Formula / Ingredient Change Alert: Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner

I sent the following, except the chart, to TJ’s.  Feel free to do the same if you have dry hair like me that does not abide non-water soluble silicones and high levels of ingredients known to strip moisture from hair (dimethicone and citric acid to be exact).  Katie-kaboom is NOT amused!!!

See below.  Pic of ingredient list at the bottom of post after chart.

“I am a loyal TJ’s shopper and noticed that the ingredient list for one of my favorite TJ’s products changed for the worse. Nourish Spa Conditioner’s ingredient list increased and the new ingredients are ones I simply cannot apply to my hair. Also, the organic ingredients moved from “organic” to “organic extracts.”

Ingredients of particular concern include:

1) Moving Cetyl Alcohol and Citric Acid to among the first ingredients, especially citric acid; AND

2) Dimethicone (a non-water soluble silicone);

Citric Acid and dimethicone, over time, are not good for those with dry hair or that are pursuing natural/near natural hair washing and conditioning regimes. Nourish Spa Conditioner’s original formula was a “holy grail” product for those with dry hair and/or pursuing natural hair care.

I respectfully request you return to your original formula, or at the very least, remove dimethicone entirely from the new formula AND place citric acid in its former place on the ingredients list. Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.


Kiyana, a loyal TJ’s shopper”

Give Trader Joe’s your feedback here:

(Ingredients listed in the order they appear on the bottle)

Old Formula New Formula (*Organic Extracts) Comments
Purified Water Purified Water
Organic Rosemary Oil Cetyl Alcohol A good/fatty alcohol; relative to its drying cousins. Included to lubricate, moisturize and form a film barrier on hair.
Organic Valencia Orange Citrus Behentrimonium Chloride Not too bad, but why so high on the ingredient list?
Organic Mango Citric Acid Exacerbates dry hair; tends to strip moisture. Balances PH and removes soap scum/product buildup.
Organic Lemongrass Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
Organic Ginkgo Biloba Dimethicone Non-water soluble silicone. Requires harsh sulfates to fully cleanse. Buildup issues occur when using alternative wash practices (i.e. conditioner cleansing, baking soda scrubs, vinegar rinsing, etc.). See
Organic Echinacea *Argan Oil
Organic Willow Bark *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract
Organic Sea Kelp *Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract
Organic Chamomile Flower *Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract
Organic Textured Soy Protein *Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Extract
Organic Lavender *Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract
Organic Grapefruit Citrus *Echinacea Angustifolia Leaf Extract
Tocopherol (Vitamin E) *Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract
Acetamide Mea *Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract
Cetyl Alcohol *Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract
Citric Acid *Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract
Methylparaben *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract
Propylparaben *Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract
Botanical Fragrance Acetamide Mea “Used to condition hair because it’s a humectant, and increases sheen. Increases the ease of wet-combing, and reduces static charge.   This is also shown to increase the diameter of the hair fiber.”
Phenoxyethanol “Preservative believed to be less irritating than others. Can also be used as a fragrance.”
Potassium Sorbate Preservative, not too bad.
Fragrance Went from botanical to plain fragrance.

TJ's Nourish Spa Conditioner Ingredients List


2 thoughts on “Formula / Ingredient Change Alert: Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner

  1. Napptural Nellie

    The old formula, while claiming to have organic ingredients, had parabens in it, though, so those weren’t good. It’s best to go with a 80% to 100% organic product with the actual USDA label on it if at all possible and is affordable.

    1. naturalesq Post author

      I did not know that! Thanks for sharing. Do you have any conditioner suggestions? I’m still looking for one to replace Nourish Spa.


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