Bawang’s 1st Natural Herbal Shampoo – Are They Safe To Use?

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Last Friday, I’ve attended the BAWANG Shampoo Bloggers Discussion Session to discuss the recent saga on the counterfeit and ingredient issues and at the same time to preview their newly launched shampoo Royal Wind è¿½å³° and the spokesman is Faye Wong!

BAWANG, claimed to be the #1 natural herbal shampoo, has hit Singapore a few years ago and has since been very popular with heavy advertisements and their first spokesman was Jacky Chan. Many of you may have this perception that Bawang is designed for consumers who are 40s and above. But in fact, it is targeted for all age groups including young women with permed/bonding/colored hair.

When it was first launched in Singapore, I didn’t get too excited about this herbal hair brand, maybe the advertisements (leaves falling from the tree with Jacky Chan brushing his hair) gave me the impression that they are only selling anti hair-fall shampoo which I’m not interested at all. But after a trip to Watsons, only then I realized that they actually carry different formula of hair products to suit different hair problems.

When I was younger, my dad used to own a medical hall and I get to know different types of herbs. That is why I’m always keen on herbal or TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) products and probably that is the reason why I’m willing to try out BAWANG hair shampoo even though it has this strong natural herbal fragrance. Instead of using artificial fragrance, BAWANG uses rich herbal scent. I believe not many people can take the scent especially if you are an anti-TCM. So far, I have tested the Hair Darkening Shampoo Professional Pack and the Repair & Nourishing Shampoo. Both are pretty good and my hair is soft and silky after used. And the scent from my hair is not as strong as when you smell the fragrance from the bottle.

Derived from traditional Chinese herbal formula, BAWANG products contain a special blend of precious chinese herbal extracts such as Ginseng, Angelica, Ginger, Shou Wu and lingzhi.

The packaging does not look impressive but instead it looks very traditional to me. Recently, there are some reports on counterfeit products and it is claimed that they look very identical with the real ones. These counterfeit fakeries are a real danger and they are usually in faded printing and without a seal at all. So in order to differentiate between the counterfeit and genuine products – look out for one with the Hannah Holding seal that says ‘BEWARE OF COUNTERFEITS’ on the packaging. And it is also advisable to buy the products from the authorized dealers – Hannah, NTUC FairPrice, Cold Storage, Giant, Watsons, Guardian, Unity, CK, OG, Mustafa, Sheng Siong, Prime, Shop & Save, Venus Beauty, Hockhua, ZTP, Robinson, SPC Petrol Station, Good Luck Supermarket, Spring, Ang Mo Supermarket, Orange Department Store, Pink Beauty, Shine – to ensure if you are buying the genuine products.

BAWANG again hit by another saga and this episode surrounds one ingredient named Dioxane. It all started from a defamation article by Hong Kong Next Magazine which reported that the Dioxane is harmful and can cause cancer. According to the industry’s experts and researches, 1,4-Dioxane is prevalent in our daily necessities such as water, air and food. Similarly, 1,4-Dioxane can be found in most if not all shampoos, shower products and cosmetic merchandises. This substance is not an intentional ingredient but a technically unavoidable by-product inherited from the combination of raw materials during the production process. In addition, the level of 1,4-Dioxane that is found in BAWANG Shampoo is certified to be so mild that it poses no threat to consumer health and well-being at all. To date, there has been no report of consumers suffering from ill-effects after using cosmetic products containing 1,4-Dioxane i.e. shampoos, shower foams, facial cleanser etc etc.

On 16th July 2010, the State’s Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) officially announced on the government website that “The recent media reports on the contents of 1,4-Dioxane, which were found from some shampoo products of BAWANG (Guangzhou) Company Limited, aroused widespread concern of the society and an order was made immediately and a thoroughly check was done. The test results on the collected samples showed that the content of 1,4-Dioxane which had been detected from the samples will not jeopardize the health of consumers.”

It is certified that the 1,4-Dioxane level in BAWANG products is far lower than the lowest safety requirement of any health organization in the world, including EU and the United States FDA.

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Check out what are the BAWANG Natural Herbal Range

Ginseng Deep Revitalizing Shampoo
Polygonum (Shou Wu) Hair Thickening Shampoo
Tea-seed Itch Relief Shampoo
Hair Strengthening Shampoo
Repairing & Nourishing Shampoo
Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Hair Darkening Shampoo Professional Pack (Shampoo & Conditioner)
Anti-Hair Fall Shampoo and Conditioner
Ginseng Conditioner

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If you are keen to try out their products before making the full size purchase, thesamplestore.sg (formally known as Fr3b) is giving away 2 packs of sample kits to each reader. Each kit contains 2 sachets. Click here to find out more.

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Call out all Faye Wong’s fans. Remember to check out the new shampoo Royal Wind è¿½å³° which will be officially launched in mid Aug. You probably will be able to find this product at selected Watsons and Pharmacy stores now.

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6 Comments on "Bawang’s 1st Natural Herbal Shampoo – Are They Safe To Use?"

  1. Hello
    I tried Ba Wang Shampoo and conditioner in Singapore and would like to purchase it in Germany now.. Any idea where and how I can buy it.

    thanks and regards
    Monika

  2. Shirleen says:

    Hi Monika,

    Not too sure though, you may want to google it.

  3. lana says:

    does this help grow back my hair hat fell out?

  4. 江兴裕 says:

    黑发诜发水是否合适皮肤敏感者使用?長期使用會有不良反应吗?

  5. isaias says:

    If I live in California, where can I purchase this product bawang hair fall package

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