I've been traveling this great land of ours here in the US the last 4 weeks and it is good to be back home and off the road.
Today I am going to take a look at a product line I get asked a lot about. Garnier (pronounced Gar-ne;yay). I completely understand the interest in their line because one, it promotes itself as fruit based so therefore it must be good (or better) for you.
Two, it is fairly inexpensive by single item, though if you were to go all out and use the entire line of personal and skin care products you would go broke saving money. :-)
You have likely seen the celebrity Sarah Jessica Parker promoting everything from their hair color, which is where they carved out their brand name to their ever expanding skin care line Fructis.
I don't usually include these types of skin care products in a review but because they are made with fruit (sort of) and because they claim to be more natural and better for you than their competitors I am today.
I also have family members who've used the line and so I have some first hand knowledge you will want to learn about.
Garnier products are widely available in most countries. As I said, mostly know for their fruit buffered hair coloring products, they have exploded their line to include specialty skin care, especially for anti-aging.
They stay clear of the sensitive and acne prone people and with good reason. While they may have "fruit" in their formulations, they have a whole lot more chemical stuff in there as well.
This makes sense since a hair color company would know all about chemical preparations. For this review we will be sticking to skin care of course.
The Premise (Or Promise) Of Garnier
The tag line for Garnier products is "Take Care of Yourself", which sounds great but they have the oddest way of promoting this on their website.
They present you with a slide show that talks about feel good things like taking care of yourself, those around you and the world. They allude to selecting active natural ingredients which make their products better for the environment and you.
It is kind of vague and indirect, and they do the same thing when you try to look at their ingredient list. One thing I discovered is that they have different formulations of the same products for different countries, mainly because some ingredient formulations are not allowed in some countries.
One chemical ingredient might be allowed in one country but not another. Interesting, it was a nightmare and very troubling that it is almost impossible to find a complete ingredient list anywhere - except on the packaging.
So, off to the local market I went with pad and pen to scribe out what all is in their formulations.
So, What's In This Stuff?
Garnier matches the know property of a fruit (lemon for skin lightening for example) to a product designed to do a certain thing. After going through 20 of their products here is the short list of common ingredients that surround the natural fruit compound.
Aqua/Water, glycerin, alcohol cyclopentasiloxane, isopropylpalmitate, paraffinum liquidum/mineral oil, acrylates/ C 10-30 alkylacrylate crosspolymer, ammonium polyarcryldimethyltauramide/ ammonium polycryloyldimethyl taurate, benzyl salicylate, butylphenyl methylpropional, carbomer, CI 19140/ Yellow 5, CI 42090/ Blue 1, disodiumedta, imidazolidinyl urea, limonene, linalool, methyparabean, propylparabean, sodium hydroxide, tocopheryl acetate, vitis vinifera extract/ Grape fruit extract, xanthan gum, parfum/fragrance.
As you can see here, there are a lot of unnatural things going on in a product bottle of Garnier. Ammonia, Urea, and mineral oil included! Big No-No's!
If you are someone with sensitive skin or acne prone skin then I do not recommend these products for obvious reasons. While different items in their line have ingredient variations to be better or worse, overall for you it would be better to look elsewhere.
I have said this before about mass produced low cost products, they usually contain all kinds of chemical compounds that completely remove any benefit you might get from the natural active ingredient. When I see ingredient lists that are over 10 to 12 items, I know there are chemical fillers, binders, and expanders.
Read your labels and buyer beware. The rule usually is the fewer ingredients the purer the product. While this product line may be cheaper than its Department Store counterparts, I'd steer clear.
Your skin just does not need all these kind of chemicals soaking into it... after all your skin is a living thing and immersing in ammonia and urea just is not the healthiest choice.
I always like to give everyone more access to information that you can use today so visit the next link below to get step-by-step information on how to keep your skin healthy, clear, and youthful looking.
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Wishing you a healthy and joyous day,
The Hardest Working Guy In Skin Care
"Inspiring Healthy Choices For Better Living."