The popularity of this or that makeup artist, stylist, etc, who launches his/her own product range with his/her name on it usually puts me off.
Based on my own experience with it, such products are usually total failures or are intended for a very narrow group of consumers.
Only Christophe Robin, the celeb hair colorist, constantly wows me with his products (for ex., his Regenerating Mask With Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil), so I was really excited to find another tub with his name in a beauty box from Lookfantastic.
The white tube with pink-beige sticker comes with a cleansing volumizing paste with Pure Rassoul Clay and Rose Extracts.
The product appealed to me, so I decided to read the product details and suggested use right away:
This 85% natural origin formula is a unique blend of pure Rassoul, with densifying and re-mineralizing benefits, protective rose extracts and Limnanthes extract to help preserve and enhance the hair color.
This surprising paste-like texture transforms into a light foam, for instant volume at the roots and density down its length.
On wet hair: use a tablespoon worth of product (more or less, depending on the length of your hair) rub into your palms, and apply all over your hair. With a delicate touch, make circular motions until you feel the paste turn to foam, and make sure you lift the roots.
Add a little water, emulsify, and rinse abundantly.
For an intensified effect: let it sit for 2 minutes before you rinse.
Then, apply the volumizing conditioner with rose extracts to lengths and ends.
Use the instant volumizing mist with rose water to create the impression of natural volume before styling.
The product is made in Italy, but it has also a sticker with the product description in French.
The list of ingredients:
Paraben, silicone, SLS and colorant free
Moroccan Lava Clay, Sucrose, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Cocamide MEA, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Hydrated Silica, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, PEG-2 Dimeadowfoamamidoethylmonium Methosulfate, Hexylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Adansonia Digitata Extract, Glycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Rosa Gallica Flower Extract, Carbomer, Citronellol, Geraniol, Benzyl Alcohol.
The rose extract is indicated in plural for a reason. It contains 2 extracts: Rosa Centifolia Flower Water and Rosa Gallica Flower Extract.
And the Moroccan Lava Clay or Rassoul Clay is on top of the list.
Upon opening, this miracle happens:
Firstly the formula looks like the yummiest jam that smells so delicious!
Secondly it smells like rose jam. There are no fragrances stated in the ingredients, so the smell is pretty natural. And it’s so lovely!
It’s a rare occasion that such ‘almost-natural’ products smell so good without any synthetic components.
Thirdly the jam lathers amazingly well without even SLS!
I used it the way the manufacturer recommended, ie. as a shampoo. I wet my hair and my scalp properly and then massaged it with my wet fingers. The paste transformed into frothy lather very well.
Sometimes I was also adding some water to make it lather better. After that I washed it off and used it again. But that time I was lathering the paste between my palms first and then only applied it to my scalp.
The product removes from my skin very well. The scrubbing particles dissolve in water and do not get stuck between my hairs.
It cleanses my scalp very softly and the foam is rich. It neither bleeds nor washes off the color from my colored hair.
But there is a setback. This paste doesn’t last long. The pot has 40 ml, which last me 3 applications only. However, if you don’t apply it immediately to your scalp, it will probably help it to last longer, but the effect will be different.
It won’t scrub your skin so well, because sugar will dissolve between your fingers then.
The paste cleanses my scalp perfectly, even if I have a few coats of another haircare product on it. By the way it cleanses very softly without this squeaky clean effect. The volume in the roots is awesome for real and my mane looks sumptuous without any auxiliary hair styling.
More than that, the effect lasts for quite a while. Nevertheless, the product has some drawbacks.The active rubbing of my scalp has its consequences. My hair falls out and becomes brittle. This is a side effect of any scrubbing paste for the scalp.
Also, I can feel some kind of a film on my skin after use. I guess glycerine is to blame for that.
At first it seems alright, but the next time I wash my hair, which happens every 4 days, it doesn’t feel comfortable at all.
It looks visually alright and my hair doesn’t appear greasy, but the feel is not enjoyable. My scalp may even become itchy.
I don’t want to toss the empty pot in the garbage, because it has such a delicious scent even now! I’m obsessed with this rose jam and feel like repurchasing it, even though it makes my hair fall out and doesn't feel comfortable in a few days.
It retails for €14.50 for 70ml and €32.50 for 250ml at the official website. The price is pretty hefty, but it’s worth it.