[REVIEW] Innisfree My Hair Recipe Refreshing Shampoo | Oily Scalp

Innisfree My Hair Recipe Refreshing Shampoo Review:

In my recent visit to the hair salon, my stylist did a scalp analysis for me and revealed that my scalp is oily with clogged follicles. She attributed my thinning hair to this, although I am not so certain this is indeed the cause. In any case, it got me looking more keenly at shampoos for oily scalp that helps with sebum issues.

I have had good experience with Innisfree hair products previously and am rather attracted to its new My Hair Recipe range, which claimed to use natural ingredients (from Jeju). So I decided to try out its Refreshing Shampoo meant for oily scalp.


1. Formula with ingredients from Jeju pine, cedar and cypress trees that relieves scalp stress and keeps the scalp healthy.

2. Palm-derived natural surfactant which is mild enough for the scalp and hair and deeply cleanses them.

3. Wormwood extract that effectively cleanses sebum and impurities, and glycyrrhizate to maintain a balance of scalp sebum.


Water, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Orchid Extract, Cinnamomum Camphora (Camphor) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Cryptomeria Japonica Leaf Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Water, Pinus Pinaster Bark/Bud Extract, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Di-C12-13 Alkyl Malate, Disodium Edta, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Lauric Acid, Menthol, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Salicylate, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Alcohol, Oleic Acid, Cocamide Mea, Trihydroxystearin, Ppg-3 Caprylyl Ether, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Volume: 330ml

How to use:

1. Apply adequate amount of shampoo onto wet hair and create lather as you gently massage.

2. Rinse well until the formula is thoroughly removed from hair.

My Hair Type: Coarse, Frizzy, Coloured Hair and Oily Scalp with signs of thinning hair

Innisfree My Hair Recipe Refreshing Shampoo Review:

This shampoo comes in a simple, no-frills pump bottle. I think pump bottles are convenient to use, but not so great for travelling. And there is always the tricky part of getting the last drop of the product at the bottom which I end up unscrewing the pump to pour out the contents instead.

Innisfree My Hair Recipe Refreshing Shampoo Review

It is cloudy (although appeared clear in the photo) with a glue-like consistency, minus the stickiness. In my opinion, it smells of tea tree and mint, though neither are found amongst the ingredients. It probably comes from the camphor leaf extract.

It is free of silicon, as with many of Innisfree hair care products. Silicones are frowned upon because it is said that they build up in the hair over time thus hampering your hair moisture-retaining ability which result in dry and dull hair or even cause clogged hair follicles.

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Innisfree My Hair Recipe Refreshing Shampoo Review

Although silicon-free, you may however notice that Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate are high in the ingredients list. Sulfates create the lather which help in mixing the grimes from your hair with water to get it washed away. But there are opposing views that sulfates dry out and damage your hair as well as skin.

The latter does sound like it warrants some attention. But hey, before all these hype about sulfate-free products, didn’t our grandmothers and mothers also use products containing SLS and the likes of it? So I am still on the fence about sulfates.

The shampoo does indeed lather very well. A little goes a long way. It also gives a refreshing wash and does make my scalp feel cleaner. However, it also makes my hair feels stripped of some moisture. But I think in general, products meant for oily scalp do “clean out” more intensely. Applying conditioner after shampooing is a must. The ingredients list does have some with moisturizing properties such as camellia, so it should help with keeping frizz at bay.

Did it help with my thinning hair? It is inconclusive as of now. I do suspect my hair loss could be due to other reason(s).

Regardless, I am happy that my hair feels fresh all day. No oily scalp, no irritation. And there is no issue with dry hair so long conditioner is used. My hair remains soft and manageable.

My experience with this shampoo has been good so far. I am not sure if it will help with my thinning hair problem eventually, but the refreshing feel I get earns it a thumbs-up.

Though I have taken a liking to Innisfree hair care products, I have to say the pricing is not exactly what I would call economical. Well, there is still quite some way to go before I finish this bottle. So I still have time to think about it, if I may fall so deeply in love with this shampoo eventually or just move on to another new love along the way.

Where to buy

eBay | Cosmetic-love

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1 thought on “[REVIEW] Innisfree My Hair Recipe Refreshing Shampoo | Oily Scalp”

  1. Hello, it’s been almost 2 years since you reviewed this product. After you finished it, did you feel it improved in some way the thinning of the hair or hair loss?


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