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Here’s Why Patanjali Products Are Not Ayurvedic

UPDATE: As of March 13, 2017. A reader pointed out that Patanjali has said they use animal testing. The reader, Ishtah’s comment is below. I checked the website and found their website has had a major revamp since the last time, I visited it which was while I was writing this review. This is what they have updated.

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There are only two kinds of people who will be reading this post. Either you really hate patanjali and ramdev baba or you are someone who loves the Patanjali products. The other one is simply one of my prospective employers going through my blog, maybe with a slightly bored attitude. It’s okay, I get you.

Why should you care? So many shampoos have them right? Well, when we give our money to morally-bankrupt companies they end of terrorizing the world. Like, Nestle. Patanjali is riding in the ayurveda formula, last time I checked ayurveda medicines don’t use chemicals.

I know, some of you are like, “But it has made my skin/hair/ ‘insert any other body part/function’ better!!” Well, placebos are very effective. There is no judgement if you use it. But read the review to understand the risks. I will be reviewing other products that are herbal, made in India, without chemicals, vegan and cruelty-free. So whatever your reasons are to use Patanjali, you have other options to not only support small-scale industries that are truly herbal but are great for you and the environment!

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Ok. Notice how it first starts with the composition of all ayurvedic herbs. Then the base is in English with all chemicals? ‘How to mislead the masses 101’. Patanjali should give a talk in TEDX about this. All the herbs in hindi and base made of chemicals in English. Given how the right-wing propagates English as evil, most people will not read this part. Also, the majority of this label is in Hindi. Meaning, Indian company=Hindi labeling.

  1. Aqua– self-explanatory. It is water.
  2. Surfactant base– Not mentioned which surfactant they have used. Is it natural or chemical? A lot of surfactants can be harmful. Link 1, Link 2, Link 3. Of course, surfactant is said to cause minimal damage as you will read in Link 3. But just scale of human population using products with surfactant on the daily basis, ineffective sewage disposing in many countries should be a warning for us to stop using them.
  3. Sod.Benzonate-This is often used in beauty products and food as a preservative. Why is it so scary? . The Cosmetics Database still found concerns regarding cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity, irritation and biochemical cellular changes with Sodium Benzoate as an ingredient in cosmetics and personal care products. (Link 4, Link 5, Link 6)
  4. Methylisothiazolinone– Associated with allergies and nerve damage. Check out health concerns at Link 7.
  5. Sorbic acid– Used to kill microorganisms, or prevent or retard their growth and reproduction. (Source Link 8). Strong evidence as human skin toxicant.
  6. Also, combining Sod.Benzonate with Vit E results in cancerous effects. “The FDA says it’s safe because the amount used to preserve foods is very low, but don’t ever combine it with vitamin C or E, as this causes benzene to be formed. This is dangerous. Benzene is a known carcinogen, which means it causes cancer.” (Source: Link 6).

Other Ingredients

Sadly for people who can’t read hindi or be proficient in latin to understand the scientific names, here is the common english word for it.

  1. Rosmarinus officinalis: Rosemary
  2. Honey
  3. Azadirachta indica: Neem
  4. Melaleuca alternifolia: Tea tree
  5. Eucalyptus globulus: Known as Nilgiri in hindi and Tailpama in Sanskrit
  6. Emblica officinalis: Amla or Gooseberry
  7. Hibiscus rosa-sinensis: Hibiscus
  8. Acacia concinna: Shikakai
  9. Trigonella foenum-graecum: Fenugreek
  10. Ocimum sanctum: Holy basil or tulsi


Given that it is said that it is for daily use, do you want to use all this on your scalp? All the herbal plants mentioned above can be bought separately and used on your scalp. In fact, if you get all these herbs, boil them in water and grind it to a fine paste it will have far greater results.

