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Leonor Greyl Masque Quintessence product review

Splurge of the Week: Leonor Greyl Masque Quintessence

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 . . .

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diorbaby diorbaby 8 years
I would love to be able to spend that much on a hair mask.
ashopaholic ashopaholic 8 years
I have been wanting to try their oils but I can't seem to find a stock list here. But that is too much for hair mask imo!
princessgouveia princessgouveia 8 years
I honestly can't see spending more then $20 on a conditioner and at that it had better be an amazing one. Not to say I don't love going into Sephora and trying all the stuff, I just can't afford to bring home more then 1 thing very infrequently.
svenska svenska 8 years
I love Leonor Greyl products, but $137+ is a little ridiculous. I'll stick to the orchid masque they do...
emalove emalove 8 years
Wow, that's wayyyyy too expensive for a hair product! At least in my opinion it is!
psychobabble psychobabble 8 years
I'm still saving up for a T3 dryer, this is wayyyy out of my budget
brandi07 brandi07 8 years
That is pretty expensive. I don't think I would ever spend that much money for a hair mask.
Calimie Calimie 8 years
That's too far out my budget to even consider.
Coquiteen Coquiteen 8 years
hmmm idk if I would shell out that much money of leave-in conditioner. You should give "It's a 10 Miracle Leave In Conditioner" a try. :)
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