The Buzz Around Gisou’s Honey Infused Hair Oil?
While I already have a fully stocked (over-stocked, let’s be honest) drawer of haircare goodies , I couldn’t resist dipping my toe into the oh-so-aesthetically-pleasing world of Gisou.
Created by Instagrammer, Youtuber and sixth generation beekeeper Negin Mirsalehi, this ridiculously photogenic line will be familiar to anyone who has spent more than half an hour on Instagram- and is fast becoming a cult classic.
Known for her impeccable taste, uber luxe lifestyle, and yes, amazing hair, Negin’s intro into product creation saw her launch Gisou (a play on the French word for kiss, ‘bisou’).
While the relatively new line already contains a hair mask, hair perfume, leave-in conditioner, shampoo, hair mask and heat protecting spray, thanks to my naturally frizzy (read: triangular) hair I thought I’d check out perhaps the brand’s most famous product; the Honey Infused Hair Oil.
Since the price is definitely on the luxe side here I thought I’d stick to the travel size (50 ml), rather than diving straight into the full size.
Gisou Hair Oil
Like the rest of the range, Gisou’s hair oil takes its inspiration from honey; both in its ingredients as well as its look and texture, which has a thick, runny feel as well as a rich golden colour (making this curiously edible looking).
The light floral scent too- which possibly would have been enough to make me buy this alone- is also warm, sweet and ever so honey-like, making the overall fragrance summery and feminine…and I’m a huge fan.
But does it actually deliver on its claims to moisturise and condition?
What’s in it
While this is product is described as an oil- and honey is billed one of the key ingredients- the first two ingredients are actually a silicone and a silicone oil- cyclopentasiloxane and dimethiconol- giving this more of a serum-like feel and adding shine to my hair.
Meanwhile Mirsalehi honey (Negin Mirsalehi’s family’s own produce), does make an appearance, and with good reason… Honey acts as a humectant, binding water from the atmosphere to hair, which in turn helps to boost hydration levels. The ingredient is also a powerful antibacterial; great for scalps suffering from dandruff of infection.
Additionally, nourishing coconut oil and passionflower seed oil (an anti-inflammatory) also benefit scalp health, while sweet almond and argan kernel oils moisturise and contain Omega 3 and vitamin E (an antioxidant) to promote hair health.
Finally, tiare flower extract and added perfume provide the scent while colorants add to the oil’s rich honey-like tone.
The Full List of Ingredients
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Mirsalehi Honey, Sweet Almond Oil, Argania Spinosa (Kernel) Oil, Cocos Nucifer (Coconut) Oil, Passiflora Incarnata (Seed) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Parfum (Fragrance), Tocopheryl Acetate, CI 47000 (Yellow 11), Tocopherol, BHT, CI 26100 (Red 17), Butyiphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hyrdoxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool
How to Use it
The packaging suggests using two or three drops of this through wet or dry hair for styling and smoothing. Alternatievly Gisou also recommends using this for adding moisture to hair
as an overnight treatment, or even mixed in with the brand’s conditioner for an extra boost of moisture.
Because I like this mainly for its shine qualities and beautiful scent, I find I mainly use this run through dry hair after styling. The result is shinier, less fluffy hair that smells seriously yummy.
I’ve also found that used overnight this leaves my hair impressively soft and moisturised the next day- delivering on its claims as an overnight treatment.
Equally, mixed into conditioner this does add something of a moisturising boost, but probably no more than just adding a few drops of any other hair oil (or even coconut oil etc).
On the Hair
While I’m not normally a huge fan of the often slightly slippery feel of silicone serums (as well as their tendency to be a bit heavy on my hair), Gisou’s hair oil seems to add just enough weight to my hair to keep frizz in check without making it look greasy. And despite its thick texture, once warmed up between my hands this melts to work through strands quickly.
So is Gisou’s Hair Oil worth it?
Well overall, I can honestly say I enjoy the shine this offers, as well as the general de-frizzing. I also like the addition of humectants and antioxidants
And my hair definitely feels slightly more hydrated and moisturised after using this (and as I said, I do love that scent) so I’ve added this to the rotation of silicone-based products which I use to smooth my fluffy hair, which also includes the excellent IGK Mistress Hydrating Hair Balm*.
For cheaper dupe though I also really like Function of Beauty’s Hair Serum*. A completely custom hair treatment, this serum is also silicone-based for glossing and smoothing locks, and also contains a host of natural ingredients targeted to your hair’s sepcific needs (plus you get to choose the scent you want). For my full thoughts on this personalised hair serum, browse my Function of Beauty Hair Serum review.
So for the price though would I rebuy Gisou’s Hair Oil? Probably not (unless I end up missing that scent too much). That’s not because this isn’t a great product though, just that there are some brilliant alternatives that are a lot cheaper.
Great for: Damaged hair that lacks shine/ post styling smoothing/ pretty much all hair types. Anyone who likes their hair products in beautiful glass bottles with photogenic aesthetics (so that’s everyone then)
Not-so-great for: The wallet…ouch. Anyone who likes their haircare without a side of silicones.