick, very straight, neither oily nor dry, not prone to frizzing or split ends) for this shampoo and people with different hair type might have better luck with it, but my partner, who has thinner, dryer, and wavy hair, also didn’t like this shampoo at all.


Product Name
Jungle Botanics Forest Leaves Warming Treatment

The Claim
Feel the warmth. The “Forest Leaves Warming Treatment” is perfect for extremely dry and damaged hair. The product generates a mild heat during application that opens your cuticles so that the nutrients can be fully absorbed into your hair. Your hair will feel softer and healthier.  

Where does it fit in your routine?
Treatment is the Korean equivalent for conditioner. Use this after rinsing out your shampoo.

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Size and Price
The tube contains 200ml of product. I received this for review purposes from Wishtrend, which sells it for $16.90.
You can get $5 off your first order by registering an account using code 263646011. 

Packaging
This treatment is housed in a squeeze tube that is covered in the same jungle leaves art that also adorns the shampoo.

Fragrance
I also found the scent of the treatment a little strange. I can’t quite place it but it kind of reminds me of Elmer’s glue.

Color and texture
This treatment is creamy and white.

What’s in it? 

  • Moisturizing Agents and Humectant: CETEARYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERIN
  • SALICYLIC ACID 
    Contrary to popular belief, dandruff is actually an issue with oily scalp, not dry scalp. The reason for this is because the yeast that causes dandruff, Malassezia, feeds on oil. This is why salicylic acid, and oil-soluble exfoliant is commonly used in shampoos.

Like the shampoo, this treatment also contains a generous amounts of various botanical extracts and oils, but considering this is a wash off product, they are likely not to have much of an effect on your hair or scalp.

Acne Triggers & Irritants
Cosdna identifies cetearyl alcohol (2), PEG-100 stearate (1), butylene glycol (1), avocado oil (2), and cottonseed oil (3) as acne triggers and cetearyl alcohol (2) and cottonseed oil (0-5) as potential irritants.

Full Ingredients 
Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Steartrimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Chloride, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-7, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Salicylic Acid, Pentaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Extract, Moringa Oleifera Leaf Extract, Malpighia Emarginata (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Crocus Sativus Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Extract, Achillea Millefolium Flower Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Persica (Peach) Kernel Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance

Performance

This treatment worked better for me than the shampoo. It is mildly moisturizing without being heavy and washes off cleanly. I did not experience any warming sensation from this treatment, but honestly I don’t mind. I feel like having my hair conditioner heat up would be pretty weird. This is advertised for dry hair types but I think it would actually work best for oily hair types who need a lightweight conditioner that will not add any greasiness to their hair.

Unfortunately, this treatment didn’t have enough smoothing power to undo the coarseness that the shampoo causes, and I actually prefer using this without the matching shampoo. It also just isn’t a very exciting conditioner, so while I might use up this tube, this is not something I’d purchase for myself.


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The Takeaway

Personally, I avoid using sodium lauryl sulfate in my shampoos because it irritates my scalp, but I do not have an issue with other sulfates. However, if you are in the market for a completely sulfate free, silicone-free shampoo and conditioner duo, this isn’t the worst set of hair products you could get but it also is not the best. I also don’t feel like these two products work well in a set – the shampoo seems best suited for dry hair that is more prone to frizziness (due to its light cleansing power and the starch, which I’m assuming is meant to control frizziness) while the conditioner seems best suited for oilier hair types (due to its non-greasiness and ability to rinse out properly).

I don’t particularly like writing reviews this negative because I feel like they’re less helpful, but to anyone who is in the market for a sulfate free and silicone free shampoo and conditioner, here are two alternatives I’ve used in the past and strongly recommend over this set:

  • Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo & Conditioner – silicone-free, sulfate-free, minty and cooling, and with great cleansing power to boot! At $3.99 a bottle, it is the best value shampoo and conditioner I’ve used.
  • Acure Organics Moroccan Argan Oil Stem Cell Shampoo and Conditioner – This is a little more expensive than the Trader Joe’s set but is a better option for dryer hair or sensitive scalp types. It’s exceedingly gentle and pleasant to use!

Final Rating:
Jungle Botanics Shampoo Rating: 2/5 Stars
Jungle Botanics Conditioner Rating: 3/5 Stars


Disclaimer: This product was provided to me at no cost for review purposes. The opinions stated here are my own. This post contains an affiliate links. Purchasing an item through an affiliate link does not add any cost to the customer but does help support this site’s upkeep.

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3 thoughts on “Jungle Botanics Forest Leaves Cooling Shampoo and Warming Treatment Review

  1. moi sanom says:

    Interesting to read your review. Funnily enough, I quite liked the shampoo 🙂 I do indeed have dry and frizzy hair hehe. It works quite well for me and does not leave my hair feeling dry once rinsed. The conditioner is also not strong enough for my hair type but works in a pinch.

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    • V. Rex says:

      I think the starch is the biggest deal breaker for me because it makes my hair feel so weird, but I imagine it might be useful to help keep frizz under control. I’m glad to hear it worked for your hair!

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