A couple of days ago I was browsing through the Retail Box website (I’ve mentioned them a couple of times here on the blog) and almost fell off my chair when I saw their Kérastase Elixir Ultime hair oils were marked down from R 445,00 to…wait for it…R 99,00! I immediately posted a ‘SALE ALERT’ notification on my blog’s Facebook page & Twitter page so that you guys could also take advantage of this amazing price. Needless to say, I’m a sucker for a good sale (and this one was a GREAT sale) – so I ordered one of each. I have been lusting after the Kérastase Nectar Thermique leave-in hair treatment for ages (probably the last year or so) and since Retail Box’s price was the best price I had seen so far, I popped one into my online basket too.
Checkout was a breeze (just have your credit card handy) and my order was delivered to me within a couple of days. I didn’t need to follow up with Retail Box on the status of my order or anything like that – I paid, they delivered, it’s as easy as that!
Let’s quickly discuss my hair: I have been a blonde for most of my adult life (I’m a natural brunette, but not a gorgeous warm brunette, more like a mousy brunette). Highlights, heat styling and bad genes have all contributed to the current state of my hair: Dry, dull, frizzy & fine (texture). I am not one of those lucky girls who can let their hair air dry, I have to style it into either a straighter version of itself or a more wavy / curly version. Because my hair is in such a bad state (split ends, breakage) I have been really making an effort with giving my hair a good treatment every week, whether it be in the form of a hair oil, creamy treatment mask or conditioning spray. I have also started the process of going back to my brunette roots (so to speak) because my hair just can’t endure the harsh chemicals (bleaching) and heat damage anymore.
Enter the Kérastase Elixir Ultime hair oils, it’s been a while since I’ve used them (I used them whilst living in Scotland a while ago) and I’m not sure why I never repurchased them when I came back to South Africa. I think it was because they were a bit more affordable in the UK, but that’s not a problem now because you guys can get it for a super affordable price at Retail Box!
Let’s dive right in to what the uses and benefits of these Kérastase Elixir Ultime hair oils are, shall we?
We’ll start with the pink one, because well…you know the drill – I love pink!
Elixir Ultime The Imperial is a nourishing hair oil for colour-treated hair. This multi-purpose hair oil can be used pre- or post styling & provides shine while conditioning the hair. It also offer UV protection (yes, even our hair needs protection from the sun) and contains anti-oxidants to protect each hair strand. Containing Imperial Tea (found in China to enhance true depth of colour), Maize Oil (contains anti-oxidants), Pracaxi Oil (shine & nourishment), Camellia Oil (helps to smooth the hair fiber) and Argan Oil (we all know how good an Argan Oil is for the hair and skin), your hair is nourished and protected whilst smelling like a fresh flower garden. I’m not even joking, guys, these hair oils smell incredible.
Moving on to the purple bottle – I must apologise, I shook the bottle quite vigorously for some idiotic reason just before I took my photos (that’s why the bottle doesn’t look as clear as the other 2)…
Elixir Ultime Rose Millenaire geared towards nourishing fine and sensitised hair. Sensitised hair is basically hair that has been to hell and back i.e. heat styling, highlighting, chemical treatments etc. Rose Millenaire contains the above mentioned oils, plus Rose Millénaire (which protects fine hair against UV radicals that accelerate the hair aging process). This hair oil softens, strengthens and smoothes the hair fiber without weighing down your locks. It also promotes renewal at cellular level too because it contains active ingredients. Imagine washing your hair with rose water, this is the scent that lingers in your hair when applied. I find the Rose Millenaire hair oil to be a bit lighter in consistency compared to the other two hair oils, so it’s perfect for very fine hair.
And then the green bottle…
Elixir Ultime Moringa Immortel – the names reminds me of the fountain of youth. In Ghana, the Moringa tree is widely known as the magic tree because of its many healing properties. This hair oil contains the oils previously mentioned as well as Vitamin A & C and Immortal Moringa (which is highly concentrated in Calcium, Iron and Magnesium) to strengthen and protect damaged hair. The scent of this one is a bit more woody, but still a deliciously floral scent nonetheless.
I know what you’re thinking: These big words mean absolutely nothing – all you want to know is whether the hair oils work. The short answer is: Yes, my hair was in a considerably better state when I used this hair oil a couple of years ago (I have used The Imperial and Rose Millenaire before) but remember less is more, especially if you are using the hair oil as a finishing product. Plus to be honest, Kérastase is a GREAT hair care product range – two words come to mind when I think of Kérastase: Luxury & Quality. And with Kate Moss being their new muse, who wouldn’t?
Here are the different ways you can use these hair oils:
Pre-Shampoo Treatment – apply to dry hair, massage into the length of the hair and scalp, leave in your hair for at least 30 minutes (I sometimes leave it in for hours) and rinse out before applying your shampoo.
Pre-Styling – apply half a pump or 1 pump (depending on the length of your hair) to towel-dried hair and blow dry or heat style as normal.
Finishing Serum – work through the ends of the hair to control frizz & add shine. As mentioned before, you only need about half a pump of this as a finishing product, too much will leave your hair looking greasy.
Touch-up – apply a tiny amount throughout the day to add a touch of shine.
I have been dying to get my hands on the Kérastase Nectar Thermique leave-in hair treatment (which doubles up as a heat protectant too) for more than a year now. The salons I visited in the past sell these for over R 400,00 and when I saw that Retail Box was selling them for R 325,00 (this is their normal price, not sale price), I was sold! Again, this product is for hair that is dry / very dry and promises to soften, moisturise, protect, nourish, add shine and reduce drying time. I’ll use this for a couple of weeks / months and will do a review, if you guys want me to?
You can purchase these hair oils from Retail Box here, unfortunately only Moringa Immortel and Rose Millenaire are still in stock (and they’re apparently selling like hot cakes). I did a bit of research, because who doesn’t want to save a bit of money every now and again – I compared prices of Retail Box and Everything Hair. I did a few random comparisons and found that Retail Box is between R 10,00 and R20,00 cheaper than Everything Hair on various Kérastase products & even R 50,00 cheaper because some of their Kérastase products are on sale. You girls know me, I’m always trying to find the best price for you!
I posted another ‘SALE ALERT’ on the Pink Peonies Facebook page and Twitter page yesterday for ghd hair brushes. Retail Box is selling most of them for R 99,00 each – trust me, that is less than half-price! Check it out here.
Retail Box also sends little sample sachets with each order, with this order I received Pureology shampoo & condition samples. Perfect timing as well, because I’ve been meaning try their products.
So, let’s get to the good stuff! I have TWO Elixir Ultime Moringa Immortel (green) and ONE Elixir Ultime Rose Millenaire (purple) to giveaway to 3 lucky blog readers. Let me know in the comments below which colour you would like and if I pick your name (randomly of course), Retail Box will send it to you. These are valued at R 455,00 each.
To enter tweet the following: “I want to win a Kérastase Elixir Ultime Hair Oil with #RetailBox & @PinkPeoniesBlog!”
For those of you who don’t have Twitter, post the following to the Pink Peonies Facebook wall: “I want to win a Kérastase Elixir Ultime Hair Oil with #RetailBox & Pink Peonies!
I will pick the winners for this giveaway next week Friday and will announce the winners in this blog post, on Twitter and on Facebook.
** Giveaway is open to South African residents only.
And the winners are: