Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Tried & Tested: Moroccan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner

I was given a set of the Moroccan Oil Moisture Repair shampoo and conditioner by a hairdresser friend of mine recently, and I was really excited to finally give them a whirl. I've been a fan of the Moroccan Oil treatment oil for a long time now and have more recently fallen in love with their styling creme, so had been eyeing up their Shampoo & Conditioner for a while...


The Moisture Repair duo claims to gently cleanse while infusing hair with argan oil, fatty acids, proteins and nutrients while leaving hair soft, shiny and full of body. They are sulphate, phosphate and paraben free, although do contain silicones. They are also marketed as colour safe and best for chemically damaged hair.

The packaging is a nice matte-rubberised finish which I like, and both the shampoo and conditioner carry the heavy, signature 'Moroccan Oil' smell (which I love, but I can imagine some don't) This, combined with the thick texture of both the products makes these feel very luxurious to use. For me, they feel like a bit of a treat for my hair.

Performance-wise though, they didn't quite tick all of the boxes for me. Both of the products are very nourishing and left my hair feeling really soft and smooth. However, when used together for more than one successive wash, I found that they noticeably weighed my hair down, leaving it looking a little lank. Not greasy, just heavy and without it's usual movement. This really surprised me, as I have quite dry, colour treated hair that normally loves heavy, nourishing products.

Having said that, I do really like both of these, and will continue to use them... just not together! I've found that if I use the Moroccan Oil shampoo with a lighter conditioner, or a more clarifying shampoo with the Moroccan Oil conditioner, they both work really well and leave my hair looking healthy and shiny, yet still with a little 'oomph'.

I've definitely enjoyed using these, and will use them up, but for the price? (£15.85 each... gulp!) I think there are better, cheaper alternatives for my hair personally. If you have severely dry and damaged hair I think these might be a good choice, but for those of you who, like me, have only slightly dry, colour treated hair, they might be a bit 'much'.

They do also make a volumising version for finer hair, which I would be interested in trying out at some point as it's meant to be lighter, but it would have to be seriously good to justify the price tag!

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  1. I adore the Moroccan oil products! I'm not sure it quite beats Macademia oil for me, but they do leave my hair feeling lovely and shiny xxx

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  2. I've never actually never tried moroccan oil product! I heard about it when the morrocan oil hype started and apparently it was great for your hair :) but lately I've read in some magazines that it might actually make your hair "worn out", if that makes sense?! Well I have no idea, I might see for myself! I'm also very curious about the Macadamia products - they seem pretty similar to me :D

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  3. I want to try the oil from Moroccan Oil, I love they way you take the photos for your posts!

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  4. they seem really expensive for what the product actually claims to do.. i don't think i'll try these but do want to try the oil still!! :)
    xxx
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  5. I tried the shampoo a couple of months ago and it was so disappointing, especially for the price and not at all worth the hype! I know exactly what you mean about the feel of weighing your hair down (I have thick hair so it was even more surprising). This shampoo also really irritated my scalp leaving me with some oh so lovely dandruff which has only just subsided after a month of not using this shampoo, so unfortunately I would not recommend it! The only plus of this shampoo for me was the smell :)

    Ria x
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    1. Likewise.... I've never had a dandruff problem before, but it's very moisturizing. I use it in combination with my Pureology.

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  6. I'm not really a Moroccan oil fan, but I might try the conditioner. Thanks for the post. Love the little random candle pic :)

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  7. i still want to try their products!

    yukluistyle

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  8. I've heard lots of mixed reviews on these.. I'm always tempted to try them out but it's the price that puts me off :/ I'll stick to my Aussie shampoo I think! :)

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  9. great review! I usually like Moroccan oil, i love the scent!
    xx
    daniella
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  10. They weigh down my hair, too. I don't use the shampoo any more, just the conditioner. And I don't use it every day. I use it more like a treatment every couple days. It makes my hair feel so soft!!

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  11. I was going to buy these but I keep changing my mind because of the price, this post has helped me make my mind up thank you :)
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  12. Their hair mask is my favorites product of theirs... have you ever tried it? Definitely worth a try if not.

