As we enter the dreaded season of “beanie hair”, dryness frizz and static mischief (aka flyaways), I’m conveniently done with my 2 months of testing Rahua’s Legendary Amazon Oil — a natural hair oil designed to deliver a smooth and shiny anti-frizz finish.
Legendary Amazon Oil.
A 12-Weeks Review
Behold the sleek, elegant 47 ml bottle (retails at €44 approx.).
Is this blend of plant and flower oils really ending all flyawayas, split ends, and frizz?
Described as “an exclusive quick absorbing blend of light-as-air plant and flower oils”, Legendary Amazon Oil is sold as “a solution for any hair ailment”. That’s bold, don’t you think?
But also quite seductive. And, come to think of it, almost realistic — because oil-based products are indeed versatile.
QUICK INGREDIENT BREAKDOWN / RECOMMENDED USE
So let’s crunch the ingredients first that are somewhere between 70 and 95% organic, as per the certification label:
Organic Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil, Organic Decolorized Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Oil, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Oil, Organic Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Oenocarpus Bataua (Rahua Ungurahua) Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa (Morete) Fruit Oil, Plukenetia Volubilis (Sacha Inchi) Seed Oil, Aroma, Gardenia Jasminoides (Gardenia Enfleurage) Oil.
Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil is a fantastic, lightweight base oil with anti-inflammatory benefits of its own. While most of us know the soothing effects of Aloe Leaf Oil, Coconut Fruit Oil and Rosemary Extract on hair (and skin), Rahua have of course used their special, exotic ingredients harvested in the Amazon: ungurahua, morete, and sacha inchi oils. Ungurahua oil’s super-fine molecules have the ability to penetrate the hair shaft, enhancing their strength, but also to nourish hair follicles — and the scalp. Morete is rich in essential fatty acids, carotenoids and vitamins A, C and E and brings to the table its ability to protect from UV damage. Sacha inchi oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants and helps condition the hair and the skin.
Rahua suggest applying 1-2 pumps to clean, damp hair prior to blow-drying (or air-drying) for a root-to-tip treatment, or as needed to tame stubborn hairs or flyaways.
So much for the theory.
But does it work? Does it cure “any” ailment?
How does it feel?
TESTING THE LEGENDARY AMAZON OIL
As far as my personal hair ailments go, I’m as prone to flyaways and dry scalp as any other city dweller. The skin dryness is rather unpleasant, especially during the colder season. Also, water over here in Berlin is hard, and I can’t be bothered whipping up acidic DIY rinses.
Otherwise, not coloured, thick, and quite healthy in itself, my hair doesn’t need a lot of extra treatments. In fact, too much hair oil can easily leave it looking greasy rather than shiny. I’m already very happy with my Rahua Hydration range — as in #teamrepurchase-happy.
First things first: smell and feel. The Gardenia scent of the Legendary Amazon Oil is quite distinct as you apply it. It doesn’t last though, so no worries there. While the oil feels lightweight and will absorb after a short while, it leaves a pleasant “my skin just healthy”-kind of feel on your skin.
Now onto using the oil.
Probably my chemically untreated hair is overall too healthy and smooth just as is, for my very first application of recommended 2 pumps to towel-dry hair yielded a fairly straggly look. I changed the approach.
Instead of two, I would take just one pump, thoroughly warm it up in the palms of my hands, spread the warm oil all over (the back of my hands included), then comb through the damp hair top-down starting at the hair tips and working my way up to the scalp. And while otherwise my hair can dry to a rather limp appearance — just like thick, straight hair likes to do — this “technique” not only helped speed up the air-drying but also resulted in the most fluffy, gorgeous, manageable, soft and yet voluminous hair ever.
As for taming flyaways, I hardly need half a pump to do that.
Again, I found that the Legendary Amazon Oil worked best when warmed up by rubbing it between my fingertips: when warm, it was easier to spread much more evenly and with much more control.
Added benefit: unlike many other leave-in hair products you need to wash off your hands, the Legendary Amazon Oil leftovers on your hands do wonders to the skin, the nails, and the cuticles. And smell great!
For styling, I found the Legendary Amazon Oil works well in lieu of a (light) hair wax to have a defined part, or to define single stands of hair, while I’m still using my Enchanted Island Salt Spray to get a slightly spiky, or randomly curly look.
Bottom line aft4er a 12-week test: Legendary Amazon Oil is a versatile, lightweight yet nourishing hair and skin oil. Highly economic in use, it can replace up to three products — leave-in conditioner, light styling wax, and a volume (or a “get manageable hair”) treatment.
This review is fully editiorial and independent.
The product used for testing was a press sample.