This post is sponsored by Garnier. All opinions are my own. You know I keep it real with you guys!
Hopefully by now you’ve heard the big news! Garnier is now recognized as cruelty free under the
Cruelty Free International Leaping Bunny Program! Garnier has officially joined the cruelty free family! Garnier is one of the largest global brands CFI has ever approved under the Leaping Bunny program. So this is a big deal!
I spoke to the Cruelty Free International and Garnier teams to get the information. After 2 years of working with more than 500 different suppliers to get signed key date declarations, the popular brand for hair care, color and skin care was able to secure this coveted badge of honor without cruelty. Garnier is part of a supplier monitoring system and is regularly reviewed by Cruelty Free International. The brand is still owned by L’Oreal (which is not 100% cruelty free but owns other cruelty free brands like NYX, Urban Decay, and It Cosmetics). Garnier is NOT sold in China and the brand currently has no plans to sell there.
Since I wrote about it in early March, I’ve tried some of the Garnier hair and skin care products. I bought several hair care products and their micellar waters (loving all of them so far), and the brand sent me some products from the Fructis Sleek & Shine line. I’m really excited to recommend an affordable drugstore brand because that’s what I’m usually asked the most!
As many of you know, I moved from Los Angeles to my hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana a few months ago. My husband, our two pets, and I wanted more space, so we moved to the south where we could rent a house with a garden. We lived in a small 2-room apartment in a 4-plex, surrounded by a few palm trees and … a lot of concrete. We didn’t have a garden or balcony, so we got really claustrophobic during the pandemic. Now we’re actually gardening (never thought I’d care!), And our dog Riley has something somewhere to run around and sniff all those things! We still plan to visit Los Angeles often as our friends and Gregg’s side of the family are there. We really enjoy being so close to my Louisiana family. For the past 19 years, I’ve only been able to see them once or twice a year, so that’s really nice!
Anyway, Louisiana is known for many things – some good and some bad. One of the bad things is MOISTURE! Fall and winter aren’t that bad, but spring and summer are FRIZZ CITY, especially for my fine, wavy hair. So I was excited to try Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine to see if it would help. I tried the Fortifying Shampoo, the Fortifying Conditioner and the intensely smooth Leave-In Conditioning Cream.
First let me say the price is right! Each of the products cost less than $ 5. The products are cruelty free, vegan and paraben free. The shampoo and conditioner bottles are made from 100% recycled plastic, and the ingredients are fairly traded and sourced from sustainable sources.
The claim is that the Sleek & Shine products work at up to 97% humidity and keep your hair straight for up to 3 days using all three (shampoo, conditioner, leave-in). They are recommended for straight and curly / wavy hair types. The products are made from fruit proteins, B3, B6, vitamin E, argan oil and other fruit and plant extracts. The active smoothing ingredient is dimethicone. I find that my hair loves “pegs” and it’s the only thing that keeps it from getting frizzy and out of control.
When I tested these products, I feared that they would make my hair so relaxed that I couldn’t keep my hair curly / wavy. Fortunately there was no problem with that! I washed, conditioned, and then added the leave-in from the middle of the shaft to the ends. I usually don’t add leave-in conditioner to my crown so I can keep some volume on top. Finally, I ground my usual hair gel and let it air dry. I was impressed to see that my locks were shiny and defined. My hair was not weighed down at all. I’ve tested the products on the street and they work very well for a typical day in Louisiana but all bets are void on rainy days. To be fair, I don’t think any products can help my super fine, curly hair on rainy days. All I can do is toss my hair in a ponytail or bun, or just let it do what it wants to do!
Overall, I am impressed with these products! The photo above was taken after the rain on a very cloudy, humid day (sorry for the squint – it was light!). Given the high humidity that day, I think my waves are pretty good! Also note that there are tons of bodies – my hair wasn’t weighed down at all from the products.
Garnier also has many other frizz busting styling products such as serum, moisturizing milk, frizz cream, spray oil, hairspray, and much more. There are so many products out there – you can drink them cocktails to find the right mix for your hair. The prices are so good that I experimented with a lot of them. I love the trio I mentioned above and the Brilliantine Shine Glossing Spray to smooth out the frizz all day long when it rains!
Which Garnier products have you tried and which should I review next?