Klorane is a french cosmetics brand that’s synonymous with hair care.
It’s one of the brands you’ll find in every french pharmacy (which are beauty clinics masquerading as pharmacies), along with well-known beauty brands like Caudalie, Nuxe, La Roche-Posay and Avène.
Even though Klorane is not a natural and organic brand, I’ve been drawn to their products mainly because they are somewhat price-friendly! Of course, it’s all relative isn’t it? What I mean to say is, Klorane is “price-friendly” compared to other french pharmaceutical brands.
But… are the products actually any good?
Ah, that’s the question.
Well, today we’re going to have a look at these 3 different Klorane products that I’ve been using:
1) Klorane Dry Shampoo with oat milk
2) Klorane No-Rinse Day Cream with abyssinian oil
3) Klorane Shampoo with mango butter
Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk
Dry shampoo has been all the rage.
On days when you don’t have time to wash your hair, you can use dry shampoo to soak up oil and dirt from your scalp. So it’s quite convenient and practical.
It’s also a good idea to limit the number of times you wash your hair as washing your hair too often can strip away natural oils. And if you already have dry hair to begin with, you really need those natural oils!
After reading loads of great reviews about it, I picked out and purchased Klorane’s dry shampoo with oat milk.
This dry shampoo is formulated with a mix of starches, clays and flour. It comes out of a non-aerosol squeeze bottle.
Meaning you squeeze the bottle, and dry shampoo puffs out onto your scalp.
My experience: I really wanted to love this dry shampoo…
For the first 24 hours, this works to keep my scalp clean and prevent my hair from getting greasy. My hair also maintains its volume, so it doesn’t weigh down my hair.
Alas, I can never get that truly clean feeling that I normally get from washing my hair.
And the worst part for me is that this dry shampoo creates this icky build-up on my scalp, which after 24 hours becomes too itchy and unbearable. Then for the next week, I have to work really hard to rid my scalp of the build-up.
+ Keeps my scalp dry and clean within the first 24 hours.
+ It doesn’t weigh down my hair (doesn’t necessarily create volume either).
+ The squeezable bottle is easy and safe to use.
– My scalp never felt properly clean.
– Produced a very thick build-up on my scalp.
– After 24 hours, my scalp became too hot and itchy from the build-up.
– Difficult to rid my scalp of the residue.
Conclusion: Even though I had a terrible experience with this dry shampoo, I’m not going to completely swear off dry shampoos yet!
I’ll wait to try a different dry shampoo and see if it’s this product that creates this icky build-up or if it’s just dry shampoos in general.
How Much: 11€ for 50 g / 1.7 oz
Klorane No-Rinse Day Cream With Abyssinian Oil
(For dry, frizzy hair)
This is a rich and nourishing leave-in cream that works to soften the hair and protect it from external aggressions.
It shouldn’t be confused with a conditioner, which works more to hydrate and detangle the hair.
The cream consists of emollient nutritive ingredients like abyssinian oil, which creates a protective film around the hair cuticle. Tricglycerides, which softens the hair shaft, and a complex of essential fatty acids. And phospholipids, which nourish the hair down to the fiber.
To use, you need just a quarter-sized drop to spread on your hands and then distribute evenly through your hair with the help of a wide-tooth comb.
My experience: This day cream really does work to soften my hair! It’s hard to tell what’s going on, so I’m just going to assume that it’s also working to protect my hair from external aggressors and seal in moisture.
But just because it’s formulated for frizzy hair does not mean this cream does anything to make my hair any less frizzy!
+ Light pleasant scent.
+ A little goes a long way.
– Not at all hydrating.
– My hair’s still buzzing with frizz.
Conclusion: I’m happy with the way this cream softens and (supposedly) protects my hair.
But for your hair’s daily dose of hydration, you’re going to need to use a regular conditioner in addition to this day cream.
How Much: 9.50€ for 125 ml / 5.07 fl oz
Klorane Shampoo With Mango Butter
(For dry hair)
According to the Klorane box it comes in, this shampoo works to nourish and restructure dry hair, smooth the hair cuticle and fill in the gaps in the hydrolipidic film that protects hair from dehydration.
Although Klorane capitalizes on the nourishing and restorative properties of mango butter, the first three ingredients (after water) are detergent and surfectant agents, like sodium laureth sulfate, which creates lots of foam and bubbles. Followed by some other stuff. Followed by conditioning agents like glycol stearate and guar gum. And then finally you get to the mango butter. And then the parabens. And then the coloring agents.
My point is, the mango butter thing is just bit of a marketing ploy. I didn’t look too much into this shampoo before buying it. I just grabbed it because I saw the “for dry hair” label.
I know… shame on me!
My experience: This shampoo is just a little bit more hydrating than my very basic cleanser (the aroma zone base lavante).
Besides that, this is nothing more than your average run of the mill shampoo with a price-tag that’s higher than your average run of the mill shampoo.
+ Nice scent.
+ Doesn’t leave my hair looking like a dry, frizzy mess.
– Terrible ingredients.
– Costs way more than it should.
Conclusion: A very average shampoo that costs about 3 euros more than it’s worth.
How Much: 6.5€ for 200 ml / 6.7 fl oz
Thoughts About Klorane In General
To sum things up… I tried 3 different haircare products by Klorane and liked only 1!
I had a terrible experience with the Klorane dry shampoo and a rather ho-hum experience with the mango butter shampoo. The only product I was mildly satisfied with was the no-rinse day cream with abyssinian oil.
After being underwhelmed by 3 different Klorane products, I’m going to go ahead and say that it’s time for me to switch to a different hair care brand.