Rubber Ducks & Jumping Frogs

March 22, 2011 § 4 Comments

Miss Maple either really loves or absolutely hates getting a bath—we haven’t been able to figure it out. Some days are good, other days could be better. On this particular day (after our return from the dog run) Maple was so relaxed that she was happily splishing and splashing as we showered her. [Note: I purchased this pretty paisley-printed apron from Daiso (S$2) with the idea of wearing it whenever Maple is due for a good scrub down. I heart it!]

Last weekend at the SMU PAW Animal Day  we received a goodie bag containing sample packets of FuzzYard shampoo in two different formulas: (1) Refresh, and (2) Super Shine. We thought the FuzzYard Refresh Shampoo would be just what Maple needed after an exhausting run at the dog park. We’ll save the FuzzYard Super Shine Shampoo for another sunny day.

Founded in 2003, FuzzYard is an Australian company offering a wide range of pet products from shampoos & conditioners to collars & leads to toys & accessories. What enticed me is that FuzzYard claims to make their shampoos and conditioners from “natural formulas” consisting of “organic extracts” and “essential oils”.

The FuzzYard Refresh Shampoo, for example, is made from a blend of Basil and Eucalyptus. Unfortunately, the sample pack does not include an ingredient listing to prove this and the company’s website does very little to provide more details. Since there is no way of verifying the ingredients at this point in time, I have dropped FuzzYard an email inquiry and will update this post at a later date. In the meantime, it looks like I’ll be using my trusty olfactory and tactile senses to do the review work for me.

Prior to FuzzYard’s Refresh Shampoo, we were using Hartz Groomer’s Best Puppy Shampoo (inherited from Maple’s previous owner).

A conventional grooming shampoo, like Hartz, is often loaded with a string of un-pronounceable chemicals, additives, and fragrances. Such shampoos also tend to be quite soapy and would require several rinses. With FuzzYard’s Refresh Shampoo, it was relatively easy to rinse the lather off Maple’s coat and there was no soapy residue.

Lastly, I never did like the way the Hartz Puppy Shampoo smelled in the bottle, nor did I like how its unsavory scent would linger for days on Maple’s coat. FuzzYard’s Refresh Shampoo, on the other hand, has a more therapeutic smell and leaves a subtle scent which disappears in about two days.

[Note: The staying-power of a shampoo may vary depending on the amount of shampoo used, the method of bathing, and the activity level of the dog. We normally use approximately 1/2 tablespoon of shampoo and lather it lightly into Maple’s coat.] 

Hartz vs FuzzYard: these two products are worlds apart. I doubt we will ever go back to using the chemical-based Hartz shampoo after our experience with a more “natural” product. FuzzYard is an option we may consider when we next do our shopping (I’ll have to wait until the company responds to my email regarding their ingredient listing), but we will also keep our eyes out for other brands in the market. If anyone has any recommendations, we would love to hear about them! 

After patting Maple dry with her favourite froggie towels, which we found while shopping at Daiso (yes, again!), it was time to let this tired pooch have the rest she deserved.

Sleep tight Miss Little Red Maple Leaf and maybe your Frog Prince will appear tonight!

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We are pleased that the FuzzYard company took the time to read this post. FuzzYard has also kindly informed us that the sample sachets we received at a pet event are not officially released by them (which explains why we could not find the ingredient listing anywhere on the packaging). As the source of these sample shampoos is now a mystery, we have decided to discontinue their use. FuzzYard will send us an email with their ingredient listing shortly. We will wait for that and provide a further update in due time. Stay tuned.

UPDATE (28 March 2011)

The folks at FuzzYard have reverted with the ingredient listings for their Everyday and Super Shine range of shampoos and conditioners. For anyone interested in learning what goes into FuzzYard’s products, here you go!

EVERYDAY SHAMPOO: Purified Water (Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Avina Sativa (Oatmeal) Extract (Organic), Vanilla Planifolia (Organic), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil (Organic), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Extract (Organic), Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Ocimum Basillicum (Basil) Oil (Organic), Polysorbate 20.

EVERYDAY CONDITIONER: Purified Water (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Panthenol, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Extract (Organic), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil (Organic), Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil (Organic), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (Organic), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil (Organic), Vanilla Planifolia (Organic).

SUPER SHINE SHAMPOO: Aqua (Water), Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice (Certified Organic), PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil (Certified Organic), Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil (Certifed Organic), Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrolysed Wheat Protein, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine Fruit) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Leaf) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Dimethicone Copolyol, Polysorbate 20, Lactic Acid.

SUPER SHINE CONDITIONER: Aqua (Water), Cetyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Leaf) Juice (Certified Organic), Glycerin, Dimethicone Silica, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil (Certified Organic), Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil (Certified Organic), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Cetrimonium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Hydrolysed Wheat Protein, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine Fruit) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Leaf) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Citric Acid.

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§ 4 Responses to Rubber Ducks & Jumping Frogs

  • Toto's mommy says:

    Shampoo is also one of our major headache. The information we found online were like.’ Erm westie can only be bath once every 6mths, we were like WHAT!?’

    But we found Earthbath and was stuck with it like since day 1. We love the Hypo-Allergenic Shampoo that we use more often but we will use the Oatmeal&Aloe when TOto is too smelly! Oh and I usually dilute the shampoo with water before pouring it all over TOto 🙂


    • Hi! TOto’s coat looks healthy—I’m sure you guys go through great lengths to take good care of it. Oh yes, same here, we also dilute the shampoo in water as it can be quite concentrated otherwise. And thanks so much for the suggestion—I’ve not heard of Earthbath, but am keen to find out more!

  • I love the apron! And that photo of you holding Maple really shows how small she is! Maple makes Gus look like a monster. 😉

    Our first bottle of shampoo was Hartz too, but we quickly changed to a different brand. We also didn’t like the chemical scent. Glad you enjoyed the samples!

    • Yup, Maple is a tiny lil’ gal. Unless she surprises us later with an unexpected growth spurt, we think she has reached her ‘max’! Yes, we’re on the look out for alternatives to Hartz—we’ll be perusing the pet store shelves this weekend 🙂

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