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The perk of being a BzzAgent is the awesome trade-off; I receive samples to try out in exchange for my honest opinion. It’s the simplest business model EVER, and it really works. I’m always excited to try out a new product, and I’m always hoping to discover the next best thing. One of my current BzzCampaigns is for Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Shampoo & Conditioner. In general, I am very particular about the products that go on/into my hair, and I wouldn’t normally use Garnier. I’m a Wen girl and I am VERY devoted to my Wen haircare! I’ve just started using Garnier, and while there are some great things about the product, there are also some less-than-great aspects of the product. Let’s get into it.

Sleek & Shine products now come packed in “Eco-Fructis” bottles containing PET and 30% recycled plastic. They’re also 10% lighter in plastic content than the previous bottling. I’m very pro-recycling, so this makes me happy. The bottles are really sturdy and they have great flip-tops. As for formulation, I was less than impressed with the shampoo. Now, let me put my disclaimer here: because I am a Wen user, I no longer like traditional shampoos. They strip the hair, no matter how many oils or vitamins they contain.  Anyway, back to the shampoo; it didn’t feel nourishing at all, and I was not pleased. The scent also leaves a lot to be desired – it has a very childish, forcefully fruity scent that made me feel like I just showered in Skittles. Ugh.

This particular kind of Garnier, the Sleek & Shine, contains Argan Oil (or at least the bottle says it does). Now, Argan Oil is something that I already know and love; Josie Maran’s formula is unbeatable and I regularly use it on my hair. This Garnier, though… either it doesn’t actually contain Argan Oil or the amount is so tiny that it doesn’t make much of a difference. I definitely did not notice any of the silkiness or shiny perfection that Argan Oil usually imparts. I feel like the “Sleek & Shine” label is a bit misleading, because my hair was neither sleeker nor shinier (again, comparing this to Wen – not any ordinary shampoo/conditioner coupling). If anything, it was fuzzier and my flyaways were more apparent.

On to the conditioner – this I liked. On a scale of one to ten, I’d give it a solid 6.5 or 7. The scent, again, was overpowering and inappropriate, better suited to my six-year old’s detangling conditioner (Very Berry! Wacky Watermelon! Overly Orange!) than to my adult noggin. I just can’t get over how annoying I found the smell of these products; no grown woman wants to walk around smelling like so childish. Garnier should have thought that through. Getting back to the conditioner, it was VERY detangling and left my hair extremely easy to comb, so that’s a good thing.

I will use this several more times and let you know if my opinion of the product changes. As it stands, I can’t in good faith give this any higher than a 6 out of 10, and the biggest detractors are the scent and the shampoo.

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I’m a BzzAgent. This is the disclaimer I must give before providing you with my review… part of being a BzzAgent is receiving awesome opportunities to try new products free of charge, and give my honest opinion. The last Bzz Campaign I participated in was for Burt’s Bees all-natural facial cleanser and moisturizer for sensitive skin, and I gave my honest opinion that it was garbage (seriously, it was garbage. Stick with their chapstick, skip the rest). This time, I received a free 4lb bag of Science Diet Ideal Balance dog food – I was able to choose a large-breed puppy formula to best fit my dog’s needs.

Let me first point out that dogs are not the pickiest of eaters, so I had my doubts that I’d be able to distinguish any difference in preference between her regular food and this one. Surprisingly, there was! The smaller morsels made it easier for her to eat and within a week, I could tell that her coat was shinier. Since we first adopted her I’ve been concerned by the preservatives and disgusting corn meal found in many dog foods, so I was relieved at the quality of the food. To be honest if it hadn’t been all-natural, I wouldn’t have fed it to her. For more details on the ingredients, visit http://www.petmd.com/mybowl. Then, click on over here and look at the lower right-hand corner to get a rebate for a free bag (or maybe this PDF link will take you directly to the rebate without creating an account!).

Overall, I can honestly say that I am very pleased. 4lbs didn’t last long with our now-80-something-lb German Shepherd, but I can tell you that we’ll be opting for the larger bag next time. 🙂 Check it out and tell me what you think!