I’ve been using Gisou since 2017 and I’m close to owning almost all of their collection. The only thing I haven’t tried from Gisou are their tools, namely their curling iron and a comb (which they no longer sell). I’ve spent a lot of money trying out all their products so that you don’t have to. Sure, that’s a great way for me to justify it. I hope you enjoy reading through my honest review of Gisou by Negin Mirsalehi.
Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil
The hero product of the brand and the #1 bestseller – the Honey Infused Hair Oil. It will probably come as no surprise that this is the first product I ever purchased from Gisou. In fact, this specific bottle remains the first purchase from Gisou and is 3 years old now! I use it somewhat sparingly and not on a daily basis which is why this bottle is still going strong for me. Before any equally as obsessed beauty addicts come for me, yes, I KNOW that the product should be used within 12 months but I use this more as a guideline. I’m far more cautious with skincare or eye products such as mascara where the risk of getting an infection if it’s not used within the specified timeframe is higher. But with hair oil? I’ll take the risk. The oil still smells divine and works perfectly for me.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that this is the best hair oil I’ve ever used. I remember when there was so much hype about Moroccanoil hair products as a result of beauty bloggers and YouTubers raving about them. Never worked for me. For context, I have very fine hair and not a whole lot of it. The oils were always far too heavy, even when I used the tiniest bit. I’ve never had this issue with the Gisou hair oil. I warm up a couple of drops in between my hands and put it through my ends until about ear length. It makes the hair smell good and gives the perfect amount of shine without it being too much.
A trick I learned from watching Negin’s YouTube videos is to mix some drops of the oil with the Gisou Honey Infused Hair Mask for added moisture. I either leave it in for around 30 minutes or I sleep in it. When I wash it out the following day, the hair feels so moisturized and soft.
Gisou Propolis Infused Heat Protecting Spray and Gisou Propolis Infused Texturizing Wave Spray
The Propolis Infused Heat Protecting Spray is my most recent purchase from Gisou. Yet again, this is a product which I couldn’t recommend enough. I’ve tried a lot of different heat protectant sprays which worked just fine (e.g. Oribe, GHD, TRESemme, CHI, Got2B…) but this is my favourite one that I’ve tried so far. What I’m looking for in a heat protectant is that it actually protects my hair when styling it with heat (obviously) but also that it doesn’t leave a tacky residue. This does just that. Nothing more to say. If you’re in the market for a heat protectant, I recommend trying this one out.
Let me preface this by saying that I’m not adventurous when it comes to my hair. At all. I’ve had the same hairstyle for… almost a decade. The most I’ve done since growing out my bangs (oof..) has been getting the occasional highlights. It’s not common for me to use a lot of hair products in my routine, I like to keep it quite minimal. So, when I added the Propolis Infused Texturizing Wave Spray to my cart, I knew what I was getting myself into (a nice product to have but not an essential one by any means). It has a nice scent and it does enhance my waves when I’ve been at the beach. I use it as a ‘salt spray’ so that the waves stay nice and beachy.
I’ve tried this product on freshly washed hair and it wasn’t for me. This left my hair crunchy and it is hard to brush your hair once it’s in. I would only use this when I know that I’ll be needing to wash my hair soon so I won’t have to deal with styling it the following day. I would DEFINITELY avoid using a styling tool such as a hairdryer, straightener or curler after using this product, as you could easily damage your hair this way. It’s nice as a finishing touch but not a necessity.
Gisou Honey Infused Hair Mask, Gisou Honey Infused Hair Wash and Gisou Honey Infused Conditioner
I really liked it when Gisou expanded their line with the introduction of products to be used whilst in the shower. It was the next logical step for Gisou. I’ll start with the Gisou Honey Infused Hair Wash and Gisou Honey Infused Conditioner. Both products are nice and have the signature Gisou scent that I adore, though more muted. The shampoo lathers up really nicely and my hair feels moisturised and clean. The conditioner is surprisingly light and tends to run out very quickly. I’ve repurchased both numerous times, though I will admit that I go through phases of using and not using these products.
