Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil – Review

Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil – Review

If you have been reading my previous posts, you may be knowing that during and after my pregnancy, i have been really on hunt for good skincare and hair care products and this is one of those gems i found during my pregnancy. I have been using this oil since last  one year and still love it the most among my hair care arsenal. I have medium wavy hair with sometimes dry flaky scalp. After including this oil in my hair care routine, i do not remember when was the last time i saw flyaway or frizz, even though i do not use it regularly, but in rotations with other hair oils.  I tried this oil as a deluxe sample from Shu Uemura Canada website while buying the Cleansing Oil, which is also one of my favorite product from the brand. Shu Uemura is a Japanese luxury brand for Skincare and Hair care products.


I have to say that this is one of the best oil serums out there in the market for the overall nourishment, tame frizz and fly aways and enhance shine. It can be used on wet hair before blow drying, on dry hair before heat styling, or as a pre-shampoo treatment. It works great no matter how i use it. It leaves my hair very smooth and shiny. I feel like my hair has been healthier since I started using it. It's more nourishing and moisturizing than other typical silicone-based serums, yet very light, not greasy or heavy. I really like the smell of this oil, which is very subtle sweet floral scent that doesn't linger.

As this oil is so light, it's not the best heat protectant. If i am blow drying or styling my hair using heat, i mix this oil with another serum that has a higher silicone content or otherwise use an additional layer of a heat protectant product.


It doesn't sit heavily on my hair, but I use it most on my mid hair to the ends, although I work it throughout my head. Other important thing i have noticed is that if i am using more than 2-3 pumps of this oil, it behaves differently, makes my hair become oily sooner. So, in my opinion, it will take 1-2 times for everyone to adjust and set the amount of this oil that is perfect for them, depending upon the hair type and hair length but i am pretty sure, this will work for everyone. You may have noticed till now that how much i love this oil… Overall, this oil really feels luxurious. I like the packaging and the 150ml bottle lasts me for more than 6 months. This oil has increased my love and hunt for more Japanese hair care and skincare for my hair type and skin type.

The price of this oil is CAD $69 for 150ml excluding taxes and i will be repurchasing it once i finish this bottle.

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