Fall is right around the corner and with it starts cravings for deep, rich, warm... mmm, comforting scents. Obviously I am daydreaming aloud. Amber is one of the choice notes to sport in the autumn season because it is so mellow and besides it is like the olfactory embodiment of turning-leaves. Amber smells dark to golden light and can offer a textural facet that evokes cashmere or fur. I truly think that it can help you keep warmer in the chill thanks to the psychological impact it can have on the mind...
So, I spotted three products that go for the Baudelairean ambiance of a rich mane dripping with the luxurious notes of amber. One is really deluxe, Philip B Russian Imperial Amber Shampoo, another is more affordable, Lulu Organics Patchouli and Amber, and the third one, MiEssence Protect Hair Repair, you can have at a dirt cheap price in travel size...
Philip B Russian Imperial Amber Shampoo says it all with its name but the brand elaborates further,
The tantalizing scent of PHILIP B® Russian Amber Imperial Shampoo channels the opulence of the Romanov dynasty, when the healing and calming properties of Amber Oil were treasured by a privileged few. Treat your hair like royalty -- the Imperial way!
This is a shampoo with an overdose of Panthenol or B5 scented with amber oil extracted from the styrax bushes,
We call this the Fountain of Youth for hair: Our reconstructing shampoo rejuvenates and revitalizes all hair types, giving even chemically-damaged strands a dramatically youthful look, feel and radiance from the first use. The power-packed formula truly heals on all fronts: Eleven life-giving L-Amino acids at active strengths repair hair on a cellular level -- quickly restoring its body, bounce and shine. An extraordinarily high dose of Panthenol (Vitamin B5) coupled with a catalyst, Phytantriol, sinks moisture deep into every strand. An artful, Russian-inspired blend of of Chamomile, Grape Seed, Rosemary, Nettle, Burdock and Sage infuses hair with emollients for a healthy gleam-from-within. Protective Silk, Wheat and Soy Proteins increase elasticity and tensile strength. And Shea Butter imparts a finishing touch of weightless hydration for beautiful, long-lasting bounce and resilience.
It's been featured in Lucky Magazine this month hence the buzz for this shampoo which launched in the fall of 2008. Apparently there is going to be a more economic version issued in 2010 with a 2 oz. size at $18.
The current size of 12 oz is priced at $140. Available at Philip B
If you cannot spring for this just yet, there is scent-wise Lulu Organics Patchouli and Amber Hair Powder/Poudre de Cheveux. It's a dry shampoo touted as convenient for the "days of unwash." You could just as well see it as a perfumed powder for the hair and go back, in the privacy of your bathroom, to the days of courtly bouffants. They also have hair powders in Lavender & Clary Sage, Jasmine, and Tuberose.
Price: $40 for 4.5 oz. Available at Lulu Organics
Finally and going back to amber oil, one of the key ingredients in the Philip B shampoo, you can have your own recession-friendly, plus eco-friendly version of the decadent amber-scented mane with MiEssence Protect Hair Repair which includes amber oil as an aromatic ingredient. "As well as providing long lasting moisturisation and building strength and body, B5 Hair Repair will help to detangle and smooth your hair." The product is organic and lists an impressive roll call of ingredients:
certified organic aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, certified organic citrus dulcis (sweet orange) essential oil, certified organic arctium lappa (burdock) extract, daucus carota (carrot) CO2 extract , aroma (amber oil), organic fermented grain extract, certified organic pelargonium graveolens (geranium) essential oil, certified organic equisetum arvense (horsetail) extract, sclerotium rolfsii gum, certified organic urtica dioica (nettle) extract, aqua, certified organic rosa rubiginosa (rosehip) seed oil, certified organic rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, certified organic salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) fruit extract
Prices are $32.95 for a 8.5 oz bottle and $6.25 for 1.7 oz. Available at mionegroup.com