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Reviewing Ouai's Rose Hair & Body Oil

Ouai Rose Hair & Body Oil Review

If you’re someone whose hair increases to three times its normal size with the slightest hint of moisture then, like me, you’re also probably used to trying out endless products to tame frizz and restore hydration.

And while I have a pretty steady rotation of masks, serums and leave-in conditioners to keep my hair somewhere in the ‘normal size’ range, there’s another type of product I love for softening and adding shine: hair oils.

Ouai Rose Hair & Body Oil

As a big fan of Ouai’s delicious-smelling line of haircare goodies (as well as that minimalist packaging), when I saw their Rose Hair & Body Oil I was interested to see whether it was moisturising enough to join my regular lineup of de-frizzing products.

Containing shea, sunflower seed, rosehip and apricot kernel oils to moisturise, this oil is free from parabens and silicones, and also cruelty-free.

And as you might have guessed from its name, rose is the standout scent here, as well as lychee- giving this a light, floral fragrance.

The Full List of Ingredients

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, C15-19 Alkane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Rosa Moschata Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Olus (Vegetable Oil/Huile Végétale), Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl p-Cresol, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, CI 26100 (Red 17)

How to Use it

With a thin texture that makes it easy to work through strands and over skin, this is one of those oils that tends to run away from me a bit on legs/arms etc, so I try to work quickly when applying.

Massaged over skin post-showering this doubles as a body moisturiser, while I also like using before washing as a moisturising hair treatment (my frazzled locks definitely appreciate the hit of moisture).

It can also be used on styled strands for adding shine (use sparingly if you have fine hair though as this is a little heavy).

On the Skin

Moisturising and softening on both hair and skin, I like the scent, the results, and the fact that it’s multipurpose (great for travel).

I’m not so keen on the use artificial fragrance here, though, although I haven’t found it drying or irritating.

On the plus side, the scent really is noticeable enough that- if you were really trying to pack light- you wouldn’t necessarily need a separate perfume (the sort of lazy girl packing I can get on board with).

On the Hair

Softening (and certainly lovely smelling), I really like using this left through hair overnight before washing out.

I find it goes some way to give some extra moisture to my bleach-frazzled locks using like this, while massaging a small amount of this through the lengths and ends of dry hair helps to add shine and control frizz (and did I mention that scent?).

The Takeaway

Overall I like this oil for moisturising hair and body, and the scent certainly feels pretty luxurious.

Considering it’s a high-end look and feel too, this works out cheaper than few similar brands and products.

Great for: Rose scent fans and for moisturising hair and skin. Also for travel- both because it’s under 100 ml and because you’re essentially getting at least two products in one here (and four if you also use this as a pre-shampoo treatment or in place of perfume).

Not-so-great for: Really sensitive skin types who might not like the artificial fragrance here.

Ouai’s Rose Hair & Body Oil is from £14 for 45 ml, Feel Unique UK* and from $16 for 1.5 oz/ 45 ml, Sephora US



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  • Tatjana Cvejic


    Amazing review!!! I’m afraid of hair oils due to my oily hair sculp!

    12th May 2020

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