More and more, all of us are paying increasing attention—and rightly so—to what we put in and on our bodies. Garnier has had that same concern for over a century.
Backed by our 100 years of experience and know-how along with the high-level expertise and state-of-the art science of our laboratories, the brand has constantly put product safety at the forefront. Carefully studied and rigorously tested in the most modern laboratories, every ingredient in every formulation is meticulously selected with our customers’ health and well-being as our primary objective.
We have three essentials in mind when we choose our ingredients, three criteria that every formula must meet: every product must be A PLEASURE FOR THE SENSES, HIGH-PERFORMANCE and SAFE for both the user and the environment.

  • Our products are specifically formulated to ensure a pleasant experience. From the texture - conceived to feel good both on the fingertips when applying and on the skin, hair and body once applied - to the scent, certain ingredients are included to make the beauty routine a moment of well-being and delight.

  • Because our products must fulfill their promise of effectiveness, ingredients are carefully selected so that the formula does what it says it will do.

  • Naturally, the ingredients must present no danger to the user and they should have the smallest possible impact on the environment. They must meet our own high standards* as well as the legal standards for health, safety and eco-responsibility.

Each product represents a balance of these different functions.


Following is more information about ingredients that have proven to be of interest to our customers: why we use them and what impact they have on people and the environment.

  • Silicones

    (Also known as Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Amodinmethicone, Cyclomethicone and other ingredients ending with the suffix : -methicone or –siloxane)

    Small doses of silicone are necessary to impart specific types of textures of products as well as to enhance performance. For example, in shampoos, silicone supplies shine and softness without adding weight. They are safe for the consumer but not easily biodegradable in the environment. So, our laboratories are working to find new types of silicone which can be used in smaller quantities and with better environmental profile. We are also working on new skincare and haircare formulas without silicones.

    Some users fear the build-up effect of silicone coating. Our laboratories have been among the first to master silicones and to develop well-balanced formulations for over 20 years. That said, from a sensory standpoint, some consumers prefer silicone-free products and this is why we offer a range of products without silicone.

  • Sulfates

    (Also known as Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (ou Sodium dodecylsulfate), Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Sodium Myreth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate)

    Sulfates are surfactants that create lighter, more abundant and creamier foam for easier cleansing and also make the product simpler to rinse off. Sulfates also make it possible to create cleansing products that contain no soap. The amounts used in our formulas are fitted so the products can be used even on the most sensitive skins, without irritation.
    Sulfates have a limited impact on the environment.

  • Aluminum

    (Chlorohydrate d'Aluminium, Aluminium Chlorohydrate Zirconium Glycine complexe, Aluminium Sesquichlorohydrate)

    Aluminum salts are the only highly effective ingredient to reduce perspiration. One common misconception is that aluminum blocks all perspiration but, in fact, it only reduces the size of the sweat pores to help reduce the sweat flow significantly (and do not prevent the skin from breathing). In addition, the SCCS (Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety) reassured that aluminum use in cosmetic products does not increase the risk of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s and there is no plausible evidence that aluminum use in cosmetic products could increase the risk of any cancer.

    Regarding environmental issues, aluminum salts are non-biodegradable nevertheless they transform themselves into non-toxic substances that are already present in Nature.

  • sunscreens

    Both consumers and health professionals recognize the importance of sunscreens that protect from UVAs and UVBs, protecting the skin from sunburns, premature aging and cancer. The sunscreens chosen in our formulas and their concentrations are those that ensure the correct level of product performance, in strict compliance with the international regulations, while ensuring perfect safety for the consumer.

    UV filters have to be stable under sun light in order to deliver the expected performance. As a consequence, most UV filters are not readily biodegradable but the ones that we select have no or very limited toxicity on aquatic species. Great care is taken at selecting the other ingredients of our sunscreens among those with a limited impact on aquatic species. This assessment is based on biodegradability and laboratory testing with planktonic species representative of aquatic life diversity.

  • ammonia

    Ammonia is used in hair coloring products:
    it serves to lift the scales on the hair shaft to that the color can penetrate more deeply. It enhances the durability and performance of hair colorants and enables a wider range of shades.

    Although the odor can be unpleasant, ammonia has no effect on the environment and is safe for the consumer under normal conditions of use in a cosmetic product. In addition, to ensure perfect safety, we indicate special precautions to help consumers take appropriate protective measures (gloves, protection of the face and eyes).