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Garnier Nutritioniste

Green Labs Hyalu-Melon Smoothing Milky Wash

4.40 fl. oz. for $ 9.99
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Garnier’s Green Labs Hyalu-Melon Smoothing Milk Wash is a good facial cleanser for all skin types with just one factor holding it back from greatness.

Packaged in an opaque squeeze tube, this cleanser starts out as a gel, then becomes a creamy foam when it contacts water. It feels cushiony and luxurious, and rinses cleanly, leaving skin feeling softer and smoother, not stripped or tight.

It does a good job removing dirt, oil, and most makeup – though if you’re wearing any waterproof formulas, you’ll want to have a separate makeup remover handy.

Turning to the ingredients, this contains gentle detergents, along with the advertised antioxidant watermelon extract plus hydrating ingredients including sodium hyaluronate (the salt form of hyaluronic acid). It’s a straightforward mix of supplemental ingredients to include in a cleanser (but ideally best for skin when used in a leave-on formulation).

The only issue is that this does contain a small amount of fragrance (it’s part of what gives this face wash its watermelon smell), and fragrance, even in small amounts, poses a risk of irritating skin and eyes. That’s especially true for the sensitive skin that this is claimed to suit.

That aside, this is still a good cleanser, and one worth considering.

Pros:
  • Luxurious gel-to-creamy foam texture rinses cleanly.
  • Does a good job removing dirt, oil, and most makeup.
  • Contains gentle cleansers, antioxidant watermelon, and hydrating ingredients.
Cons:
  • Contains fragrance, which isn’t the best for skin (especially sensitive skin).
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Garnier Green Labs Smoothing Milk Wash is a gentle milky facial cleanser. This soft and indulging formula, with Watermelon and Hyaluronic Acid, removes makeup and impurities, and works to improve dehydrated skin and fine lines for skin that is smoother and bouncier. This vegan facial cleanser is suitable for all skin types and skin tones, allergy tested & dermatologist tested for safety and suitable for sensitive skin. No sulfates, microbeads, parabens, or dyes.

Aqua / Water / Eau, Glycerin, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Coco-Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Chloride, Citrullus Lanatus Fruit Extract / Watermelon Fruit Extract, PEG-100 Stearate, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, PEG-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, Trideceth-6, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Coconut Acid, Disodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyquaternium-53, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Salicylic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Parfum / Fragrance C256230/1.

Garnier Nutritioniste At-A-Glance

Strengths: Interesting and potentially helpful cleansing oil and foundation primer.

Weaknesses: Insufficient UVA protection from some of the sunscreens; average to below average moisturizers and eye creams; mostly irritating cleansers; no effective products for blemish-prone skin; jar packaging.

Debuting with permanent hair dye and then making the segue to a full line of hair-care products emphasizing carefree, casual styles with can't-miss-it colorful packaging has been Garnier's formula for penetrating the U.S. market. Several well-known actresses have had dual roles as spokesperson for Garnier's hair dyes and skin-care products, with splashy ads appearing in magazines and on television commercials.

Unfortunately, this group of products hasn't got much going for it except the lure celebrity spokespeople provide. The amount of fragrance is perhaps forgivable for a French-owned product line, and in most of the Nutritioniste products it's not too intrusive. What is deplorable is the lack of sufficient UVA protection in the sunscreens. A skin-care line has no right to speak about the anti-aging benefits and "breakthrough approach" of its products when they cannot get this fundamental aspect consistently right.

It's also disappointing that some products contain irritating peppermint, which made us wonder whether the dermatologists who consulted for Garnier had any idea of what's good for skin and what isn't. It seems they didn't, because what they ended up with is a mix of pro and con products that make it impossible for consumers to assemble a sensible skin-care routine, not to mention products that make skin-lifting claims most dermatologists would dismiss as cosmetics puffery.

The hook for this line is the way it is said to bring nutrition and dermatology together. The products are "fortified" with antioxidants such as lycopene and nutritional ingredients such as fatty acids, vitamins (A and C, never present together in the same product!), and minerals. Garnier wants you to think this is a revolutionary idea, but it isn'tdid they also overlook that everyone else, from L'Oreal (Garnier is owned by L'Oreal) to Estee Lauder and Clinique, has been using such ingredients in their products for years? And why consult a nutritionist (as Garnier did) when their training and professional expertise has little to do with application of anything to the skin? The whole scenario proves Garnier was more concerned with creating an attention-getting story for this line rather than formulating truly breakthrough products.

Despite our disdain for the way Garnier's marketing takes precedence over making the products as good as they could be formulary-wise, there are some bright spots. Because Garnier is owned by L'Oreal, it's no surprise to find that there are lots of similarities between the better and worse aspects of L'Oreal's skin care as well as with L'Oreal's department-store sister company Lancome. In some ways, Garnier's formulas best those of both companies by including a greater array of antioxidants and intriguing skin-identical ingredients. The occasional jar packaging choice reduces the effectiveness of some of these products, but other than that, Lancome users should take note of the happy facerated products in this line. You'll be getting a better product for considerably less money here (though, at least for now, no free gift with purchasebut you can buy Lancome foundations or mascaras instead when gift time comes around).

For more information about Garnier Nutritioniste, call (800) 370-1925 or visit www.garnierusa.com.

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