Remember my post on the benefits of using almond oil on hair? If not, let me summarise its essence in 6 words- Almond oil is food for hair. While devouring almonds on a daily basis works wonders in transforming your hair into your ‘crowning glory’ rightfully, the luxury of slathering this elixir down your cascading locks as your hair follicles heave a sigh of relief the moment it comes in contact it, is indescribable. If it’s hot, better. I seized a bottle of one of the most popular almond oil brands in India and it goes without saying that today, I will review (or perhaps, rip apart) the same. It is none other than BAJAJ ALMOND DROPS
If you’ve got someone to massage your tresses with almond oil as you roll back to let loose, then awesome. For lazy couch potatoes like me who would argue over an hour with siblings on whose turn it is to switch off the light (yes, we have totally weird rules when it comes to sharing household ‘chores’), nothing can be better than the above at-home makeshift low-budget spa experience!
It’s been over three months of my gorging almonds every morning that I finally decided to try a renowned brand of almond oil (bajaj almond hair oil) which lures me towards it the way Popeye (yes, the 90s cartoon character who used to transform into a beefcake within seconds of thawing a tin of spinach) used to be enticed by spinach. On an unrelated note, I tried to the raw spinach multiple times back in childhood all thanks to Popeye and every time I did it, the floor used to be coloured in green within seconds. How? I used to spit it out in the twinkling of an eye and spend the next 15 minutes in brushing my teeth to get rid of the slightest tinge of those horrible green raw spinach leaves! Popeye, you truly shaked my belief in the messages cartoon characters used to give.
My Review of Bajaj Almond Drops Hair Oil:
Packed in a glass bottle with a flimsy, or wait I should say ‘the flimsiest possible’ cap, I can’t help but award this hair oil with a facepalm. Why? An oil packed in a glass bottle really doesn’t make sense to me. Oils are bound to spill and packing them in glass bottles means that the user/consumer is expected to be “Khatron ke Khiladi” contestant who’d use it in such a way that it’ll neither spill nor fall ever during/after usage.
It is same as packaging Jalebis (no, do not picture them now foodies! Let’s mean business right now) in a cloth. Because of this, the hair oil bottle needs to handled very carefully else it might slip off your hand and earn you a good dose of scolding from your mother. The packaging, hence is highly disappointing.
Hair Oil Test: Bajaj Oil vs Cold Pressed Almond Oil
The bajaj hair oil is lightweight and non-sticky as it claims to be. Heating the almond oil is easy but if you intend to fry some herbs/leaves in it to enhance its nutritive value, then it is of no use. I tried heating methi seeds and curry leaves separately in it and sadly, I wasn’t able to carry on the process for the time it is supposed to because the bajaj almond oil started emitting flames of smoke. This wasn’t the case when I had fried methi seeds and curry leaves separately earlier in cold-pressed almond oil. This made me suspicious of its composition.
Shocking Ingredients list of Bajaj Almond Drops Oil:
I had a look at the ingredients’ list of Bajaj oil and was shell shocked when I saw that 77% of this oil is simply mineral oil which is nothing more than a cheap filler. To top it all, it had perfume (under the garb of which a number of toxic chemicals are added) and coal tar dyes (Cl 47,000 and Cl 26,100). Even if the share of mineral oil had been less, I wouldn’t have written it off but 77% is enough to compel me to discard it. Naturally, when it comes to performance on parameters like- shine imparted, softness, hydration, frizz control and so on and so forth, this almond oil is miles behind cold-pressed almond oil. In fact, there is no competition. It doesn’t do anything noteworthy which oddly is fine for me. Why? Because with 77% mineral oil and other hazardous chemicals infused into it, all I expect is a mane that is on the verge of bidding me adieu forever.
Price in India: Rs.60 for 100 ml
VNA Rating: 0/5 (My ruthless spree continues)
Where to Buy Online in India: amazon.in
Availability: Supermarkets and general cosmetic shop.
Conclusion: Ladies, I do not even need to tell those three magical words to you now (not those three words that you would want to hear from someone capable making your heart skip a beat…Ahem Ahem) Mine are different. Slightly. “TOSS INTO TRASH” With 77% mineral oil, artificial perfumes and coal tar dyes pumped into it, there is no nutritive value to this bajaj oil. It might be readily available but that doesn’t mean it would work wonders.
Alternatives to Bajaj Almond Drops Oil: Mineral oil does nothing beneficial to our mane, by any stretch of imagination. A better alternative would be to fry fenugreek seeds in VCO (Virgin coconut oil), strain the oil and then massage it when warm in case you wish to treat your tresses to the bounties of oiling. And oh! Massage your scalp with the virgin coconut oil and Fenugreek concoction when it is warm not hot else you won’t be left with any hair on your scalp in the first place! I know the last line sends chills down one’s spine but it’s better to be safe than sorry, isn’t it?
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