“Meet the hair product that’s taken the world by storm.” – Philip B.
PRODUCT RATING:★★★★★★★★★☆ (9/10)
PRICE DETAILS: $50 for 3oz./88ml. | $140 for 12oz./355ml. (♦♦♦♦♦)
PRESENTATION: Plastic tub with twist-off lid
TEXTURE & SCENT: Rubber cement (I’m not kidding) texture with a warmed amber scent.
HAIR TYPES: All hair types. Best for dry/damaged hair.
KEY FEATURES: Luxurious Amber Oil inspired by the Romanov dynasty and a Russian-Inspired blend of Chamomile, Grape Seed, Rosemary, Nettle, Burdock and Sage. Paraben & Phthalate Free.
QUICK REVIEW: Insanely expensive…insanely luxurious.
the REVIEW (Original post: 8/1/09): (Lucky magazine is going to tempt me to the poor house. After reading Jean Godfrey-June’s raving review about this opulent hair wonder, I had to try a tub (although that seems a very inappropriate vessel for a $140 shampoo) for myself. If a respected beauty expert declares a product above all else in its category, especially in such a public manner, I for one stand up and pay attention. Partially out of respect, though mostly because I would never let the next big beauty discovery slip through my fingers!
PRELUDE: Lets start by saying that my hair is the perfect candidate for this shampoo. While I give it a break by rarely blow drying (I do that maybe 6x a year) my thick, slightly wavy hair is only privy to a bi-annual hair cut and boxes upon boxes of drug store color. Therefore it isn’t fried, but I’ve given up on trying to beat it into submission and live quite harmoniously with a messy bedhead ponytail.
the EXPERIENCE: The fragrance of this product alone makes it worth its weight in gold (literally). Its a delicate, warm, amber-incense scent that would work very well with other perfumes…or fabulously on its own. Its texture on the other hand, is reminiscent of half dried rubber cement – which made it difficult to distribute through longer hair. I learned to distribute the product by rubbing a dollop in my hands and lightly rubbing my hair over and under before massaging into my scalp. Remember to let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing to get optimum results.
the RESULTS: After my hair air dried, it was noticeably more alive. A bit shinier, a lot more cooperative and almost seemed to style itself. Now is it worth the crazy price tag? Well…I’m going to painfully say no. Although I will say that its the best shampoo I’ve ever used and will continue to do so. I appreciate the amount of botanicals used in this formulation and the fact that it doesn’t irritate my scalp or leave me feeling like I have to wash my hair every day (which I normally do). However, given how much women spend on cutting and coloring their hair, I see no reason NOT to splurge on this hair wonder to maintain and stretch time between salon visits. If you can skip one cut and color…then justifying this worthy purchase becomes easily justifiable.
8/12/09: I’m completely addicted to this shampoo! Since I’ve been using Philip B. products my hair has been incredibly cooperative. Long gone are the unruly frizz, itchy scalp and lackluster locks. My hair is shiny (without using silicone or shine products!) and manageable – I’ve been able to throw my hair into a smooth pony tail without blow drying my hair first.
2/05/11: Since I started this review, I’ve scraped 3 jars of this magnifique shampoo clean (thanks to its texture – you can literally get it ALL). At $140, its impossible to fathom using it every time I shampoo (which is everyday) but I would if I could. No doubt. It not only leaves my abused hair is a state of euphoria, but it smells warm and cozy; and is like the ultimate hair luxury – which is quite a treat for this stay-at-home mom. Its like a fancy dinner without the kids after weeks of mac & cheese from a box. I’m sure a jar will appear in my shower again soon – I can justify the price since I only go to the salon maybe twice a year (last visit was in mid 2010).
08/13/2011: No matter how I try to reason away this insanely priced shampoo, I still love it. It’s not a miracle in a jar by any means and while it performs better than most shampoos – I really can’t logically justify the price. So some girls have a Louis Vuitton bag – I have my Russian Amber Shampoo.
ORGANIX EVER STRAIGHT BRAZILIAN KERATIN THERAPY SHAMPOO ($7.99). This sulfate-free Russian Amber drugstore dupe does not have the same “royal” ingredient list, but still has Panthenol, Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Keratin Protein, a rich texture and a similar warm scent.
PHILIP B. RUSSIAN AMBER IMPERIAL DRY SHAMPOO ($28). Use this incredible dry shampoo to give hair volume before styling or to absorb excess oil. Hair is left bouncy and healthy looking with the same luscious Russian Amber scent.
PHILIP B. RUSSIAN AMBER IMPERIAL SHAMPOO DETAILS:
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: “We call this the Fountain of Youth for hair: Our reconstructing shampoo rejuvenates and revitalizes all hair types, giving even chemically-damaged strands a dramatically youthful look, feel and radiance from the first use. The power-packed formula truly heals on all fronts: Eleven life-giving L-Amino acids at active strengths repair hair on a cellular level — quickly restoring its body, bounce and shine. An extraordinarily high dose of Panthenol (Vitamin B5) coupled with a catalyst, Phytantriol, sinks moisture deep into every strand. An artful, Russian-inspired blend of Chamomile, Grape Seed, Rosemary, Nettle, Burdock and Sage infuses hair with emollients for a healthy gleam-from-within. Protective Silk, Wheat and Soy Proteins increase elasticity and tensile strength. And Shea Butter imparts a finishing touch of weightless hydration for beautiful, long-lasting bounce and resilience. Equally decadent: The tantalizing scent of PHILIP B® Russian Amber Imperial Shampoo channels the opulence of the Romanov dynasty, when the healing and calming properties of Amber Oil were treasured by a privileged few. Treat your hair like royalty — the Imperial way!“ – Philip B. Website
DIRECTIONS (From philipb.com): Wet hair, apply shampoo to your scalp, and massage in with the pads of your finger tips. Leave on for 1 to 3 minutes.Work lather along your hairshaft through ends in a downward motion. Rinse well. Repeat if desired. Follow with Philip B® Light-Weight Deep Conditioning Crème Rinse.
PHILIP B. RUSSIAN AMBER IMPERIAL SHAMPOO INGREDIENTS: Water/Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fragrance/Parfum, Benzyl Benzoate, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Disteareth-75 IPDI, PEG-150 Distearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide MEA, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, PCA, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Proline, Threonine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, PEG-7 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Chlorphenesin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)/Butyrospermum Parkii, Caramel, Phytantriol, Panthenol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Arctium Lappa Root Extract/Arctium Lappa, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract/Chamomilla Recutita, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract/Urtica Dioica, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract/Rosmarinus Officinalis, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract/Salvia Officinalis, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil/Vitis Vinifera, Styrax Benzoin Resin Oil/Styrax Benzoin, Citric Acid, Benzoic Acid, Cinnamic Acid, Benzaldehyde, Vanillin, Coniferyl Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Citronellol, Yellow 5/CI 19140
Sources: Dermstore.com and PhilipB.com