May 11, 2012

L'Oréal Elvive Extraordinary Oil

It's the age-old tale; we want what others have. Me? I've always had naturally straight hair but, I've yearned for hair that has a bit of body and a bit of wave. Nothing too drastic just a hair type that doesn't require hours of contortion with a round brush and hairdryer in order to achieve some bounce! 

While it's handy not to have to do anything with my hair after washing except towel dry and brush it through, it's also rather boring and I've never really had any need to play around with different hair products. However, I'm currently in need of a hair cut but but, want to hold off for a while longer before heading to the salon. The big downside of my longing-to-be-cut-hair is that the ends have been looking a little dry and split and not as healthy as they usually do. Having no experience with hair care to speak of, I had been pondering over what to do about them when, out-of-the-blue, a package arrived at my door containing L'oréal Elvive's new hair product, Extraordinary Oil.

Extraordinary, you say? Well, allegedly so. Concocted with a unique mix of six floral oil extracts; chamomile (shine), dog daisy (vibrancy), linseed (nourish), lotus (protect), rose (moisturise) and tiare (hydrate), Extraordinary Oil promises to "enrobe hair in weightless nourishment, protection and softness". Right...*crickets*

There are two types of Extraordinary Oils being introduced to the market. One is suitable for All Hair Types while the other is specifically for Coloured Hair as it contains a protective UV filter. A heavy glass bottle houses the oil and gives the product a look and feel that belies its favourable €14.99 price tag.

Fluffy jargon and weighty packaging aside though, this addition to the ever-expanding hair oil line-up does seem to live up to its claims. I run one pump through the ends of my towel-dried and brushed hair and use the residue on my hands to scrunch my hair at the crown. The result is hair that is incredibly sleek and shiny. All fly-aways and split-ends are concealed and my hair looks and feels really, really soft. I also manage to get two full days out of my wash without having to resort to dry shampoo on Day 2 as usually is the case.

One Pump

For my first proper foray into the world of hair products and hair oil, I'm really impressed by Extraordinary Oil. I don't find that it weighs my hair down or causes it to look greasy and I really love the overall finish it gives. However, I am conscious of coating my hair in product and try to only use this twice-a-week. I'm also on the market for a clarifying shampoo to use once-a-week to remove any product build-up. As the saying goes, everything in moderation!


  1. Snap! I've been using this for the past few days. I picked it up in a chemist for €9.99.
    The glass bottle makes me feel fierce fancy..!
    I'm loving the smell and my hair seems to be absolutely lapping it up.
    I had also never used a hair oil before but this one is leaving my hair is a lovely condition: it is SO SOFT.
    Thumbs up from me anyway!xo

  2. Prices must really vary! I bought mine for €11.99 in Tesco - full price, not on offer or anything. I got the coloured 1, looking forward to trying it now, see if it compares to Moroccanoil or Ojon Damage Reverse

  3. A lot of people seem to be loving oil treatments and products for their hair right now. It's not something I have ever tried but I may have to look into it! xo

  4. L'Oréal Elvive Extraordinary Oil is a new hair product to make your hair look as lively and bouncy as it gets with just a little application of the product. It'll save you from all the efforts dealing with the round hairbrush all morning.

  5. can you please post the full ingredients list?thangs.

    1. cyclopentasiloxane, alcohol denat, phenyl trimethicone, dimethiconol, c12-15 alkyl benzoate, chamomilla recutita extract/matricaria flower extract, cocos nucifera oil/ coconut oil, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, nelumbuim speciosum extract/nelumbuim speciosum flower extract, benzyl alcohol, cinnamal, linaool, linum usitatissimum flower extract, caprylic/capric, triglyceride, gardenia tahitensis flower extract, rosa canina flower extract, bisabolol, glycine soja oil/soybean, , parfum/fragrance (F.I.LC51164/2)

      Hope this helps.

  6. Have you tried using Elemis Exotic Monoi Moisture Melt (or just plain coconut oil)? Similar effect without the build-up.

  7. Boots in the UK currently have it at £6.65 (€8.41)

    I have thick straight dyed hair and have already noticed it's taken some of the straw-ness out of the ends. Thinking a little more experimentation I can get some good bounce at the roots too

    Nick Sheridan

  8. I'm thinking about getting this.. my hair is so dry at the ends and I'm hoping this will help :) Thanks for the review :3 xoxo


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