On my last visit to Sccube The Apothecary (read here), I had such disturbingly fried ends that EK took pity and gifted me with a small sample of Philip B Oud Royal Forever Shine Conditioner. As my form of thank you, and because I found this to be such an interesting product, I decided to review it here.
As I hadn’t anticipated writing a review on Philip B, I did not do any research on either the brand or the product until this very moment as i’m writing this. Now that I’ve had a chance to read them, the available literature is nothing short of awe-inspiring.
Touted as the “first of its kind”, Philip B’s Oud Royal Forever Shine Conditioner contains a time-release formula to continuously deliver hydration to the manes. It is enriched with Mongongo Oil, which is the latest IT ingredient for hair nourishment (after the huge success of Argan Oil). Together with L-amino acids, this conditioner promises to seal split ends and impart a mirror-like shine. Philip B also employs a patent-pending technology that breaks botanical oils into molecules tiny enough to sink deep inside the hair shaft. This ensures maximum benefits without weighing the hair down, allowing for that “Middleton” bounce to your hair.
It all sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Since I had absolutely no idea of the miracles contained in this little gem, I had the benefit of testing it on a blank slate!
As with all Philip B’s hair products (and almost a pre-requisite for any self-respecting professional hair care brand), the Oud Conditioner is formulated without sulphates and sodium chloride, which makes it safe for color and chemical-treated hair. On the other hand, it doesn’t lather as well, and I particularly found this to feel much less rich compared to my usual conditioners. On my incredibly tangled permed ends, it took some work to spread evenly throughout. I found it not quite as useful for detangling as my trusty Evolvh conditioner (reviewed here).
Where I found the Oud Conditioner to excel, is as a leave-in styling conditioner. The day I received this, I applied a dime-sized amount on my ends without looking in the mirror, and was completely shocked when I passed by my reflection 20minutes later and saw smooth, defined curls!
In the picture above, I had used the Oud conditioner after my shampoo night before, and applied as a styling cream only on the opposite side of my partition for comparison. I loved how this conditioner helped define my curls without making them stiff and “crispy”. If you looked closely in the photo, you would see how it tamed my fly-away strands, and made my ends less frizzy.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the Oud conditioner is that it literally leaves your tresses golden. It is packed with golden flakes that gives a subtle shine to the hair. As you can see from the picture above, my hand was still glistening after application.
One final comment, this conditioner is fragranced with oud royal, giving it a sweet, woody scent. I’m not used to wearing strong fragrances in my hair, and the first time I had it on, it made me feel rather South Asian-ish / Middle Easterner.
Overall, the Philip B Oud Royal Forever Shine Conditioner would make a great everyday conditioner (if you can bear to shell out the moolah!). More damaged hair like mine, however, will require more intensive therapy. As a leave-in styling conditioner, it is truly excellent, provided you embrace the scent personally!