Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Review | WAHL's Oatmeal Coconut Lime Verbena Pet Shampoo Concentrate

Has anyone else ever gotten sticker shock when they went shopping for dog shampoo? I've seen bottles that sell for $8-12 a pop and sometimes even more. I don't even spend that much money on a bottle of shampoo for myself! Before we brought Andy home from the humane society I knew we would need to get a new bottle of dog shampoo. I looked for a product that was no frills, didn't smell like chemicals, and was reasonably priced.

I ended up picking up a 25 oz bottle of Oatmeal Coconut Lime Verbena Pet Shampoo Concentrate by Wahl at Target for $5.99. The product is touted as 100% plant derived, moisturizing, and itch relieving. I'm not entirely convinced the product does everything it claims. Andy has a short, course, and dry coat by nature and the shampoo doesn't do much to make it appear shiny or moist. I also catch him chewing at himself quite frequently (he doesn't have fleas or food allergies) and wonder if the shampoo isn't actually drying his skin out. This is odd considering it contains oatmeal which is supposed to be soothing to irritated skin. The fragrance in the product is quite strong (though not unpleasant) and I wonder if that's counteracting any benefits that would be derived from the oatmeal or coconut. As someone who has eczema I know I'm always told to avoid products with fragrance in them because the ingredients involved can be irritating to the skin. 

Wahl calls the product a "shampoo concentrate" and claims that you can get 70% more baths out of the bottle. I find I need quite a lot of product for each bath in order to get Andy sudsy enough so I don't really buy into the "concentrate" claim. I think maybe you get 70% more baths out of the bottle because it's so big! I've used the shampoo on 3 occasions now and I'm starting to think that perhaps the formula is just too harsh for Andy and may be causing some skin irritation. The next time I see a reasonably priced shampoo, with no fragrance, I think I'll pick it up to replace this one. 

WAHL Oatmeal Coconut Lime Verbena Pet Shampoo Concentrate
Available at Target 

12 comments:

  1. The best dog shampoo I have ever bought is Earthbath. It has a steep price (the kind I buy for my pup comes to $21 with tax) but I think it is so worth it. The oatmeal formula smells absolutely amazing and it leaves my dog soft and smelling good. As someone who has had dogs with allergies and just general itchiness I don't think you can put a price on their comfort. People think I'm crazy for spending the kind of money I do on my dog between his $20 shampoo and $80 bags of food but he means the world to me and if he is healthy and happy I'm happy.

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation. This is the first time I'm hearing about this brand. It sounds great! Love that it's made of organic ingredients and 100% biodegradable. Petco sells a 16 fluid oz bottle for about $12...which is steep...but not completely unreasonable. I might give it a try if I find it on sale.

      I'm also all about giving my pets the best of everything, but doing so within my means. I've found that there are tons of excellent products out there, food, treats, toys, etc., for what I believe to be reasonable prices. I don't necessarily think spending more means I'm getting a better product - but then again, in most cases you do get what you pay for. :)

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    2. I google searched this exact shampoo and came across your article... I recently bought it as well for the same reasons. The claims they made on shampoo bottle sounded great! After the 1st bath, my dog - who has a similar coat as you described yours has- was endlessly scratching herself. I noticed her hair or skin seemed "different" in appearance but couldn't tell why at first. She was definitely red on her skin and her hair looked thinner somehow.... Upon closer looking I found that she had welts covering her entire body, excluding her paws and eyes. And I'm talking major welts!!!
      I felt so horrible for her, I assumed II must not have rinsed her well enough. Although, trust me I rinse her extremely well so I didn't understand. I washed her a 2nd time in hopes to wash off what I thought was still there. This time there's no question about it, she was RINSED!!
      The next day her welts had turned to sores. She was bright red and pink, scratching herself incessantly. She was Miserable😭
      After using a different shampoo, 3 times and over a period of a few days, She finally started looking and feeling better!! Sometime later we used that shampoo again, thinking it was all due to not rinsing it the 1st time and having no idea it was the product causing irritation, and washing and rinsing extremely thorough, following directions as I should, she was AGAIN immensely covered in those welts and sores. Her skin was inflamed and red.... We had to take her to the vet and purchase a prescribed medicated shampoo and antibiotics.

      This shampoo is NOT what it claims to be. I'm so sorry for my baby girl that I ever purchased it!! Going from the ingredients I've used the plants they mention in several things for her before never with any allergies or problems. Makes me wonder how "natural" they really are!?!

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  2. I used this shampoo on my dogs about a month or so ago and they've both been chewing at their skin ever since. This shampoo actually caused one of my dogs to blister. I took it back to Target tonight and the girl at the register said it made her dog blister too. She called the company and they all but called her a liar. This is NOT good shampoo!

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    1. That's horrible! I hope your pup is doing better. Andy never had blisters but the shampoo was a bit too harsh for him and left his skin dry and itchy. I haven't repurchased the brand since. I prefer "natural" shampoos like Earthbath. If you're budget conscious you can find some really nice "natural" shampoos at stores like T.J. Maxx and Marshalls.

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  3. I too purchased this exact bottle as well as the lavender scented when I first got my puppy. At first I thought it was the new flea/tick medicine called vectra because it tends to have some dogs itchy at first, but after 6 months of not using the vectra, my dog is still scratching like crazy && she's shredding uncontrollably :( there's not a single second when she's not shedding and every time I commanded her to sit, she'd start scratching. I just took her to the vet today and she's perfectly healthy so when I saw this review and saw that my dog wasn't the only one experiencing the itchiness from this shampoo, I'm definitely throwing it away now.

    Thanks so much for this review.

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    1. Glad you found my review helpful! I've stayed away from WAHL products ever since. Andy and I have been pleased with products made by Earthbath and John Paul. You can find both of these brands at Petco but I recommend hitting up T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, where you can find them for half the price. Good luck finding a product that works for your pup!

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  5. Dog Shampoo is something that should be taken with utmost care, they might irritate the skin.

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  6. This post is very useful because you cannot Buy Dog Shampoo without any proper guidance!

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  7. Just a tip for dog bathing from one dog lover to another:
    Before you try to suds up your dog, get an empty bottle & fill it about one tenth (or so) with shampoo then the rest the way with warm water & tip back & forth a few times to mix. This will make a nice soapy liquid that will clean your dog easier with far less shampoo.
    Hope this helps!

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  8. Hey,

    I am from India. I have a 6 years old male german shepherd. I was looking for some anti dandruff shampoo which could treat dry and itchy skin.

    I came across some of the ratings which had put this Wahl Oatmeal Shampoo at the top of the list.I bought one bottle costing around Rs.850. Just after that I came across this blog and read about the 'welts' that had cropped up after using this shampoo. I thought that that might have been in some peculiar cases (as every skin reacts differently).

    I went ahead and used this shampoo today (i.e. Dec 12, 2016) on my GSD. Before the bath I carefully checked his skin for any welt, warts or blister and there were none. Then I went ahead with the bath.

    Firstly, this shampoo did not give much lather so I doubt the 70% more baths claim. I rinsed him pretty well, almost 4-5 times. Thereafter, I patted him dry with a towel and played with him under the sun so as to let him dry naturally. Only after making sure that his hair has dried perfectly I got him inside the house. So far so good.

    But later in the evening I find him scractching his body and to my utter shock I can see almost 8-10 welts on his body. They are bloody red as if they are about to bleed. I had used very mild lukewarm water.

    I will post an update tomorrow about his condition. By that time can anyone suggest any remedy?

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