Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Rachael Reviews - Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Hair Oil

I first heard about Shu Uemura Essence Absolue a long time ago from one of my first beauty blogger girl-crushes, Fleur. She seems share my attitude to haircare - she doesn't skimp on the products she uses but she doesn't over-fuss with her hair, she likes it to be soft and healthy looking rather than super-styled.

I was using an oil called Orofluido at the time and was very happy with it. I'd also tried Kerastase Elixir Ultime and was satisfied that the Orofluido was better. But the thought of this Shu Uemura oil niggled at the back of my mind and I knew it was going to stay there until I tried it for myself.

Let's not beat about the bush - it's bloody expensive. As are most Shu Uemura products. But at £39.50 for 150ml it's only about 5 pence per ml more expensive than the Orofluido, which is £21.25 for 100ml. It just feels more painful to shell out forty quid in one go I suppose!

I prefer the pump dispenser to Orofluido's glass bottle which you just unscrew and pour from, it makes it easier to get the right amount of product. I think this has led to my using less of it - one and a half pumps on wet hair and half a pump when it's dry.

The formula is thinner than Orofluido and the scent is similar but stronger and longer lasting.

I'm not going to take anything away from this oil, it's very good. It smells AMAZING, it detangles and smooths my hair, leaving it shiny and unbelievably soft. Incredibly soft in fact.

The main difference between this and my old favourite is that Orofluido seems to be most effective on wet hair and the Shu Uemura oil, being that bit lighter, seems to work best as a finishing oil on dry hair.

If you're feeling flush and fancy giving this oil a go you can purchase it from feelunique. If you would rather try the Orofluido, you can get that from feelunique too.

What's your favourite hair oil?


  1. This oils sounds great, I think I'll order a 30ml bottle just to see how it works on my hair :)


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