Let me preface this review by saying that I am in no way an expert of Luxury Hair Care. I’m contented with my Anti-Dandruff shampoo and I’m making a review because I got the Saffron Secret set as a gift way before I started Filipinow.
Today is Luxury Monday, hence the real red roses on the flat lay.
You know I made an effort with this because roses don’t typically grow in tropical climates.
Saffron Secret is not available in the Philippines so if you want to save time, you can skip this.
If you’re bored and just want to gather more information, then by all means keep reading.
I got this set from a suitor (yes, I had one of those lol).
Ed, the guy who gave me the Saffron Secret set is from Mexico.
If I can recall correctly, he’s a distributor so he has different products that he gets for free from different companies.
Suffice to say, it didn’t work out and I don’t do refunds.
Every gift to Amanda will be Amanda’s for eternity.
Less blabbering and more talking about the products.
The company’s aim is to provide luxury hair care in homes with the “Secret” powers of Saffron.
Saffron is well known to cure scalp problems and even alopecia.
Their products are formulated to nourish the scalp, straighten hair and repair hair damage.
What I love about this luxury hair care is it’s formaldehyde-free.
Formaldehyde is highly irritant and was studied to be a carcinogen (causes cancer).
“Our organic saffron is rich in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants which include Vitamin A, Vitamin B2 –Riboflavin, Vitamin B3 – Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Selenium, Zinc, Carotenoids and Crocin.
Saffron Secret developed a process of infusing water with organic saffron to create Aqua Azafrán. This powerful infusion brings out the spice’s active elements and enables consumers to benefit from the proven elements’ properties of saffron as the main ingredient in our formulations.
It’s loaded with 100% organic saffron, treating hair to concentrated Vitamin B2, a key activator of Vitamin B6 and niacin, which are key to hair health.
The result? Softer, silkier straightened hair you can keep going at home.”
The price range of Saffron Secret products is from $40 – $300.
I’m an advocate of “Non-Pretensyosa” price points but I’m going to review this luxury hair care fairly by rating its “price” score based on the ingredients and quality.
I didn’t really get the products for zero cost because I was charged around $10 for “handling fee” by FedEx. (New York to Manila)
Moving forward to the day I got the Saffron Secret luxury hair care.
My fire was quickly fanned down when I opened the box.
The packaging didn’t entice me at all except for the Saffron Hair Oil variant.
For a luxury hair care product, Saffron Secret’s packaging is lackluster.
Most of their products are encased in a boring white plastic bottle with orange text.
Obtaining it didn’t make me feel like a rich white woman.
The scent however, redeemed itself.
Most expensive toiletries have this distinct “spa scent” which most commercial products don’t have.
Commercial hair products usually smell like mint or fruits but luxury products usually have this “oriental flower” aroma.
I probably sound like a lunatic to you now but I’m sure you get the idea (if you’re inclined).
My Hair Type
Before you read this review, you have to know what my hair type is.
I’m Filipino and I was born with naturally silky straight hair.
I ruined God’s gift because I like feeling like a blonde bombshell from time to time.
Suffice to say, my hair became extremely dry because of bleach.
It’s also dry because I often use anti-dandruff shampoos due to seborrheic dermatitis.
Let’s start with my least to most favorite.
Saffron Secret Smooth Out Post-Treatment Shampoo
“Maintain your newly smoothed mane with our exclusive, at-home-salon-based post-treatment shampoo. It’s sodium-chloride and sulfate-free to give you the longest lasting results flat out. No treatment dissolving salts, no harsh lathers that strip the smoothing treatment.”
I use this product alone from time to time (when I’m too lazy to condition my hair).
It’s true to its word about not stripping hair of natural oils.
This luxury hair care product doesn’t make my hair really dry compared to an anti-dandruff shampoo.
They say that dry scalp is bad but I’m not comfortable with my scalp feeling greasy.
Consistency is like of any other shampoo and the smell lingers all-throughout the day.
Price for 16oz/473ml is $39.99.
Hair straightening is not powerful if the shampoo is used alone.
Price: 2/5 (gave it a 2 because saffron is expensive)
I recommend for you to skip the shampoo because nothing groundbreaking can come out of it.
PS: The score of “efficacy” is based on the shampoo’s promise to straighten hair. You might benefit more from it if you really have damaged hair or alopecia.
Saffron Secret Straight On Hair Conditioner
“Give hair straight-up hydration with this unique, deeply moisturizing conditioner. It provides thorough conditioning to maintain moisture. It provides thorough conditioning to maintain moisture and smooth the cuticle.”
Now this is the opening product that makes Saffron Secret luxury hair care worthy.
Consistency is like of any other conditioner but the scent’s sillage is intense.
Your hair’s guaranteed to smell fresh for hours.
Frizz does pacify and silky-straight hair will be more apparent than using the shampoo alone.
I also use it for removing hair. It alleviates razor cut stings and gets rid of itchy sensations after shaving.
It’s a very good product but not as powerful as the Saffron Secret’s Hair Mask.
The price of the conditioner is $39.99 for 16oz/473ml.
Price: 3/5 (you’ll find cheaper alternatives that do the same job, no benefits of saffron though.)
Again, buy this if you really have damaged hair. If you just want to emulate a silky-straight hair look, you can skip this.
Saffron Secret Straight On Hair Mask
“Keep hair on the straight edge with this unique deep conditioning mask. It deeply nourishes your hair to prevent frizz while maintaining moisture to avoid dryness, making hair sleek, smooth, and shiny.”
If you are serious about having silky-straight hair, this product is a must-buy.
This Saffron Secret Straight On Hair Mask has a very silky sheen and is a joy to apply.
You’ll be treated with a very pleasant fragrance while nourishing your hair with this luxury hair care mask.
What I do is I apply this hair mask after I rinse my hair from shampooing.
I let the Saffron do its necromancy on my dead hair for about 15 minutes.
If you have more time, I advise you to leave it on your hair for at least 30 minutes to obtain better results.
Just divide 39.99 to 30 and you’ll be getting your money’s worth from a cost-per-minute ratio lol.
Once you finish treating your hair, you’ll notice that your fingers will slide on through the strands very easily.
You’ll also leave the bathroom smelling like it’s owned by a nouveau riche divorcee who has moved on from her banker ex-husband.
Why do I really like it?
First of all, you don’t need to use a hair mask daily.
Your $39.99 can last up to 3 months if you religiously use the mask once a week.
Secondly, the mask really makes my hair straight but not flat once dried.
Apart from it being very manageable, my hair also shines like it’s from a photoshopped Pantene commercial.
Lastly, my hair smells so damn good and we all know that smelling good attracts sugar daddies.
Price for 8oz/236ml is $39.99
Saffron Secret Hair Oil
You may be thinking why I ranked the hair oil as my favorite Saffron Secret luxury hair care product.
In terms of efficacy, this is at par with the hair mask.
What it has that trumps the others is packaging.
Efficacy + Packaging is equal to luxury hair care for me.
Notice how expensive products are always more visually appealing than affordable ones.
The Saffron Secret Hair Oil stands out from the rest of the Saffron Secret products when they’re all displayed together.
The hair oil is encased in glass and comes with a pump.
I love the gold cap and the clear yellowish tint of the oil.
You’ll also see some shreds of (I’m not sure if it’s saffron) in the bottle which looks very unique.
Apart from the packaging, the hair oil gives instant gratification.
It’s a bit warm when applied and quickly moisturizes dry hair.
If you’re lazy with hair like me, it’s the perfect touch-up especially if you have a surprise meeting or a date.
Use an ample amount of the hair oil then comb your hair and you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Price for 2.02oz/60ml is $54.99
To be honest, the products on the pictures are from my second set (my then suitor gave me 2).
I’m afraid to run out of the hair oil and mask and I hope that Saffron Secret can send me reinforcements lol.
This is the problem with luxury hair care products, they give you amazing results then leave you hanging because you can’t afford to have them anymore.
Much like the mirage of a fine/handsome date you had but turned out to be just a one-night-stand.
The Saffron Secret Hair Mask and Oil are amazing products and if you can afford to maintain them, go ahead.
Saffron Secret is made of 100% Organic Saffron.
Organic is expensive and we all know that Saffron is very expensive, just by those 2 words alone justify the products’ price.
If you can’t keep up with their price point, don’t go selling your first-born or robbing convenience stores.
Find a suitor from Mexico or look for a Sugar Daddy online.