Opening this bottle got me super excited! It smells so beautiful! The bottle size is very generous and for the price, you don’t feel shy putting on a little extra just for the sake of it. I have wavy hair, so usually supermarket masks and products weigh them down. This didnt! I was so happy! I used it as a mask and not only did it leave my waves soft, but also smelling amazing! I also tried it on my daughters wavy hair, it was amazing. She didn’t get any knots and it was frizz free. I tried it as a leave in conditioner, put a little bit on and it kept the frizz at bay! I’m definitely going to purchase again!
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Garnier Fructis Hair Food Aloe Vera
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Nourish your hungry hair with Fructis Aloe Vera Hair Food Treatment! Deeply hydrates normal to dry hair.
Enriched with Aloe Vera and no nasties;
NO artificial colourants.
Its VEGAN* and contains vegetable oils.
Use it 3 ways: as a mask, intense conditioner or leave-in treatment.
*vegan formula without animal origin or derived components
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Tips: For the leave in conditioner, a little goes a long way!
I was excited to receive this product to review. I have previously used the banana and papaya Garnier Hair Food products and enjoyed them, so was keen to try the Aloe Vera one too. The packaging and overall look and feel is consistent with the other products in this range. You get a generous amount and the package is easy to identify on the shelf. The actual product has a gorgeous light scent and silky texture and is very easy to use - you have options, you can use this as a conditioner, or as a mask for more intensive hydration, or even as a leave-in treatment. It's really hydrating, and my favourite way to use it is leaving a small amount on my ends as a leave-in conditioner. This suits my hair as I have long, fine hair and my roots get oily before my ends - so this balances that really nicely. Over the trial period I noticed an overall improvement in the hydration of my hair and for the price, I'd happily use this product again in the future.
I love the Garnier aloe hair food! I have been using the entire aloe range & I've found that the hair food does a much better job at making my hair feel hydrated & soft, than the conditioner does, so I've been using the hair food alongside the shampoo, instead of using the conditioner. This product has a gorgeous refreshing scent, & a beautiful silky feel. I've found my hair to be a lot smoother, once dry, then it usually is, without feeling heavy. Would totally repurchase the Garnier hair food ranges.
Tips: Give your hair a good blast with cold water, once you have rinsed the hair food out. This seals the cuticles & makes your hair feel great once dry.
I have mixed feelings about this Garnier Fructis Hair Food. First impressions, it’s nothing fancy. The tub is nice and generous but it makes it hard to handle in the shower. It’s not a design for aesthetic bathrooms, especially not alongside the shampoo and conditioner. Usage, it’s nice and light. It smells really good and I definitely noticed the smell lasted longer than my other hair products. However, this was when I used a little as a leave-in treatment after my shower. Personal preference, but I’m not a big fan of the fact that it is multi-use. And intense conditioner is the same as a hair mask, in my opinion, and if a product is made to washout, I don’t think it should have a leave-in option and vice versa. If this product is meant to be left in the hair after you wash it, why also advertise it as a conditioner? It would be a waste to wash out. As a conditioner, I didn’t find any more nourishing than normal conditioner. As a hair treatment, I found left my hair oily and greasy even though I only applied a small amount on the ends. I wouldn’t repurchased, and I wouldn’t recommend to my friends, but I do like it enough to use up.
Tips: Use in place of a conditioner and don’t apply to your roots
I thoroughly enjoyed trialling this, it is definitely something I am going to add to my normal hair care routine! The packaging is about what you’d expect from Garnier, kind of on the cheaper side but that didn’t bother me at all.
It has a creamy texture and is so easy to apply to the hair. I mostly used it as a leave-in treatment and a little bit goes such a long way, so it is definitely worth the money as far as I’m concerned. It works well in the shower as a conditioner too but I definitely prefer using it as a leave-in treatment.
It has quite a strong smell which is perfume like as still reminiscent of aloe vera, but I absolutely loved it. Obviously it wouldn’t be so great if you weren’t a fan of strong smells in products. It also stayed smelling so good between washes which doesn’t usually happen for me, so that was a huge plus.
My hair has super dry ends and this definitely made my hair feel so much healthier in the time I have been trialling it. I’m looking forward to continuing to use this! I would definitely recommend this to anyone that has super dry ends!
