Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Trader Joe's Formula No. 3 Shampoo Conditioner Body Wash

Once again, I defy you to correctly discern what is product name and what is just ancillary descriptive copy on the bottle. Maddening for a blogger who has to guess! Maybe I should include it all: Trader Joe's All For One Head To Toe Formula No. 3 Head To Toe One For All Shampoo Conditioner Body Wash.

This is a brand new Trader Joe's product. I've been using it for about five days. Normally I would go a lot longer before writing a review, but since there seems to be nothing at all about it anywhere on the web (including TJ's own site), I decided to put something up now.

This stuff is lightly scented, with what I can only describe as mixed floral. Maybe the chamomile (which I just now had to try spelling six different ways before I got it right) is a little more dominant than the others, but I found it hard to pick out anything specific. It's perfectly pleasant, not too girly. (Am I allowed to use that word?)

My main complaint about it is that it's hard to rinse off. This wasn't really surprising, because it seems inherent in trying to make something include a hair conditioner. That product category necessarily implies something that will be left behind after rinsing, and I don't think chemical wizards have yet managed to devise a compound that will be left behind after rinsing in one place but not others.

Unfortunately, I can't tell you how it works as a hair conditioner, because I don't have much left for the stuff to stick to, and what's there is only about 1/4" long. I think it's clear that I am not the target demographic for this product.

TJ's is charging $7.99 for this 32-ounce bottle. I usually don't buy body wash, but spot-checking some products on Amazon, that seems in the right ballpark.

Will I buy it again? 

No. It may be fine for those who like this sort of thing, but it's not for me.


  1. I don't agree, this is not a good review: you don't need conditioner and you don't use body wash, so you have no way to compare the qualities of two out of three intended uses for this product! Why don't you get someone else to try it, someone who DOES regularly use all three products and see how the features of this one compares to what s/he usually uses and expects? I came here from a Google search expecting a review and found nothing useful. It's now late-October; couldn't you have expanded on it by now?

    1. Amen to this. Why review something you don't need? I've been using this same product for a couple weeks now, and though my gf was concerned it would weigh down my hair, she now says it makes my hair look much better than the previous shampoo I was using that cost approximately four times as much by volume. Will I buy this again? YES.

  2. I love this product, especially as a shampoo. I have very long hair, frizzy most of the time and this product 3 in 1 (how cool is that) has just the right PH. My hair now has a lot of body it's silky smooth and soft and shiny and clean. The best shampoo ever:)

  3. I've been using this product for a week now and LOOOOVE it! I also have frizzy curly hair and it so much easier to maintain since using this product! It lathers beautifully as a body wash and the rinse compares to Aveeno Body Wash...going back today to get some for the husband since it's not predominately a feminine floral...could definitely label as gender friendly.