Review: L’Occitane Aromachologie Control Styling Prep-Cream

L'Occitane Aromachologie Control Styling Prep-Cream review

The L’Occitane Aromachologie Control Styling Prep-Cream is a silicone-free leave-in conditioner that claims to repair hair as well as tame frizz. The product can be used on damp or dry hair, and a little bit of the product goes a rather long way.

After towel-drying, I apply about a quarter-sized amount onto my hair, concentrating mostly on the ends, and running whatever remains on my hands up closer to the scalp. It is worthwhile to note that I wear hair extensions (mine are sewn-in, via the weave method), and extensions are notorious for absorbing all sorts of moisture and product. If I were to use this product on only my natural hair, I would probably reduce the amount by half.

My hair is very fine and is prone to flyways and frizz, so I’ve found that this product does a good job of taming my hair and getting it nice and smooth before I heat style it. Additionally, it smells incredible! It has a very complex fruity-floral aroma, and I can definitely smell the Sweet Orange fragrance that is said to be one of the ingredients.

The drawbacks to this product are that it’s quite pricey. You could get a comparable product at a drugstore (I’m personally a fan of the John Frieda series) that would do an adequate job for half of the price.  Yes, the L’Occitane Control Styling Prep-Cream is good, and silicone-free, but it’s not amazing. At 34$ for 200ml I would expect better fly-away control and a significant improvement in hair texture over time.

Lastly, I am not a huge fan of the packaging. The tube comes with a twist-cap that cannot be removed, and when twisted slightly, dispenses the product through a small opening on the bottom of the cap itself. If you are like me and find yourself holding a million different tools/products when you style your hair, it’s hard to use this product with one hand. Also, unless you take the time to clean the cap every time after use, product residue is bound to make its way onto your countertop.

Overall, this is a very nice product that does its job well and smells incredible, but it is not a revolutionary breakthrough in hair care by any stretch. I would recommend it to someone looking to try a silicone-free leave-in product, however due to its price, it’s unlikely that I will repurchase it myself.

The L’Occitane Aromachologie Control Styling Prep-Cream retails for $34 CAD for 200ml and can be purchased on the L’Occitane website or at L’Occitane boutiques.

Ingredients:

L'Occitane Aromachologie Control Styling Prep-Cream review

This review was written by Liza. The products in this post were provided by PR; all opinions belong to Liza.

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Review: Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampoo, Cleansing Oil Conditioner & Essence Absolue Oil-in-Cream

shu uemura art of hair cleansing oil shampoo and conditioner

If you are not one to splurge on your haircare, then I urge you to stop reading now. Shu Uemura is best known for their facial cleansing oils, and the Shu Uemura Art of Hair has its own line of oil-based products for the hair featuring ferments found in onsen (hot springs in Japan) that are known for their purifying properties. Today I’m sharing with you my thoughts on the Shu Uemura Art of Oils line, specifically the Cleansing Oil Shampoo, Cleansing Oil Conditioner, and the Absolue Oil-in-Cream.

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampoo

The Cleansing Oil Shampoo ($56 for 400mL) is a light fluid clear liquid that is lightly scented with camelia. Claimed to be paraben and silicone-free, it also includes onsen inspired ferment. It gently cleanses the hair while balancing the scalp. It also claims to provide radiance, leaving hair feeling light and airy.

This shampoo is super gentle on my scalp. I get dry and sensitive scalp often around this time of year, of when I’m feeling stressed out, but this helped to balance out the dryness and protect my scalp. My scalp never felt tight, and it cleaned it right so it didn’t feel heavy either. The best part was because my scalp was balanced, I could get away with washing my hair every 4 days instead of the usual every 2-3 (it sounds kinda gross but washing your hair less is actually better for the hair and scalp).

My biggest issue with this shampoo is that I felt like it didn’t lather as much as I would have liked it to. The soap suds are rather thin, and it doesn’t leave my hair feel as squeaky clean. Although I know my hair is clean, I prefer that there’s a squeaky clean type of feel after rinsing out my shampoo, and this just didn’t give that.

The price of $56 is pretty hefty, so I can’t exactly recommend it. I like it because I can get away with washing my hair less. If you are someone who has scalp issues and need more of a balanced shampoo that cleanses your hair and scalp but never strips, then this shampoo is worth looking into. Or, if you’re like me and want to transition into washing your hair less and/or is lazy, then this is also perfect for you. If you prefer a more clarifying shampoo, then you should overlook this.

