bits & pieces PREPURCHASE EXAM
shampoo EquiScentials™ EquiCoat Body Wash
The combination of shampoo and conditioner in this innovative product made the bathing process fast and easy for our tester. The low-sudsing action of the wash is quick to rinse, while the specialized equine pH-balancing meant that her horses’ coats were healthy and clean after their spa session. While it may not have had a luscious scent like many of the other shampoos tested, we appreciated that all of the fragrances were selected for the benefit of the horse. BUY IT: equiscentials.com.
COWBOY MAGIC® Rosewater Shampoo
This concentrated shampoo with hydrolyzed silk, panthenol, aloe, herbs, and honey, had an impressive “cold-water sudsing action” that proved to effectively clean with water at any temperature. Formulated for continued use, it does not strip the hair of moisture or build up on the hair follicles. Our tester found that it worked best when used according to the directions, applying the shampoo directly to the horse instead of diluting it in water. BUY IT: CowboyMagic.com.
EcoLicious Equestrian Green and Squeaky Clean
This biodegradable, concentrated shampoo is antibacterial and antifungal, with the added benefit of being gentle on skin and tough on dirt. The cheerful citrus scent deters bugs, and the silk cocoon powder restores softness and acts as a natural sunscreen. Be sure to shake well before you use it, as the natural goodness separates while in storage. BUY IT: EcoLiciousEquestrian.com
Splish, splash, does your horse need a bath? This month, our testers scrubbed up and took a look at the suds.
EspañaSILK™ All Natural Protein Shampoo
A triple threat of unusual proportions, this shampoo is made in the USA, is all natural, and smells delectable! Enriched with proteins, it made our tester’s horse’s hair, mane, and tail not only clean but also silky smooth. Plus, it did wonders for our tester’s own hair, too! BUY IT: EspañaProducts.com.
EQyss Premier Color Intensifying Natural Botanical Shampoo
Not only did this pH-balanced shampoo leave the horse’s hair shiny and soft, but it also has the benefit of being environmentally friendly—with no petroleum by-products, silicone, or synthetic polymers. Because it is super concentrated, only a small amount was needed, and it rinsed away easily, leaving no residue behind. The tester loved the refreshing, fruity scent and noticed that her horse’s normally dry skin was now soft and no longer flaky. This shampoo also brightens, prevents skin conditions, and will not clog pores, so the horse will cool out up to 50% faster. It did a great job getting him clean, but unfortunately, with this tester’s dirt-loving horse, it didn’t last long. BUY IT: EQyss.com.
Our testers:: This month, our Prepurchase Exam was conducted by: Kelly Ballou, Managing Editor; Kathryn Selinga, News Editor; and d Jennifer Roberts, Social Editor.
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| June 2013
5/15/13 11:32:45 AM