crabtree & evelyn shampoo

Reviewed by Jimmy on September 26, 2012


If you know Hilton hotels, then you know Crabtree & Evelyn. The hotel chain carries the bath and body brand in their hotels, even in Europe. Hilton has just recently pushed a major initiative to change their reputation, catering to a younger, hipper demographic and shedding that whole "convention hotel" image. While the design is becoming more "boutique," there's no telling if they'll drop Crabtree & Evelyn, which I like to refer as Craptree & Evelyn.

I generally bring my own shampoo and conditioner but on a recent stay, I actually checked out Crabtree & Evelyn Shampoo, only to see how bad it really was. Reading the ingredients (and disappointed by the generic packaging), I was pretty confident it was a sign that the brand and I were not going to have a harmonious relationship. But I was ready for the battle. When I poured the Crabtree & Evelyn Shampoo, it came out like maple syrup and smelled like detergent. I couldn't help but think, as I applied, my hair would catch on fire or something. It just felt like i was putting a bunch of chemicals on my head.

And that's exactly what the shampoo comprises. Everything from sodium laureth sulfate to cocamidopropyl betaine (an irritating foaming lathering agent) was so wrong in this shampoo that I was happy to use my brand shampoo right after to get rid of the Crabtree mess. Disodium EDTA and PEG 7 glyceryl cocoate are also ingredients you don't want to get trapped in your locks as they are pretty toxic. And don't even get me started on the synthetic dyes. Gross. The only redeeming factor is the algae, but that can hardly even be useful while weighed down in the nasty concoction.

So if you're checking into a Hilton (and unless they change their amenities), bring your own shampoo.