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Luxury has a name: Leonor Greyl
I picked up a magazine to read at the gym this week and immediately turned to one of those “what does the celebrity have in her bag” articles. In the jumble of cosmetics, a familiar-looking elegant tube jumped out at me: a Leonor Greyl styling product. Even though I didn’t know of the line just a few short weeks ago, now it’s on my radar in a major way.
Before I even tried their luxurious products, I was charmed by the backstory of the Greyls. In 1968, Leonor (a beauty and haircare aficionado) and Jean-Marie (an engineer/botanist) were drawn together by a mutual interest in creating natural hair care products. As plant-based haircare grew in popularity, the Leonor Greyl line took shape and flourished.
(Products shown with Leonor Greyl Huile Secret de Beauté, already a favorite around we heart this headquarters.)
Today, this French company still thrives with daughter Caroline Greyl and her American husband, biologist Tom Brooks, at the helm. Their products are carried by 450 hair salons and at least a hundred stores in more than 40 countries. The Leonor Greyl Institute in Paris offers the full haircare experience, as do many other world-class spas– the George V Paris, Harrods London and the St Regis Princeville Hawaii to name a few of my dream destinations.
Luckily, we don’t have to jet around the world to experience Leonor Greyl’s eco-friendly, cruelty-free products. I got to try four, each one overwhelmingly wonderful.
Shampooing Sublime Meches ($51.00 7oz)
Beautifying shampoo for highlighted hair
Anyone who’s ever dyed her hair knows that over time, hair loses its just-colored shine. The thick-yet-gentle lather of this shampoo restores that shine, and smells heavenly, too! Even though this product is targeted towards highlighted hair, all of Leonor Greyl’s shampoos can be used for any hair type (“don’t worry—you can’t go wrong” is what the company says).
Lait Luminescence Bi-Phase ($48.00 5.2oz)
Detangling styling milk for thick hair giving protection, shine and manageability
Lait Luminescence is a leave-in detangler designed to smooth the hair. Plant extracts and vegetal oils add shine and protection from the sun, chlorine and salt water. Shaking the bottle before use gives the product a cool milky look. It can be sprayed directly on damp or dry hair; I sprayed it into my hand for more control of where the product went.
Masque a l’Orchidee ($65.00 7oz)
Nourishing mask for very dry, thick or frizzy hair
My favorite of the products I tested, this conditioning mask is formulated with plant ceramides that add strength and flexibility. Scrumptious scent, too! It can either be a 5 to 10 minute post-shampoo treatment, or a 20 minute pre-shampoo heavy-duty conditioning. I say clear your schedule and go for the longer session. My hair is so silky and shiny afterwards!
Mousse au Lotus Volumatrice ($46.00 5.1oz)
Alcohol-free styling mousse
Designed for thin hair, this rich mousse contains oils and vegetal extracts including Lotus. Applied to wet or dry hair, the formula adds hold, shine and volume. Protects color, too. I hadn’t used a mousse in years, but Mousse au Lotus Volumatrice has made me rethink my bias! It’s light and effective, with just enough hold.
I was so impressed, I’m determined to try more of Leonor Greyl’s 40 product range. No products contain silicone, parabens, coal tar, SLS or sodium chloride. All are safe for color-treated and Keratin-treated hair. Gentle, natural, yet highly effective—this is the kind of luxury that’s worth the cost.
we heartsters, have you ever tried the beauty that is Leonor Greyl? Tell us your favorite product.