Garnier Whole Blends Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter Shampoo

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Aakanksha Jain
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Garnier whole blends coconut oil and cocoa butter smoothing shampoo is one of the products in Garnier’s whole blends range. It is produced from sustainably sourced coconut oil from East Africa and West African Cocoa butter extracts. The product claims to give 24 hours of frizz-free hair if used with its conditioner. Along with this, it is paraben-free and paraben is a preservative that is used by most of the skin-care products. Having paraben in a product affects the hormone system and it is carcinogenic in nature. Hence, making the product paraben-free is one of the pros to buy it. Also, the bottle is made up of recyclable PET plastic with 30% post-consumer recycled waste which is one more step towards sustainability. The price of the product is $4.49 for 12.5 fl. Oz which makes it affordable to the consumers.

What it's made of:


The ingredients of Garnier whole blends coconut oil and cocoa butter shampoo include:  Aqua / Water / Eau, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Coco-Betaine, Peg-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate, Cocamide Mipa, Argania  Spinosa Kernel Oil Glycerin Amodimethicone Aloe Barbadensis / Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Sodium Chloride Sodium Hydroxide Cocos Nucifera Oil / Coconut Oil Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter / Cocoa Seed Butter Propylene Glycol Citric Acid Laureth-5 Carboxylic Acid Polyquaternium-7 Hexylene Glycol Sodium Benzoate Salicylic Acid Ci 14700 / Red 4 Caramel Parfum / Fragrance Linalool Coumarin Limonene.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate is a kind of detergent that is found in cosmetic products especially hair and it is safe to use for your hair if your hair is not colored or treated with keratin. It can be derived from natural sources like coconut and palm kernel oil.
Coco Betaine is a natural surfactant that is used for generating foams in shampoo and it is generally derived from the coconut oil. It has a low risk for any skin.
PEG-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate is used as a thickening agent and is generally harmless i.e. there is no risk of cancer, allergies, or reproductive toxicity.
Cocamide Mipa is a mixture of isopropanolamides of coconut acid and is safe to use.
Most of the ingredients are derived from the natural coconut and cocoa extract which makes it sustainable and, the ingredients are pretty harmless which makes the product suitable for use.

How it's made:


Other than the ingredients used in the product, there is limited information on the manufacturing processes. They have mentioned on their website that since 2005, their industrial sites have decreased water usage by 45% and carbon emission by 72% which shows they are making efforts towards sustainability. Also, in 2019 their new formula and shampoo had achieved 91% biodegradability and their strategy is to make their products with 100%  recyclable ingredients by 2022. They also do not test any product on animals, which shows that they are responsible and do not want to damage their brand image. Overall, I  would really like to see a bit more information on their production sites to know about the processing units.

Who makes it:


Garnier is the brand for whole blends coconut and cocoa butter shampoo. It was established in 1904, today it comes under the Loreal group and has become its 2nd largest brand responsible for selling products in more than 64 countries. Garnier has pledged to reduce its plastic consumption by using 100 percent post-consumer recycle (PCR) waste for its top products like Garnier Fructis sleek and shine. In fact, the whole blends shampoo bottles are also made with 30% PCR. Since 2011, it has also partnered with Terracycle, to educate people on how to recycle responsibly which led to the diversion of over 11 million empties from landfills as it has started a free recycling program to provide solutions on what to do with the skin and hair care packaging waste, and the empties were upcycled into park benches, tables, etc. By 2025, Garnier has ensured that all its product will be made of  zero virgin plastic, it will work on making all of its manufacturing sites carbon neutral and all the packaging will be reusable and recyclable. Therefore, I feel Garnier is paving its way in ‘Green Beauty’ and that would be an example for the cosmetic industry that a company doesn’t need to comprise with its sustainability goals to make profits.