Silicone-free at the drugstore | Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Clear 2 in 1 Shampoo review, photos

The product: Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Clear 2 in 1 Shampoo

As those of you who have gone ‘cone-free will know, finding silicone-free haircare for under $20 apiece can be… well, difficult, to say the least. More often than not, formulas (particularly conditioners and styling products) will rely on silicones to give hair that smooth, slippery feeling, and the ‘cone-free ones come with price tags around $50 (plus hours of your time on the silicone-free hunt) for the duo.

On top of all that, I’ve been itching for a 2 in 1 for those I’d-rather-be-sleeping mornings – so, finding out that Garnier just put out a new Pure Clean shampoo + conditioner? It was a bit like waking up (very groggily) from a good dream.

The clear, slightly greenish formula (a lot of that super-green colour is from the plastic, not the product) contains no silicones, parabens, or dyes, and comes packaged in a 50% recycled material PET plastic container – which is the most recyclable form there is, for those of you who (like me) would rather research polish than plastic. I’m not huge on the drugstore fresh! scent, but at just over $5 for a 384ml bottle, I can’t really complain.

As for how a clear 2 in 1 is for the long term? I’m not sure yet, but things have been going pretty well so far. The clear, super-sudsy formula has had me a bit on edge, though, so I figured I might as well have a look at what’s inside – a lot of conditioning agents will make products go milky or opaque, but maybe Garnier’s found the magic formula to keep things clear and conditioned.

Let’s talk ingredients…

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In terms of conditioning ingredients, I’m seeing:

  • Cocamidopropyl betaine, a surfactant and antistatic agent;
  • Hydroxypropyl guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, an antistatic and hair conditioning agent with an excessively long name, if you ask me (which, admittedly, no one did);
  • Pyridoxine HCI (vitamin B6), an antistatic agent as well as a hair and skin conditioner;
  • Plus caprylic/capric triglyceride, apple fruit extract, and sugarcane extract, all skin conditioning agents;
  • And lemon peel extract, green tea extract, & acerola extract… but I don’t really know what they’re up to in there.
Long story short? It may be clear, but Pure Clean Clear shouldn’t be too stripping – for either your strands or your scalp.

The verdict?

If you’re just a regular girl with regular hair, I’d say this is skippable – it’s definitely not a bad product, but it didn’t really wow me, either. My hair seems pretty much the same as it is always (which is to say, dry but pretty okay; I do live in Alberta, after all.) I’d tell you to pick it up if you’re travelling and need a decent, cheap, accessible “green” shampoo/conditioner, but it’s not something I’d stockpile.

But for those of us who are on ‘cone-free skin diets: this is quite literally the only silicone-free 2 in 1 that I’ve ever run into (and I’ve been looking, trust me.) If that’s what you’re on the hunt for, then STOP! right now (thank you very much; I need somebody with a human touch.) At $5, you can’t not give it a try.

So, there you have it. Good product at a great price, but I’m still on the lookout for a great product at a good price ;)

P.S. That’s right, I just referenced the Spice Girls and SCIENCE! in the same post.

P.P.S. I like yelling SCIENCE! whenever something could, theoretically, in some way/shape/form, be explained by science. This leads me to yelling SCIENCE! at a very inappropriate volume at very inappropriate times throughout the day, but it’s well worth it. You should give it a try; really helps with stress release (and by “stress release,” we mean “boredom.”)

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  • BeckBeck

    Oh my, I will be giving the shampoo a pass (I've got colored hair and I've hoarded a lifetime supply of my favorite d/c'ed color safe shampoo) but I do so love the Spice Girls reference. Thank you for making me snicker, and making me dig out that old CD!

    • Lol!! You're very welcome :p Have fun with your '90s music! ;o)

  • projectswatch

    I'm SLS-free and 'cone free, and I use the Trader Joe's Nourish line of of shampoo and conditioner – not 2-in-1, but only about $3-4 a bottle. Of course, it's only sold at Trader Joe's, which may or may not be convenient for you, but I highly recommend the product!
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    • :( We don't have Trader Joe's up here, unfortunately! Thanks for the rec, though – I'll keep it in mind in case I'm in the States anytime soon : )

  • this actually has the harshest form of sulphates, so it's still bad for your hair – conditioning washingup liquid anyone? x

    • Yeah, I'd have preferred if it was both ALS and SLS free, rather than just SLS-free. They do a pretty good job of balancing it out with conditioning agents, though!

      • It sounds lovely apart from the sulphates!

  • mostlysunnybunny

    I prefer my shampoo to be cone-free too! I've been using Vichy shampoos and they are! They retail for around 11 euros a bottle here, but there are often promotions (like buy one get second one 40% off) so I kind of stock up. I use the sebum-control one, and when the seasons change I might need a little anti-dandruff :p
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  • messywands

    soulmate you're so smart <3

  • eight

    Hahaha, I used to know the dance to Stop.. I think I can still do some of it.
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    • LOL! Oh my god, you are my hero. My hero! /swoons dramatically

  • lol spice girl reference! the best. loved the break down of what the ingredients do. the last ones are probably to seem fancy and maybe smell? hmmm…i want to try out the paraben silicone free way but i always find them so stripping…still searching!
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    • Haha, yep! Ingredients like linalool & hexyl cinnamal are put into products for their scents, but (and don't quote me on this; I'm not 100% sure) I believe they fall under the category of common fragrance allergens – the FDA requires them to be listed on the actual packaging (rather than just being tucked under "parfum/fragrance") because of the number of people with sensitivities.

      But yeah – not completely certain about that! I know there are scent compounds that are legally required to be listed separately, but I've never actually gone through & memorized which ones in particular have been singled out. Task for another day, I suppose :P

  • Christine Brigid

    I am so proud of you for the spice girls/ science reference. And this is why I love the beauty blogs… :)
    I do have a question– why is it important for shampoo to be silicone free? What is so bad about silicone?
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    • Sorry, should have elaborated on that in the post! There are a number of reasons why people go 'cone-free, but I just happen to be sensitive to them – shampoos, conditioners, styling products, skincare, and makeup with silicones in them tend to break me out :)

  • Deborah

    2015: Apparently this product has been discontinued. :-(

    • Thanks for the heads up, Deborah! If you're looking for an all-natural 2 in 1, I think Live Clean now does one, too :)