I was skeptical that any shampoo--no matter how magic--could be worth $140 a bottle. But when Philip B. began offering its Russian Amber Imperial Shampoo in a smaller, less expensive size, they sent a sample to show what the fuss was about.

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The first day, the rubber-cement-like shampoo confused me. The second day, I liked it. The third, I loved it. I promised myself I'd use it only twice a week, as a treat. I did (er, I tried). By the time I got to the end, I scraped the jar so intent to get every last bit you'd have thought it was gold. Indulge for $50 for 3 oz. at PhilipB.com.

-Kristy Eckert