Review: Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Smoothing Milk

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Smoothing Milk
Another hair product from my Project Pan/Empties 2013 list gone, good riddance! The Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Smoothing Milk is a leave-in treatment that I bought for my dry, frizzy hair back in 2009 or 2010. I remember loving it back then -- it did what I needed it to do, which was to calm my flyaways and frizzies, minimize the pouf and the sheer volume of my hair.

The product description claims "instant smoothing and frizz control," and rates it "strong" ... in what, I'm not sure.
Smooth, styled hair -- even with moisture in the air! Garnier Fructis Style SLEEK & SHINE is the first smoothing and humidity-resistant styling line from Garnier. 
A new generation styling milk, with fruit micro-waxes, that seals out humidity and combats frizz to smooth and tame unruly hair without weighing it down.
I think you can tell where this review is going, though. I don't know if the Smoothing Milk's efficacy decreased over time or if my hair is different now, but I absolutely hated this product. I picked it back up as part of my Project Pan/Empties in about June, after I'd finished my Herbal Essences Smoothing Creme, which I liked a lot. I switched to the Garnier Fructis Smoothing Milk for the summer because of its claims of blocking out humidity (number one enemy in New York City summers). The Herbal Essences leave-in product wasn't heavy in my hair and gave it some texture, while smoothing it out.

Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Smoothing MilkIn contrast, the Garnier Smoothing Milk was sticky and made my hair feel waxy and a little greasy, while doing nothing for my puffiness. My hair was just as puffy whether or not I applied the Smoothing Milk. And If I applied just a little too much, it made my hair feel waxy and even stringy, crunchy. I can only imagine what the Smoothing Milk would do to a head of thin, fine hair. I did notice that it smelled slightly different from what I remember it smelling like. I remember it smelling lightly of fruits, like green apples or something. When I used it this time around, it smelled of green apples, but with a slightly sour after-note. Rotten smoothing milk?

Not a fan.

I can't give a really fair review of this product, as I think time has taken its course on my particular bottle. If you're into natural beauty products or paraben-free products, stay away from this one. It contains methylparaben along with what looks like several iterations of silicones. But if you're looking for something inexpensive to try on your frizzy hair, I can definitely recommend ... that you not let this product sit around too long. At 5.1 fluid ounces, it goes for $3.50 to $5 in drugstores, from what I've seen.

Extra information about the Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Smoothing Milk, 5.1 fl. oz/150 ml (circa 2010) ...

Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Dimethiconol, Fragrance, PEG-PPG-17/18 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Aminomethyl Propanol, Carbomer, Potato Starch Modified, Polyquaternium-4, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Methylparaben, Amodimethicone, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Trideceth-12, Amyl Cinnamal, PEG-192 Apricot Kernel Glycerides, PEG-70 Mango Glycerides, Cetrimonium Chloride, Lemon Extract

Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Smoothing Milk

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