When the publicist for Frederic Fekkai passed me his Femme Sensuelle shampoo, conditioner, hair spray and eau de parfum recently, telling me they were scented with Fekkai’s proprietary house blend, I snorted inwardly. Both at the name & the concept. (The eau de parfum is called The Spirit of a Woman Revealed. Yes really.)
Traditionally it’s a no win: if a fragrance house brings out a range of complementary products to a perfume, then they often aren’t the hair products you’d choose to use: their main purpose is to be a carrier for the scent. And in my experience the scent of hair products with added fragrance is akin to loo cleaner.
However, even though I think they are super-expensive, I’m very partial to Mr Fekkai’s hair products, so I suspended my snarky beauty editor side, and washed my hair with the Femme Sensuelle products. And, goodness, I am glad I did so. Not only does my hair have that trademark Fekkai gloss, bounce and thickness,* but it smells SUBLIME.
That’s because the fragrance with which the range is imbued was developed in Grasse, & is a heady neroli-heavy citrus musk layering which smells both of summer and, well, sex. No, not literally. But of sexy, gorgeous allure.
The top notes are neroli, lemon leaf and orange bigarade, with mandarin, bergamot, jasmine and fleur d’oranger middle notes and base notes of musk, amber, honey, cumin, birch and carrot seed.
After my meeting with the publicist ended, I sprayed a cloud of the eau de parfum around me, & walked downstairs to reception. Immediately every woman in the room asked my what I was wearing, and I’ve had the same reaction from men & from women since. This is definitely a keeper. ( If I get it away from my mother who keep stealing it.)
I’m afraid that if you think Fekkai Products are wince-makingly expensive normally (around the £18/$23 mark for a shampoo), then you are going to faint with horror now. In fact, I suggest you shut down this page, & then go sit in a dark room.
Femme Fekkai Sensuelle Shampoo, £35/$45. Femme Fekkai Sensuelle Conditioner, £35/$45. Femme Fekkai Hairspray, £24/$30; Femme Fekkai Sensuelle Eau de Parfum, £60/$98. The range is available in the UK from www.spacenk.co.uk
*I gather that Frederic Fekkai were responsible for Kirsten Stewart’s great-looking hair last night at the 2010 Oscars. If they could make a silk purse out of her trademark lanky locks, imagine what they would do to yours.