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.
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)