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Komenuka Bijin Moisturizing Shampoo- reviewed and recommended

Is a Solution for:
Oily Hair, Thinning Hair & Shedding, Dry or Brittle Hair
November 20, 2009 Reviewed by Marta 9 Comments
Komenuka is a Japanese hair and skincare brand that may be the hottest thing since wasabi. I first heard about it from Stan and have now got to know it better thanks to the Bijin Moisturizing Shampoo ($34) and the best thing about it is that when you lift Komenuka's kimono this shampoo is an all natural concoction with no parabens or sulfates.

That means zero irritation, a big plus since I've been testing shampoos recently that have resulted in serious cases of red eye. Komenuka Bijin Moisturizing Shampoo provides plenty of foam, rinses out easily and leaves hair looking think and healthy. I have been using it with Alterna’s Caviar Seasilk Antiaging Moisture Conditioner and the result is plenty of volume without frizz.

One of the ingredients is swertia and the only other time I have seen this (a plant in the gentian family) is in Nioxin and Revitalash hair growth products. Using my amazing powers of deduction, I concluded that swertia must have properties that help against hairloss. Although I found plenty of patent applications for hair loss products containing swertia and saw palmetto, a plant that does have a scientific pedigree that is in the OOKISA hair thickening products, I haven't yet found any research specifically on swertia and hair.

Ginseng, on the other hand, can summon research to prove it helps hair. There is a Korean study on mice that demonstrated ginseng accelerated the recovery of hair cells and prevented apoptosis in hair follicles.

But what Komenuka is really big on is rice bran and has the starring role in just about everything they make. Rice bran contains ferulic acid an antioxidant that can seek and destroy several different types of free radical – ‘superoxide’, ‘hydroxyl radical’, and ‘nitric oxide’ – according to a 2002 Japanese study. However, there is another study, recently conducted in Scotland, that concluded that rice bran (which is the by-product of processed rice) has so much arsenic that it outweighs any benefits. It must be said that this is a lone study that hasn't yet been corroborated and it was conducted on rice bran used as food and the definitions of unsafe levels of arsenic were taken from prescribed limits for drinking water. It also seems that the type of rice is important, with rice from the US being the most toxic and basmati rice amongst the least. By and large, I would guess that the amount of arsenic exposure from a rinse off shampoo would be negligible.

Apart from alcohol and unidentified fragrance, the non active ingredients are few and benign, such as glycol amide stearate, derived from vegetable oils and designed to give products a pearly effect. I'm guessing that the BG included in the ingredients is butylene glycol, a non-irritating, viscosity reducer.


Water, coconut oil derivatives, glycol amide stearate, ginseng, rice bran, rice germ oil, swertia, wheat, seaweed, aloe, BG, alcohol, polyglyceryl, PEG-150, fragrance.
  • August 19, 2010

    by Susan Tyson

    I use to use the Komenukia-bijin shampoo and conditioner but due to the ingredients discontinued use. I loved both products.

    If you were to look up some of the ingredients at, you would see some in the 5-8 hazard category. Sadly, I switched. I just started using Salon Naturals shampoo . Nice lather and very, very light scent. It's organic. It did make my hair shiny. Great company too.

  • July 10, 2010

    by SYDNEY

    I gave revitalash as a present to my mom and she has been using it 3 -4 weeks already and is very happy with it, there are changes coming out her lash are getting long and thick. We will have to wait and see more weeks for better result. but based on the trend so far my mom is very happy for the improvement.

  • July 9, 2010

    by Summer

    Well, I haven't used mascara for a while. When I started using Revitalash it made my lashes fuller and longer. Mascara is a perfect match though but I want to be more natural on my lashes.

  • June 19, 2010

    by Allyson

    I agree with you Dakota on how amazing Revitalash is!!! But I am not just using Revitalash eyelash conditioner to make my lashes long and fuller, I am using their mascara to enhance it and Hair by Revitalash!!
    @Emily: I really do suggest that you try Hair by Revitalash it really works. It makes your hair have its shine and softness.

  • November 28, 2009

    by Dakota L.

    I was reading your review and your mention of Revitalash caught my eye. I use it and have gotten amazing results. I wasn't aware it contained the above ingredient, but whatever it has, it works!!! My lashes are longer and even curlier than they were prior to my using it. I highly recommend Revitalash for eyelashes and eyebrows---and I will be giving the shampoo your reviewed a try! Thanks!

  • November 24, 2009

    by Ellen

    Sounds great-anything with Rice Oil in it is great for your skin or hair.

  • November 20, 2009

    by Emily

    My hair is getting thinner and dryer. It has also lost it's sheen. I have started getting gray hair that is "wild". This product sounds phenomenal. Always a Doubting Thomas, I would love to try it before it. It would also give me an indication as to whether or not to purchase the Alterna Conditioner.

  • November 20, 2009

    by Angela

    As I get older, I'm having more difficulty finding a shampoo that can keep up with my hair's seemingly ever-changing texture: oily, dry, straight, wavy, coarse, colored. I'd like to give Komenuka Bijin a go and see if it can tame my hair's multiple personalities.

  • November 20, 2009

    by Kim

    I would LOVE to test and review Komenuka Bijin. I just ordered my second bottle of Nutra-Lift, which I really really love! But I'm looking for another all-natural shampoo to alternate with it. I wasn't so happy with iKove's acia shampoo.. and so my quest continues.


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