Frivolous Friday: the Joys of Oribe

You know what’s annoying?  When a friend goes on and on about some expensive product she’s using, claiming it’ll change your life, or at least your hair/eyelashes/whatever, and you avoid it for months, thinking it couldn’t possibly be worth the money.  Then you spend the night at her house and use it in the morning, and the smell alone just gets stuck in your head, like an infectious song.  Then you have a little too much rose at brunch one day and make the mistake of getting on Amazon, and think, hey, treat yo’self, girl!  And put $40 fucking conditioner in your shopping cart.

And it’s everything she said it would be.

This is what happened to me with the hair-care line Oribe, or as I like to refer to it, ‘fancy lady hair stuff.’  So far I’m just using the conditioner, because I have to use shampoo designed for people with weird, flaky scalps, but it is life changing.  My hair is less frizzy and shinier, and it smells fantastic.  Oribe products all have this wonderfully heady, grownup floral scent to them that just makes you feel wealthier every time you swish your hair around.  And check out this fancy freaking packaging:

 Oribe Gold Lust

I’m also working my way through a small ($20) tube of shine cream (photo), which is also great for controlling frizz and adding shine.  Once it really gets humid this summer it’ll be put to the true test, but I think Oribe can handle it.  The other nice thing about this stuff is that a little goes a long, long way.  I have fairly long, very thick hair, and I can get away with a dime sized little blob of the conditioner.  It’s still WAY too expensive for freaking conditioner, but it makes me feel a little bit better.


Next on my wish list is the Gold Lust hair oil.  Luxury beauty products seem to all be oil-based lately, like we’re all ancient Egyptian priestesses anointing ourselves.  Hey, if I can have supermodel hair without sitting in a chair for an hour for a blowout, I’ll pray to Ra, Osiris, whatever.  Meet me in the afterlife, bitches.  I’ll have the best hair.


Published by Diane McMartin

Diane McMartin is a Certified Sommelier and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America’s Accelerated Wine and Beverage Certificate Program. She also works in wine retail, teaching wine education classes and helping customers wade through the endless sea of bad Chardonnay in the world. She lives in the Washington, D.C., area.

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