I’m going through a bit of a L’Oreal obsession at the moment so when I saw the new L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil In Cream Nourishing Leave In Cream (extraordinarily long name), I knew I needed to try it and I opted for the ‘All Types of Hair’ version but they do have a ‘Dry, Rough Hair’ version too. The L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil In Cream Nourishing Leave In Cream contains 150ml and retails for £6.99 and is described as having the nourishment of extraordinary hair oils, now in a light beauty cream. The Oil In Cream contains six different flower oils to provide intense nourishment without weighing the hair down, as well as leaving the hair with voluptuous softness and lustrous shine.
L’Oreal describe their Oil in Cream as being perfect for those who are wary of using hair oils within their hair in fear of them weighing the hair down, but I personally love using hair oils and I always at least one oil infused product every single time I wash my hair. The L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil In Cream Nourishing Leave In Cream can be used in three different ways;
As a finishing touch – apply a small amount onto wet or dry hair for hair that feels nourished with a luxuriously floral fragrance.
Before blow-drying as an hair primer – apply a lollypop sized amount evenly through the lengths and ends before blow-drying to help protect it from frizz and feeling dry.
A pre-shampoo massage treatment – before shampooing, apply a generous amount throughout the hair from root to tip and massage the sumptuous cream into your scalp and leave for up to 5 minutes.
The consistency of the Oil In Cream surprised me, as I expected it to be quite thick like most oil-infused conditioners but it dispenses as a thinner, slightly runnier cream similar to a typical hair conditioner and I was unsure initially how much cream to use. My hair is fine so it can become laden with product very quickly so I always adopt the less is more approach, and after experimenting with differing amounts I’ve found that my long hair needs around a £2 coin sized amount when using the Oil in Cream as a leave in conditioner. I have to be honest, I don’t feel comfortable using it as a finishing product on dry hair as it’s so nourishing and ‘wet’, I prefer to use more balm-like products for taming frizzies and flyaways. I also don’t like using it as a pre-shampoo treatment as I don’t notice any improvement to my hair by doing so. My favourite way to use the cream is to just use it as a leave in conditioner in my towel dried hair before brushing and blowdrying.
The cream has a lovely floral scent which does linger in the hair, and it does feel a little strange when working it through clean hair as it’s so wet but once on the hair, it doesn’t make my hair feel awful and I find it to be a lot more manageable when it comes to styling. The biggest difference I’ve noticed in my hair since using the L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil In Cream Nourishing Leave In Cream, is how amazingly silky it leaves my hair as it makes my hair bobbles slip out which could be seen as a negative, but I just love how silky, soft and shiny my hair looks and feels. It doesn’t leave my hair feeling at all greasy, or overloaded which I was worried about making it an all round winner in my books. I’m glad I chose this version over the more intense ‘rich’ version as I think that would definitely be too heavy for my fine hair, but if you have exceptionally dry hair, the rich version may well be worth a try.