REVIEW: Essential Leave On Treatment (CC Oil & Night Care Milk)

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review by Samplestore. Other than product information provided by the media press kit, all comments on the experience and first impressions of the product(s) are expressly mine, and not in any way influenced.


I have been having tangly hair recently. Can you imagine fingercombing your long tresses, and then you snag a knot. Make that a few knots. Yeowch. Well actually I haven’t trimmed the ends of my hair in a while, and I can see some dry/split ends surfacing. That’s the problem with coloured hair, it just gets so depressingly dry when un-maintained!

Today I’ll be sharing on two new products that Samplestore has graciously furnished me with: The Essential CC Oil (60ml) & Night Care Milk (100ml)

If you have not heard of Essential, this is a popular Japanese brand that has a plethora of hair products catered to your every hair need. Shampoos, treatments, conditioners, hair masks and oils.. you name it. I love the nuance airy shampoo, by the way.

Price: $11.90 at leading stores

Packaging: Comes in a carded blister pack with advertised benefits on the back.

Scent: A sweet, cassis berry aroma

Essential CC Oil

Advertised benefits (CC Oil):
Non-greasy and invisibly light, the Essential CC Oil coats each strand of hair with a cuticle coat protection to fight the 5 most common forms of hair stresses. The cuticle coat protection leaves hair smooth and tangle-free all day!

Essential CC Oil

Dispense from bottle, apply evenly to towel-dried or damp hair, focusing on the mid-length to tips of hair. Do not rinse off, can be applied morning and night.

So what is a CC Oil? The CC in this case stands for Cuticle Care, but the concept is similar to BB/CC creams, where it is multi functional. The oil is said to contain hair supplement oil, and keeps hair smooth and tangle free all day. While we all may be aware that heat styling and colouring is damaging to our luscious locks, we may not be as aware that external factors affect our hair as well.

These are the 5 main stresses to our hair. Personally I daresay I have all of these issues. Essential included these hairballs to illustrate the 5 stresses.


1. Blow drying: Heat damage/friction from blow drying
The process of blow-drying removes moisture from the hair, both outside and inside the hair – leaving hair dry, brittle and susceptible for further damage

2. Combing: Friction to the hair cuticles due to daily combing
Combing through wet hair causes great hair damage as the hair follicle is at is most fragile state. Likewise, the friction caused by coming through dry hair can form hair knots which makes hair prone to unnecessary breakage

3. Split Ends: Fraying of hair shaft due to dry and brittle hair
The ends of your hair are the oldest and driest parts. When the protective hair cuticle is destroyed at the end of the hair, the hair splits into two or more parts.

4. Hair Breakage
Besides daily heat styling, blow drying and brushing, other seemingly harmless actions like tying your hair into a tight ponytail or twirling your hair with your fingers exert excessive stress on your hair, resulting in hair breakage

5. Dryness: Dry hair that feels rough

Exposure to the sun, wind or even air-conditioning can result in hair dryness. The hair cuticle that protects the hair is weakened and is unable to retain moisture within the cuticles of the hair

The second product is the Night Care Milk, which has a rather interesting concept.


Advertised benefits (Night Care Milk):
Protects your hair from pillow friction by leaving a protective coat around each hair strand and prevent misaligned cuticles when hair rubs against the pillowcase, leaving hair more manageable the next morning.

Essential Night Care Milk

Here’s how the products looks like out of the pump. The “‘milk” is of an opaque creamy consistency and applies well onto hair without leaving streaks.

Essential Night Care Milk

Dispense from bottle, apply on damp or dry hair before going to bed.

I’m pretty sure everyone wakes up looking like a bedhead. I personally wrestle my hair in the morning just to try and tame down the wild strands. When all else fails, I hit the shower. According to Essential, flyaway bedheads is the result of pillow friction.

What is Pillow Friction? According to Essential, when you toss and turn at night there is friction between your hair and the pillow, causing the cuticles to be misaligned. Misaligned cuticles creates frizz, resulting in the fabulous lion’s mane the next morning. Washing your hair will ‘reset’ the mane, which is why many women have no choice but to wash and blow dry their hair in the morning before going to work.

Experience with both products:

This is my hair on the left before using the CC oil and the night care milk, you can see it’s a lackluster and comes with some dry ends. This photo was taken when I woke up in the morning.
Hair before treatment

And this, is after a couple of days’ usage of both  products. My hair looks luscious and glossy. Not to mention, smelling divine.
Hair after treatment

I love the CC Oil. The consistency is almost watery and is absorbed quickly by my hair. It didn’t weigh my hair down, nor gave me an oil slicked look. My tresses glowed resplendently after a quick finger comb, and smelt really good. The night care milk served a similar purpose. I  used it before bed and indeed, I woke up with lesser of a bedhead.  I’m not saying this eradicates a bedhead, but it reduces any knots and fuzz. With these two new hair loves, I’ve managed to rein in my unruly locks in the morning, making me a very happy girl.

My rating: 4.5/5 (nourishes hair, quick fix in the mornings!)

Would I repurchase? Yes! Between the two, my favourite has to be the CC Oil. I see instant results when I use that.
Play Essential’s Mane Hero Facebook game and combat the 5 evil Hair Stress Brothers and Pesky Pillow King and win attractive weekly prizes!

Essential Mane Hero

What is your go-to Essential product? Comment away below! 🙂




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