Oribe Gold Lust Hair Oil Review

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Shiny, happy, healthy hair is an attainable goal for some people, but it is not the same route for all. It can be a frustrating tail-chasing race for some of us. With so many products in the market (and more released every day), finding one which vibes with you and which you can use long-term can be a daunting task. This is a review of the Oribe Gold Lust Hair Oil, which has gained favor in the eyes (and hairs) of many.

Oribe Canales died in 2018, but his legacy will undoubtedly live on. He was a wild Cuban hairdresser with a passion for art, fashion, hair, and glamour. He gave the world some of the most iconic looks of the past 30-odd years. He’s worked with many famous ‘One Name Wonders’ in the supermodel days of the 1990s, and eventually launched his own hair care brand in 2008. Oribe envisioned a line of products which would be rooted in old-world hairstyling but properly blended with today’s brave new world of means, abilities, and tech. He sought to use the finest ingredients, and create a spectrum of high-end top-shelf products which he can really stand behind, and to which he can provide his name.

What Is Hair Oil?

Woman with curly hair putting hair oil drops in her hair.

Woman applying hair oil.

Basically, hair oil is a substance meant to moisturize and add vitality, shine, and luster to your hair. You can use it to smooth strands out, protect your hair before certain treatments, and keep frizz and fly-aways down. It is definitely not a product which will fit everyone in the same way. Hair oils vary as much as hair types themselves vary, so you can already guess that the spectrum is pretty wide. 

It’s not as if the concept of hair oil is in any way new  – it isn’t. Mesopotemia, Egypt, Assariyah, Greece, Rome, and so on  – many civilizations across time have used oils to take care of their locks.

Not all hair oil products are created equally, and not all will deliver (in spite of what the label may say). Some are significantly more effective than others, though I am generalizing here. Also, there’s no getting around the issue of price and value. Sometimes less is more, but sometimes cheap hair oil can seriously mess up your scalp. The probability of getting a high-quality product for $3 at your local Target is not too great.

Hair oil can be a real lifesaver for those who require it. And this doesn’t mean they need to use it on a daily basis, or anything close to that. It means that sometimes your hair will require it. There are times when you can feel your strands practically begging for attention and moisture. This varies a lot, depending more on your scalp and hair type than anything else.

Oribe Gold Lust Hair Oil Ingredients Breakdown

Oribe wanted the best ingredients to make their way into his various product lines. This should act as some kind of indicator. Oribe was about quality, and it shows. It’s not just a name or a persona. He knew what he was doing when he released his first line in 2008.

This nourishing hair oil is jam-packed with beneficial oils and extracts. Among these you can find coconut oil, crambe oil, meadowfoam seed oil, shea butter, and argan oil. But that’s not all. There’s also barley extract, babassu palm oil, sandalwood extract, olive oil, lemon peel oil, amur cork bark extract, bergamot oil, black currant seed oil, jasmine oil, watermelon extract, lychee extract, murumuru seed butter, edelweiss extract, and limonene.

This is the bulk of what’s inside this oil. Other ingredients include healthy fatty acids, enriching compounds like linalool and citral, Vitamin E (tocopherol), and natural fragrances. On the perhaps less positive side, there is a preservative and the vague “fragrance” ingredient. Although, I must say, the fragrance is the classic “old world” scent which is maintained throughout the product line.

Overall, this list reads really well. It includes many beneficial ingredients, and almost none of the stuff you don’t want to see there. No parabens, no sulfates, and no harsh cleansers. It’s also vegan and color-safe, with no sodium chloride (it can mess with treated hair). I didn’t test this in a lab or anything, obviously, but just from reading the ingredients, you can get the gist of a product and the thought that was put into it. It’s a seriously powerful and healing oil based off ingredients alone.

Okay, so this product has all the right thing, seemingly.

But does is work?

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Oribe Gold Lust Hair Oil Review

Oribe Hair Oil on hair strands.

Oribe Gold Lust Hair Oil.

Take this review with a grain pink Himalayan salt, because your experience may differ. Depending on the reason you have for using this oil in the first place, you may be satisfied or dissatisfied with it. If you’re using it as a quick fix for frizz, I suppose almost any oil would do. On the other hand, if you’re planning to use it as a leave-in, you may get different results.

In general, you should use this product on damp or dry hair. It aims to revitalize it, give it some oomph, while keeping your hair smooth and shiny. It can indeed achieve all this, in my experience, because of what is inside it. The argan, the jasmine, the sandalwood and lychee – these are things which my hair gladly absorbs and uses. Plus, regardless of that, I actually like the scent (though I know that for some it is a turn off, so try before you buy).

