Kerastase haircare products are a staple in my shower. I’ve gone through several bottles of the Discipline range because I love how silky and smooth it makes my hair feel. Kerastase now has a range of hair products that contains on average 98% ingredients from natural origins. Designed for all hair types, Aura Botanica promises to deliver two days of durable nutrition, three days of anti-frizz control, and four times the shine compared to other hair products. The products are free from sulphates, silicones, and parabens, so those who are more conscious about these ingredients can also use them. The Aura Botanica range contains four products – shampoo, conditioner, concentrated oil, and oil mist.
I have relatively normal to dry hair. My hair used to be super damaged from colouring, but I’ve stopped colouring for the last two years and I’m just letting my hair grow out now. In winter climates such as now, my hair gets extremely frizzy and full of static, so I need a lot of oil-based products to help keep my hair from getting too crazy.
The Bain Micellaire (C$45 for 250mL) shampoo contains 96% ingredients from natural origins, and is a gentle shampoo that is perfect for those damaged or sensitive scalps. In place of sulphates, it contains surfactants derived from coconut and sugar to still get a nice lather. This reminds me a little bit of the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo in that it is very gentle and provides a gentle cleanse. If you have very greasy hair, or if your hair is gunked full of styling products, this will not give you that deep clean that you will want. If my hair is particularly gross, I might use a light clarifying shampoo first (such as Lush Rehab) and then followed by this for some nourishment. As with other Kerastase shampoos, a little bit goes a long way so I don’t need a lot in order to get a nice gentle cleanse. I’ve been really loving this shampoo this winter because my hair has been particularly frizzy. The oils in it help to keep my hair smooth and nourished.
The Soin Fondamental (C$50 for 200mL) is the accompanying conditioner in the collection. It contains 97% natural ingredients, including certified organic coconut and argan oils. It is thicker than a normal conditioner, but lighter than a mask, which makes it perfect for this time of year. I LOVE THE WAY IT SMELLS and feels on my hair. have pretty dry scalp so I actually apply it closer to my scalp than other conditioners, and it helps to nourish my scalp as well, without being too heavy. It does feel like it weighs hair down a bit, but this range isn’t meant to be volumizing so I wasn’t surprised by that. I actually prefer the sleek, heavier look it gives my hair.
The Essence d’Éclat (C$57 for 100mL) is a multitasking, heat-protectant, bi-phase mist. It contains coconut, argan, jojoba and avocado oil in the oil phase, and the water phase contains Damascus Rose floral water. The ingredients mix together to help give you gentle hydration and deep nourishment to each strand of hair. I’ve been using this quite a bit when I blow dry because it helps significantly to keep the static at bay. Especially with the heat on in the winter, this is very helpful to keep my hair smooth with no flyaways. As with everything else in the range, it smells amazing. I can also easily use this to touch up when I’m feeling like my hair is feeling drier than normal.
The Oil Concentré Essentiel (C$60 for 50mL) is my favourite product in this collection. It’s a concentrated oil that contains 99% natural ingredients. It’s a true multi-tasker in that you can use this alone or blended in your existing hair products to boost its nourishing properties. If my hair feels particularly parched, I use one pump with the Soin Fondamental. After blow drying, I also use half a pump of this spread through the very ends of my hair. You can also use this as a pre-shampoo scalp mask (although I recommend using a clarifying shampoo to wash it off since it will be hard to wash off with the Bain Micellaire).
Of the four products, I’d most likely skip the Bain Micellaire, and I’d mostly likely repurchase the Oil Concentré Essentiel. You can even use the Oil Concentré Essentiel with your existing haircare routine to help give it a boost. It is pricey but a little bit goes a long way. My Kerastase shampoo and conditioner bundles usually last me around 6 months with regular use, so you do get good value with your purchase.
For the holiday season, Kerastase is offering a fantastic deal on Aura Botanica. You get the Bain Micellaire, Soin Fondamental and the Oil Concentré Essentiel for a great price of C$110 – essentially getting the Bain Micellaire for free! The burgundy and gold packaging on the bottles and accompanying gift box is also beautiful for the holidays.
You can purchase Kerastase products at Kerastase.ca, or at your local professional salon.
Products were provided for review consideration; all opinions are my own.