Do check out what is mentioned on their website. None of the chemicals are mentioned, just the herbs. And some herbs mentioned in the description are not even present in the label of the shampoo. Bhrigraj myrtle (mahendi)- NOT Present. I have no frigging idea what this is- emblic myrobalan (aola)?? And Indian Valerian(tagar) NOT Present. esculent fiacurtia (bakuchi) and turmeric are NOT Present. Plus the description reads like what Baba Ramdev would sound like if he was high. Not kidding. Read it and tell me I’m wrong. Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 11.48.53 PM

I will be reviewing a soap next. Even more facade of being herbal. If you want me to review more patanjali products, send me a mail at Or send in your experiences with the products of patanjali so more people will be aware of it. Have a suggestion to review good herbal, Indian-made products to check if they are truly herbal, vegan, cruelty-free, free of chemicals and preservatives? Drop me an email. I will try my best to research, review and put them up on the blog.


16 thoughts on “Here’s Why Patanjali Products Are Not Ayurvedic

  1. These chemicals used may be present in all herbal Shampoo’s. How do we as consumers know which is a safe shampoo to use

    1. Hi Sonia, these chemicals are not present in all herbal shampoos. Some herbal powders and shampoo I used don’t have them. I will be reviewing these products soon, so people have the option of choosing products that are truly herbal and without chemicals.

    1. Patanjali has mentioned that they do not test on animals on their website. But I didn’t see ‘cruelty-free’ on any of the packaging of their products.

      1. Thanks so much.
        Another info please, it would be great help. Are o3 plus products cruelty free? Have written to them numerous times but no response so far.

      2. Hi Shipea,
        I have not used any O3 products. A quick look at their website says (refer animal testing) with no reference whether they use animal testing or not. They have not advertised on their Facebook page either. If you have any of their products, you could check the label. If they haven’t mentioned it anywhere, then it is left to your discretion. But I found it mentioned here that O3 don’t test on animals. In any case, they should be accessible for consumer queries, else what is the point?

    1. Hi Tabassum, both the products I reviewed was used by a friend I knew. I did not buy their products and would never purchase them. So, I might not be able to review them. Patanjali as a company has questionable practices and I would never encourage that by buying their products. My entire point of doing that review of those products were that they are not what they claim to be and this is across all their products. I would suggest you to get cold pressed oils of many other Indian companies that source sustainably and are extremely good for you.

  2. Hi there, came cross this article when I was trying to find out if Patanjali products are cruelty free. Apparently NOT. it is mentioned in their website that they first do LAB test and then test them on rats and bunnies before using on humans. I am not sure if you are aware of this so though sharing.

    “From animal trail to human trail, there will be an intense process of research. Any medicine will be first tested in the laboratory, then it will be used on rats and rabbits and after their successful use of animals it will be used on humans” This part was copied from their WEB under research and development topic.

    So my research ends here as I would not be using Patanjali products.
    Good luck.

    1. Hi Ishtah. Yes, thanks for letting me know about this. The website has revamped recently and the bit where they are testing on animals has been a recent addition which was not there when I first wrote this review. During the time I wrote the review, Patanjali was still advertising as a cruelty free company

  3. all Patanjali shampoos are chemical based and they dont contain any types of aurvedic herbs, 90% of shampoos in world are chemical based so its very very difficult to find a pure aurvedic product, so its better to make your own shampoo in house, there are so many YouTube videos about making a homade shampoo

    1. Hello Mark,
      It’s not that Patanjali products don’t contain herbs. They do. As you can see in the pictures, there are herbs. But, they have also added preservatives to increase shelf life or to make a shampoo-based consistency. Using ayurvedic principles, making a shampoo (as we know- that lathers, has a smooth consistency) is impossible. Besides, Patanjali is using chemicals in formulations that are dangerous. Just because another company does it, does not make it okay. There are companies out there that follow the Ayurvedic principles. Yes, one can make homemade shampoos and that is what I would recommend as well.

  4. Hi good post. I wanted to ask you are there any patanjali products which on presistant use can cause colon cancer?

    1. Hi Amelia, Thanks for reading. I am unaware of Patanjali products causing cancer much less colon cancer. However, I’d say that is highly unlikely. Why do you ask?

  5. Does anybody can point out some ‘no chemical’ products available in Indian market in each category like shampoo, soap, face wash, body lotion, toothpaste etc.

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