“ Brand: L'Oréal / Type: Hair Mask / Subcategory: Hair Treatment / What it does: Nourishes, „
I originally came by this product when my mother bought the wrong conditioner (for her, her hair is VERY fine and she has to be careful what she uses as it is easily weighed down), so she gave it to me as she knows how I like deep conditioning treatments, and after using the first tub I have continued to purchase it when it ran out.
This masque is part of a range that includes shampoo and conditioner, which I don't use as I use shampoo for colour treated hair. My hair is fairly long and thick, I use this masque as a treat as I have not been too kind to my hair with all the colouring, blow drying, straightening and curling, and it seems to work perfectly to give my hair a well needed boost.
This product claims to 'bathe hair in nourishing ingredients for lasting replenishing results from root to tip, without weighing it down or leaving any residue...and is lastingly protected from dryness', attributing the results to its 2 main ingrediants: Royal Jelly and Omega 6.
I bought my most recent tub of this masque at my local Asda for around £4, but you can get it from a lot of supermarkets, Boots, Superdrug stores, etc, and the price often varies and there is usually an offer available to save even more money on what is already quite the bargain!
You can find this masque in a white, 300ml pot with a yellow-gold lid. The front of the pot is adorned with the L'Oreal Elvive logo and the Royal Jelly image. It's quite nice, simple packaging, yet it stands out easily at the same time.
As with most masque, you apply it on clean, wet hair in place of your usual conditioner, after squeezing out any excess moisture. Unscrew the lid and you're met with the strong, classic, signature scent of Royal Jelly: some may find it unpleasant but I personally love it, it smells gorgeous! My mother always used Royal Jelly bath and body products when I was a child, and the smell of it reminds me of the good memories from it.
The masque itself is a creamy yellow colour, and feels very thick and luxurious. The tub says to use a generous amount, but don't scoop loads out all at once, do it a bit at a time to build it up and avoid using too much - a little goes a long way. I apply a light layer on my roots (I use a lot of heat on my fringe!) and then focus the generous amount to the mid lengths and ends, I have also learned that massaging it in well then clipping it up until I'm done in the shower improves the results, although leaving it in for 1-2 minutes as stated also works well, it all just depends on preference. Another great thing about this product is that it does not drip at all, so none is wasted, and it also rinses out so well, whereas I have found other deep conditioning masques leave a lot of build up and make my hair greasy, but with this product, my hair felt so clean, nourished and soft, with no tangles at all.
When my hair dried, it smelled lovely, and still felt so soft and cared for. However, it goes without saying that the only thing that will TRULY restore damaged hair is get it cut, lay off the colouring and heat appliances, but for the majority of us who just love to experiment with out hair, this conditioner works a treat in repairing some of the damge.
Overall, I really rate this product. I have never known a masque rinse out so well, leave no hint of residue in my hair, and leave it feeling so soft and pampered. I try to only wash my hair twice a week (partly due to laziness, partly because I don't have oily hair and I can get away with it!), and I use a lot of styling heated appliances and products, so I use the masque at least once a week, sometimes twice, depending on what I have done to my hair that week. My using it twice a week is no reflection of the performance of the product, I am just that bad to my hair! It honestly does help maintain my hairs condition between trips to the hairdressers, and for the price, it really is excellent value for money as it lasts ages too. It just goes to show that you don't need to spend a fortune for the best haircare, I certainly wouldn't shell out for the up market treatments since I discovered Re-Nutrition!
L'Oreal introduced its Elvive haircare brand Re-Nutrition range in 2008 in a campaign fronted by the beautiful Penelope Cruz. In a bid to achieve similarly gorgeous, Hollywood glamour tresses and to give my hair a much-needed conditioning boost, I decided to try out some items from the range.
~*~* Who is this product aimed at? *~*~
Following the shampoo and conditioner, I gave the Re-Nutrition Masque Pot a go. My hair is quite long and thick and, with continued blow-drying and straightening, is prone to being a little brittle and dry at the ends. I was looking for a deep conditioning treatment to help prevent split-ends and improve the general condition of my hair.
This product is targeted at people like me - it is designed for those with dry, dull or hard to manage hair in order to nourish and smooth.
~*~* The product, price and packaging *~*~
I bought the Re-Nutrition Masque from a Boots store. The RRP of the product is around £3.96 in Boots, however I have seen the product cheaper in supermarkets (around £3.29). The product can be bought in the usual high-street retailers (Boots, Superdrug) etc and is part of a range - offering shampoo, conditioners and other conditioning treatments - if you want to use a full hair-care system.