I tend to switch up my shampoo and conditioner frequently so that my hair and scalp don’t get used to one product and stop working as efficiently. At time of writing, I am currently using these and have almost finished both. I’ve noticed that the hair wash doesn’t always suit my scalp – especially when the seasons are changing – because I get a more sensitive scalp and dandruff as a result. As soon as I notice this, I try to switch it out. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that the hair wash is the culprit behind this as many products can trigger it, but I do try to be wary of this. Will I continue to repurchase? Probably. But do I think there’s something exceptionally unique about the hair wash & conditioner? No, not really.
The Gisou Honey Infused Hair Mask, on the other hand? This is one of my all-time favourites. It’s so creamy and thick and I can really feel the difference in my hair after using it. I really wish this product was more affordable because despite looking for dupes, it’s the best I’ve tried. Because of that, I think it’s worth it and I will continue to begrudgingly add this to my basket. At least until I find something that can compete. 😉
Gisou Honey Infused Hair Perfume
I think by the sheer amount of the Gisou Honey Infused Hair Perfume in this photo, you’ll be able to deduce my thoughts on this product. I love it. It’s as simple as that. I was gifted the 100 ml version a couple of years ago by my mom and I used it religiously. I always got complimented on my scent – little did people know that it was actually my hair that they could smell!
You might be wondering to yourself – but what is the need for a person to have 3 of these bottles? Surely, one is enough? You’re right. One is plenty. The 100 ml bottle went missing for a good chunk of time and I found it hidden in one of my gym bags that I used while at uni. I think that just shows how frequently I went to the gym, haha. I was certain that somebody had nicked it from my perfume collection while we had a party at our apartment and never fessed up to it. But nope. I had it all along. Oops! In the absence of the big version, I decided to purchase two minis so that it would be easy to travel with and to carry in my various handbags.
All in all, it’s a lovely hair perfume. I wouldn’t have repurchased it if I thought otherwise. Gisou’s campaign for this hair perfume was next level, inspired by the Friends scene with Ross’s cousin – you know the one. I will commend Gisou for their campaigns and branding, it’s always really creative and well-thought-out. I took a Marketing course at university and I see exactly what they’re doing to increase consumer spending (remember that Gisou Honey Jackpot campaign?). And you know what? I’m here for it. 🤭
Gisou Propolis Infused Polishing Primer
The Propolis Infused Polishing Primer is also one of my more recent purchases. I need only a very tiny bit of this because of my fine hair but it works really, really well. I use this product to tame my baby hairs and fly-aways. I ran out of my favourite hair spray around March and I’ve been using this in lieu of it to enhance my curls and get them to last longer. It’s obviously not the same as a hairspray but I will say that it does what it’s meant to do, so I’m not complaining. Once again – a necessity? No. Is it nice to have? Absolutely.
Can we take a second to appreciate that Gisou included a little Honey Bee Wildflower mix with my order? HOW CUTE! Unfortunately, it was delivered a bit too late for me to plant these seeds, but as soon as the season permits me to do so, I will. I love the ethos and the branding of Gisou. Negin Mirsalehi’s father is a bee-keeper whereas her mother is a hair dresser. Gisou is where both professions intertwine seamlessly.
As I mentioned, their campaigns are always interesting to watch and the brand has its own unique voice. Their ad campaigns do not adhere to the typical ones you’d find for most haircare brands and I love that. A quick scroll through their Instagram feed will prove this.
In conclusion, Gisou is an example of an Influencer-founded brand done right. As a whole, the products work well (either on their own or together) and I’m a fan. It’s not the most affordable brand, therefore the products that I would recommend as an introduction to Gisou would be the hair oil and the hair mask. There are thousands and thousands of rave reviews about both so if I haven’t convinced you, maybe they will. If you have some extra cash to treat yourself (or a loved one) with, I would also go for the hair perfume. It adds that little bit of ‘va-va-voom’ to your hair routine. Because you’re with it.
Have you tried any of the Gisou products? What did you think of them?