Review & Comparison: MoroccanOil Original Oil Treatment & Kerastase Elixir Ultime L’
I’ve often mentioned that I LOVE the MoroccanOil Original Oil Treatment and it’s probably a favourite of many Beauties. Recently I went to repurchase Kerastase’s Elixir Ultime Voluptuous Beautifying Bi-Phase Oil Mist and accidentally bought the Kerastase Elixir Ultime L’Huile Originale oil instead… 😂😅 Kerastase doesn’t make it easy with their product names, I can tell you that! So when it arrived, I thought ‘great, another hair smoothing/styling oil’… I wasn’t particularly excited about it as what do I need two similar oils for, but you know what, they are a little different and I’ve really been liking the Kerastase oil after all! More so than raw MoroccanOil Original Treatment? Maybe… read in to find out! 😄
MoroccanOil Original Oil Treatment
Get the silky, shiny and healthy hair you’ve always wanted. Moroccanoil Treatment is the product that pioneered oil-infused hair care and created the worldwide buzz on argan oil. The original foundation for hairstyling, Moroccanoil Treatment can be used as a conditioning, styling and finishing tool. Infused with antioxidant-rich argan oil and shine-boosting vitamins, this completely transformative hair treatment detangles, speeds up drying time and boosts shine – leaving you with nourished, manageable and smooth hair with each use. Outshine the rest.KEY INGREDIENTS:Argan Oil: Rich in fatty acids and antioxidants that help restore elasticity, smoothness and manageability to hair. Linseed Extract: Derived from flaxseed, a good source of alpha linolenic acid – also an essential fatty acid that helps improve the health of hair.HOW-TOApply 1-2 pumps of Moroccanoil Treatment to clean, towel-dried hair, from mid-length to ends. Blow-dry or let dry naturally. Apply on dry hair to tame flyaways, condition split ends and smooth hair. TIP: Mix a few drops of Moroccanoil Treatment with Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask, Weightless Hydrating Mask or Restorative Hair Mask for added nourishment.
MoroccanOil Original Oil Treatment really was the product that started the ‘Argan oil craze’ around 2010. Followed by that, the craze for all types of oils started! You can use this oil treatment in a few ways, but it has been created primarily as a styling and smoothing treatment. The oil coats strands to make them smooth, shiny, softened and hydrated. The oil coats hair which can helped to protect strands from snags, breakage and other damage. It’s also supposed to be suitable for all hair types, despite there being a Original Oil Treatment Light version. I don’t find that I like the Light version of the oil too much – to me it doesn’t seem to hydrate hair enough and it ‘disappears’ or wears away from hair strands too quickly. It is lighter in colour for those who are worried that the Original Treatment Oil will discolour platinum blonde or grey hair (the Original Treatment Oil is yellow in colour, see below). I have very cool and light blonde hair. I haven’t found that the Original Oil Treatment discolours my hair or makes it brassy. Even though the Original Treatment Oil is slightly more heavy in consistency, I’d rather use less and have my hair more protected than use the lighter oil, which doesn’t hydrate or protect my hair enough…
The scent of the Original Oil Treatment is super delicious and recognisible – MoroccanOil now uses the same scent from it’s Treatment Oil in all other hair care products in its range (the Treatment Oil was the first product they released). I personally LOVE it! 😍 It’s slightly nutty but also floral. It has that luxe salon brand scent.
Do I find that the Treatment Oil makes my hair dry faster as per its product description? Not really… I haven’t noticed this. In saying that, my hair is very fine and dries quickly anyway lol When blowdrying, I can imagine that it makes hair more manageable (less fluffing around?) so is that why they claim it helps dry hair faster? Who knows. I usually apply the oil to damp hair and most of the time I will blast my hair with a hair dryer, just to give it some lift and speed up the drying time. It works very well in hair that is left to dry naturally too and does increase the shine in your hair and promotes natural waves. If I use a seperate styling cream before blowdrying and then the Treatment Oil as a finishing oil, it doesn’t weigh my hair down. I do find however, that either way – the next day or so, my hair (in particular the ends) does feel dry again, so it is one of those products that you have to reapply in order to see lasting effects.
I don’t mind that the Original Treatment Oil contains silicones. They help seal and smooth the hair cuticle which protects hair from snags and makes hair generally much more manageable. They also protect and seal hair strands which keeps water (frizz) out!
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Argania Spinoza Kernel Oil (Argan Oil), Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Extract, Parfum (Fragrance), D&C Yellow-11, D&C Red-17, Coumarin, Benzyl Benzoate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone.
I usually buy my Original Oil Treatment online. RY is my go-to stockist, as you get a 100ml bottle for $47.96. At Adore Beauty is costs $63.95 (which is the recommended retail price). Adore Beauty used to do price matches, but not anymore ☹️ (strange huh?!). The bottle in my photos is 125ml which was from Adore Beauty (they were doing a promotion where you could get a 125ml bottle for $63.95 plus a free travel sized Hydrating Mask).
