My hair after using Kiehl's Magic Elixir

J’adore the Magic Elixir by Kiehl’s

February 15, 2013

Hair is still very much on my mind.

I’d been looking for something that would help tame my dry, frizzy, unruly and rebellious hair. If you want to see what I’m talking about, go here.

You could make a potent DIY hair treatment at home. Which I’ve done before, using kitchen ingredients like eggs, avocados, honey, yogurt, etc.

But making your own hair treatments from the kitchen is incredibly messy. And time consuming. And honestly, as much as I love all pure natural ingredients, having straight up eggs and avocado in your hair can get really sticky and icky fast.

So I needed a product that would have good quality ingredients and would be clean and convenient to use.

Et voilà, enter the Magic Elixir by Kiehl’s.

I first noticed it in Votre Beauté magazine because it won their 2013 gold medal award in the hair care category.

Now after having had the pleasure of using it these past couple of weeks, I can say that the Magic Elixir is well worth the hype.

Kiehl's Magic Elixir

Kiehl's Magic Elixir

Kiehl's Magic Elixir

What it does: This is a lightweight hair elixir that helps promote a well-conditioned scalp for more manageable, healthier-looking hair.

The treatment is infused with a “magical mix” of invigorating Rosemary Leaf Oil, nutrient-packed Avocado Oil to help reduce hair dryness, and Safflower Seed Oil which contains Vitamin E and Omega-6 fatty acids to help moisturize the scalp and hair.

Ingredients: Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado Oil), Carthamus Tinctorius Oil (Safflower Seed Oil), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Sweet Almond OIl), PEG-45 Palm Kernel Glycerides, Sorbitan Oleate, PPG-5-Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil (Rosemary Leaf Oil), Isopropyl Myristate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Phytantriol, Limonene, Linalool, Aloe Barbadensis  Extract (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract) 

One concern that stands out here is the amount of palm oil-based ingredients. But when it comes to palm oil in their products, Kiehl’s (which is owned by L’Oréal) is committed to using 100% sustainable palm oil.

Also, regarding their stance on animal testing, L’Oréal does perform some animal testing but it represents less than 1%of their safety assessments and their goal is to eventually replace ALL animal testing with predictive evaluation.

How To Use It: Shake well. Apply a small amount to fingertips or directly onto dry scalp and hair using dispensing tip before shampooing. Massage formula throughout scalp in circular motion. Wait ten minutes for maximum benefits. Rinse thoroughly or shampoo. Use regularly to maintain hair health.

My Experience: This is a lightweight oil so it absorbs quickly into your skin and does not leave a heavy greasy coat. The pointed applicator tip makes it really easy to distribute throughout your scalp. I use around two tablespoons worth of the elixir.

Once I’ve covered my entire scalp with the elixir, I use the pads of my fingertips to massage my scalp in circular motions. I do this for a while because it feels good. And it increases to your scalp which means more oxygen and nutrients.

After the scalp massage, I stuff all my hair under a shower cap and wait for the elixir to do its thing. Now this is the part where I deviate from the instructions…

I leave it on for three hours.

Why do I do this? I don’t know. Maybe I just like wearing shower caps.

No really, I’ve read somewhere that when nourishing the roots of your hair with oil, the longer you leave it on your scalp the better. You don’t have to do this. The instructions say leave it on for ten minutes. Three hours is just something that I do. And only on evenings when I don’t have to go anywhere.

The Results: After each use, the first observable difference is how light my hair feels. And by light, I mean my naturally wavy hair gets this great bounce.

In addition, my hair feels super soft, is more manageable has an undeniably healthy glossy sheen (see the pictures below).

The Magic Elixir however falls short of being truly magical because there are days when I still suffer from frizz. But even then, my hair does feel less dry and brittle. Plus, I’m now getting more “good hair days” out of the week than “bad hair days.”

I love the Magic Elixir because it does exactly what it says!

What I like about it:

– The results! which are: Soft, Bouncy hair & Healthy shine
– The rosemary scent
– The ingredients list is short & packed with good stuff
– Easy to apply
– Doesn’t feel greasy while it’s on my hair
– Really easy to wash off
– And! am I being crazy or is my hair growing faster than usual?!

What I don’t like about it:

– The bottle is too small.
– I want more magic elixir for my money!
– In fact, that was the only downside I could think of…

How Much: $20.00 for 4.2 fl oz bottle / €21,50 for 125 ml

Find it at: Kiehl’s Official Website

Would I buy it again: Yes! The pro’s of the Kiehl’s Magical Elixir far outweigh the con’s.

J’adore Kiehl’s: One last thing I’d like to mention about the brand Kiehl’s is how happy I was to find that my package arrived with some extra goodies. There were three packets of samples: a facial cleanser, a facial cream and an eye cream.

But what really sealed the deal was the handwritten note in the package. Handwritten! As in, written by another human being with real ink from a real pen. Just to thank me for purchasing their products.

That little extra touch left a great impression on me.


Here are some photos of my hair 24 hours after using Kiehl’s Magic Elixir.

The lighting at the time was perfect! No added photo filters or effects.

That crazy brilliant light is nothing but pure warm sunshine streaming on my face.

Handwritten Note & Samples By Kiehl's

My hair after using Kiehl's Magic Elixir

My hair after using Kiehl's Magic Elixir

My hair after using Kiehl's Magic Elixir


5 thoughts on “J’adore the Magic Elixir by Kiehl’s

  1. The Girls On Fire

    ” I just like wearing shower caps” : LOl !! You’re so fun !!
    I make some oil mask twice a week with olive oil or argan oil and I let it on my haire all the night : the more you let it, the more is good for hair !
    I don’t know this product but I prefer apply oil pur or make my favorite hair mask : olive oil (or another oil) with yaourt ! It’s wonderful on your hair : you can try it ! I have make a revieuw about this homemade hair mask : just here :

    By the way : yours photos are wonderful ! WOW !!

    1. Kareen

      I’ve used olive oil before but it leaves my hair feeling quite greasy and heavy! I haven’t tried argan oil yet but I’ve heard many good things about it. Thanks, I’m happy you like the photos! Going to look at your hair mask now 😀 *bisou!!!*


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *