I fu*kin hate Moroccan Oil and had to wait so long to buy this.
Moroccan oil has such yucky ingredients and barely contains any aargan oil, it's five silicones before it even gets to aargan oil.Then the rest is fragrances and dyes to give it that amber "aargan oil" appearance. That great smell is actually a banned fragrance ingredient, a lice and scabies pesticide, that is linked to cancers! I am sick and pissed at how they market their products and push them at the salons, they are garage! It makes my hair so greasy and leaves so much residue that I have to use a clarify shampoo. I've been so disappointed with that brand.
Both start off with cyclomethicone, which evaporates when applied, which is the best silicone out there. It helps actual oils and nutrients go into the hair shaft.
Here is when they get different Kerastase has Dimethiconol another superb silicone compared to dimethicone (found in all drugstore serums) in Moroccan Oil, which I try and to avoid any product with "cone" at the end. It's why M.O feels like thick serum and Kerastase feels like actually oil. I found this great website that breaks down all silicones scientifically.
In Kerastase the next four ingredients are all oil with good abilities to penetrate the hair cuticle. Corn germ oil, Aargan oil is actually the four ingredient,Camellia Kissi Seed oil (green tea oil), and Pracaxi oil.
Next ingredient is Linalool a colourless liquid with a soft, sweet odour. It occurs naturally in many essential oils, such as ho wood oil, tangerine, spearmint, rose, neroli, mandarin, lemon, lime, lavender, cypress, grapefruit, cinnamon, chamomile, palmarossa and ylang ylang. It's an anti inflammatory and studies show it can reduced tumors and prevent cancer.
Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, the eighth ingredient is for fragrance but can cause skin reactions in people with sensitive skin.
The next ingredient is Limonene a chemical found in the peels of citrus fruits and in other plants. It is used to make medicine.In pharmaceuticals, limonene is added to help medicinal ointments and creams penetrate the skin or hair.
Tenth ingredient is Coumarin which occurs naturally in a wide variety of plants including tonka bean, lavender, lovage, yellow sweet clover, and woodruff.
Eleventh ingredient is Benzyl alcohol a neutral alcohol mostly used as preservative and has no effect on how hair looks and feels. It's not a "good" fatty alcohol but not a drying alcohol found in hairsprays etc.
The last ingredient is perfume.
Bottom line is if you feel like all serums cause build up and do nothing its probably because they are all heavy silicones with maybe one or two, some none- oils. Don't be charged 30+ dollars for something that is in every drugstore serums that cost a couple dollars to make. Kerastase has a huge following and loyal customers who know they are getting a high end products. I believe this is the best serum out there whether you do it for the shiney healthy appearance or to seal in moisture.
But if your one of those people who are anti silicones, alcohol, or fragrances. Then don't be surprise if you pass on this ingredient list. I never understand how some people will be so anti silicone,alcohol, fragrances when its in some of the best hair products out there. But they use stuff like baking soda on their hair, which is so eroding on the hair cuticles, and drying. But hey to each their own... Just buy 100% natural oils like coco, coconut, avocado, and use that on your hair but for me they cause my to look like a 90's grunge rocker, hard to wash out, and clog my drains. I'm all for green and natural products but some just don't fit into my lifestyle, or applicable to my hair needs and concerns. What's the point of any product or oil if you have to wash your hair more that twice...it negates the whole purpose.
Glass bottle with pump
Wash out easily
Leaves hair glossy, and healthy looking
Seals temporary spilt ends
Light enough for really thin blonde hair
Ingredient list might put people off who don't like any type of silicones, alcohol or fragrances.
My favorite oils/serums are in order
Chi's silk infutreatment
Paul Mitchell's super skinny serum
Marc Anthony coconut and Shea butter oil treatment
All others make my hair limp greasy and hard to style. Plus leave tons of residue.