The first thing I loved about this was the scent. It’s so refreshing and using it just makes me feel clean. I also feel like it would last a really long time as you get such a big tub of product. I just use a bit for the length of my hair and the result is amazing. My hair feels super soft and luscious! I also don’t get a lot of hair loss with this which I feel some similar products have done in the past when I shower. I don’t think I needed to use it as a leave in condition but a 3 min mask works amazingly and does it’s job!
Size of tub: Pleasantly surprised with the size of this tub! 390ml of hair mask goodness. This will last a long time in my long bob.
Scent: Fresh, Clean linen kind of smell. Very subtle and leaves a hint of freshness to your hair.
Use: I honestly havent used a hair mask in a long time, and kind of missed it! I have tried using this every second wash and leave it in for 1 minute as a mask. I have also experienced using a 10cent piece size after I have towel dried my hair leaving it in as a treatment. Both were enjoyable ways to use it and I didnt feel one way was better than the other personally.
Ingredients: Loving the thoughtful ingredients in this Aloe Vera based product, from sunflower seed oil, coconut oil, and soya oil.
Price: $14 at countdown is a great investment, suitable for the whole family.
Tips: I also tried it out on my 4yr olds hair ends and this really helped with detangling.
The fact its 3 in 1 is a huge plus for me. Mask: I left this in on damp hair for about 10 minutes and washed out, my hair felt soft and smelled so good. Using it as a conditioner provides the same results.
However the leave in conditioner is my favourite part. You only need a tiny amount on your fingers. I rubbed it on the ends of my hair and it helped tame the dry ends of my hair. I twisted my hair with it to give it some shape and the outcome was really nice. My hair stayed soft until the next wash. Also it smells so good! All of the hair food range smell really good.
I’m labelling this product as a mask as I feel it’s potential is wasted as a conditioner! For my first use I chucked it all over my dry hair 30 mins before getting in the shower. The tub is fairly large and you don’t use heaps so it will take awhile to chug through it. This stuff really flattened my frizzy baby hairs without making my hair feel oily or slicked down the way the aloe conditioner did. It also made it soft and shiny! I’m not 100% sure if I would purchase again as any good conditioner does the same job without the added step of a mask. I have been trailing the aloe shampoo & conditioner past 2 weeks which has left my hair in a dry crumbly and somehow oily state so I think this change up in routine is more amazing at the moment because of this. Either way it’s pretty good but not the bees knees.
Tips: •Paired with the Garnier aloe shampoo this works great!
I love the packaging on this product as it looks very clean and fresh, and I love the tub shape - makes it feel like a special occasion product, rather than just a run of the mill shampoo/conditioner. There is heaps of information on the tub, and it suggests four ways of using - always great to find a multi-purpose product at a good price.
The product itself is white and thick, so it is easy to scoop out. It can be tricky to pop the lid back on without water getting in, but that is the case with any tub that has a lid. The scent is similar to the shampoo and conditioner from the same range, but it reminds me more of actual aloe vera rather than being overly artificial. I think it is because it has a slightly more creamy scent.
My favourite way to use this was to apply it straight after shampoo and leave it in for at least two minutes. I skipped conditioner completely when I used it as it felt nice and thick, and felt like it really conditioned my hair and made it feel soft.
I love how it can be used as a leave in as well - while I try to wash most/all of it out, as someone whose hair can get oily sometimes and feels like product build up could be partly to blame, it is nice to know that this product is designed as a leave in so if I don't get it all out it's not the end of the world. It also doesn't leave my hair feeling heavy like some other masks/treatments can - I was able to dry and style my hair, and it still felt soft without feeling heavy afterwards.
In saying that, I did decide to try applying it as a leave on treatment in my dry hair on one occasion (which I wouldn't have dreamt of doing unless the instructions told me to!). It felt nice going in, and I actually preferred the scent out of the shower. I just applied it from mid length to ends, and it didn't make my hair feel weighed down. However, leaving it in made my hair feel slightly greasy so I think I will stick to applying it on wet hair then rinsing as much out as possible.
I have tried the shampoo and conditioner from this range and I didn't rate them as I found issues with both. However, this product is much nicer and I will continue to use it. I will keep using it as a conditioner/mask while forgoing my usual conditioner as it is really moisturising and feels luxurious to apply. You get a really decent amount for the size of the tub, so I would recommend giving it a go. Or, if the Aloe Vera one doesn't suit your hair type, give another tub from the Garnier range a go.
Tips: Tip: I preferred to use it as a mask (leave in for at least 1-2 minutes). Skip the conditioner unless you have really dry hair.