Repurchase? Yes

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Conditioner

The Cleansing Oil Conditioner (C$56 for 250mL) is an ultra lightweight, fluid conditioner that you leave in the hair after shampooing, then rinse out. It claims to be formulated with onsen inspired ferment that leaves hair feeling soft and radiant, as well as light and airy. It is also lightly scented with camelia.

This conditioner is super light, more of a lotion texture than the cream conditioners I’ve used in the past. It coats hair well, and it absorbs very quickly. I like to leave it in my hair for a minutes while I wash my face and body so that the conditioning properties are maximized, and I found that by leaving it in my hair just a tad longer, it makes my hair feel 10 times smoother and more moisturized than if I had just rubbed it in then rinsed it out. My hair never feels heavy, and there is zero residue left behind after rinsing.

While I really like this conditioner because it is hydrating and doesn’t weigh down hair, priced at $56, it’s not enough of a miracle worker in order for me to recommend it. There are other conditioners out there that do a similar job at a fraction of the price.

Repurchase? No.

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue Oil-in-Cream

My favourite of the three products, the Essence Absolue Oil-in-Cream (C$69 for 150mL) is a hair cream that melts into a thin oil once rubbed into the palms of my hands.

This cream is so lightweight and lightly scented with camelia oil; it absorbs right into the ends of my towel-dried hair. I use it every time after I wash and condition my hair with the Cleansing Oil Shampoo and Cleansing Oil Conditioner – only a pea-sized amount is required – and right before blowdrying. It helps to alleviate several of my hair issues in the winter, such as frizz, flyaways, dryness, and static, and it also protects against the blowdryer’s heat. My hair is never left feeling heavy or greasy, rather it feels silky and smooth. It has been a winter necessity, especially because of how static-y my hair feels due to the dry air.

Of the three products in the Shu Uemura Art of Oils line reviewed here, I would have to recommend this one. While it is very expensive, it truly does work. A tiny bit goes a long way, and if you’ve had issues with frizzyness or dryness, and dislike silicone-heavy hair products, this one will be good for you.

Repurchase? Probably.

Review: North American Hemp Co. Moisturizing Shampoo & Moisturizing Conditioner

North American Hemp Co. Moisturizing Shampoo and conditioner review

North American Hemp Co. is a Canadian company that produces natural hair, skin and body care products that are also cruelty-free and vegan. The common ingredient in its products is, you guessed it, hemp oil. Both of these products feature awesome ingredients such as hemp seed oil, orange oil, grape seed extract, green tea extract, ginseng extract, and more (see ingredients lists below).

North American Hemp Co. Moisturizing Shampoo 

Housed in a tall rectangular bottle, this shampoo suds up really well, cleanses well, and also smells of yummy coconuts! It leaves my hair feeling clean but not stripped, and feeling stronger and healthier. I also like that the bottle is really soft plastic, which means you can squeeze out every last drop of the product.

If you’re in the market for a new, affordable shampoo outside of the usual generic drugstore brands, I would recommend that you check this out!

Ingredients:

North American Hemp Co. Moisturizing Shampoo and conditioner review

North American Hemp Co. Moisturizing Conditioner

This conditioner a thick cream, housed in a tall rectangular bottle with pump. The Moisturizing Conditioner also has the added power of oat protein, which will help make hair strong and healthy.

My hair reaches the middle of my back and I use two pumps to cover everything from below my ears to the ends. It spreads really well, and absorbs quickly, but I feel that while it is moisturizing, it leaves my hair feeling weighed down. This would be a good conditioner if you have very dry hair, or for winter. The ingredients, though, are fantastic, and I can see myself using this as a weekly treatment instead of daily conditioner.

Ingredients:

North American Hemp Co. Moisturizing Shampoo and conditioner review

You can purchase North American Hemp Co. products at London Drugs and other drugstores.

Review: L’Oreal Paris OleoTherapy hair system – Oil Infused Self-Heating Hot Oil, Deep Recovery Mask & Perfecting Oil-Essence (part 2)

This is part 2 of my L’Oreal Paris OleoTherapy hair system review. You can check out part 1 here.

L’Oreal Paris OleoTherapy Self-Heating Hot Oil

L’Oreal Paris OleoTherapy Self-Heating Hot Oil review

This is my second favourite product in this line. I’ve been obsessed with VO5 hot oils before but I always found it a hassle that I had to pre-heat it, and to the right temperature otherwise it would either not be warm enough to absorb or would burn my fingers. This self-heating hot oil is the perfect once-a-week hair treatment. It heats up to the perfect temperature once it comes in contact with water, hydrates and smooths out my hair, and rinses out completely with no residue. Each ampoule is one application, and it’s great for travelling (hello, beach vacations!) as well because you just have to bring one ampoule with you instead of the entire tub of hair mask.

