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Does the Oil in Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Shampoo Do Anything?

Posted Feb 09 2013 1:01am

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Miss Monet must know…I was looking for a good conditioning and found Garnier Triple Nutrition shampoo. Why is oil is put in shampoo when its going  to go down the drain because sulfates get rid of dirt and oil?

The Beauty Brains respond:

Garnier’s Fructis line (made my L’Oreal) was originally based on fruit acids. Over time they’ve expanded their product line to include new products like this Triple Nutrition shampoo. According to their website it’s based on “Fortified Fruit Science”  which consists of “3 Nutritive Fruit Weightless Oils” Olive, Avocado and Shea.

As you can see from the ingredient list below, these oils appear far down in the list which means they’re used at low levels. The main ingredients in the formula (the first 7 or so) are the ones that really gets the job done when it comes to cleaning and nourishing (aka conditioning) your hair.

If you read their claims carefully you’ll see that for the most part they’re very careful not to attribute functionality directly to the oils. The most explicit claim I could find was on Amazon.com where they say this about the individual oils: “1. Olive oil-nourishes the inner core. 2. Avocado oil-nourishes and softens the middle layer. 3. Shea oil-nourishes and smoothes the surface.” My guess is that they have some absorption data on these pure oils when applied directly to hair. But that’s a far cry from what the oils will actually do when applied to hair from a rinse off shampoo at a very low level.

One more note: some oils (like silicone oils) can be formulated at high enough levels where they are deposited on the hair during rinsing. This kind of oil (at the right concentration) is an effective conditioning agent.

The simple answer is “marketing.” Every brand must have an interesting story to stand out so just about every product has some ingredient that they tout as their “magic” ingredient. Good companies will carefully word smith the claims to only imply a connection; not so good companies will blatantly lie about what these featured ingredients can do. But almost everyone adds some “eye candy” to their ingredient list.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Disodium Cocoamidopropionate, Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Glycol Distearate, Cocamide MIPA, Pyrus Malus Extract/Apple Fruit Extract, Parfum/Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate, Hexylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Niacinamide, Pyridoxine HCl, Carbomer, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Citric Acid, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Persea Gratissima Oil, Persea Gratissima Oil/Avocado Oil, Linalool, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Methyl Cocoate, Butylphenyl Methlyproprional, Sodium Cocoate, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, CI 15985 (Yellow 6), F.I.L. D34974/2

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