An excellent quality hair oil. It smells lovely and is very lightweight. It also adds softness and shine. Unfortunately, it is too light for my dry and parched hair. I have to use probably 10 times the amount that many other people likely do to get any results. It did add some softness and shine, but it didn't do much to quench the dryness or help with frizz.
I probably would have fallen in love with it if I had fine hair that's easily weighed down or else virgin hair.
This huge bottle will last a very long time, especially as I don't think I will be using it much. Was expecting great things but I am not that impressed. My hair felt artificially silky but dry at the same time. I am guilty of over using product but did not in this case. My naturally fair hair looked a shade darker which is a sure sign that it is too rich for my hair. I will keep trying in the hope that it suddenly redeems itself. EDIT - upgraded to 5*. I now use on dry hair, mid to end after straightening. Used sparingly, this is great. Bottle will last a long time. Perhaps they should make a smaller bottle and reduce the price accordingly.
This is by far the best oil treatment I have ever used and I have used them all - Moroccan Oil, Kerastase Elixir Ultime, Kerastase Fibre Architecte, Joico K-Pak Restorative Styling Oil, Paul Brown Hapuna Argan Oil, Biosilk Silk Therapy, Garnier Sleek and Shine and the list goes on.
I have very fine, wavy, slightly dry shoulder length hair that I abuse daily by blow drying, straightening and sometimes curling with a curling wand.
After using this product never has my hair felt so soft.
Never has my hair smelt so nice - it has a soft floral scent like high end cosmetics.
Never has my hair had no frizzies after styling - unless I have come straight from my hairdresser.
This oil somehow makes all the strands of my hair all separate and I feel like I have more hair.
It's just so shiny and well behaved that I can't believe that I styled it!
Yes this is crazy expensive!
I paid $65 for 150ml for it here at Rakis Hair in Melbourne - but I think it is totally worth it for the results that you get as you really only need to use the smallest pump.
I apply one pump onto my towel dried hair and run it through my hair with my fingers and then comb through my hair so it's evenly spread - and then I blow wave my hair.
So far I have not needed to apply any other type of styling product with this other than hair spray at the end.
As long as I can afford it - I will never buy anything else - it's that good!
P.S - I liked this oil so much that today I splashed out $96 and purchased the Shu Uemura Moroto Volume Shampoo and Conditioner to go with it - so I will review those shortly.
I do plan on buying this again, when i have the balls to folk out £40 for it! it's a great oil, i usually use this and kerastase elixir ultime (not together) but i find this work's totally different to elixir ultime, its alot more lightweight and i find work's better on dry hair, as apposed to elixir ultime working better on damp hair. it gives outstanding shine, and keeps frizz at bay, very good for humid weather! overall i would say this oil is worth £40 as no matter how much you use on your hair it will never leave it looking greasy or limp.
I had been using moroccanoil and seriously didn't get the hype about it. It did nothing for my hair. When I asked the SA at Shu to recommend one thing from the hair section he said to get the Essence Absolu. I honestly cannot say how great my hair looks since using this. I have fine long frizz prone hair that is easily weighed down and can look greasy with even a little product. This stuff banishes frizz, doesn't weigh hair down, smells light and a little goes a long way! I only use this pre blowdrying and a little after on the ends. Very pricey but so worth it. Transformed my hair into glossy bouncy smooth tresses. Love it.
i love this protective hair oil! it gives my hair an incredibly healthy shine and make it feel so silky soft and it tames frizzy hair. it has a fresh scent that is not over powering and i love how this serum is not oily. i use it on damp hair and it works great as a heat protector too. i used to use josie maran argan oil on my hair prior to purchasing this and i can tell the difference since this is sprecially made for hair...it performs as it describes! little goes a long way so this bottle will last me a while. i am happy with this splurge.
I never thought I would ever find a treatment for my fine, blond hair better than Moroccanoil. Essense Absolue is way better. Why? It is lighter and absolutely non-greasy. I wish the smell stayed longer as is very nice but it evaporates almost immediately. Detangling is also no longer a problem for me. My hair looks healthy and silky. Moroccanoil gave my hair almost the same effect but my hair felt a bit greasy. I have fine hair which looks nice only when cleaned and immediately after brushing. Later it falls into small strands which makes it look as a bit dirty. Moroccanoil added to that effect. Essence Absolue had no such effect at all. I guess only people with fine hair can understand what I am trying to say:)
This is HG material if you have long, thick, coarse hair that needs some control! I waited a month before writing this review because I wanted to make sure the 'cones in this didn't build up and ruin my new-found good hair days. I'm thrilled to say I love this as much now as I did the first time I tried it! I use it as a heat protectant before blowdrying and for a second (and third) day treatment to control flyways and dry ends. My hair has never looked smoother and shinier. The trick is not to use it within about 4-5" of your roots and to work it in really well to get it evenly distributed. It has a mild, nondescript scent that won't drive you crazy all day. It is expensive, but I have been using it like a fiend and one bottle is going to last me at least 6 months at the present rate. It's too bad Shu isn't available stateside except online. Take a chance and order this or try it if you're elsewhere on the globe. I love it!
This is the stuff hair dreams are made of! Cant wait to go back to my hometown and get another bottle of this. Will keep me from trimming the ends of my hair at least for another month, hehehe.
I got very fine hair, long, dyed several times, and Im now on the recovery period, havin gone back to my natural color and abstaining as much as i can from heat and styling. Trying to grow them longer! This is the "absolue" remedy, I have to say. Kerastase oils and other similar ones are ok but this one beats them, for sure. Dreamy!
I agree with the top review that this shouldn't be anything special . It's just silicones blended with a little oil and fragrances. But it IS special! Something about it is just so.... Good! Idk what kind of witchcraft shu uemura does in the lab(lol) because in theory this should be so easy to dupe but it's not!
I use this as a finishing serum. I take a few drops of it , rub in my hands and spread it through my hair. I'm left with shiny silky hair , and I get UV protection from this oil as well. Thanks to the ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate (octinoxate) . It smells like sweet tea to me . I don't care for the scent as much as kerastase so I cocktail them together. But if I had to repurchase one it'd be this one due to the protection it gives (UV) . it's ridiculously expensive though. 1 star off for that. Oh and to those who want true camellia oil don't buy the Japanese one(oshima tsubaki oil). 20 bucks for 2oz? It's way cheaper from garden of wisdom. 4oz for about 12 bucks. The only reason im preferring this is for the UV protection, other than that it's over-priced
Update: lowering this to 3 stars, from 5 . Used it how I use all my silicone-oils , put some on damp hair for protection, blow dried, put some more then flat ironed. It didn't leave my hair as silky textured as moroccanoil . My hair does feel soft, but I have fly aways and it feels a little drier.
I'm keeping this as a leave in. It's ridiculously expensive to use how it's intended to use . but if i use it as a final leave-in, (literally a few drops, not even a pump) i could see this lasting well over 2 years. price is disgustingly expensive, like all of shu's products ( btw shu uemura is owned by l'oreal --food for thought)
Update 12/29/12 : lowering this down to 2 stars , why? I found a dupe. At a FRACTION of the price. Literally. Joico's hair oil . It contains UV filters to shield hair from UV damage just like shu but contains way more nourishing ingredients. It makes my hair feel silky too after blow drying but not dry.