I’ve discovered a new truth in hair and body care; if it stinks, it’s probably bloody brilliant. The fishy Sunday Riley range cemented that theory, but my belief started out with Ojon. Most of the products I tried smelled like fruit that had, through some genetic engineering, been grown on a tobacco tree. Still, you couldn’t argue with the results. After success with everything I’ve used, I saw Ojon Rare Blend Oil, €34, on special offer and slam-dunked it into my shopping basket.
The promises are typical of most luxe oils; that it will protect, soften, nourish and add shine. That first claim, on protection, is too vague to assess. What am I being protected from? Split ends? Loss of colour? Zombies? I don’t know. We’ll call it a draw.
The other benefits are more easy to notice, even from the first use. It’s incredibly softening and does a great job of controlling frizz, even in this mad humid weather. It feels great, and it creates healthy shine too.
Surprisingly, it doesn’t have the odd pong I’ve grown to love and trust. Its scent is soft, powdery and very delicately fruity. I’ve not noticed it lingering, especially compared to the other Ojon products I’ve used – those scented my hair for days.
Despite all that, I’m not using it after every wash. Even when I use a clarifying shampoo, I feel like some of the oil’s weight sticks around. That build-up drags my curls down, and leaves my hair looking very well conditioned but also flat. It could be that Ojon Rare Blend Oil is a zillion times more rich than the ones I’m used to, or it could be that I’m using too much product. There’s no pump, so I’m blindly sloshing a bit out, then a bit more, then a bit for luck. I swear, bottles without pumps are the jumpers without sleeves of the beauty world. I bet it’ll be a total saviour in winter, but you’ve really got to be careful if your hair’s already in decent condition.
So, do you need it? If your hair is in dire straights – yep, completely. It’s wholly restorative, and it acts quickly. If you’re getting by okay, save your eurobux and wait until the weather worsens.