Product Review: Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge Shampoo, Conditioner and 1-Minute Moisture-Plenish

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge shampoo review PINCHmeI recently received a sample of the Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge Shampoo, Conditioner and 1-Minute Moisture-Plenish from PINCHme free-of-charge for review. The Hydra Recharge line promises "weightless, silky hair for up to 2 days" and is geared towards normal to dry hair. For the record, I have thick, dry and frizzy hair, so I was really interested in this line.

Let's start with the shampoo. The shampoo's claims:
Hydra Recharge is the first shampoo with encapsulated beds of superfruit goji berry, plus passion fruit and kiwi. Hair is ultra-hydrated, weightlessly silkier and softer.
I wasn't a fan of the beads. I found them unnecessary and kind of bothersome, and I'm not sure whether they do much for the hair that the translucent shampoo base doesn't already do. However, of the three products I sampled, I liked the shampoo best, just as I did with the Dove Oxygen Moisture line. It isn't often that I like a shampoo because they are typically too drying or heavy for my oily scalp, but this one was the perfect balance of cleansing and hydrating. It had a really delicious fruity smell, closer to Skittles or fruit candy than previous Garnier Fructis hair products I've used (which have had a light apple or banana scent).

Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge conditioner review PINCHme
The conditioner's claims:
The hydrating conditioner with superfuits of goji berry, passion fruit and kiwi, actively replenishes moisture without heaviness.
The conditioner was a light blue opaque color, and surprisingly thin for a hydrating conditioner. Going on, I felt my hair immediately take on a smoother texture, but after my hair dried, it fluffed up as much or more than usual. The scent wasn't as fruity or candy-like as the shampoo, and had a slightly more synthetic smell to it.

The 1-Minute Moisture-Plenish was next. I was a little confused by this product, which says:
Experience a powerful new blast of hydration. Hydra Recharge 1-Minute Moisture-Plenish Treatment's powerful yet lightweight crème-gel formula, with superfruits of goji berry, passion fruit and kiwi, delivers a surge of high-performance hydration in just 1 minute. Hair is ultra-hydrated, weightlessly silkier and softer.
Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge 1-Minute Moisture-Plenish review PINCHme
I did not use this independently from the shampoo and conditioner combination, but I have tried the shampoo and conditioner without the 1-Minute Moisture-Plenish (which you are supposed to leave in your hair for a minute after conditioning your hair). I did not notice a significant difference between using the 1-Minute Moisture-Plenish and not using it. Like the conditioner, the Moisture-Plenish had a slightly synthetic smell to it and it wasn't noticeably different in texture or color from the conditioner either. As of now, I am not seeing much of a point to the Moisture-Plenish and on principle, it seems redundant to need to apply a treatment on top of your conditioner.

Overall, I really enjoyed the shampoo and would repurchase it. I'd probably give the conditioner another go, though I think there are better conditioners out there that give thick, dry hair better hydration. As with most (if not all) so-called "hydrating" shampoos, conditioners and hair treatments, these all contain some form of silicone in them, which can ultimately be more drying than hydrating to your hair.

More information on the products (including ingredients) below the cut ...


Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge Shampoo retails for $3.99 for 13 ounces/384 mL ...
Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Coco-Betaine, Acrylates Copolymer, Hexylene Glycol, PEG-30 Glyceryl Cocoate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Fragrance, PEG-14 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Pyrus Malus Extract (Apple Fruit Extract), Disodium EDTA, Polyquaternium-39, Actinidia Chinensis Water (Kiwi Fruit Water), Niacinamide, Pyridoxine HCl, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citric Acid, Saccharum Officinarum Extract (Sugar Cane Extract), Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Amyl Cinnamal, Passiflora Edulis Fruit Juice, CI 77007 (Ultramarines), Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Bisabolol, Methylisothiazolinone, Citrus Medica Limonum Peel Extract (Lemon Peel Extract), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract

Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge Conditioner retails for $3.99 for 13 ounces/384 mL ...
Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Cetyl Esters, Isopropyl Myristate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Pyrus Malus Extract (Apple Fruit Extract), PEG/PPG 18/18, Lauryl PEG, 18 Methicone, Actinidia Chinensis Water (Kiwi Fruit Water), Citric Acid, Niacinamide, Pyridoxine HCl, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Dodecene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Poloxamer 407, Saccharin Officinarum Extract (Sugar Cane Extract), Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Passiflora Edulis Fruit Juice, Bisabolol, Citrus Medica Limonum Peel Extract (Lemon Peel Extract), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, CI 42090 (Blue 1), CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 42053 (Green 3)

Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge 1-Minute Moisture-Plenish retails for $5.99 for 8.5 ounces/250 mL ...
Ingredients: Water, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Quaternium 87, Stearyl Alcohol, Amodimethicone, Behentrimonium, Chloride, Cetyl Esters, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Candelilla Wax, Isopropyl Alcohol, Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract (Apple), Trideceth 6, Triethanolamine, Actinidia Chinensis Fruit Water (Kiwi), Niacinamide, Pyridoxine HCI, Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride, Citric Acid, Hexylcinnamal, Cetrimonium Chloride, Saccharum Officinarum Extract (Sugar Cane), Benzyl Alcohol, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, 2 Oleamido 1,3 Ctadecanediol, Linalool, Amylcinnamal, Passiflora Edulis Fruit Juice, Bisabolol, Citrus Medica Limonum Peel Extract (Lemon Peel), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Blue 1 (CI 42090), Green 3 (CI 42053), FIL D159107/2

Photos: GarnierUSA.com

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