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  13. Im not a Moroccan oil fan at all and it saddens me as I love the smell of it! It just makes my hair go really lank and doesn't seem to do much.Then again, I don't have much hair!!lol

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  14. I purchased both of these in the light version as I have damaged very fine hair and the first wash was amazing.. but you are right, the more I used them the worse it looked. Now I use them every 3rd or 4th wash to put some nutrients back into my hair, but I imagine I wont repurchase after they run out..
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  15. I love moroccan hair oil - definitely would consider the shampoo and conditioner. Interesting that you say you don't like them together. Maybe i'd just buy one.

    Thanks Fleur.

    Em xx
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  16. oh wow! these look brilliant! really! will definitely try them out!
    love your blog, by the way!!!
    xxx

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  17. These sound amazing like I said in a similar post I really need to try this range out :) x

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  18. I'm just stepping into the world of hair treatments... maybe I'll look for a cheaper one first. Great review, though!

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  19. I'm in love with the oil, but this has put me off getting the shampoo and conditioner!
    Ceema xx
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  20. It's a shame that these aren't as amazing as the oil!

    Katie x | and-katie.com

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  21. I am always up for trying new hair products! I've heard that coconut oil is also great for your hair!

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  22. I love the actual oils, these look really nice too though! xxx

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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  23. I've always wanted to try Moroccan oil products and now I might have to!
    xx K

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  24. I'm really glad that you did this review. You saved me some money. I fell in love with the scent of this on a co-workers hair once and I've always thought of picking it up.

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  25. Great review! I love the Moroccan styling products but I have never tried their shampoo and conditioner, now I might have to :) ♥

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  26. I really need to try out Moroccan oil! will probably start with their most loved oil first though as I get through a crazy amount of shampoo/conditioner!

    Lorna | Studs and Dreams xx

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  27. I have been looking for a good shampoo and conditioner !!! this one looks great!

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  28. That looks so luxurious!

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  29. These are pretty expensive! I haven't actually tried morrocan oil at all before but my hair needs something drastic after been ombred a million times! haha!


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  30. Thanks for your review of Moroccan oil, I have bi-textural hair so it's quite difficult for me to find a shampoo/conditioner that works well with all of my hair. I have been considering Moroccan Oil for a while so I might have to try their conditioner now.

    Jo

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  31. I'm thinking of giving these a go after falling in love with their Intense Hydration Mask- it's amazing if ever you fancy trying it! I've just gone from almost black hair to light blonde so my hair needs lots of love at the moment and these sound perfect.
    Laura xx

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  32. i really love their products. need to try these out next!

    - Janine
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  33. really want to experiment with different hair prouducts so this was really helpful, thankyou fleur! :)

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  34. I won a contest recently and these were part of my prize along with the oil itself plus a deep conditioning treatment... the prices make me not want to use them and save them! Might have to crack them out soon though after reading this!


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  35. I've considered these before but I just think it's a silly price for shampoo and conditioner!

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  36. I really want to try these or the Ojon ones out but I can't justify that much for shampoo and conditioner ever!


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  37. I really love the look and smell of these products but just a bit too pricey for me! x

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  38. So expensive!! I've heard so many good things about Moroccan Oil products...but thanks for the tip - using them separately!

    I wish they would sell sample sizes at ULTA or something -- so we could try out the products without breaking the bank!

    At least you figured out a way to make both of the products work for you. I bet they smell AMAZING!

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  39. I've wanted to try these before but I justify the price! Xx

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  40. I was debating these products but was worried they may be a bit gimmicky, it's difficult to find high end hair products that really live up to their price so i'm really glad you did this review otherwise i'd be a bit short on cash!

    xxx

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  41. I really wanna try these!

    xoxo,
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  42. I hate buying products everyone raves about to end up being disapointed, so thank you for this review :)

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  43. Like reading these blogs, helps me discover new beauty products.
    D xoxo

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  44. Ooh, interesting! I definitely prefer to mix and match when it comes to hair care, I always pick up a more clarifying shampoo with a very heavy conditioner because my hair can be quite dry and damaged on the ends but it gets very greasy at the roots, so I find that the perfect combo for me. I love the random candle photo as well!

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  45. nourishing but too greasy even for my really dry hair!

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  46. I've never tried any Moroccan Oil products but I might look into this conditioner! It takes a lot to smooth my hair down.

