L'Occitane Control Styling Prep-Cream review


We pamper our skin to no end and pay attention to our health, but do we pay any mind to our hair? Like any other part of your body, hair needs TLC sometimes too and unlike the rest of your body, hair is subjected to a lot. You yank it, you bind it, you subject it to high heat, chemicals and all kinds of weather; it's no wonder hair can be such a mess! L'Occitane has the answer to your hair woes with its on-the-go solution to protect your hair against environmental, chemical and heat stressors.

The Product
The L'Occitane Control Styling Prep-Cream is a leave-in conditioner designed to repair damaged hair and protect it from future damage. The end result - sleek, shiny, soft hair.

This product is designed for dry, damaged hair types, but I've been using it on my fine tresses to no ill effect. Containing a mix of essential plant oils and no silicones, you can be sure that this product follows L'Occitane's philosophy of naturally derived, quality ingredients.

The Guts
The primary ingredients in this product are:
  • Cetearyl alcohol - a waxy like substance that provides texture and emulsifying effects. Also acts as an emollient, helping to lock in moisture. Can be derived from petroleum byproducts or from natural sources. Generally considered safe, but some can experience irritation on the skin.
  • Glycerin - moisturizer
  • Lecithin - provides skin conditioning benefits and texture
  • Jojoba seed oil - naturally derived oil that conditions and moisturizes hair 
Other ingredients of note here are angelica archangelica oil (perfume), sweet almond oil (moisturizing, shine enhancing), orange oil (astringent), sunflower seed oil (emollient), rosemary leaf extract (antioxidants, helps thicken hair), lavender oil (helps prevent hair loss), avena strigosa seed extract (a.ka. bristle oat, humectant). 

Price & Packaging
For a 200 mL tube, it will cost you around $48. The tube is quite large and you only need a little product each use so this product will last you quite a long time. The neat thing about this product's packaging is that the bottom is a screw nozzle, which means you twist it and squeeze product out without taking off the cap. This does reduce the number of moving parts associated with this product, but makes it a little messy in that you want to be sure you've wiped off all the product before putting it down on your counter.

Since I have fine hair, I don't want to over condition it and weigh it down, so I alternate washes with a regular conditioner and with this one. Although it's a leave-in conditioner, it feels quite light on my hair and the smell.. omg! 


I'm not sure what it is, but this conditioner smells SO GOOD. Very clean and slightly woodsy and floral. It's quite unusual, but in a good way. Even Mr. Artist commented on the scent! 

The amount on my hand above is about half of what I'd normally use to cover my mid-back length hair. If you have thicker or longer hair, you will probably want to use more. I apply it to towel-dried hair and then either let my hair air-dry or blow-dry. Either way, my hair feels soft and silky after with minimal tangles. 

Final Verdict
Buy - smells good and gives me shiny, silk hair.

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