On Friday I popped along to a press event at Harvey Nichols for the new hair mists from Maison Francis Kurkdjian. I was going to get a blow dry to see the mists in action but as it was definitely the hottest day of the year (if not of all time, my recollection of the temperature may be based on nearly fainting on the Central Line) there was no way I could be within ten feet of a hairdryer. Whilst I would never usually be so bonkers as to turn down the opportunity to get my hair did, I figured it could be a good thing as I wanted to figure out if I really liked this product at home. In real life. Without professional assistance.
Luckily hair mists are as easy to use as holding a bottle and spraying (hurrah!) and I can confirm that since Friday I’ve been wearing my scent of choice – Aqua Universalis – in my hair every day. So much for saving for special occasions, eh?
Hair mists as a concept are nothing new of course, they’re simply perfumes which are designed to be worn on your hair rather than skin and are therefore created with that in mind. Simply spritzing regular perfume through your hair may seem an obvious alternative but the ingredients in traditional perfumes are not kind to hair; the alcohol being the main problem ingredient which any decent hair mist will always avoid.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian have released three hair mists in three of their most cherished scents – À la rose (“the ode to femininity”), Amyris femme (“the effortless elegance”) and my personal fave Aqua Universalis (“the aura of freshness”). Each one smells as suitably luxurious as you’d expect and they translate well on hair, providing a delicate gorgeousness which feels that little bit more chic than your usual perfume on pulse points. Perhaps it’s because I wear my hair down and my hair is inevitably in my face the whole time, but I’ve found wearing the mist extremely comforting. If you see me me burrowing my nose into my own locks, you now know that this stuff is to blame.
Aqua Universalis has notes of Calabrian bergamot, Sicilian lemons, lily of the valley, sweet mock orange and light and musky woods. For me, in plain English, this scent smells exceptionally clean and unisex, like a crisp white shirt which has just been laundered and is now hanging to dry in the breeze. (Somewhere idyllic, naturally, not London). I would never normally opt for what are described as “fresh linen” type perfumes, I tend to find something overwhelmingly powdery and synthetic about them, but there’s no hint of Daz here. I’ve surprised myself by how much I like it. Just sat here typing this now I can’t stop pulling my hair across my face to breathe it in. Wonderfully, I’ve realised that an Aqua Universalis fabric softener exists (THE DREAM!) and I’m now struggling to see how I can wash my clothes in anything as boring as Persil ever again.
Scent is such a personal thing that I’ll never buy a product ‘blind’ off the back of a blog or magazine review, no matter how glowing or how many I read. I’ll always need to head to a counter and I’ll always need to wear it on my own skin (or in this case, hair!) before I get my purse out. At the moment these hair mists are exclusive to Harvey Nichols if you want to have a sniff, but they’ll be rolling out to other stores in time.
The hair mists are £55 for 70ml and you can find them here.
If you do smell them, let me know which one is your fave!