After a 2 year long love affair with Shu Uemura Essence Absolue hair oil, I used it up and wanted to try another luxury hair oil. I turned to Oribe, which seems to be the Rolls Royce of haircare lines nowadays, at least when it comes to styling. I purchased a travel size of their Gold Lust Hair Oil and have been using it regularly for the last couple of months. Sometimes I switch it up and use the more affordable L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil, but once a week I use 1-2 pumps of Oribe Gold Lust oil in my hair.
The verdict? It's really nice. It smells amazing and luxurious as you'd expect from Oribe. It's a bit more lightweight than Shu Uemura Essence Absolue so I find that even if I over-pump and use 3 pumps instead of 1-2, my hair is still OK and doesn't look greasy. It's an almost identical value for money as the Shu Uemura. Oribe Gold Lust is $49 for 100mL, Shu Uemura is $69 for 150mL, and it has an identical effect on my hair. The main difference is that if your hair is thicker and drier, you will get more out of the Shu Uemura oil since it is more dense and you will need less product than if you had the Oribe. Thin/fine hair girls will prefer the Oribe due to its more lightweight nature.
On a budget? Try L'oreal's Extraordinary Oil for a similar effect. It's a quarter of the price and is just as smoothing and softening as the more high end counterparts. The main difference is the ingredients - while Shu Uemura and Oribe use expensive natural oils, the L'Oreal version has lots of silicones in it. I don't have a problem with silicones but I know that some of you don't like them, so I'm just puttin' it out there.
How do you feel about hair oils? Which ones would you repurchase?