Recommended? Yes!

Ingredients:

L’Oreal Paris OleoTherapy Self-Heating Hot Oil ingredients

L’Oreal Paris OleoTherapy Deep Recovery Mask

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This is my favourite product in this line! It actually replaces the conditioner for me as a hair conditioner. I take a scoop of this in my palm after I shampoo my hair, and massage it in from below my ears to the ends of my hair. It absorbs really well, hydrates, smooths, de-tangles, and washes out with no residue. It smells amazing as well, like the rest of the line.

Recommended? Yes!

L’Oreal Paris OleoTherapy Perfecting Oil-Essence

L’Oreal Paris OleoTherapy Perfecting Oil-Essence review

I am a big fan of L’Oreal Paris’s leave-in hair oils; my favourite one is the EverSleek Precious Oil Treatment which smells amazing and leaves my hair oh so soft. The OleoTherapy oil is a much thinner consistency compared to the EverSleek oil, and I find that I have to use 2-3 pumps of it to get the same outcome as 1-2 pumps of the EverSleek oil. While it is hydrating, it’s much lighter and my hair isn’t 100% smoothed out. If you want to de-tangle and de-frizz without sacrificing any volume, you would like this lighter hair oil. EverSleek does tend to weigh down hair a bit more.

Recommended? Yes, if you have normal hair or if you need to de-tangle and de-frizz but still want volume.

Ingredients:

L’Oreal Paris OleoTherapy Perfecting Oil-Essence ingredients

Final thoughts: I had varying thoughts about the products in this line. While I absolutely loved some (the hair mask and leave-in hair oil), I really didn’t love others (the conditioner). Overall, I’m happy to see haircare going in the right direct – less silicones, less sulfates, more natural essential oils. Hopefully we’ll see more products like this in stores!

You can find L’Oreal Paris OleoTherapy products at your local drugstore, such as London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, Target and more.

Review: L’Oreal Paris OleoTherapy hair system – Oil Infused Shampoo & Conditioner (part 1)

L'Oreal Paris OleoTherapy Oil Infused Shampoo review

L’Oreal Paris is probably the biggest hair products manufacturer globally and it’s no secret that their research and development abilities are among the best in the beauty industry. Personally, I’ve found a few favourites among L’Oreal Paris’s many haircare offerings, and I was very excited to see the release of their new sulfate-free system – the OleoTherapy collection – be offered in stores.

The OleoTherapy line’s main theme is the use of 6 different flower oils. The products in this line are “oil infused,” meaning all of them have this blend of 6 flower oils. The products are marketed as being for people with dry or damaged hair, and want a hydrating and smoothing haircare line. There are 5 different products in this line, which include a shampoo, conditioner, hair mask, self-heating hot oil, and leave-in oil essence. Today I’ll be reviewing the shampoo and conditioner.

L’Oreal Paris OleoTherapy Oil Infused Shampoo

This shampoo is relatively thicker in consistency compared to other shampoos I’ve tried in the past. It is not the foamiest shampoo I’ve tried, but it cleans well without stripping. I absolutely love the light floral scent; it feels like pure luxury while I’m in the shower but it doesn’t linger, which is perfect for those who aren’t big on scented beauty products.

Because of the thicker consistency (and because I have very long hair), I end up having to use more than what I would normally use, say with a thinner shampoo. I feel that it will run out relatively quickly and I will have to replenish it sooner rather than later.

Recommended? Yes, if you have dry to normal hair. If you have oily hair, this may not be clarifying enough for you.

Ingredients:

L'Oreal Paris OleoTherapy Oil Infused Shampoo ingredients

L’Oreal Paris OleoTherapy Oil Infused Conditioner

This conditioner has a ton of awesome ingredients, I love the smell and that it doesn’t leave any residue on my hair. However, this is my least favourite product in the entire line – I find it not hydrating at all. Not only does it not hydrate, it doesn’t de-tangle or smooth out my hair either. Not going to say much more; it just doesn’t work with my hair, sadly.

Recommended? No.

Ingredients:

L'Oreal Paris OleoTherapy Oil Infused Conditioner ingredients

I’ll be reviewing the hair mask, self-heating oil and leave-in oil essence at in another blog post.