Garnier Whole Blends Review: Shampoo, Conditioner, & Mask

Is Garnier Whole Blends shampoo good? In this Garnier Whole Blends review we’ll let you know what we think!

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When I was a little girl, my mom had this giant book of homesteading hippie lore.

It was filled with recipes for bread making, tips on how to forage for wild greens and my absolute favorite section—how to get shiny, glorious hair naturally.

The secret?

Collecting rainwater in barrels and rinsing your hair with it. Have you ever heard of anything crunchier (and from an adult who knows about acid rain, pollution—ickier)?

Although I never did try that rainwater rinse, I’ve always had a soft spot for hair products featuring from-the-earth ingredients.

Naturally, my inner hippie was thrilled to try out the new Garnier Whole Blends line of haircare products—a collection designed with a “natural blend of select ingredients combined with sensorial fragrances.” ($3.99 – $5.99 for the whole collection)

Garnier Whole Blends ingredients

The entire line is paraben-free and created to gently nurture hair, enriched with fairly purchased and sustainably harvested ingredients like argan oil, coconut oil and cocoa butter.

Aesthetically, this eco-conscious ethos is reflected in the packaging aesthetics as well; with its retro font and simple shape, each bottle calls to mind 70s’ health food store goodness.

Garnier Whole Blends Review

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Out of the broad range of products (more on those later), I sampled the Garnier Whole Blends Repairing Honey Treasures line—shampoo, conditioner and mask, and a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner from the Hydrating line.

(Some of our fine team members will share their thoughts in the comments about the Hydrating line’s shampoo, conditioner and mask as well.)

Garnier Whole Blends Repairing Honey Review

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The Honey Treasures products are geared towards strengthening hair and reducing split ends, damage and breakage; they’re enriched with royal jelly, honey and propolis extract.

These smell delicious; the rich, sweet smell of honey lingers in your hair long after using them, and each product feels thick and buttery in texture.

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Now, I wasn’t expecting miracles on my chronically dry and damaged hair, but using the shampoo, conditioner and repairing mask (available here) did infuse my strands with some much needed moisture and softness.

My ends, in particular, looked shinier and felt softer than normal after using the mask—a small miracle in itself.

Garnier Whole Blends Honey Treasures Hair Mask

Garnier-Whole-Blends-Honey-Treasures-review-3(a closer look at the Honey Treasures repairing mask)

Garnier Whole Blends Hydrating 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner

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Next up, I tried the Hydrating line 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner.

If sweet tropical scents are your jam, you need this one—it features a cocktail of Indian coconut water and Madagascan vanilla milk and smells lush and summery.

The Whole Blends Hydrating line is for quenching and softening dehydrated hair, but I was a little skeptical that a 2-in-1 could do the job on my stressed strands.

However, I was able to run a comb through damp hair after using it, a feat that normally requires extra detangler on TOP of separate conditioner. When my hair fully dried, it looked and felt soft and shiny.

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Garnier-Whole-Blends-Coconut-water-Vanilla-milk-review-3(a closer look at the Whole Blends Hydrating mask, a much thinner consistency than the buttery Repairing mask)

Garnier Whole Blends Collection

After my good results, I plan on checking out the rest of the affordable Whole Blends collection, which includes:

Smoothing with coconut oil and cocoa butter extract (shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner and smoothing oil)
Color Care with argan oil and cranberry extract (shampoo, conditioner and mask)
Refreshing with green apple and green tea (shampoo, conditioner, 2 in 1, and detangling spray)

I’m just glad my desire for shiny soft hair has been fulfilled, minus the gross rainwater part.

we heartsers: Have you seen how refreshingly retro these bottles are? And do you have any hippie beauty tricks up your sleeve?

amity

amity

Amity teaches rhetoric, composition, and creative writing in Central PA. Her non-fiction has appeared in xojane and Story, as well as on Snap Judgement and This American Life; her fiction has appeared in Hobart. She is the cohost of Bone Palace Ballet, a true crime podcast focusing on murder, mysteries, and the macabre.
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7 thoughts on “Garnier Whole Blends Review: Shampoo, Conditioner, & Mask”

  1. turboterp

    You nailed it with the retro packaging, @amity! The labels are so 70s, but the products inside are modern as can be. I got to test the Smoothing shampoo and conditioner with coconut oil and cocoa butter extract, and loved everything about the line: the scent, the texture, and mostly the results I got. My hair looks refreshed and shiny, moisturized without being weighed down, and generally healthier! I can’t believe each these products are so inexpensive; they’re pretty much dupes of a salon line I’ve tried that costs upwards of $50 a bottle! Save your money, girls… Garnier will do the job at a bargain price.

    Now I’m going to pick up Honey Treasures, too.

  2. krista

    I didn’t get to test any of the products mentioned in this post, but I did independently purchase another scent from the Whole Blends line—Green Apple. Let me preface what I’m about to say with “I am a sucker for all things green apple.” Not only does this smell fabulous, but it really cleanses my hair exceptionally well and the conditioner doesn’t weigh it down. Any my hair is SHINY! I’m really impressed and I’ll definitely look into some of the other fragrances in this line!

    1. I want to try that one–green apple and green tea sounds like such a delicious scent.

  3. hao9703

    I got to test the Coconut Water and Vanilla Milk Hydrating Mask. It delivered the promise to deeply quench and soften dry dehydrated hair. This little jar packs a punch of hydration.

  4. lipglossandspandex

    To be honest, I wasn’t a fan of the packaging and kind of assumed that the retro label meant less sophisticated product. I’m loving everyone’s positive reviews though, and am really considering getting my hands on the hair masks.

  5. irene

    Honey! Did someone say that? Sold! I am so going to try out this line! I am going after work to Rite-Aid and will pick up some of these to try! I want the mask like yesterday!

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