It's no secret that honey is one of nature's best beauty powerhouses. The tireless work of millions of little bees around the world provides us humans with a product that can benefit us from head to toe both internally and externally. Not only is honey a natural humectant that helps to soften and retain moisture, but it also has antibacterial and antiseptic properties and is full of amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. With all those incredible properties, honey has become a staple in my beauty stash as a facial cleanser and weekly mask, but, truthfully, I rarely used it in my hair because I just wasn't sure how to. Lucky for us, Negin Mirselahi has bottled it up as a hair oil that can only be described as liquid gold.
I first started following the fashion it-girl for her incredible style, but what really got my attention was Negin's gorgeous super long, super thick hair. Hair envy immediately kicked in, so I was beyond thrilled to find out that she had her own hair product. Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil, which made it's debut a year ago, is made with, well, honey. Mirsalehi Honey from the Netherlands to be exact. That's right! Her family keeps bees and produces it's own honey. What makes each kind of honey different and special is where the bees collect nectar from, and as the Mirsalehi's bees feed largely on thistle, white clover, wild blackberry and fireweed plants, their honey is packed with vitamins A, B, C and E as well as tons of antioxidants and minerals like calcium and magnesium. The honey also has amazing rejuvenating properties that help to restore damage and strengthen hair from the inside out. Add all of that to sweet almond, argan, coconut and maracuja oils and you get Gisou!
Per the directions, I'm using the oil in a few different ways - applied to wet hair before styling or to dry hair after styling, added to my conditioner as a weekly hair mask, or as an intense overnight treatment by applying a full dropper to dry hair - and three months later, I am seriously impressed. It leaves my hair smooth, soft and (slowly but surely) stronger, and it's light clean, floral scent fits beautifully with my other hair products. In fact, this oil has inspired me to pare down quite a bit. After a phase of trying any and every product that promised me longer hair, I've transitioned to a simple routine of wash, condition, Gisou and my hair has never been happier. Admittedly, the oil did feel a little heavy to me at first and with good reason. It is highly concentrated! I've since learned that I only need a drop to cover my mid-length hair, which means this bottle will likely last me a lifetime.
It's also worth mentioning that this is, without a doubt, the most beautifully and thoughtfully packaged product I have ever seen. Gisou is made in and shipped from the Netherlands, so when I ordered it I was worried that there would be shipping problems - extra fees, a cracked bottle...but it wasn't so! My oil arrived in four days without issue in a gorgeous gold and glass bottle perfectly packed in a pink box lined with black linen. What I love most about the packaging is the booklet included with the product; it's full of beautiful photographs and information about the Mirsalehi bee garden, the benefits of honey, and how to use the honey hair oil. It's an extra touch that truly shows the care and thought that went into crafting this precious product. Considering that and the quality of the ingredients, I would happily repurchase this oil over any other hair serum I have tried in the past. I could not recommend it more to all of you and I can't wait to see what else Negin and Gisou have in store for the future! Is honey a part of your beauty routine? I would love to hear your favorite uses for honey in the comments below!
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