Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo Review

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Oribe was an artist. He had a real joie de vivre about him, and it seems to me like he would be a fun and engaging person to work alongside. He died in 2018, but his legacy will continue to shape the present and future of luxury hair care. Oribe’s dry shampoo came out in 2016 – a polarizing product, with a capital G “Gold” in its name and a matching price tag to boot. Hopefully, this is an Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo review that’ll reflect some of that joie.

Oh, and don’t confuse this product with the dry styling spray, also by Oribe. That is a separate Gold Lust product, designed to give your hair more texture and grit. Spritz, style, go. A dry shampoo, on the other hand, has a different purpose and a different mechanism of operation.

Dry Shampoo Explained

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Dry shampoo is a product which is meant to absorb oil and debris. It’s for those times when you’re between washings, or on the go, or [insert lazy excuse here]. Some use it before or after they hit the gym, in order to prevent sweat from building up. You have to apply it to dry hair, hence the name “dry shampoo”. Using this shampoo requires the will to do so, some dry hair, and a few minutes of your time. When you finish applying the spray to the various sections of your hair, wait several minutes (or as directed on your bottle). Then, use a brush or your fingers to distribute the shampoo evenly. Make sure to work it in, and make sure it is properly absorbed.

The idea is that this sort of product is not meant to add volume or weight to your hair, but rather to act as an absorbent. It’s not meant to wholly replace washing your hair. Dry shampoo won’t provide the same benefits that a proper shampoo or conditioner session would, but it does help out a lot. Part of what sets Oribe aside, as a hair care company anyway, is the ingredients they use in the manufacturing of their products. They went for a certain niche, a certain type of customer, and it shows.

Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo Ingredients Breakdown

Some of the substances in Oribe’s dry shampoo are pretty standard, while others are decidedly unique. There are many extracts and, of course, Oribe’s proprietary scent. 

In the “standard ingredients” column, we have gases like butane and propane, alcohol-based solvent SD 40-B, anti-caking substances, preservatives, perfume, perfume carriers, and water. These are standard because many pressurized canisters share these ingredients. The “perfume” ingredient is always a popular one, protected as a ‘trade secret’. In this case, the “perfume” ends up as the company’s unique signature scent.

On the “not so standard” side of things in Oribe Gold Lust dry shampoo, we have seaweed, celery, bamboo, rice. There’s also watermelon, lychee, edelweiss, lavender, myrrh, and more. Many companies choose to add “wholesome” substances to their formulas, but I feel Oribe truly takes it to another level with those ingredients.

These elements – standard and non-standard alike – aim to work together and bring a measure of balance to the scalp and hair, so that you can continue with your styling. The elements in Oribe’s dry shampoo decrease oil and product buildup, reduce oxidation, balance pH, and protect the hair from deterioration and the sometimes-harsh elements.

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Oribe gold lust dry shampoo.

Dry shampoo is something I use pretty regularly. I often take advantage of it in those days between washings, but this is not always my mode of operating. I don’t particularly enjoy the feeling of lifeless, unwashed hair, but I am also acutely aware of the fact that washing every day is not good for me or my hair. This is where dry shampoo can be a real lifesaver. Before dry shampoos, my go-to practice was a bad-hair-day ponytail, dark sunglasses, and a surly scowl at red traffic lights. Does Oribe Gold Lust dry shampoo work? Yeah, it does. Plainly speaking, it does its job, and it does it well. I actually did feel a bit of weight added, but then again my hair is pretty thick, so that has happened to me with other products which promised to be weightless. I was happy to discover that the container which announces the use of ”translucent powders” actually delivered on it.

Oribe markets its line of hair products as ones which “meet the needs of the hair-obsessed”. I agree with that statement, and it is a good way of describing it. Those who are obsessed with the best will find Oribe’s Gold Lust dry shampoo satisfactory on several levels, even if other products could achieve somewhat similar results (for less money). I personally didn’t see the immediate need to re-buy more once the spray bottle ran out. That said, others will definitely want to get on board for the long haul.

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Oribe Dry Shampoo Vs Batiste Dry Shampoo

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The effects of batiste dry shampoo.

Is it fair to pit these two products against each other? They are both dry shampoos, but they are sort of on opposite ends of the spectrum.  The Batiste ingredients list is significantly shorter than Oribe, but I don’t see this as a bad thing. It is one of those “less is more” instances which I can appreciate. Don’t use 30 ingredients when you can use 13 and get the same results. Batiste is effective, and it’s a lot more friendly in the price department. This is one of its main selling points. 

Oribe’s dry shampoo really is a translucent powder, and Batiste is not. Compared to Oribe, Batiste’s dry shampoo is actually pretty white and flaky. This is not out of the ordinary for dry shampoos, though. In fact, it is Oribe which is the exception to the rule. Most dry shampoos tend to leave a white residue of some kind, and then when you brush or finger-brush, the powder is absorbed by your scalp and hair and duly disappears.

Seeing as how you are going to be purchasing this product repeatedly (most likely), the clearer choice for the ordinary user is Batiste’s dry shampoo. It’s not better, per se, just a lot more affordable. If, however, you want to treat your hair like a queen on days when you are not washing, and you are looking for a glamorous and fragrant dry shampoo – Oribe’s product might be perfect for you.


People who buy dry shampoo will usually be using it on many separate occasions. This product isn’t meant for everyone, and even the company admits as much. Not everyone is “hair-obsessed”. Sure, it smells great and gets the job done, but at what price? I don’t know too many souls who would splurge like that regularly.

Oribe is a high-end hair care company, and they never pretend to be anything but that. Oribe himself worked with some of the most celebrated names in the fashion industry. So, when it came time for a product line to be assembled, those were the people he had in mind. In that sense, he was able to get into the customer’s head, and deliver what that type of consumer would be interested in. The result was an expensive, glamorous, and efficient hair care product.We use dry shampoo to maintain our hair, and often we maintain our hair because it means something to us. It’s more than a superficial thing, in my opinion. So, if you ever want to treat yourself (and your hair), and achieve that “just washed” feel with a great scent to boot – get yourself some of Oribe Gold Lust dry shampoo. Oh, and if you can find it on sale, be careful. Many people try to counterfeit this product.

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