Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose: Have The Ingredients Changed?

Do you recall the old saga of the AOHSR labelling? Well, reader Celine certainly does and just sent me an email saying, 

'Just wanted to give you a little heads up regarding AOHSR. I remember your previous post on the labelling of ingredients and that water should come first. I just bought a new bottle and I now see that water comes first when it was not there before. I guess they changed the ingredients'

If you need a refresher - I previously said water should always be the first ingredient in any water based conditioner (often 50-80% of the volume) - (here and here) and that you should be mightily suspicious if your conditioner did not list water. Some readers said to me  back then that Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner had no water listed but was your favourite conditioner. I maintained that water should always be the first ingredient in a conditioner and asked Aubrey Organics about this and they responded to say that they would eventually be changing their labels to straightforward labelling and water would appear first (here)

Following Celine's email, I went over to the main website and looked at the new label. I believe that what they used to label as coconut fatty acid cream base has now been expanded (see the ingredients highlighted in blue). The rest of the ingredients are identical to the previous label. I do not think the formula or ingredients have changed (it does not say that they have on the website),I just think the label now reflects the full ingredients. I always thought the use of coconut fatty acid cream base was misleading so well done to Aubrey Organics to correcting the label to industry standards.

Old Label

Coconut Fatty Acid Cream Base, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii) (Organic), Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Germ) Oil, Jojoba Oil (Organic), Rosa Mosqueta (Organic), Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Seed Oil, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Extract, Hops, Balm Mint (Melissa Officinalis) Extract, Mistletoe (Viscum Album), Chamomila Recuita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Yarrow, Chrysanthemum, Angelica, Forsythia, Honeysuckle Oil, Carrot (Daucus Carota) Oil, Aubrey's Preservative (Citrus Seed Extract, Vitamin A, C, E)

New Label

Aqua, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis, Glyceryl Linoleate, Glyceryl Linolenate, Glycerin, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Germ) Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil)*, Rosa Moschata Oil* (Rosa Mosqueta, Rose Hip Oil), Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel), Humulus Lupulus Extract, (Hops), Melissa Officinalis (Balm Mint) Extract, Viscum Album (Mistletoe), Anthemis Nobilis Extract (Roman Camomile), Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Angelica Acutiloba (Japanese Angelica) Extract, Forsythia Suspensa Fruit Extract, Magnolia Biondii (Magnolia)Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Oil , Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Daucus Carota Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit Oil), Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C).

**2014 label

Aqua, Cetyl Alcohol (From Coconut), Alcohol Denat. (38B, Lavender), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Fragrance‡‡, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Glycerin, Rosa Rubiginosa (Rosa Mosqueta®) Seed Oil*, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Nut Oil*, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Extract, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Calendula Officinalis Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract*, Melissa Officinalis (Balm Mint) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Chrysanthemum Sinense Flower Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Flower Extract, Magnolia Biondii Bud/Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Angelica Archangelica Root Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Seed Extract 


  1. wow, those ingredients sounds yummy! I wonder why they didn't list water, which is the main ingredients in the first place! Just goes to show that you can't always trust labels.

  2. Thanks so much for posting this, I was just thinking about trying this again as it did not work on my hair the last time I used it. I will like to confirm it myself about ingredient change or not by using it on my hair again.

  3. Are U kidding me?

  4. I was just wondering about this. I purchased it recently for the first time, but I would always hear about this coconut fatty acid cream base, but then saw that it was not on the ingredient list. Thanks for the info!

  5. Thanks for always providing thorough information. You had me scared for a second as I love AOHSR conditioner and would hate to have had to part with it!

  6. Hello JC! Thanks once again for the wonderful knowledge.

    I'm wondering about Kinky Curly Knot Today, as that too is a very popular conditioner (I love it for detangling, it moisturises just ok or poorly for me) yet it does not have water as an ingredient. It instead starts with 'mango extract'.

    I look forward to your explanation and the results of your investigation!

  7. wow..i wonder why they change the ingredients in products all the time? oh well, i know that they changed aubrey gpb as well (which is what i use)but i was wondering, do the new formulas still work the same as before?

  8. Very informative was so confused about the change in the list of ingredients. Also have found other articles on your site quite useful. Already added your set to my favourites :) Keep up the Good Work!

  9. Both and Naturally have the ingredients this way:

    Water (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Alcohol Denat. (38b, Lavender Organic), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Organic), Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice (Organic), Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil (Organic), Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil (Organic), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Fruit Extract, Humulus Lupulus (hops) Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Balm Mint) Leaf Extract...

    This differs from your account, with alcohol denat listed as the third ingredient. Isn't alcohol denat drying?

  10. Yeah.....I have Alcohol Denat. listed on my bottle too. JC, isn't this a "drying" alcohol??? Please help.
    Sean_Cynthia (member)

  11. I KNOW. I've overlooked the ingredient change since overall product hasn't suffered, but WITH THEIR "NEW" PACKAGING, THEY ARE NOW CHARGING MORE FOR LESS PRODUCT!!! Old Cleanser was 4 or 8 fl oz; New Cleanser 3.4 oz and more $$! TONER is less fl oz and ONLY AVAIL IN SPRAY MISTER. lame.

    Plus, new pumps in the look are non-recyclable + they give excessive cardboard waste in the packaging. Totally Bummed. I was a long time user.

  12. Hi all,

    Thanks for your postings. I’ve done a little bit of research on this topic and it seems the ingredients have indeed changed in many of the formulas. Most glaringly, I note some of the new ingredients for the Rosa Mosqueta Body Wash. They now list, methyl benzoate and benzaldehyde.

    I have a copy of Aubrey Hampton’s book, “What’s in your cosmetics?” and he lists benzaldehyde as an ingredient to avoid. In his words on page 29: “Benzaldehyde: This synthetic chemical is used as an artificial almond oil, and also as a preservative and solvent. It’s irritating to the eyes, skin and mucous membranes.”

    Also, in the Lumessence Eye Cream, they now list an ingredient called sodium benzoate. Again, I looked in Aubrey Hampton’s dictionary of cosmetic terms. In his words on page 154: “Sodium Benzoate: This sodium salt of benzoic acid is used as an antiseptic and as a preservative in foods such as soft drinks.There have been allergic reactions to it orally, and it’s been listed as moderately toxic due to the dermatitis that develops in some people who use it topically.”

    Perhaps the question now is, why would they use ingredients that are so obviously at odds with Aubrey Hampton’s philosophy? Also, why do they no longer list his books in the catalog?

    If anyone would like to see a copy of the previous catalog when Mr. Hampton was still alive, you can download it here:—Aubrey-Organics


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