Mini Review: Loreal Elseve Extraordinary Oil Cleansing Cream

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Now that I’ve finished at least 80% of this giant bottle, I feel confident letting you know my thoughts and experience using this product. First: what it is. Loreal Elseve Cleansing Cream is meant to be a co-wash product, aka a conditioner you use in between full wash-and-condition sessions. I say that deliberately; I personally think everyone’s scalp can do with a good cleansing now and again (vs. never, ever cleansing like you have probably seen all over social media and the inter webs), though I don’t personally wash my hair daily. Second: despite being a product from a French company marketed in Japan, this product is made in China; this may or may not bother you. Third: I purchased mine at Don Quixote and I don’t remember the price, somewhere around $12 USD perhaps for a 440 ml bottle … it’s a giant bottle, with a pump top.

So starting there, it’s good that the bottle is large because I found myself using a good bit of product with each use. To be fair, I have long, super thick hair that naturally is coarse and dryish, and is straight permed (aka chemically damaged). I never use a small amount of product. Just know that you will need more of the Loreal Elseve cleansing cream than you would use with other products.

That being said, I disagree with the product’s slightly underwhelming (but not bad) 4.9/6 star rating on cosme (a Japanese cosmetic rating/review site) … I really enjoyed this product, and will purchase again. Here’s why:

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For days I am not washing my hair, I will still rinse in the shower if my scalp is sweaty, and then use conditioner. This product performs better than a standard conditioner in terms of making my hair feel a little cleaner (without a full, stripping shampoo) while still really leaving a moisturized feeling on my hair. Because of my hair type and the perm, I still try and use a conditioner after if I have time (not as often as I wish, ha!), but using solely this product, my hair feels very soft and moisturized out of the shower. That’s a big deal with my “problem” hair.

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For those of you with very fine, thinner hair … first, I’m jealous, and second, I would try and get a sample before buying the mondo jug because, I don’t know how this would perform for you. Would it be too heavy? I don’t know, maybe. And the bottle I bought of the Loreal Elseve is ginormous, so while not super expensive, that’s a lot of product down the drain if it doesn’t work out for you.

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So, final thoughts: especially coming into the humid and sweaty spring/summer season in Asia, I highly recommend having a bottle of Loreal Elseve Cleansing Cream  in your shower. I would not use this as your sole shampoo/cleanser (nor any other cowash) but it would be especially excellent in a gym kit where you have limited time to get your hair grease/sweat free and conditioned in a short amount of time.

4 thoughts on “Mini Review: Loreal Elseve Extraordinary Oil Cleansing Cream”

  1. I really like Lush I Love Juicy – it seems to get my hair cleaner than other shampoos, so I can leave it a bit longer before the next wash. It does make it a bit fluffy, but my hair is dead straight so any volume is appreciated.

    1. I have a Lush shampoo bar and I feel the same about it … I use it every once in a while as a clarifying shampoo but it’s too much for everyday.

  2. I’m currently loving the Tresemme Beauty-Full Volume shampoo & conditioner. I think it’d be great for your oily hair as it works to get rid of residue and buildup so your hair can be light, bouncy and voluminous. I’ve always steered clear from Tresemme products because they dried my hair out but this duo was DIFFERENT.

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