Garnier Ultimate Blends Review

Garnier are re-entering the hair care market this year with a big launch of a range called ‘Garnier Ultimate Blends * ‘ – a range of various shampoo/conditioners/treatments that have been specifically designed and formulated for the most common hair types and complaints in the UK. Not just going with the typical ‘normal, dry, greasy’ options – there are variants for dull or flat hair, or colour damaged – or for mid to long hair with split ends. There’s also some interesting products in there – with the ‘Silky Smoother’ which is basically a scrub, but for hair. Which is a bit interesting as don’t think there’s anything else out there. It claims to scrub/buff away split ends…which I’m a bit sceptical of.

GARNIER ultimate blends hair care


Before I get stuck in to sharing my thoughts on the Garnier Ultimate Blends, some readers out there might be with me and remember the last time Garnier did some hair care in the form of Fructis? I was pretty young (maybe early teens?) when it launched but I remember a lot of people didn’t really get on it with it in terms of hair care saying that it left the hair lank and lifeless. I don’t remember trying it at the time (I was always using either Herbal Essences or Timotei – mostly for the scents – when I was a teen) so can’t comment on that – although I have really liked the styling products in the past. What I can do is tell you what I think of these bits from the new Garnier hair care offering.

First up, the packaging it’s a bit ‘meh’ to be honest. Doesn’t look all that modern or exciting to have on display. But for a brand that’s looking to be more for families – so one mum/dad/kids all reach for, this might not really be the point. I do, however – really like how narrow the shampoo bottle is. Yes, seemingly a small thing – but makes it so much easier to balance on the ledge of the bath when the corners are already overflowing with product.

In terms of performance, I have to say I’m really liking the shampoo and conditioner – they both smell good. Sort of herbally, fruity, fresh. I feel my hair feels squeaky clean and fresh after use – and not weighed down, which is the all important thing. I always have to choose – do I want volume, or do I want hydrating and this set seem to manage a bit of both.

The dry shampoo is quite nice – a very fresh vanilla and fruit scent and a very light powder – so doesn’t make hair feel like you have laden product on heavily.

The most interesting product has to be the ‘polish’ of The Silky Smoother. It can very much be compared to a body scrub, not as densely packed with scrubby bits, but pretty similar in that it’s a cream base with some exfoliating beads. I have to be honest and say I can’t really see how the scrubby bits would actually scrub off split ends – but had this been marketed as a scalp scrub, I would have been all over it as that’s basically how I’ve been using it. As a bit of a deep cleanse and condition for the scalp and for that, I really like it. It does seem odd that so few brands really do anything scalp related as it’s such a vital part of healthy hair?!

Overall though, this range is a good value all-rounder for hair – if you have a few people to please rather than just yourself then Garnier Ultimate Blends is a good bet as a people pleaser with so many options in the range there’s bound to be one to keep most happy.

Garnier Ultimate Blends * is available from Boots (shampoo £2.79)



  1. February 21, 2014 / 8:13 pm

    Oh my word that packaging looks like it is left over from the 70s!

  2. February 21, 2014 / 9:18 pm

    I have just received some of this through the post to try. I am looking forward to trying it as it seems to meet the needs of my hair perfectly, so I am hoping it does a good job! I agree on the packaging, it doesn’t really wow me. It reminds me of a product you may find in Poundland…
    Laura x | Life and Lipstick

  3. February 22, 2014 / 5:37 am

    I’m with you on the packaging, really dated but they do sound good. I wonder if we’ll get them here x

  4. Gyudy
    February 22, 2014 / 8:38 am

    In Italy we have had this range in the form of Ultra Dolce for years, and there are some amazing products in the line… It’s really cheap (and pretty often on offer) and the shampoo and conditioner for coloured hair are my absolute HGs!

    • Jen
      February 24, 2014 / 12:25 pm

      Agree, the packaging does look a bit on the dated side doesn’t it?!

  5. Sara
    April 26, 2014 / 4:00 pm

    Tried the “ultimate” blend the sleek restorer with coconut oil … And I felt like I’ve tipped the juice from the bottom of my bin on my head !! .. Although the smell was pleasant my hair felt like it hadn’t been washed for a month … Totally dissapointed .. I expected more from a big brand name .. The rest in the bottle will be thrown away .. Wouldn’t even use the rest on my dog

    • Anonymous
      August 14, 2014 / 8:05 am

      How odd – I use the Sleek Restorer range currently and love it – my hair definitely feels smoother but not greasy. Perhaps it depends on hair type.

      Packaging is definitely a bit funky and not in a good way! Luckily it’s what’s inside that counts and i’m fairly impressed so far!

  6. June 21, 2014 / 11:17 am

    I tried the Marvellous Transformer. Smells awesome!! Unfortunately it left my hair feeling greasier after using it!! Very strange….

  7. hali
    May 4, 2015 / 12:41 pm

    Terrible! It just gives you dandruff! Maybe it depends on the person…

  8. mary
    July 31, 2015 / 9:39 am

    This shampoo came in a free sample. the package fell on the floor of the shower and removed the chrome from the plug outlet this makes it a frightening shampoo to use on ones hair.

  9. Anonymous
    December 1, 2015 / 9:45 pm

    Awful shampoo which left a thick greasy residue like I hadn’t washed my hair for a month! Took two washes with patent to get it out. Complete waste of money

  10. Anonymous
    February 15, 2016 / 10:21 pm

    Me and friend both bought shampoo and conditioner have totaly different hair types ended up greasy then full of dandruff and irritated scalp after few uses!!!! Green 1, smells lovely but never again!!!!!

  11. March 8, 2016 / 3:47 pm

    I absolutely love the smell of this stuff, but I cannot buy it again. Made my hair all knotty and was a nightmare to wash out! They messed up on this one I reckon :/ x

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