I’ve been using Parisian hair care brand Leonor Greyl (a rumored celeb favorite that’s gone on tour with both Madonna and Gwen Stefani) off and on for about a year now, and I must say their beautifying oils are not only some of the most glamorous “natural” products I’ve encountered, but the Huile de Palme (for hair) and Huile de Magnolia (for face and body) are quite the little miracle workers when it comes to moisturizing dry skin and hair.
Free of the chemicals and additives found in most hair products (sulfates, parabens, silicones, etc.), Huile de Palme (literally “palm oil”) is an environmentally friendly blend of botanical and vegetal oils that protects hair health from the elements, such as sun, surf and chlorine. It’s a pre-shampoo treatment, so you can apply it to dry hair and leave it on anywhere from a few minutes to overnight, depending on your hair texture and/or conditioning needs. Then you shampoo your hair as you normally would and go about your usual routine. I love how it leaves my hair soft and smelling amazing for the rest of the day. (It’s pretty floral, so if you’re not into that type of scent, it’s probably not for you.) I even use it very sparingly as a styling product if my hair feels dry or too fluffy and needs a little weight or sheen. I don’t have a head of long, flowing hair (just a short bob), so one bottle has lasted me all year and then some — well worth the $47 price tag.
Huile de Magnolia (“oil of magnolia,”) is a face and body oil that’s best applied right after you shower to seal in moisture and leave your skin with a subtle magnolia scent throughout the day. I use it primarily for my body (literally less than two teaspoons), and I like it much better than the body butters and lotions I’ve tried that richly moisturize my dry skin but sometimes leave it irritated with added synthetic fragrance. It supposedly lessens the chance of sunburn and extends the life of your tan, but I haven’t really tested that out. This does nothing of the sort, although I’d recommend waiting a few minutes for it to dry before you slip into say, a silk shirt.