Tuesday, 4 October 2011
Rare Elements Shampoo & Conditioner
However, Mise Beauty sent me some sample sachets of Rare Elements shampoo, conditioner and treatment oil when I was just about to run out of my Rahua shampoo & conditioner. I used them and liked them enough to purchase the full size shampoo & conditioner, and I'll be buying the treatment oil when I run out of the sample vial.
The range is formulated without sulphates, parabens or silicones. It uses natural ingredients from around the world to clean and condition the hair. Rare Elements has a luxury feel; I'd compare the products texturally to the Philip B White Truffle range or the Alterna Science of Ten range. The shampoo is a rich pearl texture, the conditioner is a buttery texture, and both smell beautiful (a mix of ylang ylang, rosewood and rose geranium). Rare Elements also leaves my hair in extremely good condition; moisturised but not weighed down and with definite bounce and lift at the roots.
The treatment is an oil-based pre-wash treatment. It's also useful to protect hair before a chemical treatment, and I gave it a good trial by using a tiny bit to protect my hair before bleaching some more of it. I found the hair pre-treated was in much better condition after the bleaching than hair that I had previously bleached without using anything to protect it.
If you have normal and not-abused hair, this is a lovely and indulgent shampoo and conditioner but you would undoubtedly get good results from less expensive ranges (the shampoo is £25 and the conditioner is £30, although you do need to use very little of both each time you wash your hair). If you do chemically treat (and particularly if you bleach) your hair, then I'd really recommend this range. I am still using my Rahua Finishing Treatment after washing and conditioning.
Available in Europe from www.misebeauty.com and from www.rare-elements.com in the US. Mise have a full ingredients list for each product which is probably easier to read, but here are the pictures of the ingredients from my bottle and tube for completeness.