Alba Botanica Gardenia Shampoo Review

alba botanica shampoo review

What it does

I picked up Alba Botanica’s Natural Hawaiian Shampoo in So Smooth Gardenia because I can’t resist Gardenia and Tuberose scents. And this one does smell amazing! In fact, the first time I used this shampoo, all I enjoyed about it was the scent. You need to use a big quantity for it to lather and feel like it’s actually cleaning your hair, and you need to be careful that it doesn’t tangle your hair if it’s long! Once I figured that out, I was really pleased with the result: it tamed frizz and fly-away hairs and provided moisture without over-drying my hair! It’s marketed as a “smoothing” shampoo for “unruly” hair, and doesn’t contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate.

alba botanica gardenia shampoo


  • Tames frizz.
  • Smells great.
  • No harsh chemicals.
  • Leaves hair feelings clean.


  • Feels diluted; even for SLS-free shampoo you need to use a lot per wash, and it’s not cheap.
  • Tangles hair easily.
  • Not vegan; contains silk.

Verdict: B

What this shampoo is good at is taming frizz! It’s not the best cruelty-free shampoo, but it’s certainly the best one for frizzy hair.  I’ve tried Alba Botanica’s shampoos in the past and I was never particularly impressed by them. I found them a bit too drying. However this one made my hair feel clean without damaging it, and that’s without following up with a conditioner!

Aqua (Water), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Glycerin, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (1), Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract (1), Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract (1), Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract (1), Citric Acid, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Panthenol, Sodium Phytate, Sodium Sulfate, Alcohol (1), Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Linalool, Fragrance (Parfum)
  • Kaily

    Thank you for this! I love gardenia too and would like to check this out. Perhaps it will corporate better if paired with the conditioner?

    • Suzi

      I’m sure it would! And it probably smells even better than the shampoo!