I got my hair did yesterday at my friendly neighborhood Aveda Salon and as my stylist was washing my hair, she remarked that my hair is very soft and asked me what I use in it. I wasn't sure if she meant shampoo or what and I wasn't about to tell her that my shampoo comes in a bright green bottle and I get it at Target. Haircare professionals always try to make me think that all of my hair will fall out if I don't use $18 shampoo, so I told her that I use a little Elixir and Confixor mixed together. I was promptly informed by my stylist that Aveda has discontinued Elixir. That's right, there is NO MORE ELIXIR and at the moment, there isn't a suitable replacement product in the works. I have been using the combination of Elixir and Confixor for almost 20 years and now they tell me I have to find an alternative. I can't help but be reminded of a certain Seinfeld episode.
When I got home from the salon, I promptly started searching for Elixir on the intewebs and it would seem that I am the last to know of its discontinuation. Elixir is nowhere to be found except for on eBay for a ridiculously inflated price. My stylist's theory on the disappearance of Elixir has to do with the fact that Estee Lauder now owns Aveda and Horst Rechelbacher, the creator of Aveda (anyone from the Twin Cities has most likely heard of the Horst Salons) has started a new line of products called Intelligent Nutrients. Intelligent Nutrients will have a Leave-In Conditioner (which will cost twice as much as good old Elixir), but it has yet to be released. In the meantime, my stylist convinced me that the new product, Smooth Infusion, would yield the same results as Elixir when mixed with Confixor, but I have yet to try it and I have my doubts.