Black and White Sunday: Scruffy Chops

We are always on the look out for lovely grooming products to try here. We’ve had all sorts over the years and none just really seem to cut it. When the pups have been groomed by the groomer theyΒ  smell delicious for at least a week afterward, but of course our lovely groomer will not disclose her secret as to which product she uses. And believe me, I’ve tried bribery and corruption to force it out of her.

Anyway, whilst searching I came across a brand that I hadn’t heard of before. being an ex graphic designer and marketing type bod I am shamelessly drawn to some pretty packaging and this did not disappoint. Don’t worry I am not entirely naive though, I do check out the credentials before moving away from just admiring.
This stuff sounded perfect! Cruelty Free for a start! But all made from natural, organic ingredients. Dead Sea Minerals mostly, I won’t go on because by now you just want to get to the pictures I expect. You can read all about it here though should you want to http://www.scruffychops.com/gb/index.php/dead-sea-mineral-dog-shampoo/

scruffy chops prodyct

There are three scents and a conditioner, so naturally I had to try one on each! We started with Ellie. Here she is before:

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Ellie, has quite coarse and curly hair that gets knotty quite a lot. She also HATES baths with all her might and has sharp claws, so much fun!

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Look at that face! We used ‘Rhubarking Mad’ (cute names!) on Ellie, for obvious reasons! It has a lovely smell, I bet you can’t guess what it is, can you?
Because she has such thick hair it can be quite difficult to make sure you have it all covered, and then even harder to make sure you have got it out again. This stuff though, rinsed away really easily, which is really important with the Westie’s. They are prone to skin complaints and while I am lucky enough that my two don’t suffer any; you can never be too careful!

ellie after 1

Here she is all blow-dried. I think the conditioner on top did most of the hard work here, she is a serious fluff ball! Scruffy Chops kindly included some bow ties for us to finish off our looks with. My girls obviously had to find alternative ways to wear them.

ellie after 2

Myfie was supposed to be next in line, but…err… we couldn’t catch him…

So Millie took his place, she’s not scared of the bathroom at all and was quite happy to walk straight in! So used to being fussed with, this girl!

Millie before

Now, Millie’s coat, being a Shih Tzu is hair rather than fur. This meant that it was so much easier to get a nice lather up and ensure she was all covered.

Soggy Millie 1

We used ‘Best in Show’ on Millie, because she is a pretty glam pup. She most definitely sees herself up there with the show dogs. This shampoo had a lovely citrus infused, zesty scent which suits Millie down to the ground.

Millie after 3

The conditioner felt really lovely on Millie too! And it was Millie that we most wanted the conditioner for so I was really pleased. It’s made with Shea Butter so has a lovely smell all of its own. Though I will admit it seemed a shame to mask the lovely scent of the shampoos. Anyway, I was pleased with the ultra-fluffy results.

Millie after 2

Last but not least, we finally got Myfie into the bathroom… yes we had to carry him!

Myfie before

He almost ‘almost’ looks pleased about it doesn’t he? I think he had enjoyed having us chasing around after him too much!
Now, as you can see, Myfie is ALWAYS the dirtiest of the three. We have no idea how he manages to look brown and yellow, rather than white most of the time! So any shampoo that we use on Myfie has its work cut out indeed.

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Myfie would only let me get pictures at towel-off time. He HATES baths too, but absolutely loves being towel dried. So much so that you can’t really do any washing up, or anything that involves using a towel around him; because he WILL try and get his head under the thing.
We used ‘Sugar Doggy’ on Myfie, because it seemed the most masculine. Even though it smells of caramel, so was sweet, it still seemed suitable for a boy… and hey, the packaging is brown. Definitely for boy dogs.
Despite being the dirtiest, Myfie’s coat is much smoother than Ellie’s. He isn’t coarse at all and doesn’t really curl so he is much easier to cover in suds. When Myfie is wet, he always looks really yellow. You kind of wish you hadn’t started as he looked cleaner before you did.

Myfie after 1

But as you can see, he dries off really well. In fact, the yellow tints you can see here are from the artificial light I took the photos in. Listen, bathing three reluctant pups takes time!

