Garnier Ultimate Blends Papaya & Amla Hair Food Review

These are becoming kind of like the natural hair product junkie equivalent of a Netflix box set binge lol.

So if you're reading this, I'm pretty sure you have read the reviews of the other two masks in this range that we have tried (and loved) so far. If not, why not?! Don't worry though, we've got you. Before you get stuck into this one, have a read of the aloe one here and then the banana one here to find out why we had everyone running out to buy them.

The good news is, these products are still on offer at Boots for £3.50 and are also available at various other stores including Sainsburys and Asda. If you are only just hearing about this range, you probably won't have to go through the pain that we all did on our nationwide hunt for all 4 masks when Boots sold out.

Anyway before I get into it, here is a bit of info on the papaya and amla (Indian gooseberry) mask as per Garnier:

What's Inside Hair Food: YES 98% Natural Origin ingredients** YES 98% Biodegradable Formula*** YES Vegan Formula: no animal derived ingredients or by-products YES Dermatologically Tested YES Plant Oils NO Silicones for a natural feel NO Parabens NO Artificial Colourants

Aqua / Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Isopropyl Myristate, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Glycine Soja Oil / Soybean Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil / Sunflower Seed Oil, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract / Papaya Fruit Extract, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Cocos Nucifera Oil / Coconut Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid, Cetyl Esters, Potassium Sorbate, Salicylic Acid, Caramel, Linalool, Geraniol, Limonene, Parfum /, Fragrance, (F.I.L C232329/1) Read more at

Well.... how do I put this.....

Erm, let's just say it is a good job we didn't start with this one! I'm afraid to say that this will not be another "hair food hype" review. Curfriends, I think we have found the weakest link.

OK, so that may be a little dramatic but the aloe and banana masks really set the levels, they surprised us all! So I was expecting more of the same here. The only thing I expected to be disappointed about was that all 4 masks were equally as good and subsequently seemed like they had just given us 4 of the same product with different scents and done a super slick marketing number on us.

Firstly, the smell is not for me. Jaya thought it was ok but after using the dream that is the banana mask, this just wasn't it.

There was no way I was going to use this as a leave in, mainly because I could just tell it wasn't going to be as good as the others and also because whilst the banana one did an admirable job as a lone product in my hair last wash day, it just isn't fit for purpose. The moisture that I got from it was short lived and messed with my curl pattern in places. I just don't feel it is a leave in product. I had to rescue it with some moisture before the day was out.

So, I used the papaya mask as a DC. It was disappointing. It just lacked the things that surprised and wooed me with the other two. The slip isn't great so I had to use more to help detangle, this also meant that it wasn't as hydrating. This one for me, is basically what I expected the whole range to be like. That typical high street version of a DC that wasn't really for our hair.

Of course I carried on with the usual DC routine and the results were ok, it did a decent job of conditioning my hair but I don't think it added anything more than a good conditioner would.

It sounds like I hate it lol, I don't but it's an anti-climax. I just know that you guys know exactly what I am talking about if you have been on this little journey with us and joined it yourself. If you started with this one, I urge you to try the banana or aloe one and quick!

The banana smells nicer to most of us and there isn't much difference results wise between the two, so I would say so far the banana one is my fave. I'm not even a huge fan of banana but this one smells more like a mild bubblegum, it is just lovely- to us anyway and to many of our customers. I would recommend smelling them all before purchasing. Scent is important and very personal.

Anyway, I don't think I need to summarise here. On the plus side, Jaya was pleased as I let her use the rest of the tub to do a DC on her afro STEM barbie's hair lol.

So there you have it, 3 masks deep and only one left to review. The coconut and macadamia one doesn't seem to have been attracting many of us in the mad hunt for this range but you never know, maybe we should have been more excited about it. I don't think it can be any worse than the papaya one.

If you try it, let us know. Reviews on the final mask to follow.

Speak soon curlfriends.


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