May 072012

Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil ($68/ 5 oz.) is a A-list product for hair. Although I’ve experimented with a shelf-full of leave-in conditioners, heat protectants, and oil, Shu Uemura offers a best-in-class that transforms dry ends into soft, healthy, shiny, luxurious hair with this very lightweight oil with the luxurious scent of camellia petals. It’s one of those rare hair care products that works extremely well and is an extreme pleasure to use.

I became curious about Shu’s Esence Absolue every since I saw this entry on Into the Gloss (what gorgeous hair!). I’ve long been impressed with Shu Uemura’s attention to both beauty and innovation, they are one company who typically delivers simply, effectively, and beautifully.  At this point, my search for a leave-conditioner is over. I have found my holy grail and it is Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue.

Main points:

  • This delivers glorious shine and moisture to dry areas of your hair. It seems to close down any frizzy areas, leaving remarkably soft, smooth, and healthy-looking hair behind.
  • It acts as a leave-in conditioner, by delivering beneficial oils to the hair.
  • The oil has a UV protectant.
  • This is safe on color-treated hair.
How to use:  You can use Shu Uemura Essence Absolue every day, by applying a pump into your palm and applying to dry areas either before or after styling. I’d recommend using it before styling on dry hair, it absorbs very quickly. You can also use it to pre-treat your hair before shampooing as a mask. I usually do this in the leisure of a weekend morning by combing several pumps through dry hair, and clipping up my hair for an hour or so prior to shampooing.
Bottom Line:  Liquid gold. I never, ever want to be without it. Will keep buying until they stop making it.
Here’s a little video about the product:

Available here online and at certain salons. Ingredient list:  Cyclopentasiloxane, dimethiconol, camellia kissi/camellia kissi seed oil, ethylhexyl, mehtoxycinnamate, butylphenyl methylpropional, hexyl cinnamal, hydroxycitronellal, parfum/fragrance

Shu Uemura Essence Absolue was sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review.

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  4 Responses to “Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil”

  1. I use this too, and absolutely love it! It is the most lightweight product ever that leaves hair with incredible shine! I’m glad you featured it on here!

  2. I work out daily and of course my long hair gets sweat-soaked. I put it up on top of my head so I can get out of my workout clothes, and I like to run a dollop of something through my hair to nourish it. I have tried many things, but this sounds ideal. And I too love Shu Uemura.

  3. Amy – Could you please give me some guidance on how to use this? Can you use it on still-wet hair or only on dry hair? I have it, but don’t think I’m using it correctly. Thank you!

    • I put the suggestions in the post, Nina, it can be used on wet or dry hair. I usually use mine on dry hair, just a pump into my palm. I scrunch it onto the ends and then brush it through. I hope this helps!

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