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Review: Essential Dog Aromatherapy Dog Shampoo and Grooming Products

Copy: Serena Faber Nelson

Photography: Serena Faber Nelson

It’s fair to say that most dogs like baths as much as Kayne West likes Jimmy Kimmel right now.

Yet, with the new Essential Dog Aromatherapy range bath time can become easy as 1, 2, 3.


The Essential Dog range is all about using natural ingredients to address specific issues with dogs’ skin and coats, with a simple 3 step range of shampoo, leave in conditioner and deodorising colognes.

With an easy pump bottle, quick lather, and no-fuss rinse off, the shampoo was fast and simple to use.

Sulphate & Paraben free and packed with Botanical Herbs & Extracts, it left no oily and sticky residue, rather a fresh and soft coat. Soda even had that freshly washed feel days afterwards.

What impressed me the most was the Essential Dog ranges uses 100% therapeutic grade essential oils to leave a pleasant scent and help specific conditions in dogs. For example, the beautifully scented aromatherapy dog shampoo I used on Soda contained:

Lavender: Used to reduce depression & anxiety. Has a calmative effect & lifts the mood.
Rosemary: Strengthens the coat and gives a healthy shine.
Ylang Ylang: Great for reducing stress, anxiety and depression.
Burdock Root: Effective in treating chronic skin problems.
Chamomile Flowers: Effective in treating skin allergies.

The focus on natural ingredients means your dog’s coat isn’t stripped of it’s own natural oils, meaning you get a deep clean, and refreshing scent while actually nourishing your dog’s skin and coat. Plus the fresh scent will stay with your dog for a long time. It’s win win for everyone.

(Well except for Jimmy Kimmel, Kayne still hates him.)


One of my favourite parts of the range was the Essential Dog Natural Conditioner. Not only did it smell as good as the shampoo, it was extremely easy to use.

I don’t know about you, but conditioning a dog is always in the hard box for me. By this time, your dog’s wet (and most likely you are too), everyone’s a bit over it, and really just want to call it quits and sit down with a glass of wine and watch the latest episode of Homeland.

The Essential Dog Conditioner combats this in three ways: it comes in a handy spray formula (no messing with heavy creams), it can be applied to a towel dried or wet coat (meaning you can apply it any time after you’ve rinsed the shampoo), and lastly it’s a leave in formula (no more rinsing) – which basic means a few quick sprays and you’re good to go. Which lets face it, by this stage both you and your dog are wanting out.

In our case, the leave in conditioner was applied after Soda did the bolt out of the tub. See what I mean? The spray make everything easier.

You can either brush it through or rub it through with your hands (which we did while praising Soda for getting through bath time – she thought she was just getting props for her Steve McQueen-esq escape)

Handy Hint: While the Essential Dog Shampoo can be used by itself, I love how silky soft and fresh smelling Soda’s coat was after using the conditioner. It was still super soft over a week later, making me want to cuddle her even more.


You know what dogs love more than bath time? That’s right, no bath time.

That’s where the Essential Dog Aromatherapy Deodorising Colognes come in. We trialled two variations, one in Chamomile, Sweet Orange and Rosewood; the other in Lavender, Lemon and Clary Sage.

Used in between baths, these little pump packs are designed to nourish the coat and leave your dog sweet smelling – without the rigmarole of bath time.

While not to be used as a constant replacement for full grooming, these little packs are perfect for rainy days, holidays, and at home pick me ups which are literally done in a few seconds.

My favourite was the Chamomile spray – it left Soda smelling fresh and clean with no overpowering traces of scent or stickiness on her coat.

As an added bonus you can also use these sprays on pet bedding or wherever that doggy smell is hanging around.


One of the things I couldn’t NOT mention about the Essential Dog range is the option to buy sample packs.

For each of the three ranges, you have the option of getting 50ml sample packs – each featuring the shampoo and conditioner.

This is a perfect way to trial the products on your dog first – seeing which scents you love, and which oils their coat responds to better. In fact you can trial all three to pick your favourite.


  • Easy to use – handy pump bottle aromatherapy dog shampoo and leave in conditioner spray = no mess.
  • Coat was left with a light fresh scent and was SUPER soft for well over a week.
  • Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils for healthy skin and coat, AND a heavenly scent.
  • Deodorising Cologne a great option for in between washes.
  • Sample packs available to buy to work out which range bests suits you and your dog.
  • 100% recyclable, biodegradable and not tested on animals.
  • Sulphate & Paraben free.


  • With three ranges to choose from there is something for every dog and puppy.
  • Plant derived ingredients and soap free formula makes it low irritant and soothing for dogs with allergies.
  • Time poor dog owners – cologne is a great in between wash option.
  • Dog’s who hate bath time – washing time is halved with leave in conditioner spray.
  • Environmentally conscious dog owners.


The full range of Aromatherapy Dog Shampoo, Conditioner and Cologne can be purchased at Essential Dog.
For further information, testimonials and ingredient lists visit Essential Dog.

Copy: Serena Faber Nelson

Photography: Serena Faber Nelson

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2 responses to “Review: Essential Dog Aromatherapy Dog Shampoo and Grooming Products”

  1. Sarah says:

    Soda looks so happy to be getting a bath! Kudos to her and her spa manners 😉 I bet she smelled beautifully afterwards with her new shampoo! The sweet orange sounds lovely xo

  2. Andrea says:

    This is so cool – I love the aromatherapy inspired shampoo. Will give this a try for summer bath time!

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