Discovering Leonor Greyl

One of the best things about blogging can be discovering new products that if I wasn’t quite as obsessed with beauty I would be far less likely to stumbled across. One of my most recent discoveries is the hair care loveliness of Leonor Greyl.

Leonor Greyl is not a new range, it’s been around in France since the late 60’s but it isn’t something that’s easily available in salons across the UK. It is however, the product of choice for amazing hair stylist and lovely guy, Johnnie Sapong (quite possibly the most chilled out hair stylist I’ve ever met) in his Studio. I had the pleasure of visiting The Studio at the end of last year and it was quite an experience – and I wasn’t even there for a hair session! I enjoyed a wonderful meal (with dishes inspired by the ingredients in the Leonor Greyl products) surrounded by some amazing and surreal artworks…(by Banksy, amongst others) whilst being introduced to Johnnie and his team and the Leonor Greyl range and what it can do for hair.

Having now had a chance to give the products a try I can share some of my thoughts. First up, I don’t love it all – a couple of the products are scented with Jasmine which is loved by some, but not a fragrance I love. But two of the products are a real standouts for me.

The oil solidifies when above a certain temp.
But is easy to liquify again, I usually just run hot water over the bottle for a while.

Firstly, the Hair Oil or ‘Huile De Palme’, is an amazing oil for a pre wash treatment. I’ve taken to applying a few drops to the end of my hair and leaving it over night to absorb before washing in the morning. This product is one my boyfriend loves actually – every time I apply it he comments on how good it smells. Which is rare… the majority of things used overnight seems to smell pretty potent. But this is lovely.

I  have also been using the oil to massage into my scalp as an overnight treatment too. This isn’t necessarily one of the uses that was demonstrated to me, but I’ve been finding it quite soothing for my sensitive scalp (which has been acting on the crazy side recently) so this is a bonus.

Leonor Greyl Shampooing Reviviscence

Secondly, I have really enjoyed using the shampoo. Again, like the oil it smells really good and not overly ‘Jasmine’ for my tastes. The ‘Shampooing Revivisence’ is designed specifically for dry and brittle hair. Like the oil, I’ve found it works well for my sensitive scalp – not as a perfect cure, but it doesn’t seem to irritate it further and my hair feels really clean after washing which I like. Plus it feels light, which is rare shampoo designed for dry hair – usually these feel quite heavy.

Third up is the deep conditioner, which I like in terms of how it makes my hair feel but as I mentioned before – the scent isn’t to my taste. The big tub comes with a spatula to dispense, despite this I’m more of a  scoop with my hand kinda girl… This is another one that leaves my hair feeling really good. Conditioned, soft but not weighed down. If it smelt as good as the oil I’d be in deep-conditioner-heaven.

Overall, I’ve really enjoyed discovering something new – as someone who has a tendency to try thing that I see in adverts (yes, I’m a sucker for advertising) or from brands I know, it’s been really good to try something that’s a bit more ‘off the beaten path’ for me.

Is Leonor Greyl a brand you have heard of before?

PR samples.



  1. Robyn
    January 23, 2012 / 9:50 am

    I got a sample of the hair oil in one of my Boudoir Prive boxes and I LOVE it! I leave mine in overnight too and it just leaves my hair feeling lovely after it’s been washed and dried the next day. A little goes a long way too, which is nice. I’ll defintely look into repurchasing this when my sample runs out. I like the sound of the shampoo too 🙂 Thanks for the review, I wasn’t actually aware of the other products!

  2. Grace London
    January 23, 2012 / 11:40 am

    I love the smell of the hair mask, but I like Jasmine. I am v tempted to buy that hair oil.

  3. January 23, 2012 / 1:24 pm

    I had the hair oil in my boudoir privé box a few months ago, its AMAZING. And lasts so long! I’ve used it about 6 times and still have nearly half left! I imagine your bottle will last you a lifetime! haha.

  4. ali thorpe
    January 24, 2012 / 12:09 am

    I’ve never heard of this brand so this is interesting. I also love the scent of jasmine so I would be curious to try this.

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