JR Watkins Aloe & Green Tea Shampoo & Conditioner Review

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JR Watkins products on a white backgroundIt’s hard to be at any store that sells body, hair and home products, and not find a few classic JR Watkins products on the shelves.

We’re talking about a brand that has some serious staying power. Watkins launched in 1868 (can you believe that?!), and was America’s first natural apothecary manufacturer.

Any company that’s been around that long HAS to be doing something right!

Close up of JR Watkins Aloe & Green Tea Bottle

I can actually say I consistently grab for their products when I see them on the shelves.

Whether it be a lotion or a household cleaner, I just love their packaging – it’s so simple and elegant – it makes me feel like I walked right into to an old world apothecary.

The fact that everything is made with natural, basic ingredients is also very appealing.

And Watkins is a company that was green long before it became trendy.

From the beginning, they have been proud to create hundreds of products that contain only the finest natural ingredients, while avoiding chemicals like parabens, sulfates, phthalates etc.

The best part though is their wallet friendly prices, making them an easy choice.

I’ve used JR Watkins shampoos, soaps and cleaning products and I’ve been happy with everything I’ve used from them.

Our review team had the opportunity to test their JR Watkins Aloe and Green Tea Line, (doesn’t that combination sound divine?), and it yet again, did not disappoint!

JR Watkins Shampoo & Conditioner Review

Close up of JR Watkins Aloe & Green Tea Shampoo and Conditioner Bottles

This bath and body collection includes hand and body lotions, hair care and body oils.

I tried out the JR Watkins Aloe & Green Tea Shampoo (found here) and the (found here) for a few weeks and was completely intoxicated by the scent.

With definite hints of aloe, this shampoo and conditioner smells like you just walked into a spa and got the royal treatment. They have a fresh, subtle and clean scent.

I have to again mention the packaging… they come in very nice sized bottles (12 oz) that are solid white, with bright lime green labels and scrolled writing.

If I had to go by looks alone, these had me at hello and look great sitting out on my bathroom counter.

JR Watkins Shampoo Aloe & Green Tea

The Aloe & Green Tea Shampoo ($9.99) has a nice texture and lather, and got my hair really clean.

I will say, I felt like maybe it didn’t preserve my color as well as some of my color sensitive shampoos, so that was my only concern, if I keep using this regularly. I gave it to my husband to try out though and it has become his daily shampoo.

Close up of JR Watkins Aloe & Green Tea Body Oil Bottle

JR Watkins Aloe & Green Tea Conditioner

The Aloe & Green Tea Conditioner ($9.99) leaves a subtle scent and left my hair soft and smooth. It’s not an extremely rich conditioner, but for a basic, daily conditioner, it worked well.

JR Watkins Aloe & Green Tea Body Oil

The Aloe & Green Tea Body Oil ($7.99) is a 2 oz bottle packed with aloe leaf, grape seed, apricot and avocado oils, and has that same wonderful scent.

You can put these oils in a bath, or rub them on after a shower or bath. At first it felt a little bit sticky, but after a couple minutes, it blended right in and left my skin really smooth.

JR Watkins Aloe & Green Tea Hand & Body Lotion

The review team had a chance to try the Aloe & Green Tea Hand and Body Lotion ($8.99) and a rich Hand Cream ($9.99) both also have the line’s signature scent, and are chemical free and packed with natural ingredients.

I can’t wait to hear what the testers had to say about these.

This is a great collection and with prices like these, you can stock up on the ENTIRE collection for under $50!

JR Watkins Natural Products Review

Can’t beat the price,
Great, vintage looking packaging,
A clean, fresh, fab scent.

All natural and free of irritating chemicals
Formulated with essential oils, vitamins and shea & cocoa butters
SLS, paraben and dye free
Beautiful, BPA free packaging

The shampoo may not be the top choice for color treated hair.

Do you have a JR Watkins review?

Share your experience in the comments below.

Disclosure: This review includes products that were provided by the manufacturer/PR firm for our consideration. For more info, or any questions, please see our disclosure policy.


  • Erin

    Erin is a secondary science teacher who adores makeup and fashion. She spends her free time pursuing her other passions which include cooking, antiquing, and decorating. skin tone: NC30 skin type: oily to normal favorite beauty product: lipglosses and bronzers


  1. I love the look of old-fashioned apothecary containers and these add legitimacy to that apothecary-look with their birthdate. You’re right–they must be doing something right!