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  47. I'm actually fine with my hair products right now but I'm interested in the oil treatment like hell, haha. It's not like my oil by the Bodyshop is going to run out in the next, say, years, but still... I'd just love to give it a smell first, is this available in shops outside the UK?

    xx

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  48. Great advice- good to know not to use them together!!

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  49. I have never used moroccan oil products before because i want to find the right one. Some oil infused products make my hair really greasy and I only use not even a dime size amount. So I want to make sure I chose the right product.

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  50. I still haven't tried any of their products but I really want to... :)
    xx
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  51. This brand is amazing, but the price is what gets me. PS I swear were hair twins, my hair is the same as yours, dry, thin, color treated

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  52. Good to know! I have used Moroccan dry oil before and I loved it but I haven't tried their other products. Thanks for the review!

    -Darcy
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  53. One of my favourite products! Unfortunately it is so expensive in Sydney, but I am always sure to stock up on it when I'm overseas! I recommend it to everyone!

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  54. Great review :) xxx

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  55. I need to try morrocan oil products!

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  56. i think i will be buying these for the ends off my hair, they are already dry and damaged and in a few days will be ombreing my hair... hope it will help my hair a bit before hand:) loving your blog and daily vlogs

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  57. I've been meaning to try this since forever!! It looks like it would do such a great job to damagaged hair (mine)

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  58. I have this and find that I only like to use it if I am going on nights out otherwise it weighs down my hair. I have found that the trick to using the conditioner especially is to apply it to the end of the hair and work it up that way the hair doesn't look so greasy.

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  59. Ahh that's a candle! I thought it was a glass of milk! lmao xXx

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  60. I had been wondering about these, but from your review I can see that they'd be too much for my hair. I guess I'm off to find something else. Or maybe I just stick with my beloved Ouidad brand and try their moisturizing one. Have you tried any of their products?

    Mana
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  61. These work really well for me. I use the Volumizing line about every other hair wash, and it's the only thing I've found that makes my hair actually softer to the touch.

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  63. I love your blog Fleur!

    & I love candles! x

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  64. I used these two for about a year and I can not reccommend long time use. I have quite dry, fine hair but lots of it and a rather dry scalp. After some months of usage I started to get an intense irritation at the back of my head, my scalp there was really itchy. It took me some time to pin it down to these two...but since I stopped using them, the irritation is almost completely gone. I still love the oil, but the shampoo and conditioner are a big NO NO for me now. ( I did use them continually for over a year about 2 - 3 times a week )

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  65. I have tried these too, she smell delicious and work reasonably well but they are just sooo expensive!

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  66. I love Moroccan Oil, it's so interesting to read how you've found it. I know exactly what you mean about it leaving your hair feeling a bit heavy but I find sometimes it does that and other times my hair feels fresh and bouncy.

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  67. I'm trying to grow my hair and my hairdresser recommended this shampoo and conditioner for me. I haven't found it too heavy on my hair at all, and although it is ridiculously expensive I find a little bit goes a long way (plus, I have short hair so don't need much anyway). Each to their own I suppose :) x

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  68. I am yet to try these products, and as a student I think I am going to have to wait a little longer. Bring on pantene!

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  69. I heard good reviews about this product but I haven't tried them yet because I can't find it here in the Philippines. :(

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  70. I have tried these before but I have thick, fine hair and it really weighs it down.

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  71. Nice to read such a fair and honest review on a product that has had a lot of hype!

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  72. This is a great post! It's strange the product wasn't at all like that for me, you have to make sure you use the amount of a 10p coin when squeezing it into your hand!

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  73. I've used the Moroccan oil for ages, I don't think it works wonders but I think it is a nice product! I sort of had a preconception that the shampoo and conditioner wouldn't be as raved about as the oil. Thanks for your honest opinion!

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  74. I really need to try this! I have used the hairsprays on brides and it's amazing, but must try this.

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  75. Really want to try the shampoo and conditioner :) xxx

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  76. Hi Fleur! :-)

    Great review, and I agree on most of the things you say!

    I've also used the shampoo and conditioner and made a review on them - Please go check it out! :-)
    ^ I think we both have had the same experience with the products? :-)

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  77. I have extremely thin, limp, blonde hair. I bought this moroccan oil after my hair stylist used it in his salon. It really made styling my thick, curly hair very easy. I used it to blow dry it straight and to define curls. It doesn't leave any greasy residue and it smells great.

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