For those with thick hair which is often on the dry side, this oil could be of great service. For others, who may have thinner or finer hair, it might offer less. Even though it is a light kind of oil, it may weigh your hair down. This can cause it to become overly-saturated with moisture. Don’t overuse. See how you react to it and use accordingly.

What you want, ideally, is a balance. And because this product is so very potent and abundant in extracts and natural oils, it’s certainly not for everyone and it certainly could afford to be used sparingly as opposed to every day. Speaking of which, a little of this stuff goes a long way. As with any oil, you put some on your fingertips, you oil your strands (or scalp, depending on your situation), and then use your hands to distribute, followed by a comb or brush, or both.

This is an oil which is not too greasy, not sticky, pleasant-smelling, a bit runny in its consistency, and man, it is expensive. Is it worth it? In my opinion, yes. I don’t think I’ll be using it as my go-to oil, because I feel my hair doesn’t require it so much, and because money. However, for those who need it and can afford it, this may be the hair oil you will fall in love with.

This hair oil by Oribe leaves the hair feeling smooth, silky, and ready to take on the world. Okay, but what about cheaper ways of livening up your hair and/or scalp?

DIY Hair Oil Recipe And Guide

Hands taking coconut pieces from coconut.

Coconut oil has numerous hair benefits.

Just as a “rough cosmetics” tip, remember there is absolutely nothing wrong with going with some old-school, vintage, Grade A, extra virgin olive oil, with a few drops of lavender or rosemary oil as the kicker. It can help you out in a lot of ways, and it is significantly cheaper and more accessible. BTW, speaking of olive oil, there have been too many counterfeiting cases lately. If there is no way to verify the origin of your olive oil consider waiting until you can, because you don’t want to put an inferior product into and onto your hair regularly.

Using a carrier oil, such as almond or coconut or jojoba, you can add different (read: more volatile) essential oils to the mix, such as argan, jasmine, sandalwood, and  bergamot. It is no coincidence that I am naming oils that exist in the very product I am reviewing. Like I said, there is a lot about the ingredients of the Oribe Gold Lust Hair Oil which is spot on. As for how much of each oil, start with a small number of drops, and increase it the next time if you feel it didn’t achieve the desired goal.

It’s impossible and impractical to provide any kind of guide without knowing a person’s unique situation and position, but as a general rule you start slow, with perhaps only one or two ingredients, and then you see how your scalp/hair react. The oils and extracts in commercial products like Oribe are blended and balanced by professionals, but when doing it on your own it is best to start with a plain and simple recipe, and then advance from there if you want. With DIY, it’s usually best to learn what your hair likes before you bombard it with a ton of ingredients.

A fast DIY hair oil recipe is that of a carrier oil and a more “active” oil, just like I mentioned before. After you wet your hair, apply the oil using your fingers. The carrier oil helps the essential oil penetrate the strands’ cuticles and nourish them from the inside out. For this reason, you should use this DIY hair oil on damp or wet hair. However, if you are interested in protecting the hair and reducing the damage which the hair might sustain while washing, then you can oil your hair before the shower.

This next one is a quick and easy recipe for a DIY scalp oil, meant to increase blood flow, strengthen the hair, and promote healthy growth. Take note that if your scalp is more of the oily kind, you should not use this treatment.

You’ll need:

  • Several small onions
  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil


  • Peel and rinse the onions
  • Chop the onions and place in a blender or processor
  • For every 3 tablespoons of onion juice, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, and 1 tablespoon coconut oil.
  • Mix or blend thoroughly
  • Use the resulting “onion juice” directly on your scalp. Make sure to gently massage it in, while paying attention to the roots
  • Leave it in for an hour
  • Rinse well with shampoo, to remove any residue


Not all that glitters is gold, not all that is expensive is automatically amazing and useful. Oribe Gold Lust Hair Oil is not a one-size-fits-all product in any way. It won’t fit everyone’s needs or budgets, that’s for sure. But overall, it is a great product. Is it worth the price? I feel yes, because a little bit of it can do a lot. Unless you outright abuse the product – it can last you a long while.

I love the classic European scent. I love the feel of it gliding on my fingertips, and I love it that they also have this oil in a travel size bottle. The design is nice, the packaging is unique – it’s like they really thought of everything. I am fairly certain that Oribe would approve the direction in which his company is walking these days.

Not everyone needs a luxurious and glamorous hair oil like this in their life. But those who do will be able to take comfort in this bottle, since it’s a product full of goodness, full of nature, and full of promise. Buy it, try it, use it, and if you don’t enjoy it just send it my way, will you?

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