Its a little early in the season for beach waves, but my hair (naturally wavy) has been looking a little limp and I started to hanker after some body. When my stylist gave me lighter, summary highlights I caught the beachy bug and bought a bottle of Oribe Creme For Style ($29).

I washed my hair with Nutra-Lift shampoo and conditioner, spritzed with Thermascalp and then rubbed a small (dime size) dollup of Oribe Creme For Style on my damp, combed hair. Next, a twist to handful-size strands and a blow dry on the lowest setting. I got beachy waves with body. Even my dentist, not prone to give me compliments, commented on my hair!

Oribe’s styling cream isn’t all squeaky clean and chemical free, but it does its job and imparts some goodness as well. Botanical extracts are welcome, such as antioxidant green tea, follicle smoothing chamomilla recutita flower extract, hydrolized wheat protein imparts strength, geranium balances oil. I have mixed feelings about lavender and, in particular, the component of the extract called linalool (which is also listed separately) as there is evidence that it is carcinogenic.

Most of the rest of the ingredients are safe. Even olealkonium chloride, a new one for me and a surfactant, is rated low hazard by Cosmetic SafetyDatabase. The only things not to like are usual suspects in the preservative department. Whether my tousled locks got me out of the dentist with nothing more than a clean I can’t say (the more likely hero is my Philips Sonicare toothbrush), but on both counts I walked back to the office feeling rather pleased with myself.


Water, cetearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, phenyl trimethicone, polyquaternium-55, behentrimonium metholsulfate, olealkonium chloride, glycerin, polyquaternium-7, lavender extract, geranium leaf extract, green tea, chamomilla recutita extract, panthenol, hydrolized soy protein, hydrolized wheat protein, hydrolized wheat starch, polyquaternium-11, benzophenone-4 PEG-12 dimethicone, fragrance, tocopheryl acetate, stearalkonium chloride, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, phenoxyethanol, chlorphenesin, citral, hexy cinnomal, limonene and limonool