The masque is sold in a squat, 200ml pot which is white in colour with a tangerine-orange screw-top lid. The front of the pot shows the Elvive Re-Nutrition branding in clear orange, white and black, with an orange-gold 'honeycomb'-style royal jelly image.
~*~* What's all the fuss about Royal Jelly? *~*~
Royal jelly is a substance derived from nurse honey bees as food for the young bee larvae and adult queen bees. It is nutrient-rich and incredibly concentrated, full of proteins, B vitamins, folic acid and mineral substances.
Royal jelly has been used for centuries and has been much lauded for its healing properties (it has been found effective in treating a variety of diseases and as an anti-aging product) and, due to its luxurious, nutrient-rich formula, has found its way into a number of beauty products, including this opulent conditioning masque.
~*~* So what's it like? *~*~
The masque is designed to be used in clean, damp hair, after shampooing, in the same was as a normal conditioner or as a deep conditioner when your hair needs a more intensive treatment.
On unscrewing the lid, the first thing that hits you is the strong, feminine and rich royal jelly scent, like a thick, hazy honey. This scent is quite heady and may not be to everyone's taste (my sister thinks it's really old-fashioned!) but it is a very opulent smell. The masque has a very rich, thick and creamy texture with a glossy golden-orange colour. As it is very thick and concentrated, only a small amount (a golf-ball sized blob) was needed to coat my long-hair from the tips along the hair, so it is fairly economical to use.
The conditioner is very thick and coated my hair well, with none of the product dripping or sliding off which is great. After leaving the conditioner on my hair for a few minutes, I rinsed it out. The product rinses out and my hair felt quite clean and silky smooth when washed out, with no tangles.
Once I had blow-dryed my hair, I found that my hair did not feel so silky or glossy, but had a slight feeling of residue or waxy build-up. This was a little disappointing, but this only felt built-up to the touch - my hair certainly felt soft and looked smooth and shiny. My hair was also nicely detangled and manageable, which was great.
~*~* The Verdict *~*~
Overall, I do like this product. Although there does seem to be a slight residue in my hair after use, my hair has been left smooth and definitely looks replenished. I've been using this product every week as a more intensive conditioner occasionally and have found that this has reduced split ends and kept my hair in better condition. For the price - which is quite good given how economical you can be (as the product does go a long way) - this masque does give good results and has proved to be a handy occasional intensive masque with an abundant honey scent that lasts.
I used the L'Oreal Elvive Re-Nutrition shampoo and conditioner a while back when they first came out, and liked them, so a couple of months back when I noticed the Re-Nutrition mask on offer, I decided to give it a go.
I have long, thick hair and I like to give it a deep conditioning treatment once a week to keep it looking in good condition. This product is perfect for doing that as it's an intensive replenishing mask which they say will bathe even very dry hair in nourishing ingredients to 'replenish the fibre with moisture, so your hair regains bounce, elasticity and suppleness.'
The mask is formulated with Royal Jelly and they say it is especially for dry or dried out hair. This time of year I do find my hair can begin to feel quite dry, what with the central heating being on more often.
This comes packaged in a white pot with a yellow screw top lid and the front of the tub is adorned with gold holographic writing. I think it's a fairly nice looking tub for the price.
The mask itself is a pale yellow colour and has the same scent as the shampoo and conditioner. It's quite a sweet scent, and I imagine would not be to everyone's taste, but I don't mind it. It smells to me like honey, but with a bit of a floral edge.
The mask is a fairly thick consistency and to use it, you simply need to smother your hair in the glossy yellow cream after shampooing and squeezing out any excess moisture. It's very smooth and goes onto the hair easily. It does say on the tub to use 'a generous amount' but I find you don't need to go too over the top, as long as the hair is covered then it will work.
You need to leave the product on the hair for 1-2 minutes, which is not too bad, as some of these type of things need to be left on for 10, and I often can't be bothered to wait that long!
After rinsing this from my hair it immediately feels detangled and smooth. I find that it does add moisture and as a result leaves my hair feeling soft, and looking strong and healthy. It really does give it that boost it needs. I've found that once a week is more than enough when using this product so it will last a really long time.
One thing I would say is to maybe have a sniff of this and check that you like the smell before purchasing it, as the smell lasts on my hair for several hours after using this, and I imagine that wouldn't be such a good thing if you weren't keen on the scent.
A 200ml tub of this costs £3.96 from Boots. That's a fairly reasonable price if you ask me, especially considering it only needs to be used once a week, therefore one tub will last ages.
Overall I am very pleased with this product and would definitely recommend it. If you have dry hair that needs a boost, this is a great product to do that and it won't break the bank either.