I love Garnier! I’ve loved their products for years and years. Their hair care products smell great, perform great, and my wavy/curly hair seems to love them. I always get excited when they come out with a new product or a new line of products or even just revamp their old packaging. Every once in awhile, they’ll come out with a dud (for example, the Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector which just did not work for me at all) but the performance of the rest of the products is usually stellar.
For reference, my hair in its natural state is both wavy and curly, extremely soft to the touch, with a decent amount of volume. If anything, my hair is on the dry side (doesn’t get oily) and can look quite dull (no shininess). It’s also very prone to frizz and tangles. If I brush my hair, my hair frizzes up and the curls lose their shape resulting in the dreaded triangle hair. If I don’t brush my hair, I get tangles (at the back of my neck, above my nape) which are extremely painful to detangle, especially while dry. Lastly, I’ve been regularly getting my hair dyed blonde ever since I was about 17.
Growing up, I used their shampoo and conditioner duo almost exclusively. To be honest, that was largely in part to the delightful fruity-green scent. However, I did notice a difference in my hair when I switched to other brands, which is why I quickly returned to Garnier Fructis. At one point, I had layers in my hair and while other shampoo and conditioner duos gave me the dreaded triangle hair (all volume at the bottom but flat up top) the duo from Garnier Fructis never did that. I would just shower, get dressed, and head to college, letting my hair air-dry (sometimes Kuwait‘s unbearable heat can come in handy) into gorgeous beachy waves. It’s funny because one of my professors (Ms Shelly) who was known for being a
hard strict, no-nonsense type of professor asked to speak to me after class which I dreaded, only to find out that she just wanted to know how I got my “lovely curls”. People always compliment me on my hair but I think it’s mostly because my hair was very noticeable (very long and very blond) so any which way I wore it would garner attention. That said, I feel like Garnier Fructis cleanses my hair, helps detangle my hair in-shower, and not once has ever interfered with my hair color. What’s more, it smells like green apples. That’s all I could ask ever ask for from a shampoo and conditioner. I do use shampoo and conditioners from other brands but Garnier Fructis has my heart which is why I always go back to it. Again, these might not work for everyone but if your hair is naturally textured then I strongly recommend you give them a try. Here’s all my posts on my more recent Garnier Fructis Shampoo and Conditioners.
I also love the Garnier Fructis Style products! They just have so many amazing products (especially ones catered towards curly hair) and they keep coming up with more which is why I was so happy when Garnier Fructis Style products finally started appearing at local cooperatives in Kuwait. We never get the full line of products in the range but at least we get some. I first came across the Garnier Fructis Style range when I was abroad in Europe on a family vacation and I’ve been in love ever since. The hair-styling mousse in particular is an absolute God-send! It defines my curls (completely getting rid of all the frizz) while keeping them soft (never stiff or crunchy as opposed to other brands) without ever weighing them down (lots of volume), all the while scenting my hair with that gorgeous fruity-green scent. What’s more, it only takes minutes to apply and style, which I truly appreciate because I’m terrible at managing my time so I’m always in a hurry and long hair takes forever to dry or style. To date, I have never found a better hair-styling mousse than the one from Garnier Fructis Style which is why it is my holy grail mousse. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the star product of the entire brand. Another great product is their Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Smoothing Milk because it actually does smooth the hair, taming the frizzies, fly-aways, and cow-licks. The word shine in the name might put some people off but the fact is, when the cuticles on the hair shaft lies flat (smoothed down) it actually reflects light hence the shine. The shine is very subtle as this stuff actually dries matte (think of it as a leave-in conditioner) which is why I’ve turned so many people (both men and women) on to Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Smoothing Milk. Guys especially love it because unlike gel which leaves a clearly visible white, flake-y residue as well as making the hair stiff and crunchy, this smoothing milk tames the hair and keeps it soft(er) without leaving any visible residue behind. This product is not for gravity-defying hair styles (because it has no hold) which is why it’s not marketed as such. It’s marketed as a smoothing milk and as just that, it’s fantastic. It smells great as well. As a matter of fact, most of Garnier Fructis products smell amazing and they’ve got so many to choose from. Again, if you’ve got any sort of texture to your hair, I suggest you pick up a Garnier Fructis Style product to try out. Here’s all my posts on my more recent Garnier Fructis Style products.
I’ve only tried a handful of Garnier skincare; the eye-rollers when those were a “thing” so I’m interested in trying out a couple more products (hopefully not the the middle-east versions). I enjoyed using the anti-puff eye-roller (green packaging) but the anti-dark circle eye-roller (beige packaging) was much lighter in color than I was used to so I did not like it at all and I didn’t even bother with the middle-east version (yellow packaging). Somehow, the middle-east version of Garnier products seem inferior (extra emphasis on
bleaching whitening the skin, less potent skin-friendly ingredients, cheap packaging… most of these products don’t even have names!) but let’s just call it pure speculation…for now. I did not get along well with the Garnier Skin Naturals Gradual Self-Tanning Body Milk as it gave me more of a very subtle glow as opposed to a tan but I’m still in the process of using it so we’ll see. I do however love the Garnier Skin Naturals Essentials Face Cream with Rose Extract (it does not say Face Cream anywhere on the packaging!). It’s perfect for my needs. It moisturizes my skin without doing anything extra. It does not brighten, lighten, or whiten my skin. It does not have any anti-aging effects whatsoever. As soon as I pat some of this on my face, my skin quickly absorbs it. No residue, no nothing (which I suspect is because of the basic ingredients but whatevs, I’m happy). Unfortunately, there is no pleasant rose smell. In fact, there is no discernible scent.