Garnier Ultimate Blends Repairing Papaya and Amla HAIR FOOD mask (REVIEW)

When turning vegan it is hard to decide what companies to support since there’s only a handful of truly cruelty-free and vegan brands but I decided that I will support all companies who are launching vegan options to increase the demand for them hence enforcing change within the beauty industry. This is why I bought the new Garnier Hair Food mask too. I know as a company, Garnier is not entirely cruelty-free but I do appreciate them catering for vegans.

I’ve used this mask for a few weeks now and here are my findings:

Packaging: large pot, 100% recyclable.

What it is: 3 in 1 conditioner, hair mask, leave-in conditioner.

Texture: light cream.

Who it is for: the ones with damaged hair.


1161332 – Aqua / Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Isopropyl Myristate, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Glycine Soja Oil / Soybean Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, / Sunflower Seed Oil, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract / Papaya Fruit Extract, Hyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Cocos Nucifera Oil / Coconut Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid, Cetyl Esters, Potassium Sorbate, Salicylic Acid, Caramel, Linalool, Geraniol, Limonene, Parfum / Fragrance, (F.I.L C232329/1)

I really appreciate that all of the ingredients are explained on the packaging for a better understanding.

The benefits of Papaya in hair care: rich in vitamins B5, C, A, K, E, folate, potassium, and fibre Papaya is considered one of the world’s healthiest foods, that has a great benefit when used in hair care too. It promotes hair growth, the nutrients in it help to prevent balding, reduce hair thinning, control dandruff and can help to treat a dry and flaky scalp. Papaya extract is a great hair conditioner since it contains enzymes that nourish your hair from the roots, making unruly, damaged hair healthy, smooth, shiny and manageable.

The benefits of Amla in hair care: rich in Vitamin C Amla has amazing medicinal and beauty benefits. It contains heaps of essential fatty acids, which strengthen hair follicles, giving the hair strength and radiance. It can be very helpful in making unruly, damaged hair become smooth, shiny, manageable, and healthier. The abundance of vitamin C in Amla can help to slow down premature greying, can help hair loss, enhances colour and can help to sooth a dry, flaky and itchy scalp, it also stimulates hair growth.

How to use it: as a conditioner on wet hair to detangle and smooth without weigh down, as a mask on wet hair, leave it on for 3 mins and rinse out for intense nourishment, as a leave-in conditioner on wet or dry hair, apply a small amount to lengths to reduce the appearance of split ends and make it look healthy.

The claims (with my notes):

“Our 3-in-1 treat for damaged hair blended with Papaya and Amla” – fab, see benefits above.

“Lightweight mask can be used as a Conditioner, Mask or Leave-in.” – it’s nice to have a multi-use product like this.

“Visibly reduces up to half your split ends after just one use” – I haven’t counted but it definitely has a good smoothing effect.

“YES 98% Natural Origin ingredients” – we all know that ‘natural’ is not necessarily better for you but it’s nice I guess.

“YES, 96% Biodegradable Formula” – that’s great news!

“YES, Vegan Formula: no animal derived ingredients or by-products” – fab, the next step is getting certified as ‘cruelty-free’, right?

YES, Dermatologically Tested” – this doesn’t really mean much, to be honest.

“YES, Plant Oils” – this is nice.

“NO Silicones for a natural feel” – it is not heavy on the hair which I love.

“NO Parabens” – parabens are not evil really.

“NO Artificial colourants” – that’s nice.

“Renewable: We try, where possible, to source our ingredients from renewable sources.” – I appreciate the effort.

“Recyclable: Our bottles are 100% recyclable.” – top marks for this!

“Sustainable: Our products are produced in factories committed to sustainable production.” – sustainable is still a vague term but I like the sound of that, I’d love to hear about this in detail.

“Terracycle®: Partnered with Terracycle®* to keep beauty products out of landfills.” – again, this is great news, I appreciate the effort taken.

(*TerraCycle is an innovative recycling company that has become a global leader in recycling hard-to-recycle .)


How it worked for me: I don’t really have a truly problematic hair, apart from a little breakage from lightening so I can’t tell if this is a solution for all sort of repair concerns but what I’ve found is that this is a really nice, light, nourishing hair conditioner that smooths my hair nicely and gives shine without weighing my hair down so I’m very pleased with that. I have tried it on dry hair as well but didn’t work for me because I don’t have a lot of hair so it just became heavy and messy quickly but I don’t mind that at all, I will keep using it as a conditioner. The only downside for me is the packaging which I didn’t find practical at all. Navigating this huge pot while in the shower, unscrewing the lid, taking out the product and then I don’t have the third hand to screw the lid back on is a bit of a task for my small hands so I usually leave it open but then water gets into the product and I nearly knock it off from side of the bath. A bottle with a pump would be much more my thing. All in all, though I like the formula though and I am happy to buy it again.

Value for money: excellent, you get 390 ml for £3.49 in Boots at the moment. The full price is £6.99 which still makes it a good value for money.

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