Monday, June 13, 2011

ShowSheen 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner!

A few weeks ago, I entered Lilly in Ashley's ShowSheen giveaway contest. She wanted everyone to leave a comment about how dirty their horse gets, and while I think I have the cleanest horse on the planet, I thought I'd enter anyway.

Here's part of our entry:
"I'm lucky enough to have a tobiano Paint mare who actually stays clean! You see, she lives for the compliments she gets from barn visitors and if those visitors were to find her a muddy mess, well she just wouldn't get nearly as many. Not good for her image."

We were one of the lucky winners!! My new shampoo and conditioner arrived the other day and I put it to the test!

Ready to go to work!
The ShowSheen shampoo/conditioner is sulfate and paraben free, has a pH balanced formula specially designed for horses with sensitive skin, and contains pro-vitamins to nourish the skin and coat. Being that it is a 2-in-1, it claims to strengthen mane and tail hair, eliminating the need for a separate conditioner. I've been using shampoos that are sulfate free on my own hair, so I was anxious to try one on Lilly as well!

First, let me show you what I had to work with...

Absolutely filthy (and in need of a new tail bag... lol)

Hanging her head in shame... shame!!
Okay, so the before and after pictures won't be all that stunning, but I had to take them anyway just in case!

The first thing I did was take a big whiff, and I loved the scent! It wasn't overpowering, but had a very clean, fresh smell. I tried to follow my normal routine so it could be a true comparison of other products I've tried, but I did follow the directions on the bottle and washed her mane and tail first. I wasn't quite clear about whether I was supposed to leave the product in while I washed the rest of her, but that's what I decided to do.

I was impressed with the amount of lather I got from her tail, considering how little of the product I used to start. I usually have to wash her tail twice, but even though the suds were dirty, they held up enough that I only needed to wash her tail once.

After I was finished scrubbing her mane and tail, I moved on to the rest of her. Again, I was really impressed with the lather. Considering most companies add sulfates to increase the foaming action of their products, the lather of these sulfate free shampoos is quite impressive. So why do these companies continue to add these chemicals?

Anyway, like I said, the lather was great! When I bathe my horses, I don't make a bucket of soapy water, I just put the shampoo directly on my plastic curry and start scrubbing. Normally I have to add a lot more shampoo to get the kind of lather I'm looking for.

Getting cleaner...
Once I was done scrubbing her from head to tail, I rinsed. The product claims to rinse easily and I found that to be quite true. Normally I scrub, rinse, scrub, rinse, and by that time the water runs clear... but this time it rinsed out the first time. I found that to be a bit of a downside for my routine because that's usually how I get her really clean, but I thought I'd wait and see how clean her coat was once it dried before making the final call.

After rinsing her tail, it was clear I was going to need to use an actual conditioner. Without conditioner, her tail feels like straw, and this time was no exception. So I still followed my normal tail routine of shampoo, conditioner, and then added some Vetrolin detangler and shine serum.

Here's how she looked after she was dry!


And soft!!
I think she looks amazing! Her white is super white, her Palomino color is shiny, and her coat was really soft! Normally I follow up a bath by spraying her with Vetrolin Shine (which is a coat conditioner), but she was so soft I didn't think she needed it!

All in all, I think this is a great product. I love that it's sulfate free and the lather is fantastic. It didn't live up to the 2-in-1 hype as far as her tail was concerned, but it was great in every other way. I'm curious to see how her coat feels in a day or two, but I anticipate purchasing another bottle of this when it's gone!

"Yay, I'm clean!"


  1. She looks awesome! Do you ever use blueing in your rinse water for shows? I find that gets them REALLY white-looking

    I have a fantastically dirty black-and-white Paint gelding in case you're looking for another horse to try out that shampoo on... ;)

  2. That's awesome that the product worked so great! I'll have to look into buying that shampoo - bummer about the tail conditioner though. I always like to condition my tails afterward as well so that's not a deal breaker for me either.

  3. WOW SHE LOOKS AMAZING!!! I can't believe how WHITE she got. Poppy's socks got super white too, but wow, it shows so much more on Lilly's white! Great job! And GREAT review!!

  4. Great review! I too eliminated sulfates in my hair products (absolutely TERRIBLE for curly hair!!!!) and have been wondering why there were no options for horse products too. When I need to refill, I will definitely purchase this product - Lilly looks fabulous! A good smell and a soft coat is a definite plus!

  5. I'd buy that! Lilly is a great advertisement.

    (btw, thanks for pointing out that it's only embedded comments that seem to be problematic for some of us lol)

  6. Thanks everyone! I think she turned out quite nicely as well, and I love that the shampoo is sulfate free. :)

    Thanks again, Ashley! I was really excited to have won the shampoo!!

    I used to use a blueing shampoo on a Paint gelding that I had and I never really noticed a big difference in his coat, so it wasn't something I kept using. Lilly stays so clean that I'm not sure I'd notice with her either, but I might have to give it another try and see if it makes her SUPER white!