Sunday, June 4, 2017

Kerastase Aura Botanica Collection: Review

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Kerastase Aura Botanica Collection: Review
New from Kerastase comes a revolutionary hair care range that's made with up to 99% naturally-derived ingredients. Free of silicones and sulfates, the Aura Botanica Collection is infused with responsibly-sourced and hand-pressed oils of argan and coconut. I've been testing out the line for a couple of weeks now and I'm absolutely in love! Kerastase is quite pricey and high-end hair care never wowed me before but this collection might have just changed my mind! To read my review of each product, click......

Kerastase Aura Botanica Bain Micellaire Gentle Aromatic Shampoo ($45 CAD):
96% Naturally-derived and free of sulfates and silicones, the Aura Botanica shampoo is formulated with sweet orange oil, Samoan coconut oil, and Moroccan argan oil. The formulation feels very runny as compared to your average shampoo but it still lathers pretty nicely. The formulation doesn't have a very strong scent, it's kind of herbal and woodsy but not fruity or floral. Unlike any shampoo I've tried, the Aura Botanica shampoo feels super cleansing. After lathering and rinsing, each strand feels squeaky clean without being rough or tangly. With that said, this is not the kind of shampoo that will leave your hair slippery and smooth so a conditioner should be used to help with the blow-drying and combing process. If you plan on air-drying though, the shampoo alone works fine at keeping the hair lightweight and tangle-free.
Kerastase Aura Botanica Collection | Shampoo & Conditioner: Review
Kerastase Aura Botanica Conditioner (Left) & Shampoo (Right)
Kerastase Aura Botanica Soin Fondamental Intense Moisturizing Conditioner ($50 CAD):
Also made with the sweet orange oil, coconut oil, and argan oil, this is a 97% natural silicone-free conditioner with an interestingly creamy but lightweight texture. I find that I have to use quite a bit as the product doesn't spread as well as your typical conditioner. However, the formulation works amazingly well! It makes my hair so soft and so smooth after each use. Also, because it's silicone-free, my hair feels weightless and airy.

Kerastase Aura Botanica Essence D'eclat Moisturizing Oil-Mist ($57 CAD):
This is 99% natural bi-phase hair mist made with rose water, jojoba oil, avocado oil, argan oil, coconut oil, orange peel oil, and rosemary extract. I'm usually not a fan of hair mists because they tend to weight my hair down but this stuff is pretty spectacular! Kerastase recommends two sprays but I find that the product is almost impossible to over-apply. It conditions and softens and keeps my hair super nourished. Again, the product doesn't have much of a fragrance, which is great if you don't like hair products that leave a lingering scent.
Kerastase Aura Botanica Collection | Oil Mist & Oil Blend: Review
Kerastase Aura Botanica Oil-Mist (Left) & Oil Blend (Right)
Kerastase Aura Botanica Concentre Essentiel Aromatic Nourishing Oil Blend ($60 CAD):
A 99% naturally-derived hair oil made with the oils of jojoba, argan, coconut, sunflower, orange peel, and rosemary extract, the Aura Botanica Nourishing Oil Blend has a very runny and liquid formulation. Because the product is silicone-free and pretty much pure oil, a little goes a long, long way. My hair is only shoulder-length but because I have a lot of it, I usually use a full pump of hair oil. However, with this blend, half a pump or less is more than enough. Just like the oil-mist, this thing is super nourishing and hydrating. My hair felt soft, silky, and very lightweight. Seeing how the oil blend is pretty similar to the oil mist in terms of ingredients, I'd recommend the oil to those with fuller, thicker hair and the mist to those with thinner, lighter hair. Of course you can invest in both but given each is around $60, one of the two will get the job done!

Kerastase is available online and in stores at select hair salons.
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