Essential Dog Grooming Products
Having sensitive skin myself I often look for natural products with few added chemicals, so when we received a sample pack from Essential Dog I was really impressed with their product range. Cress also has sensitive skin, eyes and ears (he must get it from me) so I was keen to try these products out on his next bath day and see how he faired in the days after. Here is our review.
The Essential Dog range is all about a three-step process for grooming your dog with products that are safe, plant derived and free from toxic chemicals. The three steps are a shampoo, leave-in conditioner and an in-between bath deodoriser. The latter can be used at any time between baths to mask unpleasant odours and aid sensitive skin (more about that below).
Breakdown of ingredients
We thought we would include what is in and what is left out!
What is out:
The Essential Dog range is soap free and uses low irritant Eco Cert approved cleansers. Soap is highly alkaline and harsh on canine skin so Essential Dog products are pH balanced specifically for dogs. It is very important to know that soap and human shampoos and conditioners are too harsh for a dog’s sensitive skin.
It is also sulphate and paraben free, free from toxic chemicals, and contains no artificial colours, flavours or synthetic fragrances.
What is in:
Essential Dog products contain purified water infused with certified organic extracts of chamomile, calendula, comfrey, horsetail, burdock root and nettle. Organic extracts mean that no pesticides are used and they have anti-irritant and antiseptic qualities.
Essential oils are the most natural way to scent a product and the Essential Dog range is scented via therapeutic grade 100% pure essential oils from an internationally acclaimed Australian natural perfumery who specialise in pet products.
Lastly, a few actives are combined including wheat proteins, bisabolol natural (excellent for sensitive skin), as well as pure pro vitamin B5. All of which are used to condition, soothe and nourish the hair to make the coat feel softer, shinier, healthier and stronger.
We are not experts in any of the ingredients but we do know that Cress was happy after his bath. With some products he itches and chews, but he had a soft clean coat and was happily bounding about and then slept for the rest of the afternoon.
Essential Dog Range
The three main lines are the:
- Sweet Herbal Range – this contains Chamomile, Sweet Orange and Rosewood. Rosewood Oil has antiseptic and anti-fungal properties as well as the ability to repel fleas.
- Zesty Citrus Range – contains Lavender, Lemon Peel & Clary Sage. Clary Sage is great for calming a dog’s nerves.
- Floral Herb Range – contains Lavender, Rosemary & Ylang Ylang. Ylang Ylang is great for reducing stress, anxiety and depression. Rosemary oil is fantastic for a dog’s coat to strengthen and give the coat a healthy shine.
Citrus essential oils like Sweet Orange and Lemon are great as a natural insect repellent including ticks, fleas & mosquitos and also act as great odour neutralisers. Lavender oil has anti-fungal and antiseptic qualities and is great for helping reduce anxiety.
Application and use
This is the part where things get good, well from our point of view. Cress does not like a bath and as most dog-owners know bending over your dog or a tub really hurts your back! So no one is lining up to spend their weekend dog-washing. However, Essential Dog cuts the process down by having a leave-in conditioner. We grabbed Cress and lathered him up in the shower and gave him a good rinse. We then took him out into the sunny yard and he ran around like a mad-dog drying himself on the grass. When he was just a little bit damp we sprayed him with the leave-in conditioner and brushed it through. Fast and effective! His coat was left soft and smelling lovely.
Between wash deodoriser
This is where Eddie got to join in the fun! She does not get as many home washes as Cress because she goes off to the groomer for a cut, but in between her visits we now can use the Aromatherapy Dog Deodorisers. Cress will also be using these, especially when it rains and you get hints of that wet doggie smell.
They are so simple to use. A few sprays, a quick brush (if you want) and you are done. They don’t replace a wash but like I said are perfect for that rainy day or perhaps when you have visitors. We used the Chamomile spray on Eddie as it contains Rosewood Oil which helps repels fleas as we head into summer.
One of the great things about the Essential Dog range is you can buy sample packs of each line (1 x 50ml Shampoo & 1 x 50ml Leave in Conditioner) for AUD$9.90 or all three lines (6 x 50ml bottles) for AUD$24.90. This allows you to try each type and see which works best for your dog. Each product comes in larger bottles and you can buy them individually or get a collection pack. Check the Essential Dog Website for all the prices and details.
Our favourite things
We really liked many things about these products including:
- The products are not tested on animals.
- All the containers are recyclable and biodegradable.
- The deodorisers are perfect for those times you can’t give your dog a bath plus and they can be used on dog bedding to get rid of any odours.
- Bath times are cut as the conditioner can be done afterwards and easily sprayed on when your dog is getting a brush.
- Essential Dog is Australian made and owned, and uses the highest quality of ingredients.
We really enjoyed sampling and using the Essential Dog Product range. They were ideal for Cress who has sensitive skin and is prone to allergies. Their use and application also cut down our weekend bath-session and gives us the option to use the deodorising spray when we don’t have time to give the dogs a bath. Essential Dog is now part of our home grooming kit!
Note: Please note the products are not designed for cats as essential oils can present problems for them.