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Today’s Obsession: Shu Uemura Art of Hair’s New Essence Absolue Hair Fragrance


Long ago, before I was a Birchbox editor, I was a Birchbox subscriber who had never been brave enough to try hair oil. I’d smelled it, I’d put it in my hand, and I had patently decided that I was going to pass. That all changed when I received a sample of Shu Uemura Art of Hair’s Essence Absolue in my box—it smelled so good that I couldn’t not try it. I have a tough time with strong scents, so I was pleasantly surprised to fall so hard for the light floral scent. Flash forward two years , and I use Essence Absolue almost daily to prep my strands before blow-drying and to perk up my mood on particularly lackluster mornings.

Lucky for me, I’ll soon be able to get even more of the intoxicating fragrance. This coming January, Shu Uemura is releasing Essence Absolue Nourishing Hair Fragrance with Oil Pearls, which spotlights camellia oil, the ingredient that’s responsible for the unforgettable scent. Color me excited.

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