Review | Aromatica Rosemary Scalp Scrub

Rating: 4 out of 5.

When I was sick as a child, my mom and my grandmother always brought out a jar of obat macan (tiger balm).

They would smear my back and chect with it and with a coin or a button they drew lines with great force, until red stretch marks were visible on my skin. That was really painful…

After that I had to put on several shirts and sweaters and lie in bed so that I started sweating. With this I would sweat the ‘disease’ out.

All night long I would smell a strong mint smell and the next day that smell also came out from my pores. I had to take a shower right away to wash that smell out, otherwise I smelled like mint all day long.

At the moment I have a good obat macan collection with different sizes and colors, but I hardly ever use it anymore. However, since I’ve been using the Aromatica Rosemary Scalp Scrub, every time I feel like I’m washing the tiger balm off my body.

I use this scalp treatment for my dry scalp. Read on to find out what I think of it.

About the brand Aromatica

Aromatica is a Korean cosmetics brand, although they don’t see themselves as a standard cosmetics brand. That’s because they don’t aim to make a profit. Sustainability is their top priority. 

Their motto is: Green is the safest beauty. They make effective and sustainable products to protect our planet and nature as much as possible.

All their products are cruelty-free, vegan and free from animal ingredients.

What it promises

The Rosemary Scalp Scrub gives your scalp a refreshing cleanse. It contains Dead Sea salt sourced from Israel and a herb complex including rosemary extract.

The Dead Sea salt removes dead skin cells and accumulated impurities in pores. The herb complex calms and purifies the scalp.

Dead Sea salt
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What I think of it

I bought this scalp Scrub because I suffer from winter dandruff again. It’s my first time using a K-beauty hair product, so I’m really curious.

I like the packaging, although it’s a bit too green, but I have to say, it stands out among my other shampoos.

According to the instructions, I can use this scrub before shampooing or use it instead of shampoo. I decide to use this before shampooing.

The scrub is beige with a grainy texture. The grains must be the Dead Sea salt I guess.

I apply the scrub on my scalp, and an intense mint scent spreads through the bathroom. This is the part that reminds me of obat macan. But soon I lost  the product. I don’t feel the product anymore and it seems to have disappeared in my hair. I apply another amount, but I also lose it in my hair. After two uses, the packaging already feels and looks a lot emptier, that’s why I decide to continue shampooing.

Because of this experience I don’t think it’s a good idea to use this scrub instead of shampoo.

After washing my hair, I didn’t see any difference. In fact, the dandruff seems more visible… And I also can’t say that my hair is cleaner than before.

I decide to give it another try a week later, but this time I’m doing it differently. I use a lot more product so I know my whole head is covered with it. And I massage it into my scalp longer. This seems to work.

Because of the larger amount of scrub the bathroom transforms into a spa. It still reminds me of obat macan, but I don’t think I can lose this association.

When I rinse my hair I notice it already feels a lot cleaner. After that I blow-dry my hair. It feels very soft, light and smooth. And my winter dandruff has almost disappeared. At least it isn’t visible anymore!

The days after, my hair remains soft and supple. But the most remarkable thing is that my scalp no longer itches and the dandruff isn’t visible anymore. I was hoping the scrub would make my hair less oily, but it doesn’t.

But I only get this result after using a lot of product. That makes its use unsustainable… If I can achieve the same result with less scrub, then it would be perfect! And maybe the mint smell could be less intense.

However I would buy this scalp scrub again!

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