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For extra shine, pair this hydrating treatment with SHU UEMURA Art of Hair Moisture Velvet Nourishing Conditioner.

SHU UEMURA Art of Hair

Birchbox Breakdown

Stylists lovingly refer to SHU UEMURA’s original Nourishing Oil as liquid gold and novelist Julie Klam recently told us the luxurious elixir is the one product she couldn’t live without. Now SHU UEMURA has reformulated Essence Absolue goodness into a nourishing leave-in treatment. The fast-absorbing formula disappears into hair to leave it soft and sleek. Even if you skip heat styling, you’ll notice that your hair looks immediately more polished.

How it Works

The luxurious cream nourishes dry strands and smooths frizz and flyaways. Antioxidant-packed Camellia Oil protects and hydrates.

How to Use

Apply a pea-sized amount to your palm (a little goes a long way) and work through damp hair from mid-shaft to tips.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

The Perfect Product
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Like some of the other reviews, I purchase this product only after reading the reviews. I am a hair product junkie and this is one of my all time favorite products. It is lightweight and not greasy. I use this after I wash my hair and yes, a little goes a long way (the tube is 5oz). This has become a staple in my hair styling regimen and I can't wait to try other products in this line.

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Wonderful!
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I purchased the full soze tube of this after reading reviews on Birchbox. I never received a sample of it, but out of everything I ordered that day during "Sweet 16", this is a winner.

I have exceptionally dry, fine, color-treeated/damaged hair that can stand up straight in front from breakage. I've tried many prestige-brand oils and creams and found they either did nothing, made my hair dull, flat or felt heavy. I also find I'm allergic to many brands.

This has been a delightful find as it not only smells wonderful, no allergies, no heaviness, makes my hair shiny and easier to blow dry and keeps the flyaways tamed for the most part.

My only caution would be to start with less than a dime-sized amount and build from there. I used more the first time and my hair was a bit flat. Next shampoo I used much less, dried it and used a bit more on my flyaways before flat ironing. That worked wonders. For the price, the tuvbe is large and so small an amount used that it's worth it.

As someone trying to survive breast cancer who still works, I wish they'd make a travel size as I'm on the go a lot.

This and Miss Jesse's Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo, which completely detangled my long hair have replaced almost all other hair products.

The other two products I ordered, Miss Jesse's Rapid Recovery Treatment (way too heavy for my hair texture leaving it looking dull and not nourished) and Bain de Terre Blow Dry Smoothing Cream (smelled heavenly, but didn't do anything and made my eye's red and watery) were not hits.

I wish Birchbox would send samples on request to subscribers or a twice-a-year "design your own box" of 5 samples so many of us could try what we've been thinking about before purchase.

Sidenote: hair and skin change radically over the decades. It would be wonderful if Birchbox would take note of that. I'm in my later 50's, look much younger, not into green nail polishes, bright reds on my lips or fads and work in a high stress field where this stuff is a definite "no". I'm also medium-skinned, but it's translucent with pink undertones. Most boxes end up with my daughter!

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Love
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My go to after shower hair product. Especially if I'm letting it air dry. No frizziness, just soft, shiny, easy to manage hair. In fact this is my second time buying. I go through about one per 6 months and I have medium length hair. Will continue to buy again. Please don't ever stop carrying!

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Amazing

Best hair oil I have used so far. Leaves hair super smooth and glossy! A little quarter size goes a long way in damp hair, great for drying naturally or for a blow out

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FANTASTIC
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Amazing for styling with my curly hair. Smells great, it is not too thick, and just helps nourish my dry hair.

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Power product
Purchased

This product gets your hair super star shiny and soft without being too greasy. It's heaven in your hair. Plus, you can put it on wet or dry hair.

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Love this
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This is a great product that I never would have discovered it it were not for birchbox. I highly recommend this for dry damaged hiar. Thanks birchbox!

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Fabulous
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I love this! I have been searching for a good company that has great products that really deliver and this is it! Definitely worth the money.

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Amazing!!!
Purchased

Love the cream in oil much better than just the Essence Absolue oil. It's much lighter and does not weigh my hair down or cause it to look greasy like the oil did. It's the perfect product to use on damp hair to help fight frizz!

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love it
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My favorite hair cream that I use instead of a conditioner. It smells amazing, like jasmine, but isn't overpowering. the cream detangles my hair very well, leaves them shiny and soft. Just do not over use it, you need only a dime sized drop.

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