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Distinguishing Between US and Mexican Versions
on July 28, 2013
I've been using this product for many years. A couple of years ago, Nioxin switched production to Mexico, making a watered-down, inferior product but selling it for the same price (as many reviews here note). Even though it's inferior, I've continued buying it because I wasn't sure what else to use.
With my most recent order, I received the original Nioxin that is made in the US, and which deserves 5 stars. Hopefully, this means that the company that makes Nioxin heard consumer complaints and has decided to spend the money necessary to make a better product.
I have both bottles next to me and will now describe how you can tell the difference between the good stuff and the crappy stuff.
1. The good bottle has an all-black cap. The Mexican version's cap is black on the outside but the entire top is white.
2. At the back of the bottle, all the way on the bottom, the American bottle says "Made in U.S.A." The Mexican bottle says "Made in Mexico."
3. The ingredients are different (proving the recent negative reviews are onto something). The first 5 ingredients on the American bottle are: "Aqua/Eau/Water, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Dicetydimonium Chloride, and Cetyl Alcohol."
The first 5 ingredients on the Mexican version are: "Water/Eau, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Quaternium-18, and Stearyl Alcohol."
Thus, when the maker of Nioxin acknowledges that they moved production to Mexico but have kept the same formula, don't believe them. This is clearly a different - and presumably cheaper - formulation.
4. The better stuff has it's labeling information printed directly on the bottle. The cheap stuff has a label that you can peel off; nothing is on the bottle itself.
Hopefully this helps people know the difference between the good and crappy stuff. If Nioxin has indeed gone back to making their bottles in the U.S., I'll continue to buy their product. But if the next bottle I buy was made in Mexico and has the watered down formula, I'd appreciate any recommendations for good competitor products.