Review by Chinnu
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We all must have used Garnier Fructis in the eye-catching fluroscent green bottles one time or other, either hating it or loving it. This brand used to be my favorite in college years. I had used all their varieties except the Fall Fight one since I never had hair fall problem much. I loved their fruity smell and creamy consistency. I have not used these much for years and recently I tried some sample sachets and I didn’t like them although I could not put my finger on what was the problem. I got this duo impulsively since I had run out of shampoo and conditioner and it was on offer with the conditioner free.
Product Looks: Typical Fructis packaging of bright green sturdy bottles with flip top cap. Both of them promise to be rich in active fruit concentrate which reduces hair fall 5X on frequent use. The shampoo is runnier and more transparent than the conditioner.
Price: Rupees 117/- for 200 ml with the 90 g conditioner free (rupees 68/-).
Ingredients: Shampoo: Water, SLES, glycol disterate, coco-betaine, sodium chloride, dimethicone, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, cocamide MIPA, sugar cane extract, sodium benzoate, sodium glycolate, sodium cocoate, sodium hydroxide, caffeine, salicylic acid, Camellia sinensis leaf extract, benzyl alcohol, linalool, 2-oleamido-1,3-octadecanediol, apple fruit extract, carbomer, pyridoxine HCL, disodium cocamphodiacetate, citric acid, butylphenyl methylpropional, methyl cocoate, lemon peel extract, hexylene glycol, fragrance.
Conditioner: Water, cetaryl alcohol, palm oil, behentrimonium chloride, niacinamide, sugar cane extract, stearamidopropyl dimethylamine, caffeine, chlorhexidine dihydrochloride, Camellia sinensis leaf extract, benzyl alcohol, linalool, isopropyl alcohol, 2-oleamido-1,3-octadecanediol, apple fruit extract, pyridoxine HCL, methyparaben, citric acid, butylphenyl methylpropional, lemon peel extract, glycerin, fragrance. Phew…:)
How it fared on me: I have dry hair with oily roots and a bit of dandruff, though very minimal. First I tried this shampoo alone on un-oiled hair. After washing, I did not notice any softening of hair or smoothness; it was a bit dry and frizzy. But I didn’t take notice of it much. Then some days after, I noticed the conditioner was silicone free, so I thought I will co-wash my hair with it. Since I have dry, frizzy hair, I frequently do co-washing or conditioner washing to reduce the effect of shampoos and to keep my hair moisturized. That was when the horror started! The conditioner smelled normal Fructis smell and also spread well. I spread it on full hair and scalp n washed off after massaging for few minutes. After bath, I noticed my hair was not smooth at all, very frizzy and icky feeling. Also my neck and shoulders where the conditioner had touched were feeling sticky and itchy as though coated with plastic. After drying, my hair looked and felt like straw coated in icky rubber. Ewwwwwww! :( I could not comb my hair at all. It was terribly sticky. I thought this conditioner is not meant to be used for co-washing and after few days I used the shampoo and conditioner combo on both oiled and un-oiled hair. It took off oil from hair but that was it! Again hair was straw-like, dry, parched as Sahara desert, looking like I put my finger in an electric socket! This is by far the worst shampoo-conditioner combo I have ever used. I also got painful scalp acne. Thankfully, I stopped using these products so my scalp is recovering now. I did a bit of research and found that so many people had the same reaction to Fructis products, maybe reaction to the fruit pectin or the niacinamide. I am sure this is a result of recent formulation change as I have used all of their products without adverse reactions in the past. If any of you are facing scalp acne on using this product, stop immediately!
- Nice smell.
- Takes off oil.
- Shampoo is paraben free, conditioner is dimethicone free.
- Dries hair and transforms it to a sticky, tangled mess.
- Strange coating on hair and skin.
- Causes painful scalp acne.
Tip: Unused shampoos can be used for hand washing clothes, not lingerie. Conditioners can be used for smooth shaving.
Will I repurchase: No! I will throw it like a shotput!
ETM Edit* Hawww thats such a dud. :/ Usually silicone based conditioners feel sticky on the body parts they touch.I feel the same every time i use Dove. :/ I remember using Fructis during my college days some 7 yrs back. it worked fine then. Thanks for the Alert. Would never pick it up even if for free.