Thursday, June 21, 2012

Umberto Beverly Hills Roman Oil Serum review


          Is there life after Moroccanoil? My sample bottle of Morocconoil (seen here) is running woefully low, and the auditioning process for replacements has begun. Let's just say frizz control for my wavy hair is a necessity in the summer! Enter Umberto Beverly Hills Roman Oil Serum, a cost effective option available at Target. I wasn't kidding when I alluded to the similarities between Umberto Roman Oil and Moroccanoil. If you check out the ingredients lists, the first two to three ingredients are silicones and the next is an oil. Moroccanoil has Argan oil, while Roman oil is mainly olive oil (the name 'Roman' seems to be a play on this). I'll usually apply a few pumps of Roman Oil when my hair is wet. My hair really drinks it up. It requires less product than when used on dry hair. If you want to use product on dry hair, rub the oil between you hands and lightly run them through your hair. The texture is a highly viscous liquid, though somewhat less than Moroccanoil. The scent is lightly fruity like olive oil; I prefer this over the more exotic Moroccanoil scent.  In addition to conditioning and smoothening, my fine hair feels thicker after blow drying, which I assume is due to the effects of the silicones.  Overall it does a good job keeping hair in place, though I would say it is a little less effective at frizz control than the Moroccanoil. Keep in mind my curly/wavy hair is much more prone to frizz, especially if not ironed. Those with already mostly straight or straight-ish hair can get away with a little less product weight.

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Cylcomethicone, Dimethicone, Olea Europea (Olive) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower, Tocopherol, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm Kernel) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Fragrance, D&C Yellow 11, D&C Red 17

          Overall, at around ten dollars at Target beauty, Umberto Beverly Hills Roman Oil Serum is an accessible and cost effective find for those looking to keep their hair smooth and in control this summer. I like the light scent and feel and plan on keeping this handy when I attempt to tame my tresses. (Especially if I end up getting that flat iron I've been wanting). Have you tried Roman oil or other hair 'oils'? What's your favorite way of keeping frizz at bay during the summer?

Love, Dovey.

 Disclosure: This post contains product(s) sent to Cute and Mundane for consideration by PR. The ideas and opinions in this post are genuine and my own.

10 comments:

  1. This sounds amazing, and at $10, I think I need to get some. My hair has been dry lately - I'm not sure what it is. I think I am going to try to focus a bit more on it. Maybe try a dry shampoo and an oil.

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    1. Good luck Larie! I've been doing a lot of experimenting with my hair too lately. I think this is a good starting option... and I love dry shampoos!

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  2. this oils sounds like a good alternative to my kerastase and shu oil (however, I adore the shu oil smell so much *sigh*), tbh, eventhough cones are the first ingredients in most hair oils, it doesn't bother me that much. for my frizz cones are good and I don't expect too much from an hair oil either. with a good cleansing shampoo, there shouldn't be any problem with build up, etc. I also noticed that I need less product on wet hair. I couldn't decide bewteen shu and kerastase but if I had to pick just one, it would be shu (the smell! devine!).

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    1. Hi Claire, Thanks for the suggestions! You always have such great tidbits about different products. I'm pretty sure silicones are necessary for frizz reduction too; it's just a part of the package. My shampoo is of the clarifying type too so I don't get too worried either!

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  3. Oooh. What flat iron are you considering?
    And I wonder if we need to use all these fancy oils on our hair or if we can use plain ol' olive oil. Wishful thinking, perhaps?

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    1. HI BBN, Why not? That's probably what folks did in the old days! It doesn't have the smoothening silicones, but I bet your hair would be nice and conditioned :)

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  4. You have wavy hair, too! This sounds like a nice affordable option but I don't think it's in Canada. (Target will be arriving in a year or two, however.) I find that MoroccanOil is best for applying before heat styling and a lighter oil/serum such as Kerastase Elixir Ultime is nice and softening for air drying. :)

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    1. Hi Liz, yay wavy hair! Moroccanoil is great for straight! Thanks for the Kerastase rec; I do need a light one for air drying!

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  5. girrrrrrl im sorry but Essence Absolute by Shu Uemura is THE best hair oil. Expensive, yes, but the oil has been going 7+ months strong and it's one of the reasons why I haven't had to cut my hair in 7+ months. It's so light and will never feel oily. Try it out Dovey, you WONT be disappointed ;-)

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    1. Haha, thanks for the rec Ready to Wear. the Shu does sound pretty fab!

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