Hey Friends! Let’s talk about hair care this time, shall we? I’m a longtime fan of Kérastase hair care products, especially the Bain Fluidealiste Smooth-in-Motion Shampoo & Conditioner, reviewed HERE. Those are really good at controlling frizz even on a hot and humid weather. Recently, I received an email advertisement of one of Kérastase new products, the all-natural Aura Botanica. It’s meant to be sulfate-free, no parabens and no silicones. The ingredients are handpicked and responsibly sourced, like Samoan Coconut and Moroccan Argan Oil. The goal is towards light and naturally glowy hair. Sounds really promising, especially the fact that it’s Sulfate-free since my hair has been processed before. It’s always good to use hair care products that are sans sulfates if your hair has been permed, rebonded, relaxed or even colored so as not to strip the hair of its treatments and keeping it revitalized.
My first impressions of the Kérastase Aura Botanica products were somewhat mixed. A lot of people liked it, while a lot were also a bit slightly critical about it. The scent is interesting in this hair care line. It’s smells like a floral musky perfume with some herbs. It’s not bad, in fact, it’s a unique change that sets it apart from the scents of most hair care products, but there could be a possibility that you might get bored or annoyed with the scent in the long run.
Packaging comes standard like most Kérastase hair products. They also come in travel sizes, though I wish they also come in pump containers for easy dispensing. Depending on the size, they can be pricey, but Kérastase is always like that. They usually send in some decent size samples to try as well.
For this review, I have the Kérastase Aura Botanica Shampoo and Conditioner.
- Aura Botanica Bain Micellaire (80 ml: $24, 250 ml: $43) – Has natural micelles that removes dirt and impurities, leaving the hair lightweight, thoroughly cleaned, and nude to touch. No added oils or coating. Oh well, excited much, I find that I need to use a lot of this product in order to lather my hair well. It foams but not a lot. Pretty much the opposite of Kérastase Bain Fluidealiste Smooth-In-Motion shampoo. Also, my hair felt really dry after rinsing. It kinda felt like it was stripped of all natural oils. Thoroughly cleaned? Yeah, but just a bit too drying for me.
- Aura Botanica Soin Fondamental (75 ml: $24, 200 ml: $45)– Meant to provide nutrition and controls frizz for that easy detangling due to its natural oil ingredients. For me, this conditioner is the game changer of the entire Aura Botanica line. It counteracts the dryness of the Bain Micellaire shampoo mentioned above. My hair felt well-moisturized but not heavy. It gives the right amount of volume and bounce, and it doesn’t leave it oily looking the next day. I definitely like this conditioner a lot.
Verdict: I kinda expected more from the Aura Botanica collection. Given its spectacular marketing, ingredients, and price, I thought it’s going to be really amazeballs. However, I love the effect that it did on my hair. True to its promise, my hair was not frizzy, it looked and felt clean, it didn’t feel oily nor heavy and I love the bouncy feeling that it gave to my hair. Yet, I wonder how much of it was partly because of the Soin Fondamental Conditioner? If you find the Bain Micellaire to be also too drying for you yet you still want a sulfate-free Kérastase shampoo, I suggest that you purchase the Bain Fluidealiste Smooth-In-Motion Shampoo and complement it with the Aura Botanica Soin Fondamental Conditioner, just like what I’m planning to do.
The Kérastase Aura Botanica Hair Care Line is available in http://www.kerastase.com
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