Leonor Greyl Masque Quintessence ($137.50 for 7oz) is the only hair product I've seen come in one of those cubic cartons where the top and sides lift off to reveal a heavy-duty glass jar, sitting firmly on a built-in platform, much like being presented with an engagement ring, but the only commitment you're making is to spending a fortune. Careful opening it, though — the texture is not as thick as products like Terax Crema or Kérastase — lest you spill roughly $25 worth of it on the sink (like I did). The instructions say to smooth it on sparingly, so I did, focusing on the roots and ends of my hair. The scent has notes of Mock Orange and Linden, which is strong but pleasant.
Forty years ago, before most products claimed to be "organic" or "natural," Leonor Greyl started a line of products including ingredients like Wheat Germ Oil. The large line now has many almost unusual products, like a milky banana shampoo (Lait Lavant à la Banane), and an anti-dandruff shampoo including "propolis combined with a cocktail of botanical active ingredients [to] prevent the development of microbial flora and itching sensations."
To find out how I liked Masque Quintessence,
I applied the mask on dry, clean hair, and kept it on for about 20 minutes. After rinsing well as directed, I washed and conditioned with products I consider average and let my hair air dry with no product for consistency. My split ends weren't magically mended, but my hair does feel incredibly soft (as in, my friend leaned over at brunch and touched it) and looks shinier than usual. While Masque Quintessence's price is so high that you could get a professional deep-conditioning service, complete with heat and some precious Us Weekly time, it would be a viable option if you're too busy to hit the salon. And, of course, if you have an extra $137.50 laying around . . .