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Who is Christophe Robin?
For the benefit of those who didn't know, Christophe Robin is a French A-list colorist for more than 20 years and created his haircare line under his name in 1999 focusing on ingredients for long term results like lemon peel and floral extracts. He was famous for doing the hair of Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Catherine Deneuve and Inès de la Fressange.
You probably found his product as samples, Sephora or online (Net-a-Porter or LookFantastic). It is not readily available unless you know about it so we will go through some of his most popular products and their reviews online.
Exploring Christophe Robin Products Over Time to Learn Its Story
While reviewing the product, we were fascinated by the focus of Christophe Robin on people with sensitive and colored hair. Therefore, we would like to share what we learn.
In 1999, The brand started focusing on hair products for colored and sensitive hair in 1999. Some of my products have become iconic today, like my moisturizing hair oil with lavender and my cleansing mask with lemon.
They had a first detergent-free formula for gentle and effective cleansing and also boycotted sulfates for their corrosive effects on hair.
In 2010, he launched the "My Color Products" that included 5 different shades:
- baby blond,
- golden blond,
- chic red,
- warm chestnut; and
- ash brown.
They contained no ammonia and enriched in natural ingredients such as Buriti oil and almond butter, reviving color and nourishing hair deeply.
In 2011, the brand launched the Rose Range as Christophe Robin loved his Brittany garden for its overflowing roses. It used repairing, antioxidant and soothing properties in my hair care products.
- Rosehip (commonly found in Vitamin C supplement too),
- Centifolia rose; and
- Gallic rose.
They do not contain alcohol or volumizing ingredients and again caring for your hair.
In 2013, the brand realized women suffered from itching and feelings of discomfort during and after coloring. The solution was using coarse salt dissolved in water and applied during rinsing.
They came up with a Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt (that won a 2014 Votre Beauté Gold Medal). The product was designed specifically for sensitive and oily scalps, containing hydrating active ingredients to help absorb all the polluting particles that suffocate the hair base, while calming irritation.
In 2014, they launched the Intense Regenerating Balm with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil meant to work as a multipurpose balm for both skin and hair.
Its luxurious texture is rich in rare prickly pear seed oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, rice bran oil, and almond butter and contains 99% concentrated active ingredients. It is ideal for texturizing and nourishing hair to help recreate Gisele Bündchen's divine look.
Christophe Robin Sea Salt Scrub
This can be used as a detox treatment or post-color treatment. Apply the equivalent of a tablespoon of sea salt on damp hair, and gently massage the scalp, add a trickle of water then lather, concentrating on the nape of the neck. Rinse thoroughly to feel the effect.
So what do the online reviews said?
- Look out for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. WinterWoman715 reviewed on Sephora that "I tried this salt scrub, I was amazed at the damage it did to my hair. Globs of hair fell out, and even after a super moisturizing deep conditioning treatment, it was still dry AF. I didn't touch the sample for weeks after, yet it lingered in my shower."
- jj90009 shared that "It's nothing special. Sometimes hard to lather due to the salt. Also, I don't understand the point of the salt as it's impossible to get to your scalp before it dissolves. Used it for over a month once a week with no difference. I even did a "mask" after getting my hair colored (2 days later) and nothing. I think it's taking my color away more than using my regular shampoo"
- LKG93 was not that unhappy and said "Not for me. Found the texture weird for hair. While it did help my oily hair, it didn't leave my hair feeling particularly soft."
Overall, it is a highly used and recommended hair salt as post-color treatment Do avoid if you don't like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Other than that, give it a try or find samples to see if you like it first.
Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil
Suitable for colored hair, it is enriched with pure prickly pear seed oil, the hair mask has antioxidant and regenerative properties to repair and penetrate deep into the hair follicle.
The mask also contains an Inula flower extract that restores the pigments of both natural and dyed locks. Enough of product, what are the bad or average reviews (as we think it tells us more than positive reviews)?
- On hair volume, Divinedilly reviewed in Sephora that "It gave my hair volume and texture, but not in a silky way." Another review said it is made no difference compared to my usual cheaper shampoo.
- On the smell, xtinax reviewed in Sephora that "I was hoping that it would smell fruity but it does not". Another review said that the scent isn't that pleasing and one hated the white musk undertone.
- Another review was that it doesn't lather so you would need to use quite a bit for longer hair.
Overall, we couldn't find anything bad about it and recommend it as an above-average product worth trying, especially if you got colored hair and don't mind a mild scent.