It’s been a good few weeks since I received my blogger box now, and having used the products that were sent religiously since the day that I got them, I think it’s about time that I was able to give an honest and insightful review and share my thoughts on the range.
Like I said in my previous post, Garnier’s Ultimate Blends have been produced to cater for five different hair types. The range that was sent to me, Honey Treasures, is also nicknamed ‘the strength restorer’, and is targeted towards fragile and damaged hair that is prone to breaking (which mine most certainly has been lately; too much unprotected heat usage going on!)
In the box was the following; shampoo, conditioner, balm and serum, and I’ve used them all a few times now. I’ll start with the order in which I shower, so first up we have the shampoo, surprise surprise!
There isn’t a great deal you can say about any shampoo to be completely honest. But…I like this one a hell of a lot. It smells so good, not overly honey-like or sickly sweet, but natural and clean, and I think the honey and royal jelly play a big part in keeping it pure.
The shampoo lathers up a treat which is personally what I love and always look for in a shampoo, as I find that I tend to get the best results from my hair with this kind of formulation. I’ve also found that a little goes a long way which again is something I really like from a shampoo, as you know that you’re getting your money’s worth for a start, which is never a bad thing in my book!
Onto the conditioner and balm…I’ll talk about these both together as they are actually very similar in texture and result. The balm, in my opinion, is basically a much thicker version of the conditioner anyway, and so it seems pointless to use them both when showering.
I find that alternating between the conditioner and balm works best, and again they are both super moisturising and nourishing.
I would say that unlike the conditioner which is to be used every time you wash your hair though, you could get away with using the balm only once a week, or even once a fortnight as a more intensive treatment, and once left in for up to ten minutes, it leaves hair feeling super moisturised.
A note on the serum, again I really like this. It’s so light in texture and melted into my hair. I mainly use just one pump after a shower whilst my hair is still damp and then go on to blow dry. I don’t think it’s a heat protector as such…but it definitely doesn’t hurt to use this pre-blow dry, as I’ve found it helps to keep everything smooth and sleek. The texture of the serum actually reminds me quite a bit of John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease, so if you like that, then I think you’ll enjoy the Honey Treasures serum.
My hair has felt super soft immediately after drying, and I find that just a couple of washes a week is more than enough to keep my hair looking ok. It is in need of a bloody good cut, which I’ve been forgetting about booking for god knows how long, but straggly ends aside, I think that my hair has at least felt a lot better in recent weeks, and I believe that Ultimate Blends has played a big part in that.
I’ve been really enjoying the Honey Treasures range and think that if your hair is on the dry and damaged side like mine from too much heat and/or styling, then it’s well worth checking these out. They are such a bargain compared to high end salon products.
It could be all too easy for me to write a blinding review of this range because I was given them for free in a competition, but I have nothing to gain really from what I write here (except more likes and followers hopefully!) and have not been paid for this post. I can genuinely and happily say though that I love this range, and my hair feels so much better and healthier since the first wash.
I’m looking forward to seeing how they perform over a longer period of time, and to see just how much they can improve the texture of my hair. Watch this space folks, and the post about my photo shoot in London at L’Oreal HQ will be coming very soon!
Ultimate Blends starts at £3.89 and is available at Superdrug.