Give Your Hair the Royal Treatment with Kérastase Elixir Ultime Shampoo & Masque

Oil has been really big recently. My love for face oil, body oil, and hair oil is well-documented here, so when Kérastase launched Elixir Ultime Sublime Cleansing Oil Shampoo (RRP in Belgium: 22 euros) and Beautifying Oil Masque (RRP: 39,30 euros), I was definitely intrigued! The duo contains the well-loved Elixir Ultime to complete the hair care routine. I’ve been using both products for the past 6 weeks, and I’m ready to share my findings with you!

Kérastase Elixir Ultime Sublime Cleansing Oil Shampoo has the classic packaging of Kérastase “Bain,” and it has the same reflective sticker on the back with the Elixir Ultime oil. The packaging functions well, and golden cap makes it look more luxurious (though I can assure you I went a little coo coo photographing it).

The shampoo is clear, and it smells like warm nutty amber (again, just like the oil). I was very skeptical about it, because many “nourishing” shampoos or the ones that contain oil tend to make my scalp grease up so much faster. Fortunately, the Elixir Ultime shampoo doesn’t do that! On top of that, it foams up well, cleanses well, and it is really gentle on my distressed locks. My hair tangles up less in the shower with this one. I am really pretty happy, because this is about the first nourishing shampoo I’ve tried that doesn’t make my hair greasy!

Here is the ingredient list if anyone is interested:

I have always had good experience with Kérastase hair masks, so one that contains oil sounds really promising! Kérastase Elixir Ultime Beautifying Oil Masque has the same smell with the oil and shampoo. It has shimmer when you look at it under the light, though since you have to rinse it off I don’t see it on my hair afterwards.

Like other Kérastase masks I’ve tried, Elixir Ultime Beautifying Oil Masque does not disappoint. It is rich, and like any conditioner/treatment, I wouldn’t suggest you put it on the scalp. Normally only the hair below your ears needs special attention. I do feel that for the past 6 weeks, my hair has been more manageable. Whether I follow up with Elixir Ultime or a silicone-free leave-in conditioner afterwards (I still like Kiehl’s Strengthening and Hydrating Hair Oil-in-Cream), my hair is less brittle and rough. My new hairdryer might have something to do with it as well (that will be for another post), but this duo has been working very well for me!

Here is the ingredient list if anyone needs it:

Bottom line: If Kérastase, or more specifically Elixir Ultime works well for you but your hair needs some extra help in winter, the Elixir Ultime Sublime Cleansing Oil Shampoo and Beautifying Oil Masque are definitely worth looking into. The shampoo cleanses well, is gentle for the hair, and it doesn’t make my scalp oil up faster. The mask works just as well as other Kérastase masks I have tried. You probably don’t need to run out and get this one if you are using a Kérastase mask that you like, but should you run out and want a new one, it is worth a try!

Have you tried any shampoos/masks that contain oil? How do they work for you?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx


  • Teri

    So glad it works for you! I love the ingredients, they seem to not include silicones so my hair is super happy!

    • Sunny

      Nourishing products without silicone are really hard to find, so I’m glad your hair is happy with these!

  • ValleyDoll

    I’m also a big fan of anything with oil in it. I love the Kerastase Elixir line !

    • Sunny

      Then this line is great news for you!

  • Liesbeth (candyandtreats)

    Kérastase is one of my favorites so I’m sure I’d love this line. Hope it is still available when I finish my products :-)


    • Sunny

      Hey Liesbeth, these are not limited edition products as far as I know. You should be able to locate them when you want to!

  • MEL

    I love the Kerastase Elixir Oil… (as I mentioned on your previous post about it) and I can’t wait for this to be on the shelves in SA !!

    • Sunny

      Hey Mel, yeah I remember! I hope you’ll like these too!

  • Claire

    I got those two products as well!! 😀 they aren’t disappointing for sure, won’t beat my beloved shu moisture velvet hair line though 😉 kerastase works really well for my hair, I really like their products, still, shu is my N1 😀

    • Sunny

      I haven’t tried that Shu line, but I’m glad to hear these work well for you too!

  • beauties

    the mask looks so fancy :)

    • Sunny

      It works well too!

  • Marijke

    I have to try these out, sounds really good!

    • Sunny

      They are, especially if your hair is damaged!

  • Larie

    This is interesting! I am never really tempted by hair masks – it just sounds so messy, hahaha!

    • Sunny

      Larie, I think with your non-chemically-treated shorter hair, you’re fine without one!

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    I’ve been curious about Kerastase for a long time because I know it’s supposed to be a really good brand and EVERYONE uses it. I’m not a fan of amber scents so maybe I will pass on these, but some of the other ones look good! (don’t know what they smell like, though)

    • Sunny

      Hey Becca, my hair seems to like Kerastase alright so I’ve been using this brand (not exclusively, but I always have some of their stuff hanging around) for the past 7 years or so. More of their products have a generic light scent. I don’t think you’d be bothered!

  • Isabelle

    Interesting how it doesn’t make you oil up faster! The Mythic Oil ones did for me, so I was expecting this to be similar…

    • Sunny

      Oh yeah the Mythic Oil shampoo did the same for me as well. I was very skeptical about this one for that reason, but my scalp is just fine with it!

  • Taylor

    These sound so amazing. Do you prefer this or the Shu Umera oil shampoo better? I ask for my mother, she dosnt have any trouble with an oily scalp. I wanted to pick her up a cleansing oil. The mask sounds just incredible!

    • Sunny

      Hey Taylor, unfortunately I’ve never tried the Shu shampoo so I can’t compare! I’ve tried a couple of Kerastase masks and they all work well for me. This one is no exception 😉

  • Rainy Days & Lattes

    Ooh this is lovely! I have the Elixir Ultime oil from Kerastase and it’s wonderful. So beautiful. The shampoo, like this one, would be a dream to use! ;p

    • Sunny

      Oh if you like Elixir Ultime definitely check these out! I hope you’ll like them just as much :)

  • Angela @ The Unprofessional Beauty Blog

    Kérastase has been on my list to try for a while now, but somehow I just never picked up any products before. This may be a great one to start with.

    • Sunny

      I agree! Try their masks if you have dry and damaged hair, or just long hair. You’ll feel a real difference!

  • Joyce (bronzerbunny)

    I completely forgot about kerastase. I remember when the brand was newer and interesting haha. But i’m so bad with hair in general and tend not to pay attention to what products are out, lol!

    • Sunny

      Haha yours isn’t too long so I’d say it’s not too high-maintenance anyways! Even when my hair is not chemically-treated I needed to pay extra attention just because it was long.

  • Sarah @ a beautiful story

    This range is very popular here; I like most Kerastase products but am yet to try this one! I’ll check it out when next at my hairdresser :)

    • Sunny

      Hey Sarah, you should do it! It works well for distressed hair!