Myfie after 2

Such a handsome boy in his bow tie!

Overall, we were really pleased with the shampoos and conditioner. All dogs were definitely clean and the conditioner seemed to make them really fluffy. The products smelled lovely, all of them. In fact the pups spent the next few days sniffing each others backs, so I think they were pleased. If I had any criticisms it would be that the aroma didn’t last as long as I would have hoped, but I do wonder if we didn’t end up diluting the individual scents by conditioning them after.Β  No matter, the softness was worth it. Particularly with Millie, as you can imagine, her daily grooming routine takes some time. The time was considerably reduced though because of how sleek the products left her, well worth it!

It held up too, shortly after these pictures were taken the pups went outside to do their ‘business’ and, as some of you know, the weather here has been kind of blustery! Hence, the gate had blown open. All three pups happily trotted themselves off down the swamp of a garden for a little roll about. When we discovered them, they were NOT in my good books and it looked like all my hard work had been for nothing. However, once they had all dried off, I am pleased to report they brushed up perfectly again.

DISCLAIMER: This is NOT a sponsored post and I am receiving no payment for it. All views are my own, the company in question did not provide me with products in exchange for a review.

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13 thoughts on “Black and White Sunday: Scruffy Chops

  1. They look like great products ! great packaging to not only pretty but looks eco friendly..and as for the babies …well they all look so gorgeous and clean and fluffy πŸ™‚ beautiful pictures πŸ™‚ hugs Fozziemum xx

    • Thanks so much Fozziemum. Yeah these products really seem to have it going on in both style and substance. Big paws up!
      Thanks for stopping by, I had fun with the pics…not sure about my soggy doggies though!
      Hugs, Carrie (Myfie, Ellie and Millie) x

  2. My goodness Ellie! You ARE the cutest muffin in that bonnet thingy!! (sorry to the rest of you other two dogs :P) Vote goes to “Muddy Marvellous” for the best name. Pleased to meet you! *Pawshake* Have a great week ahead! πŸ™‚

    • Aww lovely to meet you too, thanks for sniffing us out! At least that should be a semi-pleasant experience after this review πŸ˜‰ Oh Ellie, will take all the admiration she can get! I think she just wished she could keep the shower cap on!
      Hugs, Carrie (Myfie, Ellie and Millie) x

  3. That Shampoo sounds reallys good buts likes Myfie I’m nots that fond of the scary bathroom. Me is lovings the pink shower cap on Ellie! Please feels free to checks outs my Blog and the Dress-Up Dog Contest I’m hostings this month.
    Big wet kisses,
    Enid : )

    • Ahh Enid! maybe if you wore a shower cap like Ellie it might make you a little less scared? Only good things happen in there, I promise you!
      Thank you for sniffing us out! We will definitely pop along and read all about you! Your dress up contest sounds like lots of fun!
      Hugs, Carrie (Myfie, Ellie and Millie) x

  4. Very thorough review and fun to read! The photos are all fantastic, of the pups or course as well as of the products themselves. So interesting to hear how their coats differ, especially Ellie and Myfie’s. Plus their attitudes towards being bathed all seem to vary as well. These sound like terrific products with something different to suit a variety of hair types. Love the creative touch of using the included bow tie in the post-bath shots. I didn’t realize it was after THESE baths that they all escaped and got dirty again. Frustrating no doubt, but sounds like they were just trying to help by giving the grooming products a thorough test πŸ˜‰ Glad their coats looked fully restored after drying off and a brushing out — a very effective and successful “real world” test!

    • Thank so much Bill! Yeah, despite Myfie and Ellie being the same breed, their coats are very different to each others. In fact, our past, dearly-loved Westie had a different coat to both of them too. Though admittedly more like Myfie’s.
      *sigh* yeah! It was after these baths, this is what made it doubly annoying. But in hindsight, and since no real harm was done; I can see that you are right. They were just helping me out, so I was able to provide a very thorough review!
      Hugs, Carrie (Myfie, Ellie and Millie) x

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