My Conscience (henceforth referred to as just C) : I can’t believe it…how can a smart, sensible girl like you fall for all this marketing hype and lust after hair oil just because they put it in a pretty bottle and give it the exotic name of Elixir!!!
Me: Arre, haven’t you seen the TV and press ads and seen the hoardings? They say its made with real ingredients!
C: And so is the oil that you make yourself. You combine coconut, olive, almond and vitamin E oils…aren’t those real enough for you?
Me: Oh shut up, this one claims to have precious hair oils..you know, like Argan oil. But they’re still haven’t reached any chemist in our area. So I’ve told “family chemist” to order the Hair Fall Rescue one and he said “Bhabhi, wo kal mangaake ghar bhej deta hoon” (I’ll order it and send it home tomorrow.)
C: *scowls and sulks*
The next day…
Me: look, it’s come…the Dove Hair Elixir! Doesn’t it look pretty? Such a nice glass bottle, with a pump…oh and see, there are real rose petals floating in it!!!
C: What’s the big deal? You can also add those to your oil…and why just rose, add jasmine, mogra, hisbiscus, whichever flowers you like, add the petals. Anyway, what are the “precious oils” that make up this “elixir” (sarcastically stressing on those two words).
Me: (picking up carton to read ingredients) Oh….
C: What, what?
Me: (in a really small voice) The first ingredient is mineral oil, third ingredient is Cetyl Dimethicone which is a silicone. In fact, vegetable oil is just 16% w/w and mineral oil is 78%w/w!
C: (starts gloating)
Me: Well, but the jury’s still out whether mineral oil and silicones are good or bad for hair. I’ve read loads and loads about it online and there is no conclusive opinion on this.
C: Forget that, would YOU want a hair oil that is largely mineral oil???
Me: (grumpily) No…I would prefer my hair oil to be just pure vegetable oil. But I’m definitely going to use it a couple of times to test it now that I’ve bought it……
So, anyway, I used this oil four times for hair massage and each time, I left it on longer than an hour before shampooing, once even overnight. I did find it a bit difficult to shampoo and even after shampooing twice, I felt that I hadn’t managed to get all the oil out of the hair. I didn’t feel any softening or hydration of the hair that you normally feel after an oil massage. It didn’t make my hair feel any worse either, except a bit more greasy at the scalp since the oil didnt come out properly.
I really liked the pump though coz its quite a useful thing for getting out small quantities of oil. I even used the pump to squirt oil directly onto my scalp. The elixir also has a really lovely fragrance which is very different from all those other typical “scented oils”, which, to be honest, make me gag! Yes, I know the fragrance has been added in this oil, but its a very nice fragrance.
So, the bottom line is, I dont think i will continue using this elixir. Maybe it has to do with my personal aversion to mineral oil and silicones in my hair oil (they could work wonderfully for you though), but I think I would certainly prefer a blend of pure vegetable oils for my hair. I really don’t feel like letting this go waste though…I’ll probably decant this into another bottle and give it to my maid and fill my oil in this cute pump bottle.
Has any of you tried this elixir? What has been your experience with it?
PS – I don’t normally have conversations with myself in my head…well ok, sometimes…but then don’t we all 😉 ???