Jun 18, 2016

Blast From The Past - Ultra Doux as Ultra Blends || Haircare Haul

Garnier Ultra Blends Shampoo and Conditioner, Paraben Free
Garnier Ultra Blends Shampoo and Conditioner; Paraben Free

I picked myself up and decide to pay a quick visit to the mall. Then, I saw something that hit me hard - Ultra Doux. Raise your hand if you remember this. It used to be my staple during my hostel days in engineering college. My favorite (and I think I never even tried any other variant) was Walnut Oil and Peach Leaf. It was a match made in heaven for frizzy, dry, and curly hair. (My hair was like noodles back then.) That shampoo and conditioner along with Nivea Soft Cream (and the Nivea soft soap) used to be part of my back-to-hostel shopping list. And then they vanished from India. Not leaving behind a single trace. Until now. I spotted a similar color bottle. The curvy bottle and the ribbed cap brought back several memories. I went to pick it up only to realise -

  • The variants have changed. Some genius has given it an 'environment-friendly-touch'. You know the stereotypical overuse of words like herbs, oils, and henna to haircare products to make it sound more 'green' And the best part? It is not Ultra Doux. It is now Garnier Ultra Blends. I still felt that I should pick one variant for old time's sake, but I could not pick one.

New Garnier Ultra Blends Revitalizing Shampoo with 5 Precious Herbs (Green Tea, Lemon, Henna, Aloe, Eucalyptus), Anti Hairfall Shampoo (Royal Jelly & Lavender), Nourishing Shine (Henna & Blackberry), Intense Repair (Soy Milk & Almonds), Deep Nourishing (Mythic Olive)
New Garnier Ultra Blends Revitalizing Shampoo with 5 Precious Herbs (Green Tea, Lemon, Henna, Aloe, Eucalyptus), Anti Hairfall Shampoo (Royal Jelly & Lavender), Nourishing Shine (Henna & Blackberry), Intense Repair (Soy Milk & Almonds), Deep Nourishing (Mythic Olive)

  • Also, I realised that I have sailed and come a long way from them. I checked the ingredients and found SLS and decided that it is definitely no longer for me. Just because it contains a drop of a natural ingredient does not make it natural. I appreciate that they made it Paraben free. A welcoming change in the drugstore shampoo brands. Maybe I will pick it one day just to try because of the memories linked to it.

Instead, I picked few things from the food section of the store. Yes, my beauty products come from food section these days. This is the direction in which I have 'sailed away' from the chemical laden shampoos. LOL.


  • American Garden Apple Cider Natural Vinegar (5% Acidity): Repurchased this for the Nth time. The smaller bottle was not available so, picked the 32oz this time. This is the best chemical-free natural conditioner. Your scalp will also thank you for this. Plus, comes cheap (Rs 265 for 32oz i.e., 946ml). They are difficult to find. As I am writing this, I am thinking that I should have got a backup as well. Do remember to dilute it with plain water before using it as a rinse on clean hair.
  • Figaro Olive Oil: Why buy baby oil full of mineral oil when you can buy the real baby oil (olive oil)? Why buy olive oil from a fancy store when you can get food grade for cheaper (Rs 209 for 200ml)? Most olive oil marketed in India (even by beauty brands) is made in Spain and only packed in India. So, it is better to get it from a Spanish brand. I love Bertolli more than this (lighter than Figaro), but I like this old school tin can.
  • FabIndia Hair Pack: Fuller's Earth with Amla, Shikakai, Reetha, Bringraj, and Neem. Simple formula and reasonably priced at Rs 295 for 190g. I could have made this myself. In fact, I was thinking about making something like this for long for my oily scalp. So far, I have only purchased Fuller's Earth and that has been the case for more than two weeks now. I think buying the ready-made option was a good decision. :P This is also the only product which is not from the food section. :P I also picked few other lovely products from FabIndia.


So, I wanted to ask you here - do you buy beauty products depending on the graphics on it or the ingredients list? I do not have any judgment against any choice because if it works for you, then it just works. You never have to do anything because someone told you to do so. 

Love,
Shayoni

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