Kerastase Elixir Ultime L’Huile Originale
A multipurpose oil for fine hair. Protect, enhance, strengthen – this masterful blend does it all.Kérastase Elixir Ultime provides intense nourishment, leaving very dry hair with a shiny, soft and supple finish.• Thermo-Reactive Polymer: forms a mesh at the heart of the hair fibre to seal the nutrition inside. Its hydrophobic properties protect the hair from dryness.• Ceramic: its refractory properties help to keep the heat necessary to activate Thermo-Reactive Polymers.• Xylose: has thermo-protective properties.Combination of essential nutrients (Glucides, Proteins and Lipids): providing complete nourishment from root to tip (dosage: 4100 ppm).
Marula Oil provides weightless nourishment & ultimate shine.
Camellia Oil helps smooth the hair fiber, resulting in incredible shine.
Maize Oil delivers emollient and anti-oxidant active ingredients for ultimate shine.
Pracaxi Oil for shine, nourishment and deep conditioning to the hair.
Argan Oil to restore strength to the hair and protects it from external aggressors.How To Use
Apply 2-4 pumps depending on hair length throughout lengths and ends of dry or towel-dried hair. Style as desired.
Multi-use oil may be applied the following ways:
Pre-cleanse to remove impurities whilst adding deep nourishment: apply one pump to brushed hair, section by section and massage. Apply a small amount of water to emulsify and rinse well. Apply recommended bath twice.
Intensive conditioning to nourish and soften: apply one pump through mid-lengths and ends. Leave in.
Before blow-drying to nourish hair and facilitate styling: apply one pump to wet hair through mid-lengths and ends and leave in. Style as usual.
After blow-drying to control frizz and enhance radiance: apply one pump to the ends. Leave in.
Re-touching throughout the day for added control, shine and protection: apply one pump to ends as needed. Leave in.
Now in a NEW glass bottle 100ml
The Kerastase Ultime Elixir Oil (in short) is a blend of different plant oils. Interestingly, on the Adore Beauty website it’s described as an oil for fine hair specifically, but on the Kerastase website its marketed as an oil for all hair types. I think both descriptions are correct, because when you say that an oil is for all hair types, those of us with fine hair look on with suspicion… 🙄🧐🤨 Not only is it great for fine hair, I do think it would work for all because the texture is slightly thicker and heavier than the MoroccanOil Original Treatment Oil. So I use less oil (or try to) but it doesn’t make my hair greasy or weighed down. I probably am a little more careful to apply it to my hair mid-lengths and ends.
What I love about the Elixir Oil is that it does what you’d expect; smooths hair, makes it shiny, protects it and makes it feel hydrated and softened. I am so surprised but I do think it adheres to strands for longer, meaning it works for longer in my hair. The next day after application, my hair still looks remarkably shiny and is oh so soft. When you have seriously dry ends, product seems to just wear off and a few hours later, your ends are exposed and looking ratty. When you have blonde hair to boot – hair is matte and doesn’t look healthy. Blonde hair reflects the least out of all hair colours because it has less pigment in each strand (and pigment is what makes hair reflective naturally). So for my hair to still look shiny 12 plus hours after applying product to it may seem not all that impressive, but it is!
The Elixir Oil is a clear oil which will be a bonus for some Beauties. The formula does sound more advanced when comparing it to the MoroccanOil Original Oil Treatment. I like that there is lots of significance placed on heat protection, sealing the hair and nourishing it in a very balanced way (read: Thermo-Reactive Polymer: forms a mesh at the heart of the hair fibre to seal the nutrition inside. Its hydrophobic properties protect the hair from dryness). I probably don’t understand that 100% as I’m not a chemist, but I’m sure that I can feel the difference.
I usually use the Elixir Oil as a finishing product, after blowdrying my hair (beforehand I use a styling cream as my main heat protectant) or on it’s own, when letting my hair dry naturally.
Cyclopentasiloxane • Dimethiconol • Zea Mays / Corn Germ Oil • Argania Spinosa Oil / Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil • Camellia Kissi / Camellia Kiss! Seed Oil • Pentaclethra Macroloba Oil / Pentaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil • Linalool • Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone • Limonene • Coumarin • Benzyl Alcohol • Parfum / Fragrance
The Elixir Ultime has a very floral scent. I don’t mind it, but I can’t say I love it either. It is quite similar to other Kerastase products and haircare products (especially salon brands) tend to go quite strong when it comes to fragrance… I bought my Elixir Ultime oil from Adore Beauty for $59 for 100ml.
Both oils come in glass bottles with a pump applicator/dispenser. The pumps on both bottles work well and it’s easy to control how much product you want to dispense. Because both oils come in a 100ml size, they are priced at a similar price point, I think the Elixir Ultime oil ends up being a little more economical, because I use less oil with each application (the thicker texture makes it go a longer way – I use maybe about half a pump for each application? I probably use almost a full pump of the MorocconOil Treatment Oil for each application). Don’t get me wrong, both oils are wonderful smoothing and styling oils, but at the moment, my favourite is the Kerastase Elixir Ultime, which trust me, surprised everyone, especially me!
Tell me Beauties, have tried either oil? Which one appeals to you more?
Catch ya next time!
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