    1. Kay elliott says:

      I have stayed at several motels and am always excited to see these products there for use. These products smell clean and fresh and do the job. Now trying to locate where I can purchase the body and hair products. Simply the best!!!

  2. I really like this line and love the scent! I’m just so impressed with the packaging because when you look at the prices, some of my luxury brand products aren’t packaged that nice. Four stars from me, only because for color treated hair, it might not hold the color as long.

    1. Shawna M Lepo says:

      I had recently came across this particular aerpomatic: shampoo,conditioner and body wash. I am not bale to locate in my area to have at home..help!!

    2. Maryann Sackett says:

      Stayed at the Staybridge suites at Boston Logan Airport. Used the Aloe and green tea shampoo and conditioner which was offered in our suite. My hair never felt so good. Soft, gentle feeling and the scent was wonderful. Best shampoo and conditioner ever used in my 75 years. Please make it available for public purchase. Sincerely, Maryann

  3. How can this lovely line be so inexpensive? It boggles my mind! I tested the Aloe & Green Tea Hand Cream, and I loved it so much, I’ve already bought two more! The scent is light and pleasant, and the cream itself is amazingly effective but not greasy at all. I apply it before bed and wake with soft, smooth hands. And I’m with you on the look of the products, @spitfire77 – the design is charming. JR Watkins Hand Cream gets an enthusiastic 5 stars from me.

    By the way, the JR Watkins site has lots of neat travel sampler kits, which would be a great intro to their various products!

  4. I have never tried this product before. It looks really affordable. Ill have to go out and grab some next time I see it. Thanks for the post.

  5. Actually, I find this shampoo works really well for my color treated hair. My color stays true much longer and doesn’t fade like it did when I used regular shampoo.

    I love so many of the products, so much so I became an independent distributor.

    1. How did you become an independent seller ? I’m interested

  6. I have used many JR Watkins products over the years. They all have been priced well and accessible. (Who does not like picking up bubble bath or lotion on a whim when at the grocery store?) I am a HUGE fan of aloe. I will have to try this “flavor” next.

  7. I’ve often admired the JR Watkins product bottles at my local Target, but I’ve yet to pick one up. I *did* get a sample once (hand lotion, I can’t remember the scent), but I felt like it was too small to really appreciate. I have a gift card burning a hole in my pocket, I think I should finally give this line the try they deserve! Thanks for the push @spitfire77 !

  8. The hand cream in this scent is going on my shopping list! The bottle will look great as you said, on my bathroom counter and the light scent sounds perfect. Great review, Erin!!

  9. I loooove the packaging on these. They’re just so cute! I tested out the Aloe & Green Tea lotion. The scent is nice and fresh with a little sweetness to it. The lotion itself is a good consistency for a lotion (I usually prefer body creams, but this product is actually quite good in terms of how well it moisturizes my skin). The price is really reasonable, and I can pick it up at my local grocery store in the cosmetics department. Four stars!

  10. This line sounds lovely. The line is green, effective and inexpensive!? I am sold!

  11. Hi ladies, I’m trying to get my hands on the shampoo and conditioner. Where do I find it? I live in Atlanta.

    1. Hi Rosie,

      I believe the shampoo has been discontinued, bummer, but I found it still available on this site below… Hope that helps!


  12. Jaqueline says:

    I love the green tea & aloe conditioner too but I can’t find it nowhere. Can you tell me where I can buy it?

  13. I have been searching for MONTHS trying to find this shampoo/conditioner with no luck. I’m dying to know where to buy it!

    1. Hi, I seen it on Ebay, poshmark :)

    2. I finally found them! Try Poshmark @mininoboo

    3. Tammy D Bishop says:

      How do I find where to purchase, I have looked all over.

  14. Tamika Dixon says:

    Where do u order this product?

  15. I tried this shampoo and conditioner at a hotel that i was staying at and found it to be amazing… so when I came home I looked it up to purchase it… it made my hair feel soft ,shiny, and bouncey…

  16. Why isn’t the shampoo/conditioner sold anywhere?!! Do I need to start staying at Holiday Inn Express hotels and filling up bottles from their shower dispensers??

  17. Lisa Chisum says:

    The most amazing shampoo and conditioner I have used, ever! We stayed at HIE in Nashville, traveling to Kentucky. This is their product of choice for the rooms. Absolutely love it, and then I find out that JR Watkins does not offer this to the public any longer.

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