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Welcome to another round of Add to Cart! This one is a little bit unusual because the product I chose this month was actually brought to my attention via a text message. My good friend Margot just received a Sephora order and she wanted to tell me about some honey-infused hair perfume that I honestly wasn't that interested in. Why? Well, I am a tried and true OUAI girl. My minimal hair routine is like 90% OUAI products. And I can be a bit of a snob about it. I also tend to dislike limited edition products because when I find something I love I want to use it forever – anything that isn't going to be on shelves long? Nah. But, to humor Margot, I bought it.
The Product She Chose: Gisou Honey Infused Hair Perfume Floral Edition, 1.7 fl oz - $44
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I am going to admit that I was immediately taken by the packaging. Anything that looks that pretty on my dresser? Swooning.
Here is a closer look at the ingredient list:
Alcohol Denat., Parfum (Fragrance)†, Aqua (Water, Eau), Mel (Honey, Miel)*, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Tris(Tetramethylhydroxypiperidinol) Citrate, Citral**, Coumarin**, Linalool**, Hexyl Cinnamal**, Limonene**, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 14700 (Red 4).
I am not going to dive into key ingredients as much here, because this is an alcohol-heavy perfume rather than some performance skincare product. It sprays out of a perfume-style nozzle and feels just like perfume in the way that it kind of disappears into nothingness after a few moments. The interesting callout here is that honey, though. I did a deep dive into this brand and found that that honey is pretty special. Basically, this line was founded by a beekeeper who learned the art from her father. Her family actually uses their multi-generational honey to infuse all of the Gisou products. Being an unbearably sentimental sort of person, this family history kind of made me fall in love with this whole brand. And I think you might too.
To be clear, you likely won't notice a huge change in your hair texture from this particular Gisou product. It is more about the scent (more on that in a sec). But the added benefit of moisturizing honey and argan oil adds a minimal bit of shine and makes me feel better about spraying alcohol into my hair.
Ok, this is the whole point. We buy hair perfume to make our hair smell good and give our tresses a refresh between wash days, right? That means I want a great scent, staying power, and a smell that compliments the perfume I might also wear that day without turning me into an offensively scented cloud of a person. When I opened this little bottle, I immediately started with a wrist spritz just to check out the scent. I fell in love. Here is how Gisou describes it:
Top notes of ginger and blackberry leaf, a heart note of lavender and a base note of honey in Honey Infused Hair Perfume - Floral Edition evoke exhilaratingly late summer days and nights.
I don't think I would have picked out these notes. To my nose, this smells of warm honey, fresh petals, and a little bit of powder. If I had to describe the smell in one word, it might be "French". It is beautifully feminine and completely effortless, like something that is a happy little afterthought added right before you slip out the door in the morning. I found that it lasted all day in a soft but ever-present sort of manner, brushing past my senses whenever I turned my head. It also occurred to me that this could simply be a perfume you use, well, like a normal perfume, spritzed on the wrists or neck for a signature scent that lasts all day.
Margot was right. I am cheating on OUAI with this hair perfume. And while it might not be around forever, I am going to enjoy every spritz! And probably buy a backup bottle. It is a perfect end-of-summer scent, though the honey notes make it totally fall-relevant as well. And I really love how this makes my hair smell and how it makes me feel instantly fresh and put together.
Should You Buy Gisou Honey Infused Hair Perfume Floral Edition?
I mean, I already bought a second bottle, so if this review has you wanting this product, I would snag it before it disappears for sure. I think anyone would love this scent and the effortless way it refreshes your hair and skin. And $44 for such a nice perfume? This is an easy yes.
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